Monday, July 27, 2020

Keeping Cool

West Lake Water Lilies
8x10 oil study

Yesterday was a good day, stayed in with the ac blasting and painted this 8x10 water lily pond, from one of my photos.
Last week I actually went to West Lake in Patchogue did a quick 6x6 acrylic sketch on canvas.  It was way too  hot to continue, so I took lots of photos .

What is that message that is posted on Blogger about UK and cookies.  All too much for my old brain to comprehend. Oh well Happy Painting everyone.

If you live on L.I. this blasted heat wave will come to an end on Wednesday.  Stay Cool Everyone.

Sunday, July 26, 2020


Brookwood Hall
Gouache sketch

Water Lily pad study in gouache

Avalon Wild Flowers
A w/c sketch

Good morning fellow bloggers.  In the middle of a heat wave on Long Island.   It is 6:30 am, up at 5 and sitting here at my kitchen table having coffee and thinking.
Our world has changed so much, COVID 19, the unrest in our country with the riots and now a heat wave, WOW, not good.  Art has always been my refuge, it is so important to maintain my enthusiasm. So, it time to ask myself What’s Next.
Mike has a tomato plant that is producing juicy tomatoes, before it gets to hot, maybe that will be my next study.
The weather has never stopped me before, so it shouldn’t be a problem.  I do hope all of you are staying healthy and enjoying your free gift of art.  Happy Painting Everyone.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Plein air today

 Sunken Meadow
Plein air
8x16 oil 

It was another hot and humid day on Long Island. But friends  and I were so tired of staying in due the COVID 19 virus. Enough  is enough, we protected ourselves with wearing face mask and keeping a safe distance.  After adjusting to the discomfort of the hot and humid air and insects, we settled down to seeing the beautiful scene in front of us.  That was it, forgetting all of the discomforts of  a hot summer day, we rejoiced that we were actually out doors and enjoying the day.  I do hope everyone is safe . Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Happy to be Out Painting

Heckscher Beach Plein Air

It's been a while since I got out to paint.  My daughter and grandson was visiting for the last five days.  It is always difficult when they leave.  Didn't get to see my other grandchildren, they were in Florida.

So that being said, it was important to me just to get out, depression was knocking and I no longer have any tolerance for wasting my days feeling sad.  So here it is, just a sketch, I may go back tomorrow and do another.

I do hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Happy painting to you all.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Keeping busy

                                                           Stony Brook plein air
                                                            8x16 oil on panel

It was so warm and humid to today, I really had no desire to out there, but so glad I did go out.
We give ourselves so many reasons not to go out and paint.  Too hot, too cold, same old places that we always go, but the thing is, just go.   Stony Brook has always been my go to place to paint.  What never fails to amaze me, is that, the same place looks so different from hr to hr. From day to day.  So its always a new and wonderful experience.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Playing with paint

9x12 oil on canvas panel
Went to Heckscher Park and to our surprise we had windsurfers. Never before have I seen this in person.
Delightful sight to behold.

The Lone Surfer,
My first day, there was only one surfer.  I set up my french easel in the sand.
It was a very windy day, my determination to just do a sketch, won out and I now have a
painting with the authentic evidence of sand on my panel.

6x6 oil daisies in a creamer.
We have had so  much rain that I had to look around to set up this little still life.
My flowers aren't in bloom, thank goodness I have plenty of artificial flowers .
Not really my first preference, I enjoy painting real flowers.

Good Old Summertime, 9x12 oil on canvas panel.
Missing those warm days at the beach painting from life, had to be satisfied with
photos and my memory.  Also trying a new technique which I absolutely love, great fun. 

8x10 still life on canvas panel.
Still painting artificial flowers, this time tulips in a glass jar. Working with a palette knife and brush,
love painting with this gooey stuff.

Well that's it for today.  Do hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  We are all going through a rough time, praying for all those courageous people in the medical professions as well  as the firefighters, police and not forget people in transportation.  May God help us all.  In the meantime, keep your spirit up by picking up your brushes.  Happy Painting Everyone.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Keeping Busy

Gouache Study on w/c paper

6x6 Oil Study 

gouache study Sunken Meadow Beach

Good morning to all.  Procrastinating this morning.  Time to get dressed and go out and paint.  The weather is going to be gorgeous.  Hope all is staying safe.  We go to beaches and and parks big enough to keep people at a safe distance.  Doing the best we can.  take care and Happy Painting