Thursday, July 24, 2014

yellow beach towel study

8x8 oil on panel
often paint little paintings to try things out before painting them big.  I did a couple versions of this and have this one available now.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Shell Seekers commission,

  sold   24x36 oil on canvas
The collector choose the white t-shirts.
 LOVE this choice.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Beach Kids 2 ways

Every now and then I get an image for a commission that really hits the nail on the head.  I mean, I might as well have taken this photo, right?
My kind of image, so painting it was fun.  So fun that I did 2! 
 I've got my fave.  Which one do you like?

Ponder it over the weekend.  I'll tell you which one the collector choose on Monday.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Little Beach -1. 07101

6x6" oil on panel
I've got a bunch of little beach paintings I'll be posting over the next few days.  It is almost like meditation painting these - getting lost in the little beach worlds.  Fun stuff, I'm at a loss for titles though.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Competition - swimmers series

Nice weekend for a trip to Martha's Vineyard!  If you are going, head over to Edgartown and check out my work at Eisenhauer Gallery.  It is a wonderful space - you won't be dissapointed.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's a Shore Thing - beach painting, 0714

36"x24" oil on canvas
It sure is a shore thing.  Seems like these days everyone is either going to, coming from, planning on going to or is actually AT the beach. 
With that in mind, I painted this large canvas. One of 3 for a collector to choose from, I posted about it in a studio peek.  Now I can officially offer it for sale here.   24x36 is the perfect "over the mantle" size.  I've been painting a lot of them lately.  Tempted to bring this one home and put it over ours.

btw - that cute little "purchase" button - I just made that. I'm almost as proud of my that as I am of the painting!!   Love learning new "tricks",

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Blue Beach Girl

6x6" oil on panel
Normally when I'm working on some  of my bigger paintings or commissions, I like to start off with a "study" or a small painting, just to get the juices flowing.  Usually that meant painting a cupcake or two.  Recently, reworking old small paintings has been my go-to warm up.  This little blue beach girl is one of them.  I'm working on my values in paintings and these beach people paintings are perfect for that kind of practice.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Peek into my Sketchbook - vacation sketching

Going on vacation this summer?  Take along your sketchbook!!  I love Instagram and my iphone camera as much as the next gal but nothing compares to slowing down and really taking in a view like drawing or painting in a sketchbook.  Less of a commitment than setting up an easel and paints for a plein air session, whipping out a drawing in a sketchbook has a charm all it's own.   

Thursday, June 26, 2014


 12x12" oil on raised panel $400
Tried something similar to Free Bird but with a slight change to the arms.  Smaller size too, ready to hang

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Big Hat and a Little Red Pail

6x6" oil  $100
A big hat and a red pail, what more do you need?  Ok, maybe a good book and a beach chair.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Red Pail, Debbie Miller

20x20" oil on panel $1200
Summer is here!  Grap your red pail and head to the beach!

Thursday, June 19, 2014


 - I found this old lantern at a consignment shop.  It just screamed "garden" to me.  Originally, I was thinking of hanging it from a tree but when I got it home, it was just perfect for the " garden wall"

I cut some coir matting for the base - the stuff used to line  those hanging planters - I happened to have one in the shed so I re-purposed it.
then I filled it with some potting soil and some plants and hung it up - how easy is that!?
Isn't it cool?  At night, I pop a solar light in it too because why not right? It is a lantern after all.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Beach Day

24"x36" oil on wood panel
This is another of the large beach scenes I'm working on. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Studio Peek - what is on the easel

What has she been doing?  Well this is it - I'm working on 3 large beach scenes - 24x36.  This is one of them.  A work-in-progress but it's close!

my new thing to do is use paper plates as palettes!  so portable!!
paint spatter in the tea...I have to remember to keep my drinks BEHIND me!!
and my view tonight...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Garden Wall Project

 I love gardening.  In fact if I wasn't a painter I would be a garden designer ( I actually worked as one for a summer).  Color theory, creating compositions and solving problems are all skills an artist hones while creating a painting and a garden becomes a giant expression of the gardener/artist.
In my little suburban, zone 6b garden, my plan is to create garden rooms.  My garden philosophy is that a garden should have surprises. A successful garden is one that does not reveal itself all at once but offers a new experience as you move throughout it.  Which brings us to this years project : the garden trellis wall.

I am trying to divide our yard into 3 distinct "rooms" - the deck/dining area, the firepit garden and the shed garden.  To achieve this we needed to create a wall between the deck and the "shed garden".  Also this blocks the view of a neighbors house - making for a very private deck area and the perfect support for vines.
I figured out exactly what I wanted, drew up a plan and recruited my husband and his handy friend to do build it.

I won't go into the step by steps here - you can google 'how to build a trellis' or similar for all the how - to's you will ever need. (Or get someone with the know - how to do it like I did!)
The guys did a great job, but you know I couldn't leave it natural right?
 No, I like black as a back drop for plants.  When the clematis grows up this, the flowers will really POP!

you can see I tried out different fountains... more on these next week.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Welcome new friends and thank you

My first One Kings Lane print sale was a big success.  Thank You!  I have been picked up to be a part of several upcoming sales on One Kings Lane so keep your eyes open for those too -especially if you missed the chance to order a print the first time around.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Studio Peek

I'm having a hard time getting back into the blogging grove! 
Easing back in with a little peek into my (currently very messy) studio.  Working on 3[  24x36 beach scenes.  One is for a commission, the others will be available soon - more soon.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Taking a minute to do a gratitude check.  Thank You!   You know you are the sweetest right? 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Studio Update

Free Bird - 20x20 oil $1,200

-My One Kings Lane sale is still happening and this painting is offered but if you are interested in the original, that is offered directly through me.
- I delivered 10 paintings to Eisenhauer Gallery on Marthas Vineyard last weekend.  I love this gallery in Edgartown.  Planning a trip to the island this summer?, be sure to stop by!
here they go - ready to board the ferry.

Painting a large commission, some more cupcakes, and wrapping up another year of teaching K art.
AND on top of that the garden beckons, and it is my Birthday Month SO...

This week I am taking the blogging pressure off - I try to blog M-F but this week I need to put all my energy into the commission so I'm taking the week off.  I'm sure I will pop in though and share something and I'll share the commission painting when it's done too.

Have a good week everyone!!