Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ashokan Evening Glow

Ashokan Evening Glow
5" x 7"
Oil on panel
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.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


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

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!

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.

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

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stormy Ashokan

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.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Late Winter

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.