Thursday, August 16, 2018

Christmas Palm, 12x12 Oil Painting on Canvas, Tropical Trees


Christmas Palms are so beautiful. I see a lot of them in public landscapes, but there are never any berries. I guess they are considered too messy and get trimmed off. In Elbow Cay in the Bahamas I saw a lot of them left on the trees and it gave such a lovely touch to the landscape. What other palms have such a striking fruit?

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Cowshade, 12x12 Oil Painting on Canvas

This is such a peaceful scene. It was challenging having the shade in the foreground, and it certainly didn't turn out to be a "daily" painting. It took a while to get it like I wanted, but I'm happy with it now. This scene is the view our daughter gets from her backyard.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Seneca Lake, Oil Painting on Canvas, 8x10 Landscape

This painting is a happy memory of a day of visiting wineries and vineyards in the Finger Lakes. This view had pasture, vineyards, a lake and hay bales. What more could an artist want?


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Rouge et Or, Oil Painting on Canvas, Portrait of Woman with Red and Gold

I went for a bit of drama here. I used metallic gold paint, which is hard to appreciate on a computer monitor. I had some fun with it. This is a larger painting, not a "daily painting," 18x24 inches.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Color My World, 8x10 Oil Painting on Canvas, Portrait of Woman

This was my contribution to the Pieces of 8 challenge for July, which was to paste a half face to a support, then do a creative rendering of the other half. Everyone did an amazing job, which you can see at

Summertime always means painting between traveling and yardwork. Am I still a full-time artist if I keep stopping to pull weeds? Hmmm. Not sure. This week I was weeding four feet away from a large snake, but he was pointed the other direction, so I didn't bother him and he didn't bother me. I did keep an eye out, though. I try to be at one with nature, as long as nature isn't a roach. I will kill myself trying to get away from a roach.

I complain a lot about weeding, but in truth I enjoy gardening, and in my family we have a name for that. It's the "Chulie Gene." My grandmother Chulie was a master gardener, and most of our family is infected with the Chulie Gene. My niece actually has a nursery, Paradise Found, and works like mad to grow very exotic and unusual succulents.

See what I did here? I plugged the Pieces of 8 and my niece's nursery, all in one blog post!


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sweet Orange Blossoms, 8x10 Oil on Canvas, Fruit Painting

Have you ever walked through an orange grove when the trees are in bloom? It is the sweetest smell, rivaling any flower known for having a perfumed aroma. Nowadays I see the groves giving in to condos and housing developments, and it's a shame, because trees and fruit are much healthier than concrete block and pavement. I remember walking through orange groves as a kid and running into these fancy-looking spiders hanging between trees in their webs. It's a Spiney Orb Weaver spider, and it looks worse than it is.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Storm Over Hopetown, 16x20 Oil on Canvas, Bahamas Seascape


This is a happy memory of Elbow Cay in the Abacos Islands. I was leaving on the ferry while a storm was approaching. Elbow Cay is a beautiful little island with gorgeous beaches and no cars. A golf cart is all you need. 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Everglades Bird, Giclee Print on Canvas, Wildlife Painting

This painting represents a very happy memory of camping in the Everglades with my buds Cindy and Kathy. We saw at least 50 alligators, but no pythons, thank goodness. Although we painted en plein aire on the shore of a lake with a big gator resting nearby, my real scare was when a huge furry black spider got on my paper towels.

This is a high-quality print in several different sizes, on stretched canvas. 


Friday, July 6, 2018

Koi Pond, 12x12 Oil Painting on Canvas, Wildlife Art

I am very into painting on black right now. What has inspired me? Ralph's Art Supply had a big sale on black canvases! That is very inspiring. I had forgotten how much fun it is to do a dramatic painting, and I can't wait to do the next one.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Flamingo Twist, 12x12 Oil Painting on Canvas, Wildlife Art

I love flamingos. This guy is perfectly comfortable standing on that one skinny leg, neck twisted, beak down in his feathers, doing...what? Sleeping? Looking for something, and if so, what? Or just fluffing that magnificent plumage?

This is fresh off the easel, 12 x12 inches on stretched canvas, still wet.