Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Commission plus side projects

Have not been posting much lately but I have been working! Here is a new commission of one of my favorite subjects the Giant White Bird Of Paradise flower for Brett in NYC. The second pic shows how I start a painting.  You can see the earthy block in for the centerpiece while I finished up the background branches.  The third pic shows one of my other projects that ate up some time.  I made a new smaller lighter palette box for traveling with.  At the last Putney VT workshop I attended with Michelle Dunaway I realized my old one took up most of the suitcase and most of the 50 lb weight limit!  In the second pic you can also see the colored squares in the background.  Those are my color charts for identifying what your main colors look like when mixed together in all the various combinations.  It is a huge time consuming project but well worth it.  I am so glad it is finally over now I can get back to painting and practicing portraits again before the next workshop in April.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Copper Pot, Roses, Hydrangea Leaves 8x10

New California still-life

I see I accidentally deleted all my photos from the blog! Oh well not sure what I will do about that yet.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Off to California to paint along the beautiful Valley Of The Moon Road in Sonoma/Santa Rosa

Before I go here is a catch up of the weeks new works. Two out of three sold before I had a chance to post them on here! Love when that happens.  I will be doing some still-life and plein air paintings in CA and will post them as I get the time.  Just a reminder if you want to see all my new paintings as soon as they go up follow me at

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weeks later...

So my postings have fallen off since it seems that everyone just uses Facebook and I get fewer and fewer visits to this blog.  So please visit me over there  or keep with the new paintings at  I will keep posting on here weekly as more of a newsletter format or for when I want to explore a topic more in-depth.  Here are some new ones from Vermont and back here in New Orleans.


The two photos show My setup spot for the Sugar Maple And Hemlocks Painting.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Vermont Maple Sugar Shack 11x14

I am so in love with Vermont and thrilled I get to go back there next month!  This is from my friends old blueberry farm between Rockingham and Bellows Falls.  Several of the small farms on the road share this one building and equipment in the spring to make the maple syrup. It was the perfect subject for the recent DPW "Sky Holes" Challenge.  I will be in Putney VT for a figure drawing workshop with the legendary Michelle Dunaway.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Red Daylily 6x8

Found this beautiful super red daylily on our big Fourth Of July trip north to see family in Rochester. Our mom Alice took us to an amazing all daylily farm on Seneca Lake.  I had no idea of the new varieties out there.  The colors were insane and the new shapes and sizes were amazing.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Highland Sheep 8x10

I keep a file of must paint reference photos and it overwhelms me sometimes with too many choices.  When there is a new DPW Challenge that fits one of them perfectly, in this case "Intimate Landscape". It helps to narrow down the choices and one of them finally gets painted.  This happy family was spotted along a stream leading away from the Falls Of Dochart in Scotland.  This magical moment really summed up what an amazing timeless place it was.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pink And Blue 1422, 6x8 Plein Air Garden District New Orleans

Braved the heat and managed to start a new 6x8 plein air landscape in the Garden District here in New Orleans.  Met the very nice owners of this beautiful pink house with the working shutters. I loved the color scheme of the house and the great flowering tree right next to it.  I had wanted to do a larger more detailed painting of this spot but only had my small box with me it turned out.  Loved the lighting and may try and return again to this spot.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

End Of The Day On The Nuupia Ponds Trail MCBH Hawaii 6x12

This was one of my favorite things to do back in Hawaii.  There was a great 3.5 mile loop from the gym that took you through this amazing wetlands and bird sanctuary on Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  This was the best view especially at the end of the day like this.  On the right you can see some of the base buildings in the distance.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Perfect Day 9x12

I once again got way behind on the DPW challenges.  This one had me hooked from the great reference photo. I thought the orange umbrella would be a nightmare but it was a lot of fun to paint.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

White Picket Fence And Palm 6x8 Plein Air

Here is the second plein air painting from that great day painting in the summer heat.  The palm tree caught my eye at first but then I got sucked into the great terra-cotta roof with dark green paint on the house.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Garden District Gate 6x8 Plein Air

Here in New Orleans the weather has been crazy hot but I had to get out of the studio and start some plein air paintings again.  Found this great brick wall covered in flowers with an old wood gate.  The house was painted an amazing bold blue/green color as well which probably got me to stop in the first place.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Garden Steps 8x10

The first new painting done on my new portable setup.  Spent a few days finally building my dream gear for painting. That is the photo  below with this painting at the halfway stage on day one.  This scene is from the amazing garden at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu Hawaii.  It is at an old estate with great constructions like these stone stairs winding through the tropical gardens.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Paddington Bear 11x14

This is my actual favorite stuffed animal from my childhood.  I was so excited to find him in a box in my dad's barn on a recent trip home.  He has survived mostly even though his blue felt jacket is a tattered mess.  Amazing how strong of a loving bond we can have with an inanimate object.  We will see how the new feature film of his character turns out.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Squash Blossom 9x12

Tried something new with this one. I worked on a larger taped down piece of linen and let the composition go where it wanted to go. Then after I finished I was able to crop it down to a 9x12 with the balance I liked best. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Old Fishing Dock New Orleans Plein Air 9x12

Painted this Plein Air here in New Orleans on a beautiful sunny day this week.  I love painting water.  It's all about what you leave out that makes it pop.  Speaking of pop the bright green floating on the top of the water was really this colorful.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Avocado 5x7

I wanted to try a more detailed simple subject with my new oil-primed linen.   Also remembered to take some photos along the way so I assembled them into a quick video.  Check it out and share on Facebook please!
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Enchanted Clearing 8x10

Okay picture this with a little less contrast and a little less crazy yellow.  The photo was not exactly right once again. Did this one for the DPW summer challenge.  Brightly lit scenes like this are hard to do but it really said summer to me.  I love how it came out since I managed to have some restraint and keep things from getting muddy.  I did as much as possible with the early stage drawing and gave it a day to dry before going over with the colorful details.