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Thursday, December 23, 2010

"Gunni's Portrait"

16"x11" Oil on Linen mounted on Board
This was a commissioned painting of a Boykin Spaniel as a Christmas gift.
Boykins are one breed which has the sweetest of faces.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Live Jazz" SOLD

12"x12" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas
This was part of the "Soundscapes" series which was The Charleston Artist Collective's Premier Show.
I love jazz.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"The Children's Ball Collection"

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted on Board

Ever since my daughter was about 2 or 3 years old, she's collected balls of various types: super balls which she refers to as "bouncy balls," tennis balls, footballs, the kind of balls that you squeeze to enhance your grip or reduce your stress, etc.
Now my almost 2-year old son is also a fond collector of anything that bounces. I found a few of their collection and put them in front of a window and I loved how the sunlight illuminated the almost translucent "Super balls." They look like oversized marbles in the light! So with this painting, I played with the variety of opaque and semi-translucent colorful balls. This also will be a submission for December's themed paintings at The Charleston Artist Collective: "Circles" where it is available for sale: www.charlestonartistcollective.org

"Gerbera Daisies in a Glass Bowl" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted on Board SOLD
The image is "leaning". . . perhaps I will retake this picture.
Again, another entry for The Charleston Artist Collective's December theme "Circles." I love the circles of the flower heads and the circles of the bowl and the water. This is available at http://www.charlestonartistcollective.org/


9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted on Board
The December Theme for The Charleston Artist Collective
This one is available through the Collective.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Evening's Song"

40"x30" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas

The quiet stillness of the coming evening; the day settles into a silent peacefulness.

"One Measure - Sleeping Sandpipers" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Canvas SOLD
These Sandpipers are arranged like notes on a single Musical Measure.

Monday, September 27, 2010

"Still Life with Green"

9"x12" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas

I did a more "representational" still-life with all green objects (except the pitcher which is white but reflected all the green). That painting is what inspired this whimsical piece.

"Peaceful Warrior"

NFS - Gifted

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted on board

This is the first of my Abstract Series. I am very impressed with the figure and how it stretches and moves. Often when painting abstracts my inpiration is derived from either landscapes or the human form. Two of God's greatest creations!


12"x9" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas this can be framed or left unframed.

Trying my hand at Abstracts: a throw back to my college days.

Obviously, this painting was influenced by Mark Rothko (Marcus Rothkowitz); one of my very favorite color theorist and emotive/intuitive painters.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


8"x10" Oil on Linen

This was painted standing on the very site of one of my earlier subjects: The Boat House (see "River Boat House" June 25, 2010 & "The Old Boat House" Sept 15, 2007).

The location is on the Creek side of Sullivan's Island, SC looking back toward the houses inland. If you'll go to those other posts, imagine me standing on the back side of the boat house looking down the creek.

I was especially taken by the wonderful shapes made by these pines sticking up above the house and tree line. The clouds were magnificent this day!

Although it was still hitting around 90 degrees I never broke a sweat due to the lower humidity. The breeze was cool and constant and the cool shade of the porch-part of the boathouse from which I painted made it very comfortable. It was a dreamy day to paint.

"Sullivan's Island Waterway" SOLD

10"x8" Oil on Linen SOLD
This was the second painting of the day at the Boat House location.
A fantastic story: as I was painting this we all heard an enormous commotion in the water to our left and saw what we thought was a whale!!
It turned out to be the largest manatee any of us had ever seen! It must have been a bull. It was HUGE!
It's a rare thing to see a manatee in our brackish waters but every once in a while one is spotted. This sight was simply the cherry on top of our perfect Sun Day (sundae; get it? ha ha ha)!
All right. I'll leave the comedy to the comedians!

"Three Pears" Not Available - Gifted


8"x10" Oil on Linen

Groceries never looked so pretty!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Organic Stripes" SOLD

20"x16" Oil on Canvas SOLD
I wanted to take a Plein Air Landscape that I did and stylize it by "pushing" the color and shapes to become more of an abstract rather than a representational painting.
As I was constructing the painting, it occurred to me that the landscape elements were like stripes wiggling across the canvas and as they went higher they became more and more "organic" in nature.
I'd like to do more of these.

"Shem Creek Clouds" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Linen
The Clouds were perform-ing for me this day. They were showing off so I had to try to capture the movement!

"Shem Creek Vista"

12"x9" Oil on Linen
The views are glorious at Shem Creek! You can see all the way to Downtown Charleston!

"Shem Creek Boat Yard"

9"x12" Oil on Linen
I love the primary and secondary colors represented here: First, the yellow out-building, then the turquoise-y dinghy at its side; Next, the red car peeking out from behind the building and the blue tarps covering the other end. In addition to all this, there is the orange-y rust of the old tin roof which is surrounded by the green trees. As my friend Anne said, the bright, clear colors of this scene are so reminiscent of the Bahamas.

Monday, September 06, 2010

"Clear Creek Reflections"

9"x12" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas
able Donation *Sold for $465. proceeds to benefit Charleston's Youth*
Although my father lives in a "suburban" area, he is also surrounded by farmland and untouchable green space. This painting reminds me of a scene I often see when I visit him.
His property is located on a bluff which overlooks a Nature Preserve. Beyond his backyard down the short, steep bank below, is a beautiful creek.
In Summertime, you cannot see the Creek through the thick, lush foliage of trees, but you can hear the soft rushing sound of it traveling over fallen branches and rocks. In Autumn, the creek often is dry but the falling orange, red and yellow leaves allows a peak below.
Winter holds promise of a snowey sight. Spring is lush with new color and plenty of water rushing by. I should do a "Four Season" theme with this!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Great Aunt Margaret" SOLD

12"x12" Oil on 1/4" gallery-wrapped canvas
This is the painting I did today (8-25-10)

This painting was painted Alla-Prima and I haven't touched it yet. I will have to "live" with it a couple/three days and look at it again to see if there is a need to retouch. But as for now, I am pleased.

This location is "The Wreck" at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant. I posted an earlier painting of the docks at the Wreck with a full description of what the Wreck is. . . This is just to the left of the building that I painted last time. This place offers myriads of vignettes from which to create a beautiful painting.

"Cathedral on Broad" SOLD

10"x8" Oil on Linen SOLD
Another presentation of the church series paintings. This one shows the steeple as well.

"Still-Life with Jar of Honey and Watermelon Slice" SOLD


8"x10" Oil on Linen

A Breakfast Still-Life at a friend's house.

The morning sun glowed through the honey in the jar and tipped the edge of the watermelon slice. I had to paint it.

Friday, July 30, 2010

"Back From The Post - Cashiers, NC" SOLD

12"x9" Oil on Linen/Board sold

This was the second painting that I did during the "Quick Draw" on the last day of the Plein Air Paint Out. I really loved how the light twinkled in between the trees back in the back. This was actually painted on the grounds of The Village Green in front of the Post Office. This is what you see as you drive out from picking up your mail.

"Mountain Clouds - Cashiers, NC"

10"x8" Oil on Linen/Board

I was at Stillwater Farm on top of a high hill looking out over the tree tops below me to see the magnificent cloud formations and distant mountain. I wish I knew which mountain that was. But regardless, the view was breathtaking. I love this place!!

"Cooling Waters - Cashiers, NC" SOLD

12"x9" Oil on Linen/Board $450. SOLD

This was one of my "Reserve" paintings which means that I held it back until the final day to be judged by the Paint Out's Jurer.

It was sold soon after I placed it on the wall.

I stood on the small bridge which crossed this babbling brook. Back inside the wood you can see a small waterfall; and the sound was heavenly. It was hot there during the day and the cooling water of this brook refreshed me as I painted.

"Afternoon Sunlight -Cashiers, NC" SOLD

10"x8" Oil on Linen/board SOLD

I was actually about to "close up shop" for this day's painting; all ready to head toward the car and pack up when I looked up and saw how the sunlight was back-lighting the edges of these trees against the cool (almost "cold") backdrop of distant trees. "WOW!" was my reaction and I knew I wasn't yet finished for the day.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Still-Life with Table Runner & Apples" NFS

Not Available For Sale

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted Board

This was actually my morning painting today. The following post is this afternoon's painting. It was still cloudy when I painted this piece. This is the same glass-top table on which I painted the afternoon painting. The reflections are more subtle in this one. Challenging but fun! Thanks, Susie!! Loved painting with you today!!

"Floating Rose in a Glass Bowl filled with Rocks" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Linen mounted on Board SOLD
Sometimes it's the rain that drives us indoors to paint a still-life instead of painting en Plein Air;
Sometimes it's the oppressive heat. Today it was both.
This morning we set up this glass bowl filled with water & rocks on a glass table top. The reflections were incredible and challenging. As I painted this one, the sun came out revealing even more beautiful reflections on the glass top table and inside the bowl. "Editing" is the name of the game today.

"Arbor Entry" Cashiers, NC Plein Air Painting SOLD

10"x8" Oil on Linen mounted on Board   sold
Painted En Plein Air in Cashiers North Carolina during the Village Green Plein Air Paint Out.
This is a spectacular home of a dear friend. . . I love these types of garden "doorways" which evoke my curiosity. . . "what is beyond?" Her flowers were profuse and the afternoon sun was glorious.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Garden's Splendor - Cashiers, NC" SOLD

10"x8" Oil on Linen mounted on board   SOLD
This was the first of two paintings that I painted during the 3-hour "Quick Draw" event Saturday July 17th.
This day finalized the glorious week of painting for the First Annual Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out. I was unable to photograph every painting I produced, but if the organization makes available what they catagorized, I'll see about posting those.
Until then, go to their website and view the photographs. It was so fun!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

"First Annual Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out July 12 - 17" www.villagegreencashiersnc.com

I have been preparing for my first Plein Air Paint Out event in Cashiers North Carolina. This is a juried event in which 19 other National Plein Air Painters are participating to raise charitable monies through the Plein Air paintings' sales. The Main Event Charity Fundraiser will be held the evening of Friday July 16. Saturday July 17 is the "Quick Draw" competition in which I will be a part. Join us in the cool North Carolina mountains and cheer your favorite artist on! Fresh paintings will be available all week from Monday July 12 through Friday at the main event as well as Saturday afternoon after the quick draw.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

"Springtime in July?" SOLD

12"x9" Oil on Linen mounted on board

Mid-July and the colors of the Crepe Myrtle Trees and Japanese Maples are exploding!
I found this little entry way into one of the graveyards behind the Circular Church and was captivated by this path surrounded by the glorious color of summer in the South!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Lunch in the Shade"

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted on board
This is that massive oak tree along with a couple of others shading the moms with their littles ones picnicking at the park.

"Oak Tree in the Old Village Park"

8"x10" Oil on Linen mounted on Board
This is a massive Oak Tree which shades one of the cutest parks. Little voices squealing with laughter filled the air as I painted this today.

"St. Phillips Church II"

8"x6" Oil on Canvas

Friday, June 25, 2010

"River Boat House" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas SOLD

I photographed it a little "tilted". . . perhaps I'll re-post it so it doesn't "lean"

Let me know what you think!

"Downtown Firehouse - Queen Street" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen SOLD
What an interesting facade. The elements which attracted me to paint this - aside from the fact that it is an historic site - were the juxtaposition of the arcs and curves with the upright and linear planes of the building.
In addition to these elements, I love the organic shape of the palm tree and the street made of river rocks against the strong structure of the buildings.

"Corner of East Bay & Exchange" SOLD


10"x8" Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas

I always loved this little corner (also at the intersection of Broad Street and East Bay). It has a quaint "European" feel. I especially loved how this tree twists as it grows.

As my friend, Leslie, stated when she saw it, "every artist deserves a "red dot." For those who may not know, a red dot indicates a "sold" painting.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Rocky Cove at Fort Moultrie" SOLD

SOLD 8"x10" Oil on Canvas

Painted En Plein Air on site at the beach in front of Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island. I love the little path that travels up the hill to the plateau above. Beyond the trees is the ocean and in front of the rocks, the tide was coming in. By the time I was finishing up this painting, water was beginning to surround these rocks. I also love how the windswept trees lean as if frozen in space; directed by the constant ocean winds.

Leslie and I met an aspiring artist who sat on a rock drawing just left of field in my painting. She was drawing and painting the rocks from the opposite view with Downtown Charleston off in the distance. Great meeting you, Linda and your husband, Phil! Hope to see you down painting again one day!

Monday, May 17, 2010

"2 Meeting Street" part of the "Charleston Churches Series" SOLD

8"x6" Oil on Canvas   SOLD

I included this painting in the "Charleston Churches" series because of this Bed & Breakfast's reputation for being a premier Honeymoon spot in Charleston.

It was originally built by a Bride's father as a Wedding Gift. The house's architecture is reminiscent of a Wedding Cake and it is just beautiful. It is surrounded by trees and bushes which secludes, and secures it from the busy touristy street corner on which it is located. I had my chance at peeking in when I found this gate open on the side of the property. You can see the beautiful color with which the gardeners plant the grounds. You can see the tranquil scene within the property. What a beautiful place to Honeymoon!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Self-Portrait May 11, 2010"

10"x10" Oil on Canvas
This is something I need to do on a regular basis. What a great exercise in seeing what you are painting in an objective way! Plus, your model is free and always available! I'll be doing more of these!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

"Contemplation in Technicolor"

SOLD 40"x30" Oil on Canvas
If you'll check earlier posts from my drawing series a few years back, you'll find one drawing entitled "Contemplation" drawn from life.
I had painted this "abstract" painting from an earlier era (smile) in my life; and just wasn't satisfied with it. As I stood before it, I saw a figure coming forth and it reminded me of my earlier drawing. So I simply combined the two and I like it now.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

"Fort Moultrie Beach Retaining Rocks" SOLD

12"x9" Oil on Linen mounted on Board   sold

I may need to rephotograph this as well. . . there is a shine from the wet paint. But this was painted at the beach in front of Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island. One can see in the far distance part of the new bridge which crosses the Cooper River into Downtown Charleston.