EXQUISITE CARDS

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

FROM SEEDS TO BOTANICALS

One thing leads to another...this illustration was started from seeds!

Nasturtium seeds were planted in early spring. The best way to paint a botanical is from one's garden!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ARTIST R. DASH'S GARDEN

There's no shortage of lovely gardens in the Hamptons. East End of Long Island is famous for it's quiet beauty & light. But Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, is truly special. This 2 acres garden is created by artist Rober Dash over a span of 50 years, using the earth as his canvas!


Hornbeam Bower, six little leaf hornbeam trees that have been trained into a bower in the Dutch manner.

Dash's remarkable sense of color & the way he inserted accents was unique. He revealed structure that others did not see.




Good examples of how architectural form can define a garden in all seasons.


Love this path formed with sliced telephone poles!

Eduard Manet said that mauve is the color of the atmosphere.

Gingko grove: a sculptural stand of fastigiate gingko & boxwood balls make for a wonderful modernist composition.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

THE BUSINESS OF ART

Gallery in Bridgehampton, LI
 Window shopping on Main St, I came upon this sketch by Jane Freilicher. Best known for her monumental still lives, evocative cityscapes & sparkling landscapes of Long Island. Her little sketch cost over $4,000...I'm lucky if a few people get to see my sketch. It's a crazy business!



Monday, July 24, 2017

BREEZY SUMMER PASTEL

Making the most of the outdoor. Another spontaneous plein air sketch, trying to capture the joy & beauty of a summer garden. I probably cant duplicate the breezy informality of this quick pastel, something about painting outside... 

I like it so much that I spend some discipline time in my studio, brainstorming on the computer.

Without photoshop, I could never add a dainty flower fairy & magical butterfly to this small paste.

New Design!

Friday, July 14, 2017

PAINTING MOON OVER PEONY

Been painting forever & I still don't know where & when inspiration is going to show up. The idea for this new design came about from a FB post from a serious poetry addict. The image of Peony under the moonlight just kind of stayed with me for weeks. If I wasn't looking for something else, I would never come acress this painting I did 20 years ago. Well, I've never seen the moon over my Peony, but I think I got the mood.

Found this in my neglected closet!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SUMMER COLORS OF MOHONK MT HOUSE

Another one from Mohonk Mountain House. The sketch always seems to come out better when I'm playing with paints outdoor on a fine day. I think our state of mind can influence our physical condition & our bodies can affect our spirit.