Category Archives: framed artwork

Apples and Oranges in Pairs for a Discount

Small paintings are nice when paired or in groupings, especially little still lifes and florals. I painted these two little pastels years apart but decided I could pair them especially with a similar frame. I have fun adding finishes to salvage frames. For years “Fruit” had been framed in the frame above, but with its […]

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Stripes, Sleeping, a Sketch and Memory

This is a daily sketch from many years ago, at another time when I did daily sketches. Stanley settled on the pillow on the Recamier for his after-breakfast nap and I simply grabbed my pencil and sketchbook and swung around in my desk chair and got it down on paper. I’m so glad, because more […]

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Taking Flight on a Summer Afternoon

Years ago I watched a documentary on the whooping crane, this huge, graceful white bird whose population had decreased to fewer than 20 birds from habitat loss and hunting by the early 1940s. Very early conservation efforts managed to save these birds from total extinction, though today there are still only around 600 birds including […]

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Summer Morning from the Deck, a Memory Painted in Midwinter

When I participated in Leslie Saeta’s annual “30 in 30” painting challenge last January I had prepared myself with reference photos I’d taken because I really wanted to paint them that could be done as a fairly quick sketch. Often those quick sketches are really familiar things, like this view out my kitchen door, over […]

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The Quiet of a Summer Field

It’s not about the trees and grass and sky, it’s not about what you can see, it’s about what you can’t see–the hush of a hilltop field on a summer afternoon, the whisper of a breeze, rustle of grass, one bird whistling, and that sense of eternity that I find in the quiet stillness of […]

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Four Spring Originals as a Grouping or in Pairs

Brighten up an area that needs a little springtime all year round! I love that bright spring green and the way shadows are shaped as the leaves begin to fill out the trees. I painted these four small pastels en plein air, in my back yard and walking around Carnegie. From the top they are: […]

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Fifth Anniversary of Two Cats After van Gogh

It’s the fifth anniversary of this piece of artwork. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since I saw the exhibit “Van Gogh Up Close” and came home with a head full of ideas—and that evening sketched Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine on the landing for my first “Cats After van Gogh” sketch, a theme […]

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Library Avenue in Ink

I carry with me a little pouch of art materials including pencils, gel pens, fountain pens, markers, charcoal and Conte crayons so I’m always ready to capture an image. As a contrast to working in pastel, I love drawing in ink because of the patterns I can make with lines to create shadows and textures, […]

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Framing and Selling a Favorite Sketch, “Gentle Highlights”

I usually love big mats because they isolate the art, but on small pieces mats are naturally smaller. A 1” mat is really small though, almost too small. My original choice of mat and frame for this piece was a larger, double mat pulling the dark gray and tan from the sketch with a matte […]

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Captivating Sycamore Moon

Two large sycamore trees stand near the entrance of the Panhandle Trail, but because they grow against a hill I don’t see them from this angle against the sky until I am headed back home, nearly at the trailhead, and often at dusk, especially the early dusk of a winter night. Because the light changes […]

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