Thursday, September 17, 2020


                                                                      Sunflower farm 6x8 acrylic on 

                                                                        Canvas board

What is this about cookies

 Hi fellow bloggers, 

Don't understand what I am supposed to do with the notice about cookies.  Did anyone else get this on their blogs.  If you can help me , I would appreciate it, or maybe I should just close out my blog.  Hope all of you are well and safe.  Thanks, Joan

                                                               Short Beach Plein air

                                                                    6x8 acrylic on 

                                                                     canvas board

                                                                          $95.00 on Etsy joanspaintings

Wow something is different with the blog and posting. Must check out what is going on, maybe it's




Monday, July 27, 2020

Keeping Cool

West Lake Water Lilies
8x10 oil study

Yesterday was a good day, stayed in with the ac blasting and painted this 8x10 water lily pond, from one of my photos.
Last week I actually went to West Lake in Patchogue did a quick 6x6 acrylic sketch on canvas.  It was way too  hot to continue, so I took lots of photos .

What is that message that is posted on Blogger about UK and cookies.  All too much for my old brain to comprehend. Oh well Happy Painting everyone.

If you live on L.I. this blasted heat wave will come to an end on Wednesday.  Stay Cool Everyone.

Sunday, July 26, 2020


Brookwood Hall
Gouache sketch

Water Lily pad study in gouache

Avalon Wild Flowers
A w/c sketch

Good morning fellow bloggers.  In the middle of a heat wave on Long Island.   It is 6:30 am, up at 5 and sitting here at my kitchen table having coffee and thinking.
Our world has changed so much, COVID 19, the unrest in our country with the riots and now a heat wave, WOW, not good.  Art has always been my refuge, it is so important to maintain my enthusiasm. So, it time to ask myself What’s Next.
Mike has a tomato plant that is producing juicy tomatoes, before it gets to hot, maybe that will be my next study.
The weather has never stopped me before, so it shouldn’t be a problem.  I do hope all of you are staying healthy and enjoying your free gift of art.  Happy Painting Everyone.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Plein air today

 Sunken Meadow
Plein air
8x16 oil 

It was another hot and humid day on Long Island. But friends  and I were so tired of staying in due the COVID 19 virus. Enough  is enough, we protected ourselves with wearing face mask and keeping a safe distance.  After adjusting to the discomfort of the hot and humid air and insects, we settled down to seeing the beautiful scene in front of us.  That was it, forgetting all of the discomforts of  a hot summer day, we rejoiced that we were actually out doors and enjoying the day.  I do hope everyone is safe . Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Happy to be Out Painting

Heckscher Beach Plein Air

It's been a while since I got out to paint.  My daughter and grandson was visiting for the last five days.  It is always difficult when they leave.  Didn't get to see my other grandchildren, they were in Florida.

So that being said, it was important to me just to get out, depression was knocking and I no longer have any tolerance for wasting my days feeling sad.  So here it is, just a sketch, I may go back tomorrow and do another.

I do hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Happy painting to you all.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Keeping busy

                                                           Stony Brook plein air
                                                            8x16 oil on panel

It was so warm and humid to today, I really had no desire to out there, but so glad I did go out.
We give ourselves so many reasons not to go out and paint.  Too hot, too cold, same old places that we always go, but the thing is, just go.   Stony Brook has always been my go to place to paint.  What never fails to amaze me, is that, the same place looks so different from hr to hr. From day to day.  So its always a new and wonderful experience.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Playing with paint

9x12 oil on canvas panel
Went to Heckscher Park and to our surprise we had windsurfers. Never before have I seen this in person.
Delightful sight to behold.

The Lone Surfer,
My first day, there was only one surfer.  I set up my french easel in the sand.
It was a very windy day, my determination to just do a sketch, won out and I now have a
painting with the authentic evidence of sand on my panel.

6x6 oil daisies in a creamer.
We have had so  much rain that I had to look around to set up this little still life.
My flowers aren't in bloom, thank goodness I have plenty of artificial flowers .
Not really my first preference, I enjoy painting real flowers.

Good Old Summertime, 9x12 oil on canvas panel.
Missing those warm days at the beach painting from life, had to be satisfied with
photos and my memory.  Also trying a new technique which I absolutely love, great fun. 

8x10 still life on canvas panel.
Still painting artificial flowers, this time tulips in a glass jar. Working with a palette knife and brush,
love painting with this gooey stuff.

Well that's it for today.  Do hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  We are all going through a rough time, praying for all those courageous people in the medical professions as well  as the firefighters, police and not forget people in transportation.  May God help us all.  In the meantime, keep your spirit up by picking up your brushes.  Happy Painting Everyone.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Keeping Busy

Gouache Study on w/c paper

6x6 Oil Study 

gouache study Sunken Meadow Beach

Good morning to all.  Procrastinating this morning.  Time to get dressed and go out and paint.  The weather is going to be gorgeous.  Hope all is staying safe.  We go to beaches and and parks big enough to keep people at a safe distance.  Doing the best we can.  take care and Happy Painting

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

What's Next

Tea cup and viola plant

To all my fellow bloggers please keep safe and healthy in this very trying time of the coronavirus.
We are all housebound and for some that's a good thing.  We are very fortunate as artist, we don't need a crowds of people to be happy.  We have our art, we can be at home or open air painting, keeping our distance from others.

On the other hand, our shows are cancelled and people need to put food on the table not art on their walls.  I just shut down my Etsy shop, while it is the most least  expensive online shop to sell, it is just not the right time for me. So like I said WHAT'S NEXT?  A time to just enjoy and to study my craft and no pressure of the marketing end of being an artist.
This will pass and Gallery's will reopen and once again people will be earning a living.  So that is why it's a good idea for me personally to continue to paint and share my work on this blog and instagram and facebook..
To stay connected with other artist friends and most of all to stay healthy and pray for all of the hero's in the medical , police, firefighters and all the ones on the front line fighting this enemy.

Happy Painting my friends/

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Peek a Boo

Peek a Boo:  6x8 still life acrylic

          My first attempt at a still life from September.  I did the 30 day Stradaeaseasel challenge. Since then I've done my usual and favorite theme of atmospheric landscape.  Yesterday, went out looking for new props , went to Trader Joe's a purchased mandarin oranges, and to wal mart for artificial flowers and a white milk vase. These are just a few of the paintings I did in September.  I do love painting a still life and also find it very challenging.  So now here we are the last day of February there is a chill in the air, perfect to be home painting in the studio.  All of the painting below are posted on my etsy shop. Originalpaintingsbyjoansart.  Happing painting everyone.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Going Wild

                                                    Going Wild with color
                                                            8x10 acrylic

Went to Short Beach with friends.  I started this 8x10 on location and finished it at home.  I am always surprised when using acrylic paint, never know what to expect.
Stony Brook plein air
6x8 Acrylic

This wasn’t completed, not sure I will continue or just start another painting.  Once again the brilliance of acrylic paint and  my mood, it’s basically using primary colors.  I think it is time for me to do some still life paintings in between landscapes.  Once again it is a rainy day on Long Island.  Perfect to set up a still life using some of my purchases from the thrift store or maybe some fruit or veggies.  Need more coffee before I begin my day.  Happy Painting everyone.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Recent Oil Paintings

The River
oil on canvas

Short Beach Marsh

Here we are in mid February, today is the first day we are seeing the sun shine on Long Island.  The temps aren't that bad, 40's, tolerable enough to paint outdoors.  First stop is the Mills Pond House to drop of two of my painting that were juried into their show Inspirations in Blue.

It was great switching back to oils after starting the year painting in watercolors.  Maybe you all feel the same way, change is good, it keeps the creative juices flowing.  Today , thinking about acrylic painting for the plein air, less messy and easy to transport without getting paint all over the car. 

My biggest concern is , maybe it's time to challenge myself by painting still life or people.  It may be time to get my head out of the clouds, lol.  It's just that mother nature puts on such a wonderful display in the clouds, who am I kidding it's all a challenge. 

It is time to start my day, happy painting everyone.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Sayville Marsh

                                                      Sayville Marsh
                                                         8x10 oil on canvas

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  It’s another rainy day on Long Island and once again home bound.  Longing for the sunny days to go out and paint.  Yesterday I painted this marsh painting from a photo taken last week.  Since the beginning of the year I been painting in w/c and acrylic, yesterday was the first time my oils were used.
Posted this painting in my etsy shop last night and this morning realized it is too wet to mail out if someone wants it, now fingers crossed no one wants it lol. While having my morning coffee a revelation  occurred, maybe acrylic paintings for the etsy shop would be better. They are easier to ship.
Well enough, I am procrastinating and do have a busy day ahead.  Happy Painting everyone.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Watercolor studies

January studies, began doing watercolor paintings.  Went to Blydenburgh park for a few sketches and photo references.  I do however miss working in oil and acrylic.  So now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s time to get back into the swing of working in oil and or acrylic.