Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hopper Moment

9x12 oil

I've been scoping out these houses in my neighborhood - just plain old row houses - but every evening there is this magical Edward Hopper moment.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


10x8 oil

Yesterday's rain left us with a pleasant Sunday - cool and low humidity - and also a lot of water!  The birds enjoyed splashing around in these puddles as much as I enjoyed painting them.  They were putting on a show for me!

Saturday, June 27, 2015


8x10 oil

Friday was an unexpectedly beautiful day.  I wanted to take advantage since we are expected to have a rainy weekend. 
Once again I visited the Boyers' lovely garden.  There are a few lilies blooming, and I chose to focus on these vibrant peach flowers.  By next week many more of the lilies will be blooming - if the rain doesn't damage them.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Artist's Studio

The Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse ended last weekend and was a great success.  This is the room I decorated, the Artist's Studio.  I painted the walls, floor, and most of the furnishings.  The idea was to create a venue to display my oil paintings, but to also decorate the room, not just hang paintings like a gallery.  I wanted it to feel like a true working space. Visitors loved the light feeling in the room and were especially delighted in the floor.  I sold 20 paintings, several objects, and picked up a few new clients.  Overall a great success, and a fun project!


10x8 oil

Finished a client job yesterday... so (as is becoming my treat to myself for a job well done) I took the day off to paint for myself.  
Some neighbors of a friend have extended an open invitation to artists to paint in their gardens and I took advantage of the opportunity.  I chose to focus on these flowers, which I thought were larkspur, but found out through some friends are called Campanula, or "Ladybells".

This garden is full of possibilities for painting - a plein air haven.  I plan to visit next week when, hopefully, the lilies will be blooming.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Painting The Alley - Fredrick Quick Draw

8x10 oil

Today I participated in the Quick Draw competition in Fredrick, MD.
I was set up and all ready to paint the alley when artist Stephen Doherty set up in front of me, so I added him to my composition.
Two hours is not much time to complete a painting - especially with figures - but I gave it a go.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Side Yard With A View

8x8 oil

The collector who purchase one of my paintings from Plein Air Camp Hill told me of a property he owned on Front Street in Wormleysburg.  He suggested I stop by and take a look, perhaps do a painting, told me to park in the back and walk around the side of the building.  I was delighted to find this amazing view directly across the river rom the capital.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Blushing Beauties

This was painted last weekend at Lindenwood, the Harrisburg Symphony Showhouse.  The roses and many other flowers are in bloom now and the gardens are lovely.  "Blushing Beauties" will be available in the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters gallery in the showhouse barn.

8x10 oil

This is the final week to visit the showhouse, open every day 10-4 and Thursday until 8 PM.  Directions and other information can be found at http://www.harrisburgsymphonyshowhouse.org

Monday, June 1, 2015

Dappled Alley

9x12 oil

Here's another Camp Hill alley that I painted as part of the plein air event this past week.  This painting was purchased during the Friday night preview party.