This is a view from one of my favorite places to vacation, Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbour, Maine. The views are fantastic, whether from the top of the mountain or from the rocky cliffs that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
This is LaFox, a cat I have painted a couple of times before, he is so much fun to paint; the eyes especially; he was so focused on watching the birds. This one is a commission for a dear friend of mine.
This is a plein air painting I did at Sonenberg Gardens while at beautiful Canandaigua Lake in New York State. It was done at a plein air workshop taught by Steven Doherty, editor of Plein Air Magazine. It was a great workshop and I was totally out of my comfort zone; but I have so wanted to be a plein air painter. Now I know I have a lot to learn and a long way to go; but it sure was fun.
This is a painting of the Roanoke River portion of Smith Mountain Lake. I love to find different views of SML and when I spotted this view while out for a ride one day, I couldn't resist painting it. This lake has such an irregular shape with many coves; it always surprises me when I find an area that I don't expect to see the lake and there it is.
This is Cassie, a Maine Coon Cat. She was a commission for a very dear friend of mine. I did the painting a couple months ago, but because it was a gift I couldn't post it. I am so thankful for the opportunity to do this painting. That long fluffy hair and colorful fur was so much fun to paint.
I can almost feel and smell the freshness of the air after a storm has passed through; the sun always seems so much brighter when part of the sky is still heavy with storm clouds. I couldn't resist painting this with those wonderful cast shadows of the trees and sun hitting the stone buildings.
Well, my only excuse for not having posted is that life has just got in my way, although I have been painting a commission that I will post later, since it is a gift. I couldn't resist painting this donkey; I love animals with an attitude.
Even the last days of autumn are beautiful in Virginia. The day I took this photo was such a gloomy day until you looked at the last of the colors on the trees. The golds and oranges just glowed against the gray skies. This is a view of Sharp Top Mountain from the Peaks of Otter Lodge in Bedford.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone from Moneta, VA. Thank you to all who have visited my blog and all the encouraging comments I have received this past year. I'll resume posting my art in January.
This is my neighbor's cat who has become a frequent visitor, which I love since I am no longer a pet owner. He is so much fun to watch, he always comes for a drink from the bird bath, but this particular day it was frozen solid; but a little ice water did not deter him. After his drink he checks for bird nests in the potted plants and then goes about his day.
Claytor Farm in Bedford is one of the most beautiful places in our area and my thanks to the guys at Goose Creek Gallery in Bedford for letting the secret out. They suggested this place as a really nice location to plein air paint a few years back. We took their suggestion and my jaw dropped when I saw the views from this old home. It is well worth the trip to check it out.
It's been a very busy month for art, with art shows, sales and studio tours it has been hard to find time to paint. This painting was certainly out of my comfort zone, I don't do still life or anything with leaves; but the challenge is done with the final touches put on at the studio tour yesterday. Today it's back to the studio for the second day or the studio tour. If you're looking for something to do, come on out, we are open until 5 PM today. The studio is located at 7005 Booker T. Washington Highway, Wirtz, VA.