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Whenever I return from a vacation, I feel eager to start a fresh panel. ( I don’t use canvas)  We just returned from our fourth trip to Martinique and I was so psyched I finished this little 8 x 10 in a single day.  Well, that’s a little bit of a fudge. I don’t count blocking out basic shapes and toning the panel but the truth is that is usually just a half hour task, as important as it is.  Painting directly into white makes the job too hard.  This will be my 4th painting of Martinique but my first in 2018.




I have the tools, but not the patience (or, dare I say it?) time left to cultivate true bonsai. Maybe none of us has.  However I must concede that Jade Plant gives us the option of faking it because of the gnarled and easily manipulated trunks on even the youngest plants. Still, painting a bonsai takes less time and discipline. What’s more, any damage resulting from my less-than-green thumb is already done.


IMG_4901Early on, I learned that painting anything “white” should never mean squeezing out a dollop of paint from a tube of flake white, or titanium white and going to town. Some day I’ll have the courage to challenge that rule in a landscape or figurative painting (I’m sure I could pull it off in an abstract work) but not today. For now it is too much fun creating the illusion of snow using reds, blues, greens and even black. This little 9 x 12 winter scene involved the whole color wheel and was a joy to do. The hardest part was choosing the mixtures that contrasted snow with water.

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Spring is here and with it comes the start of the May to October art show season. Juices are flowing and I’m alternating between land and sea.

This is the season when galleries everywhere feature small, affordable art for the Christmas season. Not only is art a unique gift but it’s value cannot be googled and it is really easy to wrap!  Win, win, win….  Two of these are just 5×5 with a painted 1.5″ cradle and the floral field is still accessible at 10 x 10


This 16 x 20 Winterscape is on the large side for me. Soon I’ll be working on a series of small pieces for my gallery’s November and December shows.  I worked on this one for about a week and made steady progress but now I think it is time to make a few other paintings while I mull over what is needed to tweak this to completion. The best thing about painting snow is avoiding white It is so much fun to load the image with blues, grays, greens, pinks, umbers and gold and still have the illusion of white snow!

This month I have strayed a bit from my usual small format panels and completed an 18 x 24 landscape which I then highlighted with some careful scribbling in graphite. Normally, I continue my image…

Source: Two New Landscapes – To Resin or Not to Resin?

This month I have strayed a bit from my usual small format panels and completed an 18 x 24 landscape which I then highlighted with some careful scribbling in graphite. Normally, I continue my images on the top and sides of my panels and coat the images in resin. This time, my plan is to frame. Because I am concerned that a resin coating might fight the effect of the frame, I am deciding to leave this one au naturale

Next, I went back into small format for a little landscape which I think  prefer to show unframed.  Still I don’t think I can resist a shiny coating on this one.  It will pop.

Hard to believe spring has turned to summer. Shows are coming on fast so I’m doing my best to carve out time to make more new work. These are two of four new pieces that I will begin pouring resin  IMG_3740IMG_3810in a day or two. All four are small format,  with the largest being the 10 x 10 local landscape and the smallest a little 4 x 6 French landscape rendering. Right now there is an 18 x 24 starkly white wood panel calling my name.

IMG_3655The time it takes me to finish a painting varies greatly. It is important for me to know at the end of any given painting session, whether I have made real progress and what my next priorities are moving forward.  When I was working on my last figurative painting, “Dana”(see my last blog post) I began the practice of taking a photo  at the end of each session which includes a marker noting the date.  This not only helps me avoid the frustration that I inevitably feel  while my ultimate vision is still far down the road, but also allows me to set up a palette of acrylics that targets the aspect of the image that I need to work on next.  Why didn’t I think of this sooner?