Thursday, October 30, 2008

PLUM BRANDY, after Manet, detail

I mentioned on my post yesterday that my paint group "Pieces of Eight" is exhibiting at the Melbourne Beach Library. We are showing our exhibition of impressionistic master's which we refer to as "Friends and Faux". We had a great time reading about each artist and trying to duplicate their paintings. Most of them had very dysfunctional lives. It made me wonder if I am as weird and as out of step with society as most of them were. I think not, as I did manage to raise two wonderful children and commit to one relationship for over 45 years, which they seemed unable to do. Of course, their personalities are also what made them so committed to art that they could not function in society, and also made them the fantastic artists that we love today. I guess that means chances are good that I will not be as successful as an artist, but, I can live with that.
So, I decided to post one of my paintings from the exhibit. This is my version of a detail of the Manet painting "Plum Brandy". It is 10x10 on stretched canvas, $195./including S&H to continental US. If you are interested in viewing more of our master replicas, go to the sidebar on the right and click on "Pieces of Eight".

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008


This is the last study I did while in the mountains. I just had to give it a try. This is a 4x12, oil on canvas. The canvas sides are painted, so it is ready to hang. $99/including S&H in the continental US.

If you are in the Melbourne, Florida area, my paint group, Pieces of Eight, is showing a new exhibition at the Melbourne Beach Library. We are showing our versions of famous paintings from the Impressionists Masters including Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Degas, VanGogh, and more. Stop by and check it out. If you are not in the area, click on "Pieces of Eight" on the right sideboard and check out the website which displays many of the paintings.

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Monday, October 27, 2008


This is the third of four studies I did last week while in North Carolina. The mountains really were blazing, and the weather was glorious. This week they are having freezing temperatures, so I am happy to be back in Florida. The river you see is the Tuskaseegee, close to Bryson City. I hope I spelled that correctly.

This is a 5x7 oil on canvas panel, $75.00/including shipping in USA.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008


This is another painting from my trip to North Carolina. I love the mountains, they are so peaceful and beautiful and such a nice counterpoint to the beach. This is a view from the deck of my friends lovely home. Both the earlier post and the next one are also views from their home.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


We just returned from Bryson City, North Carolina. We spent almost 2 weeks there, admiring the leaves, loving a break from the heat and humidity and closing our house for the winter. While there, I managed to get a little painting done. This is a view of the Smoky's as the sun is breaking over the mountain. This is a 5x7 on panel. The $75. cost includes shipping to the US.

If you are going to be in the area, stop in at "The Artist House Too" and say hello to Peggy Duncan. She is a wonderful artist and has recently opened a gallery on Everett Street in Bryson City, chock full of wonderful hand made goodies. Everything from paintings to hand made furniture. Visit Peggy's website at

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Friday, October 10, 2008


This is the second in my two piece commission of "restaurants by the water". This is Conchy Joe's, another favorite hang out in our area. Unfortunately, during the real estate boom, a few years back, Conchy Joe's closed and the site was slated for a condo project. This same thing happend to several waterfront establishments in the area. Of course, before they could be build, the market went south and now they all sit unused. More victims of our economy! This is an 18x24 oil. It was used as the poster art for "Artworks" art festival in 2005.


One more nautical painting. This was a regatta we watched from our boat one weekend.The little Sailfish (?) were swirling all around us racing from one point to another. I painted this in oils and had lots of fun with texture and thick paint in the water. This is my one and only knife painting. 12x48
A special hello and hug for artist Sharon Wright from the United Kingdom. The best thing about blogs is the ability to meet and interact with people around the world who hold the same interests that I do. It's so nice to have these cyberspace friends.


Can you tell I have been in a nautical frame of mind lately? This is a 24x30 pastel that I did several years ago. It was the first BIG painting that I sold and I was really thrilled. Actually I would be just as thrilled to repeat the sale today! I have been unable to paint for several weeks, so I am relying on some of my earlier paintings to post. I hope to get back into the swing of things in the next week. I have severe anxiety when I go more than a few days without getting paint smeared on me!


This is a local hangout, Capt. Hiram's, in Sebastian, Florida. I had a commission to do a pair of "restaurants on the water" paintings. This is a 18x24 oil.


We live close to the intercoastal on the Florida coast, and my husband and I like to think we are sailors. The weekends usually include a few hours on our sailboat which sometimes give me a good view of passing vessels. I try to always have my camera ready! This 20x24 oil is one of my favorites. I painted the canvas and took it to Suntree Cafe, my favorite breakfast hangout, where they hung it on the wall. Within a few weeks the owner of the boat wandered in and bought the painting. Talk about karma!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


When I first started painting, I worked with an incredible instructor for years, Sandra Johnson, a wonderful artist who works primarily in oils and pastels. Sandy started me off in pastels which I learned to love. For pure color, they cannot be beat. This is a 14x18 pastel on Canson paper.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


This is one of my very rare attempts to paint in acrylics and I was feeling very loose and free that day. This is an 11x14 acrylic.

Blue Ridge Landscape