Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Acrylic on Canvas

I cannot believe I have not posted here since October. This is a current abstract but I really have not been painting at all. I don't think I am in a slump - just not in the mood. This is really strange for me as I do a lot of painting in the winter months - wonder what is going on. I have been doing a lot of jewelry making and having fun so maybe that is it?? It is snowing hard and it is only 9 AM we are suppose to get 12 to 15 inches today thru tomorrow morning - that is rare for here in NJ so close to the ocean. Maybe all the snow will make me want to do some winter watercolor landscapes - at least they sell well on Etsy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Abstract

I am back painting with the Monday Night Abstract Group - I sure missed them over the summer. I painted this small canvas on Monday night - it is an interesting color choice for me - I was inspired by a Diebenkorn painting. I like it but wish it were a lot bigger. I really need to get back into painting more - I guess over the winter I will do that.

Friday, July 03, 2009

New Abstract on Paper

I am on fire painting in my new porch studio. I did this one this afternoon in the rain. Seems like I am liking red lately - actually I am trying to use up paint before I buy any new tubes and i have lots of reds.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

PA Art Studio

So I needed a place to paint here in PA - I have a screened-in porch on the side of the house and thought I would try that. The bottom is a photo of my new studio and the top a new abstract I painted yesterday. I like painting on the porch - well for the nice weather - it is bright and I feel like I am in the woods working. I sometimes have a hard time getting used to painting in a new area - not so here. I hope to do a lot of great art work this summer in my little porch studio. I am painting on paper for now - I did not want to cart a ton of canvases up with me but I may buy some while I am here.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

PA Paintings

So the bottom photo is the abstract painting I did the other day - I just wasn't happy with it. I decided to do some more work on it and the top photo is the final result. I think it is a much better painting now, more interesting and better resolved.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Abstract

So this is my first painting since I came to PA. I set up my art area on the screened in porch and decided to try to do some painting today. This painting is 30X22 on paper - not too bad for my first try here. I plan on doing a lot of work on paper in this style while I am here.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Abstract on Paper

Acrylic and mixed media on paper 30X22 - I hardly ever paint with green so I thought I would give it a whirl yesterday. I am painting better than ever right now and on Saturday I leave my NJ studio behind to go to PA for the summer - bummer as far as painting goes. I may be able to paint on the porch there but adjusting to a new space/lighting will be hard.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

New Abstract - Glory Days

Another abstract on paper 30X22 I even have a name for this one "Glory Days". I have decided to spend my summer studying Rauschenberg's work. I could look at his paintings endlessly and always find something new and interesting. This is my favorite Rauschenberg book. I bought mine at the Met Store (soft cover) for a LOT less.

To say that my art work right now is very inspired by Rauschenberg is an understatement - I love the edginess and the freedom of his work (no pretty paintings) - so I could do a lot worse as far as a hero.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New Abstract on Paper

This is a new abstract I finished today. I haven't painted in awhile - these are not pretty pictures but I like doing them. I am not sure what I will do with them - I don't really want to mat and frame them but am not sure how to display them.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Abstract on paper 30X22 - acrylic, collage and mixed media. I was working on 2 paintings today and was thinking my new work - "it ain't pretty". Well this is the look I am going for - edgy and raw - and that is most definitely not pretty. So does a painting have to be pretty to be valid or saleable? I think not - well I hope not. I look at the work of Robert Rauschenberg and don't find anything pretty - but I do find amazing art work. It is deep and thought provoking - what more can one ask for!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Some new abstracts

I have been painting some work on paper - so far I have 5 full sheets completed. This is the second one in the series.

I took a drive up to the art guild tonight to visit with the Monday night art group - I wanted to see what they are working on and show them my latest. It was a nice night - lots of good abstract art to look at and discuss - I am inspired!!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Gallery Opening

Last night was the opening for my two person show with Sheila Garbarsky at the ABstract EXpressions Contemporary Art Gallery. The show looks wonderful - our paintings work so well together - our style, colors and shapes really complement each other. I am so excited and proud of this show. It is so nice to walk into a beautiful spacious gallery and see a body of your work - I usually do not get to see a lot of my paintings together like this - it was a thrill. The show will be on display until June 5, 2009.

Here are a few more pictures - I was so busy talking to everyone I neglected to take many photos.

Two of my paintings

Sheila's work

The front window of the Gallery

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Abstract Painting

I panted this abstract on Monday night and it is a different painting for me - it is on paper and very Rauschenberg looking - I think I like it and this is the direction I want to go for now. I feel the paintings I have in the ABstract EXpressionist Gallery represent a "body" of work - all done during the same time period, related in look, colors and feel - but I am ready to move on. I like the fact that I have this body of work to show (if I am lucky) so it is time to experiment and grow.

I have been intrigued by the idea of more edgy work - I am trying to discover just what this means in regard to my paintings. In order to do this I need to experiment and play around and see where it takes me. Having a "body" of work will allow me to do this.

I get bored easily or I guess I should say I hate to feel complacent and feel like my work is becoming easy to do or too much of a formula and I need to shake things up. This was a break through painting for me.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Art Exhibit Post Card

This is the postcard for my exhibit at the ABstract EXpressions Gallery next month. I am excited and will post more info about this.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Abstract on Canvas

This is the second painting I did the other day - I like the both of them. This one was painted over another unsuccessful painting - second times the charm! I should have more than enough paintings for the April show - I am getting excited about it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Abstract on Canvas

New painting 28X24 acrylic on canvas. I haven't painted in about 2 weeks - today was a great day I finished this one and another that I will post later - 2 in one day - now that's progress.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Large Abstract on Canvas

This abstract is 48X36 and I loved painting large - I just wish I could afford to buy more canvas in this size or bigger. Large canvas = large shapes with a little decoration on top - simple!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Abstract on Canvas

This is a canvas I just finished and this photo does not do it justice - it is too warm or something is just off. It is raining and I can't go out and take a good photo and I am eager to blog about this one. I like it a lot it is 30X30 on canvas and I painted it in about 2 hours - one shot and it was finished. I wish they were all this easy.

I need to start deciding what painting is going where. I also need to decide on naming vs no name. I am thinking a series name followed by numbers for this year. The series name I am thinking of is Literati followed by the year and number - I have always named my paintings but after talking to a number of artist friends I am leaning towards untitled - at least for now.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Latest Abstract

Another one for my upcoming show - this one is 30X30 acrylic on canvas. Interesting coloring but I like it. I just bought a tube of that lime green color and I thought I would give it a try.

Monday, February 09, 2009

New Abstract on Canvas

New painting ans not so good photo - this one is 36X24 on canvas. This is a new shape for me - not sure if I like it or not - kind of narrow.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Abstract on Canvas

New painting for my upcoming show in April. This one is 36X36 and is darker in the photo than it really is. I had time to paint yesterday and finished this one and started and finished a 36X24 inch canvas that I will post tomorrow. I hope I am out of my painting slump because I need to produce for this upcoming exhibit and a few other shows. One thing is I am having fun painting again so that is a plus.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

New Abstract on Canvas

New abstract - finished yesterday. I had started this painting at home last Sunday - it had some nice things going on but for me it was unresolved. I brought it in to discuss with my class and then made a few changes to it - which in turned caused me to make more changes. I do like the result and now consider it finished. It is 30X30 on canvas.

My class is over - and it was really fun I had a blast teaching and maybe they will ask me back to do another class.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Two More New Abstracts

Finished these two yesterday. The first on was a painting I did just to use up the paint I had squeezed out on my palette. The second was a start that was a demo for my Tuesday Class - I finished it at home and will discusses it with the class tomorrow.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Abstract on Canvas

I am teaching an abstract class on Tuesdays - this is a painting I did for the class. It was already started but going no where. I ended up adding the large red shape in the center and that pulled the painting together. I really need to get working again as I am having an exhibit in April/May and I need a lot of paintings. I only want to show canvas in this show - nothing on paper.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Two New Abstracts for 2009

I finally had a chance to do some painting today and I decided to work on paper. These two are 30X22 inches - acrylic and mixed media on watercolor paper. I am pretty happy with both of these. My goal for this year is to work on my color and these two have nice, bright color - no mud for a change. These are my first paintings for 2009. I hope it will be a good year.
I talked to an art friend today and she mentioned enjoying the process - something to think about when painting - just go with the flow and enjoy it - don't worry about the finished painting, it will come.