Dec 28, 2012
This is a painting of my cat, Oliver, on my messy dining room table. He isn't sure if he wants to sit down, jump onto the chair or look out the window. Oil on 11" x 14" canvas. For sale at Gallery on 43rd Street, Pittsburgh, PA. SOLD.
Dec 21, 2012
These are some of the statues in the fountains at Versailles. This painting is 12"h x 16"w. I had so much fun painting it that I plan to do a larger one. I've been working on this over the past few weeks, but decided I had to post it today, as it suits the whole preoccupation with doomsday. Oil on canvas panel. SOLD.
Dec 18, 2012
My labeling of the pears is very unscientific. I forgot to take note of the real names at the grocery store, so I just titled them by color. This is one of the two winter paintings I did this year. I was going to refer to them as Christmas paintings, but really they could be displayed all winter. Oil on 8" x 8" x 1 1/2" stretched canvas.
Dec 7, 2012
Dec 1, 2012
I painted this from a photo that my mom took at Versailles, France. We sometimes share photos with each other for a change of subject matter. Oil on 24" x 48" stretched canvas. SOLD.
I named this "Reclining Kitten", but she's almost a year old, so I guess she's more like a teenager. She will always be a kitten to me though. Oil on 6"h x 12"h stretched canvas. SOLD.
Oil on 10"h x 8"w x 1 1/2" stretched canvas. I painted this from a photo taken at a bed & breakfast in Bruges, Belgium. SOLD.
Oil on 8" x 6" stretched linen. Melk is a town near Vienna, Austria, which contains a hilltop monastery, which contains a very ornate library. SOLD.
Nov 24, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
After a very busy day sightseeing in Paris, I wanted to do even more sightseeing by visiting one of Ernest Hemingway's old haunts, Brasserie Lipp. We got all dressed up in our finest Paris attire, which caused us to arrive a bit late in the evening. We ended up being one of the last tables occupied, but I once heard that it is customary in Europe to drink coffee or tea after dinner. Even if it isn't, I still like the idea. While I waited for my coffee, I tried to snap a picture of the room, as for once nobody was there to get in my way or to witness my touristy behavior. While the photo snapped, the waiter rounded the corner with my coffee. Oil on 14"h x 18"w stretched canvas. SOLD.
This was the cafe my husband and I visited on our anniversary after we went to the opera in Vienna (quick travel tip: I learned from my Rick Steves book that you can get inexpensive standing room only opera tickets in Vienna, which is what we did. That way you get the opera experience, but if you're like us and don't speak the language, and therefore have no idea what's going on, you can leave early.) At this cafe, I had my first experience with pancake soup. There are thin strips of pancakes in broth, rather than noodles, and it is very good. Oil on 20"h x 16"w stretched canvas. SOLD.
Oil on 12"h x 16" w stretched canvas. This was one of my favorite cafes in Vienna. It seemed to be filled with locals during their lunch break (rather than tourists.) It was also tricky to find, but I persisted, as my agenda during that trip was to visit as many cafes as possible. There, I had my first ever bowl of liver dumpling soup (it was a giant meatball made of liver, and it was very good.) SOLD.
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 9, 2012
This was a table in the breakfast room at our B&B in Bruges. Oil on 8"h x 6"w stretched linen. SOLD.
Nov 4, 2012
This is one of the main shopping streets on a sunny day in Vienna, Austria. Oil on 40"h x 30"w x 1 1/2" stretched canvas. Commission.
A painting of two happy dogs playing with a Frisbee. Oil on 9"h x 12"w x 1 1/2" stretched canvas. Commission.
I have been working on a ton of new paintings during the past few months. Many have been finished for a long time, but I hadn't had time to post them until now. That is the reason behind the several new additions today. Most of the ones below are available for sale at www.ugallery.com, but are not live on the site yet. When they are, I will provide links to my page on that site.
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 11, 2012
This was my view of Cafe Hawelka in Vienna, Austria the first of the three times we visited. It was a dark, and I think smoky place. Or maybe my memories are just smoky because it has been a year since I've visited. Oil on 20 x 16 canvas. SOLD.
Oct 10, 2012
These are my babies, Oliver and Stella. Unfortunately, the only time they get along is when they are asleep. Stella is usually the instigator, as Oliver is very peaceful. Even in her sleep, you can see that she appears to be kicking him, trying to take over the ottoman. Oil on 12"h x 24"w canvas.
Oct 4, 2012
Oct 3, 2012
This was my seat at Cafe Hawelka in Vienna, Austria when my husband and I visited last year. My "job" that I created for myself was to visit all of the major cafes in Vienna during our five day stay. On our first night, we visited Cafe Landtmann, Cafe Central and Cafe Hawelka, then went back to Hawelka for breakfast the next day. We went to at least three different cafes each day (some, as in the case of Hawelka and Cafe Central, more than once.) It was the best trip ever. And my mission was accomplished. I haven't painted many paintings from all the subject matter, as life has been a whirlwind since we returned. But, now that it is almost the anniversary of that trip, I feel the need to capture the cafes. 10"h x 8"w x 3/4"d. SOLD.
Oct 2, 2012
This was painted from life in my studio. It was really difficult to keep the cats away from the eggs. Oil on canvas board, 12"h x 16"w.
Oct 1, 2012
There's nothing I like more than an ornate, Victorian drawing room! Oil on canvas 14 x 11 x 1 1/2". SOLD.
Sep 25, 2012
Gold cup, yellow sunflower on a gold-rimmed saucer. I basically used the same yellows and oranges to create all of the golds and yellows, but the application sometimes determines what we call it. SOLD.
Sep 18, 2012
During the past few weeks I've been working on a series of still lifes that I painted from life, rather than from photos. Oil on canvas panel, 6"h x 8"w. SOLD.
Aug 27, 2012
A painting of a couple of guys taking a cigarette break in Paris. Even though I don't smoke, I do like the smell of a bit of cigarette smoke. One of the things I first noticed about Paris, which made the personality of the city so distinct, was the smell. It smelled like a combination of old buildings, cologne, wine, food and cigarette smoke, and it seemed as though the smell built upon itself over the years, so now a little of the oldest scent still seems to remain. It is one of my favorite things about the city, and it wouldn't be the same without the tobacco smell. Oil on Canvas, 16" x 12". SOLD.
Aug 10, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
This was painted from a very high contrast photo that I took while on an early evening beach walk in Cape May, NJ. Oil on 6" x 8" linen panel. SOLD.
Jul 26, 2012
I didn't know what to name this one, so I just called it the obvious thing... it's a beach gathering. SOLD.
Jul 24, 2012
In my recent series of beach paintings, I haven't really included many big waves. I liked how this composition captured the ocean and it's interaction with the sand. Oil on 6" x 8" linen panel. SOLD.
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
The best part about being at the beach is playing in the water and looking for seashells. Oil on linen panel 6" X 8". SOLD.