Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Hiker


A few weeks ago, we hiked with the Adirondack Club to Mitchell Pond in the Moose River Plains.  The hike was about 8 miles, round trip and a lot of fun.  We saw lots of beaver dams, trees cut down by beaver, and actually had to cross a river by walking over a beaver dam because the bridge was out.  I took lots of pictures of this particular hiker, mainly because I loved that hat and the way the light hit that yellow and orange.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

After the Storm - Sold

 12x18 - Sold

Our condo in Dana Point, California is above a golf course and we love the walk through it to the beach.  A few years ago, it was incredibly rainy ( very unusual) and I decided to take a walk with my camera and get shots of everything in the rain.  This tree is near the golf links and was bathed in this incredible red light, with the storm clouds surrounding it.  My cousin purchased it and it hangs in her and her husband's home in Aliso Viejo.  I'm very happy they're enjoying it.  I don't think I've ever seen the light like that again.

Last Rays at Salt Creek Beach


Last year I went back to doing some oils and this is one from the beach at Dana Point, California.   I love the way the sun sets and everything shines in those last brilliant rays of light.

Storm over the Everglades

 20x30 - Sold

This pastel was done many years ago, went into a show in Florida, and then was sold not long after that.  Storms over the everglades are awesome and scary at the same time.  It's such a beautiful place.

Morning Mist

 18x24 - NFS

This is another pastel from the past.  I'm working on two new paintings, but am taking lots of time with them.  One is a portrait and I haven't done portraits in quite a while so I'm taking my time and trying to get it completely right.  Anyway, I did this one a number of years ago when we went to the resort, The Hedges in October.  The mist was rising off the lake in the early morning and I think I got it.  I gifted this to the owner of The Hedges because she's such an amazing lady, who took this rustic place and lovingly restored it to it's glory days.  We all thought, before it was sold, that we would never be able to enjoy it again, but we're still going back, at least for dinners, whenever we can.  She has it hanging in her office and I'm very pleased she's enjoying it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

After the Ride - 20x30

A very early portrait of my daughter, my grandson and my daughter's best friend.  We all went to Disney World and they were bathed in light when a ride they were on was finished.  I snapped the picture and painted it when we returned home.   I still like the light and I did get their likeness, but I was just beginning to paint at the time and I feel it's too stiff.   My grandson is now 20 but wasn't he just too cute then?

Cutter's Cabin - Sold - 11x14

I've been painting this cabin for years - sometimes better than other times, but it just calls to me to paint every summer.  This painting sold almost immediately, which really encouraged me at a time when I was just starting to paint plein air.  The house is now in disrepair, the paint is pealing - I don't know what's happening with the property, but it still sits in a lovely place on Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Yellow Sails

 11x14 - $100.00

I'm posting some work that was done awhile ago.  This pastel was done plein air at Dana Point, California one early morning.  The sky was a beautiful pale yellow and  the students were getting ready to take their boats out that morning, for a lesson in sailing.   I had to work fast, as they were starting to pull the boats out.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Foxy Lady


We've been so lucky to have a gray fox return to our yard every few days.  Apparently, she's living somewhere in our woods and comes to eat some of the bird seed now and again.  The first time she turned up, last week, I started taking pictures of her from our window.  I think I've taken about 200 pictures - she's just so beautiful.  I started this painting yesterday and finished it today.  It's from the first photo I took of her, looking so regal, sitting at the furthermost part of our yard.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Twilight Fire on Lake Durant


Painting the lake in twilight - I was at the Adirondack Museum last month and was in awe of an oil painting of an Adirondack lake done around 1840.  Can't remember the artist's name, but have wanted to paint the setting sun on the lake ever since.  I've put in a lone camper sitting by the fire, with his boat pulled onto the sandy beach.  Lake Durant has a couple of lovely sandy beaches, which is unusual.