Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Maple Splendor

Maple Splendor
Oil on  Gessoed Hardboard, 12" x 16"
Available at $96, with free shipping.
(Pricing still at $0.50 per square inch)

I did one a couple of weeks back of just the maple, and not much more, since it was a smaller board. But oh, nice to spread out and do the entire reference photo. The maples in New England are always so gorgeous at this time of the year. That I DO miss, but surely NOT the winters. Much easier getting thru a Maryland winter.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 10" x 10"
Available at $50 plus $10 shipping.
(priced at $0.50 per square inch)

Revised from an earlier painting, more color added, a few changes, and a general touch up.
Better, I think.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fall, Softly

Fall, Softly
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 6" x 8"
Available at $24 plus $10 shipping.
(priced at $0.50 per square inch)

The photo is not out of focus, the painting is soft, blended, with very few hard edges.
Hence, Fall, softly. I chose a small format this evening, since I had a calligraphy project that needed to get done today, and it left me little time for painting. But a small one? Doable.Isn't it appealing?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Wow Color!

Wow Color!
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 12" x 16"
Available at $96, shipping included.
(priced at $0.50 per square inch)

Since my Google search has been highjacked by some ad program called "searchencrypt" which I can't get rid of, I went to wet canvas (instead of my standby Google Image search)  and spent an hour looking at posted (to share) autumn photos. Found some nice ones, including this one. I loved the intense colors and the high contrast. Hope you do too, it was fun to paint!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New England Maples

New England Maples
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 12" x 12"
Available at $72 plus $10 shipping.
(priced at $0.50 per square inch)

There's nowhere quite like New England in the fall. With all the maples, the colors are just amazing.
I don't think there has been a peak yet this year, but oh, when the maples blast their yellows and reds and oranges, wow, it takes your breath away!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Bird of Paradise (SOLD) and New Etsy Shop

Bird of Paradise
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 6" x 6"
SOLD at $18 plus $10 shipping.
(priced at $0.50 per square inch)

A bird of paradise flower to echo the new design of note cards in my newly created Etsy shop.

 Please consider a quick visit to: NJ Design Works

Monday, October 02, 2017

Aubergine Iris

Aubergine Iris
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 16"
Available at $128, with free shipping.
(priced at $0.50 per square inch)

This gorgeous iris has been hanging on my wall, while I wondered why it hadn't sold. So this morning I took out the blue paint, and turned the green background into sky. Much cleaner,  more dramatic.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Autumn Skyline

Autumn Skyline
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 6" x 8"
Available at $24 plus $10 shipping.
(priced at $0.50 per square inch)

Another little fall piece, this time with an intense blue sky. The kind of sky I associate with a crisp fall day, a deep wild cobalt.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Maple in Fall Dress - SOLD

Maples in Fall Dress
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 8" x 8"
SOLD at $34 plus $10 shipping.
(Still at $0.50 per square inch)

This isn't color in full fury yet, but we'll get there.
Promise! The maples are my favorites.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lemons and Brass - SOLD

Lemons and Brass
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 8" x 10"
SOLD at $40 plus $10 Shipping.
( priced at $0.50 per square inch)

Originally this was four lemons on white, then I thought it was too plain, so I put three on some polka dotted turquoise fabric. Then I thought about this little brass jug, and added that. The lemon I discarded was set aside onto an old black wife beater, and that looked more dramatic, so I found some black wool, and that's how a still life evolves. I'm not entirely happy with the jug, but it sure has drama.

Monday, September 25, 2017

And Fall Begins - SOLD

And Fall Begins
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 10" x 10"
SOLD at $50, plus $10 shipping.

I've had this photo reference in my landscapes folder for awhile, and I've been holding off, holding off, not time yet to paint fall colors.....but today, I finally gave in and started. I like this one for the no-sky background, and that gorgeous but elusive color of the muted shore. I'm pretty happy with the results.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Fly By - SOLD

A Fly By
Original Watercolor Note cards, Each Handpainted, with A6 Envelopes
Cards are 5 1/2" by 4  1/4"  when folded.
Watercolors overlap onto back slightly.
$20 the set, plus Who Knows...$5 shipping?

Below is how they look when packaged in cellophane sleeves.

So, a bit of an explanation. The note cards are an idea for a possible Etsy shop, for those times when my paintings just aren't selling. Other ideas include gift enclosures, cute little cards with delicate envelopes (not intended for the mail), paper bags with cool bag tags, maybe watercolor earrings....Ideas are exploring along with my cousin and cohort.

What do you guys think?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I Heart Dapples

I Heart Dapples
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 10" x 10"
Available at $50, plus $10 shipping.
(at $0.50 per square inch)

I suppose if I put my mind to it, I could have found a "heart" to stick in the title, but this works too.
Gotta love those sun blasted dapples.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Vignette - SOLD

Fall Vignette - SOLD
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 6" x 8"
Available at $24 plus $10 shipping.
( at $0.50 per square inch)

A taste of what's to come. For this artist, October is all about color.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Imperfectly Lovely

Imperfectly Lovely
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 8" x 10"
Available at $40 plus $10 shipping.
(at $0.50 per square inch)

OK, I'm tickled with this one. I've always liked the photo reference, which is of a scruffy backyard, patchy grass, dirt showing, nothing special, but with a wonderful blaze of sunlight. I painted it completely directly, with hardly any blending, fussing, or changing. So I get to be tickled with the results.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Winding Road - SOLD

The Winding Road - SOLD
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 16"
Available at $128, plus $10 shipping.
(at $0.50 per square inch)

I did a small version of this one on the 2nd of September, and mentioned that I really wanted to do a larger version. So here it is on 16" x 16" canvas, and I am really very pleased with it. I like the feeling of distance, the hills and fields in the background. It just turned out all around well. I think, anyway.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hint of Fall - NA

Hint of Fall
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 10" x 10"
Not Available, Revised on October 17, 2017
(at $0.50 per square inch)

Just a touch of fall in the air now, a few trees shedding leaves already, some hints of color here and there. Nature makes up to us for ending summer, by giving us the glorious colors of fall, still to come.Though we can't complain, today really is like summer still, complete with mosquitoes!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fishing Spot - SOLD

Fishing Spot
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 10" x 10"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

A slight deviation from my new pricing schedule of $ .50 a square inch, simply because I'm feeling rusty, after having been sick this entire past week. I'll get back into the swing, little by little. Feeling much better today, well enough to paint, take out the trash, clean up my kitchen, make a quiche.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Nearly Dried

Nearly Dried
Watercolor on Poor Quality Watercolor Paper, 9" x 12"
Available at $20 plus $10 shipping.

I've been dreadfully sick with a mega cold...fever, chills, snuffling, coughing, sniffling, blowing, you know. I'm feeling a tad better on my regimen of Day and Nyquils, even though those good drugs play havoc with my digestive system. What a trade off, right? I was able to play with my watercolors just a bit today, but it was on horrid paper, (we won't say what kind) so I eeked what charm I could out of my almost dried out bouquet.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Iris in Aubergine - NA

I have changed the background a bit, made it more scumbly. I am reposting on the DPW site as well.
Better, I think. Really quite a nice piece.

Iris in Aubergine
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 16"
Not Available - revised on 10/2/2017
( still at $  .50 per square inch)

I have a commission for an iris in this color, maybe with a bit more orangey brown tones, so this one is a practice run for the commission. I normally don't do this, but I had ordered extra canvas, knowing that the 16" x 16" are tricky to come by.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Late Summer Hydrangeas - SOLD

Hydrangeas from DJ
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 10" x 10"
SOLD at $50 plus $10 shipping.

I got from my brother a nice big armful of the late summer hydrangeas from the "Emily bush", and the colors are just scrumptious. The jug is also beautiful, a gift from my dear cousins B and J, an antique Dutch jug, so cool. (You will definitely see this one again!)  I just love these colors, a few weeks ago the hydrangeas were all in the pinks.

Little White Farmhouse - SOLD

This one is small, just a little guy this morning, but later hydrangeas.

Little White Farmhouse
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 4 7/8" x 6"
SOLD at $13.00 plus $7 shipping.

I liked the image-photo reference, and may decide to do it again larger.
I think that there is a bit of quiet charm there, with those open fields beyond.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Peaches on Stripes - SOLD

Peaches on Stripes
Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 8" x 10" x 1.5"

Detail (close up) of the bottom and side edge. Painting extends all around the edges.
You can see it on DPW HERE.

Done by request by a collector.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Into the Hills - SOLD

Into the Hills
Oil on Hardboard, 10" x 10"
SOLD at $50, plus $10 shipping.
( $  .50 per square inch.)

I love this one, with the variety of colors. I want to do it again, bigger next time.
Nice to get into a landscape, they are wonderfully freeing.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Lemons, Roughly - SOLD

Lemons, Roughly
Oil on Hardboard, 6" x 8"
SOLD at $24 plus $10 shipping.
( $  .50 per square inch)

This was uncomfortable, but I really want to be able to paint loose, so....
Big brush (okay, I cheated a little, just a bit) and only a little blending, concentrating on value and color, and holding myself back (mostly) from fussing. The idea is that from across a room, the details don't matter, only the shapes and values. So, if you sit back in your chair about three feet, don't they "read" lemons?

Here's a close up shot.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Three and a Slice for Tea - SOLD

Three and a Slice for Tea
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 4.75" x 10"
SOLD at $23.00 plus $10 shipping.
( $  .50 per square inch)

OK, this one was supposed to be very loose, so I started out with a large brush, and we were rolling along nice and sketchy, until I realized that there were some drawing mistakes. Then things got tighter, tighter, tighter, until I am painting in my usual style. So hard to break from habits. Now I know I have to start out with a very accurate drawing in order to really get loose. Sounds like a contradiction, doesn't it? I'll try it and let you know.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Zinnias with Celosia - SOLD

Zinnias with Celosia
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 10"
SOLD at $40 plus $10 shipping.
( at $ .50 per square inch)

So my flowers from the Farmer's Market are almost completely faded, I made two vases into one this morning, and decided that I'd better get them painted while I still could. I'm pretty happy with this little guy. The little glass vase was a gift from my dear cousin (thanks, B!)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Little Zinnia Bouquet - SOLD

Little Zinnia Bouquet
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 6" x 6"
SOLD at $18.00 plus $10 shipping.
( $ .50 per square inch)

I wasn't planning to paint today, but noticed my little bouquet out on the back porch table, and aha, something small to paint. Yay! This one is quick and sketchy, very loose.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Two Toned Pepper - NFS

Two Toned Pepper
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 6" x 6"
Not For Sale, Gifted
( $ .50 per square inch)

The peppers from yesterday were just so neat, it would have been a shame not to paint them twice. Now they can go to the neighbor for her stuffed peppers. She had admired them when I bought them, mentioned that they'd make good stuffed peppers. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Combo Peppers - SOLD

Combo Peppers
Oil on Hardboard, 10" x 10"
SOLD at $50 plus $10 shipping

Another fun find from the Farmer's Market (can you say that five times fast?)
The farmer said that they start out green, and turn red in the sunshine. I couldn't resist, even though I had just bought a bouquet, which you'll see later this week.

Meanwhile, I am in denial.
Summer is NOT almost over. Summer is NOT almost over. Summer is NOT almost over.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Eastern Shore Peaches - SOLD

Eastern Shore Peaches
Oil on Board, 6" x 6"
SOLD at $18 plus $10 shipping
($ .50 per square inch)

Eastern Shore peaches are among the finest peaches I've ever eaten. Don't know why, but they just seem juicier, more flavorful, generally yummier than other summer farm stand peaches. Had to paint some before they are gone, and working on a commission piece, which I'll show you later.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Low Country Marsh - SOLD

Low Country Marsh
Oil on Linen Panel, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $54.00, with free shipping. ( $ .50 per square inch)

This one was done from a photo that my nephew SJ took on a trip/drive with his wife, JJ. Thanks for the nice photo reference, S and J. They are South Carolinians, so they know the low country.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Shoreline Stroll - SOLD

Shoreline Stroll
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 8"
SOLD at $32 plus $10 shipping. ($ .50 per square inch)

What could be more summertime than beaches? Lake beaches, Ocean beaches, Bay beaches, and an evening stroll at sundown after a long relaxing day. Essence of summer! Can you feel the air starting to cool down?

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Beautiful Bugs - SOLD

Beautiful Bugs
Watercolor, Ink, Colored Pencils on Italian Watercolor Paper
Sizes range from 2" x 2", to 5" x 4"

Since they are all in relatively accurate sizes compared to each other, (the bumblebee shows large here, but it's the smallest one of the group) I can see them as a grouping, either framed in one frame with separations in the matting, or in three small frames. Aren't they lovely? The dragonfly has a little sparkle in it, I used some watercolor shimmer medium there.

They do have a story behind them. My grandson Jimmy, when he was much younger (we're talking 2008) would collect dead bugs for me to draw, and when he would find them, he would put them on my "sacrificial paper plate," a paper plate dedicated to only dead bugs. Isn't that a fun little detail?

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Lone Sunflower - SOLD

Lone Sunflower
Oil on Canvas Panel, 8" x 10"
SOLD at $40, plus $10 shipping. (at $  .50 per square inch)

My lovely sunflowers are beginning to fade, they droop a bit more every day. But I wanted to get at least three paintings out of them, so here is the last. The petals are shriveling too much to be "good models."  I may just do some sketching of the droopers, since I like this stage as well.

But for painting, it's on to other subjects now.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Sunflowers

July Sunflowers
Oil on Canvas Panel, 11" x 14"
Available at $77   $50, plus $10 shipping.

I think this one turned out really nicely. I was very free in the painting, since it's done on an old canvas, with nothing to lose. I've also dropped the price a little, since I didn't even sand the canvas down, just left the bumps and textures. Here's the old canvas, just for fun. See if you can spot the parts that I left showing.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Farmer's Market Sunflowers - SOLD

Farmer's Market Sunflowers
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14"
SOLD at $77 with free shipping. (at $ .50 per square inch)

These sunflowers come with a bit of a story. I got them yesterday at the Saturday Farmer's Market here in Chestertown, which is wonderful, as are all farmer's markets. They are the huge ones, with stems about an inch thick, and faces that I estimate at 8" across. I broke two glass vases trying to balance the stems in the vases, and in the process, got water all over my kitchen. Finally, I remembered my heavy ceramic pitcher, and used that. It seems to be working.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Lakeside Afternoon - SOLD

Lakeside Afternoon
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 16"
SOLD at $96, with free shipping. (12 x 16 at $ .50 per square inch)

I imagined a perfect summer's day while I was painting this one. One of those days that you wish would repeat itself a bunch more times, but alas, you only get them in strings of two or three. There are some process shots that I thought I'd post too. See below.

 Notan and Underpainting in thin washes

 Building in the midtones.

 Sky around clouds.

Adding clouds.

Sorry, didn't remember to shoot the water and rocks. But maybe this is interesting for someone.

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