Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bagel Breakfast

Unfortunately I did not get to paint much this past week. All the excitement that comes with the opening of the new school year took up time and energy. I hope to be back in a routine soon that allows some time for me to "play"..... For now, those delicious bagels have to fill in....

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Boat House 1

Whenever I can I join a group of friends to go painting in a nearby park. Plein air painters know that painting outdoors is an incredible, almost spiritual experience. Sounds a little crazy? ...but and nature.... and being in the quiet observation mode, taking it all in, filtering it and putting out your personal interpretation of it all! That is powerful!!!
Anyway, this is a painting from last summer of the park's boat house which is next to a lake. This summer I was able to paint a couple more views of the building and plan to post it soon.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happiest Hour

I posted this "Me painting in the Park" picture on the DPW weekly challenge. This painting is a birthday card and Thank you to Carol Marine who has been an inspiration for many. Initially through her daily painting blog and now the website she has been a leader in creating an online artist community.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


The hardest part was the different shades of green. Now looking at the painting afterwards...I could have put more darks into the orange color to create more depth? I am going to leave it for now and on to the next painting.....

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tea Mug

It seems the Daily Paintworks' Weekly Challenge keeps me posting...well, it's the fun to figure out creatively what I can do with the challenge. Another great thing is to look at what everybody else came up with. It is amazing how every artist is interpreting the same thing in a different way... This here is a colorful portrait of my tea mug that provides happiness in the morning  =)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Grandmother's Kitchen Window

Painted from a black-and-white photo for the DPW weekly challenge. It was fun to be free with the color. However, the challenge was to match the value. Great exercise!