Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sails and Raffle

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On one of the last evenings of summer, I managed to catch these sailboats just as the sun was setting on Shelter Island. The painting is going to be raffled off on December 11th as part of a fundraiser for the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center.  I love it when my paintings help support important causes and hope this one pulls in some serious cash! If you would like to buy a chance to win this painting and help out an important organization as well,  please visit the day care's website.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Worcestershire and Lemons


   I had most of my family for Thanksgiving this year. Everybody brought something. As always,  my father was in charge of the shrimp. He makes a spicy cocktail sauce to go along with it. One of his special ingredients is Worcestershire sauce. During the commotion of getting dinner on the table, I caught a glance of his bottle of sauce sitting alongside three beautiful lemons. The color combination was striking. It had to be painted.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Love My Betsey Johnson's


I never tried painting shoes before until it was suggested in last week's Daily Paintwork's challenge. I loved the experience so much, that I hit up my daughter's closet again! She's got quite an eclectic collection... I could be at this a while.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sole Sistas

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Okay. So these are not my shoes. They belong to my powerfully beautiful, fiercely determined daughter, MollyKay. I borrowed them from her closet for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. I am dedicating this painting to her, as next week she "steps" out into her new career ... yes,  in the beauty industry.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Florentine Beauty

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A few weeks ago I travelled to Florence, Italy to see my daughter who is studying there this semester. She is taking painting, photography, jewelry and art history. While there, I took lots of pictures to paint from when I got back home. I've started with this one. It's her, outside a cafe, waiting for a cappuccino. That's my husband inside, figuring out the euro conversion. Notice her shoes - Italian, hand-made and already her favorites. There are amazingly beautiful things to see in Florence, but without a doubt, she is the most beautiful. Counting the days until her homecoming.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunlit Shelter


I am trying to stop overworking my paintings. One way to do this, is to only give myself one session to complete a piece - alla prima. This seascape was executed today... and with the shortened days now, I had to keep moving and stay focused. It is actually a study for a pending commission which also helped me to keep it suggestive and painterly.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

In Full Color

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   This is my most recent private commission. It was an interesting assignment, in that the woman who commissioned the painting, wanted me to work from a black and white photograph of her children when they were younger. So, in effect, this was a value study. To aid in my color selection, she supplied me with fabric swatches from the room in which it will hang. Every time I am working on a painting and something just doesn't look right, nine out of ten times it is a problem with value. I actually think that working from a black and white photograph this time helped me to stay true to the value more easily than when working from a colored photo or from life.