Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas Break

Snow Scene

Wanted a break  from oils.  It is a time just to sit back and enjoy the holiday season. In the meantime it is good opportunity to purge my art room of old brushes and dry paint tubes.  I also removed so many of my small studies that will never be shown.  It never ceases to amaze me how much we collect as artist.  I say we because so many of my art friends are in the same position. 

It is also a good time to reflect and re-visit our goals and what we would like to do in the new year.  Not the same as a New Year resolution, I have never been good at keeping resolutions.  So what I am saying is , I would like to look into other venues for showing  my work.  There are so many libraries and  I know the art organizations are  a great way of exposure.

The main thing is that I keep painting with the help of God, and to look for ways to develop my craft. We are very lucky as artist, we never get bored.  So as always Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

My exhibit at the Bayport Bluepoint Library

 Just got another Lenovo lap top, I purchased a more expensive one. Still very affordable, but it takes me a long time to do basic things with a computer.  The only support from Lenovo's Geek squad is costly. Found out that libraries supply free technical support. All said and done, I managed to get pretty acquainted with this device.  Apple products you get telephone support without a fee.  But I do like this laptop.

I got word that my painting Garden Path sold, so that was a lovely surprise. I do hope everyone is well and enjoying the holiday season. We will be spending the holiday with my daughters family.

Happy painting everyone.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Leaning a new laptop

Okay, spending the whole day learning how to operate the Lenovo lap top.  It wasn't expensive but thought it would be fun.  This photo needs adjusting, but it is close to the actual painting.  I painted this when we went to the park in October, was thinking about fall colors, but the trees were bare.  The sky was magnificent.

The Arboretum

The Arboretum
Good morning fellow bloggers.  It's been awhile since I have posted. The month of November is coming to an end and the holidays are upon us, all to soon. My to do list is a mile long and I am sure we are all very busy.

There are several exhibits where I will have my work on display.  On Dec. 1st. will be the Bayport Library for my yearly one woman show.  On Dec.4th I drop off my painting Cordwood for the Huntington Arts Council , Dicovering Long Island show.

Aside from all of that, I do hope everyone is in good health and are enjoying this time of the year as well as painting.  My Arboretum painting was done on location , painting with friends is always a great way to enjoy nature, painting and simply being outdoors.  I miss it, but the weather will not hold me back.  All set with my heavy clothing and light weight equipment to enjoy plein air. Cold Spring Harbor is a new favorite spot to paint. Will try to squeeze in a day before Christmas.  Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Last Day of August

Bellport Harbor
8x10 oil on canvas panel
Bellport Harbor plein air
white hydrangeas in a vase
still working on this one
in the studio

Well here it is the last day of August.  It has been a brutal week, regarding the unbearable temps high
in the nineties. heat index 100 and sometimes higher.
This brings me to what I have been thinking.  Most of my work has been quick studies , plein air. I am now thinking of
studio painting and doing larger pieces of all of my small plein air sketches.
I love painting outdoors and this requires so much discipline for me, but I did this when I first started painting. My good friend Vic, once said, studio painting is just as challenging as plein air.  He was so right, God Bless his soul.

That being said, I am adding the artist I follow, it is just a start and plan to get back most of my favorites in the next few days.
I look forward to seeing and following your post.  Happy Panting everyone.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Good Old Summertime

Good Old Summertime
6x8 acrylic on canvas panel

Yesterday I painted these flowers growing in my yard.  My son and his family
are leaving today.  It is time to get back to my painting, vacation is over.
I actually am looking forward to meeting my friends and going to various spots on
the island to paint.  Happy Painting everyone.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Busy Summer

Path to the Beach
5x7 Oil on mdf

Go Fly A Kite
5x7 acrylic on canvas panel

It has been a busy summer and as usual it is going by so quickly.
Mike, Monet and I have been  going to the local beaches.  I take my paints
and Mike sits and reads History magazines on the kindle.
The painting go fly a kite was actually inspired by a family, the father, son and daughters
had a great time flying the kite.  Mike and I started chatting with the family, I learned the
the grandma was also an artist and learning watercolors.  Her son was with the NYPD as
my son was also a city police officer until he got transferred to Long Island.

Mike asked the young boy if he wanted to send a note up to the kite, so,
he showed them how to puncture a hole in the paper and connect to the string and up , up it went
all the way to the kite.  Long and short of it, it was  a lovely day. '
Today I am preparing the house for my son and his family (my grandchildren) they will be
here tomorrow.  We already have all the favorite snacks, typical grandparents.

Wishing all of you a wonderful August and happy Painting.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Summers Delight

Summer Delight
5x7 oil on canvas board
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Enjoyed painting this 5x7 oil, plein air.  Sometimes we can find lovely things
to paint right in our own back yard.

The rain and humidity has grounded me long enough.
I will just stay close to home and paint in my yard close to the comforts of home. Happy painting everyone.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Incoming Storm

Incoming Storm
8x10 oil

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Just completed this one yesterday, paint is still wet.  Will need a few days to dry.
Still waiting to go out and paint.  spring is late in coming. We have a few days that are spectacular then it's back to really dreary wet and damp weather.  Oh, well that is life on L.I. 

Did however go to a Royal Wedding, lol, that is on television. So beautiful in every way. Happy weekend everyone.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mothers Day

6x8 oil on canvas panel
Finally , beautiful spring flowers for all the mothers, and grandmothers. Today is a bit nippy but flowers are blooming everywhere. So I look forward to lots of plein air painting.  For all the moms and grandmothers out there have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

East Islip Marina

East Islip Marina Plein air
8'x10' oil on canvas panel
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This was painted on location, fun day at the marina. Happy Painting everyone,

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Another Day At Sayville Marsh

Another Day at Sayville Marsh
6x11 oil on panel

In the last few days I have been busy posting on Fine Art America and Daily Paintworks.
This is the part of my art career that I have been neglecting.  Therefore, it is time to put in the extra time
in showing my work on these sites.  I have been very fortunate in selling my work at various shows on Long Island.

For now, this is just an extension of a labor of love. First the production which I have always enjoyed and now for showing to a larger market.  Happy Painting everyone.

I have my Daily Paintworks widget and Fine Art America added onto my blog. Happy Painting everyone.
Oh, please allow me some time before I can add my blog list, it will be back,  I enjoy seeing my favorite bloggers on my side bar.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Watercolor sketch

w/c sketch of a shack

Went with my art group several years ago. We painted on location and I took photos.  This sketch is from one of my photos.   Thinking of doing this in oil.  Happy painting everyone.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Morning entry into my journal

Trying to get back to my journaling.  It is a great way to start my day and get the creative juices flowing.
Stony Brook, another w/c sketch

Sitting in the car with my watercolor paints.  A quick sketch.

Before Mike and I went to the mall, we stopped at the Stony Brook harbor.  Needed to do some quick sketches. I call these little sketches my notebook for future paintings.  There wasn't much color, still very gray. In the past it was always where should we paint.  Not so much now, finally I am really looking at what is in front of me and learning to see.
Nature is beautiful and it is not just copying nature but my way of sharing my impressions. Happy Painting everyone.

Monday, February 26, 2018

On The Wild Side

Oil sketch of the bluff

Stepping away from my comfort zone and playing with colors that I wouldn't normally use.  Going back to the same places every year it never looks the same.  I love the drastic  changes in the atmosphere and the abstract shapes in the sky.  I will continue to explore and experiment. 

Fear of failure isn't an option for me, not at my age.  So hence, I dare to use colors like viridian green and red oxide in the sky, with bright yellows.  Today, it will be Stony Brook Harbour.  I will see the same scene , the sky, water, and rocks.  But to be sure the atmosphere will be very different.  Happy Painting everyone.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Plein Air today

My oil sketch for today
9x12 on mdf board

Getting my gear to set up

Mike and Monet 

My friend Sye

Gina, setting up

Another friend joined us, but I didn't take a photo of her before she left.  It was a wonderful day being outdoors.  After months of cabin fever, it was time to venture out.  This morning we had dense fog, did not care, always wanted to paint fog.  But once we arrived at Short Beach the fog was lifting and the sun was starting to peek through.  The temps was in the 60's.  Winter will be returning next week, but we had today.  Happy painting everyone.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy surprise

My painting King's Bluff received the award of merit at the Suburban Art League.  It was a wonderful surprise. The artwork was truly amazing and I was so honored to be included as one of the prize winners.

On the easel

Another wip, started last week
Bellport a study
11x14 oil on panel

I always start out so eager and full of confidence.  As the painting progresses I realize that it ain't easy.
So I wait and then start again.  For now, taking a break and doing some watercolor
sketches in my journal

Studying shades of white
11x14 oil on panel

This is so challenging , I set up a still life of various white and glass objects.  Some white carnations, this is just the blocking  in stage and underpainting.  Haven't touch it since it was started last week.  Need to go back with a fresh eye.

Waiting for the spring to arrive.  Wednesday it will be warmer, temps in the 60's.  I will try to out there, now it
time to think of the locations I would like to paint.  Every year it is the same old places, but what makes them so different is the atmosphere, which is constantly changing.  Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Keeping busy

 A watercolor sketch from my car.  Too cold to paint outdoors.
Second sketch at the Islip Marina
These are some of the sketches and paintings that I have been work on for the last month.  So looking forward to going outdoors to paint. Waiting for spring.

A study of glass  vase in w/c

Brightwaters pond, skaters a few weeks ago.

Short beach, actually went out to paint.  Temps in the 20's, but I was bundled up for the weather.

Stony Brook Harbor a few weeks ago.  Love being outdoors.

Winter blues

Watercolor sketches
Cabin fever, being stuck indoors is never fun for anyone.  Kept busy though, did the 31 day challenge in January.
Posting from my iPad, never got the hang of this, will go to my other computer.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sad News

Dear fellow bloggers,

It saddens me to let you know that one of the wonderful artist we know, Victor Errington has passed away.  He was not only a great artist, but also and good friend. 

He has shared is art with so many of us and for me personally has encouraged and supported my endeavors.  He will be missed. In closing, like Vic would say, all the best to you all.  Joan

Friday, January 5, 2018

Baby It's Cold Outside

From My Dining Room Window

Day 5 in my 31day Strada Easel challenge.  Really looking forward to going out maybe tomorrow.
Want to go to a pond where there are skaters.  I am sure they will be out this weekend.

Stay, safe, warm and dry  fellow Long Islander's.  Happy Painting

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year

Remains from the Holiday
Wishing all my fellow blogger a very Healthy, Happy, New Year.  This is my still life for day 4 in the strada easel 31day challenge.  I think it is a great way to start the new year. 

We are in the midst of a blizzard. Everyone is homebound and I have enjoyed painting most of the day.  So I say to you, happy painting.