Monday, December 29, 2014

Sandi - in progress

This is probably halfway done. Deceptively difficult, as I'm trying to get the movement in the water and the feel of the wind that day. Still a long way to go, but getting there.

This is the updated wave. I've toned down the green and yellow, and softened the smaller wave. Next will be working a little more on the break at the top of the large save and refining the sky.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

New show and upcoming holidays

Rehearsals began tonight for "Leading Ladies" at Possum Point Theatre. I'll be playing Meg. This is a pretty funny comedy by Ken Ludwig, who also wrote "Lend Me a Tenor" which was my first show at Milton Theatre years ago.

3 more working days till Christmas break. I'm looking forward to it. No idea what I'll be doing specifically, but hope to get some painting and traveling done. Oh, and probably some Christmas shopping, since I've done none of that. Yeah, that would be a good idea.

A Beautiful Mess

You've got the best of both worlds
You're the kind of girl who can take down a man
And lift him back up again

You are strong but you're needy, humble but you're greedy
Based on your body language and shoddy cursive I've been reading
Your style is quite selective but your mind is rather reckless
Well, I guess it just suggests that this is just what happiness is

Hey, what a beautiful mess this is
It's like picking up trash in dresses
Well, it kind of hurts when the kind of words you write
And kind of turn themselves into knives
And don't mind my nerve you could call it fiction
'Cause I like being submerged in your contradictions, dear

'Cause here we are, here we are
Although you were biased I love your advice
Your comebacks they're quick and probably
Have to do with your insecurities

There's no shame in being crazy depending on how you take these
Words I'm paraphrasing this relationship we're staging
And what a beautiful mess, yes, it is
It's like we're picking up trash in dresses

Well, it kind of hurts when the kind of words you say
Kind of turn themselves into blades
And the kind and courteous is a life I've heard
But it's nice to say that we played in the dirt, oh dear

'Cause here we are, here we are
Here we are, here we are
Here we are, here we are
Here we are, here we are
Here we are, we're still here
And what a beautiful mess this is

It's like taking a guess when the only answer is yes
And through timeless words and priceless pictures
Well fly like birds not of this earth
And tides they turn and hearts disfigure
But that's no concern when we're wounded together
And we tore our dresses and stained our shirts
But it's nice today, oh, the wait it was so worth it

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hurricane Sandy in progress

This is the very beginning of a fun painting of a Hurricane Sandy wave. I'm using black, white, sap green and naples yellow only. The silhouette in the bottom front will be a portion of a dune fence eventually. There's a long way to go, but it's got possibilities.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A beautiful quote

“If it wasn’t for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have a green light that burns at the end of your dock."
Daisy put her arm through his abruptly but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to him, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted things had diminished by one.” 
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby

Friday, November 28, 2014

Things they do in Hell

If Hell exists, I don't believe there is a "one Hell fits all". I think we each have our own personal Hell. I was reflecting on this while I was driving during a short snow squall on the way home from VA (which, being only November, is what got me thinking about Hell in the first place.) My Hell would look kind of like this, keeping in mind this could change frequently:

1. There would be t.v.'s. They would all be on, all the time, and would feature golf, Judge Judy and Fox News on a rotating basis.
2. The only sport available would be golf. But you couldn't play, you could only watch it...on one of those t.v.'s.
3. Every afternoon at 2, your job would be to paint a new ceiling, and that ceiling would be a popcorn ceiling.
4. All of your clothing would be the type of clothing that's been left in the washer for a little too long, giving it that stale, mildewy smell.
5. 24 hour a day country music. (Please let me go to Heaven.)
6. Pots of boiled cabbage and rhubarb on the stove, all day every day.
7. Hell neighbors who have habits such as: talking extremely loud about sensitive subjects (politics, religion...), make that "hocking" noise with their throats....constantly, wear shoes that squeak with every step, snap their gum, whine constantly about their health while they sit on their asses and eat crappy food.
8. Gordon Lightfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is the only song on the radio.
9. There is no coffee, orange juice, wine or pizza.
10. The only incoming calls to your cell phone are salespeople.

I reserve the right to add to this list.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Check out my new website. It's brand spanking new, with changes/adjustments still to be made, but it's ready enough for now!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thoroughly Modern Millie

This is the in-progress set painting I am doing for Thoroughly Modern Millie, which opens at Clear Space Theatre on November 14, 2014. These flats are huge! It's taking a while, but it's kind of fun too.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Plein Air Brandywine Valley

 What a great event! I've spent the last 3 days painting in Greenville, DE, Chadds Ford PA, and West Chester PA. The exhibition/sale/judging will be at Winterthur, tomorrow night - October 24, 7 p.m. A portion of the sales benefit The Children's Beach House.  We were given certain locations to paint, including Janssen's Market, Haskell's Farm, Marshall Square Park and various private homes.

 Wednesday was VERY cold and VERY rainy. Thankfully I brought my plein air umbrella.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sold - at Taste for Art

 These three sold on Saturday, plus another plein air from Lancaster, that I can't seem to find a photo of. The Beach Crossing on the bottom had some more work done to it after this photo was taken. The color was toned down a bit, but can't seem to find a final photo of that one either. Anyway, great night!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rainy Day Plein Air

I have painted plein air in the rain before, but have forgotten how fun it can be. When the sky is rolling around and the clouds change from white to gray to violet to an almost brown/violet with upcoming rain, it can make for some pretty exciting painting. Saturday was this kind of morning. Some rain, some wind, and lots of amazing clouds. It was hard to keep up with the changing colors. And it makes painting a plain blue sky pretty dull.

This is Gordon's Pond, Rehoboth.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


These paintings will be on sale online from October 1 - October 12 and are being sold to make room in my studio for new work. All works are oil unless otherwise noted. Most are framed.

Any paintings not sold online by the 12th will be available at the open house. If you are interested in purchasing a piece online and would like to see it in person before the 12th, please contact me to set up a time. All paintings are at least 50% off their original prices. Shipping is available.

SOLD Back Bay 22 x 30
Gilligans, 16 x 22, $100

SOLD Jetty, 24 x 36

Lewes Beach, 16 x 20, $175

Purple Parrot, 8 x 10, $75

Noontime, Surf Avenue, 11 x 14, $150

Queen Street, Plein Air, 8 x 8, $75

Yellow Hay Bales, 12 x 20, $200

Bent, 30 x 48, $750

Lost, 24 x 36, $450

SOLD Prime Hook Marsh, 8 x 10

Prime Hook, 8 x 10, $250

Leave Me On Your Shores, 8 x 10, $150

All That Fire is Repeated, 24 x 24, $300

Ends of the Earth, 42 x 42, $1100

Implacable Sweetness, 8 x 8, $150

SOLD Virginia Moon, 12 x 24

Miles Ahead, 16 x 20, $300

Singular Sweetness, 16 x 16, $200

Conscious of Our Treasures, 24 x 24, $350

Companion Fields, 8 x 8, $150

Slow Autumn, 12 x 24, $200

Two By Two, 30 x 48, $400

Reluctant Acceptance, 14 x 18, $175

Tag, 16 x 20, $225

Bethany Totem (Watercolor giclee) $50

MINI - $2.90 a Lb. 4 x 6, $25

MINI, Blue Slip, 4 x 6, $25

MINI, Frog Pond, 4 x 6, $25

MINI, Go Fish, 4 x 6, $25

SOLD Lighter, 8 x 10

MINI, Old Glory, 4 x 6, $25

MINI, Rehoboth Water Tower, 4 x 6, $25

MINI, Walls Apts., 4 x 6, $25

MINI, Empty Tube, 4 x 6, $25

SOLD MINI, Dancing

MINI, Facial Study, 4 x 6, $25

MINI, Morgan, 4 x 6, $25

Sunny Yellow, Giclee, 8 x 10, $25

Triptych - Breakwater Trail (UF)
Each panel is 24" x 36" and is sold as a set of 3. Panels could (and should) be framed and hung near each other with some space between each.

THIS IS NOT A STUDIO TOUR. Please, only serious buyers for the open house.
To purchase:
Email me at:
Call me at: 302-228-9953
As paintings sell, they will be marked SOLD.
Pay by cash, check or credit. There are no further discounts. Shipping available.
Once the sale is over, any paintings remaining will be painted over to make way for new work. Don't hesitate, people love sales. :)