Monday, February 28, 2011

Pear in Blue Bowl SOLD

Okay, it is still a pear! But at least it is in a different setting - and a much smaller size. Last pear - really! Well, at least for now.....

"Pear in Blue Bowl"
3.5 x 2.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Comfortable Silence - SOLD

"Comfortable Silence"
Relationships Series
6x4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

I think this will be the last of these pears in this series for a while!

I like the idea of taking two or three objects and looking at them in different arrangements or at different angles to explore their relationship to each other. I like working with food, because each piece is unique...and it is also free of some of the associations we might have with other kinds of objects. In this series I am leaving the backgrounds unpainted because I want the focus to be totally on the objects, their shapes, their shadows and the negative space around them. There will be more to come!

Thursday, February 24, 2011


So many colors in these brown pears....and they have such unique shapes. They really have been fun to work with. Two more to go, and then I think it will be time to take a rest from the pears!

Relationships Series
6x4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Another Redesign?

Yes, I changed my blog design  AGAIN!

I really wanted to simplify the look a little bit. I also wanted to narrow the focus a little.
This will be more of a daily painting blog. My goal is at least three new works a week. I suppose two is more realistic, but I am aiming for three!

This year I really want to concentrate on discipline and on improving my skills. I believe this will be the best concentrate on painting everyday (even when it can only be a little bit!) and getting back that discipline of getting to work each day and getting things done. It is hard with three young children to find the time, but I am finding ways. My kids are on school vacation this week, so it has been a good trial. I am getting better about posting my work when I am not worrying about writing too much about it. I think I will post collections and treasuries and features on my facebook page. I have an ArtFire blog, too where I can post about works and collections and challenges. I plan this blog to be focused on my paintings and special events. Let's see if I can keep this up!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Another Pear Painting - SOLD

Still a few more yet to go!
I enoyed putting in all the different colors on these russet pears - there is actually quite a bit of yellow, red, purple and green in there!

"Happy Together"
Relationships Series
6x4 inches
acrylic on 140 lb. watercolor paper

Monday, February 21, 2011


Despite all the snow outside (and yes, it is snowing again!) I am thinking about spring. I look forward to the sense of hope and renewal it brings, as the snow melts and buds and leaves begin to emerge. This  is my entry for the Finding Fine Art Etsy Team February challenge.

5 x 3 inches
acrylic on canvas

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Original Still Life Painting of Pears - SOLD

Does it qualify as an obsession yet?
Here is the newest:

"Three's A Crowd"
Relationships Series
6x4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

I will be taking a one painting hiatus - I want to complete a painting for the FindingFineArt Team February challenge. Then back to more pears!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

More Pears....

Yes, more pears. I think I will be painting these for a few weeks more.
I am so in love with the colors of these red pears. I also love their bumpy imperfectness.

Relationships Series
6x4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lean on Me - Original Painting - SOLD

It looks like I am going to be working on a series of pear paintings. I have a had a request to do a few more paintings to go together with my previously done painting "Indifference". I plan to do a few with the same kind of pears and then a few more with some other kinds. I am really enjoying the colors and shapes of the different pears. Here is the one I just finished:
"Lean on Me"
Relationships Series
6x4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cabin Fever Sale!

Well, the Valentine Barn Treasures show couldn't happen because of snow and ice issues, so instead this weekend there will be a show at the Art Cafe @ West Village Provisions, 561 Main Street, West Boxford this Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 8-4pm and Sunday 11-4pm. Come check it out and shop for your Valentine (or your self!!)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dreaming of Spring - Original Painting - SOLD

There is so much snow here in the Northeast, it seems like spring might never come around!

I couldn't resist buying a little bouquet of flowers the other day when I was at Trader Joes. Plenty of spring inspiration to last me for a few more cold snowy days!!

Dreaming of Spring
Garden Series
2.5 x 3.5 inches
acrylic on 140 lb. watercolor paper

Saturday, February 5, 2011

On My Own - Original Acrylic Painting

Finished this little one Thursday night. It wasn't exactly as planned - I had seen it in my head as the flower being a little farther down and to the left, and the shadow being bigger and more onimous. But it didn't want to go that way! I may give it another shot at a later date, but there is still something I like about this one.....

I also discovered how wonderful spray varnish is when you are working with as smooth a surface as gessobord. I have always used a brush-on varnish and have really been struggling with varnishing these pieces on gessobord. Gessobord is such a smooth surface, it is hard to get a smooth finish without brush marks. I decided to break down and buy a can of spray varnish, and wow - what a difference!

"On My Own"
4x4 inches
acrylic on gessobord
This will soon be available in both my Etsy and Artfire shops.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

First Thursday Art Splash

The first Thursday of each month, the Art Splash group celebrates fine art on Etsy. Here is the link to this month's post about fine art for Valentine's Day. This month's post includes one of my paintings:


Here are a few of my favorites from other Art Splash artists:


You can search for more work by Art Splash artists here.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

In the Heart 6x6 Original Painting

Finished this rose today - unfortunately, the scan isn't coming out so great - it isn't quite showing the depth of the colors or enough contrast. I will have to try to take some pictures when the outside light is better.

Anyways, last year I had a rose bush that was a few years old. I am not good at taking care of rose bushes and this one was slowly dying. There were a few blooms in June, but the bush was looking pretty sad. Out of nowhere, on a cold cloudy day in October, came this amazing perfect rose on the almost dead bush. I kept going out to look at it - it looked so perfect it did not seem real. And a rose in October? Anyways, I kept trying to take pictures of it, and I could not get the right exposure on my camera. No matter what I did, the background always looked white and cloudy and overexposed. And the rose just looked totally surreal. When I downloaded the pictures to my computer, I kept noticing how much the very center of the flower looked like a real heart. This was the inspiration for this painting.

In the Heart
6x6 inches
acrylic on canvas

This painting will be available at the Barn Treasures Art and Antique Show February 11-13, 2011.