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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Gouache Today 5x7

plein air 5x7 raymar panel gouache
Met with the Treasure Coast Plein Air Painters at the South Hutchinson Island Museum Causeway Park in Fort Pierce today. Started out sunny and breezy and within a hour it turned dark and rainy. Got this done and ran for cover. But it is Florida and by the time I was in the car and on my way home it was a beautiful sunny and breezy day again.

(Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint. Whereas transparent watercolors allow you to see the "white" of the paper below the paint, gouache can be applied in solid colors. This allows an artist to paint in layers from dark to light.)

Still have the 40x40 on the easel and will post a progress shot soon.
 Hope you had a great day!

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Making progress! It has been a busy couple of weeks as I had a couple commitments to take care of.
The canvas sits waiting for me to return....

 Hope your doing something you enjoy!

Monday, September 21, 2015


the start
I love to paint outside!
Plein air fits my personality and life style.  I like to work small (5x7,8x10, 9x12, 11x14) and quickly capture my impression and reaction to the scene in paint.
BUT... I have decided to change it up a bit and started to work on a 40 x 40 studio painting this week.

 I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


12x12 size has captured my attention. I am inspired by the beautiful skies this summer in Florida and have been working on a series of paintings with the sky as the star. The mangrove lined canal leads to the Indian River and is a supporting actor in these oil paintings.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Big Beautiful Skies

12x12 oil on hardwood
No mountains in Florida but we have the most amazing views of the sky. This was painted based on a photo I took looking south over the Atlantic.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Day on Norman Ridge Road

Two groups left everyday from "paint camp". You could follow along or make a group or just strike out on your own. This day I headed up to Normans Ridge Road in the fog and rain but by the time I was set up, the sky started to clear. I spent the day on this road turning east and west and watching the sky and light change. All oil on 8x10 panels... ADK mountains...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Beautiful Week!

Home again! The week at the Publishers Invitational was amazing! Cool and rainy most days but the 100 painters who attended were out there painting everyday. The companionship and help from all the artists was inspiring. I learned so much just by painting with and being around so many talented people. The paintings were put in one big room every night so you could see your work with all the others. Over thousand paintings were produced and they were diverse and beautiful! Paul Smith College was our home and food was provided so all you had to do is paint. Signed up for next year! I would recommend attending one of the Publishers Invitationals if you can.
photo farm with beautiful view
photo ADK camp on ST Regis Lake
photo of Paul Smiths College
8x10 oil
8x10 oil

Friday, June 19, 2015

Another day in paradise...

oil 12x16

Thursday, June 18, 2015

ADK Mountains

oil 12x16 plein air
This week I have been in the Adirondack Mountains at the Publishers Invitational. Painting everyday with 100 artists! I am finding the area and the artists inspiring. But not finding time to post....but here are a couple. Sorry for the quality...
8x10 oil plein air

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Road Trip!

Packing up the paints and plein air supplies and heading to the mountains.
Plan to paint, paint, paint........
                                                I will post when I can.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Florida plein air 5x7
Used goucahe and a limited palette today. I enjoyed the challenge and the company of the Treasure Coast Plein Air Painters. Oh and the warm tropical breeze...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Indian River Lagoon

Acrylic 24x30
 This week, I have been reading the biography of Matisse. My interest was renewed in this artist because of the recent show in NYC of his cut outs.
This link will bring you to a bio on the web
My favorite quote from Matisse "An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc."

Monday, December 22, 2014



Sunday, November 16, 2014

South Side

Florida weather has been beautiful! I have been getting out as much as possible and having fun with a smaller format. Here are two 5x7 acrylic plein air studies, (on Ray Mar linen panel) from the south side of Fort Pierce Inlet. The posting has been a problem that I believe I have finally resolved! My computer was set for automatic updates and the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 is not compatible with Blogger. Fire Fox is what I am using now for the blog.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Great Smokey Mountains National Park

plein air ink and gouache on paper

plein air acrylic on linen panel 5x7

I took a road trip this week to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Perfect weather and the park is beautiful. My fly fishing tactics need some improving but I am getting the hang of casting. Lost 5 or 6 flies to rocks and tree branches which I am told is normal. Scenes to paint were everywhere, long mountain views, pristine streams, rivers and woods.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

No title yet...

12x16 oil on canvas
Based on two plein air studies of Savannas Park.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jungle Yard

Yesterday, I read an article by artist Mark Brockman, The Wall. This is a link to his website and full article
11x14 oil on canvas Plein Air

                            also escaped in a
world of green.....


Monday, July 7, 2014

Erin's pig print arrived!

Artist Frank Gardner's young daughter Artist Erin made this print and I am lucky to receive my copy today. I just love it!

photo of Erin Gardner's print
Check out Frank's work by clicking on "My Paint Box Blog" link on the right under Fellow Bloggers'. Hope all is well with everyone.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tiki Torch Study

I painted this study in the backyard of a friends house as evening was closing in and have learned the secret to move a painting along...NO SEE UMS. Those nasty little buggers came out in force. The Tiki torches helped a bit for awhile but the bugs got the best of me. Not liking the canvas panels as well as the linen right now...
Plein Air 5x7 acrylic on canvas panel

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Paid a little visit to the Dali Museum, St Petersburg, FL, last week.
Dali was a skilled and best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painting skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters.
Before this visit, I had only seen his work in books and the Internet. As with most paintings, they are so much more impressive in person. The painting on the left has several figures in the sand of Dali and his father.  They are about one half inch in size. I have a new appreciation of his work. If you get to St Petersburg, definitely stop and see "Dali"