Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Acceptance into the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Upcoming Fall Art Show

I am so very pleased that three of my paintings were accepted into Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's upcoming exhibition entitled "Life is Beautiful:  Unexpected Moments Captured in Art."  The show will open with a public reception on August 21st from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and will close Oct/Nov, 2014.  There will be a range of mediums, from paintings and photography to three-dimensional art and drawings.  It should be a wonderful exhibit, so if you are in the area and have a chance, try to see it.  The painting above, "One Lane Bridge" is one of mine that will be displayed.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blue Float


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

No catchy title on this one :-)  All of these water paintings are for an upcoming exhibit I'm going to be in.  I'll post the info soon.  I have to say, this is one of my favorites...so far...I got a lot of mileage out of my friends' family being here to spend a summer day.  Lots of pictures and memories to paint.  I'm finding that I'm not relying on the photos but using them as a starting point, and I think the paintings I've been doing have much more movement than they did when I first started.  Progression is a good thing.  After all, that's what it's all about.  No going back; only forward...Right?!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wedding Commission

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord


This is a commission I was asked to do to be given as a gift for the wedding couple.  I explained that it would not be a portrait, and I would try to get the essence of the event rather than an exact replication.  I actually worked on this after I took this photo, and fixed a few things that bothered me.    I was instructed to put a boat in the background because they came and left by water, and I had to work with a number of different photos and combine them.  This whole experience was a little scary, since I do not know and have never seen this couple. I felt so good when the client picked it up and told me I captured them and the day perfectly. WHEW!  Now back to my comfort zone.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sun Spot

12 x 24 Oil on Gessobord

I find real comfort when painting water scenes. I'm sure it's from a youth spent at the beach.  With all that's going on in the world right now, anything that's comforting is a good thing.  I just started a course in mindfulness and meditation.  I'm curious to see how or if my paintings change in any way.  Ommmmm.....

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Monhegan Sunrise


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

The colors at sunrise on Monhegan Island, Maine are quite spectacular.  Actually, incredibly spectacular.  Manana Island (the barrier island across from Monhegan) glows a crimson orange reminiscent of hot embers and is so beautiful it is surreal.  It is difficult to capture in paint.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Plunge

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord


This painting isn't as greenish as it appears here, so I will have to take another picture of it.  These two beautiful girls were here visiting us and had a perfect weekend, weather wise, to "play" at the lake.  It was a great opportunity for me to get subjects to paint.  Plus, they were a joy to spend time with...More to come :-)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Maine Abstract


12 x 12 Oil on Gessobord

This was painted for an abstract show at one of the galleries where I have my work.  Abstracts are way out of my comfort zone, but I'm really happy with the way this turned out, even though it's really a "pseudo-abstract."  That's not a technical term, so don't look it up :-)  It is, in a way, representational, but very impressionistic..right?!  Lots of big words that mean very little...I still like it no matter what it is.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Ballet Recital

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Getting young ballerinas to be in sync and all on the same page must be extremely hard, and I would imagine the person in control must have lots of patience...or must have a good therapist :-)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!!

 Wishing you all a Happy Independence Day!  I hope you get to enjoy family gatherings, or parades, or fireworks, or just a quiet day to relax.  Thank you for checking in on my blog. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Life Guard on Duty

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

A quiet day for this life guard, thankfully!  Summer...AHHH.  Can you smell the sun tan lotion?  This is a study for another painting I'm doing, so it's a little rough around the edges (literally).  I'll post the larger piece when I get it finished.  I'm working on a commission and two other paintings right now.  Usually I work on one painting at a time, but things have picked up, so I'm going from one to another.  Hectic, yes...But so enjoyable.