Wine and Art Trail

I took part in the Bucks County Wine and Art Trail competition for 2022. Here were the entries. There will be an upcoming exhibit at Freeman Hall in 2023. In the meantime, I have the flowers on view in the Fall Salon Show at Freeman Hall in Doylestown until October 2nd.

Pretty Bird Farm Flower Bouquet, oil on linen panel, 2022
Buckingham Valley Vineyards and Winery, oil on linen panel, 2022
Wycombe Vineyards, oil on linen panel, 2022

Mentorship Class

I am taking an inspiring course with the insightful artist Elody Gyekis who is mentoring a group of us to take our work to the next level. The monochromatic and color studies have been painted in the last two weeks while the portraits were completed prior to the class. ‘Cat’ won an award at the 93rd Juried Show at Phillips’ Mill. The award presentation was an awesome highlight of an otherwise difficult year.

Monochromatic study, 16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas, 2022
Color study, 16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas, 2022
Cat, 30 x 40 inches, oil on canvas, 2022
Alex (AJ Minter) among the sunflowers, 20 x 16 inches, oil on canvas, 2022

New Beginning

This is the beginning of my first painting of the New Year. It shows a sculpture of Pan in a museum between two paintings of regal gentlemen. At least it will depict that when I finish it. Although I was hesitant to get back into the studio, I am happy with the start of this. The grayish blue background and the reddish brown shadows harken back to the Rubens oil sketches I love. I also include the framed painting of the crucifixion sculpture in Mt Hope Cemetery. Another reminder of the old master paintings I adore. It will soon be for sale online on the A & C website.

First day of painting
One of my favorite places in Lambertville

Lately

I have been sketching, working on ideas for future paintings, and moving forward slowly on the Pathos of Alexander painting. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that a painting with that heavy a title is weighing me down. The whole indirect painting thing sometimes feels like I have entered quicksand, but I will persevere, whether or not it is warranted.

Sketch for Women Play Baseball project
Sketches
After some glazing in color

Fortunate

Fortunate to have sold a painting last night. Looking forward to selling some more this holiday season at two small works shows in the area. I have 7 paintings for sale at the AOY show and 2 paintings for sale at the Arts & Culture show. Here are two recent paintings: one, of Edith Houghton, the lone female scout for MLB (Philadelphia Phillies) is with the support of the Russell J. Efros Foundation’s Sprout Grant and the other is one of the 7 in the AOY small works show.

Oil on linen, 20 x 24 inches
Painted over Zoom, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches

Busy

I am getting ready for small works shows for the holidays. And while I was working so hard, I received good news: My painting, Play at the Plate won first place in the IWBC’s Women on the Diamond art competition.

Bryce Harper, 8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas
Jaz on Her Favorite Chair, oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches
Free Range Chickens in Lambertville NJ, oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches
Fat Cat (Tucker), oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches
Sheep at Thompson Neely Farmstead, oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches
Sheep at Thompson-Neely Farmstead 2, oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches

Paintings of local scenes

I couldn’t wait to paint the animals at the Kate De Lane Farm after I returned from purchasing eggs there. The animals came running toward me and it made my day. The other scene is of rowers on the Delaware inspired by older LOC photos and the works of Thomas Eakins. Both are for sale locally. Kate De Lane Farm can be purchased at Duck Soup in New Hope, PA, and The Rowers will be for sale either at the upcoming A&C small works show online and in Doylestown, PA or the AOY show in Yardley, PA

oil on canvas panel, 11 x 14 inches October 2021
oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, 2021