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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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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Crab No.6

10×16
Enamel on Glass
Reproductions Available

Yet another crab. This one is on glass. The painted background is reset – like a tiny shadow box 🙂 This gives the crab on the forefront more impact. Painting on glass is a challenge – the smooth surface of the glass does not easily accept paint; you have to wrestle it into submission. But the result is worth the effort. Thank you Joanne Riley for the many glass panels!

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Crab No.4

 

6 x 6
Enamel on Canvas

Finally got back to painting after the flurry of social and artistic activity at the beginning of the summer. Trying to paint smaller. Now working on a few 6″x6″ works for the Off the Bay Gallery here in Deale. This one’s my Crab No.4.

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Gotcha!

 

7 x 10
Gouache Watercolor
Original: $250
Reproductions Available 

Last summer my #3 son and his two oldest boys were here visiting for a week. What fun we had! Among the new experiences for my grandsons was the fun of crabbing – both off the end of the pier and with my two crab pots. The boys couldn’t get enough of pulling the pots up to see if I had caught any crabs or if the pots needed to be rebaited. When one, lone crab finally wandered into the pot, the boys were so excited 🙂 Here’s a gouache watercolor commemorating that moment.

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View From Within

11″ Diameter Porthole
Enamel on Glass
$85

Bought a couple really neat portholes planning to paint water scenes on the glass. Here’s the first one (although it’s  numbered No.2…oops.) It was first hanging at an art gallery and gift shop in Deale, Off the Bay Gallery and Gifts.

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Here Fishy, Fishy!

 

8 x 22
Enamel on Lucite
Original: $350
Reproductions Available

My good friend, Sandi Ritchie Miller, gave me what she considered to be a junk piece of lucite which I intended to use as a palette to experiment with the new enamel paints she had given me. I wasn’t sure how they would mix and flow, so a junk piece of lucite seemed to be just the right tool at the right time.

However (isn’t there always a “however”?) the more I looked at that piece of lucite the more I saw fish and shells and greenery. What could I do? I had to paint it.

And so, the throw away piece of lucite became my next painting.

Glub, glub…

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Spar No.2

 

18 x 24
Enamel on Plexiglass
Original: $625
Reproductions Available

My friend and fellow artist Sandi Ritchie Miller creates beautiful pieces using enamel paints on lucite. Always up for trying something new, I decided to give it a try on Plexiglass. I found out it was a lot more difficult to get the paint to stick on lucite than on canvas but it was fun playing with a new surface. Here’s a composition inspired by a trip to the Annapolis Maritime Museum. There was this old skipjack lying in the yard behind the museum with all its metalwork rusted and nasty…I loved it! So I just had to paint it.

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