Monday, November 11, 2013


I love the colors I used in these two paintings.  A note to myself to do this again.
  • SOLD
This painting is a continuation of my exploration with the palette knife.  This little tool is so versatile once you get the hang of it.  I love the little splash of red.  Glad I put that in.
If you would like to purchase this painting go to the following link:

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I haven't been blogging in a while because I have been doing a bit of exploring with techniques and trying to find my groove again.  I have been finding that my art was becoming stagnant and I was not growing as an artist.  My tight realistic style was actually stiffling me and I wasn't enjoying it as I once was.  I have moved away from still life and have been doing a lot of landscapes.  I always found that when I painted landscapes with a brush I was too finicky and fussy and was never happy with the results.  Well all that has changed - I have discovered the PALETTE KNIFE.  I am enjoying painting like I never have before and I can actually call myself a daily painter now.  I do at least one if not two paintings a day! The palette knife is my new best friend.  I absolutely LOVE have liberated and creative I feel when I sit down to paint.  My style is slowly emerging and I see it changing almost daily.  Here are some collages of a few of the paintings I have done over the past 5 months or so.  I have painted at least 50 small 8 x 10 inch panels.  This is a great size to do with the knife because it doesn't take me all day to finish one painting.



Monday, May 20, 2013

New Work

I haven't posted in a while because I have been so busy PAINTING! These are two paintings that I am considering submitting to a big show coming up on the Island. I just have some fine tuning to do and I am calling them finished. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

8 x 10 inch oil

Here is a quick study using the knife. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

8 x 10 inch oil Watermelon and Pitcher

Here is another small painting done loosely with a palatte knife.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

10 x 10 inch oil Pears, 8 x 10 inch oil silver creamer

Here is a couple of little paintings done quickly with a palatte knife.


Friday, March 29, 2013

11 x 14 inch oil

I am having some more fun with "fracturing".  Love this technique because you really can't make a mistake.

Monday, March 25, 2013

These are some experiments in loosening up with a small format painting.    They are all done in oil and in alla prima style.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

More fun with "fracturing"

I thought I would post this new attempt at "fracturing".  I did this over an old painting and I like this version much better than the original.  The paint is positively glowing and very juicy.  Love it!

16 x 20 inch oil "Found Treasures"

I am almost finished this painting after much anguish.  I really did not enjoy painting this canvas and I am not really sure why.  I still have some finishing to do on the eggs and cloth because I am not happy at all with how they are looking.  After my fun with the fracturing technique this one seemed really a chore.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

I am trying a new technique called fracturing developed by Julie Oliver. It is quite different from what I have been doing lately but I am really having fun with it.  The pears are an old painting that I painted over with the fracturing technique and the boats is a new painting.  I think I may have went overboard with the boat painting but I have to say it was a lot of fun.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Progression of a painting 24 x 20 inch oil

Umber layer in acrylic

Gray scale layer in oil

after 2 thin oil layers
I thought I would post some pics of how I approach a new painting.  The first pic shows an underpainting of burnt sienna done in acrylic.  After I do a drawing directly on the canvas I paint this acrylic layer rather quickly, just indicating the general darks and lights.  I like using acrylic because it dries very quickly and allows me to go on to the next layer which I put on in oil.  This is the grey scale layer and is again like map to follow, indicating the different value changes.  The third pic shows the painting after 2 fairly thin  layers done in oil.   I use liquin as my medium because it allows the painting to dry quickly so that I can paint on it the next day.  I am starting to refine the painting at this point showing a bit more detail.  I will probably put another 2 or 3 layers on top of this until I have the painting as I like it.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Finished "Eric"

I did a few adjustments to this portrait today and I am calling it finished. On to the next!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

20 x 24 inch oil "Eric"

I just put the second color layer on this portrait.  It is going quite quickly for me now and there actually is a resemblance to my husband.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

First color layer

This is the first color pass on this portrait.  There will be many more before I will call it finished.