Monday, February 8, 2016

The Thinker


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

A young man at the National Gallery getting information about one of the painting that interested him.  In the distance is Andrew Wyeth's "Looking Out, Looking In."  His position really reminded me of Rodin's sculpture, "The Thinker."  Thus, the title. 

I'm ready for this exhibit now.  I've got my 16 paintings and thought I'd be tired of painting them, but have found that I want to do more.  They are extremely fun for me and very Zen-like.  I forget everything else and plunge ahead, enjoying every stroke.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Under the Watchful Eye of Napoleon


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

Here's Number 16 in my on-going series of art patrons at the National Gallery.  Two women sitting with their backs to Napoleon (something he probably would not appreciate).  His stare didn't seem to bother them. The painting is Jacques-Louis David's "The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries," painted in 1812.  It was a good place to sit and relax before moving on to another room of incredible art.  I never seem to get tired of painting these little vignettes, and the more I do, the more I learn. Can't beat that :-)



Friday, January 29, 2016

"Both Members of This Club"



6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

"Both Members of This Club" is a wonderful painting by George Bellows (1909).  One of my very favorites at the National Gallery.  The title refers to the practice of granting "membership" to boxers but only for the duration of the bouts.  They were considered unacceptable to join on a permanent basis.  Bellows showed his disdain for the elitist crowd by depicting them as grotesque.  When you get up close and personal with the painting, you can see the hatred and the "group mentality."  It sort of reminded me of the election process we are going through now.... This is Number 15 out of the 16 I am doing for my upcoming show at the wonderful Goose Creek Studio in March.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Museum Lecture


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Sunday seems to be the best day to go to the museum.  There are so many events happening... Or perhaps we just hit it right.  We were able to listen to an informative discussion about Paul Gauguin's life and his self-portrait.  This painting is my take on that part of our day.  I learned so much from not only this discussion, but also the fascinating information you can get from researching paintings you find interesting. Looking at a painting and admiring it is one thing, but understanding why the artist painted it and his or her motivations gives it another dimension.  More to come.....

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lucretia



9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

It was hard to walk past this piece by Rembrandt. (NGA)  It depicts Lucretia right before her act of suicide.  That amazing face, (hard to see here), the knife in her hand, and the tilted head with that resigned expression...WOW!  This piece was painted in 1664.  One more in my series.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dreaming


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Even though I'm closing in on finishing the paintings I need for the show in March, I'm going to continue to paint these museum pieces.  This has been such a great experience.  I have four more to do, and about 50 I still plan to do :-)

The painting here is Jean-Joseph Benjamin Constant's "Favorite of the Emir" painted in 1879 (at the NGA).  The woman I saw looking so intently at the painting could almost be placed on that chaise in the harem, listening to the male servant play his tanbur and luxuriating in the mystery of it all.  I wonder what she was thinking....

A new favorite!  

Monday, January 11, 2016

Scrappy


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

Meet Scrappy, a commission I did recently.  What a face, right?!  I completed a lot of commissions for the holidays, but I must say that Scrappy was one of my favorites.  These commissions are very Zen-like for me.  They just seem to flow, and I love doing them.  There is no anxiety about what is going on in the world...Just me and my subject, appearing miraculously stroke by stroke.  Nothing better than that :-) 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

It's All in the Details



ON HOLD
 
9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

Number 10 in my series of paintings of people at museums.  Only 6 more to go to be ready for my show in March.  I love doing these so much and will probably continue, but it's nice to know that I will be ready when I need to be.  This is one of my favorites so far.  The really nice thing about the National Gallery is that the viewer can get up close and personal with the paintings.  It's not that way at all museums.  This room was one of my favorites.  It contained the Dutch masters, and the painting of interest here is "The Prayer Before the Meal" by Jan Steen.  The darks and lights...WOW!

 More to come, interspersed with a few commissioned animal portraits that I can now post :-)



Sunday, January 3, 2016

Ready for the Track



10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Continuing with my people at museums series...I really loved this woman studying "For the Track" by John Frederick Peto at the National Gallery of Art.  Although painted between 1854 and 1907, this painting has a really modern collage appearance, combining lots of track images; such as a crop, a horseshoe, ripped betting tickets, etc.  The woman dressed in what looked like riding boots just seemed ready take to the track.  Those boots and the tilt of her head won me over :-)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Love the One You're With



SOLD

One of the fun commissions I was honored to do, and I'm now able to post it :-)  I felt it was appropriate for New Year's Eve.  We should all hug the ones dear to us and wish for a peaceful and kind 2016. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Theodore the Christmas Rabbit




8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

This is my last post before Christmas, but before I sign off for the Holiday I want to thank you all for making this such a great art year.  I really appreciate your interest in my work and all the commissions you have entrusted me to do, as well as the positive feedback you have shared with me throughout the year.  You have all enriched my life.  Merry Christmas to you and your families.  See you soon.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Brooklyn in the Sun



NFS
 
6 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Meet Brooklyn, one of the sweetest dogs owned by Lesleigh Cook.  Brooklyn's painting is a thank you for all she does for us (Tallulah in particular).  I keep saying this because it's so true, but without Lesleigh's training and patience with us, we might not have kept our most wonderful dog.  However, I must add that Lesleigh MUST stop laughing at me when I get out of the back seat of the car with Lula.  I have to sit next to her to keep her from barking at all the cars that go by...Perhaps another training class...probably for me :-)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Stuart


8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

I have been feverishly finishing up all the commissions I have been asked to do, and have enjoyed them more than I can even say.  I'm still working on a couple more and will have them ready to go for Christmas giving.  I don't post them all at the request of the customers.  This is Stuart, a beautiful yellow Lab.  This one was an honor to do because Stuart died suddenly not long ago and a friend of Stuart's owner asked me to paint his portrait.  I shipped it off a few days ago.  The colors here are not exactly accurate; a little faded out for some reason.  I hope the painting brings Stuart's family some comfort at such a hard time. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday at the Museum


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

ON HOLD

Another in my museum and patron series.  A young girl studying the Dutch Masters at the National Gallery.  She was really caught up in Frans Hals "Willem Coymans".  Perhaps it was the hat and lace….

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Reverence



8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

ON HOLD

A scene from my recent visit to The National Gallery of Art in DC.  The Sir Peter Paul Rubens painting "Daniel in the Lions' Den" depicts the Old Testament profit Daniel giving thanks to God for being miraculously saved from the lions.  It is said that Rubens described the painting as "Daniel among the lions, taken from life.  Original, entirely by my hand."  The North American lions Rubens used as his models were kept in the Royal menagerie at Brussels.

This is my third painting in my museum series. The original painting is quite large and is awe-inspiring.  I kept being drawn back to it.  Painting it was certainly a challenge.  I found it the most difficult thing I've attempted, but learned so much in the process. Rubens and I became good friends :-) 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Potter Extraordinaire


6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

During a recent show of his pottery display, "78 Tea Bowls", Andre Namenek took a break and sat back to take in all the activity.  I've been drinking out of my two purchased bowls and love the texture and warmth when I hold them.  I had to wait in line to purchase them...That's how crowded and busy it was.  A successful show and a happy potter.  I really enjoy talking to Andre and loved painting him. I was so pleased that this painting was sold at our Old Jail Hill Art Space show.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sketching at the Salon


8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

ON HOLD

I was so lucky to go to the National Gallery of Art on a Sunday when the Drawing Salon was in progress.  The John Singer Sargent room was full of artists young and old intent on sketching Sargent's masterpieces.  I would have joined in, but was on a mission to see as much of the incredible art as I could.  Next time, I plan on joining in.  What a treat!!  This is my second in what I hope is a never ending series of paintings of museums and art patrons.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Enthralled



9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

ON HOLD

This is the first in my series of paintings based on my recent visit to the National Gallery in Washington DC.  What an awe-inspiring visit!  To be in a room face to face with an original masterpiece is so wonderfully inspiring, and humbling :-)  This young woman was enthralled with Amedeo Modigliani's 'Nude on a Blue Cushion.'  I was, too....

Monday, November 2, 2015

'MMM MMM Good!"




6 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

A patron checking out Warhol's soup cans at the MOMA!  This painting and lots of other new ones will be at the Old Jail Hill Art Space Exhibit at Goose Creek Studio in Bedford, VA.  The show begins November 13th and runs through the month.  If you are in the area, stop by and say hello :-)  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Gang




6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

Lots of beautiful Goldens and Labs scrunching in to be in the picture :-)  I'd like to ask "Which One Doesn't Belong?", but they ALL belong....

Thursday, October 22, 2015

With a Little Help From My Friend


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

 

These people owns a beautiful inn in Maine that we stayed at.  I caught them here pruning their gorgeous flowers and shrubs.  I loved the composition and gave it a go.  The shadows and sunlight was what I was after.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Graham - A Commission



SOLD

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

I'm so glad I am able to post this painting now that Graham's painting is in its permanent home.  Thank you, Lesleigh, for the opportunity to paint this gorgeous dog.  I hope this brings his owners much joy now and in the future.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Late Day Shadows


6 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
 
 
These buildings are in the process of being renovated unfortunately...or fortunately.  I love the quirkiness or them and that tilted telephone pole.  Everything is uneven, the boards different colors, and that great bright roof.   

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hanging Out With Sargent at the MET



8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

A patron studying John Singer Sargent's "Eugenia Errazuriz" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  The subject was a Chilean patron of modernism and a style leader of Paris, according to information I read about her.  Sargent painted her a number of times. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Magnum



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

Here's Magnum, a beautiful yellow Lab commission I just finished.  I've been busily balancing, (or trying to), my animal commissions and other assorted paintings.  I'm loving all of these chances to load all that paint on my brushes.  Each and every painting is a joy, and I'm so thankful to have people interested in my work.  I know I've said it before, but thank you all for giving me the opportunity to paint up a storm!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Update on "The Rescue"



Just a quick update on the painting I did of "The Rescue".  I sent an article to our local paper, "The Smith Mountain Eagle", and was connected to the person who helped us out when our boat motor died.  I am so happy to be able to thank him properly and give him the painting (which you can see in the post below).

THANK YOU SMITH MOUNTAIN EAGLE, and the wonderful Editor, Rebecca Jackson, for printing the little article.  I really appreciate your help.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Rescue



6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board
 
NFS

On Labor Day, we were out on our boat with friends enjoying the day when suddenly an alarm went off and our motor died.  As we sat bobbing around we discussed what we would do.  It was late in the day, and there weren't many people on the lake at that time.  We were about to call Sea Tow, when a really nice man came by on his jet ski with his beautiful dog on the back.  He asked if we needed help and towed us all the way back to our dock.  His dog didn't seem the least bit concerned, even though it was hot and there wasn't much of a breeze.  What amazes me the most is what wonderful people live here at Smith Mountain Lake.  Actually, all over.  With all we hear about the horrible people in this world and the horror they cause, it is nice to remember that the majority of people are good and kind, and just trying to live a decent life. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Beach Walkers



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board


This is my friend and her daughter walking along the shoreline.  I was behind them snapping photos:-)  Lots of my favorite things to paint:  people, shadows, water, sand....Nothing better!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Art in the Making


8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board
 

Sitting on the rocks above the ocean, listening to the crashing waves, smelling the salt air, feeling that cool breeze; there is nothing like it in my opinion.  That's why I keep painting it :-)  This is a group of artists enjoying the moment.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Goose Creek Studio



8 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

This is a quick rendering of one of my favorite places.  The angle is a little quirky because I took the reference photo as we were driving by.  It became a challenge (all those angles), but I gave up stressing over them and just painted them by eye.  That probably contributes to the quirky-ness.  If you are passing through Bedford, VA, stop in.  Great framing, Great art, Super Great Owners :-)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maine Abstract


9 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

This painting just seemed to happen.  I'm always amazed that some paintings work so easily, and some are such a struggle.  This was one of the easier ones for me.  I also think it has to do with time and place.  If your mind is somewhere else and not in the moment, things just become much more difficult.  I guess that goes for everything.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Boys of Summer Redux


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord
 
SOLD

It's been a really busy summer.  I'm working on a few commissions and have not had time to paint just for the sake of painting, but am starting a new one tomorrow (I hope).  So, here is a flash from the past.  I thought it would be a good one to post since baseball season is almost coming to a close.  Fall is coming!  YEAH!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

With a Little Help From My Friend



5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board

This is the third little painting of Tallulah's "fun" day on the floater.  Try and try again, she simply wouldn't go off into the water; that is until she had a little help.  Once in, she was happy and retrieved her ball, but we gave up and didn't make her try it again.  The water in these three paintings is the same color but shows up a little differently due to the time of day they were photographed.  They look really nice in sequence.  In my eyes, she's a STAR! 

If interested in purchasing one or all of these, please email me (link on right).

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Jump!



5 x 7 Oil On Archival Board

This is the second in the series of three paintings of Tallulah.  I already posted this on FB, but want to keep them together on my blog, so here it is following the other I just posted.  When I post them all together, it will make more sense...I hope. 

You Can Get It!



5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board
 
 
This is one in a series of three paintings I did of Tallulah being tempted off our floater dock.  They work really well in a series so I will post each individually, and then all three together in sequence.  She eventually went in, although not entirely the way we had planned :-) 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Katie the Kitty



8 x 8 Oil On Archival Board
 
SOLD

I've been a little slow at posting recently due to busy summer happenings and lots of commissions.  Here is one of the completed animal portraits.  I've never owned cats, always dogs, so painting them is always a little challenging.  Fun but challenging.  For me, the animal's personality, or what I perceive as their personality, is what I'm after. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Before the Storm. Bedford


6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board
Summer storms come out of nowhere.  This was one of them.  We were lucky to pass through the impending deluge and not be affected by it.  But that sky!!  The sun had a green cast to it creating strange lighting and emphasizing the dark clouds.  I tried to capture it here.  Moody...Yes?

Monday, August 3, 2015

"Eve: Naked, Empowered, and Proud" and "Museum of Antiquities...And They Felt No Shame"




...And now for something new :-)  These are two of my pieces hanging at Portiuncula Guild Gallery's show entitled "Naked and Not Ashamed: The Human Figure in Narrative.  I must say, I really enjoyed this project.  The work was to be related to Genesis.

Here is my thought process for the painting of Adam and Eve:  The story goes, Eve offered Adam the apple and caused the downfall of all humankind.  I empowered Eve by having her eat the apples herself and not offer any to Adam.  She is no longer guilty of bringing on all things evil, and therefore feels no shame in her nakedness.  This simplifies it a little.  I could go on, but won't.

For "Museum of Antiquities..." I'll leave you to decide :-)   What fun I had with this one....

Anyway, the show was wonderful.  Lots of really creative offerings there and so many talented artists to see and talk to.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Emerald Isle Oasis



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
SOLD

There is nothing as comforting as seeing lights shining in a window at night.  It is as if they are beckoning you to come in to safety.  We were fortunate to be able to spend time with our friends at this beautiful beach house before the busy summer season began.  Returning from a walk on the beach at dusk, "our" house was the only one with lights shining, and it looked so lovely.  Just another day in the life.....

Monday, July 27, 2015

End of the Day, Winnie's Garden




6 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
 

Day's End at Shining Sails Inn on Monhegan Island.  The last light hitting the flowers behind the inn.  One wouldn't think that flowers would grow so beautifully on Monhegan , a rock in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Maine.  It is truly an enchanted place and a feast for an artist's eyes.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Maine Plein Air


SOLD

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

This artist found himself a great place to set up his easel and umbrella.  He was so caught up in what he was painting, he didn't even know I was there watching him.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Beach Cottage



8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board



Growing up, each summer we would rent a beach cottage for a week with aunts, uncles, and cousins (even though we lived by the bay and ocean).  It was such a wonderful, free time...My cousins and I, out in the early morning to gather snails, (I'm not sure what we did with them once we had them), water play during the day, jumping off the deck into the dunes for hours on end, lots of seafood, and roasting marshmallows by the fire before bed.  Ahhh...the good old days!  This house (although much more upscale) brings back all those memories.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Tidal Pool



9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

The beach was deserted this particular morning, except for this beautiful woman walking slowly through a tidal pool that had formed.  The early morning sun reflected off her body leaving just form with little detail.  I loved that and really love the way this painting came out!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fish Beach Alley


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Boats at rest at Fish Beach on Monhegan Island.  That sunlight at the end of the alley drew me right in.  Shadows and sunlight...Yeah!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Island Houses



8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board
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This scene is a moment of Zen for me.  I could move right into one of those cottages and be very happy looking out at the water or simply smelling that salty air.  Another painting using a very limited palette and quick strokes.  The image didn't photograph too well because of the wet paint, but it's pretty close to the original.

If I don't get to post before Saturday, HAPPY, SAFE 4TH everyone!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Flower Study



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board


I set this still life up to paint as a study for a larger painting and to work out all the kinks, but now that it's finished I really like the size, looseness, and spontaneity of it.  I'm enjoying working from life.  There is a totally different feel to my paintings, I think.  I'm also still  amazed at the colors I can get from those three primaries.  I now realize that I didn't need to purchase every paint color imaginable from the Blick catalog :-) 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Splashing In



SOLD

5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord


Can you feel Lula's joy?  Water, freedom, fun, a red ball, someone to throw it for her...Ahhh, Life is Good :-)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tallulah, The Water Dog



6 x 8  Oil on Archival Board

Here's Tallulah, swimmer extraordinaire.... She never went near the water except to chase the geese, and even then she wouldn't go in, only run up to the edge of the water and come back in.  The geese knew her and would jump back into the water and just wait until she returned to the house.  They were totally shocked when she bounded down and jumped in right after them.  We were afraid she would keep on going, (which she did for quite a while) but thankfully returned to the shore.  We've created a monster, but we so love to watch her joy when she swims.  This is the first in what I think will be a series of swimming paintings.  I hope you don't get bored :-)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dock House Clutter



10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Our dock house is a mess so my project the other day was to clean it up, but before I did I took a few photos.  The colors and textures really interested me.  If it wasn't so hot, I would have brought my easel down and painted then and there, but the AC was calling me back to my studio :-)  Thus, the dock house clutter in oil....