Sunday, July 29, 2012

Confused at the MOMA

5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

This gentleman seemed totally confused while looking at Picasso's "Violin and Grapes" at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.  I think he was scratching his head and thinking "Where are the grapes?", "Where is the Violin?" and "Why??"  He also apparently had hit the Museum store and was lugging all his purchases around.  This is the first of my NYC series.  Can't wait to paint more!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Smith Mountain Lake Vista

9 x 12 Pastel on Wallis Paper


This pastel was done a while ago, but I love it and thought I'd put it up on the blog.  I haven't been doing pastel since I discovered oils, but will get back to it at some point.  I have to because of all the $$ that went into supplies :-)  Of course, that's true with my oil supplies as well...I feel extremely lucky to pass by this particular scene when I'm out doing my exercise walking.  It is so very beautiful.  Smith Mountain Lake at its best.

Monday, July 23, 2012

New York City Canyon

5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

We just came back from a few days in NYC, and I'm trying to get used to the slower pace of Virginia now.  This is really abstract, and some of it was done with the best tools of least a little :-)  I just went with whatever happened and left it for the art gods to determine the outcome.  Tomorrow, I will start to paint some of the sights and scenes of Manhattan.  There is nothing like the City!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monhegan Landmark

8 x 10 Oil

Everything on Monhegan remains the same year after year.  This house is always rented by an artist when we are there.  He paints wonderful little paintings of the Island and sells them from the steps of this house.  He arranges them along each step, so people passing by can stop and browse.  The light on this particular day was really wonderful. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Beach Work

6 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

So much to do at the beach!  Lots of fish to catch and mud pies to make. Emerald Isle, NC. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Poised to Go

7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord


This is the last (probably) in the series of pool paintings I did while our power was out and we were AC-less.  These really did make me feel a little cooler.  Strange how the mind works...mine at least :-)  I played with the background a little to add some movement to it.  I think the four paintings would make a good display side by side.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Perfect Back Dive

7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord


My favorite of this series of pool paintings.  I really like the movement in this one.  Again, a little abstract and I could have spent a lot more time trying to get everything exact, but that's not what I'm about when I'm painting.  The movement is one of the most important components to me.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Lift Off!

7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord


The second in a little series of divers done when our power (AC) was out.  Believe it or not, it did make me feel cooler doing these.  Psychological :-)  I wish I was there at my daughter's pool.  She's in Florida, and her temps were much cooler than ours.  Go figure!  Anyway, these little pieces are such fun to do.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Splash Down

5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

Well, we were hit once again by a storm here in Southwest VA.  Last month we had a huge hail storm that caused an enormous amount of damage, and last Friday night we had 75 MPH winds which took out our electric.  Normally that wouldn't be too bad, but it's been 95 and above for at least a week and without power there is no AC.  Our house was 90 degrees..INSIDE..each afternoon.  There was no breeze if the windows were open.  Our power was restored Tuesday, only to go out again until yesterday.  So...I spent the mornings painting WATER...pool water.  I could almost smell the chlorine :-)  This is the first of four.  It's a little abstract in a way, but that was probably due to heat exhaustion....I might do a larger version later because I really like it.