Sunday, December 20, 2009

Last Glorious Days of Autumn

This is a larger painting than I have done for quite a while.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hint of Winter

This painting reminds me of when I was a little kid playing outside and I would suddenly realize I was cold and it was time to go home and have dinner.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall Vegetable Garden

Still have not posted all the paintings done in other people's gardens but in the meantime it is fall and I want to post the season's crop.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

by the Creek #2

One of the nice things about this trip to other peoples properties is that you often get to go to the same place the next year. Here is another version of the same creek.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Long View

On the day I painted this the sun kept moving along over all the fields lighting them up as it went. I finally had to decide on one version of the light show.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Provence in Pennsylvania

This lovely house and garden looks just as I imagine a chateau in France must but it is actually nestled in the hills of Chester County. On the other side of the house there are lovely lavender gardens. I didn't get to the other side until it was too late to paint them so I'm looking forward to next year.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Every year the Wayne Art Center offers a work shop of sorts. One signs up and then a map comes in the mail to various locations around the area where you are welcome to come and paint for the day. These spots are always beautiful and it is a little adventure to follow the map and end up in a lovely garden or field with a bunch of other artists.
I will be posting paintings from this adventure for the next week or so. They won't always be from this year but the first couple are.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ben in the Secret Garden

This is the last painting of the secret garden that will have any semblance of order as I have abandoned it to the weeds. (At least for this year) At the moment there is not a sign of the brick paths and all sorts of new plants have sprung up. In the foreground of this painting is my much loved dog Ben, who loved to pose whenever he got a chance. This slide is not too good unfortunately.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Approaching the Secret Garden

Thursday, August 6, 2009


The first garden I established in this spot was for vegetables.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Secret Garden #1

I am working on a pool painting at the moment, but in the mean time I will be posting a series that has been going on for quite a while.

About 20 years ago or so I cleared out a garden in the back of my property that had been used as a dumping place for leaves over the years. I wanted to have a place away from the hubbub of family life to sit and think... or simply escape. I took out a weed tree and laid out a formal garden with bricks. This is the first painting of that space. My neighbor's garage is in the background.

Friday, July 31, 2009


While I'm finishing my current pool painting I will put some oldies up. This painting of my grandsons must have been painted around 18 years ago as both these kids are now in college. This painting was actually painted outside over a period of days. I don't know if that qualifies as PLEIN AIR or not.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Morning Pool

Since we are in the heart of summer in Merion I will post paintings I have done over the years of our pool in the next few days. When I have the date I will post it. This painting does not have a date unfortunately.
I realized after posting this that it had to have been painted in the morning because of the direction of the sun.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bee Balm

The Bee Balm have completely taken over my garden. Next year I'll get things in order but for now they are having the time of their lives.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

I love the tumbleweed clouds, the sense of endless possibilities in an open space. And yet in that solitary tree , the foreboding title" before the development", is recalled and an unsettled quality descends. Oh powerful drama!
Laurie Leevy

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Jake and Bay

Jake and Bay our very sweet new dogs, found starving in Arkansas about 4 months ago. They were sent to a no kill shelter in Pennsylvania where we adopted them.  They have been a constant source of delight for us ever since.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

This is roughly the same view as the previous piece but it is painted on canvas.  I think the texture difference is interesting.  Masonite is so hard and slippery that the oils take on an almost watery appearance and that seems to encourage looser brush work. This version on canvas is framed so the scan is not too good as the varnish catches the light but I think the difference is obvious.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Forsythia #1

The feisty forsythia thrusts itself into the blue violet air of spring,
everywhere joyously poking and jabbing,
Atwhirl among the city trash or dancing down an open field,
It won't stop saying - 'Yes'!
Except of course, where some  fool 
has brutally whacked its spirit into an ugly ball.
Then it squeezes out an occasional desultory bloom, 
just to show what might have been.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Next Door Early Spring

Here the snow is gone and Spring is on the way.

Nest Door Snow

Here are two paintings of the same subject - my next door neighbor's yard as viewed from my side of the fence.  Things are melting in this one.