Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last Days of Summer

There is a sense of urgency at the beach.
Everyone soaking up every last minute of summer!

Last Days of Summer 
16 x 20

 I recently found this amazing watercolor in a book "The Arts of David Levine".
(Thanks to a recommendation from a follower!)  
He is most well known for his social, political, and  literary caricatures 
that appeared regularly in the New York Book Review 
and The New York Times in the 60's and 70's. 
However his paintings are just stunning! 

Coney Island Patchwork 
19 x 10 
by David Levine 1977

This has inspired me to experiment with new compositions! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Life Guards

As a young girl, spending summers on Long Beach Island NJ,
I was always "in love" with the Life Guards.
Little did I know then, how serious and difficult that job is! 
This one is for all the Life Guards who keep us safe 
during these glorious beach days! 

Well Guarded
20 x 16 oil 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Painting From Photos - New Fall Class

I'll be teaching a new class this fall at 
"Painting from Photos".
I'm working on some new and fun exercises to do! 

Hat Ladies 
8 x 10 

Class description: 
Can’t get outside to paint? Don’t have a model? 
Learn how to take and use photos as a jumping off point for more expressive paintings! 
Having an exciting image can be the first step to building a strong foundation for a painting. 
Through demos, exercises and critiques, 
we will explore ways to manipulate those photos 
to use as simple reference material.  
We will touch on ways to use computer aids, 
such as Photoshop Elements, Value Viewer app and Brushes for I Pad.  
The “One Hour Painting “ approach will be covered throughout
 with an emphasis on loosing up!

Image for "Hat Ladies"

New time! Thursday afternoons 1:30 - 4:30 
Sept 18 - Oct 23 
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it's filling up quickly! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Stripes

There is still plenty of summer left 
and the subject matter just keeps showing up! 

"Summer Stripes"
11 x 14 oil 

I had fun with all those colorful striped chairs 
and played with the composition, 
tilting the umbrella to bring you to the guy walking. 

My post from yesterday didn't get emailed. 
Does anyone know how to fix that? 
I'm hoping it was a one time event. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Because I'm Happy!

I'm still coming down from an amazing wedding weekend, 
with a heart so filled with happiness and love
 I could burst! 
It was magical, from start to finish. 

It rained today so I headed to the studio
for the first time in two weeks! 

Because I'm Happy!
6 x 8 oil 

That is just the way I feel.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Big Day

Our 32 year old son is getting married on Saturday.
He has been a subject in many of my paintings over the years,  
so I thought I'd share a few of my favorites.
In honor of his big day.

Sky Lantern Launch
10 x 10 

"Cocktails Anyone?"
12 x 9 

 "Blizzard Boy"
6 x 6 

"Every Puppy Needs a Boy"
8 x 10 

"Beach Games" 
14 x 11

"Bocci on the Beach"
8 x 10 

"No, You Go First" 
8 x 10 
(Sebastian and two middle school friends,
both in the wedding!)  

We couldn't be more excited about our growing family! 
Welcome Kristen! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Simply Summer

 Taking a complicated subject 
and breaking it down in to simple shapes. 
So fun! 

"Simply Summer"
16 x 20 oil