Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pink Peony

I received a beautiful bouquet of Peonies from a friend and must hasten to paint them because they don't last that long. They smell great and are one of the most beautiful of the Spring flowers and they are really, really hard to paint. 
Email me if you want to buy this, I'm not listing on eBay at the moment.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Duxbury Dinghys

I drove over the beach road on my way home from Kingston on Tuesday and spotted these dinghys lying on the marsh at Bluefish River. The beach road connects Duxbury to Marshfield on the Ocean side of town close to where I live and I love to drive it. I got another treat when I spotted a group of riders saddling up to take an evening ride on the beach! The painting has much more depth than the photo shows.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Perils of WIP

I'm going out on a limb here by posting the finish to this painting. I got wonderful comments on it but didn't feel that it was complete. I also had my hubby check it out because he is really the typical viewer, not an artist. What I ask him is, "does anything bother your eye?" If I disagree, I don't change it, but often he is able to point out something that doesn't read clearly. So, love it or hate it, this is it. I will add that this is one of the few times I've taken a painting further and did not feel that I wrecked it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Crane Beach, Ipswich

Crane Beach
9x12 oil on board
Saturday my friend Sally Dean and I drove up to the North Shore to visit Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Again, you don't usually have to travel too far to enjoy an adventure in your own 'backyard' as it were. We walked on the beach, visited some antique shops and a yard sale where we picked up some cool stuff. Then we set up overlooking a dune with beach roses and a knarled old tree and painted. On the way home we stopped for ice cream in Essex, another hidden gem. It was glorious!!! I need to work just a teeny bit more on the beach roses, here. But for now I'm setting this aside until I can get a fresh perspective.

Friday, May 21, 2010


I still remember buying several of these Ball jars at a yard sale back in the 70's for 50 cents apiece. I love the color, especially with the orangey red Gerbera Daisy.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Fishing on Naples Pier

Fishing on Naples Pier
6x6 watercolor 
I forgot to photograph this and the previous painting in the cool bamboo frames I put them in for the Art Boutique at Tin City. As a pair they look great in their matching frames and mats. Very tropical.
After 1,600 something miles, Don, Wendell and yours truly are back home in Marshfield on a beautiful Mother's Day. Sunny and crisp. I hadn't remembered how well I'd cleaned the house. It was a lovely surprise ;)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sailing by Naples Pier

Sailing by Naples Pier
6x6 watercolor
I was an uncharacteristic early bird this morning arriving at the Naples Pier at 7AM. Wanted to catch the early light and get some photos of the Palm shadows on the beach. It was delightful!! There were lots of other 'early birds' there fishing for minnows and a snowy egret seemed quite at home marching around hoping for a handout, which he finally got and swallowed in one gulp. We are leaving Naples Friday morning and I'm busy right up until then finishing up paintings for the Art Boutique at Tin City. This is one.

Monday, May 03, 2010

The Breakfast Club

Who doesn't love Pelicans? These guys are waiting for the scraps as the men above clean the fish after a deep sea fishing excursion. I love when they land in the water. They stick out their feet and land like they're on water skies which were probably designed after them, come to think of it!
I am busy washing blinds and windows and packing up the studio for our trip North on Friday morning.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

"Nanny Red Shoes"

Her name is Nancy, but she's affectionately called Nanny by those close to her. She always wears red shoes and in this portrait I gave her a red sweater. The values in the skin tone got a little flattened out in the photo but I'm getting a new camera soon. This is the April Challenge on Girls Just Wanna Paint.
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