Monday, July 2, 2018

E is for...

"E is for ....." 
image wraps on 3-1/2 inch sides
Either Front or Back can be displayed
Email if interested

Next in the "letter" series is the letter "E" - a bright blue E adorned with Echinacea (purple coneflowers), Evening Primrose in their creamy, buttery yellow, a bit of white Elderflower & the rose/pinks of Eustoma. A bit of the English Ivy adds the needed green foliage. And finally, a pair of butterflies - not an "E" item but still, I wanted to add them. The 2 images show both the Front and Back of the letter. 

These letters are 12 inches tall, approx 8 inches wide & have a depth of 3-1/2 inches. They are canvas wrapped to styrofoam - making them very lightweight. They have a loop at the top so they can be hung, but are stable enough to sit on any shelf or flat surface. 

I have both the "F" and "G" setting up, but may hold off painting them until August when I will be working "live" at the SVAN Gift/Gallery shop in NY state. I will be participating in the annual "Art Trails" - a self-guided tour of the artist studios in the area of Northville, NY - and I will be 1 of 3 artists at the gallery location. The letters may be a good option for in-person painting, especially since I will be outdoors. Just hoping we don't have the heat wave that we are currently experiencing!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Woodland Road

"Woodland Road"
10x20 acrylic on stretched canvas
Available through DPW gallery

I like to collect postcards and have done so since I was a child. They fascinate me - small glimpses into another place, another world. I have a box of them and there are times when I like to open the box & look through. Some are blank & unused, while others have handwritten notes from people I knew - some are long gone & it's a delight to see their handwriting again. 

Upstate in the Adirondacks, there are literally hundreds of small towns, villages & homesteads scattered about some of the most scenic areas. Taking a drive can literally make the world, and it's tensions, melt away. Many of these scenes & areas have been captured in postcards - and this painting was inspired by 1 such postcard from 1909 (pictured below). 

The captions on it are: "On the Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville R.R." and also "Woodland Road, Sacandaga, N.Y." I chose to add shadows that the original postcard did not have, as I thought the road was a bit too "much" for the scene. I wanted the viewer to think they were on that road, and not just looking at a picture of a road. I hope I captured that moment.

If you are interested in the history of the Adirondacks, and the 6 million acres in the Adirondack Park (yes, 6 million acres), you can read & learn more from this link.

I have collected many vintage postcards from the area, as it is rich with history & stories. And the scenes don't look too bad either! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


5 x 7 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

I'm still looking at doing more small paintings and I have quite a few older ones on sale at DPW. Head over & take a look if you're interested.

In keeping with my "loose painting challenge" to myself, this piece was painted with every attempt to keep it loose. I admit, I had trouble with it. I still reach for the small brush to add the details. So this one is a mix - some loose & some detailed. I'm thinking I really can't paint in the loose style because I don't see the subject that way.

I think I'll try something larger again. It might be easier to do loose work on a larger scale. 

More to come!

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Nest

"The Nest"
5 x 7 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

I recently did a few commissioned pieces and now have some time to try a few new things. I did a 5x7 piece as a donation for a fundraiser and it got me started on a new mini - series. And a personal challenge - to try & be more painterly. 

Much of my work has been influenced by my many years in the graphic arts industry. This probably explains my love to do the precise detail work in the home portraits I do. However, I recently left the full-time work arena & I feel the need to strike out from that form a bit. These small canvas paintings is one of my newest ventures!

This one did not turn out as painterly as I had wanted, but I will keep trying. The key, I found, is to use bigger brushes that don't give you the fine lines for details. And also, to concentrate on the shapes.

Anyone else in the midst of changing their lives - and their painting style as well?


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