Thursday, July 28, 2011
"A Breath of Fresh Air" was inspired by a wedding in Berlin during a record-breaking heatwave in Europe.
A wedding in the wine country outside of Capetown, South Africa gave me dozens of ideas for art. The dancing was great so I used some photos to create "Shake your Booty".
On a safari after the South African wedding, we went out each evening "Looking for Lions".
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Vermont was doing its 'autumn thing' for the tourists when I was there - "October 18" - and I was hooked too.
I had to go back for my camera on a walk when I saw this colorful "Pokeberry Jungle". I was pleased when a judge allowed this weed into an art show with a "Garden" theme!
On this cold day, I'm remembering a trip to Arizona where the playful shapes of the cacti can't help but inspire. They seemed to be gathering for a meeting (or demonstration?) in "Citizens of Sedona" [bottom]. Then what else could the title for this stately cactus [top] be other than "Queen of Sedona"?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Another trip to California coming up and a visit to Capitola where my camera and I go crazy with resource material for my art. One glance at this boy in front of the store window and I immediately thought of "The Sirens" of classical myth.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
I agreed to participate in a cooperative project with some local poets and my piece, "Another Day" resulted from it. As my choice of an inspirational poem, I selected a piece about the the poet's elderly father, alone in the kitchen in the morning, carefully preparing his oatmeal. This is what the poem suggested to me.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
"Barnstorming" shows my view along a highway in Pennsylvania.
A farm along Route 17 in NC is shown in "Carolina Countryside".
Yes, I'm sorry to say that I occasionally snap pictures out the window while I'm driving. Sometimes I just like what I see.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
An old photo of my mother from the '30's showed a playful look on her face that I rarely saw. I tried to capture it in "Begin the Beguine", named after a Cole Porter song she liked.
A good friend showed me some photos from the '50's of her husband's bar mitzvah. They were so much fun, I based my "Bunny Hop" on them.
Friday, January 25, 2008
After a visit to the wonderful "Impressionists' Still Life" show at the Phillips Collection in D.C., I looked at the beans I was preparing for a soup and said, "Now THAT's a still life!". I call my painting of them "The Stars" because the colorful, shiny wet beans had such pizzazz. It looked like they were announcing their leading role in the next meal with a "Ta DAH!!" The title also references the tiny points of light that show through the colander.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The coastline of my home state of Maryland has a special, calm beauty which I tried to capture in "Last Light in Oxford".
A nearby dock is pictured in "Ripples".
The Poolesville farmland I painted in "Far from Tuscany" clearly reminds me of a more exotic place.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The stunning coastline of southern Maine is a favorite subject for artists, but I love observing the life in the small towns along the water. Here you see some friends in Old Orchard beach taking a "Coke Break".
A man is taking a breather in Boothbay Harbor in "Bowling Alone".
I come home from the beautiful coast of Cape Cod with ideas for art works. The path in "Down the Dirt Road" is near a friend's home in Yarmouthport.
A "High Tide" touched the landscape nearby.
I love the reflections in a Hyannisport marina.
Some animated young people caught my attention for "Hyannis Hiatus".
Monday, January 21, 2008
The pier at Santa Cruz beach was the setting for two other works. The seafood diner that literally sits at the end of the pier is featured in "Santa Cruz Sunset".
Nearby Stagnaro's Restaurant was my inspiration for "Table for Two".
I used a view of San Francisco as the background for my Renaissance-like portrait of my San Jose niece.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I'm forever thinking about where I could take my camera to get great shots. That forethought usually doesn't pan out though. It just seems to happen when I'm least expecting it. One of my favorite places is seaside Capitola, California, near my sister's home. Great colors. Lively people. Active street life. Yesterday's painting was a store window there. Today's is my view while having lunch out on the patio at Zelda's.
Monday, January 7, 2008
The artistic process begins for me when I notice something that moves me with its humor, beauty or sometimes, even quirkiness. If I'm lucky, I have my camera handy and can capture the moment in a photo or two. Then I'm able to create a colored pencil work from it that allows me to continue enjoying it and to share it with others. I try for a strong composition with a simple image and choose bright, bold colors to convey the energy I experienced. Often I am attracted to people in a particular setting that suggests a narrative, but a moody sky or a bowl of beans might also speak to me.