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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Nautilus

 

14 x 11
Enamel on Canvas
Original: $275
Reproductions Available

Last October at Kent Youth’s Holiday Galleria show in Chestertown, Maryland I met Sherry Sonntag-Whorl of Classic Glass Studios and bought three of her wonderful stained glass works for my sunroom, one of which contains a nautilus shell. So I started wondering what the actual nautilus creature looks like. Once I did some research I was thrilled! I think they are pretty kool creatures with their dangling tentacles and big, puffy eyes peeking out from under their hooded shells. Viola! Here is my interpretation.

 

 

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Crab No.3

 

12 x 9
Enamel on Canvas
Original: $200
Reproductions Available

I’ll never tire of painting Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, an icon of the area.  Just wish it were easier to repopulate the crabs in the Bay as overfishing and pollution have severely diminished their numbers.

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Orchid No.4

 

14 x 11
Enamel on Canvas
Original: $250
Reproductions Available

Trying out some new paints – water-based enamels. Love their brilliance because, as you know, I’m all about color 🙂 Used oil-based enamels on the exterior mural I created for a local resident and I liked their fluidity and full-bodied color. So tried out the water-based version to see if I liked them. I do! My daughter and I have many orchids between us and this is just one of our favorites.

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Bethesda Home

 

11 x 8
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
NFS

For the holiday I gave each of my four children a watercolor painting of their childhood home in Bethesda, MD. Since we lived there for 29 years, we each have memories of good times in the home and the neighborhood, Wyngate, near the National Institutes of Health. The house, as you can imagine, went through a number of changes over the years including adding vinyl siding, changing the color of the shutters, and adding or tearing out plants, shrubs and trees. But constant during these alterations/renovations were the cherry blossom trees lining the road, with their beautiful pale pink flowers that lasted maybe three or four days and then their ugly purple berries that festered in the summer heat then popped, oozing their purple fluid all over the sidewalk, cars and lawns, leaving their virtually permanent dye on anything and everything. Yes, I hated those trees but loved the home and the life we lived in it. That’s why I chose to paint the trees depicting that short phase when they have leaves but no blossoms or berries.

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