Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tallulah, Queen of the Couch

Oil on Arches Paper for Oil
12 x 16 Matted

They told me to stay off the couch.  Technically, I'm not on the couch...I'm above it.  If they look at my expression, I'm letting them know that and they better not mess with me.  Comfort is my number one priority.  I've got 'living for the moment' a science.  These humans just have to follow my lead :-)

This painting is being auctioned at Daily Paintworks, DPW.  If you are interested in bidding, go to the DPW link on the right and to my Auction page.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sharing the Earbuds

8 1/2 x 11 Oil on Canvas

This must be the greatest grandfather, and he must also be partially or totally deaf if he is listening to his granddaughter's music.  He looks too peaceful for it to be Rap...I know that my father would not have been sharing my earbuds (if they had them back then).  He allowed me 1/2 hour to listen to Rock and Roll in the car, and then we had to switch back to classical or opera.  Even my children, when they were growing up, complained about my music in the car.  They hated that I played "Alice's Restaurant" on the way to their grandparents' for Thanksgiving each year, and really hated Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.  Now they appreciate my taste in music, as I appreciate my father's.  Thankfully, we all change and hopefully grow...although I still love the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan :-)  Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Meltdown

5 x 7 Oil.on Gessobord

I'm not really sure what was going on with these two people, but the body language really struck me.  The young woman's pose reminded me of "The Scream," by Edvard Munch, and the man looked really aloof.  This was at an outdoor festival.  Perhaps the woman didn't like the music playing or couldn't decide what piece of pottery to buy...a drama queen type.  Whatever it was, they were an interesting couple to paint. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hat Trick

7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord

I loved doing this painting!  I tried working on this once before, and it was one of those days when I wasn't satisfied with anything I did; but today, it just happened.  I really felt like painting, and that seems to be when things work out for me.  What a great sense of accomplishment I get at times like this :-)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

One World Trade Center

7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord

The new Trade Tower was still under construction, but certainly stood up tall and proud Downtown.  The reflection of the sky on the windows was really breathtaking.  I debated about putting in the construction bins along the street, but decided to keep them as they draw one's eye to the tower.  I wonder if the construction workers thought of that when they placed them there....

This painting is being auctioned at Daily Paintworks, DPW.  If you are interested in bidding, please go to the DPW link on the right and then to my Auction page.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

An Acorn and a Parrot

8 x 11 Oil on Arches Oil Paper

An acorn and a parrot were on a Brooklyn brownstone stoop...Sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn't it?  These two were certainly excited about Halloween.  The parrot must have decided to take his parrot head off.  I'm not sure why, but I love the wisp of hair sticking straight up :-)  His costume actually reminds me of Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean."  More flamboyant pirate than parrot...They are both so cute!  Smile on my face painting this one ...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sketching the Masters


7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord

Another New York moment!  It was hard to find a quiet spot at the museum, but this woman did.  She was tucked into a place where she wouldn't have people gawking at her or stepping on her, and she was really focused.  There's no better way to learn from the Masters, and how lucky to have access to that wonderful art.  This donated piece was sold and 100% of the sale went to The American Red Cross Hurricane Rescue Fund.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Donation Update


Both of the paintings I put on auction with Daily Paintworks to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief have sold.  I want to thank everyone for their interest in my work and for helping to get all of those people who have lost so much back on their feet.  Every little bit helps!  Please continue to watch my blog for future events and to keep up with my new work.

Again, Thank You!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Grand Central Haze


Matted 8 x 10 Oil on Canvas

I don't know why, but I've started about three or four different paintings and have walked away from them for a while because I'm not satisfied with them. I know when I go back later on I'll get inspired again, but for now, it seems better to just put them aside and wait.  This piece, however, was fun to do.  It started as what I considered a failure, and wound up as something that I really like.  For me, it captures the feeling of midday at Grand Central Station. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Train Spotting

9 x 12 Oil on Canvas
12 x 16 Matted

One of my favorite subjects, Rocky.  He's the comedian who stuck his head in the water in one of the previous paintings I did.  Here, he seems to be getting a better view of his trains.  It was pointed out to me that Thomas the engine should be in front, but obviously Rocky has a different take on it.  I go with his interpretation...Be Your Own Man :-)  I love this kid!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

UPDATE:  "Glorious Fall" has sold!  Thank you for your donation to help those in need.

To all those who have suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy, my thoughts go out to you and your families.  I have joined other artists on Daily Paintworks in a Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser.  I have added two paintings to the Fundraiser.  One is entitled "Glorious Fall" and the other is "Sketching the Masters".  Currently, there is a bid on each of these.  If you would like to bid, you can either wait until the paintings show up on the widget on the right, or pull up, and put in my name.  If you go to the Auction screen, you can just pick either of these and bid.  This is such a great way to help those in need, and get a painting, too!   100% of the proceeds will go to a relief group of your choice. Thank you, and again, my thoughts and prayers are with you all Up North.