Thursday, January 18, 2018

"Alice Floating Down the Rabbit Hole" (mixed media on paper; 12" x 9")

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Recently I reread Alice's stories and fell in love with her. Alice is a plucky little girl who doesn't get fazed by the bizzare adventures that are thrust upon her. After checking first the famous black-and-white illustrations by Sir John Tenniel are out of copyright, I decided to render some of my favorite illustrations in color.

Alice follows a white rabbit into the rabbit hole. As she slowly floats down, she has time to look around.: "Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end? 'I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?' she said aloud." This is the event that starts off Alice's strange adventures in Wonderland!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"French Dinner Table with Rose Bouquet" (oil on linen; 12 x 12")

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The table is set for dinner at a shaded courtyard of a farmhouse in Provence, France. A bouquet of pink and white roses, wine glasses, blue plates, and silverware with yellow handles on crisp white linen table cloth beckon us to join in a laughter-filled family time.

Last fall, I took an online painting workshop with Dreama Perry. It took a while to finish the "homework" and I got around to paint "French Dinner Table" only at the beginning of 2018. It is a happy, sunny painting, auspicious as the first painting of the year!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Kiss Me Twice" (oil on linen; 4" x 5") sold


Two Hershey's Kisses--dark and milk chocolates--beckon you. Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me twice!

"White Peony Glory" (oil on stretched canvas; 12" x 12") sold


This painting was forced on me. I didn't want to paint it. I protested that it was impossible. But my client insisted that it should and could be done. So, willy nilly, I transformed a rectangular painting in watercolor into a square one in oil. I rather like the result. How about you?

"White Peony Rhapsody" (watercolor on paper; 7" x 10")

"Winston Churchill Statue Faces off the Big Ben" (oil on stretched canvas; 14" x 11") sold


The bronze statue of Sir Winston Churchill faces off the Big Ben and British Parliament Buildings on the Parliament Square in London against the sunset sky. I thought that the picture was a fantastic summation of his political life, much of which was spent in the House of Commons before and during World War Two. Even my loose rendition of the statue eloquently captures the resolute character of the statesman.

Monday, December 18, 2017

"Alexander III Bridge at Dusk" (oil on stretched canvas; 12" x 16") sold


Paris at dusk is the most romantic place in the world, especially, by the Pont Alexandre III along the Seine. It is the most extravagant bridge in the city, with its exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at either end. I can see vaguely the Invalides in the distance.

Someone found my old painting of the same subject on the internet and asked me for a print. I said I could do better! I painted a larger, better version for the client, who proposed to his girlfriend on the famous bridge last year. They are now married and the painting is going to be the Christmas gift for the happily surprised wife. I love my job!

"Sadie" (oil on linen; 8" x 10") sold


"Sadie" was commissioned by Molly for her boyfriend. Sadie, a 14-year-old mutt, loves boating. I think I captured her happiness!