Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Woodstock Landscape

I've been inspired to do some landscapes locally. I move things around a lot and make up my own colors; but hey, that's what we do, right? My backyard faces the woods. We have lots of deer but hopefully not too many ticks.  This was done with yellow/purple palette.
"Woodstock Landscape1409, 3x4 inches, watercolor on board.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sun-Kissed Onion

This was done outdoors on my deck; sun was just before noon and very high in the sky since it was the summer solstice. As I look at it now, I realize it's the colors of my new kitchen. I've been dreaming about bright greens! When we bought the house, the kitchen had a bright green walls. Since I usually don't use intense colors as a major area in my paintings or inside on walls, I've been struggling to decide whether to make walls less intense. I'll give myself time to live with it in order to figure it out!
I used the new primary palette and the painting is once again 4x3 inches.

Monday, June 23, 2014

6x6 inches!

Every once in awhile I try a "larger" painting just to see how it feels. It was ok. For me it's not as much fun as painting 3x4 inches. Go figure!
And this is my first peony from my new garden in Woodstock, NY. I'm so loving living here! Not getting too much painting done because a lot of energy is going into setting up new house and figuring out new kitchen! I used my new non-toxic oils also! Loving them!
"Garden Peony", 6x6 oil on canvas

Thursday, June 12, 2014

For all of us who want to paint healthy (while being conscious of the environment) and learn to paint with a limited palette, here's the book for you! Non-Toxic Oil Painting with the Primary Palette is available on iTunes and ready to order from me as a PDF! It's been enlightening and great fun to make this book.
If you are reading this on an iPad the link is: 
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If you have any questions please email me at

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Studio!

We are now living in Woodstock, NY (again) and I'm loving every minute of it! I've got a whole room for my studio with two big windows. The north/east light is coming out of window by my drafting table. Hope to start painting again next week! Yippee!
Also, will be uploading new book to iTunes shortly!! It's on Non-Toxic Oil Painting, if I haven't mentioned that! See you soon with new paintings!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

International Artist

I'm pleased to be included in the April/May issue of International Artist Magazine!
There's an online version also. They did a great job on the reproductions. I think it's available in the States and in Europe. One of the reasons I haven't posted in awhile is because I was writing the article! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

6 Colors for Double Primary Palette

These are the six colors that I've been using from Holbein; Duo Aqua Oil Paint. There is a warm and cool version of each of the primaries. They clean up with water. No smell. Easy on the environment! I don't like to thin them out, so I haven't done any research on which thinner to use. If I did, I'd see what Holbein has or recommends. I know there are products by Grumbacher and Winsor Newton.
I still use gessoed boards just as I did for traditional oils. I've been using Kamar spray varnish that I used on the oils.
Been working all this out for new book, so any suggestions would be appreciated!