Thursday, April 09, 2015

"Towards the Pergola", plein air, 11x14, pink, bougainvillea, Florida gardens, Society fo the Four Arts, Palm Beach paintings, Lighthouse plein air competition, palm trees, formal gardens, Florida art

"Towards the Pergola", plein air, 11x14

This was painted during the Lighthouse Plein Air competition in Palm Beach , Florida at the Society of the Four Arts. The wind geared up while I was painting this and blew my plein air umbrella off three different times. After the third time I realized it was about to storm and I began to paint furiously. That's about when the downpour hit. No warning- just torrential rain. I grabbed the painting and ran for the tiny bit of shelter there was under a roof where people can sit and eat and relax after touring the gardens. In the split second that it took me to run and put the painting into shelter, I came back to find my easel had blown over and there was a mess everywhere.

Then the rain stopped just as suddenly as it started. Luckily I had a tarp and so the mess was minimal but it kind of ruined the fun I had been having painting this piece in the beautiful garden.

In the end , it came out alright, because I took a knife to it,and finished it off with the palette knife.

The joys of plein air painting are endless!

Friday, April 03, 2015

"Poolside", 18x24, oil on canvas, paintings of pools, fruit , flowers, pink roses, Florida gardens

"Poolside", 18x24, oil on canvas

I've been taking a perspective class recently from a fabulous Russian -trained artist . The class has been hard for me since I failed geometry in high school. Here's a visual note from Wednesday's class:

My artist friends and I have been having a really good conversation on Facebook about how much perspective an artist really needs in order to be a successful painter.

I especially loved the comment by my friend and fellow plein air painter Diane Mannion who wrote the following,  "Linear perspective: The very words themselves seem to strike terror into students, it's no wonder when they hear such terms as 'multiple vanishing points' and 'conical projection'. Well, just forget them, all that is necessary for a landscape painter to have, is a sense of perspective and an eye for the obvious. Just remember these simple rules:
*Objects diminish in size as they recede from the viewer.
*The horizon is always at the eye-level of the viewer.
*Parallel lines on such things as buildings tend to converge in distance, usually on the horizon.
Whole books have been written about the laws of perspective but as with legal laws, you need only enough knowledge of them to be able to keep out of trouble."

Thanks so much Diane! Your words gave me the courage to paint this scene without measuring a single thing!  And whether right or wrong, it was painted with passion and energy, (and a little sweat.)

Friday, March 27, 2015

"Afternoon Garden", 8x10, oil on panel, plein air, Lighthouse Plein air Festival, Palm Beach, Jupiter, Florida, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach Garden Club, wet paint

"Afternoon Garden", 8x10, oil on panel, plein air

Here is another painting that I did for the Lighthouse Plein air Festival, which sold at the gala.

I painted it in the afternoon of the second day of the event and it was a lovely day in the gardens of the Society of the Four Arts. As I mentioned in my last post, the Society is located in Palm Beach and the gardens are maintained by The Garden Club of Palm Beach. There is an abundance of beautiful color there in the garden, as well as beautiful art sculptures everywhere.

The night of the gala there was a wonderful crowd of art enthusiasts and many paintings were sold that night. Here is my wall of four paintings from the gala:

If you look closely you'll notice that my paintings ended up sandwiched between Neal Hughes (who won first place) and Shelby Keefe, (who won second place). Neal painted right next to me in the Japanese garden one morning and it was an honor to have been juried into a show that included artists of such incredible talent. Morgan Samuel Price judged the winning paintings at the gala, and as I said in yesterday's post, some of America's leading plein air artists participated in the event, so it must have been very difficult to choose the winners! Congrats to all who participated and thanks to the Lighthouse Arts committee for putting on such a lovely event and producing so many sales!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Spanish Facade Garden", 9x12, plein air, Society of the 4 Arts, Palm Beach Garden Club, Lighthouse Plein Air Festival, Spanish facade

"Spanish Facade Garden", 9x12, plein air

The painting above was painted on location at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Fl., during the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival a few weeks ago.

The gardens there are maintained by the Garden Club of Palm Beach and they are truly lovely and serene. For my first painting of the festival, I chose a shady area of the gardens that is called the Spanish Facade, because they built a small replica of a Spanish hacienda there. The gardens were in complete shade in the morning light, and although the sun began to produce dappled light throughout the garden as the morning progressed, I knew I had to stick with the original light pattern that I started with rather than chase the light.

The festival was wonderful and some of the best plein air painters in the country participated including Shelby Keefe, Jason Sacran and Ken deWaard, who painted right behind me in the Spanish facade garden that morning. I managed to paint 4 paintings in a short time span and I was pleased with the results. I'll be posting more paintings from the event over the next few days.

Here's a pic of the finished painting in the garden. You can see the the light was very different at noon from when I began the painting around 9:30.

If you are interested in purchasing this plein air painting, please send me an email at

Monday, March 23, 2015

"Morning Light, Edson Keith Mansion", plein air, 14x11, Sarasota Florida paintings, Paint Sarasota, Light-Chasers, gala, award-winning paintings

"Morning Light, Edson Keith Mansion", plein air, 14x11

It has been way too long since I posted in this blog, but I am hoping to get back into a regular schedule very soon.

To begin to catch up, I thought I'd do a post about the "Paint Sarasota!" paint-out that I particpated in a few weeks ago. The plein air competition is run through the Light-Chasers organization, an avid group of plein air painters out of Southwest Florida that includes some illustrious master plein air painters like Bill Farnsworth, Hodges Soileau, Katie Dobson Cundiff and Dominic Avant, to name a few. The group is large and run by  a board of directors, with Terry Mason, of Sarasota, as director.

Terry works very hard, and this year her hard work really paid off when the annual Paint-out and show produced over $10,000 in sales , which will be put to good use to help restore the historic farmhouse at Phillipi Creek.

It was a fabulous night for me, personally. I was gifted with an award by the amazingly talented and wonderful judge Morgan Samuel Price, which included a Raymar wet paint carrier, filled with an asoortment of incredibly wonderful Raymar panels, as well as a generous gift certificate to Sarasota Art and Frame. Here  I am with the thumb's up sign to signal my happiness!

In addition, my painting sold to an amazing artist in her own right, Louise Pond, who took 2 nd place in this year's plein air competition. Here is a picture of Louise with  Morgan.

To complete my hat trick, I won the raffle for Bill Farnsworth's lovely painting of the Edson Keith Mansion, "Hangin' with Albin." Bill is an amazing guy, with boundless energy to both paint and teach. He's won countless awards, been juried into OPA and other prestigious shows over the years, but still manages to hold workshops that are a blessing to artists like myself, who want to improve while maintaining their own signature style. I took one of Bill's workshops recently and cannot recommend him enough as a teacher! Here's the image of my beautiful painting!

The gala was a truly memorable  night and I had a chance to hang out with some special friends as well.

These paint-outs are a lot of work for both the artists and the volunteers, but the rewards are tremendous. The painting above was done on a sunny morning and I love sunny light-filled paintings. It is sold, but if you have any interest in it, please feel free to contact me about a similar commissioned piece at

Thanks for checking in! Hopefully I'll be keeping this blog more updated in the days to come!

Thursday, February 05, 2015

"Provencial Light", 30x24, oil on wrapped canvas, Provence, Lacoste, impasto, palette knife landscpaes, French landscapes, impressionism

"Provencial Light", 30x24, oil on wrapped canvas

I had painted something similar to this in a smaller format some years back, and really enjoyed trying to capture that elusive Provencial light that makes artists gasp for joy when visiting Provence. So I determined to paint the scene again, this time in a much larger format than before.

I  must say that I thoroughly enjoyed painting this. It was painted with mostly a palette knife and has thick passages of paint throughout. I am going to hold onto this one for awhile.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"French Provencial", 20x20, oil on gallery-wrapped canvas, interiors, home decor, French Provencial , fireplace, romantic bedrooms

"French Provencial", 20x20, oil on gallery-wrapped canvas

This was my first attempt at painting an interior and I cannot even begin to express how much fun I had doing it!

I think I just fell in love with the whole concept of painting a bedroom with a cozy fire burning in the hearth, (I once lived in a home with a fireplace in the bedroom and it was heavenly!), and sun streaming through the window to contribute more warmth to the cozy scene. Making up the painting on the wall was also  interesting and I simply had to add my favorite flowers ( Peonies!) to the vase on the fireplace.

I'll definitely be doing more interiors!

"French Provencial" is available through Gallery 444.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Days of Wine and Roses, 10x20, oil on linen, wine roses, pears, grapes, floral, Galerie du Soleil

"Days of Wine and Roses", 10x20

I painted this one recently from life and found it challenging. The grapes, the wine glass, the roses- nothing about this painting came together easily for me.

Did you ever notice that that's how it is with art? Some pieces sort of fall together without effort and then there are those that we just persevere with until we get a somewhat satisfying outcome.

At least I was happy with this outcome after messing with it a few thousand times.

"Days of Wine and Roses" is available through Galerie du Soleil.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Table for Two", 18x18, oil on wrapped canvas


"Table for Two", 18x18, oil on wrapped canvas

This was such a joy to paint today after the last two weeks.

Never mind what that means!

Sometimes it's important to just paint what you love, and in the manner in which you are comfortable!

Then it's easy and the result is satisfactory. For this one I changed up my palette a bit. I used yellow ochre, cad yellow pale, can orange, napthol red, permanent rose, cobalt violet, ultramarine blue, king's blue and  viridian. I am going to be tempted to go back into it tomorrow and re-work some of the passages, but I think I'll force myself to let it alone, since it looks loose and impressionist.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Summer Days", 12x16, oil on linen, paintings of girls, dappled light, gardens, girls in hats, books, summer gardens

"Summer Days", 12x16, oil on linen

I have been working on this painting for almost two weeks now, off and on. I let it dry, look at it some more, see flaws and jump back into it. I actually almost thought it was done today until I got it up on the monitor and saw problems with the folds on her skirt.

Such is the world of an artist. We love our craft and sometimes we hate it. Most of the time we love it, though.

I think.

The thing that is very cool abut this painting is that I used a whole different palette in it and ended up liking it!!!!!! Colors I normally never have used or used only irregularly in the past. Earth tones.

I'm realizing the value of earth tones in mixing skin colors. So much easier! Yes!

So anyway, here's the colors I used on this one and when it is finally and truly finished I will post it again!- Indian yellow, cad yellow pale, yellow ochre, cad orange, Napthol red, (thank-you Lori Putnam!) terra rosa, alizarin crimson, Ultramarine blue and  transparent oxide red. And white. Of course.

"Summer Days" is available through Gallery 444.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

"Dawn on Shrimp Boat Lane", 10x20, oil, Shem's Creek, Charleston, south carolina, shrimp boats, dawn, water views, Maryanne Jacobsen art

"Dawn on Shrimp Boat Lane", 10x20, oil

This painting was done from a photo I took of the shrimpers at Shem's creek, Charleston in the early hours of daybreak. I'm not sure if the painting is done or not. I think it needs to percolate for awhile so I can digest what else is needed.

I used a limited palette of Yellow ochre, Lemon Yellow, Napthol Red, Permanent Magenta, Ultramarine Blue and Viridian, plus white. I think I really needed Cerulean to set off some of the passages, but once I committed to those colors I didn't want to introduce a new color.

The choices one makes while creating a painting are endless!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"Chilly in the Shade", 11x14, plein air, Bay Preserve, palm trees, Intracoastal waterway, Florida art

"Chilly in the Shade", 11x14, plein air

I haven't wirtten in my blog much lately, due to the busy Christmas season- spending time with love ones, shopping, eating too much, etc.

This painting was painted in early December, during a very chilly week by Southwest Florida standards.

It was painted at Bay Preserve during a workshop with the amazingly talented master impressionist, Lori Putnam. Lori's a hoot- she totally manages to balance the seriousness of painting with a sense of humor.

This was one of four paintings that I did during the workshop. It was done with a limited palette of Cad Yellow Pale, Cad Red Light, Permanent Rose and Ultramarine Blue. Lori uses Napthol red instead of the two reds I used, but for me, limiting myself to only 4 colors plus white was a stretch.

Here was my scene on that chilly morning:

I considered adding the artist, but thought better of it in light of the challenges I was having with the limited palette.

Thanks, Lori! It was an awesome workshop!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"Pigtails and Teddy Bears", 12x12, oil, paintings of little girls, toys, teddy bears, braids, pigtails, award-winning paintings

"Pigtails and Teddy Bears", 12x12, oil

Was very happy to find out that my painting "Pigtails and Teddy Bears" received a merit award last week at the Venice Art Center's Portrait and Figurative Exhibit, "The Human Condition". This is the third year in a row that I have received an award in this show, so I am grateful. There are many, many talented portrait and figurative artists that live in my area and enter this show, including Hodges, Soileau, Bill Farnworth, Jeff Cornell and many others, so I am always a little in awe to find that my work has been recognized amongst such a talented group of peers.

Thank-you to judge, Jon Greeley, for the recognition.

This painting is beautifully framed and can be purchased through the Venice Art Center. Feel free to email me at for additional information.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Country French", 12x16, oil on masonite, bicycle, bread, baguette, French countryside, Normandy, French landscapes

"Country French", 12x16, oil on masonite

Painted this before Thanksgiving and have not posted it because I wasn't sure if I should make changes to it. I think I've decided to leave it alone, at least for now. I altered the composition somewhat By putting the tree in the foreground to connect the darks but then I wasn't sue if it worked or not.

I think this is one of those paintings that I should put away for 6 months or so, and then take it out with a set of fresh eyes. I loved the contrast of the French peasant with the baguette in the basket, against the stately French country estate.

This was painted with a palette knife only.

Monday, December 15, 2014

"Window Seat", 6x6, oil, 6 inch squared show, grapes, sunflowers, still life

"Window Seat", 6x6, oil

This is one of three paintings that were juried into Randy Higbee's annual 6x6 inch squared show this year. I always love the show, and this year the entries were exceptional. Honored to be included in the show for the third consecutive year, and happy that two out of three paintings have sold, including, "Window Seat". Thanks for all your hard work, Randy and staff at King of Frames!