Monday, December 25, 2017

The Palmer Farm Project, Final Report

10" x 20" oil on panel

The Palmer Farm, finished and framed, and off to it's new home.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Working Out the Color Scheme

5-1/2" x 11" watercolor on cold press
So many buildings! I think most working farms tend to share this characteristic, as there's always a need over time for more storage (especially if your farmer keeps EVERYTHING like mine does) and then changes in methods and equipment--not to mention new tractors, wagons, etc...

The above Palmer Farm's farmers' latest additional building is the small saphouse just left of center. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Old Mitchell Barn

8" x 10" oil paint on masonite panel
I wish I could say that I painted this plein air, but I did it from a photo I took the other day of this great, old, classic barn.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Duplicitous Life

a corner of my drawing table
My painting time has lately been split between watercolor sketches and oil painting struggles. And they are STRUGGLES. Push pull, scrape away and layer on and rub it off and move on to the next panel. Learning.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Plein Air Painting at the Frisbee House

It was a scorcher, but I forgot about the heat for an hour and a half while painting the old schoolhouse at the Delaware County Historical Association. 

Monday, May 8, 2017


on paper
The medium is frustrating to the max, the color shift upon drying is hard to get used to. But the rich color and velvety, matt texture, water solubility and rewetting capability...nice.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Return of Oil Painting Season?!


I had only been painting with watercolors since last fall, deciding that the smells and mess of oil paints belonged either (1) outdoors, or (2) in a room where food wasn't also being prepared and eaten. While I do enjoy painting in any medium, and I've certainly enjoyed my Monday "Watercolor Dabblings" with the ladies, it felt SO GOOD to get out the oil paints on Sunday and really spread the color. 



Friday, April 14, 2017

Some Tired Lady

It's cold outside. It's warm outside! It's cold outside. A couple of teaser days over the weekend had me running around with my camera (an indulgence--possibly in the wrong direction--I bought a Samsung Galaxy 8E tablet on Ebay with the idea that it had a good camera and then without downloading to the cumbersome laptop for reference photo painting use, I could refer right to the tablet) taking landscape shots.

Monday, April 3, 2017

View Toward Walton

watercolor sketch
Our "Watercolor Dabbling" group meets for a couple of hours once a week, and it's a nice change of pace to paint in the company of others--four or five of us, with vastly different methods, styles and goals. 

My goal today was to translate one of my cell phone snaps of a local scene to a painting with a little life. I like the foreground.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Silly Illustration

Snow is not uncommon in the Catskills, but two days of mandated travel ban is. Ah, well, I can't drive to work, but I can still walk to my desk...hehehe 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Watercolor Sketch for the CLASI Auction

5 " x 7" watercolor on paper with mat

Making time to draw and paint takes my mind off the worries about the new world order.