Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Beached, Green Row Boat

This one graces an 8 x 1o canvas. I used sand from a recent trip to the beach to create the textures in the sand.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending an art fair in one of the neighboring municipalities There were plenty of vendors in attendance. While it was a nice event, it was a little disappointing for me because of the lack of Art. This fair should have been aptly named Craft Fair. There was plenty of jewelry, trinket, bird houses and things on wooden sticks. Unfortunately, there was only 5 artist present out of about 200. I wonder if art fairs, in the pure sense, are becoming a thing of the past. Thereby, no longer a profitable venue for self-representing artist.

I call this one, (no surprise) Oranges. These scrumptious beauties were created by glazing. There are about 5 or 6 layers of thin paint. Each layer was allowed to dry before adding a new layer. I like the way this one turned out.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I went on a brush shopping adventure today. They had a good selection of brushes. All of which, were vying for my attention. Unfortunately, I made the super bad mistake of taking dh with me. Dh was very annoying, impatient and borderline obnoxious. thus ruining my brush shopping experience. Needless to say, I left the store utterly disgusted and frustrated. Lesson learn, take dh's credit card and leave him at home. I will attempt to shop for brushes again this weekend.

I completed this painting a couple of month ago. It is aptly titled "Grapes and Pears". This painting was accomplished in part with thin layers of glazing on the grapes. I employed a dry brush technique on the pears.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cover Foot Bridge Over Water

This is my first landscape. I must confess, that I enjoyed this painting and I plan to do more. This particular bridge is one of a few historic footbridges left in PA. This added to my privilege of being able to render on canvas. It is painted with oils on an 11 x 14 canvas.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Fish in a Red Bowl

This one was fun to paint. Fish in a Red Bowl is painted on a collaged newspaper background that compliments the fresh mackerel in a bowl. The fish are contained in a deep vibrant red dish, which also compliments the blue and green hues reflected in the scales of the fish. This one is painted on a 12 x 12 mdf board. As always, comments and critiques are welcomed.

Monday, July 14, 2008


This is a painting of an American Avocet. This bird has an elegant profile and striking coloration. In summer it can be found in temporary and unpredictable wetlands across western North America where it swings its long upturned bill through the shallow water to catch small invertebrates.

I used a new to me technique to paint him. He is painted on an 8 x 10 canvas. I used modeling paste to achieve the birds textures. I applied the modeling paste with a knife. The paste was allowed to dry overnight. I painted him the next day using a limited pallette,consisting of ultramarine blue, white, yellow ochre and alizarin crimson.

I was pleased with the way the painting turned out. I just hope that my photography skills were able capture some of the interest and texture in this piece.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Life is Just A Bowl Of Cherries

Cherries are another one of my summertime favorites. This one was fun to paint. I started one with a grisaille under painting and glazed with layers of the rich colors. Life is a bowl of Cherries is painted on an 11 x14 canvas.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Boats at the Dock of the Bay.

It is summer. It is my favorite time of the year. During this season my thoughts tend to drift toward the ocean, sea, and lakes. Pretty much any place that I can get wet and cool off might find itself a subject for a painting. This piece is called Boats at the Dock of the Bay. It was inspired by a boating contest that I was fortunate enough to attend on the Chesapeake Bay. Save Now

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Lone Red Boat

Wow it has been awhile since I updated my blog. I can believe how time slips away when you are busy with "life", work, family, and excuses. I am glad to steal a few moments to update and share. My attempt at a painting a day has failed miserable. I am now going to refer these quickies as my "every once and awhile" paintings. Here is one I completed in about 2 hours. Comments and critiques are always welcome. I call this one "Lone Red Boat"