Monday, November 9, 2009

Pansies in Cobalt

9" x 12" Oil on Board

I began this painting about a year ago and thought it was about time I finished it. Some of the flowers and leaves were added because I thought it needed more interest. This little cobalt blue glass bottle is a favorite of mine to paint. SOLD

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Berries and Drip Pottery

8" x 10" Oil on Linen

I finally managed to get a decent picture of my latest painting in time to enter it into the Facebook Challenge. The reds are impossible to photograph. The drape was also difficult as it is more toned down in the original than what is shown, but this was the best I could do.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunflowers and Olive Jar

18 x 24 Oil on Canvas

I just finished this painting and entered it in the Facebook "First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge and Competition". It is a larger piece (18 x 24) that I regularly paint, but the size of the sunflowers made it difficult for the surface to be any smaller. This olive jar was purchased on Ebay quite a while ago but I didn't find anything that perked my interest until this autumn, which is my favorite time of year. So much color to paint!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Oriental Jar and Berries

8" x 10" Oil on Linen


I finally finished my second still life from the Jeff Legg workshop I attended a few weeks ago. The marble shelf was a great addition to this set up because it brings the colors from the jar and background together. It was tricky putting the writing on the jar. I waited until it was completely dry, then blotted it to make it less opaque.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Blue Pitcher

11" x 14" Oil on Linen

Set Up

I finally finished this painting which began in a Jeff Legg still life workshop. The original set up was modified as I painted, the ribs in the body of the pitcher were too much to attempt! I also moved the fruit closer together which I thought focused the center of interest. SOLD

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Nectarine

6" x 6" Oil on Board

Reference Photo

I found this nectarine at the grocery store. These leaves were laying in the bin so I had to attach them with a pin and add the stem. The colors are so vibrant and rich. Available on Ebay.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Blue Vase with Berries

Found this little vase in Cape May over the summer. I just love the cobalt blue bottom with the red berries. Sold

Friday, September 4, 2009

Copper and Crab Apple

5" x 7" Oil on Board

Copper is one of my favorite things to paint. SOLD

Monday, August 31, 2009

Crab Apple


6" x 6" Oil on Linen
I picked this apple while attending a plein air landscape class at Bayonet Farm in New Jersey. The colors of the fruit are so beautiful, I just had to paint it. Available on Ebay.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Blue Vase with Grapes

8" x 10" Oil on Gessoed Board

I think blue is my favorite color to paint, especially with a little green. Available on Ebay.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Poverty Beach, Cape May, NJ


This is my favorite beach spot in Cape May, NJ, Poverty Beach. It is located right next to the Coast Guard training facility which you can see in the distance. Available on Ebay.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pansy Bunch

So far, my pansies are still blooming. The heat of summer is sure to make them die out, but at least I was able to pick this bunch. Available on Ebay.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Three Pears

On another trip to the grocery store I found a small, medium and large pear that I thought would work with this antique tin box. Available on Ebay.

Red Pear

When I assembled the fruit for the still life, the bright colors of the red pear and blueberries appealed to me. Trips to the grocery store have an entirely different meaning these days! If you are interested, this painting is available on Ebay.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ripe on the Vine

6" x 8" oil on Belgian linen panel, available on Ebay, click here to bid. SOLD

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lisianthus and Grapes 8" x 10"

I painted this piece in acrylics for an on-line magazine called Art Apprentice On-Line. This is an interactive on-line e-magazine with lots of full color photos, informative articles and art lessons. It's worth checking out. If you would like to purchase the painting, it is available on Ebay. SOLD

Monday, June 15, 2009

Lilacs

9" x 12" Oil Still Life Painting "Lilacs"

Every year I can't wait for the lilacs to bloom. I cut a bunch from my garden and have finally finished the painting. This is available on Ebay. SOLD

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

"Paint the Town" First Place Winner



Finished Painting

At my easel

Several weeks ago, I attended a workshop with Howard Friedland in Chester, NJ. We visited the Willowwood Arboretum and Natirar state park where we took pictures, sketched and painted on site. The views were breathtaking. It was difficult deciding which scene to paint as there were so many to choose from. The final day was spent working from photos indoors which is another aspect of landscape painting. It was a great workshop! I learned a great deal and will always remember Howard saying that talent depends on how much you practice.

Attending the workshop gave me the courage to participate in a locally sponsored painting competition "Paint the Town Challenge" that is part of the annual Medford Arts Festival. The task was to find and plein air paint a recognizable are of Medford, NJ. All participants had to show up between 9am and 10am to get their blank canvases stamped, and then paint and return the piece before 4pm. Other than the workshop, I had never taken my easel outdoors. While I was nervous, I felt up for the challenge. The other thing making me stressed was the pressure of having to finish the painting in just a few hours that same day. I seldom start and finish a completed piece in one shot. I have to fit my painting time into a busy schedule, and with two active kids, it can be difficult to do.

Picking the location was not too hard. I had scouted the town on the weekends over the last several weeks. I chose an old mill known as Kirby's Mill and sits along side a beautiful meandering creek and a small damn. My initial concern was more about the competition for the painting location than the difficulty of the scene. I had often thought of painting it, but never before had the courage. I was happy that Saturday morning, when I showed up at the mill. I was the first person there, and was able to get the exact location I wanted. I loved the spot, but as soon as I began to paint I said to myself "what was I thinking in choosing an image with a reflection in water". At one point I thought about turning my surface upside down, but then realized that wouldn't work because the image is a mirrored view. Simplifying the foliage was also a difficult challenge. It helped to squint to see dark and light abstract shapes, but I still feel I got lost in some of the greenery. A tool I found helpful was a value finder. I squinted, placed the card on the landscape, then onto my painting to judge the value which was very helpful in painting depth. I began painting around 10 am when it was cloudy. Fortunately, the sun did not come out for the first few hours, so the lighting was pretty consistent. After that time, it was a struggle trying to remember what I saw with the sun peeking in and out of the clouds. I can see why you have to paint quickly and simplify, simplify, simplify!

Much to my surprise, I won first place! My painting will hang permanently in the Medford library and I am proud to say I tried my best. What a great experience!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pansy In Green Bottle

Finished Painting

This time of year I love painting pansies from my garden. The green colored bottle adds a lot of interest to a simple design. Available on Ebay. SOLD

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tulips





These tulips were painted to study the different angles of the flower. SOLD

Red Roses - Completed

The finished painting. SOLD

Monday, May 4, 2009

Red Roses -WIP


Putting aside the painting for a few days helps me get a fresh perspective. I added a shelf because I thought the painted needed a little more interest besides the arrangement. I like the warmth of the marble shelf in contrast with the cooler background. I hope to finish the piece at my next painting session.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Red Roses - WIP

Set Up

First Color Layer - Day one

Each time I put together a set up, I take several photos. Then I print one out in gray scale and tape it along side my surface so I can judge the proportions and see value. This first day was spend laying in the color and trying to decide what I want to do with the background. A light background is a nice choice to set off the beautiful ruby red roses. My vase is a mottled turquoise blue with a yellow base. I just love the color scheme and am looking forward to finishing!




Monday, April 20, 2009

Pink Rose

This painting is my attempt at copying the free lesson of Alexei Antonov listed on his website. I learned so much from painting his demo. It was tricky trying to keep the colors from muddying in the shadow areas. If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please click to bid on Ebay.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Oriental Vase Completed

This is the completed painting. After putting it aside for several days I realized the blue glass was not properly lit. I added a blue reflection on the vase that was needed to add life to the painting. SOLD

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Oriental Vase

My set up.

My studio lay out.

I've begun a new painting based on my interpretation of the art of one of my favorite artist's Jeff Legg. I am trying to paint with less detail and make more of a statement with lighting. This jar has so many nooks and crannies on the surface and simplifying it is a challenge. After I set up the elements of the painting, I print a gray scale photo of the image that I tape to my easel. This helps me see values more clearly.

This is my first attempt at laying in the color and defining the elements of the design. I think the leaves are too intense and the vase needs more brightness.

After the second day of painting, I feel the table needs some warmth and the tangerines in the back need to be toned down a bit.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Watermelon Slice

Watermelon always reminds me of summer picnics. I'm ready for the warm weather! This painting is available on Ebay. Click to bid.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Green Ginger Jar

Recently, I acquired this ginger jar and filled it with flowers from my favorite shop. The colors of the blossoms compliment the mottled appearance of the container for a harmonious composition. My set up was placed on a glass surface because I thought I would paint the reflections. Instead, I decided to add petals and skip the reflective surface.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Apples and Plum

These beautiful apples and plum were found at the supermarket and I thought the plum would make a great piece for a set up because the plum's leaf was still attached. Unless you grow it yourself it is so difficult to find any fruit with leaves. As soon as the local farms in my area start growing their usual crop I plan on painting fruit with leaves. Available on Ebay Click here.