Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ashokan Evening Glow

Ashokan Evening Glow
5" x 7"
Oil on panel
SOLD
I finished this little painting to include in the art show and sale our group is holding at the Olive Free Library on Rt. 28A in West Shokan starting Dec. 20. We are displaying just two sizes of paintings; 5 x 7 and 8 x 10. All paintings will be framed and will sell for the same amount, $50. & $75. according to size. Partial proceeds will benefit the library.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mary

Mary
12" x 16"
Oil on panel
Not for sale
Another portrait I recently finished. I chose this pose because of the single light source.  I painted it in a grasaille first and when dry I  glazed a light flesh tone over the face of both woman and baby. I like the dramatic lighting on this and of course I love the subject matter.  It's my sister in law, Mary and her then baby, Anna, from a photo taken 35 yrs ago! Anna was a chubby baby, her dad called her "Chunky Noodle".

Copper Kettle





"Copper Kettle"
12" x 16"
Oil on board
$400.  + $8 shipping


 I set up the still life using a copper tea kettle and the little tea cup my mother in law gave me many years ago.  I grew the dahlias myself. In life, they were very pink, but they didn't work so well with the copper of the pot, so I altered them. Hey, it's my still life and I can do anything I want with it!
I entered it in the Dutchess County Fair fine arts competition and it won a blue ribbon in the still life category AND best in show for fine arts!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tommy

Tommy
12" x 16"
Oil on board
Not for sale
I've been working on this portrait of my son, Tom, for several months.  The first time I've ever painted on masonite. I thought I finished this painting, but both my sons said the same thing...."it's a combo of the two of us".  So, I had to re-work it.  Tom's hair isn't anything like Jerry's, but I'd given him a full thick head of it and Tom's isn't really like that. Ahem.  He's a little sensitive about that, so I won't say any more. Tom's face is a little swarthy, so I darkened the beard area and the eyes and suddenly it was Tommy and not a morphed version.
This view of him was painted from a photo my cousin, Sue, took at my niece's wedding last year.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pemaquid Point, Maine

Pemaquid Point, Maine
5" x 7"
oil on board
framed in black
currently on display at Studio 91, Kingston, NY
$75.
SOLD

We took a trip to Maine the first week in September and stayed near Boothbay Harbor.  We drove out to Pemaquid Point one day and visited the lighthouse.  That provided inspiration for another painting for another day!  I set up my homemade pochade box and started doing this small painting of the point. It was a breezy day and I had to hold onto my materials with one hand and paint with the other. My mean little poodle was sleeping next to me in her bed and people kept coming over to see what I was painting. That is, until Ginger started growling at them!  One way to keep onlookers away!

McMillan Road Morning

McMillan Road Morning
5" x 7"
oil on board
framed in black
$75. + $5. shipping





I started painting in plein air this summer.  I even built myself a pochade box which is a portable, lightweight painting box or sketch box.  I bought a tripod to attach the box to and the entire unit is feather light! Anyway, my friend, Linda,and I have been painting along some local back roads.  I sold two of them right away and didn't get a chance to post photos!  I found I must do a small painting when outside. So far a 5 x 7 is best. The light changes quickly and the shadows change and after two hrs. we're tired and head home. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

McDaniel Barn, Shady NY


McDaniel Barn
12" x 16"
Oil on board
SOLD

 
 This beautiful road and barn are located in Shady NY on McDaniel Rd.  Of course, in real life, the road is paved and much wider. I wanted to portray it the way it was back in the day. My sister-in-law's family had a boarding house just beyond.  I painted this landscape while taking a class with Paul Abrams. 

Dividing Weir

 The colors seem to be a little more intense in this photo than they are in life. I painted this scene of the dividing weir last fall. I loved the way the light was shining through the arches of the bridge. Painted on gessoed canvas board 8" x 10". 

Donated to  Breast Cancer Options Fundraiser & Silent Auction
Oct. 3, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ASK Open Studio Tour

I just found out that I'm going to have a few paintings hanging in a gallery tour of Kingston on October 2.  Here's a link to the site where I'll be. http://askforarts.org/studiotour/2010/studio91.html


I have a few landscapes to take and probably one from my shore birds series.  Bolstering my confidence is my painting coach, Judith Boggess! She'll be exhibiting at this site for a month.  Not sure how long my paintings will be there, but it's fun to be included!  Will post photos later, gotta get some framing done.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Crossing Bushkill Creek

I started painting this one from memory.  I drive over this bridge almost everyday and wanted to work without a photo to rely on.  The problem was that as the days went by the stream started looking different, the water deceasing, the trees leafing out. So it became a summer painting more than a spring view. Framed in a rustic barnsiding look frame.

Crossing Bushkill Creek
8" x 10"
Oil on canvas
Located at Studio 91
Kingston NY

SOLD












Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cedar Grove

Last week, my neighbor and I went to Catskill to see Thomas Cole's home, Cedar Grove.  It was fabulous!  There was an exhibition going on featuring the women of the Hudson River School. (through Oct. 31)  In my opinion, they were just as accomplished as the men.  My only complaint about the exhibit is that you can't spend as much time as you want viewing the paintings.  They are in an upstairs room in the house and a guide takes you through the rooms, but there's no one on duty in the room so the guide gives you a few minutes and then takes you back outside.  I like to stare at each painting and take it all in, but even though I did TWO tours of the exhibit, I still didn't have enough time. Oh well.  It's still a great historical site to visit and I recommend it to anyone who
  1. loves art
  2. loves history
  3. loves poetry
  4. loves the environment
http://cedargrove.squarespace.com/

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Looking into the past


We drove down to Tarrytown on Thursday just for something to do.  I wanted to stand on the same spot Hudson River School artist Robert Havell stood when he painted a landscape looking down on Sleepy Hollow in 1866.  The mill pond is still there, Philipsburg Manor house is a historical site you can visit (the white building on the left right on the edge of the pond) and the Old Dutch Church is still there. Rt. 9 passes right in front of the church. The river hasn't changed, but Hook Mt. seen on the other side in Nyack isn't quite as pointy.  I think it was mined until 1900 so maybe that's why it looks different. The bluff in the foreground is now covered with houses, not new, but one after the other and no open grass like this. You can't even see the river because the trees are so tall. We went in the cemetery and saw lots of famous people's graves. Like Andrew Carnegie, Elizabeth Arden, Washington Irving, Walter Chryslter, Leona Helmsly and Robert Havell, the guy who painted this beautiful painting.  Down on the river edge, the remains of the GM auto plant that shut down in 1996 is still vacant. Now, that's sad!  The painting above I copied as closely as I could so I  could practice some of the techniques he used, specifically sfumato which is an Italian word meaning smoked.  His had people in the foreground which I left out. They looked sort of stiff and funny!  Of course, I can't sell this painting, but it is a 12x16  canvas on board.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stormy Ashokan

Sold
A storm was brewing one day while I walked on the dam of the Ashokan Reservoir in Olivebridge NY.
Before I got wet, I snapped a photo near the Samsonville Cove where the driftwood collects.
The water level was down and the coastline was showing. The usually large bowl of mountains was barely visible through the mist.
Painted on a gessoed canvas board, this original oil painting measures 9" x 12" and I offer it unframed.



 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Goldfinch on Coneflower

SOLD
Goldfinch on Coneflower
"9 x 12"
oil on canvas
This sweet bird landed on a purple coneflower in my garden and I was lucky to have my camera nearby and I got this shot before he took off.  Painted on a gallery wrapped stretched canvas so no frame is necessary.




Monday, April 5, 2010

Late Winter

sold
5" x 7"
oil on canvas board
The last week in February, we had one storm after another. West Shokan looked like Siberia! I thought the little stream running at the base of our mountain  was so cute with the various pond grasses sticking through the deep snow.
Just before I painted this scene, a fisher had run through here as witnessed by the tracks she made.