Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Morning at the Board Walk

I revisited this view that I painted some time ago. I am happier this time with the colors. I think that the glow of the early morning light is captured nicely. To give a point of reference I added a person in the back ground.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blue Glass Bottle

It was love at first sight when I saw this blue glass bottle at a thrift store the other day. It was absolutely fun to observe and painting it. Now it is part of my arsenal of still life props and will have many more opportunities to be "on stage".

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dog Walk

The dog seemed so happy walking along the woman. What struck me was that he kept his owner's pace and did not once, that I could see, stop sniffing or pull the leash into another direction - that's a dream doggie for exercise walking.
I just love the figure in a landscape painting because it brings a closer connection to the viewer. I also like how I can manipulate the feeling of space by the size of the figure.
In case you are wondering, all my outdoor paintings are done on site, not from photographs.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Marsh Tranquility

This painting I finished about one year ago. Last November, I had it entered into the 4th Annual Island City Juried Art Exhibition at Art Gallery 21 in Wilton Manors, Florida. I received an Honorable Mention which was pretty awesome.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Marsh Lily Pads

This painting was done on location in the marsh of the nearby park. A magical place which is the perfect hang-out for fish, birds, water turtles and alligators. Here, my attention was drawn to the layers of colors. Hope you enjoy this image as much as it was for me to paint.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sunflower Bunch

Here I played with the composition and decided on sunflowers being on top of the table and not in a vase.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cutting Block

After traveling a lot this summer, I am getting back into a routine that allows time for painting. Diving fully into it by participating in the 5th Annual Island City Juried Art Exhibition. The Opening is on September 30th, 2016 at Art Gallery 21 in Wilton Manors, Florida. I entered the painting "Old Oaks" that you can see in a post from May 2014.
For now, the still life here is from a few months ago. I was inspired by the super cool herb cutting knife.

Monday, May 30, 2016


Thank you everybody for showing your support by continuing to visit  my blog. 

As you can see I am still alive and painting! Unbelievable it has been a year that I did not post anything new. One of the reasons for the break was my focus on setting up an online shop. Still not anywhere near where I would like it to be, it is launched and will be tweaked as time goes on. The link to it is on the sidebar under "Paintings for Sale".
I posted the above painting today to remind myself that "It's the journey, not the destination" (Confucius) that matters - 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Willow and Cody

Again painting horses in the nearby park. Initially I had a difficult time to decide what position and how much of light and shadow I wanted to capture, not to mention the constant movement of the animals - challenge! When the smaller orange colored horse stepped into a sunspot that came through the trees I was inspired. A conversation with the caretaker of the horses gave me the names of these wonderful animals and their quirky habits. What characters, so fun to observe!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Morning Rays

Another beautiful morning painting in the park. The wonderfully twisted and bend branches of the old oak trees continue to captivate me.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tree Pirouette

My fascination with old oak trees on the Florida Ridge continues. So much movement and beauty come through these twisted branches. Who knows what caused this tree to grow this way. It made for an interesting composition.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Oaks and Oranges

Here in South Florida there is not much elevation above sea level. A few natural ridges (elevations) used to be like little islands in the middle of the Everglades for the early people that lived here. Nowadays some of these special areas are protected and one can find wild sour oranges, possibly descendants of former orange groves, growing among old live oaks. So here it is, the mood when the first early sun rays are hitting some of the upper branches.
I will be showing this and other paintings at the end of season exhibit at the community based Art Gallery 21, 600 Ne 21 Court, Wilton Manors, Florida. Meet the artists during the opening on April 24 from 7 to 9 pm. If you are in the area, stop by and join us for wine and cheese!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pear Family

I could not resist another painting of pears - they are one of my favorite fruits to paint. Reds balanced out with greens seem to make for a vibrant and harmonious painting.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Pepper Party

Here I experimented with a brighter and different color scheme. Pinks and bright greens bouncing off of each other. Doesn't the "glow-quality" of the shadows and background give this painting movement and life?... hence the title....

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


The complementary colors really helped to keep this alive and vibrant. It was fun to paint the different reflected highlights such as light blue from the spot light and "orangey spots" bouncing off from the table cloth.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Palms along the Marsh

My first post for this year is a scene from along the marsh, one of my favorite hang-outs to paint. During this time of year, the lack of rain causes the reeds and other water plants to dry up. The results are beautiful yellows and oranges.  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Palms in Morning Light

For you to see the location and process of painting this landscape. I went to this spot three times to complete. The size is 18 inches x 24 inches, for me too big to complete in one sitting. This painting will be entered into the Annual Island City Juried Art Exhibition that will run from January 9 -30, 2015 at Art Gallery 21, Wilton Manors, Florida.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Follow Me Into The Forest

This is another take of a previous painting (see below, earlier post), spring colors. I am fascinated by how the difference in color saturation is creating a completely different mood.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Pavilion

I was able to finish this in 2 hours in the park the other day. I was able to move things along without fussing too much over details. The view from under the shady trees out to the pavilion seemed to make a nice composition... after moving a couple of tree trunks, of course.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Still Life in Red

I found it very interesting to play with the composition in this painting. The diagonal lines are slashing through the image and end up being echoed in the stem of the apple. The hot colored background gets some cooling from the shadows, plate, bottle and tin can.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Path in Morning Light

The amazing light on the dead, fern-covered tree in the back attracted me to this scene. The very early sun rays reflected in the yellow glow of the ski and the blue/pink shades on the ground reflected for me that special early morning feeling... stepping on dew drops, walking into spider webs...... oh yeah, Halloween is around the corner!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Harvest Duo

Squash and pumpkin for a harvest still life. I loved the color reflections that showed up on the dark green.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Persimmon Trio

Painting a still life, I usually stand pretty close to the set-up, focusing on the subject. For this one I stepped way back. It really helped to ignore details, put emphasis on colors and include more of the surroundings.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Path into the Forest

Painting in the park on Saturday morning with the sun lighting up the edge of the forest. I focused on the movement of the tree canope, balanced by the dappled light on the ground.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mowed Field

After a busy summer I finally got to go out this morning to paint with friends in the park... yesss! It made my day! The simple composition kept things relaxed and I was able to finish this 11" x 14" canvas in 2 hours.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Flowers

Here is the result from a happy afternoon painting. I experimented with different backgrounds and finally decided on this refreshing turquoise to balance the other warm tones. I am still not sure if it is working...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Apples on Red

This painting is the result of exploring composition and color. I limited the palette to red tones with some green for interest. It seems to create a rather quiet mood. I am still not sure if the arrangement of the apples balances the composition. I tend to think that it holds together and am pleased with the result.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Whole, Half and Quarter

Pears are one of my favorite fruits for still life. The subtle cool blue of the plate hopes to balance all the other warm colors. Does it work?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Florida Sabal Palms

I documented the 3 steps it took to complete this painting. It happened over the course of 3 consecutive Saturdays. I painted the same view about a year ago, however am much happier with this one.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Plantains are a stable in grocery stores here in South Florida, due to the Latin food culture. Personally, I prefer them fried when they are more ripe, sweet and yellow, however, they are quite popular mashed and cooked at this unripe stage. I was interested in the different shades of greens in this painting and the color reflections - warm green tones against cool pink and blue. The composition is quite crazy, I am still undecided on that. What do you think?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Citrus Reflections

Playing with complimentary colors and adding reflections was totally fun to do. This is one of those pictures that painted itself -

Friday, May 16, 2014

Fuzzy Peaches

Florida grown peaches surprised me the other day at the farmer's market. As far as I know the climate is too hot and humid in the sunshine state for peaches to thrive.But here they are, peach-colored and ripe, ready to eat.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Old Oaks

I can not believe that it has been over a month since my last post. Reason is that other responsibilities get in the way of things I love to do... perhaps I should have planned my free time better or take fewer naps?? However, the good news is that I was able to paint a bit and this is one of the results. The dabbled morning light reflected on the tree trunk attracted me to this scene. To create a sense of space for these massive trunks I kept the background tree darker. Hope you enjoy looking at this picture as much as I enjoyed painting it. BE WELL!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Path Less Traveled

This one is quite big (30in x 40in). Finishing this painting was not linear at all. Last July I took it four times to the spot in the woods, battling mosquitoes in the steamy summer heat. I was not sure if it was finished, so I left it "stewing" for a while leaning against the living room wall. After looking at it for several month it became more clear  that I needed to work on the path. A few weeks ago I took it back and focused on the broken up morning light that gives interest to the leaf covered forest path.I think it improved tremendously. I am going to show this painting in an upcoming group show.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tailor's Tools

The blue measuring tape laying on top of a folded piece of fabric, a left-over from a sewing project over the week-end, was the inspiration for this still life. I found it quite interesting to study the light and shadow areas on the tape that are so important to give it definition in space.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pepper 'n Sauce

The interest in this still life is that the background is done in cool colors, the items in the foreground are in warm colors, the shadows have warm colors reflected.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kohlrabi Ready!

Not that common in the US, kohlrabi is an interesting looking and tasty vegetable. Here, I was lucky to find red/purple kohlrabi in an Asian super market. Having rather low contrast in this painting the light concentric lines on the bottom are popping out, "highlighting" the vegetable's typical character.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Painter's Tools

I had to take a break from fruits and veggies. Almost ran out of ideas ...luckly, looking at my painting box these items came to the rescue. I would not have pre-planned this set-up, as this seemed too familiar and trivial. That reminds me to look closer and show appreciation for the everyday stuff, being mindful of the environment, people and things.There, the word of the day!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Strawberries on the Edge

It is strawberry season again here in Florida. On the table's edge two berries wiggled out of the bowl with the plan to escape onto the floor.
As you can see, the fun is not only painting them, it is also creating a story about a "not so still" still life. The challenge was to keep a very busy table cloth quiet so it does not take away from the main subject. I think that complementary colors and cool against warm tones help visually to separate. What do you think?