Saturday, January 13, 2018

'Hot on my Feet'

My favorite subject, children on the beach.  I'm finding figure painting to take the most time and thought of any other subject I do.  The eye is not very forgiving when it comes to the human form or face.  I tried to give the sand more texture here, but I think an additive like cold wax would give more form.  Next time I'll try that.

Original oil painting on panel
16x12, framed
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

'Gated Community'

I finished this one with a few coats of glaze using Manganese Blue (nicely transparent) and Neo-megilp (medium) to even out the color.  I think this might be a good way to unify your color harmony.

Oil on  gallery-wrapped canvas
18x18, Ready to hang, $475
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Weathers, foule and faire"

Another knife painting.  I found it hard but beneficial to reign in the urge to add more color here, especially the warm tones.  I just wanted to hint at the approach of better weather.  Thank you to Valerie Tarantino for the beautiful photo reference for this one.  The title was inspired by the Captain John Smith poem, "The Sea Mark".

Oil on panel, 11x14
Framed, ready to hang
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Oil on canvas, 14x11
$375, framed with 3" gold frame, ready to hang
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More than 95% of this one was done with painting knives...a great way to get looser with the whole process.  You have to be a little more willing to "fail", which is a learning experience on its own.  
Ad pacem.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Lemons and Lilacs

Received Merit Award, Art in the Park, 2017
Oil on canvas, 11x14, $375
Framed, floater-style frame, ready to hang

Saturday, July 15, 2017

"The Next One"

Oil on Canvas, 20x20
$650, framed with gold frame
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Oil on Panel, 16x20
Barnwood frame, ready to hang, $575
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Sunday, March 26, 2017


Oil on board
12x12, framed
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The photo reference I used for this painting was taken by Mike Blanchard, a gifted and generous photographer based in Martha's Vineyard and Maine.  He often donates proceeds from some of his work to benefit various alcohol and drug recovery programs.  I named this painting in honor of those who have fought for their own personal freedom from addiction.  Please check out his website: Mike Blanchard Photography

The frame is 3 1/4" black with gold liner.  Not the best shot I must admit, but gives you some idea of the framing.

Monday, February 27, 2017


*Received the FASO Fav15 award for April 2017!*
Oil on Canvas
12x12, framed

I've been wanting to do more painting with palette knives.  So when I was close to completing this rose 'un-abstracted' I decided to move in with a knife and take a chance.  A few of my favorite artists paint this way, looser (than this) touches of unexpected color here and there.  In Julie Ford Oliver's wonderful blog, she talks about repeating the color of the subject elsewhere in the painting.  Check out Julie's work as well as the work of 2 of my other favorite artists...Barbara Flowers and Julia Klimova.  There is so much inspiration out there!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sunrise at Sue's Farm

Oil on canvas
11x14, framed and ready to hang
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I love the quote I read that says, "In painting, value does all the work, but color takes the credit."  In this painting I really only have two major values; a very dark 'dark' and a fairly light 'light.'  Something you would see in the landscape just before the sun's rays emerge from the horizon.

White Rose

Oil on panel
6x6, NFS

I notice that what we think of as white objects (clouds, snow, flowers) rarely contain "pure white" paint.  There are just a few strokes of pure white in this one  This painting was donated to my wonderful local library.