Friday, February 28, 2014

Learning From the Best

6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

I painted this once before but it was just Rocky, not his father.  I really love the two of them "playing" together.  The other painting sold, so I thought I'd do a smaller version focusing more on the two of them and less on the Brooklyn brownstone.  Stoops are really important to New Yorkers.  You see and learn so much by just sitting there watching the world go by.  It's unfortunate that there aren't many left.  So, this is Jason and his son, Rocky, doing their street art in Brooklyn. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Busy Night

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord


This waiter was trying to make his way through the crowded restaurant carrying two cups of coffee without a tray.  He obviously had practiced this, however, I wondered at the time how much coffee remained in the cups.  He had this determined look on his face.  I painted this figure and was pleased with the results, but was not at all happy with the background.  After much experimenting, I found a technique (if you could call it that) that I was really happy with.  I have to admit, I love to play around and discover new and exciting things.  That's what it's all everything we do.  Will it work again??  Who knows!  One can only hope :-)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

March Madness Giveaway

If you become a new Follower of my blog, you will receive a free 6" x 6" Giclee print of one of my favorite paintings, "Beach Pick Up," (Shown above).  Details are on the right side panel.   

Image shown here framed.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Winter Fetching

6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

Our Sproodle, Tallulah, loves the snow, but not when it's falling.  She seems to think that it will hurt her when it's coming down and she ducks every two seconds.  We have tried to get her used to it, but to no avail.  Once it stops snowing though, she can't get enough of it.  When we get ready to throw the ball, she races out into left field, but usually loses track of it after it has landed.  I think the fact that she can't hear it fall is what throws her.  She races around digging her face into the snow until she smells it and comes up with it.  Her tail goes a mile a minute.  It is such a joy to watch her hopping around!  Now everything is mush.  Not so much fun to watch her come in covered in mud....

Monday, February 17, 2014

Blowing Away Winter

6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord


Big storm here in Virginia.  Over a foot of snow, and a real chance to use the bright red snow blower that's been sitting in the garage for a few years.  Actually this isn't our snow blower, but our wonderful neighbor's.  He came during the height of the storm and blew what was there away.  It doesn't get much better than that.  What a great friend, and a really good photo op!  60's this week.  Global Warming...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Boys of Summer

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord


A little reminder that summer is coming...very slowly...but it is coming.  I took this photo years ago, and didn't think about it until I was recently asked to do a commission of the Red Socks.  This is not the commission, but it is the Red Socks during the World Series a few years ago.  My photo was very blurry, so I improvised and am really happy with the results.  I think I caught the movement, always my goal.  Can you smell the hot dogs and beer??  Meanwhile, we have 15 inches of snow on the ground from yesterday's storm.  Not baseball weather...yet.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Foiled Again

8 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

I always smile when I think of what someone from another time and place would think if they were able to see what we humans do for beauty.  Especially foils.  I make it a point to avoid looking in the mirror when I have foils on my head.  Obviously these women do, too.  As a matter of fact, they won't even look at each other :-)  Body language says it all....

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Family Day at the Lake

8 x 8" Oil on Gessobord

A study of a family at a park in Singapore.  My Daughter-in-Law took the photo I painted this from.  She's taking photography classes, although I really don't think she needs them.  She has an artist's eye and gets some great shots.  I'm so lucky she lets me paint from her pix.  She and my son live in Singapore and travel all over the world.  Their next trip is to the Himalayas to run a marathon.  I told her I expect her to carry her very heavy camera around her neck during the race so she can take more photos for me.  Very uphill..  Is that a problem??  Somehow, I don't think she's going to :-)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Beekman 1802 Honey and Oatmeal

6x6 Oil on Gessobord


My new favorite breakfast!  Ive always loved oatmeal, but I just ordered Beekman 1802 Cinnamon Honey and Lemon Honey and WOW.  I love them!!  They are raw honey spreads and just a little in my oatmeal really makes a big difference.  It says on the jar "It took 648 bees one year to make the honey in this jar."  Well, they all did a wonderful job and I thank them :-)  The colors in this photo of the painting didn't come out quite right ..A little "mushy."  (Technical term)  The bee was not part of my breakfast experience...Just an ode to those 648 workers.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bowl Full of Love

6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord


"Text Me" .....  Really??!  Whatever happened to "Be Mine" or "Be My Valentine"?  And "Soul Mate" reminds me of the Sanford hiking the Appalachian Trail episode.  But, it is almost Valentine's Day so here's my little painting full of sweet things and pastel colors.  A quick study of sugary bliss :-)