Thursday, December 18, 2014

Evening, Late Summer

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2014 was a great year for hay in Michigan. Good for the farmers, and good for me. My dad took me to see this view, thinking I would like it. Yup!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Croton River at Quaker Bridge

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The Croton River is so lovely. I think because no matter where you are, you get a mix of glassy water and rapids, which makes for some nice light and dark contrasts. It’s especially apparent this time of year, when the leaves are off the trees, and all of those pesky colorful reflections are gone.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunset at Half-Moon Bay

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Sunsets over the Hudson are often just spectacular. I really should hang out there at the end of the day more. This painting and others are for sale this weekend at the Croton Artisans show at the municipal building. I have one spot left for a portrait today and a few spots open tomorrow. It’s going to be fun!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Half-Hour Portrait

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I occasionally get to paint the same person twice. Which is fun and also a challenge. I painted this woman almost a year ago and then again recently, with her new dark, wavy locks. Maybe next year there’ll be a new iteration?
If you’d like your own portrait, I’m painting in Croton this weekend! Email me to reserve a spot or just stop by.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Black Rock Park No. 7

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Here’s a sunnier day, when the sycamores still had their leaves, looking downstream toward Quaker Bridge. There are the remains of an old dam (Croton people: a dam, right? Not a bridge?) going across here, which is why it looks like it was painted in the middle of the river. I’ll be selling this painting at the Holiday Boutique this weekend; until then it is for sale on my Etsy site.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Yorktown Sunset

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This sunset was spectacular the night of a recent art opening high on a hill. But what struck me was that almost everyone involved in the event was wearing oversized round tortoiseshell glasses. I am exaggerating only a tiny bit. I asked the gallery owner (major tortoiseshells) about this fact, but she and her bespectacled associate looked at me blankly. So I still don’t know what was up with that. And I am still curious.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Bovina No. 3

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I learned something useful, completely by mistake, with this painting. I like to paint roads, and often the best view is from the middle of the road. So I take photos from the car. (Usually when I’m in the passenger seat.) But they’re blurry, which is annoying. So it was a happy accident that my camera was set to “video” here, and I shot several seconds before realizing it. Back on my computer, I made a cool discovery—I can pause that video anywhere I want and get exactly the view I want, in focus. Cool, eh? So now I take a lot of very boring videos.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Half-Hour Portrait

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Oh, I had fun painting portraits this weekend. I painted this man’s younger brother a few months ago. It was cool to find the familial similarities as the portrait progressed. And I do love painting beards.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Two Horses and a Donkey on a Rainy Day

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Well, I guess I don’t have much to add to the title. Just a little painting of farm animals eating in the drizzle.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Cows and Crows

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I am pretty sure that one of these tiny calves is the one that we saw a few weeks ago, moments after his birth. It seems odd that there are TWO calves this time of year, but there they are. It was one of those days with a bite to the air, but the sun still warm enough to make you happy. My favorite parts of this painting are the crows flying through.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marsh on the Back Way to Big Rapids

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The countryside to the northeast of Big Rapids, Michigan, is just gorgeous. The road curves around the edge of the marsh here, and it’s a good spot to stop and admire the view. While painting today, I was listening to an interview with Ted Genoways about the environmental consequences of petroleum mining in the Canadian tar sands. Maybe it's because my head was already in the North with the painting, but I found it particularly compelling. And very scary. I highly recommend listening here, or reading his article in the December issue of Outside magazine.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Northern Swamp


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I always love passing by this little swamp on our hike through the woods out to Nordhouse Dunes. Actually, I usually miss the swamp on the way there, as we leave the trail just before it to go bashing through the woods in search of an elusive “more direct” trail, which sometimes exists and sometimes doesn’t. (Some of you will understand this only too well.) This painting is at the end of the day, on our way back, with the last of the sun coming through the trees and lighting up the grasses on the other side of the water.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sunflower Field

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I painted this from a photo that my daughter took this summer, by the side of the road in Michigan. I often shy away from painting foregrounds, opting for distance views, but this one forced me to paint the stuff that was close up. And I liked it.

Friday, November 7, 2014

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I went to see the Egon Schiele Portraits exhibit at the Neue Galerie today. Wow. I’ll be thinking for a while about his lines, his compositions, and his FEARLESSNESS. I loved this show.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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I loved this little girl’s green eyes and chic blond bob, but I was also really into that groovy orange and white dress. I’d love to do a larger portrait of her with the entire dress. I am pretty sure, though, that half an hour is the max this little bundle of energy is going to give me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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Yesterday I painted three little girls who were adorable, if not completely into the whole sitting-for-a-portrait thing. There was a little fussing, a little crying, a little easel-kicking, and a little paint smeared on the wall. Even so, it was WAY better than working in the office. So bring it on, local (and not so local) parents. The holidays are coming, and a portrait makes a very special gift.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Nordhouse Dunes No. 2

This is one of my favorite places on earth. You have to hike a little bit to get here, but it’s so worth it. Friends and I once hiked in at sunset, nestled our sleeping bags into the warm, soft sand, and fell asleep as the stars came out. Let me tell you, in the wee morning hours, that sand is freezing cold and rock hard. (The stars are spectacular, though.)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cows at Stone Barns

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I painted these cows this summer, but I’m so glad that I waited until now to post this painting, because now I get to tell you about what I saw this past Saturday. One of these cows (one of the black ones) gave birth just minutes before we happened by. First the little baby was just a black lump in the grass that his mama was licking, and then he struggled to his feet, stood for a few seconds, then fell. Each time he stayed up for a little longer. Very quickly he could take a few wobbly steps, and she started leading him a few feet at a time farther into the field, always staying very close, until he could really pretty much walk. It was amazing.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Cute little happy boy—this one was painted from a photo, so I have no story to go along with the portrait. I do prefer painting from life, but when that’s not possible, doing it this way works fine. So keep the photos coming!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bovina No. 2

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While in Bovina we took a bike ride along the Catskill Scenic Trail, a rail trail that runs across fields and small farms and between mountains in Delaware County. So beautiful. I also like that the trail is unpaved, which makes for a more interesting ride. Along the way we said hello to some pretty, long-horned cattle and steered clear of an especially fragrant billy goat.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

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And here is her sister. Sometimes I find beautiful people a little harder to paint, but these paintings just flowed. I can see so much of their mom in both of these girls.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Ooh, I can’t tell you how much I love painting people with dark hair and big dark eyes. I mean, LOOK at this girl. Isn't she gorgeous? One of the coolest things about this commission was noting the familial similarities as I painted siblings and cousins. More to come.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bovina No. 1

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Well, there’s a lot of glare on this photo; sorry about that. We spent a few days last week in the western Catskills, in a pretty perfect spot. This was our view! Farmland AND mountains—I couldn’t ask for anything more. There was a lovely pond on the property, where I took a very brief, VERY bracing morning swim. Nearby, the town of Bovina has only one store, but it’s just the right store—a general store where the owner, Bea, makes scrumptious sandwiches, and local people and cats gather for meals and conversation. I am definitely going back to this very special place.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

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It’s so rare that I get to paint honest-to-goodness green eyes. This portrait was commissioned as a surprise gift, so getting it painted and delivered required a little subterfuge on the part of several people, including myself. I did discover that I can lie quite convincingly on the fly when necessary. Not sure that’s a good thing…

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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And here is the big sister, who was also great fun to paint. Glasses are a challenge in such a short time—if you’ve got the distance between the eyes off, or between the eyes and the wings of the nose, the glasses will be the wrong shape. But it makes me very happy when I get them right!

Monday, September 8, 2014

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Sometimes it’s so hard to sit still, especially when you’re little. After a while, some kids’ faces start to reflect how hard they’re concentrating on it, and how much they’d rather be bopping about the room. I can often just smile a little, which brings a hint of a smile in return, and a softer expression, and everything’s good. When I tried that with this little cutie, though, I invariably got a huge grin and a full-body squirm. She was so much fun to paint. Tomorrow I’ll show you her sister.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Summer at Rocky’s


This painting is not for sale, but you can win it! All you have to do is enter and run the Rocky’s 5K on October 25. Summer at Rocky’s will be the grand raffle prize the day of the race. This is a great race—well managed, beautiful, hilly but not too hilly… and it raises money for trail maintenance at the Rockefeller Preserve, one of the most beautiful places around. Every time I run there, I'm reminded what a treasure this place is.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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You know what I love? I just love when I show someone their finished portrait, and their body language conveys pure happiness. That’s when I have no doubts at all. This beautiful girl is from Vienna, and talking with her brought back lots of happy memories.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dog Portrait Commission

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It’s been a long time since my last post! I’ve had a little too much work lately to do much painting, which is both fortunate and unfortunate. I have been able to fit in some portraits though, including this one of Lady Go-Go, a rescue Papillon. Isn’t she cute? Each of her ears is larger than her head! These dogs just make me laugh.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Swallow

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I’m thrilled to have painted this tree swallow for the beautiful new Black Swallow jewelry website. I didn’t know much about swallows before doing the research for the painting, but what lovely, graceful birds they are! Click here to check out the site. I own a few of her pieces, and they are among my favorites—simple, modern, handmade, and beautiful.