Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Winding Path - sold

4"x4" oil on gessoed hardboard

This is a path along a trail we hiked last fall in Rhode Island. I was intrigued by this solitary tree AND by the way the path wound up a gentle hill in the midst of a field of tall dried grasses that were swaying in a soft breeze.

This painting is sold to Cathy Ziehl of Newton, MA. Thank you Cathy!!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Fields of Tiffany Farm - sold

20"x24" oil on canvas

I have had this place on my mind a lot lately. I keep seeing articles in our local paper about the plight of the dairy farmer in CT. And this place is one of the most beloved farms in our area of the state. The gentle rolling pastures on the north side of Tiffany Farm are pictured here as they meet the hillside in the distance. Queen Anne's Lace and goldenrod are lining the roadside here as the trees in the distance begin to turn their jewel tones of autumn. Any time of year is beautiful here. Each season holds it's own magnificence.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Tiffany Farm Pastures, II - sold

4"x4" oil on gessoed hardboard

I did this little study in the square format in comparison to the 9x12 posted yesterday. I'm planning a large painting...found the comparison to be useful.

This painting is sold to Thomas Ghering of West Lafayette, IN. Thank you!!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tiffany Farm Pastures, I - sold

9 x 12 oil on linen mounted on board

These are the hills behind Tiffany Farm in Old Lyme, CT. There have been many articles in the local paper lately regarding the plight of dairy farmers in this state. This family has owned this landmark farm since the mid-1800s - and is considering getting out of the dairy business.

This painting is sold to Kim Sexson of Fishers, IN. Thank you Kim!!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Delights of Her Garden - sold

8" x 8" oil on gallery wrap canvas, 1& 1/2" deep

Oh how I love painting with round brushes. I've been using filberts for years, and probably will continue to use filberts, flats & brights,....but lately (over the last few months) I've added round brushes (from sz 1-12) to the arsenal. They make it an absolute joy to lay on paint!

Random thoughts...an artist should always have at least one friend who delights in gardening. It sure makes a nice place to visit- and if you are lucky they will take great joy in having you 'immortalize' the bounty of their efforts!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

New England Hills and Pastures - sold

3"x4.75" oil on gessoed masonite

I love these tiny sketches - they are so helpful to me when thinking out an idea, trying something in miniature before committing to a large canvas.

Random thoughts on landscapes.....I find it really comforting (since our family has lived in 7 different states) that there are many places that have a familiarity to them...something similar to a place we've lived before. Yet on close examination there are differences that are quite unique to that certain place on the planet. Sometimes trees may be similar, but the soil and rock formations are totally different. Soils even SMELL different in different regions. And no- I don't go around smelling dirt! ha, I just enjoy a good hike, getting to know the territory I currently live in -breathing deeply in the fresh air and trying to remember all the beauty that I was able to take in - in just that very spot.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Crescent Moon On the Cove-sold

20"x20" - oil on canvas

Tonight is blustery and inky black outside. But just a few weeks ago, my neighbor called to see if I had noticed the moon that evening, rising up over the cove to the south of us, and shimmering across the water in the cold night. The moonlight was such a contrast to the velvet darkness of sky. This would be a nice bedroom painting, to stare at, as if through a window, looking across that cove at the shimmer of a rising moon...so relaxing.

This painting is sold to Paul Smith of Pennington, NJ. Thank you Paul!!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Peony Passion - sold

Well, my backpack with my little painting inside got delivered to me this morning by Southwest Air...everything just fine for all the adventure the poor little bag went through! The paint is still mostly wet (as you can tell by the reflective places in the photo) but, luckily made it through unscathed! This little 6"x8" painting is of a woman I know who is a master gardener back in Virginia Beach. She could grow things that just weren't supposed to survive, let alone thrive in the hot climate down there. She babied things along and made life perfect for them in her backyard - lupines, hollyhocks, delphinium, sweet peas, fragrant roses, and walls of peonies surrounding most of her back yard! Melissa is a brilliant artist! Her palette is petals, and the earth is her canvas.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Lost Luggage! bleh!!!

No photo of my latest painting today. It's floating around (hopefully) in the possession of Southwest Airlines. I spent the better part part of this week in Orlando helping my mom find a new place to live. I did spend one evening painting from some photos I had brought along. And of course I really, really like the painting. They are supposed to bring my backpack (with my paintbox) home to me tomorrow morning??!! I hope it is not a total mess. I haven't had this trouble before, packing my gear & bringing home wet paintings in my wet-paint-box. Cross your fingers that it shows up tomorrow & all is right with the world again!

Monday, February 5, 2007

Winter Carnations - sold

There's nothing like a blast of cheerful color to ward off that gray, blah feeling of winter! So I treat myself to flowers now & then in the winter, they last longer too since it's so cool in the house. Treat yourself to some flowers, too. This little painting is 5"x5" and available to bid on ebay, click here to link up. Happy bidding for some winter cheer!

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Crescent Moon Over the Cove-sold

Good to be back home after traveling... my neighbor called me the other night & told me to take a look outside at the moon. There was a huge crescent rising over the water. She wondered if it were sparkling on the water? I did too, so I got in my van & drove down to see (it was just over 10 degrees out, I wasn't going to walk it). Indeed, it was beautiful, lights sparkling on the far shore and reflections of moonlight on the water. This is a small 5"x5" quick study for a larger painting I'm starting this week! Can't wait! I've really been drawn to the sky this winter, day or night! and my neighbor's interest in the moon? she wants to paint this inside the dome in her dining room ceiling!! cool!