Friday, September 30, 2011

Cosmos, 16x12 Watercolor

I don't do many watercolors, but I take them with me when traveling. When I saw resident artist Judith Kinsman painting in the garden at Hidden Pond Resort in Maine, I hurried there with my watercolors to paint the beautiful Cosmos flowers. People told me I would see fall colors in Maine, but instead I saw sunbathers and lush flowers. It was a joy to meet Judith and paint with her. Artists are really nice people. They aren't all like Picasso.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Maine Wave, 8x10 Oil on Canvas Board

My plucky sister and I walked the cliff walk around Prout's Neck, Maine, and it was hallowed ground. Winslow Homer's footsteps trod upon the same path, and I was trying to channel Homer when I painted this. It was a very rough trek in places, but oh, so beautiful. The rocks are so black and the sea so blue. Homer's studio is 75 feet from the sea. It's being redone, so we didn't get to go inside.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nubble Light, 6x8 Oil on Canvas Board

We found this beautiful scene on our drive up the Maine Coast. It was kind of funny, because there were a lot of people there with cameras, and they would take this shot, then turn left and take one of the hunky guy fishing on the rocks. Perhaps I'll paint him soon...yes, I shot him too. That's what you call a photo opportunity. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dinghies, 5x7 Oil on Canvas Board

I went to a little wharf at Cape Porpoise in Maine and painted this scene. It had all the usual challenges, including changing light and moving boats. I'm always surprised when I get indoors and look at the actual colors I put down. They never look like they did outside.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Andrea's Gate, 5x7, Oil on Canvas Panel

I spent the week painting in Maine, and this was the gate to our cottage. My sister was writing while I was painting, the weather was perfect until Thursday, and the scenery was breathtaking.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hanging Onions, 6x8, Oil on Canvas Board

Hanging onions are both decorative and fresh. My daughter has a massive number of onions from her garden. They should be called Onyums. What would life be without onions and garlic? Darn dull, I'd say. Maybe it's just the Italian in me.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Morning, 6x8 Oil on Canvas Panel

While on the farm in Pennsylvania, I was delighted to see the warm morning light and the mist in the distance. I am submitting this to the Daily Paintworks Help Africa challenge. The proceeds will be donated to Mercy Corps.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Smiling Pig, 7x5 Oil on Linen on Panel

I painted this for the Daily Paintworks Challenge. I always planned to paint it someday just because it's a smiling pig. I can't take credit for the photo, my friend Elaine took it when visiting a farm. The photo is below. As you can see, I revved up the color.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sunflower, 7x5 Oil on Linen

This is entered in the Daily Paintworks Rectangle Challenge. Every stroke is a rectangle, and it was a good exercise for me. I need to do more rectangle paintings. And speaking of challenges, I also made this a jigsaw puzzle. Click here to see if you can solve it!

My heart goes out to artist Carol Marine, who has lost everything in the Texas wildfires. A close family friend, Jennifer, has organized a fund to immediately assist Carol & David. There is so much loss from disasters this year, it is heartbreaking. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Oceansong, 18x24

This was a real challenge. I painted this from a phone photo. I don't think I will be doing that again. I was reminded of how much fun it is to paint larger, and I need to do that more.

To enjoy this as a jigsaw puzzle, click here.