Tuesday, March 20, 2018


An image of this came to me out of the blue 
one night recently and I had no idea why. 
This has never happened to me before. 

"Lake House"
16 x 16 acrylic 

It was so vivid I got up and drew a quick sketch of it
so I wouldn't forget about it.  

As soon as I finished the painting, 
I realized it's the dream house 
my girlfriend who lives on the ocean talks about;   
A Lake House with all the toys

(Let's get this winter over soon, please.)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Girl Interupted

I've felt like a "girl interrupted" since last week.
Due to the storm and related issues, 
I haven't been able to get in to the studio for days. 

Today, I finally got around to working on this full-spectrum painting
 for one of my on-line classes. 
We were to include every color in the rainbow. 
This was much more difficult than I thought it would be. 

16 x 16 acrylic 

I was getting frustrated coming up with a solution, 
so I finally just set up a still life in my studio 
using colorful items.

I wanted to do something with a skewed perspective
 so I took images from different angles for inspiration. 

A fun and very different approach for me.   

Monday, March 12, 2018

Taking a Painting Further

Lately I've been taking my paintings
beyond my initial idea or inspiration.
 I'm allowing myself to take risks and let the 
painting tell me what it needs.  

The fear of "ruining" a painting can prevent 
some wonderful discoveries and/or surprises from happening. 

8 x 8 oil 

This is the original "block in".

It felt awkward to me so I softened some of the edges,
made the background less detailed 
 and fixed some of the drawing. 

This is still a work in progress. 

I added the red circles to represent the 
words they are having between them.  

-Try NOT to have a pre-conceived notion
 of what the painting will look like. 
-Nothing is precious.
-Learn to live with chaos. Work through it! 

Friday, March 9, 2018

One Color Dominant Paintings

Last week we talked about 
One Color Dominant paintings
in the Mark Daniel Nelson on-line class
I'm taking.  
 This is my attempt at blue, purple dominant.

Untitled for now 
11 x 14 oil 

It's amazing how color affects our feelings. 
Now I think this girl belongs on a sunny beach;
not sure how she ended up in a dimly lit saloon. 
Why does she have a hat on? 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Collage Class

I began teaching a 6 week collage class at Linden Ponds
and I think we are in for some fun.

They dove right in
with wonderful results. 

oops. I didn't mean to post this.
oh well.  I just got internet back so 
I'm all confused.

Prepping for a Storm

I knew I didn't have much time before the power 
was going to go out last Friday
so I did this quickly.  

"Supine" 5 x 20 oil 

The torso may be a little exaggerated,
but I'm OK with that. 

Out town got slammed during the Nor' Easter 
and the power was out until late Sunday night.
(Still no internet) 
No damage though and everyone is safe
so we are grateful.   
Ready for the next one! 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Back to Oils

A very talented photographer friend of mine 
recently sent me an image she had taken 
of a mutual friend of ours.
I loved it so much, 
I used it as a reference for a demo I 
did the next day in oils. 
(I'm not confident enough with acrylics to teach them) 

Page's Hat
20 x 16 oil 

It felt good to be back working in oils 
(after a brief affair with acrylics.)

I'm learning that they both have their place. 
I've always been impressed by artists that do both 
stay tuned.