Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Greetings to All

It's 5 am here in N.Y. Christmas is just few days away, I wanted to wish all of my fellow artist a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

In the meantime, there is baking, wrapping of gifts and preparing a Christmas Eve feast. Which to be honest my husband does all the cooking. In our family we celebrate Christmas Eve with a traditional fish dinner.

I must start my day, looking forward to a new year of painting and enjoying all of the amazing work from such talented artist that I have listed on my side bar. Happy Painting Everyone.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

My One Woman Show

I have taken some pictures of my exhibit at the Central Islip Library.

The first is the display area and the second are my miniatures and smaller works in the two display cases.

Happy painting everyone.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Waiting for snow

These are watercolor studies. I usually post my watercolor on my wc blog. But I have not been able to get to my oils.

Now the Thanksgiving feast is over and Christmas is on its way it was just a day to play with some winter scenes.

Happy painting everyone.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fall, My Favorite Time of the Year

Can you believe we are in November, and this Thursday is a day to give thanks. For my family it's the new addition of a grandson. The success of his hernia surgery. Actually I could go on and on, but I wont.

I do however want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Arboretum in Fall

This is my 5x7 acrylic on canvas board. I just completed this one. I started it yesterday. The one below is were I left off.

Sometimes it is best to leave things alone. I will give this one another try some other time.

Of course it doesn't matter what the outcome, it's the process that is important. There is always something learned from each day we paint.

Happy painting everyone and have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ready To Show

This is the 4x6 oil painting on canvas panel. It will be shown at the PALS show in December. The group of artist that paints on Tuesdays will be showing their work. This one was completed on location at the Longwood Estate.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stonybrook Harbor Acrylic

I have posted several of my Stonybrook harbor paintings.

The first one being a work in progress. I have started in acrylic, using and under painting of red oxide. Using layers of glazes. It is no where near completion. Lots of fun.

The second was completed 16x20 oil on canvas panel.

The 5x7 was an actual oil study done on location.
As you can see I have this love of Stonybrook harbor.
Happy Painting everyone.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Longwood Estate

This is an 8x10 oil on canvas covered board. It was started on location and finished from my watercolor sketch and photo.

I am trying to break away from using my photos when I paint plein air. I love the work Bruce Sherman does either on location or in the studio. He often describes his process, which is wonderful.

I also find Vic Errington blog very inspiration, both are very fine artist

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My One Dollar Brush

Went to Home Depot to buy tape. Found a bin of bristle brushes. I bought a 1" bristle brush for $1. what a great find.

I usually don't paint at night. But just had to play with my new brush. Tomorrow it is back to Home Depot.

Happy Painting Everyone!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Longwood Estate plein air

More a study in fall colors, and tones. It was another beautiful day. This is only a 4x6 on canvas panel.

I have been more interested in making studies, rather than actual compositions. As I look at the artist whose work I admire, my task is to get that balance of color and the importance of graying the colors.

Today my grandchildren are coming over for homemade pizza. Of course it will be an overnight.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stony Brook Plein Air

I actually enjoyed three days of plein air painting. Yesterday being the best of all. Stony Brook Harbor is a wonderful location, the day was magnificent. This was completed on site an 8x10 oil on canvas panel.

Happy painting everyone.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Meadow Croft Plein Air

Today Mike and I went to Meadow Croft Estate. Wanting to capture the beauty of the golden days. Unfortunately, who was it who said "When you fail to plan, You plan to fail" Oh well, it is after all a work in progress. 6x8 oil on canvas board. It does have possibilities, I will go back and finish this or maybe not.

I was told that in 2 weeks that's when the colors are at their peak. I shall return.

Happy painting everyone.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fall Scenes Side By Side

Had a productive day today. Still working from photo's taken of Brookwood Hall. I do want to get out to paint plein air this week.

Autumn 2

8x10 oil on canvas panel. Using Zorn's palette. Mariano Zucchi introduce me to Zorn's palette last year. It's limited colors of white, black, cad. red light, and cad yellow medium. A fun exercise.


Trying to post. 8x10 oil on panel.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Brookwood Hall plein air

5x7 oil on canvas panel. Tuesday was an overcast gray day. The colors were outstanding next to the gray sky. Actually I just wanted to capture the beauty of the colors and grayness of the sky and water.

An hour later nature started to change the scene. Once again in awe of natures beauty. I will return again to this lovely spot. I also want to add the water fowl.

Happy painting everyone.

Monday, October 11, 2010

An Apple a Day

6x8 oil on canvas mounted board.

Unfortunately I cannot get the photo to look like the actual painting. It looks like a tomato.

Well anyway, I thought it would be fun painting various apples. Maybe tomorrow I will get better results.

Happy painting everyone.

Oh, yes before I forget please welcome back Jan, her blog is With all my art and soul. She is a very talented lady.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Stony Brook Harbor

4x6 oil sketch on raymar panel. I realize that I haven't been producing as much as last year. Granted life has a way of "getting in the way".

But I had another epiphany this morning. My husband usually laughs when I say that. But the truth is my art has been the stabilizing force that gets me through rough times. I don't know who said "when you loose yourself, you find yourself". As you all know, slopping paint onto a canvas, or pushing a pencil is great therapy.
So I say to all my fellow artist out there: Happy Painting.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Work in progress

8x10 oil sketch. I wanted to add my artist friends, still lots of color changes to be made. I was out of commission this past week. Caught a nasty bug from the little ones. I will continue to do some more color studies.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Brookwood Hall Plein Air

8x10 oil sketch on location. Yesterday was a beautiful day. We all gathered at Brookwood Hall by the lake.

I did this sketch. Taking the advice of Bruce, Mariano, and Vic. I am not touching my plein air sketches. But I will work on larger pieces from my sketch. Happy Painting everyone.

Thanks to my cousin Sue, I was able to transport my wet panel using the Travelers cocoon. A birthday surprise she sent me.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Paulson Farm

Tuesday was a great plein air day. We were at Paulson's Farm. This was a quick sketch. As you probably noticed the roof line is off, so I will continue to work on this one. Happy painting everyone. Also the fence needs some repair, after my nap.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Back to basics

Back to school for many, for me it's back to studying various color combination's . Tomorrow is a plein air day with friends. We are off to a farm on Long Island. It really helps to know what affect can be achieved when on location. Happy painting everyone.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

We now have another addition to the family. Joseph, born on Aug.29th. 6wks. early. Thank God the baby and my daughter are fine.

Now for my art. During this time when family does come first, I managed to paint plein air in Stony Brook. It was a lovely location.

The first painting is of Palm Beach. An 8x10 oil. My cousin Sue was visiting and we painted together. It was great fun.

The beach scene, Cory Beach. I have done the same scene before. This time I painted in acrylic, using various glazes.

The summer is coming to an end, my favorite time of the year is upon us, as I wait in anticipation of the magnificent array of colors nature offers.

Happy painting everyone.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

See You In September

It's time for a break. I will return in September, with some new work.

Wishing everyone summer fun with friends and family.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summer Fun

Nothing new. Still on grandma duty. It looks like Tuesday I will be able to get back to my work. I sold this painting last year. Happy painting everyone.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day at the Beach

Posting from last summer. Sorry to say I haven't been able to paint. Family first. So I am posting this little 5x7 oil on panel sketch. Happy painting everyone.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mascot Dock

5x7 oil on panel. Plein Air. While watching my grand son during his sailing lesson I painted this little sketch. It was a beautiful day. Happy painting everyone.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Meadow Croft Plein Air

On Tuesday, the PALS group met with SBAA group and we all painted at the Meadow Croft Estate.
I used my Tom Brown pochade and enjoyed doing this little 5x7 oil sketch. I did have a bee keep me company, but can't complain, I was the interloper. Happy painting everyone.

Couldn't get a good picture of the painting, I shot indoors and the the painting was still wet. The one on the pochade is more accurate.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Lunch Time

Several weeks ago, my group went plein air at the Suffolk Farm. Due to a bad throat infection and cough, I was unable to go. However I did take photos a few days later. This painting was an inspiration from my dear friend Vic. Happy painting everyone.

Monday, August 2, 2010

My Favorite Tree

On Monday, I began a plein air ritual. Painting and completing a painting outdoors. I want to train my eye to see and paint the light and shadows. It was left as is, and I will continue to include this practice at least some of the time.

Tomorrow is another outdoor gathering at the Meadow Croft Vineyard. Today it was the Mascot Marina. I will finish those plein air works in the studio.
Happy painting everyone.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Harbor Crab Co.

A work in progress. This is what I accomplished yesterday. Still more tweaking to do. I wanted to complete it outdoors. Maybe I will return to the site to do just that.

We were fortunate enough to have Larry Johnston, a professional artist who was also painting with us. He gave me some really good tips that helped this painting. It was on verge of sinking into the river. Happy painting everyone.

Plein Air Painters

This was the scene yesterday at the Patchogue river. It was a glorious day of plein air painting.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Snow in July

Taking my lead from Janice, she has been posting her snow scenes . It helps to cool us off, you know "mind over matter'. This is a scene painted last year. Stay cool everyone!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lexi in the Garden at Oldfield Vineyards

5x7 oil on panel. My grand daughter Lexi, looking at the flowers .

Monday, July 19, 2010

Islip Marina

5x7 oil sketch.

35 minute quick sketch of the marina. I love these quickies, there fun and a great way not to over think and just paint. Happy painting everyone.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Meadow Croft Estate

Almost complete, just a little more tweaking. I would like to bring in the flowers to connect the barn and the garden.

Meadow Croft in Sayville is an historic building. Built in 1891. Country home to the Roosevelts.

I was invited to paint with the National League of American Pen Woman. An organization started by Eleanor Roosevelt. The day was amazing and wonderful.

I would love to go back and continue to paint the main house.

Just a quick thank you to Bruce Sherman. I totally enjoyed the process of doing the preliminary stages.

Meadow Croft Estate Step 1, the sketch

I have tried what Bruce Sherman shared on his blog. The process, first the sketch. I did this sketch in oil, using raw sienna.