Thursday, June 22, 2017

Back To Basics

Bold brushwork and a basic black on a background of primary colors. I've been working on some larger pieces in the studio but it feels good to get back to the small direct studies. Available here.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Good Neighbors

Left over from our neighborhood Cinco de Mayo celebration, these little cheesecakes begged for their moment in the spotlight before being consumed. Thank you to Adele, who lives just over our back fence, for always making such lovely desserts for the parties. They were just the inspiration I needed to end my painting dry spot (and my diet).
I'm very happy that taking a month long break didn't set me back, as feared, but propelled me forward. There was a time when I didn't paint at all for many years. When I took it up again, spurred on by my painting daughter/muse, I was somehow beyond where I'd left it. Does anyone else observe, consider and quietly carry concepts and turn over solutions while it appears nothing is going on? Available here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Glassy Again

Another go at the same glass subjects. This time with a few minor changes. Can you spot the differences? Take 15 seconds. Time's up! This time the little bottle didn't make the cut. AAww. Different spectacles and it's only 6x6". Extra credit if you could divine that last bit. But the main difference is subtle. I tried to use what I'd learned on the first and use fewer strokes and make it simpler to see what I prefer. I'm not sure. What do you think? Available here.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


I painted this as part of the Thru the Glass Challenge on DPW. I love the colors and the composition and lively brushwork. As often happens when I photograph a painting, I can instantly see it differently and imagine changes. If I painted this again I would attempt it with fewer brushstrokes and colors.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cat Nap in Dappled Sunlight

Discovered this guy on a park bench under some trees doing what I like to do in a patch of warm sun. It's a challenge painting dappled light and add to that he is fairly dappled himself with stripes and spots so I just went a little crazy with the brushes and I think it worked! Available here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tea With Mickey

Painted as a possible companion piece to the earlier Cup and Book. This is a much loved and very old Mickey Mouse book given to me by my daughter, Maddie, in which Mickey works on a newspaper. I've done that. Disney has Mickeys hidden all over Disneyland and I've hidden one here too. Can you find it? Use your imagination!
Available here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cup and Book

Teacups and picture books sized for baby's hands. Happy things in happy colors stacked haphazardly. Painted loose and messy, like my days with Baby Lyle.

It was fun scrambling to find items and stack for quick photos to paint for The Second Stack Challenge. Just when I got something set up near the window downstairs, the right light was gone. So I dash upstairs, with cups clattering and various items scattering but I caught that last ray! Available here.

Friday, February 24, 2017


This was painted while everything around me was blanketed in snow. It reflects a certain contemplative quality that I've been feeling lately. Along with avoiding social media, for the most part, and media in general other than brief news updates, I turn to the arts -- books, film, music and painting. I visited the American Wing of the Metropolitan this week and worshipped in the room of Sargeant. Available here.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Shy Rose

This week's Daily PaintWorks Challenge of 'chunking', i.e. simplifying values/tones and color, proved to be quite challenging. I like a challenge particularly when I feel as though there is something worthwhile to be gained from it. So here is a second go at it and I'm pretty happy with it. I was less happy with the first and that's why it is not posted here. It is up on DPW if you really must. Available here.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Too Late To Cook

Painting in mainly monochrome for DPW Black and White Challenge. Harder than it sounds but a good way to focus on values and form and how much color you can sneak in and still appear B/W. Available here.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Elementary Memories

I've been reconnecting with friends and sharing whatever memories we can summon up from our earliest school years. It has me wondering why we remember and forget the things we do. Available here and now.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tough Luck

Or, You Can't Always Get What You Want. Available from my gallery on DPW here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Foiled Kisses

This one was inspired by the Daily PaintWork's Foil Challenge. And a challenge it was! So fun. As I've mentioned, I do love painting shiny things and I'd never thought to attempt foil. The trick was to keep the contrast high and the edges sharp with little or no blending. I don't know about you but I'm delighted with it! Available here.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mandarin, Long Stem

I've been meaning to paint this little bowl for quite a while. I've been happily busy taking care of my first grandbaby while his parents work in NYC. It's a long day with memories of being home alone all day with his mother and learning each others patterns and needs. The only real need I am missing is painting so I have returned to painting in the nighttime. Available here.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Crimson Pear, Sliced

The pears we received from Christmas are perfectly ripening now. They slice like butter. I like the cascade of circles here. Can you tell I stole a slice from between the small and larger one? It was delicious and I consider all part of understanding my subject thoroughly. Available here.