Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nude - Life Figure Class

Oil on 18x24 Canvas Paper
We finished a 5-day life figure pose last week.  I was glad to get both light and shadow sides as I was working on bringing those colors out and showing the bright light coming down on the model from above.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nude - Life Figure Class

Oil on 24x18 Canvas paper
We just finished a 5-day pose in Life Figure class.  The pose was a challenge for the model to hold as it was not the most comfortable.  I really like how it turned out though so I'm happy she stuck with it!  Finally getting to paint at the Academy has been so much fun, I'm spending a lot more time on paintings and it's really fun to see how far you can take it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chris Portrait

Charcoal on 18x24 Grey Tinte Canson paper
Just finished a 6 week portrait class of Chris.  I worked on grey paper and used white charcoal for the highlights. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Golden Leaves

Oil on 24x36 Canvas

Fresh off the easel!  I love the golden leaves in this very serene landscape.  I added the cyclists to give it some interest on the road.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Life Figure - Martin

Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper
Just finished a 9-day pose for life figure class.  It was my first class with paint at the Academy, so exciting!  I really enjoyed it, trying to get the exact flesh tones and the subtle temperature differences.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Red Barn

Oil on "deep" 8x10 Canvas
I pass this farm every week when I take the kids to horseback riding.  I loved the yellow field and the trees around this red barn so I stopped the other day and took pictures of it.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Life Figure - Krista

Charcoal on Canson grey paper - 18x24
We're back at the Academy for another year of life figure, portrait and FINALLY painting for me! :)  It's been great to be back and busy as always.  I've been working on a few other things that will be done soon but here's our first life figure class of the year, my last figure in charcoal.  I like working on the grey paper and adding the white highlights.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On the River - plein air

Oil on 9x12 Wrap Canvas
We did some plein air painting today in a small town close to here, Wrighstown.  They have a cute downtown and a river which makes is the perfect place!  It was threatening to rain all morning but thank goodness, we didn't get rained out.  I do love painting outside on location, I wish I would do it more often!
Below are pictures of my setup:


Friday, August 15, 2014

Life Figure - Martin

Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper
We just finished a two-day life figure session at the Academy.  I enjoyed playing around with oil paint for a figure study.  School at the Academy will be starting back in just a few weeks and I'm excited to get back at it!  I hope everyone is having a great end of summer!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

At the Winery

Oil on 9x12 wrap canvas
We did another plein air day with the Academy.  This time we met at a winery not far from here.  It was hot and windy but I really enjoyed painting outside!  Below are some pictures of my setup.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Oil on 24x18 Canvas paper
We had portrait session at the Academy last night and Taylor, my 13-year old daughter, was the model!  She wasn't sure how sitting for 3 hours would be like but she did a great job!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Oil on 18x24 canvas paper
Madison is 12 and sat for us last night, she did a great job sitting still as that is not an easy task!  I didn't have much time to work on the background and from the neck down so I may go back and work on that some more.  I'm really enjoying the Monday night portrait sessions, the 3 hours fly by!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Red barns in Plein Air

Oil on 8x10 board
We went plein air painting yesterday with the Academy.  We had a great time painting at a lady's farm where there were horses and chickens and these pretty red barns.

Friday, June 20, 2014


Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper
We had life figure at the Academy today.  It was a two day but I could only make it for one.  I really enjoyed pulling all kinds of flesh tone colors out and probably would have worked on those more if I had worked on it for a second day.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Lauren Portrait

Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper
Another lovely model for portrait session tonight.  Only a one day this week.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Day 2 - Portrait

Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper
I could have worked on it for a lot longer but that's all the time I had!  I'm happy with my second live model painting at the Academy and I'm looking forward to doing more Monday nights!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Day 1 - Portrait

Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper

We have a model on Monday nights at the Academy, it's not a class, everyone just shows up and works in whichever medium they want.  We have this lovely model for 2 weeks so I'm looking forward to putting the finishing touches next week!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Oil on 8x8 deep wrap canvas
I love poppies and I love to paint them!  Such a funny name in French: coquelicots!
Another beautiful picture from my sister-in-law who lives in Belgium, I owe a lot of my inspiration to her!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Provence Scene

Oil on 8x8 deep wrap canvas
Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend!  It is finally warm here and I'm enjoying seeing the green grass and the pretty flowers coming up!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Farm Houses

Oil on 11x14 Wrap Canvas

I started this painting a few weeks ago and finally finished it today.  Now that school is done for the summer (the Academy of Fine Art) and that I'm home during the day, I'm hoping to get back to painting more!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lisa seated and final Sculpture day

 Lisa Seated 24x18 - Charcoal on grey toned paper

Well this is it for the summer!  The Academy is done for the year.  We'll be meeting a few times for life figure and plein air but no instruction until September!  It's been a great year, I have learned so much but a break for the summer will be nice too and maybe I can get back to painting!

Thanks everyone for your kind words about my cat, it meant a lot to me.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Academy Works and Art Garage exhibition

Sculpture class Day 3 of 4
Fabric Study
Ear cast painting

Art Garage Exhibition - my 2 pieces are Christina and the Chateau des Alpilles
I hope everyone is doing well!  I've been away from the blogging world for a few weeks now...  Unfortunately my 17 year old cat which we loved so much passed away a few weeks ago and I haven't been in the painting mood.
I've been busy at the Academy as you can see and only have one more week before the summer break.  I'll use this summer to get back to some of my "daily" painting.
Happy Spring everyone, I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Portrait of Colette (updated) and studio pictures

I made some changes to the background as I thought it was way too dark before.  I also made minor changes in the face.
Below are some pictures of my studio.  I put a table and chair in the corner and I really like the addition!  My space is in the basement and I love the fact that I have that room all to myself!  The only part that I struggle with sometimes is that when it is sunny, I have a hard time with the glare on my canvas.
I would love to know where you paint and what you would do to make it better?


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Portrait of Colette

Oil on 20x16 canvas paper
My mom came to visit for a week and agreed to pose for me to practice painting a portrait from life.  We had a great time, did a lot of talking (except when I was working on her mouth!), took breaks for tea and ended up with a pretty nice portrait at the end and she thinks it looks like her!  A success!
This took about 4 days of about 2 hours of sitting each day.  I then worked more on the background today once she was gone.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cast Drawing and other Academy works

Charcoal on Canson Mi-teintes paper - Approximate size 20x16
This has been a long process!  I started this cast drawing at the Academy in mid October and it has finally been approved!  I will be moving on to grey paper in life figure classes and painting soon after.... a long process but so worth it!
Below are some other works from the Academy in the past few weeks:
Charcoal - 24x18
 Charcoal - 24x18

Graphite - 9x12

Charcoal - 24x18

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Chateau des Alpilles in St. Remy

Oil on 20x16 Wrap Canvas
I'm submitting a couple of paintings for an exhibition at the Art Garage for the Arts Unlimited group and this will be one of them.  I'll post a picture once they are framed!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Red Barns

Oil on 22x28 Wrap Canvas
My sister asked me to paint a version of the Peaceful River painting I did a few months ago.  I made it slightly different than the first one to make it unique, I enjoyed painting it again!  It's amazing how you still notice new things even after having painted it a few times!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Final Portrait Class

Final day of portrait class today.  Worked more on the hair and details in the features.  I opted to leave the shirt undone as that would have taken me the whole 3 hours to shade it in!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Portrait - Day 3

Vine Charcoal on 18x24 Mi-teintes paper
Day 3 of portrait class, only one more day!  I need to work on the values in the face and model it some more.  If I have time, I'll add some values on the chest and t-shirt.

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