Tuesday, September 26, 2023

"Summer's End" Oil on 8x6 inch board

"Summer's End" Original Oil painting 

Available on eBay,

This painting was painted as the calendar changed from summer to autumn.  It shows a faded rose, and the last few blackberries picked from my garden.  The yellow flowers bloom in late summer and last all through fall.  I hadn't time to finish this painting before the set up had all wilted.  So, I was able to use a picture I had taken of it, and some fresh flowers and berries.  
My set up after about a week.

I have a picture on my ipad, to the left, and fresh berries, and flowers on the easel.

This is the original set up, and the underpainting on the day I began.

Progress on the second day.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Gallery Shows ! .... and life stuff....

 I have had the honor of having two of my paintings accepted into National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society (NOAPS) shows this year.

"Unsettled But Steady" (white Iris) was accepted into the NOAPS Best of America exhibition, hosted by the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA.  in August 2023.   It also won the "Best Use of Values" award!  

This painting has a special meaning to me, as it was painted during a time earlier this year, that my mother was going through cancer treatments, surgery and hospital stay.  My father, struggling with Parkinson's disease, and in a nursing home, had been sent to the hospital.... so, there hadn't been too much time for me to paint, nor did I even want to.  

But, one day, I set up a fun composition of a stack of cups, and plopped an iris from my garden on top.  

I painted it, and then I suddenly saw a meaning in it, that I hadn't before.  It was an illustration of how strong and solid and unshakeable my mother is.  When things are going wrong, she just keeps steady, and takes it one day at a time.  

 Currently, she is doing much better.  My dad is back at the nursing home, we visit him daily.  My husband had also had a gall bladder attack, hospital and surgery over the summer... things are calming down now... a bit....  I hope.  I'm getting back to my studio more often, and making the time to get back to what I love to do.

"Unsettled but Steady"  Oil 9x12

"Tea with Monet's Poppy Field" was accepted into the NOAPS Best of America Small works show, in May 2023.  It was hosted by Mary Williams Fine Art gallery in Boulder, CO.  
It also won the award for "Most Original"!!!
I am very honored to have been accepted, and then to also win an award!

"Tea with Monet's Poppy Field"  oil 8x10

The two paintings below are currently showing in The Village Gallery, in Caledonia, NY as part of  The Suburban Rochester Art Group show.  The show will be up until September 30th.  

I'm very proud to have my work exhibited in these galleries!  

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

"Sweet and Sour" Oil on 6x8 inch board



Yellow lemons and red strawberries on a blue background, makes a lovely composition with the three primary colors. 

Some "in progress" photos below...

I began with a medium gray background, but just felt it need to be a different color, or value.

I changed it to a darker blue...

and then even darker still, and I loved it!  I should have known the third primary color would be the perfect choice to pair with red and yellow!

Saturday, February 18, 2023

"Cyclamen" Oil on 7x5 inch board



After the first of the year, there are always spring flowers for sale in the grocery store.  One of my favorites are cyclamen, I love their twirly petals.
Below are some "in progress" photos.
Thanks for looking at my artwork today!

Sunday, February 5, 2023

"Pomegranates" Oil on 6x6 inch board


I love the deep ruby red of pomegranates, and tried to capture the beauty in this painting. 
Below are some "in progress" photos....
Thank you for looking at my artwork today!!

Friday, November 4, 2022

"Pear Duo" Oil on 6x8 inch board


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Two beautiful pears, with such lovely colors, I loved painting them!
Below are some in progress photos,
Thanks for visiting today!!

Sunday, October 9, 2022

"Colors of Autumn" Oil on 6x8 inch board



I look for these little crab apples each year.  They grow along a bike path I ride often, and this year the tree was bursting with them!  The colors were perfect too, just turning from yellows, to reds.  They aren't as interesting once they've all turned completely red.  

Below are some "in progress" photos...  I started out with just one bunch of apples, but added more later, they were just so much fun to paint!

Sunday, August 28, 2022

"Ripening Blackberries" Oil on 8x6 in board



I have a blackberry bush in my backyard that is loaded with berries that are starting to ripen. 

I had to paint a picture of them.

Below is the start of my painting...  I also had fun doing a few drawings of them before painting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

"Rainier Cherries" Oil on 5x7 in linen panel



I love these colorful cherries, and paint them every year.  

Below are a few "work in progress" photos,  

Thanks for looking at my artwork!

Friday, July 15, 2022

"The Life of a Rose" Oil on 6x8 inch board




 I love these roses, they are beautiful when they are just opened, and even more beautiful as they age... their color fades until they are almost white.  I did this little study back in June, painted from life.  

Below are a couple of pictures of work in progress....  Thanks for looking at my artwork today!

Sunday, July 10, 2022

"Red, White, and Blue for July" Oil on 8x8 inch board


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I painted this as the 4th of July holiday was coming up, which inspired the red, white and blue theme.  Red and white petunias, and blue bachelor buttons are from my garden.  The number 7 is for the month of July. 

Below is a work in progress photo of the "underpainting", and my set up.  I followed with another layer or two of paint over the next day or two.  
Thanks for looking at my artwork today!

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

"Clementines and Cup" Oil on 6x8 inch board



100% of the sale of this painting will be donated to unrefugees.org to help the displaced people of Ukraine.  Thank you!

I began this painting as a demo for the Suburban Rochester Art Group.   I had set up my still life, and worked on the painting for about 1 1/2 hours, and then finished it up at home.  

Sunday, February 27, 2022

"A Prayer for Peace, Tea Cup and Lemon" Oil on 5x7 in board



I began this painting last week.   A few days later, as I was finishing it,  I was hearing the news of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  Words of support for Ukraine were everywhere on social media, posts of Sunflowers, and the yellow and blue colors... I looked at this painting and it had such an aura of peace about it.  A cup of tea evokes a feeling of quiet and calm... a peaceful moment.
I wish and pray for peace, and also, add a small action to go with it, a donation of support.

This painting will go to the buyer, and the payment will go to UNICEF to help support children and families under threat.  

Below are some pictures of work in progress...

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

New Paintings... "PB&J", and "Donut with Sprinkles"


"Donut with Sprinkles"  5x7

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"PB&J with Strawberry"  5x7


Here are my two most recently finished paintings, now available on eBay.  These were fun subjects to paint, but even though I enjoyed painting them, I didn't get to enjoy eating them.  They were very stale by the time I finished :-)

Some pics of work in progress....

I changed the background color on this one toward the end. A teal color instead of the light violet gray.