Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Morning Sky

oil 4-24x24 panels SOLD

This was a commissioned piece for a client. It was a lot of fun to do. The only problem was trying to align all the easels.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Phil Holt

This is a portrait of an artist that I have never met. We participated in a portrait swap. The site is a must see. It is called Different Strokes for Different Folkes and is hosted by Karin Jurick an amazing artist. It was really fun to participate in all the weekly challenges the past few months. This end of the year challege was a surprise and I enjoyed it a lot. I was especially surprised to find my portrait done as fast as I had completed mine. The portraits are due by January 7th. I had fun painting my given artist and hope he likes his portrait. I love mine!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Working Boots

acrylic on masonite 5x7

This was a fun piece. This was done for the Different Stokes for Different Folks Blog by Karin Jurick. After I was done I used this subject for my afternoon students. I started the class doing a 10 min demo then the kids went to town. We used pastel on black matt board. Here is the demo

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


24x30 oil

This painting was done for my weekly challenge given by Karin Jurick (different stokes for different folks]. It was a great image to work from and enjoyed painting it. It was fun because my family is visiting for the holidays so while I was painting this I had my two nieces, nefew, sister in law and one of my sons all painting too. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Boat at sunset and Low Tide

mixed media 11x14

This painting I feel is a metaphore for that peace we are always looking to attain. In most cases that kind of peace comes from painting, a day at the beach, a hike or long bike ride I can think of a few more but will stop their. I am doing a show this weekend in Wilmington. I love to go to Wilmington NC the people there are so nice! I can also get a nice waterside view for a peaceful meal the night before the show. When I get back I will have family visit for a week. It will be tough to do this week Different Stokes for Different Strokes challenge. I really like the subject so will do my best to get it done on time.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Waters Edge

oil 38x48

This is the finished painting from an earlier post. I'm happy with the piece it gives me a calming feeling.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lavender Fields

Mixed Media 11x14

This piece was inspired by a very vivid dream I had. I was riding my bike in the countryside, it was a beautiful day. I could smell the beautiful fragrance of the lavender fields in the air. I kept riding literally in a dream world when I came upon a man gardening at the edge of his property. I recognized him, he was Monet. He was very friendly we talked for a while. ( I'm not sure what language it was in.) It was so real! I almost feel it really happened.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Rainy Day In The City

oil 6x12

This is another painting done for the painting challenge from artist Karin Jurick's blog different strokes for different folks.
This challenge we were given an upside down photo to work with. We had to leave it that way while doing our painting. It forces you to see only shapes and composition and not worry about the subject. I had not done a painting this way but have done drawings like this. I often turn my paintings around { especially portraits } and look at them in the mirror. You can really spot things you want to change by looking at the painting this way. I like always love a challange so this was a lot of fun! Try it sometime.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Three Shadows

oil 5x7

This painting was done for the Different Strokes Challenge given by Karin Jurick. I find the challenge a lot of fun. I really enjoy seeing all the other artists interpretation of the same subject.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bond Lake

oil 38x48 unfinished

This is a piece I am working on right now, I want to add a branch with a few leaves clinging and a reflection. We will see how that goes today. I tend to have several works going at the same time. Right now I have three in the works and I want to try something new today. I will post this again when I am finished. I have to go vote first.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Viewing Monet

oil 4x4 on masonite

Viewing VanGogh

4x4 oil on masonite
I just love to go to museums! I could spend whole days in them. When I first remember seeing an actual VanGogh I was in the Philadelphia museum of art. I was wowed! I was with a group so I had to move along. I just wanted to stay in that one spot for a while
You can bid on this painting in my e bay store!

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Capitol

Oil 6x6

I painted this for the weekly challenge from Karin Jurick's site different stroke from different folks. It was fun. I painted the Capitol blue because I think Obama will win the election.


Oil 6x6

I bought so mums yesterday they were so beautiful I had to paint them!

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Giraffe 24x48 acrylic

This is a painting I did yesterday while painting the cow which is below in the next post. This was painted for a client. I am happy with how it came out so I might do another one for myself.


Cow 11x14 acrylic

I painted this cow yesterday for the Karin Jurick weekly challenge I had so much fun painting him. This was a week for painting animals I guess.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Two 10 minute paintings

Red and Orange oil 5x7 and Orange Fields oil 5x7

I did these two paintings Saturday after all my students left. I didn't have a lot of time but really wanted to paint. It is fun to paint quickly some times. It great for a warm up or just to scratch an itch.

Friday, October 17, 2008

New York Stock Exhange

New York Stock Exchange oil 6x6
I did this piece as a weekly challenge from Karin Juricks website. Different Strokes for different Folks blog.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Abstracts 0ne Two and Three

Mixed media 12x12, 11x14 and 11x14

I took an abstract collage class and had so much fun. I had never done this before. It was harder than I thought. You have really plan to get the composition just right. I collaged with some of my unsucessful paintings. I just ripped them up worked with the composition glued the pieces down and painted on top of them. I am happy with the results.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The burning Tree

11x14 suspended pastel

I did this painting on film last month for my short on How to do a suspended pastel painting. I am posting it because I will start filming my next short films on compostion on Friday. It will soon be avaiable

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Three Pumpkins

oil 4x4

I did these three pumkins for the Karin Jurick weekly chalange. It was fun.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Three Roses

oil 2.5x3.5

I painted 4 new little paintings today. I just listed this one on ebay as well as the other three a few minutes ago. I have had some good luck with sales this week!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sun Flowers in Glass Vase

oil 2.5x3.5 ACEO painting

ACEOs are collectible little pieces of art that can be matted and framed to hang on the wall. An ACEO is always two and one-half inches by three and one-half inches. I sell these little painting on e bay reguarly.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Country Barn

oil 18x24

Well I have finished. I might be putting this in the state fair in a few weeks.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Run down Barn

This is an old run down house I saw in the country yesterday afternoon. I just thought it was beautiful! I started this painting today. I had to stop because my students were arriving for class. I will finish this tomorrow and post.

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Keys

oil 6x12

I had the Florida Keys on my mind yesterday and just had the urge to paint what was in my head. I used a pallet knife to paint this. I like the way it came out and I enjoyed working with the cool colors for a change.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Red Trees

oil 12x16

I started painting and this is what I got. I think I am ready for fall!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


oil 5x7

This is my cat Holly. She has taken on a new spot on a table on my back deck. She has been there everyday this month. I can look out my kitchen window and it is her I see basking in the sun. I just had to paint her. She is an all black cat but the way the sun was hitting her fur it looked purple and orange.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Blue Green Vase with Orchids

oil 5x5

This piece was inspired by orchids. Everywhere I shop you can purchase orchid plants so cheap! I can't resist. The blooms last from 8 to 10 weeks. That is cheaper than cut flowers. I am beginning to acquire a collection. I will always think of my mother when I paint an orchid. She used to collect ochids too. She is also an artist.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Rainy Day II

11x14 digital painting

I love the rain and storms. Today it is raining, we have a tropical storm coming called Hanna. We also have another one the way that is even more powerful. I plan on getting some more reference pictures during the storm. I will work on a few more paintings with the theme rain in them.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Paintings Today:

Matt and Kelly

oil 5x5

This summer I had a chance to visit with my family in RI. We went to the beach several times. This is a painting of my brother and my niece. It was a beautiful day we had a lot of fun!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Three Roosters

digital 16x20

I painted this a few weeks ago on my wacom tablet. I have been on an animal theme here and there. I am starting to get into the portrait kick again and will be posting some of those soon.

Monday, September 1, 2008


oil 11x14
Here is another animal. The children I teach have been getting a kick out of the animal series so I thought I would do somthing cute.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


oil 11x14

I had so much fun painting my moose that I thought I would paint this pelican. I think pelicans are pretty cool birds. The last time I went to the beach which was a few weeks ago, there were so many pelicans, they would fly very close to our balcony. Another thing I noticed is thery seemed to always be in three or fives.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Moose in Blue Green and Violet

oil 11x14
I love moose. Their is somthing so special about them. They look like several animals put together. They are awesome if you see one. Once when I was in NH visiting family their was a moose that seemed to be in love with this cow. They would meet every evening in the field and just stand close and rub each other. It was so cool. All I could think is that they were reincarted in these bodies and loved in another life. This is a true story!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

On Location

oil 8x10 SOLD

This painting was done on location at Bond Park. The girl in the painting is one of my students. We painted outside for about three hours. It was such a beautiful day! The breeze was just right.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Another Day by the Stream

Oil 4x7

This painting I did on an orange toned canvas. I really liked how the orange came through and influenced the whole painting.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Enchanted Forest

Oil 11x14

This is a pallet knife painting. It was done on a trail behind my studio. I really wanted to capture the light I saw. The light was really twinkling through the leaves, there was a nice breeze.

Friday, August 22, 2008

By the Stream

 0il 6x8
This painting was done near my house. I been spending a lot of time painting outdoors lately and just love it! The day was gray and cooler then it has been, there was a nice breeze. I started another one but have not finished it.  I will proably post it tomorrow.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sun Set at Topsail

oil on canvas 8x10
This painting was inspired form a place in Topsil NC.  At the end of the island is a beautiful spot with a cove and on the other side this estuary. The moment did not last for very long but the painting helped to perserve the moment.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Beaver Tail

Beaver Tail
Oil 38x40
This is a painting I am working on at the moment. It is from a spot called Beaver Tail in Jamestown RI.  I was visiting my family this summer and this is just a beautiful site to explore, sit and ponder. I took so many photos! I still have more work to do on it.