Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
My French house is so cozy! Overstuffed chair by a window, big cup of English Breakfast tea with a delicious mouth watering Madaline, wrapped up in a quilt handmade with love, feels like a little slice of heaven. Forget the to do list, it's all about now:) Tomorrow I leave to drive to the workshop a couple of hours to the south. Fingers crossed for a wireless connection!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I'm leaving for France early in a.m. for a petit sejour
followed by a ten day workshop with
Not complaining at all:)))))))) Silly grin.
I hope to post if WiFi is available, but in the
countryside of Burgundy, anything can happen.
If I run into technical difficulties,
I promise to share when I return at the end of May.
Thanks for staying tuned....
Yes! Off to France, tra la la, tra la la!
Monday, May 6, 2013
Joy 5 x 7 oil on museum board
I loved this photos of my friends' dogs (Sophie and Jordie) running on the
beach in the outerbanks. So I asked
if I could paint it:)
It just had such a feeling of freedom and joy!
My painting pal Jo MacKenzie does beautiful
watercolors and lots of pets.
She is always looking for pet photos, so if
you've snapped a good one recently send it along to her.
You can check out her work here:
Friday, May 3, 2013
You are purr-fect just the way you are.
This is a photo of my friend Louise's cat, sleeping, really sleeping.
No stress there!
I decided to follow the example and take a day and do
only what I want to do and not anything I 'should' do.
On a score card with 10 being the highest, a ME day
looks something like this:
I include cooking in the chore category so it's pizza for the
hubby tonight and out to my pal Jeni Caruana's
art opening of Maltese landscapes.
For arts sake I'd like to share one of my favorite paintings
I've done recently:
Pecan Pie 6x6 oil on museum board
This painting just seemed to sing it's way onto the canvas:)
Thanks so much for viewing my art!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
A-pear-atif 6x6 oil on museum board
I found these precious miniature pears in the
grocery and couldn't resist buying them
They went really well with a glass of
white wine, visually that is:)
Thanks so much for viewing my artwork
and taking the time to comment.
You complete me:)
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Rose Tea Pot 8x8 oil on board
I was trying to push my warm/cool color
relationships a little further with this painting.
For me painting is a process with
lots of small steps along an
endless journey of creative self discovery.
Deep, I know:)))
Monday, April 29, 2013
Sun Bathers 6x6 oil on museum board
There's a beautiful park near my house that overlooks
the rocky Maltese shore. There is always something interesting
to paint there. I meet there with a friend to paint every week.
It's become a joke with us that whatever I choose to paint
moves almost immediately. I definitely need to
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Snoozin' 6x6 oil on museum board
My friend Jeni Caurana and I were painting in the
park and hit the jack pot with this guy dozing in the
sunshine with his hands crossed.
He woke up, noticed us, and came over to
have a look. I asked him what he thought and he said-
"I'm going to go back over and hold my stomach in!"
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Strollin' 5x7 oil on museum board
Is this gentleman the quintessentially British chap or what?
Even my British friends say so.
I loved his character as I saw him strolling along the
seafront and he politely posed for me to
snap his photo.
Artistically I was worried that he would look
too stiff in the the painting, being so
proper and everything, but
I think I lost enough edges in the process to
keep it from being too ridged.
What do you think?
Monday, April 15, 2013
Flower Market 6x6 oil on museum board
These two women I saw at the market in Frankfurt,
Germany were more interesting to me
than the flowers they were buying.
They were a joy to paint!
This painting says
"spring is here"!
This painting says
"spring is here"!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Shufflin' Along 5x7 oil on board
I loved the character of the old fellow
shuffling along the seafront in the Maltese sunshine.
Keep on keeping on!
Remember that expression? You know
who you are, and we're NOT going
to talk about age any more.
We're as young as we think;)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Enthralled 6x6 oil on museum board
The warm weather and sunshine has people hanging
out in parks and on the benches that dot the
seafront in Malta. It's one
of my favorite spring subjects!
I feel for you guys that still have snow.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Fun and Games Martini Collage
Hi Friends, I sent out my April Newsletter this morning.
If you're not signed up and would like to
take a peek to see what my buddy
Robi has been doing, a quote from Cris Rock,
and wonderful things that come in threes-
Thanks to all of you for your support and viewing my art!
Friday, April 5, 2013
Fresh Sliced Orange 6x6 oil on museum board
I bought some new colors in preparation for my
upcoming workshop with Ovanes Berberian in France
next month. Two new ones for me
were cad green and platinum violet. So I
picked my fresh oranges instead of lemons this
time to work with the color scheme.
I love orange, green, and purple together and lucky for
me it also happens to be a triadic color harmony.
About the purple- it has a more red bias than what
I usually use: carbazole violet. I did the
under painting with the platinum violet and you can
see it bleeding through on the bottom left.
I went over it with the carbazole violet
simply because it looked better to me and I liked it.
Do you have a favorite purple? Feel free to share!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Fresh Sliced Lemon 8x8 oil on museum board
I'm still on my lemon binge. I had so much fun painting the
knife and the lemons, and the shadows, and
the color shifts under the martini glass,
and the reflections in the shaker.
Why do I procrastinate?!
But I do, just a little on a daily basis.
Maybe it's that haunting feeling I get about finishing
and feeling like the painting should more this or more that.
'Should' is a very bad work I believe
and I'm trying to eliminate it from my mental vocabulary.
What keeps you from the joy of painting?
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Fresh Lemon Slice 6x6 oil on board
The patterns of light and dark continue to hold
my interest no matter what my subject is.
What I'm really focusing on is
how to express these
values and colors with loose brushwork
and a variety of edges.
This subject literally falls in my lap from
my lemon trees in the garden!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
On The Edge 6x6 oil on museum board
I love painting this knife, but this
painting is really all
about the patterns of light and dark.
If I get the negative spaces correct
then the objects just paint
Monday, March 18, 2013
Cutting Edge 8x8 oil on museum board
Lately I've been working behind the scenes
taking a private week of pure
experimentation and not worrying at all about
the 'finshed' product.
It's a simple luxury that I don't think I
indulge in enough.
Play is the soul food of art that keeps me going.
Please feel free to share your secrets
about what keeps you going on your
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Two Down 6 x 6 oil on museum board
I'm enjoying the primary palette, the distortion of the liquid
and the reflections on the shaker.
The combinations seem endless yet each
painting is a new challenge.
I'm experimenting with a different surface this week.
I've coated each panel with three coats of gesso
sanding in between. After I play
with it a while I'll let you know which on I like best
How do you prepare your panels.
I order Ampersand from the states.
What do you use?
Monday, March 11, 2013
Striped Cream and Sugar 6x6 oil on museum board
I'm listening to horns honking and people singing as I
post this. We've just had the elections here in
Malta and the Labor Party is a happy bunch.
They won and ousted the National Party after
being in power for 25 years.
Apparently the idea is to make as much noise as
possible in celebration, all day and all night.
We're on day two, everyone is Still out on the
streets. Except me and probably the head of
the National Party.
Hopefully tomorrow things will return to normal,
whatever that means!
Friday, March 8, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Cosmo Down 6x6 oil on board
This is another version of the glasses done on a
palette that was tinted the same color as my under painting
on my board.
I think I'm getting used to it, although it's a bit
confusing. To me the colors
seem to harmonize and pop more.
What do you think?
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Shaken Not Stirred 6x6 oil on board
I'm still having fun with colors, reflection and
the distortions created by liquid in colored glass.
I tried something with this painting that I've never done
before. My friend, Abbey Ryan, suggested I try
painting on a palette the same color as I toned my canvas.
That's right quinacridone red!
I usually work on a mid tone palette so I can easily tell
what value the color I mix is, on the light side or the dark side.
Sometimes I work on a white paper palette which is
super easy clean up, especially outdoors.
But a hot pink palette?
It was crazy confusing for me at first but I really
started getting into it and want to experiment with this some more.
I did this by painting paper the same color as I toned the canvas
and placed it on the mixing area of my canvas.
Then I put a piece of glass on top and proceed as usual,
well almost as usual.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I'm really getting into this gaming series. This one is
quite a bit larger and took me about four painting
sessions to compete. Yet it was a pure
pleasure to paint!
There are alot of details in a painting like this
but my goal was to keep it as loose as possible.
I think the key to keeping the painting as
direct as possible is to be as
accurate as possible with the drawing underneath
before any real painting is done.
Fortunately I really like to draw and find
it very soothing.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Two Pair 8x8 oil on museum board
Most of the work on this painting was done before I ever
dipped a brush into the paint. It actually took me
a couple of days to get the set up right.
Then I did about ten preliminary black and white
sketches, trying to simplify each time down to
By the time I got to
the actual painting things went pretty smoothly:)
I painted it in one day, then let it dry a bit
and added the finishing touches the next day.
That's the way I like to work the best,
looking at it the following day to get a fresh perspective.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Red Drink Down 6x6 oil on board
I'm really having a good time with this theme and
the abstract quality in the glasses. I stayed with my
one inch brush much longer on this
version and it made my
painting time a little shorter:)))