Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Pepper Trio 6.5"x4.5"

Inspired by my friend and fellow painter Kelley MacDonald whose link you'll find on the right, I ran out and bought these little peppers. I hate to admit it but in the interest of aesthetics, I traded a few out of my pack for a couple of 'lookers' in another pack. Such is the life of a painter. Always setting the scene.
Click on the MSW eBay link to the right to see others on my current eBay listing .

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Capri Cafe miniature 2.5x3.5

Just for fun I did a miniature of the original. I also put a quarter there for size reference.

Lemons on Black 2.5x3.5

This painting is 2.5x3.5 on masonite. I've attached saw tooth hangers to the back of these miniatures and finished the sides so there's no need to frame. Although I do try to keep important elements of the work away from the edges, sometimes small paintings lose something when they are 'cropped' by the frame.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Outdoor Painting

I love to paint outside because you have to see it to paint it. Yesterday I went to Isles of Capri, a teeny village with a fish house and some restaurants and some beautiful scenery. After much reconoitering, I finally set up and proceeded to block in this little painting. I fought my way through for about 90 minutes because the wind was strong and I had to use one hand to hold onto my box, leaving only one hand to paint with. Well, you need two. You have to wipe the brush etc.. My towels were blowing away and I just finally packed it up after I felt I'd gotten a good sketch and finished it in the studio.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Parrsboro Lobster Boat

This is Parrsboro, Nova Scotia on the Bay of Fundy in Canada's Maritime Provinces. It's the location of the highest rise and fall of tides in the world, and one of the most beautiful places I've been. My husband's mother's family is from the Parrsboro area and we spend 2 weeks each summer here in a little cottage on the shore. The landscape is a stunning contrast of reds and purples in the mud and rocks and deep blues to Carribean like, teal greens in the water. Enormous craggy cliffs rise hundreds of feet along the shore conjuring dramatic paintings every where the eye looks. The light is shimmery, like island light and the mornings are frequently foggy, even as the sun tries to break through. For me, it's the most magical place. Coincidently, through the vast reaches of the blogosphere I have bumped into a blogger who is from there. She works with the tourism industry and is keeping a blog all about Bay .
I sat on the sand at low tide and painted this lobster boat waiting for the tide to come in. I called this painting 'A Distant View of Berry's' because in the left background you can see the tiny gray building which is Berry's Restaurant and the brick Town Hall up the hill from it.
This painting is 9x12, oil on board and can be seen on my website along with others painted in beautiful Nova Scotia.
See some of my fantastic photos of the area on my other blog

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Gung Hay Fa Toy

That means Happy New Year in Chinese. I love everything Oriental and by no coincidence worked for many years, as a waitress at a Chinese restaurant. On Chinese New Year they closed the restaurant and had a big feast. All patrons and employees of the restaurant were invited to and attended a big party with many dishes of traditional Chinese food which is not chow mein or fried rice or batter fried shrimp and chicken. One year the owners took us all into Chinatown, in February, in Boston. Cold? Oh Yes. But we ate, with chopsticks because they really had no forks in 1982 in this little funky Chinatown hole in the wall. It was great. We never missed a beat either with those chopsticks. Honestly, for 10 courses. The next day we discovered that my friend's barefeet (yes she wore open toed shoes in cold winter Boston) were all red dye from the confetti lying in the streets.
This tiny 2"x3" oil on board depicts the 3 Lucky Chinese Coins. The red ribbon symbolizes the lifeblood of money.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Painting Every Day

We all know that there are no shortcuts and no tricks to being able to see and paint well.
Only "miles of canvas" can make you a good painter. I'm posting this shot of the studio today so you can get a look at my works in progress. I've also been posting at this new site

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Incense Burner

I had an awful time trying to get a good shot of this painting and this still isn't what I wanted. Too much glare. It's 2"x3".

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Garlic Again

Garlic is a perfect study because of its form. It's quite similar to painting the figure when you think about it. The old masters painted the same subjects over and over and they learned alot about what they were looking at. It takes miles of canvas to be a good painter.
This painting is 2"x3". Buyers can contact me at

Thursday, February 08, 2007

3 Cloves of Garlic

I love garlic in food and as a subject.
This is 5x7.
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Monday, February 05, 2007

Matchbox Car

It's a Coca Cola Edition.


Bought these sweet little plates at Ocean State Job Lots. All different sizes.
I think next time I do this painting I will use a really dark background.

Friday, February 02, 2007


They finally had to put this beautiful horse down. My husband says I feel more for animals than people and there's some truth to that. I've always had cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.. and currently am owned by two cats
who travel with me to Florida and Nova Scotia every year and are endless sources of amusement and comfort to both Don and me. Each year when I watch the Triple Crown races I'm near tears before they even break from
the gate. Partly because of the majesty and dignity of the horses and mostly
Horses are incredibly delicate animals given their size and strength, and can easily die from seemingly minor afflictions.
This post is dedicated to beautiful, majestic Barbaro.
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