Thursday, September 13, 2012


I painted this sunflower from my garden last Fall but have been reworking it over the past few days.  It's painted in oils on a 4x6  inch masonite panel.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lemon with 2 Vases

This past Spring I purchased Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty and I'm now reading it for the third time. His descriptions are wonderful and among other things have lead  me to try my hand at painting a lemon.  I'm including a passage here from page 6.

     "That there can never be too much of reality; that the attempt to draw nearer to it-which will fail-will not fail entirely, as it will give us not the fact of lemons and oysters but this, which is its own fact, its own brave assay toward what is.
     That description is an inexact, loving art, and a reflexive one; when we describe the world we come closer to saying what we are."

Monday, September 10, 2012

Myers Park Lighthouse Study

I painted this today. It is an oil painting of the lighthouse in Myers Park on Cayuga Lake.  It is 6x9 inches.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cherry, Plum and Fig

     It's been a busy summer and I haven't posted anything in a while, but I did get a few paintings done over the past few months and this is one of them. I'd never painted a plum or fig before and I really enjoyed painting the deep blacks and the cool, dusty blueish tones in the lights. Not only had I never painted a fig before, I had never even looked at a green fig closely. I was genuinely surprised to see that it's pink inside and pleasantly sweet.  I'll have to paint the inside of one another time!