Monday, December 15, 2014

Hammonasset Sky


Hammonasset Sky is done in pastel on LaCarte pastel paper.  This is a state park in Madison, Ct with beautiful marshes in many areas.  Hope you enjoy this summer view.  This painting sold recently at the Mark Twain Library Juried Show in West Redding, Ct.  

Saturday, December 13, 2014

French Farmhouse ~ Framed


French Farmhouse is a companion to my earlier piece, French Boathouse as it's from the same region in the Loire Valley.  It's a 6" x 6" oil painting on canvas board and is framed in a 1.75" silver flat panel frame, bringing the piece to an overall size of 8.25 x 8.25.  Please allow for slight variation in the coloring--this whole piece is a little warmer both in the painting and the frame.  Thanks for looking!  (Auction link tomorrow)

Friday, December 12, 2014

French Boathouse ~ Framed


This is a small oil painting, 6 x 6, of a beautiful area in the town of Azay le Rideau in France.  I have done several other paintings of this area because of its beauty and charm.  It is framed with a silver flat panel moulding, approximately 1 3/4" wide, bringing the total size of the piece to a little over 9" square.  It's ready to hang or stand on a shelf or small table top easel.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three Pears

DPW Auction link

"Three Pears" is an 8 x 10 oil painting on canvas board.  You see these beautiful pears in the grocery now along with many other varieties, but this is one of my favorites. I thought the golden/orange color was the perfect counterpart to the blue and white bowl.  Hope you enjoy this little piece, it appears these pears are having a serious talk. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fresh Snow


Ok, I know it's too early to mention snow--except of course, for skiers and snowboarders--but I sat down a few days ago to do a small watercolor and this came to mind so I went with it.  The inspiration comes from the many barns in our area, which used to be a large farming community.  Many are gone now, but there are still some lovely ones and this is a tribute to them.  Winter here tends to give us beautiful sunsets so I incorporated that into this painting.  This painting on watercolor board is 9.5" wide by 6.5" high and is matted to 11 x 14".  Hope you enjoy it. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Barn Lights


"Barn Lights" is a watercolor of a local barn in the evening hour..  Days are shorter and lights come on earlier casting a golden glow on the snow outside.  Hope you enjoy this reminder of beautiful winter scenes to come.  This painting is on Arches 140# watercolor paper and measures 9.5" wide by 3.75" high.

Friday, September 5, 2014

French Farmhouse ~ Loire Valley

Traveling through the French countryside just makes my head swivel!  Everywhere you turn there are wonderful old buildings, farms and fields and flowers in glorious bloom. This little village was in the Loire Valley and very near to a French bed and breakfast where we stayed.  It's fun to wander a bit in the area and see how many pictures I can take!  This is an oil on canvas board, 6 x 6" in size.  I hope you enjoy this glimpse of the Loire Valley countryside. 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Cape Cod ~ Blue Rowboat


This watercolor painting was done from a photo I took just after crossing the Bourne Bridge onto Cape Cod, MA.  I remember the place because I had my husband stop the car on the side of the road so I could run across, and a nice policeman asked us to move along.  Why is it all the wonderful shots are always in inconvenient places?  Anyway, this is the second version I've done of this scene and it still appeals to me as such a "moment" in Summer.  Hope you enjoy it too. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunflower Smile

Sunflowers!  One of my favorites to paint and have in the house in a bouquet.  I just think they have SO much personality with their big faces and tilting heads.  This watercolor was painted on 140# Arches watercolor paper and measures 7 7/8" wide by 9 3/4" high.  It was recently juried into the Connecticut Watercolor Society Show at the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford School of Art.  Hope you enjoy this painting...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hurd House


This painting shows a portion of a beautiful historic house in Pennsylvania called the Hurd House.  I loved the play of the orange tiger lilies against the strong blue sky reflection in the window.  So many of these homes have the interesting textures of stone and stucco, a favorite of mine.  Tiger lilies are in blooming now in our area and always make a spectacular show of color. 
This painting is done on Arches 300# watercolor paper.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Maine - Quiet Bay

This was a lovely little bay area in Maine--I honestly can't remember the town--but it was within an hour's drive of Portland.  If anyone recognizes it, please let me know!  The pastel painting itself is 11" x 5.25", but is framed in a slightly distressed dark brown 2" frame, making it 15" x 9" approximately.  I have used a special "water white" glass which shows color accurately and reduces the reflection.

The photo inspiration for this painting was taken on a weekend trip to Maine to visit our daughter and she loves to take us to beautiful spots to enjoy the scenic views of the water and Maine landscape.  This was late afternoon and the long shadows coming from the west indicate the soon-to-be setting sun.  Hope you enjoy this piece and it takes you on a little vacation of your own.  ..and Happy July 4th!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Late Afternoon - Truro Light


A trip to Cape Cod isn't complete without re-visiting at least one lighthouse.  This is the Truro Light, shown in late afternoon, with the sun low in the sky and sending raking shadows across the land.  The whole back of the lighthouse is in shadow, but I loved the bright white on the cylindrical form of the light.  
This painting recently won an Honorable Mention and was sold at the same show!  It was a nice weekend!

This is a watercolor painting, approximately 10 x 14, done on Arches watercolor paper.   

Friday, June 20, 2014

Marsh Maze

Marsh Maze
Velvet grasses stretch
amid a maze of waterways.
A peaceful stillness

I think marshes have a velvety beauty and I love to see the many pathways the water will take and the beautiful design that nature provides.  I hope you enjoy this peaceful scene done on 140# Arches watercolor paper.  It's one of my haiku paintings and measures 3 5.8 x 9 5.8".

Friday, June 13, 2014

Morning Light II

Morning Light
Birds stirring pre-dawn
to welcome the morning light
Joy greets the new day

Another little haiku painting representing the beginning of the day--lots of color in the sky and the sun's warmth beginning to illuminate the landscape.  This piece, 3.75 x 9.5" is done on 140# Arches watercolor paper.  I've matted it with a v-groove mat to 10 x 16".  Nature certainly is awesome and inspiring!

Here's the link for the auction

Friday, June 6, 2014



I love to do these small, moody paintings and I often write a haiku for them.  So here goes....

On the river bank
A quiet place to still your mind
And let your heart sing.

This watercolor, 3.5" x 9.375" was done on Arches 140# paper and will come matted in a 3" mat with a v-groove in 3/4" from the window opening.  This is not a specific place, but a product of imagination and experimentation--seems like a good thing to do from time to time!  Enjoy.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Reflection of Pride

This small (8.75 x 11.5") watercolor was painted with our upcoming Memorial Day in mind.  This house was located in Old Lyme, CT, and had a lovely vintage flag waving in the breeze and being reflected in the window.  Peonies and hollyhocks were in bloom along the gated white fence, inviting you to come in.  Happy upcoming Memorial Day to all!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cape Cod Dunes


Winter is just taking too long!  I'm thinking Spring and beyond--so here's a colored pencil painting of Cape Cod.  I love the snow fences and undulating dunes of the Cape.  This piece is done on Bristol smooth heavy stock and is double matted.  The inner mat is 1/8" white with a Warm White mat on top.  It's approx. 14" x 17" matted, with the piece itself being approx. 8" x 11".  Hope you enjoy my glimpse of warmer weather to come.
Here's the auction.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Yellow Barns ~ framed


This painting is of one of my favorite areas in Connecticut--it's by the shore in Clinton and along a beautiful waterway crossing under Main Street.  This was in the summer, with lovely flowers blooming and the grasses along the water high and green.  You can catch a glimpse of Main Street with the church steeple on the right.  The watercolor painting itself is about 4" x 5.5", but it is double matted and framed in a 1.5" soft silvery-gold moulding, bringing it to 9.25 x 11.25" total.
 Hope if you're surrounded by snow you'll enjoy this little reminder of summer..

Friday, January 31, 2014

Framed ~ "Petals of Sunshine"


Well, it's the last day of January and time for my final "clear the studio" listing.

I framed this piece in a 7/8" dark brown (almost black) wooden frame, which really makes the rose stand out and complements nicely the dark background of the painting.  The framed size is 11 1/4 x 11 1/4" so it's an easy piece to hang for a bright spot of color.  This watercolor was done on 140# cold press watercolor paper, and framed with acid free mats and backing and u.v. filtering glass.

Here's the auction:

Friday, January 24, 2014

Snowy Field at Sunset


With the extremely cold weather we're experiencing, I had to post this scene of the farm field adjacent to our home.  I guess a trade off for the cold weather is the beautiful sunsets in winter.  This is an oil on canvas, 11 x 14.  There certainly is great beauty in all seasons, we just have to look for it.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Crimson Glow ~ Framed

Still in January organizing mode!  This small-ish watercolor piece is being offered framed.  It is not only double matted, but the mats are spaced apart by 1/8" to give the piece a real feeling of depth in the frame.  The frame is a 1" rich dark brown wood, with subtle lighter shading on the inside and outside edges.  The image area is 6.25" x 9", and the total dimension with the frame is 13 1/8" x 15 7/8".

The process for painting this piece is wet into wet and is done quickly and freely.  It's Winsor and Newton watercolors on Arches paper.  Enjoy!

Here's the auction link

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Two Red Apples ~ Framed


Well, it's January and time to make some room in the studio for new work.  This 8 x 10" oil painting of two red apples comes frame in lovely gold frame with blue/gray accents.  There is a little glare in this photo due to the varnishing, but the background is a nice solid dark.

Here's the auction