Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It's All In The Details

"Monday Morning"

Just waiting to finish up a few more details. But this one is almost done . . . so it's onto the next . . .

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monson Arts Council

"White Light"

I'm happy to announce that both "White Light" and "American Summer" were accepted into the Monson Arts Council's 19th Annual Spring Show. If you are in the area, the show is up from March 17th to April 1st -- although I think it's only weekends. You can get the specifics here at the MAC website. This year there will be an online gallery welcoming purchases. As details become available, I'll post them here. In the meantime, the following image is what this painting looks like in its frame. It's a beautiful wooden frame that has an antiqued silver look to it.

What else can I tell you?  Oh . . . I started another painting -- here are the first two "steps" in its progress. I have a couple others to finish up that I previously posted in progress but haven't yet completed, however I just felt the need to start something new. Exciting stuff. (It's good to have simple pleasures!)  :)  So that's all . . . have a nice day. I think we have some snow coming this way here in the Northeast -- just a couple inches though, nothing to get my knickers in a twist over.

"Monday Morning" - in progress
8.5" x 12"

Saturday, February 25, 2012

American Summer

"American Summer"
11" x 29"

"American Summer"

(what this painting looks like in its frame)
outer dimensions 17.5" x 35"

Well I made the deadline!  I was finishing this painting for a juried show in Monson, Massachusetts at the Monson Arts Council into the wee hours of the morning and framing it when I got up. I hate it when that happens. :) Usually I'm not down to the wire like that.

I submitted this one along with the white pitcher and eggs (which I renamed "White Light" by the way). It's a woman's prerogative to change her mind, right? So I'll keep you posted on its fate. Just so you know, it's framed -- just like above, as that's the actual frame. Although because I didn't take a photo of it I had to piece the frame together in Photoshop. I assure you though, it's a very beautiful frame and is about 2 1/4" inches wide. There's about 3 inches of white matboard showing on three sides (3 1/2" on the bottom) and I used plexiglas instead of standard glass so it is much lighter to hang and easier to ship if need be.  

So that's my story. I will post the framed version of "White Light" soon. If either is accepted, I will put up the link to the online purchase site as all sales will go through the Monson Arts Council. In the meantime, you can always contact me if you're interested. Because I have a few pieces out there now being juried that I am awaiting word on, keep an eye out here on my blog as I'll be posting other purchase information as it becomes available. 

Thanks for reading!  I'm excited to start some new small ones.  Happy Painting!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Grapes In White Pfaltzgraff

Grapes in White Pfaltzgraff
6" x 7.5"

(what this painting could look like framed)

I bought these dishes when I moved into my first apartment back in the mid-1990's.  It was such a cute place!  The dishes are simple and classic and very sturdy.  I have a special place in my heart for Pfaltzgraff as I grew up with my mom's Yorktowne pattern and presently own Villa Flora.  I actually no longer have the white place settings but still have this serving bowl.  It's one of my favorites.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Still Painting -- WIP

"American Summer" (in progress - detail)

"Grapes in White Pfaltzgraff" (in progress)
aprox. 6" x 7"

Helloooo!!  I'm still here and still painting. Forgive me for not having posted anything in the past week.  Here are a couple "WIP's"  (works in progress) . . . for you to look at.  Proof I AM working!  :)  Ok . . . back at it.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Little One

"Three Eggs on a Napkin"
6" x 6"

(what this painting could look like framed)

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`Thought I would try my hand another "white on white" painting.  This time it's smaller and much simpler.

Friday, February 10, 2012


6" x 8"

(what this could look like framed)

I did this painting yesterday as a demonstration for one of my students.  I wasn't going to offer it up for purchase since it's just a plain pear, but I then I thought, "why not?"  It looked kind of nice when I "virtual framed" it.  Simple, yet kind of classic.   It comes matted in white to 12" x 14".

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

White On White

"White Light"
12" x 12"

(what this painting could look like framed)

Did this one for the latest DPW Challenge.  Below is my process.  I kind of wish I didn't get so dark.  I guess I'm just a sucker for drama.  Back to the easel . . . have a good day.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New One

"Bowl with Draping Cloth"
8.5" x 10.5"

This one started out as a 1-hour quickie but took a little longer (sigh) . . . but not tooooo much longer.  I normally set up my own still lifes and photograph them, but for this one I used a reference from the Rookie Painter blog (thank you Jen).  For now it's not for sale online as I'll be including it in a local art show and sale.  But if it doesn't sell there, I'll be posting it for auction over at Daily Paintworks . . . I'll let you know.

In the meantime enjoy the Superbowl tomorrow.  We are all abuzz around here . . . Go Pats!    

Thursday, February 2, 2012

One Down . . .

"Delicious Light"
11" x 14"

Just added the finishing touches on this little baby.  I'll be posting it over at Daily Paintworks, however it won't be up for sale just yet.  I'm intending on submitting it to a Spring juried show.  My fingers are crossed it gets in.  Happy painting.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Full Steam Ahead

"American Summer"
11" x 29"

"American Summer"

So yes, I started another one. Good grief! I have about 4 paintings going and none are quite finished yet, but I love having a bunch of paintings in various stages coming alive in the studio. Sometimes the real detail tweaking can get tedious, so it's nice to take a break, paint BIG and then go back to finish things up later on. It also seems like I spend less time that way on the finishing touches. So I just thought I'd share my progress on this one.  It's a big one for me -- very fun though. I'll be sure to post when all of them are done and ready to go to shows.