May 26, 2012

Rainy Day in Prague

Pretty much every painting I do of Prague will have "Rainy Day" in the title. Even in the gloomy rain, one can appreciate the city's jewel tones. Oil on canvas, 36"h x 24"w.

Rainy Day in Prague II

I love the patterns of light and reflections on the rainy Prague streets. The yellow, purple, green and orange facades reflect in the shiny streets. Oil on Canvas, 30"h x 24"w.

Cafe Central

This is the first larger painting in my series of Viennese cafe paintings. This is the interior of my favorite, Cafe Central. This painting doesn't show the domed ceilings or meticulously painted moldings, but those paintings are soon to follow. It does show people relaxing, eating, and one of the well-dressed waiters. What I love about European cafe life is that you need purchase no more than one glass of wine or beer in order to enjoy sitting in the fanciest of places. Oil on 24" x 20" canvas. SOLD.

May 17, 2012


I decided to name this one Catzilla, because my new kitten, Stella is the destroyer of still life props. The first time I set the sunflowers on the table, she would pick them up in her mouth and run away with them. Eventually, the novelty wore off. Very glad I didn't get roses, as she could have gotten hurt! Oil on Canvas, 7"h x 5"w. SOLD.

Sleeping Kitty

While working on the post below, my cat curled up on an ottomon in front of the window for a nap. He looked so cute that I postponed the sunflowers to work on him. I've been trying to paint from life more lately because I think my cameras distort shapes and distance. I think life paintings also look more fresh and vibrant. You have to work especially fast when you know the cat can move at any second and the flowers start to wilt. When working from a photo, you have all the time in the world to finish, so it is easy to over-work something and paint the life out of it. Oil on canvas, 5"h x 7"w SOLD.

Two Sunflowers

Since I attended a workshop taught by Qiang Huang last month, I've developed a new interest in still lifes. I have plenty of vases and things around my house that I can paint, but thought they could all use some life, so I went to a local flower shop where I found these two sunflowers. I will be taking the following still life paintings to a local event tomorrow, called May Mart, where local farmers sell plants, and other vendors sell items such as oil paintings. If interested in any of these paintings, please write a comment, and I will reply with purchasing instructions. Oil on Canvas, 7"h x 5"w, SOLD.

Sunflowers in Blue Vase

I went a little crazy with the sunflowers last week. I don't normally paint flowers, and thought most of them would pose problems to me with their intricacies. The sunflowers have proven to be a very fun subject, so I included them in four different paintings. Oil on canvas, 12"h x 9"w. SOLD.

Sunflower in Clear, Blue Vase

Oil on Canvas, 7"h x 5"w. SOLD.

Irises in Clear Blue Vase

These are a few of the irises that grow in my backyard. I thought they went perfectly with my favorite clear blue vase from Italy. Oil on canvas, 16"h x 12"w x 1 1/2"d. SOLD.

Birthday Celebration

There's no better way to spend a birthday than with cake, prosecco and flowers. Oil on canvas, 12"h x 16"w. SOLD.

Walking in Bruges

I love the architecture of Bruges, Belgium. Oil on canvas, 16"h x 12"w. 

Walking and Talking

A painting of a girl walking and talking on her cell phone on a bridge in Amsterdam. I guess it would be pretty tough to talk and bike over a bridge. Oil on Canvas, 16"h x 12"w. SOLD.

Late Afternoon in Montmartre

One of the hilly streets in Montmartre, Paris in the late afternoon. Oil on canvas, 14"h x 18"w.

Corner Cafe

I painted this from a photo that I took in Paris, two years ago. The biker in the foreground seemed to have noticed me being a creeper. This painting is 16"h x 12"w and is for sale at Latrobe Art Center, Latrobe, PA

May 1, 2012

Kitten with Green Feather Toy

This is a painting of Stella, my new, very happy, yet rambunctious kitten. We adopted her a couple of months ago, as she was about to be euthanized, due to an overabundance of cats.

My middle-aged cat, Oliver,was at a stage of boredom in his life. He spent many hours asleep on the window seat or on the sofa in my studio all day while I painted. He wanted to play, but I just couldn't entertain him as much as he needed. So I thought this little kitten would be the perfect companion for him, and that turned out to be the case (except when she beats him up and he won't defend himself because he is a gentleman.) I think things will work out well between them. I know she is very happy to be alive.

My message to people: Please spay or neuter your pets, and quit dropping them off at other people's houses! SOLD.

Busy Cafe

This is one of the many busy street cafes in Paris. My husband and I visited there two years ago. Now, every spring at exactly the same time we were there, I want to paint pictures of Paris in spring. Oil on Canvas, 30"h x 24"w.