Saturday, December 31, 2011


Can you believe another year on it's way out. Just wanted to wish all of my fellow bloggers a most Wonderful, Happy, Healthy New Year.

Looking forward to painting and just enjoying every day. So once again my friends. Happy Painting to All

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Break

I want to wish all of my fellow bloggers a Very Merry Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year. I should just say Happy Holiday to all. Because we are all so very busy with family and shopping and etc. it's a good time just to simply take a break.

These are a few of the sketches from this past week.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mr. Webster and Seatuk

Yesterday Mike and I went searching for the Seatuk , know as the Scully Manor. I first became aware of this beautiful place from my friend Joan who posted her lovely painting on her blog. Later I spoke with Sue, another fellow painter and she gave me directions on how to get there.

Long story short, I did this on location, sun in my eyes could not do it justice and will return. As for Mr. Webster, in the 90's he commissioned me to do a portrait of his St. Charles Spaniel, Roxanne. I would go to his estate and sketch Roxanne, and then later painted her portrait. Mr. Webster was the founder of the Seatuk Environmental Society in which his property and that of the Scully Manor are all one. Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Memories from Christmas Past

These are a few of my family treasures. Old Christmas ornaments that my mother in law used to decorate her tree. My grandchildren hung these with great care.
Journaling is bringing such enjoyment and is just what is needed after my family returned to Virginia yesterday.

Happy Painting all.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sagamore Hill

I have been wanting to go to Sagamore Hill, the home of Teddy Roosevelt. It's located in Oyster Bay. Mike and I had a great day, we hiked down a steep wooded path to get to the beach.

Not wanting to take all of my equipment, all I had was a watercolor sketch pad and my brush pens.

The first sketch is with the brush pens on location. The second is a pen sketch and then watercolors.

I started a 9x12 acrylic painting yesterday, still working on that one, will post next week. My little chicks are coming home for a visit tonight.

Happy Painting everyone and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Acrylic Minatures

Thought it would be fun to do some mini's, to get back into acrylic painting. Happy Painting everyone.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sketches from this week

Starting with today. After getting the call I was wishing for , my daughter and the family will be visiting us on the weekend. Now I have Christmas spirit. Mike and I went to Sayville so that I could sketch some of the shops and then we proceeded to the water and a little more sketching.

The tops sketch is of the Main St. Italian Bistro in Patchogue.

The second is a composite of some of the places I went to with PALS, our plein air group. The coffee pot was last Sunday morning. I just want to start my day with a little fun sketch. The last is Sayville, behind main st. These are all great fun to do, without the stress of getting into anything to complicated. So hence, sketching it is for awhile. Happy painting everyone, or sketching. Enjoy.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Back To Work

I have a new addiction: No, not drugs or smoking or alcohol, it's Kuretake Zig pens. Thanks to Nikira. What a great way to approach a painting. This is one of the shacks on Paulston's farm. I chose to do a study first before the actual painting. Using my new zig pen, and a little bit of a watercolor wash. Great fun.
The second is just various shades of blue ink also using Kuretake Zig pen.
The third is the Meadow Croft estate, in sepia ink. Whether or not these turn into a painting is still undecided, but it takes me a step further than the usual thumb nail studies, while trying to improve my drawing skills. Yep a little bit of sugar helps etc. etc. Drawing has never been my strong suit, so the pens do help to motivate me. HAPPY PAINTING EVERYONE.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I would love to take this moment of peace and quiet to wish all of my fellow blogger a very safe and healthy Thanksgiving. For all who do not live in the US. I will simply wish you a very Happy Thursday.

As for my painting, it was juried into the Vineyard show in Greenport. Very excited about the show and just thankful for the is amazing joy that I feel every time there is a brush or pen in my hand. Happy Painting Everyone.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Morning Sketch

As you can see, I have crossed over and joined some of my fellow bloggers who enjoy sketching with various pens. There are several post on my side bar of the groups or artist who enjoy sketching on a daily basis.

In the picture are some of my latest toys. John W J. you are so right about treating yourself to art supplies for you special day. My latest is the Noodlers fountain pen. I am also expecting a delivery from Jet Pens. Reading Nikiraart blog I wanted to try the Kuretake pens, can't wait to get them. Happy painting or drawing everyone.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

While White Christmas Plays on the radio

I have been still trying to do David Dunlop's watercolor with acrylic gloss medium paper prep. In my previous post I mentioned gesso as the preparation , well both can be used. Gotta say, it aint easy. This is actually a very old technique used by the masters such as Turner and others. It gives us a chance to treat watercolor as an oil painting. The paint can be applied and then either taken off with a brush to either correct or add highlights. It gets tricky. It's fun, but I prefer watercolor painting being just that a watercolor with all the spontinaeity that comes with that medium. It's a quick kill or very successful. But as you all now I do love trying new techniques. Happy Painting everyone.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Meadow Farm

Yesterday we went back to Meadow Farm. A lovely place to paint. I used the opportunity to do some sketching rather than paint in oil or acrylic.

The only sketch I did was the wood shed. Today in the studio with the help of digital photos I have been working at different methods to achieve my desire to do justice to this enchanted farm. My favorite is the shed, still have to work on the roof line. Happy painting everyone.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Just Playing

I received my new toys, SAI watercolor brushes and had a ball experimenting. The larger paintings are a David Dunlop technique that I learned. It's watercolor that can be erased by preparing the paper with gesso. Colors can be applied or wiped off with ease. It's amazing how it works, still haven't mastered the technique but great fun learning new things.
Must run, Mike and I are on our way out, but will return to visit all of you latest post and to thank you all for the wonderful comment on my previous post. Where does the time go?

Monday, November 7, 2011

MeadowCroft Marsh Studies

Playing with some watercolor techniques. First I painted on Strathmore Windpower Watercolor paper 140lb. cold press, using my Schmincke watercolor paints, then I used the

Cottman watercolor travel watercolor paints. It never ceases to amaze me how paper, paint and brushes handle so differently. It's like riding a bucking horse. Needless to say, today I was thrown, but I will be back in the saddle tomorrow. Happing Painting everyone.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Plein air at the Aboretum

We went to the Arboretum on Tuesday. Where or where are the fall colors. These are 2 6x8 acrylic paintings started at the aboretum and completed at home.

Happy Painting all.

Monday, October 31, 2011

My Sketches

This weekend was cold and windy, yep, Central Park got 2.9"s of snow. We got to see lots of cold rain and some snow flurries. That being said, I would like to share with all of you a blog I came across it's Nikiraart. Her work is amazing. She has captured that old world charm in her drawings and sketches.

Inspired by her, I found myself in AC Moore yesterday looking for ink. It turns out that they were running a 50% off sale on all art supplies. I purchased Liquitex ink and a bamboo brush. Years ago I learned about the crow quill dip pens and bamboo brushes, and ink. Of course not having any of the pens that Nikira uses I managed to achieve the affect I wanted.

For now it's back to my paints. but this was a great way to recharge my artistic battery. Happy painting everyone.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Life Drawing Workshop

What a great way to spend a rainy fall day. Today was my first day back to the life drawing workshop. What a joy it was to meet up with the wonderful artist who attend the workshop. Megan the model is wonderful, how she manages the pose and keeps it for longer thank a minute is truly amazing.

Happy painting everyone.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Farms

Last year we painted at the Harbes Pumpkin Farm. I was happy with this painting and remembered that the composition is what my main concern was, not the pumpkins. I proceeded to paint the dirt first then added pumpkins.

As you can see, I have changed my recent pumpkin painting, thank you all so much for the wonderful input.

I did away with much of those pumpkins, what was I thinking that day. I will continue to develop this painting. The colors in the photo aren't accurate, there isn't that much yellow. All in all painting is something I love to do, no matter how difficult it is at times. Happy Painting to all of my blogger friends.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Plein air at the pumpkin farm stand

Two weeks ago we painted at at farm stand in Patchogue. Here we are lost in the moment of total concentration.

I wasn't able to finish the 11x14 acrylic on location. The 11x14 shown is still a wip, unfortunately my interest in finishing this is gone. So it will be left for awhile, then I will try to finish, or maybe not.

Happy painting everyone.