Monday, July 29, 2013

Dancing Colors

I love the way the light made the colors dance around . I especially liked painting the shadows.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


I am working with pastels again. This is from one of my favorite spots - Plum Island MA. It is a nature preserve and has area after area of incredible beauty and lots of green-head flies!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ratatouille - Zucchini

Today I finished my Ratatouille series.  I included the blossom just for fun.  Next week I am off to an abstract landscape workshop with Robert Carsten.  I have already packed my pastels but I think I will bring along my oils too.  I will add the link to Dailypaintworks as soon as I figure out how!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Not there yet

I have passed this scene every day to and from work for the last 15 years.  I have tried to capture its beauty in paint and pastels for almost as long.  I expect a break-through soon!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rudbeckia with red zinnia

9x12 oil I did this one in class last week.  It was fun looking for the lights and darks rather than the individual petals.  The garden is full of black eyed susans and echinachea .

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Plum Island study

We spent the day at Plum Island, MA dodging the green head flies and cooling off in the shallow waters of the State beach.  I took a lot of photos of the marsh areas and did a few studies for a larger painting. This one is 5x7 oil. available on Dailypaintworks $100.00

I am also playing with my camera settings and experimenting with blog options. All of it fun!
This was the first study I did, also 5x7 I like the hill area. For my large painting 14x18 (large for me!) I will try to combine the best of these studies.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Cutter's field

Another local landscape - I love these sunlit fields.  This one is oil on Masonite 5x7.  I did a few others. In one I I turned the orientation to deepen the field.

This one is 6x6 and done on raymar panel.
Another 5x7 on Masonite. Which do you like the best?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fresh as a Daisy

6x6 oil on Raymar panel

The hardest part is knowing when to stop. I love the shadows on this one.
Available through Sullivan Fine Art Gallery, Bedford NH

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ancient Oak

This old oak borders a farm in Massachusetts. I have worked on landscapes in oil for the last few days.  I am trying to stay loose. I break my thumbnail into 5 basic shapes and try to make every brushstroke count.  So far its a lot of fun!

5x7 oil $100.00

Friday, July 12, 2013

Little Island Pond

This is another 5x7 pastel. The scene is little Island Pond in southern New Hampshire, a very quiet and peaceful place.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Essex Salt Marsh

Pastel 7x10 Salt Marsh on Massachusetts Coast, early summer.  One of the few sunny days we have had this summer. $100.00

Monday, July 8, 2013

Spring Daffodils

I painted this in Spring when the daffodils first came up but was unhappy with the background.  It is much nicer now with the soft blue.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Loostrife Fields

Another scene I pass to and from work. I have always loved the look of a loostrife field even though I know it is considered invasive.

Saturday, July 6, 2013


In my class last week with Stuart Ober I painted a still life arrangement of bottles.  I did this one in my own studio to further practice reflected color and transparency.