Sunday, October 22, 2017

Atmosphere at the bluff

18x24 oil on board

Another recent painting I worked on this past month.  I love doing atmospheric paintings. This was done in the studio. Not posting on my blog has been something that I am trying to change.  Today I will get to see my good friend Hilda.  We are picking up our work from the Conklin House.  It is a yearly event we both take part in and we enjoy seeing one another. I will try to visit most of you, there has been so  many blogs that I look forward seeing. 

Sunday Morning post

8x10 oil sketch on canvas

East Setauket Bridge

Lone Wolf

a sketch in gouache
Well once again I find myself painting without my painting friends.  Life is funny in a way, it is constantly changing.  My painting pals had some health issues or just would rather paint in the studio.  So it is Mike, Monet and me.  I thank God they are with me.  Happy painting everyone.  I am off to the 8am mass this morning. Enjoy you Sunday.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Golden Marsh

Golden Marsh

 Painted this on location but had to finish in the studio.  Trying to post from my tablet.  All these devices I have are driving me crazy.  I should just stick to painting. 
Happy Painting  everyone.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fire Island

Plain air at the Fire Island Lighthouse
Our group went to the Fire Island Lighthouse for a plein air event.  This is one of mine.  8x10 acrylic.  Kept it simple.  It's called From A Distance.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Oils on paper

Oil on Hulie paper

During the summer I wanted to try the French Hulie paper .  It was just axperiment and love it, just  a 2x2 . I will do a larger piece at some point.  Posting from my new iPad Pro.  Happy painting everyone.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


 A work in progress.  The Barn.  Will try to find the completed painting.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Last Days of August

Sunken Meadow a study of rocks in casein
Worked from a photo taken at Sunken Meadow

gouache and casein

A study in casein and gouache

Again, casein and gouache

casein study from a photo at the Dahlia
Garden




working on location , casein set up, a James Gurney
pochade, the Mike made for me

Started the Dahlia's but didn't finish

Did the study, 8x10 acrylic on canvas panel

Sometimes if feels that I haven't worked on my art enough. The days go by so quickly and I really hate
wasting the beautiful days we've been blessed with recently.  That is why it helps to post on either face book  or my blog.
It's nothing more than an art diary.  But gotta, face book is getting too many post on politics.  Enough is enough.

So now I think maybe blogging and instagram my be better. So fellow artist, these photos are just my way of recording how I  spent the last few weeks of August.  I do hope all of you are enjoying your days as well.  Happy Painty everyone

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lake Ronkonkoma

my little side kick Monet
keeping cool under my easel and keeping
the flock of geese away.

Mike reading a history magazine on my
kindle

My set up looking down at the lake.
No swimming allowed, but still a beautiful scene
on a lovely day.

My 10x12 acrylic sketch on mdf board.  I very rarely finish on
location.  I will try to finish this one in the studio

Do hope all are enjoying the summer.  It is going by so very fast.  My children and grandchildren have
returned home.  Mike and I are feeling a little blue, but thank God we have interest to keep us going.
Happy Painting everyone

Couldn't go plain air painting, so I painted this in the yard.  10x12 acrylic on MDF board. That was supposed to be plein air.

Friday, July 28, 2017

West Lake Lily Pads

Really wanted to capture the lily pads while in bloom.  Found this lovely spot on the Island, West Lake.  Did a few studies, but want to continue with various colors and compositions.

Another study on canvas taped to foam board.  Painting on different  surfaces  creates such a  different look
I will continue to do more studies.  I am waiting for my daughter and the family to arrive.  It is 12:19 am, Mike has homemade pizza in the oven.  They should be here about 1am.

I do hope everyone is enjoying the summer.  It is going by so fast.  I look forward to doing more plein air painting once the children return home.  That helps me get over sad and lonely feeling once they leave.  

Monday, July 3, 2017

Overwhelmed in Paradise

 Mike and I went to the Planting Fields Arboretum for some plein air painting.  We walked through the gardens which were breathtaking.  The colors the the little cottages.  and mansion, were all . calling to me to set up and paint.
 Well, that was the problem.  Mike took this photo of me, while telling me don't to forget to squint. Biggest problem in painting is seeing the correct tones.
Also painting in the summer there's so much green. So we walked and walked the summer sun beginning to take it's toll on us.
 We walked past the trellis and lovely flowers, and continued to look for the perfect location.
 So, I settled and decided to paint the little cottage . Well maybe.
 Love the shadows on the gravel path.
 Here are the two paintings that I ended up doing.  The one above started at the gardens and the one  below from one of my photos.  Not happy with either one. So all of this will just go into one of many memories of Mike and me on the journey to painting plein air.  Mike doesn't paint, he reads the history magazines on the kindle.
I do hope everyone is enjoying the summer and for us the states we have July4th holiday.  Happy painting everyone.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Brookwood Hall

Brookwood Hall

So sick of computers
my plein air today
Today Mike, Mo and I went to Brookwood Hall to paint.  Last night we had the reception at the Fire Island Lighthouse.  Fun hanging with fellow artist. Good , wine , cheese and crackers.  Lovely music and spectacular sun set.  Happy Painting everyone.

testing my macbook air

Trying to capture water lilies

plein air today at Brookwood Hall

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stony Brook Harbor

Stony Brook Harbor
Plein air
acrylic on mdf

So happy to be out painting.  Mike , Mo and me.  Fresh air and sunshine.  I actually painted people on the spot. Lots of fun.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Visiting my family in Virginia, sketching while children are in school
Watercolor in my journal

It's wonderful seeing my grandchildren.  We are here babysitting.  My daughter has a business meeting and my son in law is working out of town.  So it is Mike and Me . The kids seem to be fine with it, so while they are busy with school and playing with friends I have my art .

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tripod art and photo easel

Testing my tripod easel for the first time
6x8 acrylic on canvas panel
This was more of a test of my easel.  So tired of being a pack horse lugging heavy equipment.
Even the best pochade boxes require a tripod and paints, brushes and panels etc.
With this light weight easel I have learned to lighten my load.




This is my quickie sketch using acrylic paints.  What I like about this, I can switch to oils, or even watercolors
without adding too much extra weight.  I will keep you all posted .  Happy painting everyone.

6x8 acrylic sketch
This is how it looks .