Sunday, March 26, 2017

In progress...

I'm excited about this painting.  One of my three lovely sisters...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Glass Floats and Maine Buoys

16x12" acrylic
on 2" gallery wrapped canvas
Available this summer season at
Small Wonder Gallery
These colorful glass floats and buoys were so fun to paint.
- I think this one may be my favorite buoy painting yet.
I loved the process of finding the depth and color in the shadows. 
I also like the contrast in this painting. The smooth, shiny buoys
 next to the work-worn buoys and the glowing glass floats
make my eyes travel around this sun-soaked composition.

Friday, March 17, 2017

On the Easel...

The bright colors and interesting shapes of buoys are always fun to paint. 
At this point, only a few are started, and what you may not see in the pencil lines
are 2 glass floats. While studying the glass floats in my photo, I was fascinated by their shadows, and know they will be a challenge to paint.  Glass shadows glow and have great wavy lines through them.  I did a little research on glass floats and their history,
which was pretty interesting.  The fishing floats originated in places like Norway and Japan, and were often washed up on the Pacific coast. Although most records indicate that the U.S started manufacturing them around the 1930's, some have found records that a glass company in Boston was making cod gill fishing floats in the late 1800's. 
Guess we will see how this one turns out!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Horses on the Beach #1 - Art Show to benefit Live and Let Live Farm

 8x10" acrylic on canvas
Available at
Every Creature Big and Small Art Show
Hosted by
Wild Woman Wellness Center
160 Dover Rd, Chichester, NH
Opening Reception 3/24 from 5-7pm
ALL DAY EVENT: 3/25 from 10am - 4pm
This art show is raising money for LIVE and LET LIVE FARM.  This farm is run mainly by volunteers, who put in countless hours of work to save and rehabilitate animals that have been neglected, abused or abandoned.  They have quite a few horses on the farm, and have given these animals a new lease on life.
I am putting several watercolors in the show as well.  Here is a cool horse silhouette.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

On the Bluffs

16x16" Oil
on 2" gallery-wrapped canvas
Available this summer season at
Small Wonder Gallery
Camden, Maine
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The coastal topography of Maine has many bluffs and rocky ledges from which
to enjoy the beautiful ocean views.  These houses, built just feet from the cold Atlantic ocean, withstand the harsh Maine winters and strong seasonal storms year after year. 
I sometimes imagine what it must feel like to live in one of these houses and hear a storm coming off the ocean at night while tucked safely in bed or wake up to the scent of salty air and the sound of waves coming through the open window.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Progression of a painting... in progress

I first started out with "imprimatura", which is painting a hue on the whole canvas before painting the scene.  This step helps in bringing out a warm or cool affect on the whole painting.  Since this is a bright, sunny scene, I painting a vibrant hue of cad red and yellow.  These photos show my progression and where I left off for today.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Dinghy Dock

16x20" Oil
on 2"gallery-wrapped canvas
Small Wonder Gallery
Camden, Maine
This one took a while, but I learned a little more about mixing paint to interpret
color and value.  I titled this painting The Dinghy Dock since every harbor
has one or more of these docks, where you will find a similar
kaleidoscope of small boats crowded up together.