Category Archives: landscapes

Spring Cleaning, a Little Magic and Memories in the Air

I regularly passed the backyard of an old farmhouse near me, and was drawn at first by the forsythia, which was right on the edge of the road as I drove past, then as I slowed down I saw the colorful hanging laundry, always a favorite subject. That hazy spring sunlight with long shadows on […]

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Lilacs and Laundry in My Back Yard

It’s warm and sunny enough to hang out the laundry once again, and the lilacs I had to cut back after trees fell on them have grown and will bloom again this year. My yard is beginning to feel complete again! This painting always reminds me of those first spring mornings when it’s warm and […]

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Signs of Spring, Pear Trees on Main Street

A familiar scene will change almost imperceptibly over time, and sometimes also suddenly and irrevocably. In April, when the ornamental pears bloom, Main Street seems more colorful than usual with big clouds of soft white pear trees all along the street. Even though I painted this in 2003, it carries the memories of Carnegie’s Main […]

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Original Painting Sold: Summer Sunset, Robinson Run

I’m thrilled that this painting is now in a home that will love it as much as I do. This family had purchased another original as well as a couple of portraits from me—and adopted one of my rescued cats, so we have a friendship as well. We also share a love of trails and […]

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Cool Off in a Summer Sunset

Imagine a summer afternoon so hot you had to soak yourself in the shallow stream in the woods to cool down after your day on the trail, cool water flowing around you, holding your place in the current, and watching the sun drop toward the horizon through the trees. What a great way to spend […]

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Promises to Keep

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. Excerpt from Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” from The Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Copyright 1923, © 1969 by Henry […]

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A Coral Sunset in February

One February afternoon I caught a surprise winter sunset and shared photos in “I Chased A Sunset”. …and it disappeared over the edge and took a piece of my soul with it. Really, on the way home from a quick errand to a shopping center I encountered a stunning winter sunset just beginning to color […]

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Dreaming of an April Afternoon, April Cloud Study

Once the weather turns warm and sunny the world begins coloring up nicely, and so it did one April afternoon. I decided to take some time to paint the clouds, literally and figuratively, standing out in my back yard with my pastel for about ten minutes—and by that time the skies were completely different. This […]

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Winter Sunset, After Rothko

It’s actually the sunset reflected on the eastern horizon, but I guess it could be the western sky as well. It’s from memory, not from life or from a photo, but it’s something I visualized when I’d looked at the horizon at sunset out my back window, a clear cold cloudless sky and deep shadow […]

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A Warm September Morning on Main Street

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, a little hazy from a morning mist, and though it was mid-September it was warm and humid. On the way to the grocery store that Sunday morning on my bike I was out early because the day would be hot, but at that time it was just sweet, […]

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