Monday, February 6, 2017

Botanical Inspiration on a grey Monday

I love botanical for its own sake. This little white Ranunculus from last week is the inspiration for a little brainstorming on the computer this Monday.


Different elements are layer onto the little painting to create a new design. These 2  butterflies are on separate layers. As seperate layers, I'm able to freely play with the arrangement & position of them in my composition... till I found a combination that works.

working up some hand lettering

Some mornings, I can work up an entire new collection. Other mornings, I can't make anything happen on the computer.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Small Town Winter Distraction

For a visual person,  our long winter has too much greys & browns. On a boring Winter's day,  heading over to Delhi, NY makes for a colorful break. Most of the buildings on Main St are from 1800's. STEWARTS on Main St,  is my go-to resource for pretty things. It has something for everyone. From local tea to tempting home decor.






Best thing about small town shopping is that one never needs to rub shoulder with shoppers.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Colors from my window

Another contemplative meditation on the process of painting. After many days of endless grey, the sun finally show up!

Frosty Pink is the perfect name to describe this  hue. The pink sunrise glow melts into different shades of browns, pretty quickly.


The days are so short that the light outside my window changes pretty fast.

Always a good idea to have some pre-mix colors for my nocturne... the winter landscape can be monotonous, but the sky can offer me endless color combination to play with.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Typical winter scene of the Catskill Mountain

Each season brings its own beauty & inspirations. Familiar winter view from my studio. A typical snowy scene of the Catskill Mountain.

The cardinal & reindeer are elements of the Holiday Season. With a few basic Photoshop tricks...



I have another new design to add to my Winter Collection.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Horse Sanctuary

My training in illustration gives me the skill to paint anything in a realistic way, in the comfort of my studio.

I also enjoy my detours into artistic investigation with landscapes. With each canvas, one sought to capture one glorious inspirational moment.

en plein air from my garden

My horse reference came from my visits to ROSEMARY FARM, a local horse sanctuary that's in my backyard.

The best part of photoshop is that I can combine my fine art onto my illustrations. I can create as many new designs as I want from a few vignettes. Click HERE, to see more equestrian designs from one painted horse.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Painting Winter Silhouette

Purple & Orange, this is the best time to appreciate the beauty of trees, silhouetted against a glowing sunset.

west facing window comes in handy


Monday, November 14, 2016

SUPERMOON 2016

Dont forget to look up at the moon tonight. The last time we had a super moon was 67 years ago. Due to optical illusion, the moon appears gigantic at moon rise & moon set.

Brilliant moonset at  5:30am this morning

Friday, November 4, 2016

BLUE NOCTURNE

Pursuing landscape in saturated tones to express the sweeping expanse of sky outside my window!

Start of with Blue pastel paper for a blue nocturne

A few strokes of colors to indicate the sunset