Monday, December 30, 2013

Half-Hour Portrait

Here is the big sister to yesterday's little boy. I'm so glad she wore her hair in a side braid; I like the asymmetry. Beautiful kids.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Half-Hour Portrait

Some likenesses just come so easily. I didn't realize how serious this little boy was about his portrait sitting until, a few minutes in, he said, "Sorry, I have to blink!" (I reassured him that blinking and relaxing were fine.)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Half-Hour Portrait

I often don't know ahead of time what someone sitting for a portrait is going to look like, which means I get nice surprises. This beautiful woman was fun to paint, with her wide-set eyes and hint of a smile.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Half-Hour Portrait

I'll be putting up recent portraits for the next little while. First off, this beautiful, poised girl who was such a pleasure to paint, with her dark, expressive eyes. (I'm posting from my cell phone, so these next several posts may have a slightly different format.)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Croton Evening

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I always try to get gas at the station in the distance in this painting, because it’s up high and has a really nice view to the south. (Unfortunately, they’ve recently installed “gas station TV,” which almost cancels out the view.)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Minnewaska Pines

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I’m happy to be painting a landscape again! This is from the Day of the Twisted Ankle this fall. As we were limping back down the mountain, this spot struck me as especially beautiful. So I took time out from whining to take some pictures. I’m glad I did.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Garlic in a Glass Bowl

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The bowl was a gift years ago, and I’ve always loved it. The garlic is from the farmers market and is nice and strong.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Berries and Juice Glass

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I didn’t set out to paint a Christmas picture, but the green juice glass was the only one that was clean.
The holiday show this past weekend was really great. I painted some portraits, sold some paintings, met some new-to-Croton people, and spent a little time with friends. I love seeing all the creative things that people have spent the last few months making.   

Friday, December 13, 2013

Water and Clementine

I ate the clementine (it was yummy) but didn’t drink the water (it’s an old bottle).
This painting will be for sale this weekend at the Croton Artisans Holiday Boutique

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Berries and Bottles

There’s still some bright color to be found in the woods and brought back to the warm studio.
This painting will be for sale at the Holiday Artisans Boutique in Croton this weekend. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Half-Hour Portrait Commission

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I had a busy weekend at the Katonah Museum of Art—14 portraits in two days! I’ll have to wait until after Christmas to post the majority of the portraits, but there are a few that I can post now. This little girl was adorable, and she sat surprisingly still for someone so young. When her mom saw the finished painting, she got teary-eyed, and the girl turned her little ruffle-y self around in her seat and without a word wrapped her arms around her mom’s neck. That got me teary-eyed.

I’ll be painting portraits again this weekend, at the Croton Artisans Holiday Boutique at the Croton Municipal Building. Shoot me an email if you’d like to reserve a sitting, or just stop by!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bottles and Euphorbia Seedling

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My Euphorbia plant keeps spitting out seeds, making more seedlings than I know what to do with. This one lives in a shot glass. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Half-Hour Portrait Commission

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It’s such a good feeling to send someone home with a portrait that she loves.
I’ll be painting half-hour portraits at the Katonah Museum of Art this weekend. My schedule is booked, but I’ll also be painting them at the Croton Artisans Holiday Boutique next weekend, Dec. 14-15. Send me an email if you’d like to reserve a portrait sitting either of those days, or just stop by!

Sunday, December 1, 2013


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These turnips were delicious. At least I thought so. I'm still reserving judgment on this whole still-life thing, but there's something to be said for being able to eat what I paint.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Rose Hips in a Juice Glass

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The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play… Well, too cold to paint outside, anyway. I’m not sure how I feel about still lifes, but I do like rose hips.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Black Rock, First Snow

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I was so excited about our first snowfall that I rushed right out first thing in the morning to take pictures. I’d like to say that I stopped to put pants on, but I’m not sure—I may have still been in my jammies. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Croton Point, November

I know that a warm day in November is Not Right. But I took advantage of it anyway and parked myself at the edge of the choppy Hudson, in a spot without too much duck poop. The wind was really gusting, and the clouds didn’t know quite what they wanted to do. Down on the ground, the trees on Croton Point changed drastically every few seconds, as the sun passed from cloud to cloud. I love the wind on this river.
If you're interested in this painting, just send me an email. Alternatively, it will soon be for sale at Sunshine and Clover, in Croton.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Half-Hour Portrait

My girl—the most recent portrait. This painting is currently at the Katonah Museum of Art, in advance of Family Portrait Day. I’ll be painting half-hour portraits there on December 8, from 12 to 5. My schedule has already filled up, but there is a wait list, with the possibility of a second day being added. If you’d like to get on the wait list, call the museum at (914) 232-9555, or email me to schedule a private sitting. It should be a fun (and busy) day!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Road to Minnewaska

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I just love painting farmland. And farmland with mountains behind it? You betcha, as my Aunt Wendy likes to say. I think I almost like the views along this stretch of road better than the spectacular ones up in the park.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hamptons Morning

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This is a view from a few weeks ago, on a tiny, hidden beach tucked into a little cove on the south side of Long Island. What a perfect morning—the crispness of early fall, with summer sun still warming us up. It had rained the night before, and the big clouds were still breaking up and blowing off. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Morning on the Reservoir No. 2

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I was going to write about the calm, overcast day on which I painted this—leaves, ducks, fishermen, etc.—but now I don’t feel like it. I will donate the money from the sale of this painting to the World Food Programme’s efforts to get emergency food to the Philippines. Bidding starts at $100. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Maney's Pond

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I’ve been pausing along the dirt road to take in the view over this pond for as long as I can remember. It’s comforting knowing that the owner of the farm is the son of the man who owned it when I was little. And that home is just over the pond and across two fields, with a stop to say hello to the horses along the way.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Michigan Field

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Small farms make for the most beautiful land, I think. You get so many different colors in the fields, nice lines of trees and stones separating them, and pockets of woods to break things up. There’s a thriving organic dairy farm just to the west of this farm, and a sheep farm to the north, with lots of lovely fields and rolling hills in between.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Little Swamp

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Michigan again—I always stop to look at this little swamp along the bike path. There’s something about the combination of water and dead trees in swamps that appeals to me. Plus, there are always critters.

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Bloom Farm

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This is another of my favorite Michigan views, looking north toward the Muskegon River valley. These fields are beautiful no matter the season or the weather. Long ago, I picked out my first, beloved kitten at the farm just down the road. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Michigan Marsh

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For the next few days I'll be posting paintings from this summer in Michigan.  
This one is home. One of my favorite views. I was tucked into the high grass at the edge of the marsh, with water on one side and white pines on the other. I liked the feeling of being close enough to hear my family’s voices but still secluded in my little marsh nest. Oh, lest it sound too idyllic, there were mosquitoes. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Morning on the Reservoir

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A little woodpecker was working away directly above me as I painted this, chips raining down around me. I turned my face straight up and watched him for a while as he hung on upside down, tapping away—so beautiful. This was a changeable day—sunny when I started, with the clouds thickening as I worked. I like this one. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Moving Downstream

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This is the end of the line—where the Croton River leaves the woods and empties into the Hudson. The Palisades were catching the morning sun on the other side of the river, and it was keeping me warm, too. Locals will notice one very big omission (intentional) in this painting…

Monday, October 28, 2013

Black Rock Park No. 3

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Black Rock was dark and COLD on this morning. The sun was touching only the hill in the distance; everything else was still in shadow. The blue heron swung over for a look at one point, croaked half-heartedly, and settled down to wait me out on the other side of the river.
Bidding for this painting starts at $100.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Half-Hour Portrait Commission


I painted these two brothers last weekend. They don’t look incredibly similar, except for the golden flecks in their eyes and some pretty amazing eyebrows.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mayo's Landing

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I had a little patch of sand at the water’s edge to stand on for this chilly morning painting. I figured eventually the tide would rise a little. It sure did. When I first noticed, here’s how I was standing. Note the water getting close to my right foot. (But my left foot is still high and dry on its rock.)

When that spot finally became untenable, this is how I was standing: