Saturday, December 29, 2007

Patcong Creek Revisited

I love this's close to my home and has a nice protected little spot to sit and paint from. I think I'm ready to try a larger version of this. If so it will be my first large landscape in many many ( and I do mean many) years ! This one is 8x10

Friday, December 28, 2007


The weather has been day after day of rain and clouds this month. Caught some hazy color on my way to work this morning. I was a half hour late...but it was worth it!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Seagulls and Two Houses

slowly getting back into the groove. both 5x7

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Days are Getting Longer: Update

A snow view of my home from last winter

A small commission, some more cards and a sympathy painting for a relative. Long days at the flower shop and overcast afternooons have made it impossible for me to photo what work I've been doing. Also prepping panels and buying tubes of oils ( the better stuff). I'm even trying to get a lot of my yard work finished early this year in anticipation of spending my winter and early spring days painting. And the best part...the days are getting longer!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Here and There

I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but I get really busy with the floral business this time of year, so the painting ( and the blog) suffer a bit. The weather has also been suffering lately. Here are two quick impressions of of late afternoon sunlight. I've been giving some serious thought on continuing my work with landscape. Such as putting more of my effort into plein air for at least one year. I'm also thinking about birds, figures and architecture within the landscape format. And for the still lifes? I won't abandon them completely, just adding more to the mix. I surely didn't realize three years ago just how limited my abilities were. I'm glad I know that now. I think for the new year the emphasis will be on learning how to better handle paint and how to better compose a picture!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

June's Card


My Aunt asked if I would do a small painting for her of red flower that she could use for her Christmas Cards this year. 5x7 "Anemone"

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Thank You


Thank you everyone for making today my most successful Studio Art Show to date!!

New paintings will resume probably on Wednesday so stay tuned.....

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mill Pond


A place of many memories. 5x7

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Wings in Shadow

Finished this one up a few weeks ago.

Yesterday and Today


Today I learned that oil paint stiffens up in the cold just like my old bones. The boat was painted this morning in very cold ( but clear ) air. Both 5x7s hopefully they will be dry in time for my yearly studio show next week.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Patcong Creek


This is just a few blocks from my home. It was nice to have a somewhat sunny afternoon for a change.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Monday's Ducks and Tuesday's Ducks Too


First time in a week it's been sunny enough for me to take pictures of what I've been doing. This little beach in Somers Point seems to be a haven for Brant. Tuesday's piece ( sunset with pier ) was Very intimidating but I went ahead with it anyway. Both 5x7

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Bridge to Ocean City

Yet another rainy day in Ocean City
5x7 oil/panel

Studio Show Sunday December 2nd

Everybody is welcome to my 4th Annual Studio Show/Open House. It's been a great success the last couple of years. A chance to view most of my work in one place and a chance to purchase my smaller paintings at really good prices. Just email me at if you're interested.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

Fallen Beauty

A match to my seagull perhaps, except this beautifull creature was felled on purpose. I asked my father ( the hunter ) if I could borrow him for an hour so I could execute this quick sketch. Oil on board aprox. 14 x 28

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Clara Glenn

This is an old pet cemetery here in Linwood It's hidden away by a housing development pretty much have to drive through someones yard to find it, there's no road..but it is public! It's really cool. 8x10 oil

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Finished Fern Painting

I always forget to post these after I finish them. Three sessions on this piece. 11x14 oil/panel

Rainy Day at the North End


5x7 oil/panel

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Classic Shanty


I'm not sure why I didn't find this when I was seeking a subject for the "Vanishing Seashore Cottage" show last spring, but I found it yesterday in Strathmere. Then again last spring I hadn't the nerve to paint out of doors yet! What a delight. 11x14 oil/panel

Friday, November 09, 2007

Longport Bridge

A little 5x7 that has truly eluded my taking of a decent tis anyway!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Delores C. Cooper Bridge

I'm good friends with Delores's Daughter!

8x10 oil/panel

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Autumnal Fern

This one will get another sitting. I've paintned this fern before, but this is the first year it ever stuck around and changed colors! 9x10 oil

Saturday, November 03, 2007


It was the name of the boat. Stormy skies last two days...I painted this one on the way home from the day job yesterday. Feeling myself getting a little obsession going about painting outdoors. 8x10 oil

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Brigantine Wildlife Refuge


Late hours and early darkness have made it hard for me to get photos of this stuff. I finally made it out to the marshes to paint ( planning since July) This would be "plein air" number two. 8x10

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Angel Wings Two: Still in progress

One more from the Garden

Even though the growing season is over there's still many interesting things out there. Coleus 5x7

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Little Red Peppers and Crab Apples

I guess this is about near the end of the "Gifts of the Garden' series for 2007. 5x7 oil/panel

Monday, October 22, 2007

Monroe Avenue

It was just way too nice to sit inside and paint stilllifes yesterday. I tihnk this one falls into the "true" plein air catagory. 8x10 oil/panel

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Shell with Periwinkle Background

Further attempts to keep my brushstrokes to a minimum 5x7

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Back to the Painting board

Man it felt good to return to the oils today. Single hibiscus 5x7" and new work in progress....Angel Wings Two. 11" x 28".

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Artistic Legacy

My mother dug this painting out of the trash in my Father's garage. It's probably one of the first his dad (my grandfather) ever did. He did not start to paint until he was in his fifties. I think this one has a nice niave/outsider charm and I'm really glad to have it. I like the crude way he signed the C.Law, although I don't think you can see it in the photo. His name was Charlie...I'm the fourth Charles in line. Here also is another painting of my grandfather's...a later one when he was a bit more accomplished. His real talent was for working with wood. He made beautiful inlaid tables, lamps and carvings of birds. Here is a not so very good picture of the table I have in my living room.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


For those of you who check in regularly I just want to let you know that my father has been having some health problems and I've been spending my spare time at the hospital..hence the lack of paintings. He is being operated on tomorrow and hopefully he will be home and on the road to recovery by the middle of next week. So I expect to return to my normal schedual next Tuesday ( the 16th). I plan on doing lots of small paintings in preparation for my upcoming studio show December 2nd so please stay tuned.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Viking Two

I completed the large one today. Then had just enough time before the sun set to paint this little inkwell on some slate that sits on my porch. 5x7

Monday, October 01, 2007

Summer's Last Water Lily

A subject begging to be painted when I came home today. It was beautiful to sit outside and do this quick study...the flower was closing as I painted, not allowing for too much time or detail. Sorry for the bit of glare from the late afternoon sun, kindof removed the blue stripes.

Sunday, September 30, 2007


These tiny little mums are one of my favorites to work with this time of year...both with painting and floral design. 5x7 oil/panel

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Get Well Buddy B.

This one is a gift for a dear friend who is fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
8x10 oil

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

Artist's Rule: Never Fall in Love with your Paintings

Ninety percent complete. First one in a while thats giving me a problem with the above mentioned rule.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Sedum and Dusty Miller

Last bloomers of the season...ah fall!
8x10 oil/panel

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Dried Oak Leaves

This one is actually a commission from last year. I told my client she would have to wait until the the leaves started to drop again in September to match the pink and greens from the two paintings she purchased a year ago. 5x7 oil

Thursday, September 13, 2007



8x10 oil/panel

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Noyes Exhibit

Three posts at once is a record for me, but I'm a little behind. It was a busy week! I have two paintings at the Noyes from now until the end of October. Two Shells on a Bed of Kelp and the Dried Asian Octopus painting. You probably won't get a chance to see the octopus painting again any time soon. They are part of the
">Signature Artist's Show. There are two other very interesting exhibits going on as well so if you're local you should stop in. The Noyes Musuem is a real gem here in South Jersey! I also met a fellow blogger at the opening; Joanie San Chirico, she is a textile artist. Thats an area I'm not too familiar with, but I know enough to know that her work is quite accomplished. I also did the outdoor Washington Street Mall Show in Cape May this past weekend. Sales were good and I made yet another Artist friend Sandy Jones. She works in Tempera Resist ...a technigue I'm going to try for my personal Christmas cards this year.