Friday, November 25, 2011

Hardy Road Vista


This painting was done in the Fall before the leaves fell from the trees.  Growing up on Long Island in New York which is extremely flat, I'm always awed by the mountains.  This particular view is really beautiful.  I painted this quite a while ago when the barn was still kept up.  Now, it has deteriorated but remains mostly intact.  I don't know how much longer that will be the case.  I'd like to paint it again, now that I have a few more years of  painting knowledge and experience.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Rooster

OK...I realize that this is not a turkey, but this is as close to it as I'll come this year!  It will have to serve as a Thanksgiving Rooster, although I'm sure the rooster will have something to say about that.  It would certainly taste better than the tofu turkey I served one year.  My kids will never let me live that one down :-)   I wish you all a very happy, safe Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Buffet

I observed this gentleman at the buffet table at an art gallery reception.  I've seen him a few times since, and always at an art reception, and always at the buffet table.  He's my type of guy!  Art and food...  Two very important aspects of life. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Barns in Winter, Smith Mountain Lake


As I've said, I love snow, and I did this painting for my Christmas card a few years ago.  It is one of my favorites.  Again, the barns are in Floyd which is a perfect place to get inspiration.  The rest of it is Smith Mountain Lake.  By the way, stop by Goose Creek Studio in Bedford.  They are presenting a funky Christmas tree event.  I will post the painting I submitted in the coming days, but you can see all of the artwork there soon.  As it turns out, I think I'll use the one I am putting in as my Christmas card for 2011.  I am so inspired by Goose Creek Studio and Patrick and Mitchell (the owners).  They are the most supportive guys in the world, and I'm truly honored to have my work there.  If you have time, check out Goose Creek Studio!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


An update on Tallulah..since she doesn't give me any time to paint yet.  She looks innocent, right?  Well, she's not!  Try reading the paper at the kitchen table.  She jumps up and grabs the edge and run away with it.
She manages to reach everything, and she's smart.  She has learned a few commands - "sit", "down", and is beginning to learn to roll over.  I think we are adjusting to each other.  I have to say, even with all the puppy energy, she is a really loving dog and she does want to please.  Actually, I keep repeating that as she's grabbing the bottom of my jeans or my shoe laces...."She really is a loving dog!"

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Old Country House


Well, if you know my work, you have seen this before.  Having a 9 week old puppy has kept me from painting recently, but I think we are beginning to have a "relationship" where Tallulah knows who is the alpha dog/human.  (Up until now, she thought it was her :-))  I love old houses with character, and this was one of them.  The yellow and red make for a happy painting!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Smith Mountain Lake Winter


I'm thinking winter!  It was really cold this morning at 3 AM, when I took our puppy out.  Most people like Smith Mountain Lake in the summer, but I also love it here in the winter.  I'm crazy about painting snow and look for every opportunity to do so.  This painting was done from several photos of different scenes I took and then put together.  The mountains are Smith Mountain Lake and the barns are Floyd.  This is actually my favorite way of painting because it involves using a little of my imagination...something I try to do in each piece of work.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mountain Shadows, Smith Mountain Lake

This image was painted from a photograph I took on the way up to the Smith Mountain Dam on our boat.  It was the beginning of September and the leaves were just starting to change color.  It has always been one of my favorite paintings.  The challenge was to keep the colors muted and give it a little of that hazy feel.  I used to be really organized in my studio and have the pastels divided into categories.  That has gone by the wayside... I plan to rearrange them once again.  Otherwise, the "right" pastel is not at hand when I need it, and the search never turns up what I have in mind.