Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Oil, 10x12 mdf board. Yesterday was a plein air day. We met at the Maritime Museum in Sayville. I started this painting on location and finished it at home. It was incredibly difficult, which delights me totally. Realizing that it isn't always about color, more importantly it's about the tones. My good friend Vic is wonderful with the tonal quality in is work. Bruce, you were so right, love working on a larger piece ( 10x12), very freeing, however I forgot to KISS ha ha!
Happy Painting Everyone.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Brookwood Hall

Watercolor, study.
Brookwood Hall in East Islip is one of my favorite places to paint and of course do life drawing workshops.

After one of the workshop I noticed the Carriage House and just had to paint it, on location and from a photo. This is one from the photo I had taken. I will go back to do an oil, using a 10x12 prepared mdf board. A larger format suggested by Bruce Sherman, thanks Bruce.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Life Drawing Workshop

Today was the last workshop, we will return in Sept. Once again it was totally enjoyable. Some of the poses I used my Rotring artpen and I also worked in pen with a watercolor wash. To my surprise, the craft paper notebook I purchased from Wal mart served me well. It took the pen and wash work beautifully. The model was great, she is also an artist and knows exactly which pose to use while artist warm up and leaves the difficult poses for the 20 minute study. Great fun.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

In My Own Backyard

I had to stop painting because of rain. I did manage to get an hr. in painting my shed. My shed, the one Mike built is falling apart like Mike and me. But it is one of my favorite subjects to paint, especially when the lilies are in bloom. Couldn't resist adding the clothes line and clothes pins, even though it is seldom used. The second painting was done yesterday. A 5x7 oil, one of the historic building in Sayville. Had a difficult time pulling together, composition and everything about this little painting wasn't to my satisfaction. But all in all bad days painting plein air are just as valuable as good days.

Tomorrow is another life drawing workshop. The ladies that do this workshop work in watercolor as well as those sketching in pencil or charcoal. I would love to achieve figurative painting in watercolor. Practice, Practice, Practice!!! Happy painting everyone. Thank you Bruce Sherman, your tip on painting greens, by adding structure makes the greens easier to paint.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Life Drawing Workshop

Yesterday was a great adventure and change for me. I went to a life drawing workshop. These are the 1, 2, 5 minute poses. The angle was incredibly difficult. Especially the first with the angle of her bent leg. I will go back next Thursday. It was a 3hr. workshop, these were the best of my efforts.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Stonybrook Inlet WIP

Two 8x10 oils. Stonybrook was done from one of my photos. The East Islip Marina was done from a sketch done on location. It was a dull overcast, hot and humid day. Looking forward to plein air painting tomorrow. Happy Painting Everyone.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Oh Woe Is Me, Them Terrible Greens

Yesterday was a beautiful day at Flowerfield. I worked in oils, using my primary palette on canvas board that was primed with gesso and texture paste, I digress. The second painting was done on location and worked on at home, just couldn't pull it together. It's headed for the closet. The second was done in 45 minutes, a quickie.

Greens, not using the color green, but mixing various shades and tones of greens with the primary colors. It aint easy! All in all it's just part of the process, and I love a challenge. Happy Painting everyone

Monday, June 6, 2011

Flowerfield WIP

Last week our plein air group went to Flowerfield to paint. It was a glorious location which we plan to return to tomorrow. The first watercolor is a sketch using a bit to much frisket. I started another watercolor in the studio from my sketch. It's pretty tricky business using frisket. It's all so difficult, but all so wonderful. Tomorrow I will gather more information on site and eventually do an oil. Happy Painting All!!