Saturday, October 22, 2016

Blue Monday, 10" x 10", oil on deep cradled gessoboard

A beautiful morning and this shell fisherman brought his little boat out right in front of me. I didn't have to exaggerate the colors. Perhaps he may consider his work a grind but it created a few nice work days for me! This piece is the first larger one at 10" X 10", and took longer to do than the 6 x 6's, but the colors were so compelling that I felt it deserved a bigger showcase. Also I painted this on a cradled board so there isn't necessarily a need to frame.

The cradle is painted a neutral grey although it does look black here.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Donkey Duo, 6" x 6", oil on panel

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A friend has a number of mini donkeys on her horse farm. I took a few photos while there a few years ago and have wanted to paint them ever since. There is no way that is is my last donkey painting!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Perched Pause (Chickadee), 6" x 6", oil on panel

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I love the way light works on white animals (or anything really)... sometimes it is so bright that you can't even see a hint of a shadow. That was the case here but I pushed it a bit and was happy with the result.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"Kodiak Splash", watercolor, 22" X 30"

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I did this piece years ago but it is my piece for today. because I have never posted it anywhere (I don't think!). I painted it for a friend who had visited Kodiak Island in Alaska, just to watch bears. He gave me a couple of nice photographs and they served as reference. At the time I painted this, my skills in wet-on-wet watercolor were better than they are now! I was very pleased with the management of looseness - almost abstract - in the water, and not over-saturating the blues, as the water is very dark there.

"Overseeing" (Titmouse), 6" x 6", oil on panel

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The day was pale ochre and gray… at least from a bird’s perspective in the trees. This soft palette was appealing to me while I was watching chickadees chirp, flit, and rest, among the oaks. Spots of yellow from the flowering oak catkins lended just a hint of interest to the image. This is a Black-capped chickadee from my old backyard. I am still working from photos - I hope to move to plein aire, at some point!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fat Chickadee, 6" x 6", oil on panel

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The day was pale ochre and gray... at least from a bird's perspective in the trees. This soft palette was appealing to me while I was watching chickadees chirp, flit, and rest, among the oaks. Spots of yellow from the flowering oak catkins lended just a hint of interest. This is a Black-capped chickadee from my old backyard. This was done from a rough photo - I hope to move to plein aire, at some point!

Cove Boat #1, 6" x 6", oil on panel

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I am lucky enough to have a summer/fall studio in a friend's house that overlooks Town Cove between Orleans and Eastham, MA. I see the fishing boats going out each day and the water is ever-changing. The sun as it moves from east to west makes for some compelling sights. I guess it is inevitable that I would want to paint a few boats while here. The biggest challenge is not to nit-pick too much, which is definitely my tendency!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Back Door Hydrangea, 6" X 6", oil on panel

My second painting for Daily Paintworks. Trying to keep it loose. A hydrangea bush behind my friend's frame shop had such crazy color a month or so back, I photographed it and knew it would become a painting of some sort. Most of the hydrangeas here on Cape Cod are the classic blue which I DO love, but this one in the sunlight that day captured me for that moment.

Hummer Girl, 6" X 6" oil on panel

My first Daily Painting!
Nothing beats a hummingbird if you love color and birds and flowers. This little guy (I mean girl) visited the feeder and garden frequently. With their microsecond wingbeats, I wasn't sure initially how to approach the painting to create the feeling of that motion, but I was happy with this solution. I plan to do more like this, featuring her, or perhaps some of the Rufous hummers I had at my feeders when I lived in Wyoming!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Joining the Daily Painters!!

BIG NEW UPDATE!! I have not been keeping up with this blog as I have been somewhat distant to fine art for the last number of years, working instead on my science illustration and murals. Today I am embarking on a new adventure and joining the Daily Paintworks site, painting one small painting a day. I will be posting in the evenings for publication on the site the for the following day. I will also post to my Facebook art page. I'm excited to produce some new fresh work!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New England Marine Mammals, digital print, 13" X 19"

Illustrative piece available as a digital print.

unframed $90

Penguins of the World, digital print, 36" X 11"

These penguins are from an exhibit at the Toronto Zoo, as well as at the New England Aquarium, though I have altered it for my own portfolio.
In the Toronto Zoo exhibit the penguins here are actual size, meaning: the Emporer is 4 feet tall!

It has also been used in another format for a veterinary medicine textbook. Some of the penguins had to be increased or decreased in size, according to the newest data worldwide.

This image is available as an art print, measuring 11" high X 36" wide with a 3/4 " white border, and is printed on velvet fine art paper with quality inks. It sells for $55 plus shipping/handling (usually= $10). Please email to place an order.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Marsh Solitude, 22" X 12", giclee from original watercolor (SOLD)

A Great Blue Heron.
This image is available as a giclee print.
$175 framed
(unframed sold out)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Indian Summer Wolf, watercolor, 13" X 19", SOLD

From my time spent in Wyoming. Available as a digital print, 13" X 19", on velvet fine art paper, $65

Race Point Trekking, 18.5" X 30", watercolor, SOLD

This image was my first to get into the prestigious "Arts for the Parks" national competition. It depicts the great dune areas off Provincetown at Cape Cod National Seashore.

There is a nearly-invisible coyote trekking across the morning landscape. This is available as a giclee print.  $225 Unframed

Morning Sunsplash; Green Heron, 30" X 20", acrylic

One beautiful morning on Red River in Harwich Port, MA I found this heron fishing. Morning light and shadow provided a great backdrop for the algae, grass, and seaweed-covered mud banks where he prowled.
Original Acrylic framed. $1550

Red Tail in Flight, 35" X 24", acrylic SOLD

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Looser style than my typical work, I wanted to depict the motion of the hawk and its beautiful striking red tail which can usually only be seen from below if the light hits just right.
Original Acrylic on board

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Goat Feeding, 18" X 24", acrylic, NFS

A painting for my good friends Jane and Vern, outside Saint Louis at their farm. The goats get fed grain every 3-4 days, and when they do it's a big deal. I painted this image from a video I took of the goats all running from the big pastures to the barn. The last gal, pregnant I believe, straggling behind with her ears flopping as she goes.... and Vern just chuckling all the while.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ragazza, 9" X 12", acrylic SOLD

This is a friend's 19 (?) year-old cat. I believe her name may be Bella Ragazza, meaning "beautiful girl" in Italian. I have to say though, I wish I'd gotten a video of her, as she has the cutest, short little legs ever! She reminded me a lot of my old bow-legged, fat black boy, Spaghetti, aka Spaz.

Zoe and Miguel, 8.5 X 11.5, watercolor, NFS

"Zoe" is my California friend's first young Warmblood; she stands over 17 hands and she is not only a beautiful mover, but she is very smart too. A handful!
Miguel has taken exceptional care of her, and my friend will give this painting as a gift to him. It wass actually not quite finished here but I sent it off without photographing (my corrections to hind hooves, feet and general tightening)!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bubble Boys, 12 1/2" X 21 1/2", acrylic, SOLD

More Sanderlings! All my Sanderlings seem curiously ... in bright sunlight and ...on the beach....
Yes, I can "work" and hang out at the beach too.....!!!
Original acrylic

Monday, June 27, 2011

Heron in Marshgrass, 8" X 11", acrylic, SOLD

This Great Blue Heron appears (digitally) in my mural for Long Island (L.I. National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at Wertheim). Trying for that loose style, but struggling when trying to depict a specific species.
Original acrylic, framed $85

Sunday, December 5, 2010

If the Road Forks, 7" X 10", original acrylic, SOLD

Colorful morning in Harwich, MA.

North Bay, 8" X 10", original acrylic SOLD

A view of Pleasant Bay with a tad of artistic license.

Two Peeps Playing, 8" X 11.5" SOLD

I could paint these guys all day.

Little Trodden Path, 4" X 6", SOLD

Peeps Parade, image size 8" X 24" (original SOLD)

This image is available as a fine art giclee print.
Unframed $100

Cape Light, image size 12" X 27"

This image is available as a fine art giclee print.
Framed (frame has small discoloration in 1-2 spots)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sanderling Surf Snack, 14" X 11" SOLD

More Peeps!
Sold the one below this so had to replace.
The beach is currently a bit grey and misty, so these pics are a good reminder of the sunny summer.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Peep Flying 2, 12" x 12" SOLD

Sanderling in flight....
love to emphasize the sand-colored reflected light on the belly.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Peep Flying. 8" X 10", SOLD

When I was an undergrad at UC Berkeley I took Ornithology, and a guy in the class called the sanderlings (the little guys running along the shoreline) "peeps". Cute name for the cutest little birds. Always active - almost like hummers. Most of the time they are feeding along the waves (I got a great pic of one nearly submerged by a wave - generally they escape in time) but then they will suddenly fly off. I was catching rays and great views of these guys last week. Love 'em!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Schoolie Bluefin, 18" X 36", acrylic

I have decided to rework this. Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Little Dune Grasslands, 12" X 18" SOLD

Some of the spring mornings this year have been superb; this morning was obviously as bright and clear as you ever get. A first painting after being away illustrating scientific, medical and biological things for some time. I really want to get to some fish, however.
I am going to post my tuna from two years ago - to inspire myself.

Young Yellowfin, 12" X 24", acrylic

I want to paint more tuna and other fast, shiny sportfish like these!

Canvas giclee print, framed $195
Original SOLD

Marsh View North, 9" X 12", acrylic

The same area as the previous painting; Forest Beach supplies lots of bits of inspiration.

This is in a beautiful classic gold frame

Friday, February 22, 2008

"Stripes", 8" X 8", SOLD

Seems I haven't been able to return to the winter theme.
Spring will be arriving soon, and perhaps I will just skip over it after all. Old photos of summer scenes have been helpful in reminding me that summer will indeed return as well!


Thursday, January 31, 2008

"Chicory and Vines", 8" X 10" SOLD

It's January 31, and I needed a glimpse of summer.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"November Foot Bridge", 9" X 12", acrylic on board

I have enjoyed the interesting colors of November. Sometimes it's ubiquitously grey here on the Cape, but other times there are subtleties in color everywhere. This image is from Salt Pond in Eastham, a great place to walk with lots of trails, and Nauset Marsh which leads to the outer beach itself.

Original Acrylic $185

Thursday, January 24, 2008

"November Red and Green", 9" X 12", acrylic on board

I was walking my pup, it was cold and had just flurried.
In the shadows were patchy bits of snow, giving a super duper cobalt look to them (and if you look at all of my work I do tend to love the blues and purples)... Wow, then the little red buds against that evergreen whatever-it-is... Who knew November could be so charming?

"Bench Landing", 6" X 8" SOLD

I have a bunch in the works right now.
This is the last summer scene, then on to some nice fall and winters.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"Dashing Through the Snow" SOLD

My Christmas card!
I have these available as greeting cards: 8 1/2" X 5 1/2".
Email me if you would like to order. Package of 5 for $15.00. $2.00 shipping.

12" X 9"

"Skippy and Weedie", 14" X 26", acrylic

This commission was done for the owner of the farm where I board Finnegan (my horse). It was a gift for her mother who owns these two (the Appy on the right is the foal of the mare on the left). Apparently when they gave her the gift at Christmas she cried.
In this case it's great when people cry.

Wychmere Harbor, 13" X 26", acrylic

This commission required lots of artistic license.
My main reference shot was from 1965!
The other was from a shot taken in a grey grey November!
Needless to say the buildings on Cape Cod today compared to '65 also have changed. Bigger - lots bigger.
I miss the old Cape but alas, that's progress.
Regardless, the harbor remains and can look lovely in Spring, Summer and Fall. The boats haven't changed all that much. Just more of 'em!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

"Cove Peek", 4" X 6" SOLD

A cute view on Town Cove in Orleans in summer.

Stream Edge, 12" X 9", acrylic SOLD

This was from a trip to NH last fall.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Round Cove, 18" X 24", acrylic SOLD

Please do click on this image to see better color in the larger version.....
This was the last piece finished in preparation for an open studio event I had last night.
The image is from Pleasant Bay, a beautiful and varied inlet here on the Cape which in the summer months is somwewhat overloaded with lobster boats, fishing and pleasure boats and yachts, and little skiffs like this one.


Monday, October 22, 2007

"Grass Abstract", 9" X 12", acrylic on board

When I walk my dog practically anywhere, I look at grasses.
I have had a bit of botany classwork and have done botanical illustration.
I always say to myself, "grass is so under-rated".
I love it. Most of the species are like miniature corn plants, with their teeny-weeny flowers concealed amidst the long spires at ends of stalks. If you look up close at the colors they are almost always subtle and beautiful.
This piece is no botanical illustration, for sure! And even though it features some fairly common species (unknown to me... just because I like grasses it doesn't mean I know one species from another), I hope it sings the praises of grass in some way.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Old Field Road, 7" X 10", acrylic on board

I tried to take a "study" or quickie-approach to this small one. For the most part it worked and went smoothly. A fun scene to work with - with all the lush colors and textures.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fisher Morning, 12" X 18", acrylic on board SOLD

I admit I am into smooth, nice-colored, gradated skies. Same goes for water. It's hard to achieve, at least in acrylic, and I have to tell myself I'm finished when I'd really rather re-paint again and again.

Original acrylic $275 framed

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Late Summer Slope, 14" X 11" SOLD

Kind of a quickie though it doesn't look it.
We like those!!
Not so sure about the bright greens... but greens are always difficult and it IS summer after all.

I lost the "squishy" feel of the paint somewhere when I started nit-picking the grass, as usual.
Where to draw the line between realism and the painterly thing?
...still working on that....