Saturday, July 28, 2012


Although I have posted these before by themselves, I like how they connect when shown like this, side by side. It was not intentional, just a happy accident. Tonight is the opening at Downtown Designs in Newport, RI from 5-8 pm. The artists from Beach Studios have been invited to be part of this lively,creative scene, a service of the non-profit Looking Upwards. Check out the link to learn more, visit us tonight and through September to see more.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Our Time

An older painting that still resonates with me...mother and daughter at the beach, spending time together. The clock behind them says 9am...perfect day, all day together!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Red White And Blue ll

Another red,white and blue painting. This just says summer to me. 8x8 Gallery Edge canvas.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Red White and Blue 1

Have been thinking about a red, white and blue series, inspired more by the color combination than a sense of patriotism, but heh, it IS July! This was done on an 8x8 Gallery Edge canvas, natural light at the dining room table, too hot to even make the trip to the studio!Continuing my study of striped fabric which I find intriguing.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Jane Pickens

The Jane Pickens in downtown historic Newport, RI is a world class art cinema. I painted this last weekend plein air in Washington Square. So many beautiful buildings, there will be more to come in my historic Newport series. This is 12x12 on panel, my artistic liberty was not to include the wrought iron fence that surround the park. Maybe next time, but I wanted the simplicity for this painting.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Coggeshall Farm

Found this tranquil scene late afternoon earlier in the week. The light on the land across the pond attracted me first, then the Bay beyond. I kept the foreground very abstract, going over what I felt to be "too careful" brushstrokes with the palette knife in order to make it less fussy. I reminded myself that showing each blade of grass is not what I'm most interested in. Leave it to those who do it so well, better than I ever could!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Under the Mt Hope Bridge

This spot under the Mt Hope Bridge is one I've wanted to paint before, and now here we are. Struggled with this until I took a few suggestions from my painting bud Judy Chaves about value. Things seem to be so much lighter than I see them to be at first, then when I make the correction, ahah, it reads correctly. Thank you!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Cool Woods

Seeking refuge from the sweltering sun and heat last week, we headed for the shady woodsy Glen Farm Road. A perfect spot we thought, til the lawn service trucks rumbled by and the mosquitoes found us! After about an hour and a half we both decided we'd gotten what we needed and packed up. Paint fast and be flexible, I took a different approach with this, striving to keep the foreground as abstract as possible.