Friday, April 22, 2011

Single Peony, oil on canvas, 8 x 10

While we are still waiting for spring to come its nice to be able to think about what might be ahead in the garden this summer. I spent an afternoon, a very cold and blustery afternoon, working on this simple peony in a glass jar. I really enjoyed the simple and graceful composition with strong lighting. I was so pleased with the result, I arranged a few more in a simple, but larger set up. Maybe I'll get to that this week.
Single Peony
oil on canvas
8 x 10

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Quiet Place, 20 x 24, oil on canvas

Finally after what seems like months and months of winter, we are seeing some signs of spring. What a truly welcome sight! This painting was created from some sketches and oil studies I did late last summer in North Bennington, Vermont. I was at this location on the Mill River for several hours so I had a great chance to see the changing light. While the final version of this painting is very different from where I had initially started, I like the front lighting aspect to this painting and was quite happy with the overall feeling of the painting. I continue to enjoy working from my plein air studies...even if they were completed months prior.

This painting along with several others will be on display with the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vermont, as part of their Legacy Collection, until late June. For more information about the Bryan Gallery go to

Happy Spring!

A Quiet Place
20 x 24, oil on canvas