Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Watercolor - chrome and reflections painting Work in Progress

I visited a vintage car museum in Eagles Mere, PA.  I love old cars, particularly muscle cars!  I had a Chevy Vega in college.  It burned as much oil as gas, but it was red and black and got me where I needed to go - case of oil in the back always :)

This is the beginning of the painting.  It is very details with lots of reflections in the chrome.  I am trying to be as true to the photo as I can.


Below are the results of painting sessions 2 & 3.  More work on the bumper and chrome.  There are some great reflections of signs and even a tiny American flag in one spot.  The Blue and Red spots here and there really make things pop and add interest.  I am looking forward to my next session!


Thanks for looking and I will certainly post another installment soon - perhaps with the finished product!



Monday, June 5, 2017

A visit to Golden Artist Colors! Acrylics, watercolors and oils

 Employee hand painting the color charts for true to life color!

I had the pleasure to get a behind the scenes tour at Golden Artist Colors in New Berlin, NY,  Golden Artist Colors, Inc began in June of 1980 in a 900 square foot barn by Sam and Adele Golden,  It is an employee owned company that has grown and added new products over the years.  It is currently under the control of Sam and Adele's son,  Mark Golden


This looks like some of Golden's acrylic mediums. 

I use Golden Acrylic paints on all my fine art creations.  They are known for having no fillers in their paint leaving room for ALL pigment and binder.  The colors are incredible and if you compare them with other brands you can see the difference.


My group from the Central New York Watercolor Society on tour.

I have now started adding Golden QoR watercolors to my stash of paint.  They are much more powerful than traditional watercolor because of the exclusive binder.  QoR's exclusive binder gives color greater intensity and clarity, while retaining the best qualities of watercolor.


Some cases packed with history on the company!

We were taken to the basement floor to see the operations, but were not allowed to take photos there.  I was impressed how much work is still being done by hand.  The color swatch on each acrylic tube is hand painted,  You know exactly the color you are purchasing.  I loved seeing the paint flow into large tubs to be loaded into jars or tubes.  Golden also has a line of oil paint that I'm sure is heads above the rest.

They do have a shop and I purchased a t-shirt sporting hand painted color swatches.  I know I am an art geek :)  If you ever get the chance to visit New Berlin, be sure to stop in and have a look around!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lily of the Valley and new website!



I am enamored with this little piece I recently finished.  I painted it for a fundraiser this summer to benefit the Rome Art Association.  I am on the board of this wonderful organization.  They do great work providing scholarships for local students.

Lily of the valley are one of my favorite flowers - so tiny and delicate!   I have decided that if the piece doesn't sell I am going to buy it back :)

Even though the original is donated you can still purchase prints on Fine Art America!

I have also finally launched my new website!  Please check it out!  I had another provider and it just was so difficult to maintain.  My new site is so much cleaner and simpler!





Monday, April 24, 2017

Brand NEW Blog and Winter Seaside view. A view from the St. Lawrence River



This is my brand new blog.  I lost a lot of pictures on my other blog and  I just let it die a slow death. I am psyched to keep this one going with at least monthly posts and lots of great information and art!

This is my latest painting titled 'Winter Sentries'.  This is a familiar view in the village of Clayton, NY tucked away in the heart of the Thousand Islands region on the St. Lawrence River.  I grew up in this area near Alexandria Bay, NY ,a summer tourist village, across the river from Canada.  I loved growing up close to Canada and  embraced their music and culture.

The Thousand Islands area has been great fodder for several of my paintings.  Boldt Castle is one of the popular tourist draws.



This painting is of the power house at Boldt Castle.  The original has sold, but you can purchase reproduction on Fine Art America .  I have a wonderful collector that purchases many of my works from the 1000 Islands area.  He displays them at his business Bay Brokerage.

Thanks for reading and I plan to be much more active on this new blog!!!