Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sea Grass

I really enjoy painting these little seaside vignettes.  LOVE this fun painting music! I could hardly stand still!
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Georgia Oh!

Rather than a field of flowers, or even the whole flower, I've always preferred a more intimate perspective of things. Here's a tribute to the oh-so-amazing Georgia O'Keeffe. And the perfect musical accompaniment. Enjoy.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Weekend Retreat

This is the view from the Samoset Resort on the coast in Rockland, Maine. Beautiful place. This is part of the golf course I think. I liked the bright clouds amid all the gray. Here's some classic music to paint to. Crank it!
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Safe Harbor

I shot this reference photo on a nice 3.5 mile loop around Portland Harbor earlier this winter. I loved the striking contrast of the bright sunlit tail feathers with the darker bodies of these geese. And here's some great music that always delivers. 
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Sunday, February 24, 2013

After the Storm

I'm writing this as the snow falls outside. A couple of weeks ago we had a wonderful blizzard here in Maine. After the storm was over, the sun came out and I went for a long snow shoe walk. This is a self portrait, of sorts. Some appropriate music for creating this painting...feel good music.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Open Up

Sometimes I just want to paint flowers in the winter. I'm really pleased with this one. Permanent Rose is not in my usual limited palette...but sometimes, like in this case, it's exactly what I need. It always blows me away. I love me some Maxwell music. :o)
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Drift Away

This is the Peacemeal Farm, the organic farm I live across the road from. Here's some craaazy new music my daughter introduced me to. :o)
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Just the Two of Us

Seagulls have such attitude, don't they? The sweet spot in this painting for me is the way his shadow falls across his foot. He looks a little suspicious, doesn't he? Hmmm...paranoid. Probably thinks he's being followed.
I currently can't get enough of this music
Oil on panel, 6" x 6" 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Peck of Pears

I've always liked this type of painting where the multiple subjects fill the canvas. I particularly liked this section of the pear photo I shot becasue of the cool underside of the single leaf. Here's some great painting music. A pretty cool music vid, too.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping
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Sunday, February 17, 2013


Just giving props to the tools. Here's the music I'm listening to currently.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Closed for the Season

It's a blast painting nests. You can get a little crazy. :o)  I spotted this one recently in an old maple in our front yard.
I've been away for several days in southern Maine. Reconnecting complete with dear friends, comfort food, snow covered views, all night conversations, music (with live musicians!) art...can you say rejuvenation?
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Stones on the beach. A glorious colorful sight...and one of my favorites to paint.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Monday, February 11, 2013

Male Guest

We've been so lucky to have a pair of cardinals at our feeders this winter. (Not sure the cat agrees) I chuckled when I posted this noticing how dissimilar in subject, but similar in color yesterday's post and today's are. Not unusual except that I'm quite a bit ahead with paintings, so just choose one to post not remembering the order in which they were painted. So what I said yesterday holds true, I guess I like this color combination. Here's some great painting music.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Winter Warmth

I really like this color combination. We've got a full fledged blizzard going on today here in Maine. It's beautiful! But for some reason in the midst of winter, I often feel like painting flowers. Here's the musical inspiration. 
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Published Instructional Tutorial

I am delighted to have recently published an ArtByte on the Daily Paintworks web site. As the site says, "An ArtByte is a bite-sized affordable art tutorial." My ArtByte, titled, How to Make a Simple Art Fair Display Booth, walks you through the steps of creating a reasonably priced booth for displaying small paintings such as the 6" x 6" panels I create. 
Included are 1) the materials you'll need, 2) the process (in photos) of how to make the display, set it up and dismantle the booth, 3) how to hang the paintings and 4) useful art fair tips.

Includes 11 pages with 30 images.

The Table of Contents includes:
1. Introduction
2. Materials
3. Building the Display Booth
4. The Walls
5. Method for Hanging the Art
6. Finishing Details
7. Setting Up the Display Booth
8. Dismantling the Booth
9. Art Fair Extras
10. Painting On Site in Your Booth
11. Bio and Links

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In the Persimmon Patch

The pig is back for a return engagement. Sometimes, especially in the cold Maine winter, I just love painting in such warm rich tones. I don't often do brown backgrounds...but I like it. Here's the music I painted to.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping 
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Monday, February 4, 2013


This is a larger painting done on gallery wrapped canvas. I like the challenge of the sea glass itself and trying to capture its reflective glow on the surface it's on. Here's the musical inspiration. 
Oil on canvas, 24" x 24", $400 + $20 domestic shipping
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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Prima Donna

This is the last in the feather series. I ended with a bang...the prima donna of feathers. Ha! This whole series has been a joy.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"
Whenever I do a series, especially one with as many paintings as this one, it gives me such satisfaction to see them all together. Kind of the icing on the cake. So here's a montage of all the rest (gotta have even numbers, don'tcha know) Click on the image to enlarge it. Thanks :o)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Midas Touch

I had a blast painting this one. It's so...soft. I'm pleased with the colors in this one, too. Turkey feathers are so amazing. They literally have metallic gold on them. So I thought it was a perfect time to incorporate some real 22k Australian gold leaf. See the steps below. I got some new painting music today. Hey!
Oil and gold leaf on panel, 6 x 6"

After the sizing was dry I carefully applied the leaf where I wanted it.

I then began painting as I normally would being careful to preserve  the gold leaf.

By the end I had preserved just enough of the leaf to help it realistically blend into the rest of the painting. It's quite lovely.