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.