Thursday, May 31, 2007

Dave and Kylie, oil on linen

Not for sale David and Kylie, 8x10, oil on Belgian linen

I painted this one to give as a gift to my son's lovely significant other, Sara. The man in the picture is my son, and the baby is Sara's little niece Kylie. I painted it from a picture that was taken at Sara's graduation celebration recently. Sara received her Master's degree from Boston University. She hasn't seen the painting yet since it has been drying, but hopefully she'll enjoy getting a painting of two of her very favorite people!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Happy Valley, 12x24

SOLD "Happy Valley"- 12x24, oil on masonite panel

I titled this new painting Happy Valley because I think it would be impossible to be unhappy if one lived in such a pretty place!

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Friday, May 25, 2007

The Nook, Pennsylvania landscape, 16x20

"The Nook", oil on gallery-wrapped canvas, 16x20

This is a painting I did last winter of a scene from the backyard of my old house in Chester Springs, Pa. I was never happy with how the painting came out, so I pulled it out this week and worked on it some more. I added some glazes, falling leaves and a sunbeam and it looks really pretty now. I also just discovered that my old house has gone on the market recently. I'd always thought I'd try to buy it back if it ever came on the market, but now I realize that I'm totally hooked on the blue skies and eternal sunshine that we have 95% of the time here in Southwest Florida. So I'll keep my lovely memories of Pennsylvania tucked away in my brain, and stay put here in the Sunshine state.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Old boat on the Intracoastal, plein air

"Tethered", 12x16, oil on masonite

This painting of a little boat on the Florida Intracoastal was painted en plein air last spring, when I'd first began painting. It has very soft colors throughout and broken color in the water.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Breathtaking, bold impasto

"Breathtaking", 12x16, oil on Raymar panel

I'd painted this a few weeks back, but wasn't totally happy with it. So I added the baby's breath to break up the intensity of the blue and redcolors and it finally came to life!

This is an example of what is hard about daily painting. In order ot get a piece just right, it often takes days and even weeks to perfect a work. To paint a piece in one day and post it as well, is difficult for me , and I know other artists who share my feelings.

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