Saturday, May 21, 2011

Leifeld Farm

Leifeld Farm
18 x 24
oil on canvas
Our friends, Bert and Ann Leifeld, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary today.  I painted this portrait of their home as my gift to them.  It shows the wagon wheel notch in the mountain. This notch was used by native Americans to pass through to Samsonville. My grandparents, Mart and Anne Eckert, lived on this same farm back in the 1940s.  In fact, when my parents got married, they had their reception in this house.  It's a beautiful setting and Ann takes care of the grounds herself.
I wanted a spring landscape so I waited until the leaves were out before I took a coule of photos to work from. This is one of the bigger paintings I've ever done. They loved it!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sanderlings III

"Sanderlings III"
8 x 10
oil on canvas
framed $125. + $10. shipping



While on Hutchinson Island in Florida, I was very amused watching the sanderlings running back and forth in the surf. They were so cute all facing the same direction and very hyperactive!  My friend, Marylin, took a photo of them while she was there and sent it to me.  I painted these birds several times, hence the name "Sanderlings III".  Not because there were three in the photo.  This painting is framed in a lovely white beachy looking frame.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Boothbay Maine Haulers



"Boothbay Maine Haulers"
5 x 7
oil on panel
 
SOLD

I love Maine.  Last summer, we stayed on Southport Island near Boothbay Harbor.  Not far from Pemaquid Point lighthouse. Gray Homestead Oceanfront Campground, where we stayed, catches and cooks lobsters for you to enjoy right at your site! Can't wait to return.  My husband and son went digging for clams and I sat and painted this little scene of lobster boats coming and going. I never feel so good and healthy as I do when I'm near the ocean.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Smoky Mountain Meadow


12" x 16"
oil on canvas
framed in simple handmade wooden frame
$275. + $8. shipping

I visited the Smoky Mts. last year and did a lot of walking and hiking in the National Park.  If you've never been there, you must go! Here's the link to their website. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm.
We saw black bears very close to our campsite and along the road in the park.  Not that black bears are a big novelty to us here in the Catskills!





Monday, May 16, 2011

Portrait of Grace

12 x 16
oil on canvas panel
Not for sale

I think I've finished this portrait of Grace. Grace is my 5 yr old granddaughter and my favorite subject to paint. I'm very happy with it, but I may need to deepen the dimple on her cheek so it looks more like a dimple and less like a smudge! She inherited that dimple from her dad. He and his dad have two each!  My daughter in law told me that Grace will be taking art classes this summer! You can't imagine how thrilled I am. What a lucky little girl.  By the time she's my age, she should be a master!