Monday, October 31, 2011

Morning Mist

I read that Claude Monet (1840-1926), used to get up before dawn to paint the early morning mist in the Seine. I understand why,  I too get up very early to paint the serenity of the water at this time.

Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Early Snow

It looks nice to have the fall colors and snow colors together in a painting. The damage that such an early snow storm caused, however,  is not nice.

Oil on canvas.  6 x 8

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Couch and Screen

Somebody once told me, as a positive comment, I'm sure, that I paint all different subjects.  I knew that wasn't accurate; I don't paint interiors.  Reason being that if I'm setting up my portable easel, I want to be outdoors.  Well, I don't want to be outdoors in this wet, snowy day.  And my couch looked so inviting, that I decided to paint it.
I found this painting somewhat difficult, the colors are all very similar and there isn't a lot of value changes. I must talk to my decorator.   On top of that, perspective comes into play.  So, here is my very first interior painting.  More will follow; soon, if it doesn't stop snowing.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Friday, October 28, 2011


No pretty sunset today, but it was a beautiful night.
I know, the buildings are crooked, maybe I'll fix them, most likely I won't.  I like the picture, it captures the mood of the moment.

Oil on canvas.  4 x 5

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall Colors

The beauty of fall is short lived; got to enjoy it while it lasts.
About the craft, I had a hard time making the reds recede into space, I guess because it's been a while.  Well, practice makes perfect, they'll get better.

Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I painted early this morning, did not have much time.  This painting is very unfinished.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Monday, October 24, 2011

Gesture Sketch# 4

I switched to paper, it makes more sense because I can do several and not have to carry a lot of stuff!

Oil on paper. 9 x 12

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rose in a Glass Jar

I didn't feel much like painting today, so of course, I had to pick something not so simple.  The unusual format is because I couldn't make up my mind where to crop the composition.  I chose to include everything.

Oil on canvas.  4 x 12

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cloud Study # 3

These clouds rolled in around noon, very pink and soft.  A landscape painter cannot do too many cloud studies.

Oil on canvas.  6 x 8

Friday, October 21, 2011

Battery Park #8: View from North Meadow

With the days getting shorter, I might not catch a sunset next week.  If this is the last one for a while, I don't mind, I like this one the best.

Oil on canvas.  4 x 6

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Teacup with Rose

I painted this early today, I think it needs another rose to complete the composition.  I would place it in the lower right corner.
Here's the updated painting.  It definitely improved with the modifications.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blue & Yellow Still Life

I'm not sure where I'm going with this, just experimenting with patterns and colors.  The only thing I do know is that I don't want my paintings to be too formal, or too detailed.  It's not important to me to accurately describe what I see.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Blue Still Life 2

I found this little jar in my home when we moved in, forgotten by the previous home owners.  I don't know why it is so dear to my heart.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Monday, October 17, 2011

Gesture Sketch# 3

Couldn't get anything going until the last pose.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Reflections 3

I'm working from a previous painting, reworking the composition.
Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Friday, October 14, 2011

Battery Park #7: In the Rain

This one takes the price for the most difficult painting experience. Rain, wind and a broken umbrella made it less than ideal, but looking at New Jersey, there was a beautiful sky.   Those are raindrops you see.

Oil on canvas.  4 x 6

Monday, October 10, 2011

Beach Sketches:#8, Fall Day

It's said that every day is a gift, I may not always agree with that, but today certainly was.
The sky was hazy, the water and the horizon blended together.  The ocean was calm, rolling peacefully onto the shore; no more tourists, no threatening storms far away; just the fishermen, the walkers and that strange woman painting.

Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cracked Glass Vase

Obviously, the wet on wet technique did not work here.  I'll give it some time to dry and try a different approach.
Like my friend John says: "you've got to post them all!!"

Oil on canvas.  4 x 6

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Tree

This painting is all about the tree.  I wanted to make it come forward.  I know what needs to be done to accomplish this, in theory.  Maybe a few more tries.

Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Friday, October 7, 2011

Battery Park Series: #6 Sunset

Daniel Da Silva
Painting today was a double treat.  First because the sunset was beautiful with an orange sky reflecting on the water and bouncing off the buildings. And..because a friend and atelier mate decided to come out with me and paint.  It was really nice having company, thanks Daniel!!

Oil on canvas.  4 x 6

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

More Daisies

As long as they keep blooming, I'll keep on painting them.
It was difficult painting  daisies against the natural light of a window; I had to make them dark, but my mind kept wanting to paint them white.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Roses in Glass Vase

I love painting my roses and I love painting glass. This one needs more than one day to complete.   The vase is crackled glass and I want to show that, so I'll re-post this when finished.

Oil on canvas.  6 x 9

Monday, October 3, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Old Reliable 2

This is a companion piece to the green apple I painted on August 3rd.  How time flies!!

Oil on canvas.  5 x 5