Thursday, May 21, 2015

At the Pond

"At the Pond"
6x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is another painting of the VPO's Cesky Krumlov location. The original Google view can be scene by clicking here.

I liked all the greens in this, and of course, the water. But I wanted to get the highlights on those trees - they are almost backlit, which is a challenge to try & capture.

I also thought the 6x12 format would work well with this scene. It gives it sort of a wide angle view, which I like on certain landscapes. 

I have one more painting sketched for this location. Not sure if it will be done in time to submit to VPO, but I will paint it anyway. 


I still have plans to do some new, large pieces. Have a plan (or two) in mind. Now, I just need to find the time to sit down & develop those plans!

Monday, May 11, 2015


9x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

We are now traveling around the Cesky Krumlov in the Virtual Paintout (VPO). This scene I found while wandering & all the various lines caught my eye. You can see the original map location by clicking here.

Partly because of the yellow on the building, and the signs, and the shadows, and the angles - I just wanted to paint this. I added the potted plants as I felt the hardscape needed a bit of softening. I originally thought to do a 6x12 of this, but could not put in all the items I wanted within that space. 

I might do another in this location this month. I'm still exploring, so it's possible!

Sunday, May 3, 2015


6 x 12 acrylic on canvas panel
commissioned piece - NFS

This was a commissioned piece I did recently for a friend who wanted to surprise someone with a painting from a favorite vacation trip they had made. I could not post this until the gift was received. The feedback I just got was that "She LOVED it!"  Always makes me feel good when I can make someone happy that way. Both the gift-giver & recipient! 

Terlizzi is an area in Italy where the gift-recipient's family is from, and they visited the area not so long ago. They even visited the church where their ancestors were members. So the commission requirement was to do the streets of the area, but put the church's steeple in the background. She didn't want the church to be the only thing in the painting, but did want it's steeple visible in the background.

I roamed the area on Google maps & once we were able to nail down which church (Italy had a few churches, all with similar names), I was able to look around the correct neighborhood in the maps. Problem was, none of the google streets showed the church the way I needed it! Photoshop to the rescue. 

There was a term I once read about images pieced together to make a single painting - it was referred to as "Frankenstein" images. And that is what I did. I took other shots & scenes I found & put them together, added some flowers (the scene had some, but I added more) - and then added the church's steeple in the background. I sent the photoshopped image off to my client who loved it, and off I went painting it. I loved the shadows, the colors (I always find that images of Italy show lots of color), and of course the flowers. (my Italian grandparents loved to garden & I believe I have the same love of gardening because they taught it to me). And there sits the church's steeple, just down the block, standing tall above the street scene.


What a wonderful gift for someone, or even for yourself - a painting from a recent vacation -- of Italy or anywhere else in the world! Contact me if you'd like to commission a piece of a favorite memory. Whether it's from a single snapshot that you'd like to display, or a "Frankenstein" composition of some of your favorites - we can work together to make a wonderful final painting.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Door with Tree

"Door with Tree"
6 x 12 acrylic on canvas panel
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is another in my series of entryways. I am fascinated by entryways - often so inviting. And I love to see how they are "decorated." And it goes beyond the color, or type of door - it's the stairs, the trim, the plantings. It seems to say so much about the home, the people, and it sets a mood right off the bat. 

This entryway is actually a closeup of a recent home portrait I did, "Blauvelt Drive." The home had 4 of these trees in the front - and they had the most interesting bark on them. I wanted to do a closeup of the trees & I loved how it flanked the door. Only 1 tree in this scene to keep the balance of the composition.


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