There's nothing quite like New England in Autumn, with it's blazing colors and blue, blue skies. This lakeside painting could be many places in the northeast--hope it reminds you of a beautiful lake near you!
This piece is approx. 10" high by 14" wide and painted on Arches 300# watercolor paper with Winsor & Newton watercolors.
This watercolor painting is done in a vignette style with all edges of the paper being touched, but in varying amounts. It is a very loose and free painting, with lots of sketched in leaves left unpainted. Even the peaches have a soft, fuzzy look, with little detail. It was done very quickly and I liked the immediacy of it. It's approx. 15.5" high and 9.5" wide. Hope you enjoy this one!
Garden Niche II is an oil painting from a beautiful spot in Sarlat, France, in the Dordogne Valley. It was a lovely sunny morning and breakfast was being served on the terrace of our bed and breakfast. I loved the shadows on the clay pot and the texture of the stone of this very old structure. The flowers were a bright spot of color set against the neutral stones. This is painted on a 10" x 10" canvas.
This painting is very different for me, but I have to say I really enjoyed the challenge. I was taking a wonderful watercolor class and this was the subject. I loved the grace of the swan and the reflections in the water were really interesting to paint. Hope you enjoy this piece--it's painted on 300# Arches watercolor paper with transparent watercolors. I'ts roughly 1/4 sheet, about 14" wide by 10" high.
This was a new subject for me, but I really liked the waterlily nestled on that broad dark leaf and the inky blue/black of the water. Lots of contrast! This painting is 11 3/4" wide by 9 3/4" high, matted with an acid-free 3" double mat and mounted onto acid-free foamcore.
I know, another sunflower! Well, the season for them is short so I like to paint them while they're in bloom.
This sunflower was actually up in Westerly, Rhode Island, at Watch Hill. I really liked the shadow being cast on the center of the flower and it was a little more dramatic than some with the sun full on.
Hope you enjoy it!
When my children were small my mother, an avid gardener, would let them come with her to her "Secret Garden", which she had terraced out of the hillside in her back yard. There were little paths with flowers on each side and places to just sit and enjoy the view. This is a painting of my own back yard, which has flowers planted in her memory. My little garden statue, tucked away under the large peony blossoms, always makes me think of that special place. Gardens are good for the spirit.
Softly shifting light
reveals grass and dune and sea
today? Purple Haze
I've done a lot of sunsets in this style, but this is a morning painting. The sky has the delicate colors of sunrise and soft purples cover the grasses and shadows on the sand. This watercolor measures 9.75" wide by 6.75" high, but is double matted to 11 x 14". The mat colors I'm using are Whisper White and Cloud. I chose them for the color, but loved the names, which seemed to go so well with this painting.
This piece is done on 140# Arches watercolor paper, with transparent Winsor & Newton watercolors. The colors in the actual painting are more intense in the sky, with some beautiful peaches to complement the purples. Hope you enjoy!
I thought it would be fun to paint the same scene in both oil and watercolor. I took a little artistic license for a few elements of the original reference, but it's basically the same. I might just do it in pastel next!
It was a little harder to get the monitor image colors just right with this watercolor, but it's pretty close. This landscape painting of scenery along the Cher River in France is done on 140# Arches watercolor paper. It's roughly 13.5" wide by 9.75" high.
Ahhh--France. The Loire Valley filled with charming chateaux and an abundance of flowers. This painting is based on an area visited there along the River Cher. No matter where you turned, there was a beautiful view. This oil painitng is 4 x 5", done on an archival quality canvas panel. Hope it makes you take a deep breath and relax.
Soon the farmer's field behind our house will be dotted with smiling, summery faces of sunflowers! I love the way they have an "attitude" after a few weeks when the rain, sun and wind have weathered them a bit. This watercolor is 4 7/8" wide by 11 7/8" high and is done on Canson 140# watercolor paper. It's just a blue summer sky behind the flower with the slightest indication of additional foliage at the bottom. I have it double matted with an off white acid free mat. Hope you enjoy it!
"Spring Chores" is a pastel, 9 x 12", done on LaCarte pastel paper. The location is New Pond Farm in West Redding, CT and it is an environmental education center and working farm. It hosts many groups of children over the course of the year and opens the farm to visitors to meander its beautiful acreage. Here's a link to view the site--it's a beautiful place! http://www.newpondfarm.org/
I've only been doing pastel for about a year and a half but find I love the medium! Hopefully, I'll be posting more soon.
With warm weather finally here, I was reminded of this watercolor painting I had done of a barn in summer, with flowers blooming by the roadside, framing the tranquil scene. It was done on 140# Arches paper, approximately 10 x 14". Happy to say it caught someone's eye and just sold!
As many of you know, I'm a picture framer in addition to being an artist. In recent years, I had framed many lovely pastel paintings generated in a class given by Peter Seltzer, an amazing pastel and oil artist. I decided I just had to give this medium a try and enrolled in Peter's class. I have to say I've come to love the pastel medium! Framing it is another story (it's difficult), but I love the immediacy and strength of color of working in pastel. This is my first effort worthy of framing so I'm excited to post it.
It's done on LaCarte pastel paper with hard and soft pastel. It's 14.5" wide and 15.75 " high. We're all waiting for the warmth of Spring here in the Northeast, so this is in tribute to our spring and summer flowers to come. Hope you enjoy it.
Embracing what is today
Petals of sunshine
I thought this simple yellow rose and bud were a great reminder of warmer weather to come and flowers blooming in the garden. This watercolor floral is done on 140# Arches paper and measures 5 1/8" wide and 4 3/4" high.
Hope you enjoy this reminder of spring and summer's blooms.
"Whoosh" of wings in flight
Settling down at end of day
Circling at sunset
I guess by now you know I love the beach--the tranquility--the smells--the sounds--the shape of the dunes with their graceful grasses--the air that can only be found there. And of course, seagulls and seabirds are the "jewelry" that add the final touch.
This is a very small watercolor, 6" wide by 5.25" high and it is done on 140# Arches watercolor paper. I just thought in the middle of the blizzard we're currently experiencing in Connecticut, a "trip" to the beach would be just great! Enjoy.