Monday, April 29, 2013

Sun Bathers

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
paint faster!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Mr. and Ms. French

Birth Announcement!

Check out the French's new twins!
They are so proud:)

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

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"!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Shufflin' Along

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

April 2013 Newsletter

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

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

All In Video

All In  16 x 20 Oil on Canvas

I made a video progression of this painting today.
Check out the step by step process below:

Thanks for viewing my art!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fresh Sliced Lemon

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?