Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Montalcino, Italy

start of Montalcino, Italy
finish of Montalcino, Italy
This is a 12 x 16 oil on board, Montalcino, Italy.  You can see how I begin and the final is just below.  Midway through is below that..can't seem to get the order worked out here!

midway through

Thursday, December 22, 2016

last demos 2016

These two 6 x 6 oils are my last two demos of 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016



Hi all...I have an art sale at my studio around Christmas and New Year.  I got snowed out on Saturday and might reschedule.  If anyone is interested in coming by my studio, please email me or, or Facebook text me to arrange a time.


Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In Tuscany

Phew...back in my comfort zone...10 x 10 oil demo this morning "In Tuscany"

Saturday, December 10, 2016


Still practicing.  Such an unforgiving medium.  This is my second attempt and I still keep overworking areas.  I'll keep trying

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Practicing watercolor

It is so interesting and difficult practicing watercolors...and this is for me...not to "add to my repetoir" of abilities...but to be the old dog learning new tricks.  The challenge is immense and frustrating and satisfying

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

In the Studio

"In the Studio" a 10 x 10 oil on canvas.  Really struggled here..wanted it very loose but recognizable.  The artist in the front was the hardest...finally made her "almost there" in order not to bring too much attention to her

Monday, December 5, 2016

watercolor attempt

Since oil painting class had to be canceled this morning due to snow, I played with watercolors at home.  Such a difficult medium.

Monday, November 28, 2016


"Orientation" a 9 x 12 oil on board demo from my Monday morning class

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Watercolor France

I have been wanting to improve in watecrolor for some time.  Really good watercolorists amaze me.  The process is so different than the way I paint in pastels or oils.  In those, I create shapes by both positive and then carving with negative ones to define things.  In watercolor, I feel so much is drawing and thinking where things go.  Anyway, here is an attempt..a French scene.

Monday, November 14, 2016

"Thursday Nights at the Pub"

My 8 x 16 oil on canvas demo from this morning.  What fun I had.  I keep trying for looseness but recognizable...characters and movement but not portraits.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Blog about Landgrove Inn


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Landgrove Inn

The wonderful Landgrove Inn where I teach Figure Painting in Oil or Pastel appears on this podcast.  It is a wonderful inn with a great studio building where some pretty great artists give workshops.  I am honored to be among them.  Tom and Maureen are the best hosts and the food is amazing too!
I'll be teaching there June 26 to 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Kenmare, Ireland

Still missing and dreaming of Ireland.  This gorgeous little village is Kenmare on the Ring of Kerry.   We didn't paint in this town...too crowded.  But that didn't stop me from taking photos.  9 x 12 oil on board demo from Monday morning

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Vermont Pastel Society Demos1

15 minutes

 I had a great time demonstrating figure pastel drawing for the Vermont Pastel Society.  Love painting Michelle!
10 minutes
20 minutes

Monday, October 31, 2016

Blue Table

My demo from this morning...Blue Table...oil on board 9 x 12

Pastel Figure Demo Sunday, Nov 6

Hi all...I will be giving a pastel figure demo for the Vermont Pastel Society at the Cartoon School in White River Junction, VT this Sunday, November 6 around 3 pm.  Perhaps I'll see some of you!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Portmagee Boats

Did this demo this morning from a photo I took in Portmagee Ireland.  Changed a few things from the photo...8 x 10 oil on board.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

workshop Weston, MA

 Had a great workshop in Weston, MA...some of my demos...oil and pastel

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pastel 100 2016

 Honored to have my pastel, European Street Scene selected for honorable mention in the Pastel Journal's top 100 pastels of 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ireland Distance

Ireland Distance
My first painting from my Ireland reference.  It's hard to describe the feeling of beauty and distance.  I'll keep trying.  8 x 8 oil on board

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


What an amazing trip in Ireland!  We were on the Ring of Kerry surrounded by ocean, amazing hills and valleys, fabulous people, wonderful students and let's not forget, Guiness...which is delicious in Ireland.

some of my efforts here...though capturing what we saw is difficult

Friday, September 30, 2016


Tried this one..not in my comfort zone..."Brownstone" 8 x 10 oil on canvas

Monday, September 26, 2016

Irish Fiddler

One of my students in Aiken gave me the reference photo for this Irish fiddler she saw play in a pub when she was there.  12 x 16 oil on board

Monday, September 19, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Last Aiken demo

 My last demo from Aiken and part of the second session group of students.  I so enjoyed everyone from both sessions and especially my host and friend, Kathy Lewis and all her horses, cats and of course, dogs Dazzle and Flash

Friday, September 9, 2016

Aiken Workshop 1 last Demo

 What a thoroughly enjoyable group!  It's very hot in Aiken so I only did one plein air...the partial house from yesterday's post and it was at 8am.  But the group is so nice and the space where we paint is great.

Second workshop begins this morning.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Aiken Workshop 1

 Having a wonderful time teaching in Aiken, SC.  Here are some of my demos including a 10 stroke pear.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Plein Air Peacham

 Had a few wonderful days painting with friends in Peacham, VT.  The Tuscany of Vermont