Saturday, July 14, 2018

Has Instagram replaced Blogging? What's the rush!

Has anyone else noticed that Instagram is the first place we show our new work? Straight from an I phone image and another click shares it to FB! I was, at one time enthralled with this blog, but more and more go to the other places to see and post art.
However, there isn't the room or atmosphere for a lengthy share about how the painting was completed in a morning, what the challenges were (bugs), what attracted you to paint (those reflections) and the details of the painting. (oil on linen, 10x10).
This was painted at the historic home of Gilbert Stuart in Saunderstown, RI, not far from where I live. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018


While in Texas this winter, I got a chance to see the new installation of AUSTIN by Ellsworth Kelly. He gifted the design concept for this monumental work to the Blanton Museum and even though it was a cloudy day when I visited, the space was very moving and eerily like a chapel. In the museum were extensive paintings, drawings and plans for the installation which were incredibly fascinating. If you go to Austin, it's part of the permanent exhibit and not to be missed. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blue Stripes & Vase

A modernist approach to an interior in this limited palette oil painting. I flattened the shapes so that the outside landscape doesn't recede. This is the view from the sliders to the courtyard and I really simplified the shapes to further flatten the space. Look for where I used lost edges! Those are exciting areas for me!
If I were painting plein air and wanted to show atmospheric perspective I would use different techniques.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

No Hurry, No Worry

Today is the first day of winter, and the feelings as we get closer to December 25 can become ones of being completely overwhelmed or just maybe something else. I did some early shopping before the mad rush takes over and that definitely helps.  I took Cooper for a walk and being out in nature is so good, especially as there was no wind and lots of sun this morning.  My daughter went to her Yin yoga class before work to find her center and I find inspiration in that. When I'm not rushing around, it's easier to be inspired.
I'm gallery sitting today at Spring Bull Gallery here in Newport, RI, and I'm very grateful to be in one place til 5pm. No hurry today.
Everything will get done.
Everything is as it should be. 
I wish you peace in your hearts this holiday season and thank you for all your comments and support of my art and musings this past year.
This gouache is the next step from my previous post of the cat from Castine. Thought she was the purrfect example of cool and collected!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Get Focused!

I've wanted to do something with a photo I took of Lily, the sweet house kitty I met this summer while I was at the Castine Plein Air Festival. In my studio the other day, between projects and feeling very unfocused, I got out the photo, my brushes and gouache. I wanted to have a big pop of color so I amped up the yellow of the chair. This photo hasn't been cropped so you can also see where I placed the white painters tape. 

Here is the painting cropped. I think I will pull the tape, then use a white mat with a tiny bit of white paper showing, framed in a white frame for a contemporary look. 
I love how even a short time in the studio can get me focused, even if I have no idea what will happen. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

White Rose

I painted this rose from direct observation as a demo during our last Gallery Night here in Newport, RI at Spring Bull Gallery. I wanted to talk about and show how "white is not always white". I had toned my panel with acrylic Payne's Grey which is more dark blue than grey. You can see where bits of it come through. Many subtle shifts of color, from warm to cool, along with value shifts are needed to make this rose come alive. Keeping the shapes is always a priority and is part of my painting style! Would it be fun to paint this BIG? I think it would.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Balloon Frenzy

We pulled into a tiny, quiet campground around 9 miles east of Akron, Ohio and were surprised when an hour later two trucks arrived with all the gear to launch two magnificent hot air balloons. We literally had a front row seat and I dashed to get my paints and capture as much of the excitement as I could.

 Quite a crowd gathered, and one friend of a ballooner took this picture of me as I moved into power painter mode. I did snap a few pics of my own and finished the painting as the balloons drifted out of sight. I was so excited that I posted on my FB page the first painting that evening.
But, here's the problem. I never took the time to really look at what I was painting. Second, I impulsively hit that Post button. 
So here's the "corrected" painting, which is, in fact, truer to the mood and scene that my first stab had been. 
Biggest lesson learned: it's never too late to fix something if you can. And, pause before posting!