Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Redwing, a snowy scene

In winter, the long shadows of the main house create a dramatic curtain over the wing. We don't have snow yet this year, so I added my own.

7.5" x 11"
Oil on wood

Friday, December 28, 2018

In progress

My intention when I started this blog was to present works in progress. 
Here's one from this year's visit to Florence, Italy. 

The River Arno.
In progress, 12" x 24" 
Oil on canvas.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lily Pads

I don't intentionally try to mimic the great Claude Monet's style, but somehow it might appear that way in this little oil painting. It was more about color. The blue, water portion was finished but I knew that something was needed for contrast and LIFE. 

Lily Pads on Bare Hill Pond
Oil on panel
8" x 10"

Sunday, October 21, 2018


I've been spending quality time in the studio since my Open Studio event, but the time I had to spend NOT painting is taking its usual toll. Prepping for the event means de-cluttering, putting unfinished and unsatisfactory works aside, vacuuming, and generally tidying things up. Afterward, I have to reverse the process, to arrive at the chaotic atmosphere I like to work in. Multiple projects are in the works, but here's one I did earlier this year. Sometimes, when I'm trying to figure where a painting is going, I play with watercolors, pastels or mixed media until inspiration floats back to me.

Mixed media on wood, 6" x 6"

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Annual Open Studio this weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday, I'll be hosting my annual Open Studio. My sister, Jane Bailey, will share the space for the event. We'll be offering original art (framed and unframed), prints, calendars, and affordable gift items. We'll set up the tent for specially-priced original artworks. 

Please plan to stop in if you're in the area this weekend! Browsers welcome!

To see all artists and downloadable map: http://www.actonopenstudios.org

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fresh paint

An antique house near me has just been freshly painted. I needed to fulfill a long-held wish to capture this house, and a rare-these-days sunny day provided the opportunity. Here's one of the three (so far) studies I've done.

Study for White House #3
5.5" x 5.5" (Approx.). 
Oil on canvas, unframed. $75 plus small shipping cost.

Friday, September 14, 2018

2019 Desk Calendars

I'll be picking up the unassembled desk calendars today, and spending the weekend collating and packaging them. Ready to order next week! Still only $18 + $3 S+H. Available at Open Studio too — October 13 – 14, 2018.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Greetings from Florence, Italy!

Well, not really — I've been back for weeks now. But paintings take time and this is one of the first from the trip. I hope it conveys a mood.

A Square in Florence (Working title)
Oil on Wood Panel

Monday, June 25, 2018

Vacationing with water media

I took a "working vacation" last week. I started out with a few oil underpaintings, which are taking days and days to dry enough to continue working on. Then, I pulled out my tiny watercolor set, a prized Christmas gift from my son, and sketched my surroundings. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Next Up!

Showing new works June 1 – 13 at Larkin Gallery, 405 Commercial Street, Provincetown!

Reception June 8, 7 – 9 PM.

Oil on wood panel, 24" x 24"