This is a farm stand down the road from where I live. All summer long they lure visitors in with gorgeous flowers, lucious fruits, herbs and the best corn around. It's a favorite stop on the way to the beach! The colors 'pop' a bit more in real life, am struggling with Photoshop! I painted this between last night and noon today at my friend Nancy's studio. Always great to have another 'eye' to keep you on track!
This is sunset view of Bristol, RI from the north end of Aquidneck Island. I'd love to say on a clear night there is reflected orange light in the water - but there isn't! Mt. Hope Bridge is in the background.
This painting was inspired by my friend Pam Copeman, who is extremely stylish and pulled together, and who loves paintings of shoes. (I mean we ALL love shoes, right?) I love the contrast between the little fur balls and the satin shoe, throw in a honking big fake diamond - do I hear champagne?
This is my souvenier from San Francisco, from last year when I took a workshop with Camille Przewodek. We had breakfast at Max's with our friends Kevin and Linda there. Max's is, I guess, a sort of famous little restaurant, and you can buy the coffee cups. Along with stones, shells, seaglass and pie plates I clutter my house with special coffee cups. This one's the perfect size!
This is a tiny painting, but when I photographed it, it enlarged it and shows all the 'grain' of the canvas! The other morning just before 7 a.m. I was having coffee, looking down the river, and I saw this red tug tearing past Gould Island. It was very heavy air, very moist, and Aquidneck Island was barely visable in the background. This is one of those pieces that looks better in real life, the photo doesn't do it justice. Oh, well.
I love this Chinese Proverb: "When you have only two pennies left, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other". This stalk of lilies was just a stick with uninspiring buds when I bought it on Sunday (yes, it cost more than one penny!), but they bloomed and seem to reach out to give, not receive joy. I had to paint them.
SOLDWent over to Coggeshall Farm last week and found a meadow filled with animals. Sheep, a burro, some sort of ox and a horse. The colors were all muted, and the wind was up, so I took a photo and painted from it yesterday. The sheep still had good heavy coats, which was a good thing, seeing as it's been pretty cold lately!
I painted these a month or so ago, but the paint was so shiny it wouldn't photograph well! I don't paint flowers often, so this was a challenge. Feel free to leave comments, I love to read them! And if you're a subscriber, you can now 'respond' and only I will get the response! :)
Driving to Newport this morning in the snow, I took many photos with the intention of painting a nice winter scene as the storm swirled around me back at home. I had stopped at the grocer's and when I got home I plopped the green pears on some gorgeous blue tissue paper that was on the counter.... forget about the snow scenes - maybe later!
Happy Birthday to me! I let myself dream of my upcoming trip to Holland, with my friends Paula, Ros and Sandy... and I painted it! Six weeks from today - yay~ we'll be painting the tulip fields in Haarlem. It's becoming real.
This waterlily is from San Juan Capistrano Mission, where they have a beautiful garden and gorgeous lily pond fountain with koi. I am attracted to the simplicity of the lilies and the wonderful shapes and colors of the lilypads.
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Last night Tim and I went for a drive and the moon was just massive and golden, suspended over Fall River, MA. It was surreal, yet romantic. It made me feel like anything could happen, like magic. I had to paint it today. The photo, once again, has a lot of glare due to the wet oil paint.
I was thinking of Carol Marine's wonderful paintings (see link on the right side of the blog) and I had these apples and one of them 'stood up' better if it was on it's 'head', hence the title. It was so great to use these colors, and the paint was very wet when I took the photo... nothing I did could get rid of the glare. Later, when it's dry, I'll try to repost a better, less shiny photo.