Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yellow Chair in the Surf

6x6 oil on panel $50 click here to buy

6x6 oil on panel $50 click here to buy

This is a painting from a photo I took this summer at the beach. I don't why this light chair didn't get tossed away by the waves, but it looked like a lovely place to just sit and enjoy the day....The owner must not be far off, as she left her hat behind! The other painting from today was this seagull. There was hudreds on the beach that day, but when I went to take a picture, this one just stared at me like "I dare you!"

Here's how they might looked framed. These are Randy Higbee frames, he has an incredible selection of frames, including "floater" frames and you just pop in the painting, no expert framing necessary. His website is called King of Frames. I also use American Frame here in Ohio, I like that you can view the painting in any frame on their website before you buy, just copy the image to your computer and upload it on their site. Here is their website

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cookies and Milk

6x6 oil on panel $50 Click here to buy. My fiance wanted to know why I was photographing my cookies the other day....The last time I tried to paint cookies I turned my back for not even a minute and someone ate them before the painting was finished. This time I had a back up plan.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Doubly Difficult

6x12 gallery wrapped canvas $65 click here to purchase.

Not sure if doubly is a word? And I'm not sure why I chose to take two equally difficult subjects and put them together to paint, but I thought the white Dahlia looked cool in the coke bottle, so here it is! I had this strange sized canvas laying around and needed just the right composoition for it, and the tall Coke bottle served it well.

I was hoping to have my studio completed and post pics, but I've been sick all week, so the studio will have to wait. I have been listing some of my fused glass that I used to make on my Etsy site however, so I feel somewhat productive in "cleaning" out the clutter!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Good Day


Today was a good day for a couple of reasons (sniff, tear, tissue please....) For one thing, I sold a painting that meant a lot to me personally for the memories, but not because it was good artistically. It was one of the first paintings I made when I started my daily paintings this year. The best thing about it was that it went to a patron that was drawn to it for the same resaons I was....a simple love for the subject, and a personal tie to it. Every spring, her husband and son tap the few maple trees they have on their property, and through a labor of love, spend a month boiling down the sap on the family stove for their annual "yield". This painting was special to me because it represents some of the best memories I have of my childhood in my home state of New Hampshire.....thank you Tracy (and Kim) for bringing back memories for me today!

The other reason today was a good day was that it was the end of a 30 day fundraising cause for a friend fighting for his life with colon cancer. As many of you know, my good artist friend Scott underwent drastic surgery in February, and subsequent chemotherapy that continues until the first of next year. A fellow artist, his dream is to work full time doing what he loves, but for now he works full time at a menial/labor job to pay the bills, and he struggles with the mounting medical expense that will consume the rest of his life. I wish I could give more tangibly, but I have nothing to give but my friendship as support. Several of his friends and I started a fundraiser to cover one month of his mortgage, and I was amazed by the generosity of his friends and mine during such dire times for our economy. Many chose to remain anonymous, and I would like to thank everyone that gave, but here is to those I cannot personally thank, please know that your gift was appreciated.

I was raised to pay attention to those in need around me, especially the elderly and the sick. I'm happy to give in any way I can, and as an artist, one way is through my art. Do not hesitate to ever ask me for a donation for your cause, because it would be my pleasure.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hidden Pepper

I went out to take pictures of the rapidly fading flowers and gardens and I found this red ripe pepper hiding among the otherwise empty garden....I had to paint it, of course. I think I'll pick it and put it in a still life with lighter objects, this one just isn't working for me! However, If it works for you, it can be yours for the low low price of $30. 6x6 oil on panel, click here to purchase. The frame is a Randy Higbee frame and can be purchased separately by going to his website

Pears 4 Sale

I have a fascination with pears. Here are two paintings I painted back when I was in art school, and It's time to let them go. Both are 16x20 on stretched canvas and for sale in my Etsy shop. Click here to purchase. $125 each.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In my own backyard....

6x6 oil on panel $45 Click here to purchase

I subscribe to a lot of other artist's blogs and I'm always amazed at the gorgeous scenery that they have at their fingertips to paint....I keep thinking that I must travel to the West coast or the East coast so I could paint like them.....but on an artist's salary (well next to nothing) that's impossible, and it occured to me that there are beautiful scenes here in the midwest as well, and it's up to the artist to represent that. So here is a painting of a scene very close to my house. I'm going to try to paint the beautiful things in my own backyard, or very close to it! I am also submitting this to Daily Paintworks weekly challenge "Out my window" since I took the photo from my car window!

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Bit Rusty

6x6 oil on panel SOLD

I've had very sporadic painting time the past few weeks and I am determined to get back on track so I decided to do one of the weekly challenges that I haven't done yet. I tend to better on "assignments" then if I pick a subject that I want to do, go figure. So here it is, my entry in the Paint Your Pig challenge.