Wednesday, June 15, 2011

summer haze

One of my "little" paintings, 8 x 10 inches. Colors are limited in hue, but I liked working within this small range. For those interested in my palette, I used ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow light, hansa yellow, and sap green. And titanium white. Actually, cadmium red light and dioxazine purple are the only other two colors that I generally use in addition to the above.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Art Show Coming!

However, this painting will not be in the show! Glory in the Common Spaces will open July 7 and run through August 2 at the Shenandoah Valley Arts Center. Please come and see landscapes painted from 2009 through June 2011.

Why post this little still life? I don't think I have posted it anywhere and found it in my desktop file of images. This little painting, 8 x 10, is painted on top of an old painting (recycling as well as utilizing texture) by using a palette knife (my usual technique) to spread on oil paint, scratching away to reveal previously applied color, whether dry or just painted. I like how the process is not controlled and surprises happen. I use this technique almost always in my landscape paintings, but not often in still life. This was the first painting of fruit that I painted in this manner and felt that no one would ever buy it. It's been stuck in a back bedroom for four years and I don't often see it or think to display it. Still a personal favorite. I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

deer path

Caught this image of light striking trampled grass while hiking in West Virginia - I'm assuming deer made this pathway as it led to nowhere in particular from the hiking trail. This painting is 24 x 36 inches and while the underpainting (ranging from cadmium orange to alizarin crimson) was applied with brush and solvent, the oil paint was stroked on, scraped off, gashed and swirled with a palette knife. Up close it is a mess of color and texture and patches. Hopefully the image from a distance conveys the light and color of evergreen hedges and long grass.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

a poem lovely as a tree

quoted my husband when he saw this, my most recent painting. This canvas is 24 x 36 - I find that I am challenged by working a bit larger, but it's a pleasing challenge. I titled this Maple Glory - it is the tree featured in many of my recent work, at full foliage in summer.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

summer maple

I love this particular tree on our farm because it stands so bravely on a hill. Other trees are sheltered on low places or in groups. I have painted this maple tree before (Maple Hill) in autumn colors; this image is from last summer, with the sunshine backlighting the tree, the far grass lit up by strong sunlight, the shadow cast by the tree changing the color of the same grass to cool blue-greens and a touch of violet.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


is the title of this painting, from a photo I took while jogging along my road last summer in the morning. I loved the way the light skipped over tall trees and hit the front of this large cedar.