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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Gotcha!

7 x 10
Gouache Watercolor
Original: $500
Reproductions Available 

One summer my youngest 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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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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Osprey No.1

 

11 x 8
Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Original: $200
Reproductions Available

The male ospreys arrive on St. Patty’s Day, a month or so before the females, with the sole purpose of creating a nest for their offspring. Some of them are very diligent in this regard. Others, however, fool around fishing and cavorting until their mate arrives and there is a whole lot of unpleasantness brought on by lackadaisical nest-making! It is quite fun to watch these large birds and their babies all summer and we miss them when they migrate – males to one winter location, females to another.

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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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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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Snowy White Egret

 

18 x 18
Oil on Canvas
Original: $575
Reproductions Available

Back to oils and the local birds. This is a snowy white egret that nests in the marsh grasses nearby. I never see more than a few snowy whites at a time but I see a fledgling now and again, so I know there are at least a couple of pairs. They must be very shy and who can blame them with the eagles and ospreys nearby?

 

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Boat Rack

7 x 11
Watercolor
Original: $350
Reproductions Available

I saw this boat rack at a local marina and decided I had to paint it. My third attempt at watercolor and it’s getting easier and more fun 🙂

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