Wednesday, December 31, 2014

House at Bridgham Farm-sold

Oil, 6" x 6"
Painted this yesterday just before sunset, from my car. Bridgham Farm is a public park in East Providence, this house was beside the parking lot.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Bike path reflection- sold

Oil, 6" x 6"
Some unseasonably warm winter weather got me out painting this week, after I had seen these rocks and reflections while taking a walk.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Oil, 8" x 10"
Painted this past summer in my backyard. This painting was a little larger but I cropped it. Geraniums are one of my favorite flowers, they make such bold color statements.

This painting by Childe Hassam has always been a favorite of mine...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Art at the Copley

Some of the pieces I have at the Copley Society of Art's annual Holiday Small Works Show. It's up until Dec. 24.

Oil, 8" x 10"- sold

Oil, 8" x 10"- sold

Oil, 8" x 10"- sold

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Save the Bay Holiday Show

I have some paintings in the annual Save the Bay show-- opening is Thursday Dec. 4, 6- 8:30 PM. Tickets are $30.00, but the show is open for free during normal business hours. Buy a painting and benefit the environment- how can you go wrong?

House in Stonington, Oil, 8" x 10"- sold

India Point Park, Oil, 8" x 10"- sold

Blue Water, Oil, 8" x 10"- sold

Warm Reflections, Oil, 6" x 6"-sold

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Watercolor sketches of ceramics

The Handicraft Club in Providence has a wonderful collection of ceramics in their dining room and I have wanted to do some paintings of them for a long time. I finally got some done this fall, getting there an hour before my class started. These are all watercolor, pen and pencil with some white gouache on Arches paper, 1"-3" high.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Over the years I've been fortunate enough to have my portrait done a few times, and I thought I'd share them. This was done by Kate Huntington, an extremely talented and devoted artist here in Providence RI. She made me look better than I actually do.
This was done by my high school art teacher, Mr. Chen, as a demonstration for the class.

And this was done by my friend April, the humor illustrator, when we worked for the card company and I had been asked to do "some quick watercolor illustrations"- 20 of them- in a week or so. I guess I seemed kind of stressed.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Waves and rocks- sold

Gouache on watercolor paper, approx. 7" x 9"
From my archives (meaning, I did this a couple of years ago and forgot I had it). I was at the Sachuest Wildlife Preserve, near Newport RI.

I really like gouache because it dries fast and can be worked over
immediately, or re-wet and wiped off. When I was an illustrator
I did a number of still life paintings at home to improve my skills
with the medium and with painting things like flowers.
I sent them to American Artist magazine and got my first (and only)
cover of a national magazine...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


This is the second time Rich has modeled for us in his top hat. He's an amazing model, barely moves and never takes a break.
I've been really happy teaching my portrait class at the Portsmouth (RI) Arts Guild. They're really getting into the swing of it. The top photo (below) is my 15-20 minute demo; the rest is my students work.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tanker and tug-sold

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6"
Walking on the East Bay Bike Path the other day, I saw two huge tankers making their way into the harbor. I hung around and watched while this one pulled up to the dock and then was pushed to face the other way.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sketch at the diner

A quick sketch this morning at the Seaplane diner, catching up on the TV news. Pencil and white gouache on gray paper.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Skiff at sunset oil painting-sold

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6".
Another in my skiff series, from a photo I took on Cape Cod this summer. I love the way the setting sun turns everything orange...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A few more illustrations

Some things I'm still pretty happy with even though I did them a while back. "Sister" and "Congrats" are both 3 panel fold-outs, painted with gouache on paper. "Congrats" has a glitter overlay. The "Husband" illustration was done in ink with a brush and pen; the design was stamped on the card in a shiny blue leaf.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Marigolds and tomato- sold

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6"
Casting about for something to paint the other day- I had a few tomatoes from the garden, some marigolds in a pot outside, and my favorite brass tea set.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Greeting card illustration

A few illustrations from my former life as a greeting card illustrator. Watercolor and some pencil or marker on Strathmore or Arches paper. That was before everything had to be done on the computer, in order to save time and money. Most of the type was machine set, but I did the lettering on the Spanish card. To get that humorous look that they wanted, I used my left hand.

I also want to put in a word for another artist, Jackie Garner, who has just written a book called "The Wildlife Artist's Handbook". She has done some fascinating work in Egypt, sketched in ancient tombs where no photography is allowed and helped identify wildlife for the scientists.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Zig zag cloud

Oil on gessobord, 6" x 6"
Yesterday, at Colt State Park in Bristol RI.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Almost Autumn

Oil on gessobord, 8" x 10"
My second painting from yesterday, this one in oil. I've been admiring this house for a while and finally painted it. The colors are starting to show in the foliage. Darn! Summer's really over.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hunt House, in gouache- sold

I got out early this morning and painted the Hunt House, a historic home in East Providence. It's done with gouache on gray Strathmore sketch paper, about 5.5" x 8".  The road on the bottom of the painting is just the gray of the paper.
The hardest part of this painting- what color is yellow in shadow? It seemed very blue at the top, just under the roof, but much lighter at the bottom of the building. I painted it and wiped it out a couple of times before finally settling on a dull greenish color with hints of yellow ochre.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Blackstone Blvd. Tree- sold

This morning on Blackstone Blvd., Providence RI... I drove past this tree the other day and had to go back and paint it in the morning light. The original is a little brighter than this image, less brown, a little more green.
Gouache, approx. 7" x 9" on watercolor paper

Friday, September 19, 2014

Portrait- sold

Our model on Monday night. Great hair!
My limited color portrait class is starting at the Portsmouth (RI) Art Guild on Wednesday mornings in October. It's a great class for all levels, even beginners.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Painting demo at Rowley Gallery

I had fun doing a demo at the Rowley Gallery in Orleans, MA on Saturday. Did this 18 x 18 in 2 hours (although I fooled around with it a little at home the next day).
 Using a viewfinder is really helpful. I carry two in my pochade box- a square and a 3x4.

 Sketched it in with burnt sienna.
Closing in on it... and a big thanks to my friend Anne who took the photos.
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