topiary cats

topiary cats

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Self Portrait- Five of Cups

I started this in September and finally finished it today!

12x16 oil on panel

Monday, December 30, 2013

It's that time again... set New Years intentions.  I hope 2014 will be better than 2013 which just wasn't all that great.

This year I met all my intentions: I drank a whole lot of tea, meditated quite a lot, and met my unofficial goal of 1 studio painting per month.  I have to date finished 16 studio paintings this year, not counting plein air.  Not all those paintings have been posted because they are part of a series.

So here are my 2014 intentions:
1. Drink a lot of tea
2. Finish 1 studio painting per month (total 12 complete)
    -including 1 master copy (Memling)
3. Finish Through the Tarot in 78 days
4. Fast 2 days a week
5. Art reading: Color by Betty Edwards

Friday, December 27, 2013

This Year's Portrait Swap

Here is the lovely Heather from Wales.  9x12 oil on panel

I have been on vacation this week.  I love vacation.  This week i finished four paintings and got a lot of work done on 5 more.  I'm starting a 6th today.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sketch from Amtrak train

Here is a little ipad sketch done with Inspire Pro.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Topiary Cats

Here are the first 7 paintings from a series I have been working on since April or so.

They are all 8x10 oil on panel.

First Encounter




Plugged In

The Sundial


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Plein Air

Today was an absolutely perfect day to go out and paint.  I went up to the Cloisters to see the unicorn show (amazing!!) and paint.

2 hours 9x12 oil on panel

Thursday, August 01, 2013

It's Pigeon Risk Time again

You don't have to go through the trials of August.

Please join me in the 7th annual Pigeon Risk Time, because August just needs to GO AWAY.

Happy Pigeon Risk Time, may it be completely boring and uneventful.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Central Park Plein Air

Here is a painting from Central Park.   Not my best, but I brought my daughter out painting with me and was teaching her.   She did her first ever oil painting/first ever plein air painting.  Hers came out better than mine.

8x10 oil pn panel

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Second-Weirdest Plein Air

Since I don't feel like re-writing this story again I'm just going to repost what I wrote over on WetCanvas:

Today I went on my annual painting pilgrimage to the rose garden at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Because I really needed some nice painting-in-nature-solitude today, I decided not to paint in the rose garden- there were too many people.

After searching around for a bit, I found a lovely perfect shady tree to stand under, with a lovely composition to paint. And no people or school groups around. I'm sorry if that sounds really grumpy and antisocial but outdoor solitude is so hard to come by, sometimes I don't mind people around but I wanted to be alone today.

Here is a picture of the view:

 Isn't it nice? Aren't those flower bushes pretty?

I started setting up my gear. FIVE MINUTES after I began setting up, a lady with a suitcase and folding chair came over and settled down. I was annoyed. Then I thought "Well, maybe she is another painter too." I grudgingly admitted it was a lovely painting spot so I could understand why she would want to paint there. And I decided that even though it was annoying, another painter around was ok.

Oh, but she was NOT another painter after all.....

She sat herself down under my tree with her back to me and proceeded to open her suitcase which was full of....corn. She was shucking corn. She came to sit under my tree to shuck corn. In the middle of Brooklyn.

This stuff only happens to me.

Well, I moved. I can't paint under such irritating circumstances. And I'm sorry to be such a grump but WHO DOES THAT? WHY did she have to come over to my spot?

Anyhow, I painted this tree. 6x8 oil on panel, about an hour and a half.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Here is what I did today:
  • Stayed up last nite until midnight painting my kitchen.
  • Woke up at 6:30
  • Clipped my cat's claws
  • Got Daya to the bus stop on time
  • Went to the store for the cleaning supplies I forgot to get yesterday
  • Continued painting my kitchen
  • My friend came over and kept me company
  • I was almost finished painting, and I ran out of paint
  • Went to Home Depot (again)
  • Went to Trader Joe's 
  • Went home, continued painting
  • Went out to lunch
  • Went to the post office
  • Went to Bed Bath and Beyond (again)
  • Went to Costco
  • Went home to get my debit card because they don't take credit cards at Costco
  • Went back to Costco
  • Went back home and put my frozen stuff away
  • Went to get Daya from afterschool
  • Went to the ballet studio for ballet picture night
  • Went home, made Daya dinner
  • Continued to paint the kitchen, all done now except the window sill
  • Took a shower
  • Hung new curtains
  • Put Daya to bed
  • Wrote this blog post.
I am going to go crash. Tomorrow I will be at work, which will be a blessed relief from my day off!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Today I went to the baked potato truck for lunch.  The guy who runs makes a pretty good baked potato  but...he's weird and inappropriate.  My friend ordered her potato, but when I ordered mine he gave me the option for a sweet potato.  Which sounded pretty good until he said sweet potatoes are like female Viagra.  That's just so skeevy I have to share it with everyone.

Actually the sweet potato with spinach and cottage cheeze still does sound good,  I have to weigh that against dealing with the skeevy Russian dude...hmmm.

It really is a pretty good potato.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


This painting is a wedding present for my friend/co-worker who is getting married.  She is obsessed with her dog.  I have been working on it for about a month, it took a lot of planning.  The background is a pattern from Victorian wallpaper.  I hope my friend likes it!

I really like Winsor Newton Renaissance Gold paint. It has a lovely sheen.

This painting is difficult to photograph well, unfortunately it's overcast today. I may have to try again with sunlight.

12x16 oil on panel

Thursday, January 03, 2013

New Year Again

It's 2013.  How in the hell did that happen?  Last year was not a very good year.  I hope this one picks up a bit.


1. Drink a lot of tea.
2. Paint more than I did last year.
3. Meditate more often.

Also, I ended up with another cat about a month ago and I still haven't announced it properly.

And if you emailed me and I haven't written back yet I'm really sorry I'm just terribly behind on everything.

Happy Painting!