Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Morning on Cleveland Drive No. 3

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This one is from a photo I took a week or two ago, when the trees were flowering like mad. Now it’s mostly green, though there is still a bit of nice variation in the greens. I painted it on canvas, which I like for its texture, but I definitely do not like the give of canvas under my brush; I much prefer a nice, hard board.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Croton Point, Evening

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On Croton Point one recent evening, the light was incredible—pouring in from the west and hitting the grasses at the top of the hill and the clouds above, while the woods cast shadows on the foreground. I don’t know if there was something special about this particular evening, or if Croton Point is often lit like this at the end of the day, but I’ll have to find out.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Spring at the Tourne

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This is my second painting of the swamp at the Tourne. I hope to paint many more. It was a lovely spring day, and I went for a run in the surrounding woods and hills. Somehow, I got off on a side trail that skirted the very east edge of the swamp, which was interesting until it got too rocky and overgrown, and then it was annoying. I abandoned it, trusting that I’d find the main trail sooner or later, and I did, and all was well.

Monday, May 19, 2014


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Lilacs are such a treat. I remember as a kid how special it was when the wild lilac on the gravel road near home was in bloom. Now I have one in my back yard. When I painted this, the sun was shining but not too hot, a gentle breeze was moving the leaves in and out of shade, and the air smelled perfect.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Half-Hour Portrait

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I like painting siblings and children of people I know, because as I study a face I invariably see all the familial similarities. I see his father, Max, in this portrait.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Morning on Cleveland Drive No. 2

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Spring is happening too quickly! This painting is only a couple of days old, and already the trees are speeding toward a more uniform green. I treasure this small window of time, when there are so many colors and so much variety in the landscape.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Earth Day

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Here are two friends, having a discussion at our village Earth Day celebration, while the band plays and the sun shines. I love how they’re both clasping their little hands in front of their chests.

I’m also thrilled to announce that I am the Daily Paintworks featured artist for the upcoming week! Click here to see my interview and to enter to win my “Tulips” painting.

Closer to home, I have a show up at The Green Growler in Croton. Artist’s reception on May 18; more details to come. (But there will, of course, be beer. And wine and cheese.) Please come!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ketti's Hill

My friend Ketti lives at the top of this hill. Her little street is tucked right into the middle of our village, yet it feels like a country road. The flowering trees around here are just going wild right now, and I am feeling a bit of pressure to capture every single one before they leaf out.

I'll be hanging this painting, along with several others, at the Green Growler in Croton today. Artist's reception will be on May 18; details to come! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Morning on Cleveland Drive No. 1

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Cleveland Drive gently wends its way from the south end of our town to the north. This time of year it’s at its most beautiful, especially with the morning sun lighting up the flowering trees and all the new leaves. This section of road is unofficially called Five Corners, though from this angle you can’t see all three streets that converge here. (Plus, I chose not to paint the stop sign.)

Friday, May 2, 2014


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I did a lot of oohing and ahhing on a recent drive through western Massachusetts. Spring hadn’t yet started turning this part of the country green, but the blues and ochres in the mountains and fields were just gorgeous, not to mention the scale of the open spaces. It was a super-windy day—I could feel the wind buffeting the car as I drove—but it made for some beautiful, fast-moving clouds and shadows.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


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The problem with painting in my own garden: I am constantly tempted to stop painting and start weeding. I actually prefer tulips when they show some restraint and hold themselves closed in the classic tulip shape, but when it’s nice out, these babies throw themselves open to the sun, revealing the bold patterns inside.