Thursday, December 15, 2011

Always a Good Day for a Ride


This watercolor painting is of my husband's Harley Davidson Softail--every year I paint something for his business Holiday card and thought this would be unique! It can be hard for bikers to put away their motorcycles for the winter--they keep hoping for just one more beautiful day for a last ride of the season. This is a bit extreme, but hope you think it's fun.

The painting is 9 x 12, done on Canson watercolor paper. I guess the genre for this has to be "motorcycle art"!

So happy to say this original painting has just sold, but for those Harley fans, prints are available with this link

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dappled Sunlight


About a month ago, as the weather was just starting to turn cooler, I brought home a lovely bouquet of sunflowers. Arranged in a vase, I set them by the french door in the sunlight, and captured some photos that could possibly be paintings. I particularly liked the photo which was the starting point for this painting--it was receiving dappled sunlight and there were beautiful darks at the bottom of the flower. I made this sunflower the "star" and quieted down the two in the background. This watercolor painting is 8.5" x 11", done on Arches 140# acid-free watercolor paper. It is double matted to approximately 14.5" x 17".

Here is the link for the Paypal auction.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two Red Apples

  Who doesn't love the fall season with all the beautiful apples being harvested? These were two luscious apples that escaped pie-making for a setup. This is a small oil painting, 8 x 10" done on canvas. I love doing fruit and vegetable paintings from a still life set up, and red is always fun to paint!

Here's a link to the auction

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Shimmering Lights


"Shimmering Lights" is a real departure from my normal genre in watercolor. It's a small piece, about 5 x 7", which I matted to about 10 x 12". It's a moody, atmospheric painting, depicting that special twilight time between sunset and night. I liked the calmness of the still water and the indication of what could be a shore town or lakeside community. I sometimes attempt this type of painting in oil where you can also capture that luminous quality, but I really enjoyed doing this small piece. Hope you like it too--someone did, as it recently sold!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Apples and Basket


Apple season is on the way...this oil painting from a still-life setup was done with apple picking, apple pie making, and apple eating in mind! Several apples spill onto a soft white napkin, leaving one reticent straggler in the basket. This piece is 11 x 14, painted on canvas. The sides are not painted, so it's best used in a frame.

Here's a link to my auction at DPW

Here's a link for canvas prints, prints and note cards

Monday, August 29, 2011

Out of the Bag-Help the Children of Africa Challenge

This is the painting I am auctioning off for the DailyPaintWorks Challenge "Help Feed the Children of Africa". DPW Auctions is a site I've joined andI have participated in the past, through this site, in a Challenge to help the people of Japan with their earthquake disaster.

The paintings are auctioned off and the artist will donate all the proceeds from the sale (minus the shipping cost) to either the American Red Cross or the World Vision Organization. When my painting sold for the Japan Challenge, I donated to the American Red Cross and they provided a "receipt" of your donation, which was then shared with the purchaser of the painting. You can specify a cause when you make a donation.

It is my hope that all children will be fed healthy meals each day and be able to go to bed at night without being hungry. Please take a look at all the paintings being auctioned and see if perhaps one might be just for you.

Thank you for looking and here's a link to the auction site.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cherries Jubilee


Cherries have a lot of character! I set up this still life and just put a handful of cherries on the napkin. I arranged them slightly into groups and made sure their stems were "talking" to each other. I feel the cherry on the far right has just had enough conversation... and is chilling out.

Although this painting is sold, prints, canvas transfers and notecards are available below.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Onions, etc.

Many times in composing a painting, you will use odd numbers of objects, but I sometimes like to use an even number--just to push the rule a little and see if I can make it work. When I was setting up this assortment of onions and shallots, I just played with the composition to try to make it flow. I especially liked the dried onion top and thought it and its' shadow helped make the painting--it's almost like the 7th object.

This was an oil on canvas still life, 11 x 14 and has been sold.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Let's Cook

This is the framed still-life painting, "Let's Cook". It's an oil on canvas, 11" x 14", framed in a 2" maghogany toned wooden frame. It's approximately 14 1/2" x 17 1/2" including the frame.

How many different things can you think of to cook with these ingredients? They could be the basics for so many yummy dishes!

This piece is up for auction and you can view it through the link below.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Two Yellow Pears"

This is a small, 5 x 5 oil painting on canvas, framed in a simple gold frame. Pears are so interesting to paint with their variety of shape and color. They can be arranged in a set up so they are having a "conversation".

This piece is up for auction through the following link

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mission at Carmel

On a trip to California, I visited this beautiful mission in Carmel. It was founded in the 1790's by Fr. Junipero Serra. Although the front of the building is also very interesting, I actually liked this side view, highlighting the bell tower and dome of the basilica. The flowers were abundant and the time of day produced lovely shadows.

I've created an auction for this piece with DPW Auctions. You can click on the link below to view or bid.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Apples and Blossoms ~ Sold

I have to admit I love flowers..pretty much any size, shape or color! These delicate apple blossoms really appealed to me and I chose to incorporate them into this oil still life painting. I liked the way they nestled around the apples, just overlapping slightly. The apples are a tight-knit trio on a antique napkin which appears often in my set-ups.

The original 8 x 10" painting has sold, but prints, canvas prints and cards are available through the link below.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

From the Farmstand - Sold

Picture road....farmstand....bouquets of flowers in rusty coffee cans...trusting sign on the money box.."Leave money here"...I love it! That scenario was the inspiration for this still life set-up I composed on my daughter's kitchen table. Strong sunlight highlighted the tomatoes set on her kitchen towel, alongside an antique colander. Of course, I had to paint the rusty coffee can..the flowers almost being secondary. This painting was done in watercolor, a fun but challenging medium.

This painting recently sold, but prints, canvas prints and cards are available through the link below.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Let's Cook

"Let's Cook" is an oil painting that brings to mind the delights of vegetables and produce fresh from the farmstand, or even your own garden. It's a wonderful part of the summer season to be enjoyed and the colors are amazing. I designed this painting with a strong diagonal to carry your eye up and around the various forms of the produce. I especially enjoyed painting the semi-shiny skins on the red onions and the lobes of the red pepper. What's your favorite recipe to cook with these ingredients?

The size of this still life is 11 x 14". The auction link is below.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Two Yellow Pears

I can't resist pears. I've painted green pears, yellow pears, red pears. They have such an attitude and personality. They cozy up together, stand alone, or try to take center stage. When you paint a group of pears, it's so easy to imagine their conversations. This is a small oil on canvas still life, 5" x 5", framed in an 1 1/2" simple gold frame. The pairs are nestled on an antique napkin that was passed down in our family. It has just a slightly scalloped edge and is a soft, off-white.

This would be very nice in a kitchen, pantry or dining area with it's warm, sunlit look. I will be creating an auction for this piece in a day or two.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Lilies and Hydrangeas I

In the middle of the winter, when I'm craving sunshine and flowers, I like to go to the Flower Show and walk through the spring-like displays. At the last show I attended, there was a beautiful floral arrangement of lilies and hydrangeas just begging to be photographed. I knew I wanted to do a large painting of these gorgeous flowers, and the painting above was done as a study for that. I was pleased with the results of my study and continued with it to turn it into a finished piece. The large lilies are the "stars" and the hydrangeas their quiet backdrop. I try to use this combination of "important and less-important" for my compositions.

This is an original watercolor floral on Arches paper and the painted image is 8 1/2" x 11 3/4". I offer it double matted to 14 1/2" x 18". The mats are always acid-free and are usually Bainbridge or Crescent.

I've created an auction for this piece with DPW Auctions; the link is below.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Rose of Sharon

This is a colored pencil floral painting that I did a while ago. Right now, my garden is blooming, and the Rose of Sharon is getting ready to open. The beautiful and interesting thing about this plant, is that it can have several different colors of flowers on the same Rose of Sharon bush. Sometimes, white, pink and purple.

Colored pencil is an nice medium to use, layering like a watercolor to create blended colors. It's also great since it's so portable--just bring along your pad and pencils and you're ready to go!

The original is not for sale, but prints are available. See the link to FineArtAmerica on the right at the top of the page under "Links". The original painting is 9 1/4" x 8 1/4".

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Out of the Bag"

This is a playful piece, oil on canvas, done from a still life set-up. It's really showing the green/red palette juxtaposed to the neutral background setting. I've tried to make the green apple the "star" by keeping the red pear more of a backdrop for the apple. This 8 x 8 piece was fun to do. I wasn't sure about handling the paper bag, so I just looked for shapes of shadow and a few brighter edges to pull out. I just "smooshed" (a very technical term) the background and liked the effect, so I left it without further reworking. I liked that it gave it some interest and direction.

This painting is up for auction, starting today, for 7 days. You can click on the link below to view.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Just One Red Tulip

Final of the series!  Did a bit of tinkering to get warm neutrals inside the tulip to "pop" the lightest areas.   I tried to keep this fairly simple to just let the flower speak.  I hope it speaks to you! 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Pair of Tulips

This is the second painting in my Tulip series.  I was looking for a different composition in which I could use some interesting lighting.  I just happened to lay these down on my surface with the light on, and there it was!  I liked the sweeping angle and the interesting shadows thrown by the tulips.  The tulip colors vary slightly from my first attempt (previous post), but this series was also designed to explore "reds", so I felt more free to vary the color.  Let me know what you think!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Two Red Tulips


Where does the time go?  I can't believe it's almost a month since my last post!  But Spring has finally arrived and I find myself enjoying my garden and the spring flowers.  Flowers have always been a love of mine and I could not resist painting some red tulips.  I do seem to have this "red" thing going for a while now.  I"ve been exploring different reds, different backgrounds and various red objects.  I haven't really painted a series before, but this is the first of three paintings of red tulips.  I'm sharing this one today, with the others to follow soon.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Website at last!

"Gilsland Farm" is one of the paintings featured on the first page of my new

  I've long wanted to have a web presence and my family has been both encouraging and instrumental in making this happen.  The artwork above was inspired by a trip to the Audubon Society in Portland, Maine, a favorite spot of my daughter, Stephanie.  The website itself was developed and launched by my daughter, Stacey.  Both my husband Moe and my son, Marc, have been a great support in my artistic endeavors.  I am fortunate to have this amazing group to call family.  I hope visitors to my blog will enjoy checking in on my new website and thanks for sharing in my excitement!

Monday, March 7, 2011

In the Spotlight

This is a piece I painted, and repainted, and repainted--trying to get the glow on the center apple and have the two side apples be supports to the center of interest without overpowering it.  I think I finally succeeded with that idea after a lot of looking and tweaking.  The center apple is also basically the same one I used for the watercolor in an earlier post, which I had done as preliminary work for this piece.  I still want to go back and do the solo apple in oiil and hopefully, I'll get to that.  I also find I like working in this long format for a change and hope to find more subjects that fit the space. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Falling in love

Red Apple-A Second Look--Sometimes I think painting is like falling in love.  You create this artwork and just love it.  And then with a little time to really study it--well, you see a few flaws or maybe something you can make a little better.  So you don't throw away the painting, you try to make adjustments and see if it'll work.  I think that most of the time there's a really good chance that it will make the whole better.

So I really loved my first pass at this painting and then thought--hmm,  a darker background could be really nice.  Let's try it!  I was pleased with the increased contrast and made a fairly good transition between the old background, new background, and the foreground shadows.  Always tricky in watercolor (or love!)  Would love your comments. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Painting process--continued

Like most of us in the northeast, I'm thinking SPRING!  I had some photos from a set up I had done last Spring and never painted, so I did some cropping to come up with this charcoal sketch.  I'm a little unresolved as to what the background will be--light or dark--my photo source was light.  I may do another sketch or perhaps a color study to work that out.  This is what I like about the "painting process"--giving myself permission to try different things and just see how they work  without worrying about producing a "perfect" product.  I'm sure many artists can appreciate and associate with that feeling. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Red Apple

This is a watercolor interpretation of my previous charcoal sketch.  I thought it would be fun to see how intense I could get the colors in watercolor, rather than oil, which is what I usually use for this type of subject matter.  The watercolor is definitely a much more indirect approach, with layering to build up the color.  This was a great exercise--I usually do watercolor with a wet into wet approach, so this made me work on the layering process. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Painting process

This is a charcoal sketch I've done today in preparation for a new painting.  It will be a small painting, 6 x 6, and I may expand to a larger size in another similar composition.  I've done a few small pencil sketches above the drawing to look at options for this composition.  Charcoal is fun to use because you can really create dimension with it--now the challenge is to carry that over into paint!