Monday, September 30, 2013

Artwalk 2013

Fellow artist, Demerise, and I had a wonderful time representing The Firefly Gallery yesterday for the Northport Artwalk. It was a great opportunity to meet the many art lovers not just in Northport but in the surrounding towns of Long Island and as well. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the local long island art scene!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sketching vs. Photos

Pastel sketch at Caumset Park in Lloyd Harbor, New York.
I have been doing more plein air sketching lately. Today I went to Caumset State Park -- a spectacular place -- and rode my bike through the sprawling grounds in order to sketch this seaside scene. I'm using these enormous pastels on cheap paper, but I think even with my clunky supplies, there is something so special about drawing from life. For one thing, it seems like my eyes are able to see details that the iphone camera just blends together. When I looked at this scene, I saw so many colors, but when I look at the photo vs. my drawing, there are so few. Have you ever noticed that? It makes me want to venture out more and brave the sand gnats to do more drawing. :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Under A Tuscan Moon - In Progress

The moon has been so bright and clear here for the past week that I was inspired to create this moonlight painting. It's only the first afternoon's progress, and there will be more to come. And there are little details in the right tree... not simply reflections but words and feelings. I think the title will eventually change to something incorporating the contents of this tree. Still thinking about it.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Autumn Ride

  "Autumn Ride" Original 16x20 inch painting on wood panel. Available through Lyrical Fine Art.
The idea for "Autumn Ride" came from a late afternoon of sketching in pastels down at Crab Meadow beach. I had ridden my bike there with all of my sketching supplies and ended up just amazed at the beautiful shifting light of the setting sun. It turned everything it touched to unexpected colors. When I got back to the studio, I created a finished painting on wood panel from the sketch. You can see the sketch above along with another from that same day of the nearby marsh.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Lovely Article in ACES Magazine...

These original paintings are available through Lyrical Fine Art. Thank you, Jim Lamantia, for you wonderful writing skills! And the photo of me is by Whitney Nicosin of Gold Soul Photography