"Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh."

John Singer Sargent

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

California Cuties (Clementines)

16 x 20 Oil

This is the first painting completed in my new studio. This was a painting of a still life I had set up and photographed. I had done a smaller painting from the same set up in the past, but I painted the plate blue and white.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Saturday Morning on Las Olas 10 X 8 Oil

This little plein air work was painted early on a Saturday morning behind the shops on Las Olas. Although I just finished a correction on it recently, it was painted last year. Looking at it now, makes me eager to paint en plein air again soon.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Still Life with Pear

Today is a red letter day....I am painting again! This painting may not be complete. I will take a fresh look tomorrow. I haven't decided what to do with the background, if anything. It sure feels good to be back at this again. After teaching a session of summer school, a new job teaching Art this year, and teaching two After School Art classes each week I have been too busy to paint! I'm gearing up for painting over spring break in my new studio.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Frederick's Fountain

10 x 8 Oil

This plein air painting shows the fountain in the courtyard at the Bonnet House. The painting is currently on exhibit at the Welcome Center at Bonnet House.(June 7 - June 26, 2010) The exhibition includes the works of four Bonnet House Fine Artists: Gregory Little, Tricia Rutsis, Jane Washburn and myself.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Evelyn's Retreat / Bonnet House

8 x10 Oil

This is the chicki hut bridge over the slough at the Bonnet House. It offers a cool and shady respite from the south Florida sun. Water fowl can be seen from the bridge as well as the graceful swans that reside here. This painting was donated to Bonnet House and sold in the auction at the Entirely Entertaining Luncheon in the spring of 2009.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Evelyn's Monkeys

14 x 11 Oil

During a day of painting at the Bonnet House, I encountered a troop of monkeys high in the Seagrape trees and they truly put on a show! I took many pictures and used one as a reference photo for this studio painting. I think the two monkeys are mother and baby.

Painting the monkeys with their unusual facial features was a challenge for me, but I found the overlapping, backlit Seagrape leaves an exciting exercise. The painting was not completely finished when photographed. It was accepted in the Views of the Bonnet House exhibition, January 16 - February 28, 2010.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Down the Lane

8 x 10 Oil

This was painted en plein air on a cool spring day, near Las Olas Boulevard. The shadows were so dark in contrast to the bright sunlight on the pavement. The sunlight and shadows on the green umbrella at the end of the street were interesting, too. Can you find it?