Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Some New Abstract Work

This is a new abstract I finished a while ago - I finally took some photos today.  It is 24X36 and has no name yet.  How I hate to name paintings!!!!  I painted 4 more abstracts that I need to post but I did photo them today too so they will be appearing here soon. I am exploring some new techniques and loving it - I hate to be in a painting slump and I am not right now - painting a lot and painting GOOD - that is all I can ask for.  Well maybe selling a painting would be nice!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Abstract Start

I have been painting just not blogging.  This is a painting I have just started and I want it to hang over my new couch.  Yea I know - I always went nuts when people want paintings for over the couch but what can I say, I need a painting for over the couch - so sue me!!!! Anyway I started this on Monday night and it was a blank canvas 36X48 and I worked about 1 1/2 hours on it so far.  I got a lot accomplished in that short period of time and I pretty much have an idea where this is going next.  It looks so small over the couch and it is a BIG canvas.  The color needs a lot of adjustment but all and all it is not a bad start.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Happy Easter

I used to do a lot of digital art but have gotten away from it the last couple of years.  This is something I really want to get back into.  I have been digging out my old books and dusting off Photoshop.  I created this collage today for Easter and I am quite happy with it.  It was fun and exciting to make and I can see I will be doing a lot more digital art in the near future. I want to wish everyone a wonderful Easter Holiday.

Friday, March 09, 2012

New Watercolor

Painted yesterday and did this and another still life.  Still life is something I rarely do and am not a great flower painter - I paint more of my impression of a flower.  Anyway I bought Cuties - they are being advertised on TV and I saw them in the market and bought a bag.  Love them and they are such a vibrant shade of orange I wanted to paint them so the flowers were an afterthought.  This painting is in my Etsy Shop here.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

New Watercolor

Painted a bit yesterday well actually I talked more than I painted so I only finished one watercolor.  This is it - it is in my Etsy Shop here.  I wish I were painting more abstract but that is not the case right now and it is what it is!!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Two New Watercolors

Painted with the ladies on Thursday afternoon and finished these 2 watercolors.  I really want to do some abstract on canvas - if it was warmer I could paint in the garage - but it is pretty cold right now.  This is the price I paid when I moved and gave up my studio but I will work around it. Good thing I LOVE my new house.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Two Watercolors

I painted today with the ladies at Four Seasons.  I did these two watercolors.  I have been wanting to paint snow - even thought we do not have any so I finally did a snow painting.  I really want to go back to painting abstract for awhile - I want to paint in acrylic on canvas BIG - soon I hope.  I have some new ideas I want to try out.  I am getting bored with these watercolors ; (

Saturday, January 07, 2012

2012 Invitational Show “Abstract Interpretions.”

I am participating in this abstract show and the opening is tonight.  I am bringing my camera and will post photos tomorrow. Here is the press release.

Abstract Interpretations Invitational at Art Alliance

The Art Alliance of Monmouth County announces its annual 2012 Invitational Show “Abstract Interpretions.”  This year’s show is curated by Oceanport artist, teacher, and gallery owner James Kent.
Kent has taught the Lyrical Abstract Expressionism painting class at the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury since 2005.  In 2007, he opened ABstract EXpressions Contemporary Art Gallery in Mount Holly, NJ as a venue to showcase contemporary abstract art.  There have been more than 24 exhibitions featuring the works of nearly 60 artists at the Gallery since its opening.
Kent has invited twenty-one artists to participate in this year’s show.  The invitees include artists he knows from Monmouth county as well as artists from southwest New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area that he has met since opening his Gallery.  These artists are working in a variety of highly personal and individual styles within the framework of contemporary abstract expressionism.  A wide variety of media – paintings, collages, mixed media works, and sculptures – is represented in this show.
“I am honored to have been asked to put together this show,” says Kent. “Each of these artists has a distinctly individual vision, yet the works establish a rapport with each other that is enjoyable and instructive to explore.”
An opening Meet the Artists reception will be held on Saturday, January 7, from 6-8 PM at the Art Alliance, 33 Monmouth Street, Red Bank.  The public is cordially invited.  The show runs from January 7 through February 1. 
The Art Alliance is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 4:00 PM.  For more information, contact the Art Alliance at (732) 842-9403 or visit www.artallianceofmonmouth.org.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Two New Watercolors for 2012

This is my first post for 2012.  I painted yesterday - I had planned on painting snow but did these two instead. I am in a great exhibit opening tomorrow in Red Bank, NJ at the Art Alliance - I am going to take a ton of photos.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Helen Frankenthaler

My artist friend Sheila sent me an e-mail the other night telling me of Helen Frankenthaler's passing. I am glad she did because I did not read anything about it in the news or did I see it on the network news shows.  I have to wonder why - I guess there is too much happening with the Kardashians or Lady GaGa for anyone to care about Helen Frankenthaler.  I did not love all of her work but she was an amazing artist.  I have a large book of her work and I love to sit and look through it - it is a treasure. We have lost another great artist - sigh!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Two New Abstract Paintings

Its been a long time since I have posted any abstract work - I have painted just not taken photos. I am in my new house and have yet to find that perfect spot to photo my art work. I took these 2 pictures today and the pics are not that great but they are OK. The first painting is 48X36 and very textured. The coloring on this is quite different for me - I do not usually work in green. The second is 36X36 and a more comfortable color pallet for me. I am happy with both paintings. They may both be going to an exhibit in January - we shall see.

Friday, November 18, 2011


So I ended up doing some watercolor painting yesterday. Painted these two - not what I planned but this is what I did. They are both listed in my Etsy Shop. I really am feeling the need to do some abstract work - I will need to do that in the garage I guess - I better get going before it get too cold here in NJ to be in the garage.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Two New Watercolors

Well almost new - I painted these two plus another one last Thursday with the painting ladies here at Four Seasons. We are not meeting again for 2 weeks so I may paint a little on my own - I sometimes miss my studio but I do love my new house. It is grey and rainy here and that is what I feel like painting - we shall see what I come up with. I also feel like doing some abstract work but that requires some big space for a big canvas - hmmmmmm. These two watercolors are available in my Etsy shop plus lots of others have a look here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

More Watercolor

I am back to my shore, mountain images again - I guess fall was short lived for me this year. I started painting a snow scene yesterday - don't think that's too good - I hate winter. I am also painting my abstracts with the Monday night group and painted an awesome 48X36 this past Monday - I need to photograph it - I am not sure where the best place to do photos is yet now that I am in my new house - I guess I will have to experiment a bit. I am just so glad I finally nailed an abstract - it's about time ; )

Friday, September 30, 2011

New Fall Watercolors

The trees were starting to change last weekend in PA so I am in a Fall kind of mood. Painted these two yesterday afternoon. I am waiting to paint snow although I don't like snow I sure do like painting it!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two New Watercolor Landscapes

Well it sure has been a long time since I blogged about my art or anything else for that matter. I moved in March and spent the summer in PA and have not been doing too much creatively. I am now back in NJ and joined a painting group here in our development. I will probably just paint watercolor here but I plan on resuming painting with my Monday night abstract group soon. So we paint here on Thursday afternoon - it is a do your own thing group. I haven't painted in such a long time I was out of practice. I decided to try some Maine type of landscapes. I finished these two this past week. I was up in PA over the weekend and the trees are changing so maybe I will try to paint some fall scenes this coming Thursday. For not working in such a long time I am pretty happy with these two and I really enjoyed making art again.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Drawing by Edie Hodge Pletzner

Since I have decided to feature some of the art work I have in my collection this is the second installment. This is a drawing of me by Edith Hodge Pletzner - it was done at an art B&B in Greenville NY. Edie, my friend Jane Betz and I used to do two art retreats (spring and fall) every year. I had long hair that I wore in braids and was sitting one afternoon at lunch looking at the woods and Edie did this quick sketch of me. The photo is not great as the sketch is framed under glass. Edie is a wonderful painter and portrait artist, I also have a pastel that she did in NY on one of our art get-a-ways. I treasure both of her sketches.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

New Abstract - Benediction

This is my second painting of 2011 or the "B" painting. Benediction - 30X30 - acrylic on canvas. I am very happy with this one - I love the color, especially the red in the upper left. I love the movement and the drama - this one is a keeper. I also did some beading today - all in all a very creative day - a Queen of Wands day. I hope the creative streak continues - I am much happier when I am painting well.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

First Abstract of 2011

This is my first painting of the new year. It is called Authenticity and is 28X22 acrylic on canvas. I have decided to go through the alphabet in naming my paintings - so this is the A painting. I open the dictionary to the letter section - A in this case - and pick a name from that page of the dictionary. This sure solves my naming problems. If I get all the way to Z in 2011 I will start back up at A. Nice warm colors in this painting - maybe because I went to the market today and was inspired by the veggies and fruit but I must say I am more partial to earth toned paintings - actually I tend to just paint in whatever color is left over from the previous day. It will be interesting to see how far I get into the alphabet this year - I do paint fast and I do paint a lot so Z is not out of the question ; )

As I look at this painting I see the letter A in the top left portion - this was by accident but maybe I will put the letters in the paintings - hmmmmm.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Watercolor by Lucile Geiser

Not only do I paint but I own a lot of work by other artists. I have decided to post some photos of these paintings on my blog. This first one is a seascape by Lucile Geiser. Lucile was a very well known artist here at the NJ shore and in Naples Maine. When I first started painting I did realistic watercolors and studied with Lucile for a lot of years. I owe so much to Lucile - she gave me a great foundation in watercolor, composition, color and art theory. She was happy when I moved on to painting abstract and considered it a good move for me. This photo is not that great as the painting is framed under glass. Lucile was a prolific painter and to see her paint was inspiring - she was a wonderful teacher. I wish I owned more of her paintings!