Thursday, May 9, 2019

Good Morning

Bellport Beach gouache 5x7

I spent a few days working in gouache.  It's a lovely medium to work with, sometimes just want the watercolor to be more opaque.
Stony Brook gouache studies

I did three mini sketches in gouache of Stony Brook.  Purchased this frame from Savers thrift shop. Which inspired me to do the three sketches.
Playing with gouache
5x7 Day at the Lake

It is wonderful do a beach scene on a rainy spring day, the promise of what is to come. The end of the month I will be
joining my friend at the Fire Island Light house to do some plein air painting. Today my friend and I will be going to the Sayville Maritime to do some plein air painting.  The weather , sunny but cool. After a day in the studio yesterday it is time for some fresh air. Happy painting everyone.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Happy Easter and Happy Passover

Sayville Marsh
Going Big
Still needs more work

Lilypads oil
Short Beach
12x24 oil on canvas

These are some of the painting I have been working on, still tweaking.  Hopefully they will be completed before the shows.  I have my grandson visiting from Virginia .  We will be driving him home day after Easter.  I will get to spend time with the rest of the family.  I do hope everyone is well and wishing all Happy Holiday and happy painting.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Painting with friends

w/c on Khadi paper

Yesterday, I met  up with friends at the Smithtown Library.  Artist meet there every Tuesday. It is a pleasant group of very talented artist.  We all do our own thing, some paint in oil, or gouache. acrylic or oil.  I take my ipad with me to work from my own photos. 

It's always a shot in the arm to be with fellow artist, each has his or hers ideas and subject matter to paint. One gentleman was working on a large oil.  He photoshopped several photos using  something like adobe but less expensive.  He supper imposes the photos to create his own composition.  I have never seen that done before. He said he purchased one of the cheaper programs and installed it into his computer, so that he could create from photos from the net but make them his own by just using several different photos. Amazing.

The other artist just chose photos from various places.  They all have great drawing skills.  I choose to work from life or my own photos, not having to worry about copyright laws. The only problem what that is what if you want to paint jungle animals or farm animals.  As for people they are all over, and can be painted just by going outdoors.
As you can tell I am procrastinating this morning, so I will leave there.  Happy Painting everhyone.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The perfect spot

my 1 hr. sketch

Just had a very short time to paint yesterday.  Mike and I were on the way to the mall, just to stretch our legs with a good walk.  I was so happy that there was enough time to get this little sketch in, it open the flood gates to more possibilities. Taking photos will enable me to decide on different composition and formats.  Happy Painting everyone.
everywhere I look there is a possible painting
Just love this place
6x8 oil  on canvas panel

Monday, March 25, 2019

Crab Meadow

Crab Meadow, with Larry and Sue
watercolor 9x12

As I sit here having coffee and thinking what to paint next , it is time to go back to oil and acrylic.
Taking my good friend Hilda's advice it may be time to do a few larger painting. It is a struggle deciding what to paint
next, just by going larger from the smaller studies is half the battle.
On the other hand, lol, the weather is getting spring like and I just love being outdoors painting.  Today, I must prime panels if  I want to go out this week.
Inspiration???? Yesterday Mike and I went to Stony Brook, the harbor is where I usually paint.  But, nothing, no desire and not drawn to anything to paint.  Realizing that my paintings are usually the same locations on the island, but the atmosphere is constantly changing which I love. That is what makes the same look so different. Unfortunately, that  didn't happen yesterday.
So all of that being said, maybe it is time to switch it up a bit, look for textures like rocks, trees and just zoom in with my focal point and also do some still life paintings.  I am a firm believer that the subject finds us, all we have to do is pay attention. Thank you fellow bloggers, for letting me use the platform as a sounding board.
Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Recent Work

9x12 w/c on arches
Setauket Harbor
I love painting at the harbor, it is always so atmospheric.  I actually enjoy an overcast day.
The title Waiting describes exactly how we plein air artist feel, waiting for warmer spring like days.
Happy Painting everyone.

Stony Brook Clouds

Still doing watercolor studies.  8x10 on 140# arches. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Man's Best Friend

8x10 oil
Man's Best Friend

Well it seems face book and instagram in on the blink.  Can't seem to upload my photos.
That may be a good thing, I will just have to post more on my blog.

This is a painting that I have been working on, it is painted on muslin that was glued to foam board.  I have been watching Charlie Hunters new online video.  That's how I found out about muslin that can be purchased in Hobby Lobby for 2.29 a yard.  I glued that to an 8x10 foam board.  It's very interesting. Also he uses Cobra water mixable oil paints.  Do hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather, tomorrow in the 50's.  Gotta get out.

Happy Painting everyone.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Recent studies

Another study using watercolor and gouache. I have been busy experimenting using various
Papers Saunders 140# rough and handmade 100% cotton  Khadi paper. Now I am using my iPad using the internal keyboard. My smart keyboard  the case cracked. So it is time for me to join the rest of the people and  use the way my grandchildren uses theirs.  Happy painting everyone.

Sky study wc on Khadi paper

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Watercolor studies

Daffodils from Trader Joe's on Khadi handmade watercolor paper

Another paper that is 100% cotton handmade. It has the feel of painting on material, great fun.
While waiting for spring I purchased my yearly daffodils from Trader Joe's, they come
from Ireland.
It is Saturday morning and having coffee, today will be another painting day.  First, must pick up my painting that was in
a show and happy to say it received a merit award.  So once again wishing all a happy Saturday.


This is my first study using the Saunders rough paper.  I love it, and makes painting in w/c so much easier for me.

Stony Brook plein air

Stony Brook Harbor

Yesterday, my friend Sue and I braved the semi cold weather and painted in Stony Brook.
It was wonderful being outdoors. 

I will finish this study at home ore maybe not.  I have been experimenting with
different w/c papers.  This is a Saunders 140lb. rough.  Love it.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thoughts of Spring

Today the temps dropped very low.  too cold to go out.  Mike and I stayed in, I painted he did some searches on the internet comparing cars. So the day continued and it was all good. 

Just trying to get back to watercolors, I set up on the kitchen table, some artificial flowers in a glass jar.
I will now watch some tv and crochet with Monet cuddling next to me. 

The simple things in life mean so much, it's just a matter of paying attention. Happy Painting everyone.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Cup and Saucer

Still playing with this laptop. The cup and saucer painting was purchased at a thrift store.  Mike and I are becoming quite the collectors, should say hoarders.  We are running out of space in a big house lol.

Works in Progress

A study in watercolor

Roses and Pears

Still learning about posting from this laptop.

Just lost use of the keyboard.  Had to restart the laptop. Lenovo doesn't have support, nothing like Apple products. Oh well time for another cup of coffee.

Still life paintings for the New Year

Hydrangea's and Mandarin oranges
Roses and Pears

These photo's aren't that good. Must go back and check the original photos.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Happy New Year

Sue and I bundled up in winter clothing
Just love being out there
Short beach
plein air
This was supposed to be after the water color paintings
watercolor clod study
From a Distance

I do hope everyone is well and enjoying the New Year.  It is almost February and it always amazes me how fast the days go by. I had a slow start to getting back to my art.  But in the last two weeks  I have picked up my brushes, both watercolor and oil.  My friend Sue and I actually got back to short beach for some plein air painting.  It seems to be out annual event.
Hopefully I will be able to focus more on my blog . Happy painting everyone.