Glass Snowy

9 x 15
Enamel on Glass

Yet another painting on glass that I repurposed after my hairdresser swapped out a glass shelving unit for a wooden one. Thank you Joanne Riley! This snowy white egret was perched on a limb hanging over the embankment on the back creek near our home. Couldn’t wait to get him on canvas, or glass as the case might be!!

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Almost Ready

14 x 11
Gouache Watercolor

After a nearly two-year hiatus from painting I renewed my brush techniques with this watercolor of almost-ripe grapes. Thanks to my mad gardener daughter-in-law in southern California for the inspiration!

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Drill Press

8 x 10
Pencil on Drawing Paper
$350

Needed a drawing to be considered for a local artists’ association but I didn’t have any sketch I was interested in taking to the next level. So I started going through recent photographs and I found one of a piece of equipment I had seen while on a tour of the Smithsonian’s Office of Exhibits Central facility. (Thank you Lora Moran-Collins!) They had such neat, huge machines there 🙂 Anyway, here’s my take on their mammoth-sized drill press.

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Dive! Dive!

16 x 12
Oil on Gessoboard
Original $300

This menhaden is diving as fast as he can because he knows he’s about to become bait for our striped bass (rockfish) charter expedition. This species is essential to the Bay because it is a filter feeder for lower organisms and prime food for rockfish, and bluefish. This beauty helped me catch a 35” rockfish on our outing!

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Crab No.7

 

Acrylic on Glass
15.5 x 9.75

Anyone who knows me – or visits this website – knows that, next to birds, I love crabs best 🙂 I just love crabs’ jointed exoskeletons! And thus this painting, my seventh of a crab. This sook – a mature female – has been washed up to the water’s edge but is far from damaged or harmless. She’s ready to snag anything that gets within reach with her bright red claws, so beware!

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Is that Dinner?

14 x 24
Oil on Canvas
Reproductions Available

I was watching this fella who was perched on a dead-fall of our old maple tree but he was not watching me. Rather he was watching a dinner prospect in our neighbor’s yard. I was very happy he was looking in that direction and not in my yard where my toy poodle was wandering the property. You can never be too careful with a small pet, especially in the Spring when the recently-returned osprey and other large birds might attempt a pet-snatch. Yes this guy is a predator but he’s also a very beautiful creature, especially his bright red shoulders!

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Lazy Day

4 x 16
Acrylic Enamel on Glass
Original $400

Painted on an old window from the local Second Wind Consignments store, this Lazy Day scene is one re-enacted most days from March thru October in this southern Maryland county. Wherever there’s access to water there are lazy day fishermen and women either enjoying the sport or hoping to catch their dinner. Not my usual color-block style but a nice interlude to experiment with new techniques.

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Croaker

20 x 10
Oil on Canvas
$350
Reproductions Available

Late August, right before the ospreys headed south for the winter, my neighbor and I were chatting the in yard and noticed an osprey on a dead fall in our big, old maple tree. The osprey had caught a croaker and the croaker was letting everyone know he wasn’t happy. He croaked and croaked and croaked. Impatient, the osprey few off with the croaker croaking his heart out. I decided then and there to paint a tribute to that brave fish.

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Blossoms

16 x 10
Acrylic Enamel on Glass
$350
Reproductions Available

A couple weeks ago the small plum tree we planted last year burst into bloom. It was so exhilarating and uplifting to see these beautiful blooms after a long, dreary winter, I just had to paint them. Hoping I did them justice….

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Lily No.2

24 x 18
Acrylic on Canvas
Original $450
Reproductions Available

Mother Nature •finally• cooperated by introducing snatches of Spring into this 2013 seemingly never-ending Winter scenario. So I moved a mini studio to a small corner on the porch. I can paint again!! Thank you Vicki Parent for the beautiful lilies next door under the weeping cherry tree that inspired this acrylic painting.

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