Copper Marsh

"Copper Marsh" | 20x20" | Oil
“Copper Marsh” | 20×20″ | Oil

Here’s another painting currently being shown at my two-person show at Clement Art Gallery; Peace of Nature. I am excitedly looking forward to the opening this evening from 6 – 9 PM. I hope to see you there!

Until next time…

A New Year, A New Challenge

Marsh Shadows
“Autumn Marsh Shadows”
6×6″ | Pastel
Available – contact me for purchase information

My fellow artist and friend Kim Morin Weineck challenged me to join her, and many artist around the world to participate in Leslie Saeta’s 30in30 Art Challenge for the month of January.

Here’s my first piece – a little vignette of the marsh in Fall. It felt great to get back into the swing of things after the busyness of the holidays, and a recent bout of illness. Thanks Kim for nudging me! I can’t wait to see what the month brings!

Cheers, and Happy New Year!

Until next time…

Golden Pear

4x5" | Oil $150 - Framed - 6x7"
4×5″ | Oil
SOLD- Framed – 6×7″

Available, Please email me for purchase info

A little still life painted from direct observation in afternoon light. I think as an artist, it is so important to work from life. By doing so, you are training your eyes and brain to really *see* not only the pear, but how the light interacts with the pear and its surroundings. That golden pear also picks up the blues from the background, it reflects the light from the blue/grey surface, and the shadows have a tint of violet (yellows complementary color of the yellow). You train your brain to paint what you actually see, not what you *think* a pear looks like.

A quick reminder of some upcoming workshops:
Painting in the Spring: 
A Plein Air Workshop
May 3, 2015 from 10 AM – 4 PM
Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY

Little Gems: The Art of Painting Small in Pastel

May 17, 2015 from 11 AM – 4 PM
Adirondack Pastel Society
The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls, NY

Small Scale Painting Workshop
Sunday, June 7 – 10am – 4:00pm
Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY

More details and registration information can be found on my Workshops Page.

Thank you!
Until next time…

Summer Creek

Summer Creek
2/19/15 | Summer Creek | 9×12″ | Oil
$400 framed – Available at Silverwood Gallery
This evening, I was invited to do a demonstration of my oil painting technique at the Bethlehem Art Association Winter meeting. What a fantastic group! They had wonderful questions, comments, and insights to share as well. It also helped me get my painting of the day in!

I would like to thank, Peter Keitel (President), Jacueline Smith (Vice President, and collector of my work), and Bob Lynk (Workshop Coordinator) for thinking of me.

I’ll also be doing an oil painting workshop there in the Spring. Here are the details:
Landscapes in Oil
Bethlehem Art Association
Bethlehem Public Library
April 11, 2015 from 9:30 – 4 PM
$30/$40 Members/Non-Members

For more information, please visit BAA’s Website
Contact Peter Keitel

Creative February
I’ve given myself the “Gift of Time to Create Art” every day for my birthday month of February. YAY! Happy Birthday to me! All these paintings/pastels are available to purchase. They will be shown along with the work completed this month by my Birthday Buddy, Kate Edwards at Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY mid-March through mid-April. If you are interested in purchasing/reserving any of the work, you may do so at any time. Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments.

Until next time…

Last Glow

3.5×7.5″ | Pastel
$225 Framed + $25 S/H

This and a few of my other paintings are included in a new “Pop-up Gallery” on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY. The gallery opens on Tuesday, 8/5 through the end of the month. Hours are Tues – Sat from 11 AM – 6 PM. Please stop by if you’re out and about strolling down Broadway.


This evening was the opening reception for the Saratoga Arts “Sights + Sounds” exhibition, juried by yours truly. Over 65 beautiful works were chosen to highlight the rich, vibrant culture, and history of the Saratoga Region. Many thanks to amazing and talented artists who submitted such diverse work. They really made it an easy task jurying the show. Elizabeth Dubben did an excellent job (as usual) hanging the work. What a wonderful night! If you couldn’t make it tonight, the show is up through the end of September.



Until next time…

Mohawk Morning

Mohawk Morning

Mohawk Morning | approx. 2.5 x 4″ (6×8″ framed size) | Pastel

Here is it matted and framed:
Mohawk Morning Framed

It will shown at the opening of the 10×10=$100 show at Saunders Gallery in Glens Falls, NY. Here’s the info:
10 x 10 = $100
Opening Reception: Saturday, 5/3 from 5 – 8 PM
Saunders Gallery of Fine Art
71 Lawrence Street
Suite 105
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Also – a quick thank you to Oldenbroke for featuring my work on his blog: Artists in Pastels. I love reading through this blog and have discovered many of my favorite pastelists there. So honored to be featured with such a talented bunch. Oldenroke is an excellent pastelist himself. You can view his works here: Oldenbroke’s Pastel Progress Blog.

Hope you can make it!

Until next time…

Workshop Recap

Workshop Demo – Hudson River Drift | 9×9″ | Pastel
Contact me for purchasing details.

My Landscape Elements Workshop was this past Saturday at Saratoga Arts. I had the pleasure of spending the day painting, chatting and laughing with nine wonderful artists; Dawn, Patty, Edie, Elicia, Joyce, Richard, Cindy, Marilyn, and Gail. We worked on landscape paintings in oil and pastel.

Here’s my set-up for my pastel demo. I used this Hudson River scene to illustrate how to handle water reflections, aerial perspective, and value relationships.

Here are some of the group busy at work:

Here are the finished works ready for our critique:


It was a very productive day. Here’s what one student wrote about the class:

We had such a good time yesterday. I am still thinking and engaged with”pastels” this morning.  Just saying the workshop has wonderful “spillover” effects.  You’re a fine teacher, and I appreciate so much your preparations, demonstrations and instruction.  All are gentle and open.  You create an ideal environment for creative expression.

I’m looking forward to my next Workshop at Saratoga Arts in April. Here are the details:

Beginner’s Level Oil Painting
Saturday, April 19, 2014 – 10am – 4:00pm
$70 for members / $80 for non-members

Until next time…

Landscape Elements Workshop

This Saturday, I’ll be teaching a “Landscape Elements” Workshop at Saratoga Arts, in Saratoga Springs, NY. I believe there are still a few spots available, so if you are local and interested here are the details:

Landscape Elements 
in Oils and/or Pastels

with Takeyce Walter
In this unique workshop, students will tackle landscape elements, which can often be tricky even for veteran artists. Lessons will focus on being selective in compositions and on the fundamentals of designing and painting different types of landscapes and landscape elements, such as aerial perspective and its effects, trees, mountains, reflections on water, etc. Students can work in oils and/or pastels for this workshop. A complete supply list can be found at our website – This workshop is designed for students of all levels and no experience with pastels or oils is required!
Saturday, March 29, 2014: 10am – 4PM
$70 for members / $80 for non-members
To register for this class, please contact Tanya Tobias at 518-584-4132

In preparation, I’ve created some teaching tools in the form of “Do’s and Don’ts” sketches. Here are some examples:




With each of these examples, the sketches on the left I did intentionally what many artist do unintentionally when tackling a landscape. On the right, a few simple fixes make the scenes more convincing and interesting by using atmospheric perspective to add depth and a sense of space. Looking forward to reviewing and discussing these with the class.

Until next time…