Tuesday, March 26, 2019

“Lake Meahagh House”

“Lake Meahagh House”
Oil on Linen, 8” x 10”

I love to paint a house in front of the ocean or a river, but here is one behind the water! It”s so odd that some trees are in bloom and others haven’t even leafed out. This is a real orange/green composition, but the sky is the palest blue ever..

Saturday, March 23, 2019

“Shed at Fred’s“

“Shed at Fred’s”
Oil on Canvas, 11” x 14”

I kept coming back to this image because of the cool fish painted on the bright side of the glowing white shed. So glad I’ve finally tackled it! I’m happy with the water, and I did reduce the paraphernalia in the background, masts, boats and other marine accoutrements, in order to enjoy the trees!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

“Mexican Sun Shell”

“Mexican Sun Shell”
Oil on Canvas, 8”x6”

We were in Mexico a year ago, and the sun was so bright and beautiful. I took pictures of many shells that were in the collection of our Airbnb hosts. I didn’t want to go crazy and paint one of those spiny ones...oh the detail! But I think that might be my next one. Negative shapes galore!

Sunday, March 17, 2019


Oil on Linen, 9” x 12”

This cow seemed so elegant to me, well her hind legs anyway. I like the way she’s turning to face us. I was really going to just do a quick warm-up sketch and then wipe her out and paint her another day, but it turned into a fully realized painting. It wouldn’t have been quite this loose if I had set out to do a final.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

“Columbia River”

“Columbia River”
Oil on Canvas, 8” x 10”

This is a different version of a painting I did earlier and I’m pretty happy with it. There’s a big difference between the two...I’ve been using water mixable oils for my last several paintings for health reasons. I resisted this for so long, I bought my first set about 4 years ago and am only just using it now! I was watching a YouTube video of a painter who talked about how struggling with the medium is actually a good thing so that is my mantra during this new period. I may touch this up later, especially the sky, but now I am tired and happy enough with it to post.

We were picnicking on the Columbia River in Oregon and I walked around a bit and found this view.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

”Going North”

“Going North”
Oil on Canvas, 5” x 7”

A little local scene where the sun was hitting the houses just right. I almost tossed the underpainting when I realized it would probably work out after all. Oh the vagaries of painting.

So I have this beat up old frame that I love - the cat knocked it down from it’s perch in my shop, but I think it goes pretty well anyway.

Friday, February 22, 2019

“Oxford Alleyway”
Oil on Canvas, 6” x 8”

Isn’t sunlight on stone beautiful? These little passageways seem like sculpture to me.

Monday, February 18, 2019

“Field in Provence”

“Field in Provence”
Oil on Linen, 9” x 12”

We traveled to Southern France a few years ago and I still remember the glorious fields of 
lavender and cypress trees. I’m so ready for spring.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

”Lake Casse Revisited”

“Lake Casse Revisited”
Oil on Board, 6” x 6”

I was unhappy with a previous version so gave it another shot.

Monday, February 4, 2019

“Getting Late”

“Getting Late”

Hi there! I haven’t posted in a long time. With my annual holiday show, the actual holidays, camping in Baja Mexico, prepping our home for sale by having 4 floors redone and escaping to Montreal in the process, I have found little time or inclination to paint. However in my least favorite weather but visually most favorite time of year....I am stopping often to take shots that I hope to turn into gorgeous paintings. This one was taken around 4 or 5 p.m., just when it is thinking about getting dark. 
Other topic: I am reading about Leonardo DaVinci (by Walter Isaacson) for bookgroup. Do I think about him now while painting? Of course. Do I try to get just a little of his acuity perspective? Yes! Do I despair that I will never be as acute an observer as he? Totally. But I find myself thinking this, how cool it would be for him to be in this world today - he would be just fascinated by everything around us!!!

Friday, October 12, 2018

"Mr. Shine"

"Mr. Shine"
Oil on Gessobord, 4" x 4"

I really wanted the beautiful back-lighting on this lemon to come through
in the painting so I hope it did.
I started this two days ago. When I painted today I brushed a thin coat of medium to begin with, and a layer of paint came off. Yikes! Usually my oils are pretty dry after two days. But I think it turned out pretty well so who knows, a new technique in the making?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

"Hakurei Turnip"

"Hakurei Turnip"
Oil on Canvas, 6" x 4"

The thing about belonging to a Community Supported Agriculture group is that you get all these strange veggies that you never heard of before. But our wonderful Field Goods in Westchester, New York gives us great recipes, so these turnips in a stir fry with onions and Garam Masala were great!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

"Hey There"

"Hey There"
Oil on Board, 6" x 6"

This is a study.
While we were visiting friends in Martha's Vineyard we stopped to photograph this beautiful field near the end of the day. This cow was very interested in us!


Monday, September 24, 2018


Oil on Canvas, 8" x 10"

We just spent a wonderful weekend with friends at Martha's Vineyard.
The weather on Saturday was gorgeous. This one still needs a sky.

Friday, September 21, 2018

"Fish House, Rockport, MA"
Oil on Canvas, 8" x 6"

I am told this is the most often painted building in the United States! So now I've done it.
: )

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

"Wine Cork"

"Wine Cork"
Oil on Canvas, 4" x 4"

 It is a plain little thing. However,
"It doesn't matter what you paint, it's how you paint it."
I believe that quote is from consummate painter Colley Whisson.