Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Italian Girl With Flowers, 11x14 Oil on Canvas, after Sorolla


I've had no time for painting this week, so I am posting a throwback to 2008, when our painting group, Pieces of Eight, decided to copy Impressionist masters as a learning exercise. I love Sorolla, so I copied one of my favorites, with the above result. Below is the original by Sorolla.

I also copied John Singer Sargent, the master portrait artist. The best thing I've ever done is team up with seven women with the same passion for painting that I have. It has been such an enriching experience in so many ways, and I have learned so much.


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Misty Horizon, 11x14 Florida Seascape


This was early morning looking toward Cape Canaveral, which is hidden in mist. The receding tide left a dark contrast to the blue of the water. It's something different every day when you walk by the ocean.


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Marie Antoinette's Hamlet, 5x7 Pen and Ink Drawing

Marie Antoinette had an entire little hamlet built for her own entertainment, and there she played at being a shepherdess. The buildings are well-preserved and the landscaping is fit for a queen, you might say. All of this is on the grounds of Versailles.


Monday, November 29, 2021

Spring Island, 10x8 Original Oil Painting

 I have fond memories of the Pieces of Eight artists' trip to Spring Island, North Carolina. We painted en plein aire on two islands, and one morning we were so inspired by the light that we painted the scene from our porch while still in our pajamas. I hope that, post-pandemic (will there ever be a post-pandemic?) we will be able to go on an artists' retreat again.


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Selby Gardens, Pen and Ink Drawing

 My sister and I visited Selby Gardens in Sarasota and were amazed by the Orchid display (see below). It had a circus theme, if you can imagine that. I also love the huge trees with their gnarled roots. I have a thing for roots, but drawing them is like doing a puzzle. 


Friday, November 5, 2021

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Baby Laundry, 8x10 Original Oil Painting on Canvas Panel

Our Pieces of Eight painting group was challenged by Donna Vines to paint laundry. This is my effort. The bunny reminds me of my granddaughter's stuffed bunny that she carried all through her young childhood. 


Monday, October 25, 2021

Menerbes, Pen and Ink Drawing, 4x6

This is a drawing of a happy memory. My sister and I were in Provence and we went to the village near the farmhouse where Peter Mayle lived and wrote his book, A Year in Provence. We went up the mountain on a one-way road and had no idea how we would get out, so we parked and walked to the top to find the lovely little square, and of course, the way back down. 


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Georgia Cabin, 8x6 Pen and Ink Drawing


I have been viewing a class on on crosshatching and this is my first effort. In retrospect, it was a little crazy to start with a such a complicated subject. The class is taught by David Morales and his beautiful drawings inspired me. I'll find a simpler subject next time. Can't wait to do this again.