Sunday, January 31, 2016


30 Paintings in 30 Days
Here they all are - well worth the effort! My goal was to improve my oil painting process and I definitely learned a lot in the past 30 days.

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Sunset Study  6x6 Oil
For Day 30 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Friday, January 29, 2016


Puppy Dog Eyes, 6 x 6 Oil
Day 29 for the 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
After some minor adjustments, this painting will  be available for purchase on Dailypaintworks.com, where I have a gallery. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Jefferson Mill, 6 x 6 Oil
Day 28, 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days


Wednesday, January 27, 2016



River Foyle, 6 x 6 Oil
Day 27 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

I took this photo from the train on my way north from Belfast to Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The scenery there is spectacular. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Dune Study
6 x 6 Oil 
Day 26 of 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the Beach
6 x 6 Oil
Day 25 of 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Boothbay Harbor Footbridge
12 x 12 Oil  Day 24 for 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Monhegan Cliffs
6 x 6 Oil
Day 23, 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Friday, January 22, 2016


Remy  6 x 6 Oil 
Day 22 of the 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Splash 2   9x12 Pastel  Day 21 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Same picture from Day 20, but different surface and size. This time I tried a watercolor underpainting on a white 9 x 12 Ampersand Pastel Board. Used the Ludwig Cool Greens again, but this time the greens and golds looked far darker. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


"Splash" 5 x 7 Pastel
For day 20 of 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days

I painted this with Terry Ludwig's Cool Green set of pastels and just a couple of Ludwig whites. The cool green set is perfect for seascapes and rocks - all the colors you need! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


"Roxie" 6 x 6 Oil
Day 19 of 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days

This green-eyed beauty was recently adopted by a good friend who sent me her photo. Roxie's just getting used to her new home, and house-mate kitty, so is apprehensive, as I think this photo showed! 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monomoy Dune 6x6 Pastel
Day 18  2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Maine Coast Sunrise 
9 x 12 Oil
$75

Day 17, 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Pressed for time today so decided not to do the cat I had originally planned (tho that is coming) and went for something I could do quickly. I used a rubber tipped tool to wipe out the surf areas, as opposed to painting them with white paint. I liked the result! 

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Remi 6 x 6 Oil
Day 16 for the 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Thanks to Linda Metcalf for the photo of her cute lab, Remington! Remi is all grown up now, but this is a painting of him as a puppy. 

Friday, January 15, 2016


Day 15, 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days
English Pond, 6 x 6 Pastel


Today I am posting a pastel I did for the UK Pastel Painters Facebook challenge.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Day 14 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days 
Aussiedoodle  6 x 6 Oil 

A big thank you to Karen Broemmelisk who posted her photo of this adorable Aussiedoodle on the Facebook group, Photos for Artists.  The photo had a sort of chiaroscuro effect with the strong darks and lights and was fun to paint. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Day 13 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Surf Triptych  6 x 18
 
I finished the third piece of this 3-part seascape. Each panel is 6 x 6 so together they form a triptych that is 6 x 18. I can picture all three framed together in a "float frame" so they each have a bit of space between them. I am very pleased with the way this came out!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Day 12  2016 30 paintings in 30 days
"Surf II" 6 x 6 Oil


This is part two of my 3-part triptych. Tomorrow I will post part 3 and the entire 6x18 painting.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Day 11  2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Surf 1" - 6 x 6 Oil

This is the first of a three-part painting (triptych). I started with the left side section. Overall, the final painting will be 6" high x 18" wide. I plan to frame all three pieces together with just a small space between each panel. I expect to add finishing touches to this piece once I have all three completed.

Sunday, January 10, 2016




Day 10  2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Surf off Ocean Point" 6 x 6 Oil
$75

Still taking a break from pet pictures, this painting is based on a photo I took last summer at Ocean Point, Maine, where the Damariscotta River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Day 9 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days 2016
"A New Day 2" 6 x 6 Oil
$75

I've gone back to my favorite surface - a RayMar Feather-Lite cotton canvas panel - and what a difference! The paint lays down on the surface and does not slide around as it did on the Cradled Panel. As a result, I was able to complete this painting quickly and feel that it is closer in color to my reference photo. 

Day 8 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"A New Day" 10 x 10" Oil
$120

I am taking a break from painting pets with the idea that a sunrise would be fast and easy. Not so! This 10 x 10 is on a surface I have never used - a cradled panel.  My previous paintings have been on Raymar Feather Lite Panels with a medium tooth cotton canvas surface. The cradled panel is very smooth so the paint tends to slide around, especially when painting alla prima. Tomorrow's painting will be the same scene, but painted on a 6 x 6 Raymar panel so I expect it to go much faster. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Day 6 - 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days
"Penny"  6 x 6 Oil


"Penny" is based on a photo by Janet Harman who generously shared it on the Facebook site, Photos for Artists. For this painting, I did not start with an underpainting - and I wish I had! The underpainting establishes the strong lights and darks which is helpful as the painting progresses. But, this challenge is intended to grow as an artist and I am learning a lot. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Day 5 - 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Frodo  6 x 6 Oil

Love little Frodo, who lives in England with my nephew's family. I have more to do on this painting, including adding his collar and tags, but it is coming along!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Day 4 - 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Happy Havanese  6 x 6 Oil 

This was such a fun painting to do! I took this photo in Chatham, Mass when visiting friends. My Havanese, Auggie, loved sitting on the deck of the little cottage we rented overlooking Mill Pond. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Day 3 - 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days
I Got It! 6 x 6 Oil
From a photo by Sheila Stienly

Another painting from the Facebook site, Photos for Artists. Loved this picture of a Lab retrieving a tennis ball. This painting was done a little under 2 hours - finally! My process is getting faster! 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Day 2 - 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Flying Ears  6 x 6 Oil
From a photo by Orphie Barella

Today's painting is from a photo I found on a Facebook site called Photos for Artists where photographers from around the world generously post photos for artists to use, royalty free. I loved this little dachshund with his ears flying as he turns his head. Yesterday's painting of Coco took 3 hours, so today my goal was to complete the painting in 2 hours. I was close - this one was 2-1/2 hours There is much about it I would like to refine, but keeping to my "painting a day" challenge, I will leave it as is. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Day 1 of the 2016 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
Coco 6x6 Oil $195

Coco is my adorable 5 lb maltese-yorkie, or in other words, a "morkie".  She's full of spunk and has lots of Yorkie attitude. My theme for the first few paintings in the challenge will be Pets and Animals.