Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Courtland Town Square"

Artists across Alabama were invited by the Courtland, AL Historical Society to paint the town for a fundraiser. I don't paint fast, but since the town was close to home, I decided to accept the challenge. I had never visited the town before so everything was new and inviting to paint. I started with the town square. Apparently I captured some of the essence of the town as it sold very quickly. I have so many photos from this painting weekend that you will see more scenes in the future. 

Oil on canvas panel    9' x 12"
Framed    SOLD

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Scene from Collobrieres, France"

Collobrieres is located north of Nice. It was once the capital of the cork industry. There are cork trees everywhere. It is a quiet, charming little place. During the summer festival, the wine flows freely from a "cupid" fountain in the town square.

Pastel on pastel board   11" x 14"
Framed   SOLD

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

"Looking for Adventure"

I have wanted to paint this bird ever since our trip to the Florida Keys last winter. I needed a centerpiece for the Art Fair I participated in yesterday and finished this picture just in time. I love to model 3-D shapes with bold, strong strokes. Pastel also allows me to layer with light passes of the stick to let the lower layers sparkle through. It makes the water appear to have depth.

Pastel on pastel board 18" x 24"
Framed     $1995

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008


My fascination with birds continues. As a pilot I'm in awe of these creatures that do so easily what I struggled to learn. At least I can say that I have soared with eagles (really!) and played on the wind.

Pastel on pastel paper    "6 x 6"
Framed       $295

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

"Key West and Beyond"

The "Keys" on the southern tip of Florida are our favorite places to go between Christmas and New Year's Day. The islands provide endless resources for painting (as well as stress relief).

Pastel on pastelboard   24" x 36"
Framed    SOLD

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

"Philly Pigeons"

While standing outside waiting for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia to open, I spotted these pigeons playing in the water. The paint is thick and impasto - I changed the color scheme several times before I was satisfied with the results.

Oil on Canvas 15" x 30"
Framed ________SOLD

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Monday, September 8, 2008

"Old Country Shed"

Barns and sheds like this are still found in parts of Alabama outside the cities tucked inside coves and valleys. The peace and quiet evoked by these scenes help us to escape from the hustle and bustle of traffic and noise.

Oil on canvas panel 9" x 12"
Framed      SOLD

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Friday, September 5, 2008


My sister, an avid photographer, loves nature photography and provides me with lots of resource material for painting. Watching her chase insects with her camera is a sight to see, but her persistance pays off as shown in this painting.  I tried to capture the irridescent color on the wings and its delicacy.

Oil  on Museum Board   6" x 6"
Unframed         SOLD

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

"Locks & Bagel"

This little piece was fun to do - I love puns! For all of you pastry connoisseurs out there - I know that it is a seeded bun and not a bagel, but it was all I had at my disposal! If you can think of other puns that might be suitable for painting, please let me know. I like my paintings to bring smiles.

Oil on masonite   6" x 6"
Unframed    SOLD

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