Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sitting in the Shade

Sitting in the Shade (sold)
8x10 oil on linen 

Having done a few paintings recently featuring families in them, I've been getting more requests for commissioned on-site plein air beach paintings lately. This morning I had the honor and pleasure of painting a couple of vacationers enjoying their favorite spot up by Bean Point here on Anna Maria Island. The painting was a surprise from Jon for his wife, Jennifer. Happy to report, they both loved how it turned out!

10am, all set up and ready to paint!

...by noon, all done! 
They had the right idea with 3 umbrellas, I just had my one and was roasting by the end! 
A perfect sunny, hot beach day!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Waiting on the Sun

 Waiting on the Sun sold
12x12 oil on canvas

After a very rainy weekend the sun finally began to make an appearance this morning!

Friday, July 21, 2017


Cumulus sold
12x12 oil on canvas

Such a gorgeous sky out over the water this morning up on Bean Point!

On the easel, the clouds had spread out a bit by the time I finished up

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach sold
8x10 oil on linen

This was commissioned by a woman, whose nieces and grandchildren were visiting her, as a special remembrance of their day at the beach. I feel extrememly lucky to be able to make a living doing what I love AND bring so much joy to others who appreciate my work. She hugged me when I showed it to her ;)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

First Umbrella on the Beach

First Umbrella on the Beach
8x8 oil on gessobord

It may have been the first umbrella on the beach this morning, but it was soon joined by a few more!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Morning Light

Morning Light
11x14 oil on gessobord

Having painted this particular grouping of palm trees before, I thought I'd revisit it this morning in preparation for the "Painting Palm Trees in Oils" class I'll be teaching at Keeton's Art Supply Store in Bradenton next month. When I started out the scene was all in shadow, but I knew from experience that the light would play its way across the sand and touch the palm trees in due time, so I worked on  laying in the big masses and getting my drawing right to start. When painting outdoors, anything more than about 2 hours and you're lights/shadows will have all changed. The scene will look entirely different than when you started, so inevitably you'll end up chasing the light (a big no no!) or painting from memory. This is why I generally try and keep my plein air paintings to a maximum of about 2 hours.  Towards the end of that time frame the morning light began to creep across this sand dune. I was then able to put on "the magic" (aka the light) as I painted into the effect of the moment.

A Spot in the Shade

A Spot in the Shade sold
8x10 oil on linen 

One of the perks of my job (besides having the best of office views!) is that I often meet the nicest people while I'm painting on the beach! This family set up their umbrella in the shade just as I was setting up my easel... then they ended up taking the painting home with them as a special remembrance of their beach vacation!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Recent Paintings From Italy

Market in Campo de Fiori
8x10 oil on linen

Afternoon Light in the Campo
8x10 oil on linen

Study of Farnese Fountain
8x10 oil on museum board

Under the Umbrian Sun
8x10 oil on linen

 Umbrian Evening
8x10 oil on linen

Sailboats by Lake Trasimeno
8x10 oil on linen

Sunflowers Facing Away
8x10 oil on linen

Study of Anna Reading on a Rainy Day
7x9 oil on museum board

Last week my husband and I took our 2 kids on a 10 day trip to Italy... truth be told, we ate our way through Italy! We were in Rome for 3 days, where I lived during my Junior year of college on RISD's European Honors Program 20 years ago, then traveled a couple hours north of Rome to the region of Umbria. In-between indulging in morning cappuccinos, multiple cups of gelato, plates of pasta & pizza, visiting old friends and seeing the "must see" sights, I did manage to squeeze in a little painting!
In addition to working at my easel, I also did a little mural job while I was there. I have a friend
 in Umbria who'd recently had a tree removed along the side of her 300 year old farmhouse, which exposed a big empty brick wall next to what used to be an old pig sty (now an elegant covered outdoor dining area.) She commissioned me to paint a small mural on the wall and, since her house has somewhat of a "pig theme" running throughout it (and she has a wonderful sense of humor,) painting a pig looking out a window just seemed a perfect fit!

On the easel shots below