Mining For Lace

"Mining For Lace"
24" x 12"
Mixed Media on museum wrapped canvas
On this, my second painting in this series, I wanted to use lace, but I didn't want it to look frilly or girly. I wanted it to look like in order to get lace, you had to mine it, like one would mine gold or other precious substances.

I adore lace, so this is a statement piece for me. And it kind of looks like the lace-covered cowgirl boots I got over the weekend... well, they're not in these colors, but they are just as fancy.


Sunset Lace

"Sunset Lace"
2.5" x 6"
Watercolor on Yupo
The sky had been turbid as the sun nestled into the bosom of the Plains that evening. Then, either my contacts needed to be changed, or something else was going on. A pattern of lace veiled the horizon, just as the yellow orb disappeared. 

Here's another watercolor that I impressed with a plastic lace — with the intention of making a sunset.


Love Stamp, Lamp and Lace

"Love Stamp, Lamp and Lace"
16" x 12"
Watercolor on paper

I found this painting in my archives while I was cleaning my studio these past couple of days.  It's a watercolor from when that was the only medium I knew. Today I know a few more ways to express myself. 

I'm cleaning instead of painting because a crew from the Princeton Artist Brush Company of Princeton, New Jersey is coming to my studio on Thursday to meet me, see my studio space and prepare to make a video of me painting with their Catalyst paintbrush.  I raved about their #4 Polytip Bristle brush a couple of weeks ago and the adventure began right about then.  I'll let you know how it turns out.



12" x 16"
Oil on hardboard
Several times a year I get a craving, a specifically-decadent craving to paint chocolates.  Once I discovered the correct colours to squeeze it was merely a matter of finding chocolates to pose for me. I don't eat the stuff, but I do like how it looks. So as subject matter, it can sit here in my studio for weeks without a single nibble. 

I drew this two months ago, but didn't get to the painting part until today... while listening to Schubert, and an entire opera from the Met. 


Limes and Lace

"Limes and Lace"
6" x 6"
Oil on canvas panel
One week when limes were plentiful, I filled a crystal vase with them and had it ready to photograph on a piece of cut work lace. It seemed all too round, with the vase, the holes and a bunch of limes, so I cut into one.  Perfect.

This is a study to see if I can get the color for the limes right.  They look right in my studio light.  I'll work on the actual piece over the next few weeks.  The vase is going to be the hard part now. Although, I've painted it many times before.

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Hooked on Pretty Things

"Hooked on Pretty Things"
30" x 12"
Watercolor on paper
 "Ya know..." said the middle-aged woman standing in my booth at the art fair,  "if it had a fishing lure in it, my husband would look at it.  And Honey," she said, leaning in closer to me, "he has the checkbook." 

After painting a couple full sheet paintings in a row, I opted to downsize, but continue on with the detail.  I created the wicker shelf as a backdrop, to add texture and light behind the pieces. Sondra's green cup was still in my posession, and my son's tackle box offered an abundance of lures. 

This painting is not for sale. Although, I'd be happy to paint a similar one of your favorite objects.

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Primarily Primary

"Primarily Primary"
Watercolor on paper
30" x 22"
The green cup and leafy saucer were on loan from Sondra Freckleton, but the rest had already auditioned for this setup.  There's a story behind every item in this painting; including the only Rolls Royce I'll ever own.  I loved laboring on every detail of this one.

I spent years painting intimate detail with tiny brushes on large paper. It's what I enjoyed at the time.  As I look back on this and note my palette in other mediums in a different decade altogether, I see I still prefer the primary colors. Some things never change.

This painting is not for sale, but please enjoy the works that are for sale on

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Lucent Lily

"Lucent Lily"
18" x 18"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas
She had been pulled from her stem by a chubby fist.  Handed to me as a loving gift.  One curled petal was missing, but the rest of her looked darn good.  I put her on the doily next to my faceted paperweight and rolled in a couple marbles. Not half bad. 

I lit the flower from the bottom so I could take advantage of the texture on her petals. This painting became all about light, texture and pattern.  The orange of the flower pleased me.  The purple and blue elements keep it interesting.

This painting is listed with, and for sale through a Daily Paintworks auction.

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Barbara's Plate

"Barbara's Plate"
12" x 16"
Watercolor on paper
When she heard about my plate series Barbara brought me one of her new dinner plates. I flanked it with two milkglass pieces, and linens befitting her lovely offering.

With as much white as was actually in my set up, I changed the background whites to a salmon I isolated in the bouganvilla on the plate.

This painting is listed with, and for sale through Dailypaintworks

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