Friday, February 4, 2011

Notre Dame

I think I might finally be ready to start thinking about and painting Paris scenes again. It has been nearly 5 years since everything changed. This scene is one I saw with Jenny when we were there. Oh the memories. Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20

Colorado On My Mind

This is the time of year I start feeling small frissons of excitement thinking about my Colorado scenery. So, as usual, I pulled out some photos and decided if I couldn't actually BE there now, I could at least paint it. My challenge here--to myself and to my students who were following this demo--was to regard my photos as a plein air scene and tackle the painting quickly, as if the sun were actually rapidly shifting on me. It was a happy painting experience for all of us, and I wish I could post all their paintings of this scene here along with mine. Oil on Canvas, 8 x 10

Sunday, December 12, 2010


I've been to the Cinque Terre twice now, and both times been lucky to have the time and perfect weather to do some studies. And finally I've gotten around to taking a study of Vernazza, my favorite of the five precariously perched villages, and turning it into a studio painting. Now, if only I could summon up another plate of that incredible seafood pasta....
12 x 16, Oil on Canvas

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Warm-hearted Wren

Next to Chickadees, I have to call the Wren another top favorite wee birdie. Growing up in North Carolina, I loved hearing them call across our back yard. Often they nested right next to the house so we could watch, delighted, at their comings and goings as they raised their chicks. This little guy lets me know you can take the girl out of North Carolina, but you can't take NC out of the girl!
6 x 9, Oil on canvas SOLD

Cheeky Chickadee

I have always loved Chicadees...their cheery little chatter, perky movements and friendliness have long made them endearing. So finally I decided to paint one, now that I have a lovely new feeder outside our dining room window. He says "Hi" to all of you!
6 x 9, Oil on Canvas SOLD

Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Red, White and Blue

Last summer my garden by the river was a profusion of these wonderful red poppies....I took many photos, but never painted them because I was sure they'd bloom again this summer. Not! In their place, however, have come these wonderful blue bachelor's buttons and some white yarrow. So I've put them together here with a patriotic twist---it is, after all July.
Oil on Canvas, 12 x 12 SOLD

Clinton Reservoir Columbine

My artist friend Joan is here painting with me for a few days--we both are painting wildflowers. I spotted these nestled along the shore of the Clinton Reservoir...I think the painting is finished, although a little voice keeps talking to me ("yellow.....yellow.......yellow").
Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 SOLD