Thursday, February 19, 2015


First attempt at painting Panda Bears
8x10 watercolor rough draft

My grandchildren came for a visit over the weekend.  It's always difficult for
me to get back on track.  What always helps is doing something so different
and more challenging to get me through missing them.
I have never painted Panda bears and thought, why not, give a try. These are just rough drafts.
The flowers and tea pot, still working out a composition and colors .  I purchased  a
tea pot from Fairway.  Just had to have it and will probably include it in the composition
of many more future paintings.
Long Island has had some severe weather, snow, winds and bitter cold. Monet has is
vet appointment today, after, I will get back to my art work. Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Roses in a Glass

Roses in a Glass
8x10 oil on canvas panel

My first purchase at Trader Joe's were beautiful pink Roses.  Thank God for digital
camera's.  I can finished this painting even though the roses are gone.
Just a little more tweaking on this one.

Happy Painting everyone.

Monday, February 2, 2015

After The Challenge

Playing with Gouache
5x7 study
Bellport Harbor

Trying to get back to my studies.  I chose to paint this in gouache.
Just to re-charge my creative battery.  Looking at this, I will go
back and work on the boat and water.  That's what is so great
about gouache.  It is easy to make corrections.
Happy Painting Everyone.

Friday, January 30, 2015

30 Day Challenge, The End

5x7 oil on canvas panel
Crab Meadow Beach

This is the last of the 30 day challenge,
It has been an experience and I am so happy it is over.
Now I can take my time and perhaps go back and
tweak some of the paintings started.

Today will be spent in my studio, it is snowing once again, although
they  are predicting just a coating of an inch, not so bad.
It is winter after all, oh to be young again, to be happy just to play in
the snow.   Now I have a new way of enjoying the white stuff, from
my window and yes, drawing and painting what  Mother Nature is
dishing out to us, it's always a surprise from day to day.

One of my favorite books, it's almost  like a bible to me, that I have
referred to through out the years of painting that is The Artist's Way,
by Julia Cameron.  She writes about paying attention , " The capacity for
delight is the gift of paying attention" That quote stands out in my
mind for today.  
Happy Painting everyone.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 29

The first step just sketching in stage
Strawberries and Cream
5x7 oil on canvas panel

I started this from a set up, had to work quickly.  Dealing with
fresh fruit or flowers , one can't dilly dally.  Thank goodness
for digital cameras.  I took a photo and will finish this
when the paint dries a bit.

Happy to say one day left to this challenge. Must start
getting ready for up and coming shows.
Happy Painting everyone.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 28

5x7 oil on canvas panel
Old Westbury Gardens Gazebo

Really in the home stretch.  I was nominated again to do the 3/5 challenge on
face book.  I am trying to nominate other artist.  After the face book challenge
that will be THE END of face book for awhile.
I know that's been said, but just realized face book is only a way of
me procrastinating from doing what I really want to do, PAINT.

Okay, that's enough of that, the snow is still out there and
once I have my coffee, and start my day.  It will be a day
of sketching from the window.
Happy Painting Everyone.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 27

4x6 acrylic sketch on 140lb. hot press w/c paper

Well there is certainly a morning after, wow, we got 24 inches
and thank God, the wind wasn't bad enough to cut out

I shoveled a path so that my little Monet could go out and
do his business.  He has his favorite spot in the yard.

I am happy this 30 day challenge is coming to an end, have no
intentions of doing this again.

I do hope everyone is enjoying the winter, happy painting everyone.