Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Cape Sunset" ©

Imagine sitting on a woven blanket, next to the fire dug into the sand, eating a fresh lobster, French cheese, sipping a glass of wine and watching the sunset over the Cape. This painting was the view, after several dark days.

Oil on Canvas, 16" X 20"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Jennys Pond" ©

Finally I am home and unpacked from traveling to Cape Cod for the opening of Inspired Synergies at the Addison Gallery. This little painting was my demo piece on Sunday. I had a great time demonstrating an approach to this subject, the guests were delightful, asking questions that allowed me to talk while painting. Addison Gallery is the top gallery on the Cape, I had no idea till I got there.

Oil on Linen, 8" X 10"


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Asleep on a Paris Street" ©

Before dawn walking down to the Seine River though the streets of Paris I saw this sleeping soul, rain softly falling turning the sleeping bag into a glistening cocoon and a bouquet of yellow flowers waiting for the sleeper to awaken.

Oil on Canvas, 12" X 16"

Friday, June 17, 2011

"Morning Fog" ©

A photographer sent me this image as a gift of inspiration to paint. At first I was lost, missing my own reaction to the scene, the cool morning air, the sky changing by the second, since she had taken the photo. Then I just decided to imagine myself being there and came up with this little painting. The lesson learned was that I really need to experience a location first hand to paint as well as I am capable.

Oil on canvas, 14" X 18"

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"Malibu Creek" ©

Standing on the bridge over looking the creek late in the day, it's so peaceful and quiet you can almost hear your heartbeat.

Oil on canvas, 20" X 24"

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"Bosco" ©

Bosco is retired now from a career of endurance rides. At 36 he still has a spark, showing how much spirit his life has held. Bosco's owner asked if I would paint his portrait to add to their family treasures and I was honored to accept the commission.

Oil on Canvas, 18" X 14"


Wednesday, June 08, 2011

"Frontenay Gate" ©

Usually on the blog I just show paintings, and talk about the process and location. This posting is a bit of an the exception. Last weekend was the last fine art festival I'll be doing for a couple of months and the next event is a National show, called Inspired Synergies, at the Addison Gallery in Cape Cod.
Last September I joined twelve other artists in continuing a heritage of American artists who traveled to Europe for inspiration. Here are some of the events tied into the opening weekend: Friday, June 24 5:30-7:30 Preview Party, Savor French wines and cheeses while surrounded by art that follows an honored tradition.
Saturday, June 25 4:00-5:00 Sharing Memories
Share reflections on creativity and France with participants and guests discussing the impact of travel and working communally. Lively anecdotes, local characters and colorful markets provide
stories behind the work.
Saturday, June 25 Opening Reception 5:30-7:30
Meet these established and emerging artists from both coasts of the U.S.
Sunday, June 26 11:00-1:00 Painting Demonstration with Laura Wambsgans

If you would like to preview the show go to and click on Inspired Synergies.

Oil on Panel, painted on location in Frontenay, France

Thursday, June 02, 2011

"A Touch of Spring" ©

The sound of Jake breaks and hawks playing interrupted the cacophony of song birds while I painted "A Touch of Spring" today.

Oil on Panel, 9" X 12"
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