Monday, December 25, 2023

happy holidays

Declaring it finished for now--bit days may come back and add something on the lower left.
Until then, best wishes for a happy holiday!

A sunrise from my backyard.
my favorite ornament: he looks like my dad.

Sunday, December 24, 2023


                   Unfinished 16x10

In SaltyWaterArt's snowy hills class this week we painted evergreens against a mountain backdrop, using reference photos as nothing more than a jumping off point.

I really like my page of color swatches!
But for some inexplicable reason, when I painted my little (4x6) studies, I didn't adhere to the color plan. Which is all right, but I overworked them, which is not.
This one is, imo, the best of the lot.
Painting these was a lot of fun and as I could certainly use more practice on my tree shapes, I may do more.

Saturday, December 23, 2023


Couple of about 10x14 quick landscapes painted in Birgit O'Connor's snowy landscapes class. I missed the live class but, happily, you can buy a video replay of the class, which, with my erratic schedule, suits me.
I hope I'll be able to take this relaxed approach with me when I paint en plain air.

Friday, December 22, 2023

Cornell bird cam 2


Another osprey based on a screenshot for Allaboutbirds' bird cam.
Anyone can submit their artwork based on a bird cam until Jan. 5.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Cornell bird cam

Little painting of an osprey I did from a screenshot of one of Cornell's bird cams.
They're asking for art based on their bird cams; you have till 1/5 to submit something.
And a couple of little shorebirds.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

holiday cards

Didnt really get around to making cards this year, but I made these this a m. following a lesson in Birgit O'Connor's snowscenes class.
Below 👇 is a picture I took while they were still wet: I really like the colors-- cobalt and ultramarine blue and burnt sienna and burnt umber, with some indigo.

Other starts ...

Tuesday, December 19, 2023



Today's morning painting: a snowscene in ultramarine and burnt sienna.
Got very wet and got away from me--wanted to make the tree and grass shapes a bit more representational ... I could go back when it's dry but probably won't. Trying to think of these quick paintings as play, not product.

Monday, December 18, 2023

morning painting


So far, keeping up with my plan to paint a loose landscape every morning?, most mornings?
I painted these using the reference photos in Birgit O'Connor's class Loose Landscapes.
I'm not sure if these are "finished" paintings, but they are a fun way to start the day ... And to actually use my stockpile of paper.

Sunday, December 17, 2023



Three paintings I did in SaltyWaterArt's snowy landscape class.
What a fun class. We experimented: limited palette, lots of water, little drawing.
I like these but the paintings my classmates did were really bold, with simplified shapes and colors beautifully mixing on the paper. I wished I could buy them.
In addition to being fun this was also a good lesson: I hardly looked at the reference photo--it was very freeing.

Saturday, December 16, 2023



Very enjoyable class painting mouse- ear poinsettias with Megan Swoyer.
Want to try my white poinsettias next.

Friday, December 15, 2023

Livestream paint along


I love a snowscene.
Painted this one along with Michele Clamp's livestream.
I need to work on my trees--seems they're always "too" something-- green; dark; blobby.
It was a great reference photo and a very paint-worthy scene!

Thursday, December 14, 2023


Lesson one in Birgit O'Connor's class on loose landscapes.
I did a couple of Birgit's flower classes and learned a lot--I still love the paintings I did.
Going to try to do a lesson each morning. 🤞
.                          10x14
Lesson 2.

.                             9x12
Lesson 3.

Really enjoying this! 

Wednesday, December 13, 2023


My first winter- themed painting of the season. I'm usually much further along iny sprig-in-a-jar paintings by now!

Tuesday, December 12, 2023


Sliced up a pear and thought, what a great subject.
Problem is: what color is a pear?
It's hard to discern, or represent; it's so subtle, a bit translucent. And on the shadow side ... Who knows.
I got too cool in this my first go. I think I was doing what my brain told me instead of trusting my eyes.

Monday, December 11, 2023


                            4x6 ish

So many wrens in my yard now. I love to watch them hopping around in the fallen leaves.

Sunday, December 10, 2023


Just practicing doing "loose" landscapes.
These were painted from photos, but I hope such practice will help with plain air painting.

Saturday, December 09, 2023



I'd say I'm 80% done now.
I didn't draw in my drape because I started to think the pattern on the cloth might be too overpowering. But I am going to try to work it in.
In the pass below I got a bloom on the tall vase. I don't mind blooms, but this one was really too eyecatching.
I tried to lift it; no luck.
So I added more red around it to, I hope lessen its impact.
Susan Abbott says one thing is not going to ruin a painting, so keep going.
.                              6x6
A little painting based on a demo Susan Abbott did in class.

Friday, December 08, 2023


In our first session of SaltyWaterArt's snowy landscapes class, we painted birches. You cannot go wrong painting birches: put on the lenticils (the dark lines on the bark) and it's a birch tree
I love snow-- it's beautiful and everything gets so quiet--but we don't get much here at the Jersey shore (I guess some would say that's why I love it), so I'm going to really enjoy this class.

Thursday, December 07, 2023



This is a painting from the class I took with Michele Clamp that I didn't finish because I wasn't happy with the poppies.
I was about to put it in the flat file them thought, just go ahead and indicate the vase.
I did, and touched up the dark centers of the poppies, and added a couple of daubs of dark green.
Et voila-- now I like it.
Michele is starting new session in January, which I have signed up for!

Wednesday, December 06, 2023


A water color sketch of my still life objects. I'm not entirely set on the arrangement, and really haven't figured out what to do in the background.
I felt the local colors of my props were all over the place, so I used a triad to try to bring some unity: Prussian blue, alizarin, and quinacridone gold. Used a bit of indigo and Naples yellow too.

Tuesday, December 05, 2023



This December we'll be painting chickadees in SaltyWaterArt's class.
Such a sweet little bird; many visit my yard.
I overpainted these a bit, imo, but I feel like each time I draw or paint a bird I get closer to doing it better, freer, less self-consciously.

Monday, December 04, 2023



Susan Abbott talked about color in class today, and our homework is to analyze the color in our setups, with an eye to forming a color scheme.
My setup objects are mostly red and green, with a little blue green and blue.
So I did this tiny quick study to see how the colors, as they are, hung together.
But what I saw was that this setup is essentially two paintings.
Now I need to find a way to bridge that big empty white space in the middle!
Also think my red background cloth is too powerful ... Maybe I could neutralize the color a bit, but I think I'll take it out and go with a plain neutral midtone.

Sunday, December 03, 2023


.                           cropping

Taking a four-day online workshop with Susan Abbott on constructing a still life.
This is my homework.
I love still lifes but I don't paint many because I am very bad at setting them up. They almost always look contrived-- sometimes I'd get lucky and hit on a good arrangement, but I'd like to know what I'm doing.
Susan is the perfect teacher for this: she's very rigorous. Which is good.
Before class we collected props relating to a theme--mine is potting, kinda--and for homework we did sketches to decide on the arrangement of the objects and the orientation of the page; and value sketches.
It's a bit of "work," or maybe more accurately a process, but very enjoyable and engaging, and I hope fruitful!
Tomorrow: color.