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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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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Canal Revisited

 

11 x 8
Watercolor
Original: $185
Reproductions Available

One of the first oil paintings I ever created was a view of the C&O Canal close to my home in Bethesda, Maryland. Over the many years (Could it be 45?) it has hung on many walls and taken much abuse. Apparently the medium I used for my oil paints back then – seem to remember it involved bees’ wax – did not stand the test of time for the paints started cracking. So here’s my revision of the canal painting, this time done in watercolors.

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Joie de Vivre

 

8 x 11
Watercolor
NFS

After exhibiting at Joie de Vivre gallery in Cambridge, Maryland, I painted this watercolor as a gift to the gallery owner. Thank you, Joy, for the opportunity to exhibit in your lovely, quaint gallery.

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Portrero Bay Sunset

 

11 x 8
Watercolor
Original: $250
Reproductions Available

Our trip to Costa Rica was filled with gorgeous sunsets like the one portrayed above. This watercolor reminds me how much I enjoyed our vacation in early 2011.

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Oxford Community Center

 

11 x 8
Watercolor
Reproductions Available

I painted the watercolor of the old Oxford Community Center right before it was completely renovated. The Community Center bought the original painting for its collection to remind them of how things used to look in 2010.

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Jason's House

 

11 x 8
Watercolor
NFS

Here is my middle son’s, Jason’s, house in Minneapolis, minus the snow that seems to be ever-present for most of the year. This was another holiday 2010 present done in watercolors.

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Jack's house

 

11 x 8
Watercolor
NFS

For the 2010 holidays I decided to paint a watercolor of my son’s home. Here is #1 son’s home in Rockville, MD.

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Bay House - After the Regatta

11 x 8
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
Original: $350
Reproductions Available 

After my son’s “Manly Mayhem Regatta” where grown men ply themselves with pancakes then squeeze into little boats and proceed to ram each other into concession in order to win ridiculously cheap trinkets as “awards,” the kayaks, paddles and other flotsam and jetsam are strewn across the yard…A definite painting opportunity!

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Bay House

11 x 8
Watercolor or Paper
NFS

My first attempt at watercolor was a depiction of a house on the Chesapeake. I’ve always admired watercolorists and hope to be able to develop better technique and perhaps even adapt my color-block style to watercolor paints.

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