Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gloriosas in Turquoise vase

Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
I'll be leaving tomorrow morning to go to Canada for about a week, and won't be posting while I'm gone. I'm bringing a sketchbook- maybe I'll actually have something to post when I get back.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The chrysanthemum bowl-sold

Oil on canvas panel, 6" x 8"
This bowl is one of my favorite junk store finds.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Walk this way-sold

Oil on canvas, 9" x 12"
I was pretty sick earlier this week and have spent a lot more time sleeping and watching TV than normal. (98.6, it's good to have you back again.) This painting is from last week; I started it on the beach and finished it from a photo at home. I have to learn to paint faster!

Monday, July 20, 2009

In the meantime...

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
This sunset was painted one night last week. I'm still working on the shade garden painting, it'll be a few more days at least before I'm ready to post it.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A painting soundtrack

So here I am painting in my backyard and thinking that some paintings should be sold with soundtracks. This one would be pretty new age-y, lots of birds, but with some angst.
Behind me is the birdhouse with one of the parent sparrows who ARE NOT HAPPY that I'm painting there but they seem to have decided to just deal with it. The sounds- the anxious and annoyed chattering of daddy sparrow (in a tree a little farther away); the tiny peeps of the chicks inside the house; and the fluttering of wings behind me as the parents make continual stealth flights in and out to feed them. A few other birds, a lawnmower and a plane going overhead would complete the soundtrack.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Daylilies at Larisa Park-sold

Gouache on paper, 6" x 8"
I've fallen back in love with gouache. It's really nice to work outdoors with something that dries immediately, is opaque, and uses water instead of turp or mineral spirits. It's so easy to make changes, I don't know why it's not more popular.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Shade garden studies

I've been wanting to do a larger painting of our shade garden, like, SOFA sized, so I decided to do some sketches first. Yesterday I worked on a few pencil sketches, and this morning I did the color sketch on the bottom. It's painted with gouache, which I used to use all the time as an illustrator, but haven't used for probably a couple of years. I was disappointed but not surprised to find that a number of my tubes of paint had dried up, but there was still enough usable paint to make it work.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bartending reflections- sold

Oil on canvas, 6"x 6"
A view of the bar at the Clark Cook House restaurant in Newport.

Monday, July 6, 2009

View from Sachuest

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
On a recent trip to Newport we managed to get some half decent weather to do a little plein air painting. The view from Sachuest, with the light catching the front of St. George's school on top of the hill in the distance, is really beautiful.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Strawberries and brass- SOLD

Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
It's strawberry time again, although we've had so much rain that a lot of the berries are just rotting away. I'm actually amazed that I've gotten as many good ones as I have.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009