Friday, December 20, 2013

Merry Christmas

I would like to introduce Monet to my fellow bloggers.  He is an 8 week old Shih-Tzu pup.  He weighs 1lb 8oz.  He is bringing such joy and happiness to Mike and Me.  It has been a year since we lost our Shiloh Shep. Mac. He is quite the opposite of our 125lb. 30in. Mac.  He is our Christmas Joy. With our children all grown and thank God happy and healthy with children of their own, our home is now filled the fun and yes work that this little guy brings.  So from our home to yours we are wishing all of you and very Merry Christmas and Healthy Happy New Year.

All the best
from, Joan, Mike, and Monet aka Mo

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snow is on the way

Christmas Journal Entry 
Good morning fellow bloggers.  So happy to hear the weather report, we are indeed getting some of the white stuff.  Don't know why I love it so much, it brings back memories of my childhood and loving being out there frolicking with friends.  Of course not wishing for a blizzard, just enough of the pretty stuff for safe travel.  Happy Painting everyone.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

sketches in my journal

My good friend Vic has always inspired me .  After seeing his post, thought it would be a good idea to post what I did while visiting my daughters family.  It was great being with the granchildren.  My little grandaughter had to go to the ER this morning, thank God, it was just a stomach virus.  Mike and I returned home this afternoon, the trip was easy, no traffic.  So we are back to our own routine and looking forward to getting my little puppy on Dec. 17th.   In the meantime, I will try to post more often and visit my blogger friends.  Happy Painting.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Just want to wish all my blogger friends in the U.S. a very Happy Thanksgiving.  To all my blogger friends in other friends in Canada and England a very Happy Day.  Today is a day to reflect on all our blessings.  As I write, my grand daughter Virginia is creating a bracelet on her rainbow loom. The little guy Joseph is sitting on his dads lap with his traditional Thanksgiving cold.  My husband is in his glory, with the shopping for the feast, bonding with my daughter for she also loves all the traditions from holidays past when her grandparents came to our house.  My sister in law is the life of the party, making the kids laugh and playing games.  My first born grandson is sleeping, which is unusual for he is an early riser.
For me I cherish everyday with my loved ones, and not to mention, the wonderful gift of art.  For that is what keeps me going when we can't all be together.  Happy Painting Everyone.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Oil Study

Arboretum 9x12
Saturday I stayed home and painted a scene that was started plein air.  The Bayard Cutting Arboretum is such a lovely place to paint.
On Location at the Arboretum

Although it wasn't completed I did walk away with enough of the information needed to work on a larger piece at home.
Happy Painting Everyone.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Longwood Estate

Longwood Estate  Oil 9x12
Hello my fellow bloggers, I just returned from an outing with Mike.  We went to Longwood Estate.  Had a hell of a time painting this, probably because it wasn't a scene that intrigued me.  Oh well, it's always good practice.  I'm  beginning to realize, that when something looks simple, it isn't!  It was all about the colors not the composition, the reflections in the water.  Missed my mark, so it will be in the studio the rest of the day.  Will try another and a different approach.  Hope everyone is well and enjoying nature and painting, inside or out.  Happy Painting Everyone.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

East Meets West, at Stony Brook Harbor

Stony Brook Harbor second painting started buy not able to finish Mike got tired
My friend Sue enjoying plein air
East Meets West
East Meets West
Stony Brook Harbor painting with friends
We had the most enjoyable time last week, two groups of artist gathered at the Stony Brook Harbor to paint.  The Nassau County art league people joined us at the Harbor.  It is such an amazing feeling to paint with fellow artist, all of us painting the same scene, but painting it in our own style.  The only chatter that was heard was that of the seagulls, almost sounded as though they were laughing at us, we in turn we found that amusing. Happy Painting everyone!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Plein air with friends

Painting with friends
Crab Meadow 2 8x10 oil on panel
Crab Meadow 1 5x7 oil on RayMar panel
Plein air frenzy, before the cold weather sets in, we are out and having a wonderful time painting at various locations on Long Island.  Tuesday we painted at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport.  I managed to complete 2 paintings.  The first was a 5x7 warm up and then proceeded to a 8x10.
Short Beach
Another location that I am so fond of, the day was glorious, the return of summer.  So we are taking advantage of  natures gifts to us.  I am also looking forward to some studio work.  I have several paintings started of the Arboretum lovely gardens.  And of course have some ideas for still life work.  I do hope all of you are enjoying your passion for painting.  Happy Painting All.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kings Park Bluff Plein air

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This week my plein air buddies and I met at the Kings Park Bluff to paint.  I managed to complete this on location.  The fall weather is making us all rush to our favorite spots to paint before it gets too cold.  Happy Painting everyone.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Still playing

Northport Harbor plein air sketch very abstract
Northport Harbor plein air

To Blog or Not To Blog

Okay, it is just too much fun. Just learned how to post from my ipad.  Suzy Girl, get yourself a ipad.  Also, another reason blogging is a good thing for me , it keeps my brain active.  Love to paint, also, sometimes it's a very lonely profession, so that being said, blogging is a good thing.  Happy Painting everyone.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Good by Face Book, hello fellow bloggers.

The Grange Park Meadow
Gouache on card stock

After so many plein air paintings pushing myself to do buildings , just wanted to do something easy.  Worked in gouache on location, with two lady friend artist.  Totally had fun especially painting in gouache.

Thought it would be a good idea to do studies in gouache and then decide in the studio if it would make an interesting larger painting in oil or acrylic.

A quick work about a decision I recently made about my face book account.  Realizing that sometimes we spread ourselves to thin, it's a good idea to take a break from some internet sites such as face book.  It was a perfect way to procrastinate and in realizing that I was spending so much time on the computer it was best to take a break.  That being said, I do miss posting on  my blog and chatting with my fellow bloggers.  So, Happy Painting to All.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Happy Saturday Fellow Bloggers

Montauk On  The Rocks

Mike and I went to Montauk Point with our grandson, at the time he was only 18mos.  He loved  the water and big rocks and for a little guy he enjoyed the  task of lifting and and re-arranging them.  So many years ago, he is 10 yrs old now.  Where has the time gone.
Meadow Croft Marsh
During the week the ladies and I painted  at Meadow Croft.  While it is impossible to paint the marsh, because of the road leading to the estate, had to take photos to work from, this is a 5x7 acrylic on RayMar panel.

Summer at the Lake
Trying to complete works started in the beginning of the summer, finished this one in the studio.  11x14 acrylic on mdf board.

Do hope all of you are enjoying the last days of August.  Don't know what it is about the changing seasons that bring me so much joy and anticipation.  Cool crisp days , natures beautiful display of fall colors, pot roast, apple pie and okay, brownies.  So to my fellow bloggers enjoy life, and Happy Painting to All.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Meadowcroft Today

Quickie sketch before we went home
Still needs tons of work
Meadowcroft work in progress
Today was a plein air day, life is almost back to normal.  Last week was so very hectic and I just wanted to get back to painting.  I miss blogging with all of you and in the future will try to get back to visiting and sharing with all of you wonderful artist.

We painted at Meadowcroft and I started two 8x10 oil sketches.  To be honest, it may be time to get back into the studio and start finishing all of these paintings started on location.  I would also like to paint larger and maybe get back to life drawing workshops in September.  What is it about the fall that makes me think of a new beginning, like the start of a new school year.  Oh Well, it time for a bit of RR, Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Plein Air Competition

The last painting done at the Planting Fields before closing, I did this in one hour.
Friday, opening day of the competition at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay
The Play House, I mostly wanted to paint this charming little cottage, this is where the Coe's grandchildren played. the manor house and grounds were owned by the Coe family.  Mike actually did a tour of the house and got all the historical facts while I painted. 
Almost complete, it was a thrill to be able to complete a  plein air sketch on locations.  That was the rule, it was a two day event and all work had to be completed on location.
This was the painting selected by the judge to be hung in the Oyster Bay Historical Society building for the judging of all painting selected,  I did not win one of the three awards, first $1000. and $750. in art supplies, the second $350. in art supplies, and the third $250.  I didn't win, but I feel as though just being among the 35 artist selected for the event was a great honor.
The Play House , there is another that I manage to almost complete with an hour and a half before the closing of the competition

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Long Island Sound

Vanderbilt, Long Island Sound 
Another beautiful Sunday at the Vanderbilt Estate, hot and humid, but the band and artist played on: it was wonderful.  6x8 gouache on crescent board.  Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Cloud and rock studies

Cloud and rock study in gouache
I have been so busy painting and studying gouache and various textures using DaVinci gouache and bristle brushes,  So much fun.  The paintings are from places we have been since the spring and warm weather arrived.  These studies at home do help with the painting process when we are out painting plein air.

Ralph Parker is a wonderful and talented painted who uses gouache, thanks to Michael Bailey for telling me about Ralph, I have learned so much from his blog.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer Greens

Summer greens
Summer greens gouache
Staying cool with greens, these two studies are done in gouache on crescent board.  Tried various combinations with actually using the green from the tube.  Still experimenting with color combos.  Happy painting everyone.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Fun

Vanderbilt Estate  5x7 gouache on crescent board
Sweet Briar, 2 4x6 gouache on crescent board

Happy Summer all my fellow bloggers, due to a case of  too much to do, or just being lazy , not sure.  But we are in the Hazy, Lazy  Days of Summer:  The weather as been hot and humid, but Mike and I did venture out last Sunday for one of the plein air events at the Vanderbilt Estate overlooking Long Island Sound.  It was a very overcast day and a perfect opportunity to try and capture the atmospheric conditions of the day.

The second mini gouache paintings are on crescent board as well.  They are two little studies of the original Sweet Briar painting that was started but never completed , shame on me, but after doing this little mini, I am confident that the completion is at hand.

I have noticed some wonderful work from all of you and I will visit your blogs today.  Do hope you are all having a delightful summer.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sweet Briar, Plein Air WIP

Sweet Biar Nature  Farm
Plein Air
Yesterday's plein air is just what was needed to wash the blues away.  My daughter and her family returned home on Sunday.  After being with them this past weekend it takes awhile to get back on course.

So yesterday was wonderful.  We went to Briar Farms and I painted part of this lovely house.  It needs to be completed in the studio. I have so many photos of the gardens and gazebo and bird houses, can't wait to start.  Happy Painting everyone.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Tomatoes and basil from my neighbors garden last year.  Oil, 8x10 on canvas board.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Rainy Day

Stony Brook 
Today was not a good day for plein air painting.  So I did this 8x10 oil on canvas panel.  It is from a photo taken last summer at Stony Brook.
Happy Painting Everyone.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Arboretum River Walk

Arboretum River Walk 
By the River
On Tuesday evening I had the pleasure to see Paul Bachem demo at the Suburban Art League.  I have been a long time admirer of Paul's landscape paintings.  He is a well know artist ,who lives on Long Island. He initially started as an illustrator and is probably know for his book cover of the Godfather and many others.  Well long story short, Paul  has been a landscape artist and paints plein air. We are fortunate to have him here on Long Island.
So I finally got to see him in person and see his process and approach of a landscape.  It was inspiring and the very next day my friend and I painted at the arboretum.
Happy Painting Everyone.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Foggy Day

A Foggy Day
My very first attempt at painting fog in plein air.  It was so much fun.  Initially I set up on the same side of the dock with my friends, only to be greeted by tiny little birds that didn't enjoy my company.  So hence, they won the battle and I moved to a location where my fellow artist could be included in my sketch.

In turned out, that the wee birds had their feeding station where my set up was located. Must confess that I have a phobia regarding the little feather creatures. I am getting better just being out there in their habitat.  Overcame my fear of geese, my daughter told me to pretend they are medium size dogs, so , geese, seagulls and swans are no longer on my phobia list.  Don't get me wrong, I appreciate their beauty, oh, yes, made friends  with a robin, who likes to keep me company while I paint in the yard.

Enough of my silliness, it was a great day painting fog.  Happy painting everyone.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

At The Show

At the Show
At the show
It was a wonderful show, beautiful location, very kind people and talented artist.  But the best surprise of all, was my blogger friend Hilda came.  I am only sorry we didn't take a picture together.  She is one lovely lady to come out even  though she is very busy with her family and her art..  Hilda, thank you.

Happy Painting everyone.  I am off to the Sayville Maritime Museum to paint the fog.

Oh, I sold, forgot to mention that, the economy is turning around.