Sunday, May 29, 2011

Beach Quints

This was another scene from my beach trip.  It was around noon and the sun was overhead, but there was a great breeze.  Looking up the beach, there was a blue haze in the distance, and specks of other people on the sand.  It couldn't have been a better day!  I would imagine this scene would look a lot different today with all the beachgoers there for Memorial Day weekend.  I have another painting in mind for this scene.  Can't wait!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Scuba Doo


This is my son and daughter-in-law posing while scuba diving off Mexico.  I normally don't like to paint anyone posing, but what I loved about this was the sun on their noses.  Sounds crazy, but they both had the same triangular shape when the sun hit their faces.  I have to say, this reminded me of the movie "Sleeper."  There is a scene where Woody Allen is trying to steal the "Leader's" nose.  You have to know the movie to appreciate this.  I told you it sounds crazy :-))

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Shell Seeker

16 x 16 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 16 x 16 Framed

Gone to a Lucky Winner Who Entered My Website Special
We had the most wonderful couple of days at the beach.  The weather was perfect, and the beach was relatively empty.  This woman was walking with her bag of shells, searching for more.  I'm used to the Long Island beaches, which I always thought were the most beautiful in the world.  This North Carolina beach, however, gave the Hamptons competition.  I came back with lots of ideas for paintings, so the trip couldn't have been better!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sasha Noel at 15


I seem to be on a dog painting mission lately.  We had to put our beloved Bichon, Sasha, down a few months ago.  I had done a quick study of her while she was still alive and healthy, but this past week, I had the urge to paint her again.  I really love this one because it captures her so well.  I didn't sketch before I began but jumped right in with simple strokes.  Her ear sticking up on the back of the couch is my favorite part.  I just came back from a few days at the ocean, and when I pulled up the photos I took, I was surprised at all the dogs I snapped pictures of.  It might be time to think about getting a new canine companion :-)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pugs At Attention!

7 x 7 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 16 x 16 Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)

They were definitely thinking "If we wait long enough and look R E A L L Y cute, we'll get a treat."  These pugs were so adorable!  I was dropping paintings off at "The Grainery" gallery, and they came to greet me as I walked in.  There were three of them, but I was only able to get a picture of these two.  Looking at them, one cannot help but smile :-)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Spectacular Sunset, Gills Creek

5 x 8 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 15 x 12 Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)


This painting is in my new art book "Waterscapes and Landscapes in Pastel."  It is the first painting that appears and is one of my favorites.  It is hard to even come close to the spectacular sunsets we get here, but I think this one works well.
I want to thank all of you who purchased one of my art books.  I get such pleasure putting the joys of life around me into my pastel paintings, and I'm glad that you can take that journey with me.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Cupcakes

6 x 6 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 16 x 16 Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)

Believe it or not, the best part of getting these cupcakes was painting them!  They were really beautiful.  Now, I'm off to work out on the treadmill..... :-)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Gypsy Woman

7 x 7 Pastel on Wallis Paper, 16 x 16 Framed
$150 + s/h (Framed)

This could also be titled "Free Spirit."  I saw this woman get on the ferry in Boothbay, and saw her again on Monhegan.  She caught my eye immediately because of the way she was dressed.  It brought back to mind my time living in the Village (Greenwich Village) in the 60's.  So Cool!  She must have had on about 10 layers of clothing, and that wonderful turban which I found really hard to capture in such a small painting.  She didn't exactly pose when she saw me, but she gave me that great smile.  I'd like to paint a larger version of this.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Corner To Lean Against

Don't you love when there is a buffet and there is no place to sit or even stand?  This gentleman found a corner but had to keep shifting every time someone walked by.  You had to balance your food and drink, and eat at the same time.  There were so many people at this show that you couldn't even see the art, and the paintings were uneven from being bumped so often.  When I took his picture, he gave me a "Do you believe this?" look.