Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pope John Paul

I painted this pastel portrait in 1982. Here it is approaching 2010. I would really like to get back to portraits this coming year. Happy New Year to all.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tonal Study

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Getting back to painting was difficult today. Didn't know what to paint, so I did a tonal study from one of my photos. I also notice some of the blogs I follow was removed by mistake. I will bring them back during the week.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Just wanted to wish all of my fellow artist a very safe and healthy holiday . So for now, I am off to start my baking . This little mini I did last year.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Greeting Card

Experimenting with graphics. I did this little trading card in acrylic, then placed it on the bottom of an 8x11 sheet of copy paper, copied it and the folded it into a greeting card format.
I'm sure this is nothing new to so many of my artist friends, but it is all new to me.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

In The Studio

Here it is again. I've been setting out to complete my little oil sketches. This time it has a different title. I want to start fresh for the New Year. So it will be out with old in with the new.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bakers Dozen

On a cold Sunday morning, my husband and I went to a local market. I couldn't resist taking a photo of this lady buying her Sunday morning breakfast.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Simba is my sons Shilo Shepherd he weighs 125lbs. and is 30 inches tall. He is a gentle giant. As for this painting, the old saying "if you don't use it, you lose it". Well I have my work cut out for me next year. I will begin to do more pet portraits. Mainly dogs.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Little Boat

I can't believe this little 5x7 could be so difficult to paint. Thank you Karen Phipps, her tonal study is something I forget when I focus too much on other elements. Just by adding more of the dark and light tones it helped. As for the boat, next time I will pay more attention to a better photo of boats.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Another Study

5x7 oil study. Still using the Zorn palette. It's really very interesting to see the various shades of color. There is still so much to learn from this study. Sorry to say that little boat looks more like a tub, but it actually looks that way. Mariano also recommends looking at Keiko Tanabe watercolor paintings, she's excellent.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Beyond the East Setauket Bridge

8x10 oil. Still working from the same limited palette.  SOLD

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Zorn's Palette 2

6x8 oil. Still working with Zorn's palette. I find it fascinating to experiment with different tones and colors using this limited palette. Thank you Mariano for introducing me to the works of this great master artist. He also used this palette for his watercolors as well.

I have created a watercolor blog, located on the left of this blog. I will attempt to work with the same palette in watercolor. That should be interesting, because I won't have the use of white.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Zorn's Palette

Using Anders Zorn palette of black, white, yellow ochre, and cad. red light. I first heard of Anders Zorn from Mariano Zucchi.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Little Church

6x8 oil on canvas. Inspired by Vic from Vic's One day. I used his limited palette. It's a challenge, but very important for me to study.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Giant Cauliflower

I couldn't resist painting this cauliflower. My husband bought this at the market. It was really a giant. I have never scene a cauliflower so big. Unfortunately I couldn't relate the size on canvas. But all in all it was a fun subject to paint.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Country Road

4x6 oil study of a country road, once again using white, black, yellow ochre and sap green.

I just visited Karen P.'s blog, and she had a great tip. She's an excellent artist and I always learn something from her postings. Have a great day everyone.

Monday, November 30, 2009


8x10 oil on canvas board. Using black, white, yellow ochre and sap green.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

pen and ink

pen and ink and water wash. Haven't had the time to paint this week. After visiting my friend Laurie's blog, I thought it would be fun just to do a pen dipped in India ink and then brushed with water. If you want to see some beautiful oriental brush painting visit Laurie's blog. She also does beautiful work in acrylic.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Snow Scene


I just want to wish everyone a happy holiday.

4x6 snow scene of my favorite subject to paint. East Setauket bridge. Just wanted to paint snow, so I did this from my memory.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gray Matters 3

My final study of this still life. Of course this is not a good painting. In my haste I completely neglected important elements, such composition.

On a positive note. It was a necessary failure for future successes.

Gray Matters 2

Continuation of my study, working on the same canvas.

Gray Matters 1

Study of gray, 14x18 oil on canvas.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Carolyn's Violet

8x10 oil on canvas panel. It needs just a little more tweaking. The fun thing about this sketch, it was done partially with a palette knife.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Brun's House

It's a gray November day on Long Island. This is a 4x6 sketch of a friends house.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I haven't painted all week. I had a problem with my Sony software. This painting was done last spring. So this is just a test to see if everything is working. Now it is time to get back to what I love the most, painting. After my family.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Having fun. I wanted to try a different approach, more impressionistic. 8x10 oil.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Connetqout River State Park Preserve

One of the places we painted in plein air this past summer. I did this watercolor sketch from a photo.

Brookwood Hall Lake

Sketch on canvas.

I'm sorry I deleted this from my blog the other day. Thank you to the people that sent positive comments. I will continue to work on this and learn from my mistakes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I added people in my pumpkin patch. Always a little hesitant about people in the landscape. Afraid the scale my be off. I have them in the distance so maybe it works. I'll look at it tomorrow. Have a great day everyone.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Harbes's Farm

Here we are in November, I am still working on the pumpkin farm. I will do just a little more work on this and then look forward to snow.

I have been honored by Alex Perez, by being invited into his on online Alex Perez Gallery. He has created a gallery for me in his Emerging Artist Gallery. If you click on the Alex Perez Art Galleries link I have posted you will see talented artist from all over the world. Also artist from the US. Enjoy it is a treat.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Other Side of Beaver Dam Rd.

11x14 oil of guess what? The creek. Please excuse my fixation with this location. I just wanted to paint a larger size oil using various color combination's.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Beaver Dam Creek#2

Another of my watercolor paintings from yesterday. I have always been intrigued with this medium. It can be light and airy or opaque.

Painting in oils is still my true love, just can't help enjoying all mediums.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Beaver Dam Rd. Creek

Monday morning change. Study in watercolor. Change is fun.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Harbes Farm

I have seen so many beautiful sites in the last few weeks. What I realize now, that I have to stand back, take a deep breath and work at a slower pace. Happy painting everyone.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Harbe's Farm

Painted plein air today with friends, I started this pumpkin patch. 6x8 oil sketch. Enough color notes to complete this and start on a larger piece. Happy painting everyone!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Beaver Dam Creek"

Today we painted plein air. It was a glorious day. The view was beautiful with the fall colors and magnificent sky. I recorded this 6x8 oil sketch, took pictures and will probably go back again to complete the painting.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"After the Bath"

Judy Mackey, a very talented artist suggest stepping out of our comfort zone. Well here it goes folks, this is a painting I began 2 months ago. I want to finish it by next month. What's the worse that could happen? I have lots of failed attempts in my closet.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

" The Critique"

Preliminary sketch of my grandchildren . Possibility for a painting.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hog Farm

12x16 oil on canvas panel. It was fun painting this, maybe a little more tweaking, don't know. Will look at it tomorrow. It has a different look, cooler colors.

Yesterday I did a pencil sketch of the Hog Farm.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Today we met at the Hog Farm in Bellport. Great day for painting outdoors, I really missed it these last 2 weeks.

This is a 6x8 sketch, the problem was, I painted with the sun behind me. Outdoors it looked right, once inside the colors were to dark. I knew that would happen. But I did take photos so I can work from both.

This past weekend was the Wet Paints Studio Group show. I am happy to say, my 7yr. old grandson Frankie, got 1st. place for his still life, and my grand daughter Virginia age 4 got an honorable mention for her floral. I am one proud grandma.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tea Time

11x14 oil on canvas panel. I started this still life yesterday. Inspired by the late Helen VanWyk. It's a study of copper. Hopefully I will complete it sometime today.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Peconic River Herb Farm

6x8 oil on canvas mounted on foam board. This is the second painting I started at the farm. Just finished it today. Once the cold weather rolls in, I should have plenty sketches to work from.

Monday, September 28, 2009


A study of lettuce in watercolor.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Peconic River Herb Farm

Plein air today. 6x8 oil sketch. Couldn't let this beautiful day go by without painting outdoors. One of the ladies we paint with found this magnificent place. There is a potential painting everywhere we look.

Well, as for this, just what I like to call these little sketches, my short hand notes. Can't wait to start working on a larger painting.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Eat Your Carrots

I should have taken my own advice. Due to a nasty cold, I missed plein air painting this week. So decided to start a veggie series. Tonight it's chicken soup for us. Happy painting everyone.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The last of the marina paintings. Just a little more work and it is done. I want to start a series of still life paintings and also portraits. It's time for a change in theme.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bellport Marina

Yesterday was a plein air day at the Bellport Marina. This is 11x14 oil on canvas panel. I started this one at Bellport, and completed it at home.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Practice, practice, practice!

Tomorrow is a plein air day at Bellport Marina. Today is just practicing water, boats etc. Can't wait.