Nov 26, 2014

Studio Cat

My cats usually keep me company in the studio, and sometimes they provide subject matter for me. This is Oliver, attempting to look out the window. Oil on 12"h x 9"w stretched linen. SOLD.

Nov 24, 2014

Deauville Beach

A painting of Deauville beach in Normandy, France. At 7:30 am, the beach is very peaceful with only a few people taking morning walks. There were also a few horses, as the town has an equestrian complex and participates in many equestrian activities. Oil on 6"h x 12"w stretched linen. SOLD.

Nov 22, 2014

Cat-Shaped Sink

I sometimes don't understand cats. They supposedly dislike water, yet mine both love to sit in the sink and bathtub. I think because we keep them indoors, they miss the exercise of hunting for something. So they hunt for water sources in my house. We give them a trickle of water from the faucet to reward them for their hard work. Plus there aren't many things cozier for a cat than a cat-shaped sink. As long as they don't knock our toothbrushes on the floor or in the toilet, I'm okay with it. Oil on 12" x 12" stretched linen. SOLD.

Nov 18, 2014

Sunrise in Wexford Ireland

When we visited Ireland, we stayed one night at a farm in Wexford. The sun woke me up at around 5:30 am. I looked out the window to see the most gorgeous sunrise. The sky was every color, there was mist over the fields, and the sheep were already grazing in the field. Before the sun changed positions, I had to get a few pictures. Then I ran outside to walk around the farm before the heavy Irish breakfast. For once in my life, I was awake before the chickens! Oil on 12"h x 16"w stretched linen. SOLD.

Nov 17, 2014

Honfleur Rooftops

When you walk up the hill, away from the hustle and bustle of the harbor area in Honfleur, France, you see this view of rooftops and trees. I believe it is along the same street as the Eugene Boudin museum. Oil on 20"h x 24"w x 1 1/2" stretched canvas. SOLD.

Nov 16, 2014

Deauville Beach Umbrellas

One of the reasons I chose to visit Deauville, France in May was because of the colorful umbrellas that line the beach. On the day we arrived, it was very cold and windy, so nobody was sitting on the beach, and the umbrellas were all folded up. On the other two days, we were very fortunate to have sunny, yet cool weather, and the umbrellas were out and people frolicked on the beach. It was not bathing suit weather, but most people rolled up their pants and shirt sleeves. I thought it was strange that nobody walked around in their bare feet, and I'm sure everyone thought I was a weirdo when I removed my shoes to walk in the sand. At that time I thought it may be my only beach trip of the year, so I had to enjoy it as much as possible. The photo that I used as reference for this painting was taken late in the afternoon when the beach was a little less crowded. Oil on 6"h x 8"w Ray Mar panel. SOLD.

Nov 11, 2014

View of the Seine

This is one of the paintings that I recently completed for my winter exhibit at Latrobe Art Center in Latrobe, PA. The blue sky and gray clouds frame the Musee d'Orsay and the Pont Royal bridge. I suppose I should have named the painting "View from the Passerelle de Solferino" since that is the bridge that I took the reference photo from, but it's too late, I don't like to re-name paintings. Oil on 40" x 50" x 1 1/2" stretched canvas. SOLD.

Nov 10, 2014

Sidewalk Cafe in Paris

A painting of a sidewalk cafe in Paris on a sunny, cloudy day. I intentionally left part of this painting in a state that some would call unfinished. I often like the way the painting looks when I first sketch the composition on the canvas with the neutral paint before I start adding color. I've done these in the past, it is just hard for me to figure out what looks finished enough, or which parts to add color to and which ones to leave neutral. I really liked the sky that day, so I used color in the sky. Red was the most predominant color, as the buildings and the people's clothes were mostly neutral, so that determined what received color and what didn't. Oil on 14"h x 11"w stretched linen.

This is one of the thirty new paintings that I will have on exhibit at Gallery on 43rd Street in Pittsburgh, PA (Lawrenceville) from Friday, October 3rd through December 31st, 2014.  Click here to visit the website. The paintings were mostly inspired by my recent trip to France and will include interiors, sidewalk cafes, food, cityscapes and boats.