Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teach Art Tuesdays - Leaf Peepers

I have a little group of preschoolers that do art with me on tuesday afternoons - they are so sweet.  Mostly we do a lot of "process art".  Sometimes we do get "crafty" though.  This project pretty much explains itself - except it is good to press the leaves before hand so they lay flat. 
There still is a lot of learning going on here - dexterity, and glue skills! Not to mention design and composition decisions.  They really got into this.
Check this one out:

Monday, October 20, 2014


told ya - totally different right?
 My middle son is always saying  "Go Abstract, Ma"
 So I did and I love it. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Open Studio


worst blogger ever! - I have not been able to get back into the blogging grove!!  So busy doing commissions over the last few months...any way if you want to see where all the magic happens, this is your chance!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Studio peek...

studio peek = last week I started a painting that is just for me.  It is unlike anything I usually do.
I'll show you Monday, stay tuned. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hello October

October already?!  Bring it.  October is awesome in Little Rhody.  
My teaching gig started up and I can't resist working owls into my lesson plans!
These make me smile every year.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Little Maine

10x10 oil on raised panel $300
My first light house painting!  Every New England artist needs to do one at some point, right?  A quick little plein air. This is Curtis Island in lovely Camden Maine

Monday, August 11, 2014

A little R+R

Just back from a little vaca in beautiful Camden Maine.  Feeling pretty lucky That I got to spend some time there.  New England rocks!  Refreshed and recharged

Daylily Love

One of my favorite perennials- Hemerocallis.   So rock solid dependable.  I like that in a plant. 
Here are a few from around my garden:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sakonnet Collective

nfdp - feel like a field trip this weekend?
  Head to Tiverton 4- Corners and check out the Sakonnet Collective Gallery
My Brother is showing some of his work there.  Cool gallery with some cool contemporary art. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ponder this:


Did you see this article : http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/02/18/second-mona-lisa-deemed-authentic/

Totally plausible to me.  Artists paint the same thing all the time, right?  I do.  I did it this week And last month
But, there are so many fakes and forgeries out there, how can they be SURE? 

Just a little something to ponder on this gorgeous summer day....

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Studio Peek

Some of what I've been doing lately... when I get an image that I like - in this case the 3 boys, often I will try it out many different ways. starting with literal then moving more away from that into something more raw.  Also, abstract-y, dreamy landscapes are starting to appear.  More grays and yellows too.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Swimmer with Bracelet 0814-1

10x10" oil on raised panel. $300
Wow, June and July are pretty much a blur.  Very busy doing commissions for many  - thank you all!!

It has been fun, and I've fallen into a nice painting routine.  I enjoy that part a lot - the routine, the getting down to business, the process.  The creativity flows from the "just showing UP".

This swimmer just appeared one day- after the labor intensive commission work.  I like her sassy attitude. She must swim laps in the ocean everyday.  I gave her a little charm bracelet, just because...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

yellow beach towel study

8x8 oil on panel
often paint little paintings to try things out before painting them big.  I did a couple versions of this and have this one available now.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Shell Seekers commission,

  sold   24x36 oil on canvas
The collector choose the white t-shirts.
 LOVE this choice.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Beach Kids 2 ways

Every now and then I get an image for a commission that really hits the nail on the head.  I mean, I might as well have taken this photo, right?
My kind of image, so painting it was fun.  So fun that I did 2! 
 I've got my fave.  Which one do you like?

Ponder it over the weekend.  I'll tell you which one the collector choose on Monday.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Little Beach -1. 07101

6x6" oil on panel
I've got a bunch of little beach paintings I'll be posting over the next few days.  It is almost like meditation painting these - getting lost in the little beach worlds.  Fun stuff, I'm at a loss for titles though.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Competition - swimmers series

Nice weekend for a trip to Martha's Vineyard!  If you are going, head over to Edgartown and check out my work at Eisenhauer Gallery.  It is a wonderful space - you won't be dissapointed.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's a Shore Thing - beach painting, 0714

36"x24" oil on canvas
It sure is a shore thing.  Seems like these days everyone is either going to, coming from, planning on going to or is actually AT the beach. 
With that in mind, I painted this large canvas. One of 3 for a collector to choose from, I posted about it in a studio peek.  Now I can officially offer it for sale here.   24x36 is the perfect "over the mantle" size.  I've been painting a lot of them lately.  Tempted to bring this one home and put it over ours.

btw - that cute little "purchase" button - I just made that. I'm almost as proud of my that as I am of the painting!!   Love learning new "tricks",

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Blue Beach Girl

6x6" oil on panel
Normally when I'm working on some  of my bigger paintings or commissions, I like to start off with a "study" or a small painting, just to get the juices flowing.  Usually that meant painting a cupcake or two.  Recently, reworking old small paintings has been my go-to warm up.  This little blue beach girl is one of them.  I'm working on my values in paintings and these beach people paintings are perfect for that kind of practice.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Peek into my Sketchbook - vacation sketching

Going on vacation this summer?  Take along your sketchbook!!  I love Instagram and my iphone camera as much as the next gal but nothing compares to slowing down and really taking in a view like drawing or painting in a sketchbook.  Less of a commitment than setting up an easel and paints for a plein air session, whipping out a drawing in a sketchbook has a charm all it's own.   

Thursday, June 26, 2014


 12x12" oil on raised panel $400
Tried something similar to Free Bird but with a slight change to the arms.  Smaller size too, ready to hang

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Big Hat and a Little Red Pail

6x6" oil  $100
A big hat and a red pail, what more do you need?  Ok, maybe a good book and a beach chair.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014