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

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 .

Monday, June 5, 2017

Plein air at Fire Island

It was one of those perfect days weather wise.  Mike , Mo, and I went to the Fire Island Lighthouse
I painted from the upper deck looking down at the beach. 

I wanted to capture the clouds and had to turn my easel facing the opposite position from where
I started.  Took photos to finish this at home.  I wanted to work in acrylics which was
perfect for what I was painting.

This was my first sketch on mdf panel.  Love working with acrylics for painting wet over dry
using the acrylic varnish medium helped with the glazing .  Happy painting everyone.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Beach... a wip

A better photo
closer to the original painting

Fire Island Beach
acrylic on panel wip

Couldn't join my friends at the Fire Island Lighthouse paint out this year.  So I started this acrylic on panel from a photo when I was there last year.  For some reason the photo came out so dark, I will try to edit and hopefully it will look a little better

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Looking, but Not Seeing

worked so fast, forgot about composition

Once I took it  into the house, my best critic my husband Mike made me aware.  He actually said, boring, no negative space.
It's wonderful having him to see when I don't.  All in all it was a great experience being able to get out this afternoon. Tomorrow I will have another go at this, before we plant the flowers.
working in the yard, pein air 1hr. study 

Kings Park Bluff

Kings Park plein air

It was a lovely day yesterday.   Mike, Mo and I went to the bluff, I painted and Mike and Mo walked the beach then took a nap.   We have had so much rain on Long Island and it is very difficult getting my plein air fix.  Maybe I should be like Peter Brown and go out no matter what the weather.

Time for a hair cut, lots to do today.  Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happy News

Garden Path
11x14 oil on canvas

I am thrilled to learn that my painting Garden Path has been selected into the Trapani Gallery to be exhibited in the Local Color show.

Excited about this, it is quite new or me and I look forward to the experience of meeting other artist.  Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Happy Days of Plein Air painting

Cold and Windy Day at Sunken Meadow

This week the weather will be warmer, in fact, it will be summer like.  So it is time to decide which pochade box or french easel to use.  This painting was done in oil 6x8 panel.  I so look forward to be outdoors again.  Happy painting everyone.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Babylon Village Bistro

Babylon Village scene

I wanted to paint this I just love this bistro with the flowerpot in front.  I went there a few weeks ago to
paint on location.  I forgot my pochade box and had to be happy with photos and some sketches.

I did this one from a photo from last year.  8x10 oil sketch. Happy painting everyone.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Testing my key board


I am checking my keyboard for spelling errors.  Not the best at spelling.  Noticed this is not correcting mistakes.

I will  continue to try this app and see if it works.  I will  misspell some words. It does not highlight the words.  I will find another app. for my .samsung. I am now trying the Google keyboard app and it is pretty good.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Flowers and Pears

6x8 Oil on canvas panel

Went to Trader Joe's last week and purchased white Roses.  Did this little still life after making a batch of home made gesso.
Love the way the paint adheres to the canvas with homemade gesso . Also learned how to make homemade texture pasted.

plein air  town of Bayshore

Adding more , people and cars, still very abstract

Learning to paint on location and also working at home from my sketches and photos.  I much rather be out and about. Happy painting everyone.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Painting the town

Bayshore street scene plein air

Went out and met with friends in the town of Bayshore . I have been wanting to paint a street scene on location
It is so difficult.  But it's time to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone.  Happy painting everyone.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Water color sketch

    Experimenting with prime photos.  My ipad is on the way out.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Back in the Studio

6x13 oil study on panel

I am beginning to realize that to be an artist is like being a juggler.  There are so many aspects to art work.  The
problem is , I love it all.  Oils, w/c/ pen and ink etc.   I will never be that good and it is okay, every time I pick up a brush or pencil it is exciting for it is a challenge.  Never bored.  Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Panel Board and masonite.

Working on background

Just playing with various techniques for the background of the apple pickers.  This also another panel board.  I tried to share the Roger Bansemer video on panel board as a substrate of oil and acrylic paintings.  Still very confused.  I have used archival canvas panel and gessoboard purchased from Blick Art supplies.   In the end, after more research I will probably used raymar panels which I have used as well.  In the meantime it is still bothering me, that so many professional artist use masonite, mdf and panel board.  Yet I do respect the professional artist such as Jim Serrett who do not like using this type of surface. A guide to painting on wood or hardboard.

Painting on Panel Board

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

To Use Mdf board or not?

Oil on mdf just a study

I recently purchased white panel board, with is basically painted mdf board.  It is wonderful to paint on after the surface is slightly sanded and gesso is appliced.  I was told that it isn't wise to paint on mdf board it lacks archival or it simply won't stand the test of time.  I did some research on my own only to find that there are so many artist who Paints on mdf, professional artist, such as Roger Bansemer, Peter Brown, a large number of British artist that I follow.
So this can be a bit confusing.  The truth be told, in my case, I don't believe that I need to concern myself with that issue.  But it was interesting to hear this from an artist who has worked in a museum and has seen fine pieces of art crumble. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

A study using Schminke w/c's

I have made several purchases.  I usually work from w/c tube paint.  Recently I discovered working
From 1/2 w/c of professional quality very enjoyable.  Happy Painting everyone.


Recent Studies

Grist Mill a watercolor study

It is very difficult to work from my iPad.  It is on it's way out after only 4 1/2 yrs. Just trying to post some of my recent works.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Practice, practice,practice!

Challenging myself

My friend Joan is doing a one week challenge of 100 people sketches in a week.  I don't have the time to commit officially but thought it would be fun to add sketching people when I had extra time.
I also included some horse and jockey drawings, I gave in and started to get free photos from the internet, maybe someday I
will  get a chance to study horses from life.  Happy painting everyone.