Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Neighbor's Yard

5 x 7 inches, oil on board.

Since the pink house next door is empty, its yard is rarely mowed. The grass eventually grows tall and goes to seed, and "wildflowers" pop up. I kind of like it. Grasses are beautiful, if they are not repeatedly beheaded (I can feel my Dad rolling his eyes right now). Anyway, that's what this painting is all about.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Tulip's Last Gasp

5 x 7 inches, oil on board.
Here's a half-baked study of our of our tulips, now long gone. I painted it in a couple hours before I had to go to work, planning on finishing it the next morning. The next morning my tulip was a sad puddle of petals and pollen, and a stark, upright stem.

This is why people work from photos. I do work from photos, but I much prefer the frustration and joy of reality. I think.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Our Garden

5 x 7 inches, oil on board.

It may be just green blobs now, but in another month our garden should show lots of color. We have morning glory, phlox, snapdragon, lupine, moss rose, daisy, nasturtium, and vegetables (the yellow blobs towards the back). The garden is a lifeline for Kay and myself. We spend as much time outside as is practical, or possible. If we can do our work outside, we'll drag it outside. The house next door is empty (where the red car sits) and acts as a quiet buffer. We have a nice little oasis of nature.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Old Bethpage Lane

5 x 7 inches, oil on board.

I was attracted to the colors in the distant line of trees and the dark accent of the tree in the middle distance. And I like curved lanes. It was a perfect day, peaceful and serene.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Old Bethpage Pine

6 x 8 inches, oil on board.

Here's another painting from Old Bethpage Village, the county park nearby which makes me feel like I've stepped back a century or two. I think this may be a White Pine, but I'm not sure. Whatever it is, I wish that cabin was my studio and this was the view from my kitchen porch.

This painting is a slightly larger 6 x 8 inches. I will be making some much larger landscapes this spring and summer.

I apologize for my long silence. My other job has been dictating play recently, but I've made some changes and should have more personal time (painting time) from now on.

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