Sunday, July 30, 2017

Burlingame Farm

This past Monday I painted at the Burlingame farm. What a joy to sit in those fields on a summer day, clouds floating in a blue sky, fresh giant hay bales scattered beneath
12" x 24" Oil on cradled wood  $450

Echinacea and Butterfly Bush

This is an area of the Fellows Riverside Garden in Mill Creek Metro-park near Youngstown Ohio. The coneflowers and butterfly bush are so paintable!!. 
12" x 12" oil on cradled wood  $450

Maxwell's Hospitality House

One day at Lakeside Chautauqua I sat in front of this warmly lit and welcoming Bed and Breakfast. What fun to try to capture the atmosphere of this lovely home.

12" x 24"  Oil on Cradled wood.   $575

Lakeside Garden

I spent one week at Lakeside Chautauqua on Lake Erie this month. My Friend Michelle and I taught at the Rhein Center. My classes were, you might guess, Plein Air classes. This was a demo for my class. It has sold since then.


This was a beautiful day with storm-clouds threatening! Our group met at a farm near Winona on Winona road. Finished painting just as the storm let loose.
12" x 24" Oil on cradled wood   $550

Kridler's Gardens

Met some artists at Kridler greenhouse and gardens to paint. So much to pick from!(Joke) small stretched 8" x 10" stretched canvas already sold.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Simon's Fields

I scheduled Simon's hay field for our Monday Plein Air meet-up. My hope was that the round bales would still be sitting, throwing some shadows onto the fields. The clouds too were making a wonderful display of rolling light & shadow. Thankfully the dramatic landscape held. The wind was somewhat gusty, forcing me to hold the easel still with one hand while painting.
12" x 24"  Oil on cradled board  $750

Franklin Park

Marianne and I each painted a demo for Michelle's art class at Capital U. one morning. That afternoon we had a few hours before picking up our paintings from a show at Columbus Art Museum. We chose to spend our time painting the gardens at Franklin Park.  

12" x 16"  oil on canvas board  $550

House on Franklin

We had about given up our plan to paint with John Daniels plein air meet-up that evening, considering the sporadic rainstorms. However, about eight PM we decided to give it a try. The meet-up was on Franklin Street, an old section of Columbus. Between a few  scattered showers I caught some light and angles of this interesting house on Franklin. 
11" x 14"    Oil on canvas board    $350

Roses in the Rain


Last week my friends Michelle and Marianne painted with me in the  Columbus park Garden Of Roses. It was a beautiful day! An accomplished classic guitarist came along to play nearby as we painted. As the afternoon wore on a black cloud blew over us and everyone scattered. But, I was not quite finished. Fortunately I paint in oils, the water runs off of them. I was able to cover my board to finish, and the rain let up a bit.
12" x 16"   Oil on canvas board  $550


Mary's Garden

We painted again this year in Mary's well tended garden. It happened that early that morning the farmer who rents her fields had baled the hay. We were so excited for the opportunity to include them to lend interest to our paintings. Just as we settled on our composition the farmers drove in with a wagon and bale lift to take up the bales. We groaned. Sweet Mary ran out to ask the farmers if they would begin pick up in fields over the hill. They were very kind to agree, much to our relief!
16" x 20"   Oil on cradled wood   $550

Shi Su Roses

One afternoon in the Fellows Riverside Rose garden. Noises in city of Youngstown fade when walking or painting in the gardens. 

12" x 12"  Oil on cradled wood   $450

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fellows Rose Garden

Our painting group returned to Fellows Riverside Garden to paint this week. The roses are blooming, so hard to decide which nook and cranny to paint! This color is Elle. The petals range from yellow to peach to orange, exquisite.

16" x 12"    Wood Panel    $350

Old Fashioned Bouquet

Picked a bouquet from our garden this week. Old fashioned climbing roses, daisies and a peony to fill our green pitcher.
12" x 12"    Oil On Cradled Wood   $350

Last week Tresa invited our outdoor painting group to paint at her lovely 1837 cottage on the lake. They had a lush Rhododendron in bloom. Really a dream house!I could have sold this twice.
18" x 20"   Oil on Cradled Wood    Sold



Iris In The Shadow of a Linden Tree

Mid-month the Plein Air painters met to paint at Fellows Riverside Gardens. I was in the mood to paint iris. I only found four. These two were blooming in the shade of a linden tree. They had been planted on an island in the parking lot. 
12" x 12"   Oil on Cradled Wood  $350

Lowmiller Farm

The second week in May my artist friend Michelle made the 3 hour trip across Ohio to paint with me. We met another artist, Kathy at this farm near Paris, Ohio. The Lowmiller farmer was gracious, having no problem with us painting on his propery.
18" x 20"  Oil on Cradled Wood  $450

Old Leetonia Library

The first of May I scheduled our plein air group to meet in Leetonia. I saw this pink dogwood against the old brick building. It had rained in the morning and the sky did not appear to promise sunshine. But, it did stop raining about noon. So I decided to go, knowing most of the artists wouldn't venture it. I had the composition down when the sky turned really dark. Without  any more warning the sky began to dump bucketsful of water, that felt like bullets. Before I could get packed up and into the car, even my tennis shoes sloshed full of water! I returned another day to finish.
12" x 12"   Oil on Cradled wood  $250

Sunday, April 30, 2017

View Looking East on Route 558

This is an older painting I recently sold. A local scene.
10" x 10"  Canvas covered Board  SOLD

Old Apple Tree

Last week the apple trees were in full bloom. It doesn't take much to bring the petals down. The deep yellow dandelions seemed to overpower the delicate pink of the apple blossoms. I thought at first I'd not paint the dandelion, but it didn't seem right to leave them out.
11" x 14" Oil on Linen canvas $450

Ancient Anderson Tree

I had no idea this 42 Foot high, 350 year old white oak tree existed, 20 minutes from our home! One day when drive an uncle and aunt home from church my aunt happened to mention it. I was finally able to make contact with the owner for permission to bring my plein air group here. Absolutely awe inspiring to spend an afternoon observing such living treasure.
16" x 20"  Oil on Cradled Birch  $750

Mohican State Park

One lovely spring day I met-up with my artist friend Michelle Walker at Mohican State Park. We asked about an interesting place to paint and were told there was a waterfall ten or so miles up the road. Upon arrival we discovered it was a 2 or 3 mile hike, mostly uphill, to the falls. I did not have my backpack, still we were determined to check out the falls. We climbed, me pulling my card over roots and rocks imbedded in the path. Sometimes along a steep drop off into a river, at other times crossing a rivulet flowing down to the river. When we arrived at the rather narrow trickle of a falls it was completely in shadow. Neither one of us felt we could get a good painting from it. So, since we had climbed all that way we painted with our back to the sound of falling water. Plants hadn't sprouted much yet, but the moss was nice.
16" x 24"     Oil on cradled birch wood   $450

Daffodill Meadow

There is an area of Mill Creek Metroparks called Daffodil Meadow. My plein air group painted here twice this month. It is very popular with the public when in peak bloom. We have been painting here three years at least, when the hillside is covered in bright yellow blossoms. I will try to get a better photo. The painting is hanging at the Davis YMCA this month.
16" x  18"  Oil on canvas covered board   $350    

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Anita Reading

Another of my winter indoor paintings. Our hostess, Anita, posed for us one cold day. Each of the artists did fantastic paintings in their own styles! This is mine, a 12" x 12" oil on cradled wood.
12" x 12" oil on wood  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Franklin Conservatory

A few weeks ago My artist friends Michelle Walker & Marianne Miller met to paint at the Franklin Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. The orchids were in bloom that week. It was the perfect place to paint on a cold winter day. Under a roof, but brightly lit with natural light and living plants of every type throughout. We hope to return at some point.
12" x 12"  oil on cradled wood  $450

Winter At Park Edge

One winter day I chose to paint at the edge of the Mill Creek Fitness Trail. The sun would come and go, but I did not stay out long. It has taken me a while to take a good photo of this. 
16" 20"    Oil on wood panel    $450

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sprucevale Spring

We felt spring had finally arrived this past Plein Air Meet-up at the Sprucevale area of Beaver Creek State park. What a beautiful day to bask in nature.

16" x 20" oil on cradled wood $550


More Old Hats

We arranged another composition of the old hats. This time I added myself reflected in the mirror.
12" x 12" oil on cradled wood  $550

Old Hats

Anita has been given some old hats that her friends found in an attic. What fun our art group had composing a painting around them!
sold


Friday, February 17, 2017

Swamp In Late Winter

Kathy Farthing and I painted together again on February 13th. The thermometer registered around 30 degrees. I was not expecting to stay out long. However the sun shone brightly on us. We were a little protected from the breeze in this wooded area, near the Mill Creek Park fitness trail. In fact we were very comfortable.
12" x 12"  Oil on cradled wood   $650

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Pomegranate And Beets


Occasionally, Michelle, the artist and my friend takes time out to drive the 150 miles or so to visit and paint. We set up this still life in my studio. 
12" x 12"  Oil on cradled wood  $550

Magenta Cyclamen

My birthday present needed to be carved in paint! So I obliged it. Several artists demonstrated at the local Y,I chose to paint my birthday present.
12" x 12"  oil on cradled wood   $550

Heather & Tea

This is another fantastic still life with Anita's stuff! Really fun to paint with other artists.
12" x 12"     Oil on cradled wood     $550

Plant With Still Life

This our paint group has been meeting inside. Anita, the host artist, sets out a still life or we bring objects to arrange. My main enjoyment is to paint from life (as verses a photo or memory), so a still life is fine. 
12" x 16"    Oil on linen    $450



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Arrowhead Orchard

I have noticed the lovely hills along State route 172 when I drive west toward Canton, Ohio. I keep thinking it would be wonderful to paint in that area. Well, few weeks ago, it worked out that my artist friend, Kathleen Gray Farthing, wanted to meet to paint a snowy landscape. We arranged to meet at Arrowhead Orchards. The temp that day was 13 degrees fahrenheit; however, that didn't stop us, we dressed warm and had a lovely time.
I posted the painting on Facebook and Plein Air Magazine writer Bob Bahr picked up on our story, especially Kathy's thick fur coat that had been her mother's. If you click on the link below you can read the wonderful write-up!


12" x 24"    oil on  cradled wood     $650