Thursday, December 6, 2012

Out to Pasture

This painting is part of the Holiday Show of Hudson Society of Artists that is hanging at Laurel Lake on Boston Mills Rd.  I liked the idea of the old truck being put "out to pasture" and painted it to look rusty and weathered.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Night Cardinal

Even in the evening light the bright feathers of the cardinal glow. This piece is 4x6 and will be included in the Christmas Gift Shop at the Peninsula Art Academy.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Artsy Crafty

I love this idea I found on Pinterest. The only thing better than a candy cane is two candy canes...and that can only be improved upon by adding chocolate. With the help of a hot glue gun you can have a candy sleigh in no time. I sued mini Kit Kat bars for the base and then added two more mini candy bars, a bit of ribbon and a bow.
Go make some now!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Kaleidoscope 2012

I was very happy to have a piece accepted into the annual
Kaleidoscope 2012 show at Summit ArtSpace. The annual art show is presented by the Alliance for the Visual Arts in Akron (AVA), a group representing over 500 local artists from the Akron Society of Artists, Artists of Rubber City, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center and Women’s Art League.

My entry is titled "Homeland Security" - a commentary on the growing presence of monitoring devices in our everyday lives. The collage is a mixed media piece measuring 16x20".

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Women's Art League Show

The Women's Art League of Akron held their Annual Fall members Show at the Brecksville Center for the Arts and the opening reception was last Friday night. It was judged by Nancy Richards Davis.
             This is my mixed media piece called "Celebration Flowers"

Here are some photos from the show:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ohio Collage Society Show

The best parties are always at the Collage Shows and this year's opening of the Ohio Collage Society Member's Show was true to form.
I brought a large piece - its 24 x 24"

"The Vortex"

The collage includes fabric and hand dyed paper. Collage Society President Shirley Ende Sax posted photos here 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Miniature Show in PA

There is a wonderful miniature show each year sponsored by the Chambersburg Council for the Arts in Chambersburg PA. The opening for the show was last week and I could not go but my good internet artist friend Deb Keirce ( who just happened to win Best of Show !) went and sent me this photo. My two pieces are on the wall - the first in the first row and the third in the second row.

Here are close ups:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Valley Art Center

                                            "Quiet Evening"

This is my entry in the 41st Annual Juried Art Exhibit at the Chagrin Valley Art Center on Bell Street in Chagrin Falls. I am proud to be part of this beautiful show. There were over 300 pieces submitted and 93 were included. As always the Art Center did a fabulous job of hanging the show.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Autumn Splendor ACEOs

A sampling of new ACEOs that I've posted on ebay in the past week. Impossible not to paint at this beautiful time of year!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Road to Recovery

"The Road to Recovery"

This is painting I did to donate to a fundraiser called "In the Pink". The proceeds of the art auction will go to The Gathering Place  a resource center for those with cancer. Stop by Hudson Fine Art and Framing Friday evening and join in!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Art in the Kitchen

I love this theme and I loved the show of artwork based on the theme that is currently at the Peninsula Art Academy.  The Ohio State Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association are partnering with PAA to sponsor the exhibit of art for the kitchen. 
Of course I was there! And of course I brought along a few paintings.

These two fruity pieces are  5x5" on ampersand board. (And very special board it is. Nationally known artist  Don Getz has embarked on a year long teaching tour and in preparation for that he sold ALL his art supplies. For me the sale was like entering a cave of treasure. I'm hoping that the canvas and board I bought have a little Getz Magic on them.) 
 I entered this little (5x7")blast from the past. And I had to explain to my grandson just what it is:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Google Chrome

If you would like to use my painting October Light as your theme on Google Chrome I am making it available here:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


The evenings are cool and we've had a lot of rain lately. Signals that Autumn is here. I love the serious, adult colors of Fall and used the grays and mauve and violets in some new ACEOs. I've also painted a full size painting based on "October Light" (photo coming soon)

All three ACEOs are on ebay now:

       "October Light "

Thursday, September 13, 2012

100th Birthday

Here in Hudson we are marking the 100th Birthday of our iconic Clocktower. A party is planned by the Hudson Heritage Association and they are including an auction of original art work.
I was happy to donate a painting for the event!

I thought of all the years it has been standing on the Green, chiming the hours and welcoming folks Hudson. I decided to paint a nocturne and I called it "Night Sentry"

For more information on Hudson, the Clocktower, the party and the auction visit this link to our local paper,  The Hub.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tinkers Creek


This painting is 10 x 10 on gallery wrapped canvas. The beautiful parks that circle Cleveland are known as the Emerald Necklace and they are an inspiration for artists. In this painting I wanted to capture the sense of water moving and against the still serenity of the woods and rocks. Thalo green, hookers green, sienna, ochre and umber are the main colors used in the painting.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


These pretty yellow flowers bloom all thru the late summer here in Ohio. They are officially Rudbeckia aka BlackEyed Susan or  Coneflowers. I like to grow them because they are pretty indestructible, make for nice arrangements and are great subjects to paint. These aceos are two my newest pieces. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012


The marriage of gray and yellow makes a soft dreamy palette. There is a rewarding challenge in mixing beautiful grays and they bring out the best of yellow.

This painting is 9x12. Price on request.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Garden

 "Summer Garden"

Iris and Poppies on a 10x10" gallery wrapped canvas. I love the palette on this one... yellows and violets with that shock of orange/red. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Venti

Big, Bigger, Biggest... in my Starbucks influenced world this is "The Venti".
18 x 24" on canvas its my yacht. I must admit I am having as much fun painting the clouds as I am the ship. I'll probably have my own fleet before summer is over.

Iris Garden

"Iris Garden" was painted plein air.... on my own patio in May.
Its on canvas board and is 11x14"

This work is a little different:

"Pinot and Pansy" started life as a painting of flowers in a blue basket. I later cut it out and collaged it into a new painting with a wine bottle - the green bottle is a nice compliment to the blues and purples. This piece is 8x10".

Monday, June 18, 2012

June Plein Air Competition

We had a beautiful weekend for plein air in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. On Saturday morning I settled in on a cliff overlooking the river and did this small (8x10) piece of the woods and the pretty lavender flowers. I think they are clover.

                                            "June Wildflowers"

Then I turned to my right and went for the bigger view of the river.
The day was hot and the paint was drying fast so I switched to a palette knife and worked fast. This painting is 9x12:

                                              " Riverview"

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bigger Boat

I hear that no matter what size boat you have, you have your eye on a larger one. So too with Artists... here I've moved up to an 8x10" piece from the earlier ACEO.  Once again the little ACEO has started a trend and inspired more paintings. This painting is on gallery wrapped canvas and will set sail next week at the Hudson Society of Artist's Clothesline Show.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Feeling Nautical

This ACEO appeared.... the clouds formed, the boat appeared and quickly sailed away. I think I'll do this in a much larger format.
And being in a beach-y mood I made a Google Chrome theme to share:

Happy Sailing!

Monday, May 14, 2012


One of the nicest things about being part of the art community is the opportunity to share artwork with other artists. Over the years I have participated in many artist swaps and trades and I thought I would share some of my friends art work with you. On this wall in my house I have a beautiful watercolor by Laurie Hess of the garden fence and right below it my new piece - a glicee print by Diane Talmage of achild playing at the beach.
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

The top watercolor is by Hudson artist Hilary Sheeter. The subject is a historic home in Hudson. The painting below it was done but Ann Kah. The collection of buildings is nearly abstract in design.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Miniature Show

It's  that time of year again - The Miniature Show at the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head North Carolina is in full swing. And I'm thrilled to have three pieces in the exhibit. But the bad news is I cannot actually GO to Nags Head. If you're like me you can still see these wonderful miniatures online:
Seaside ART

The work is listed alphabetically - scroll down to the Hs to see mine.

Here is a peak at one of them - Cape Hatteras Light on a heavily textured surface:


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Best of Show

I am thrilled to report that my painting "Gathering Storm" won Best of Show at the Woman's Art League of Akron. It's a wonderful show, juried by Barbara Gilette and presented at the John Siberling Gallery in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.Its a small, cozy  space and the show was limited to pieces 11 x 14 or smaller, framed. My entry was 5x7".

 The gallery is maintained by the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley.
We were so impressed we created this slide show of the gallery and the grounds:

WAL Show Siberling Gallery 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012


May 5, 2012
This is a shot of the "Supermoon" from my yard....10:00PM 
Hudson, Ohio

Friday, March 9, 2012


and as I painted the moon became larger and larger till the piece was not about the lake or the person on the rock but the moon. Its safe to say that with the end of the space program I will probably never see another man walking on the moon but its still there to inspire us. This painting is 16 x29. The dark colors made it very hard to get a good photo. In fact I didnt get a good one but it was the best of the lot.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I just discovered the website picnik.. why didn't I know about this before?! What a fun place for editing photos. And they are shutting down. Being taken over by Google+. So if all that great software is incorporated into Google/Picassa, well I guess that's OK. I took a photo of a tiny painting of mine.. its about 1 x 2" or so and put it in a 'reflection' frame from Picnik. Endless possibilities.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Looking for spring...sigh... not here yet. So, inspired by my ACEO I painted an 8 x 10 - another pot of Pansies. I started with a ground of gold and glazed over it with green/gold among other things. I love these little flowers and have another on the easel - but that one has a different twist!