Tuesday, February 28, 2012

North Shore, Long Island

"Fun with Mo and Matt", 5x7" Watercolor on 140#Arches
I have wanted to paint this scene for years. It brings back fond memories of visiting family on Long Island, NY.  It was a great day.  

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Still life after guests

                                 "The Orange Stands Alone", 5x7" Watercolor on 140#Arches
  I was waiting around for a guest to check in and started painting the fruit on the dining room table.  I didn't expect to finish this.  Someone usually shows up and I don't go back to the study.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fruit Plate

I didn't get anything painted today.    I hope this puts a smile on your face.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


                                                Sunrise on Third Street, 10"x8"Oil on canvas
I love walking around town early in the morning when the sun creates really cool shadows on the ground and buildings.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Revisiting the White China

White China, 5"x7" Watercolor on 140#Arches
I thought I would try this again only in watercolors.  I've been going back and forth between the two mediums and today I decided to compare them directly with the same set up and colors. So here is the watercolor and the oil is on Feb. 7th.  Let me know which you like better.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Selinsgrove PA

                                       Red Brick Beauties, 8"x10" Watercolor on 140#Arches
I worked on this new picture from Selinsgrove, PA today.  

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wayne County PA

Galilee Creek, 5"x7" Watercolor on 140#Arches
This is the creek behind the little house we used to own in downtown Galilee, PA.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Still life for The Complete Artist

Pear, Grapes and White China Box:  8"x8" Watercolor on 140#Arches
          I worked on this today to submit to The Complete Artist website.  We usually keep teabags in the box. Right now it looks like a mini treasure chest.   :)

Monday, February 13, 2012


United Methodist on Third Street,  7"x5" Watercolor on 140#Arches
I rushed to get this painted today.  I'm feeling guilty about not having something posted every day.  I have taken lots of photos of my neighborhood for small paintings.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Another day with Susan Nicholas Gephart at Brushstrokes in Lewisburg

My stuff from the workshop.
Red Road in North Dakota,   4.5"x10" Pastel on multimedia board
Today was the last day for Susan Nicholas Gephart to conduct a pastel workshop at Brushstrokes art supply store in Lewisburg.  This is from a picture I took last summer near the ND badlands.  
Red Barn in Montana,   4.5"x10" Pastel on multimedia board
This was the second piece I worked on in the workshop.  I took the reference picture for this while on the way to Glacier National Park.

Susan working with one of the students at Brushstrokes.
Another shot of the group at Susan's workshop.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Susan Nicholas Gephart workshop at Brushstrokes art supply store

"Wade Lake in Western Montana", 15"x9" Pastel on multimedia paper
I got into Susan's workshop by calling to see if anyone backed out at the last minute.  Hooray, I got in! 
I have been holding onto the photo of this scene and afraid to attempt it.  Luckily, I brought it to the workshop and voila.  It may not be perfect, but the study now gives me the courage to tackle the subject in a much larger format in oils.   (Hope to get to this by summer.)   

Monday, February 6, 2012

Grapes and Pear - served with humility

"Grapes and Pear", 5"x7" Acrylic on canvas board.
I got out the acrylics today.   I am embarrassed to show how off my painting is from the photo.  I took the picture after I did the painting to check my accuracy. 
HMMPH! The pear is too big. The pitcher is too narrow and the grapes are all over the place.  What was I thinking??

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tomato Pitcher

"Tomato Pitcher":  7"x5"watercolor on 140#Arches.
I was hoping to post another watercolor featuring Selinsgrove PA, but I got side-tracked with this subject.  I wanted to capture the tomato before it started to shrivel.  Also, the stem shadow was calling to me.  SO, I decided to tackle this as a warm-up.   I got this done fairly quickly but now I am to going to the Campus Theatre to see the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."(Amer. version - I loved the Swedish version and may be disappointed, but what the heck.)   Should be home in time for the Super Bowl.
(Tomorrow night - "The Birds", Hitchcock :)  )

Friday, February 3, 2012

Keeping Busy

"Miss Kate" Oil on canvas, 4"x6"
Thought I would practice with a few faces.
"Wet Janie" Oil on canvas 4"x5"
I am struggling to get the water right below her chin.  I may have to do a little more with this one.
The goggles need some adjustment also. :)