Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Visitor

"The Visitor"
8 x 10 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

You do know what they say about spotting a Cardinal in your yard? It means a visit from a loved one on the other side. So when I look at my bird feeder and see this beautiful red bird, I smile & say hello. It could one of a few of my relatives, stopping in for a quick visit. 

The Cardinal is a gorgeous red bird that stands out in any crowd. The males have a beautiful, full red body while the females are brown with subtle red areas. Both have an unmistakable face & beak, and both make a single chirp sound that I hear so often in the Spring. But these birds, at least in my neck of the woods, are here full year, they do not migrate south. And they are a welcome sign anytime they are seen.

This painting is done with acrylic ink & washes, which is one of my favorite techniques especially with birds. And it is definitely a close up!


Monday, January 2, 2017

In the Country

"In the Country"
6 x 12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

Many of my paintings are done from photographs. But this particular one is really from my mind. I spend much time up in the Adirondack mountains in NY state, and I often see images of houses, barns, sheds located near water. I see them in all seasons but because we are now in the winter season, I am going to paint a few of my favorite images in winter.

I had an older painting I did once of a small hunting cabin near a partially frozen lake. It sold & is happy with it's new owner, but it has always been in the back of my mind to redo the image. However, I wanted something a bit more "in the mountains" which is a common sight around our lake house. And very often, the mountains will show their "colors" - I once stopped on a snowmobile in the middle of the frozen lake to marvel at the purple mountain majesty that was in front of us. Nature is truly beautiful.

This painting combines many of the images I hold dear - the mountains colors, the little barn by the water, the reflections.... all things that I love to see, and also to paint!

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I do want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I've been a bit vacant from the web during the holiday season mainly because I caught a bad cold/virus and was down for a couple of weeks. But I'm glad to say I have returned. I believe 2017 will be a good year! 


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Up the Staircase

"Up the Staircase" - Montenegro
6 x 12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This painting is for this months VPO which is visiting Montenegro. I have such a love for painting entryways, staircases, shadows & pink flowers. This image has all of it! You can see the original Google map view by clicking here.

I always try to submit for VPO each month. And some months are a bit tough to find the time! With the holidays this month, I set aside a bit of time to get this one done. Right now, it is about 15 degrees outside with snow, so working on this was good for my soul. Kept me feeling warm too!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Sarge


Isn't he a cutie? This is Sarge, a recent commission for a holiday present. It never ceases to amaze me, and almost stuns me, that when I paint the eyes in on an animal, they come to life for me! I am such a dog person - I will stop & pet almost any dog walking past me. All you have to do is look at them, smile & call them "puppy." If the tail wags, they are acknowledging and are happy to receive your attention. No matter how old the dog is, they are still a puppy to me, because in the animals heart they are still the young pup. We as adults could learn a lot from these wonderful animals.


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