Monday, August 29, 2011

"BOM Bear" - Aid for children in the Horn of Africa

    " BOM Bear", oil on linen on panel, 6x6 inches

100% of proceeds going to aid the children starving in the Horn of Africa

Daily Paintworks, has invited all its participating artists to join in a fundraising challenge which will aid the children of Africa presently suffering the ravages of famine.

From Daily Paintworks:

"The UN has said up to 400,000 children in the Horn of Africa could die without aid and up to 11 million people require food assistance.  In March of this year, over 1,500 artists and buyers stepped up and sold and bought fine art, through their Help Japan Challenge to help the people of Japan.  We hope to create the same opportunity to help the children starving in the Horn of Africa"

100% of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will be sent to aid an organization helping children in the Horn of Africa.  Shipping costs for the painting will be borne by the winning bidder.

My donation will be going to Oxfam Canada - in turn the Canadian Government will match the donation (by September 16, 2011).

I will provide a receipt to the buyer as proof of the donation, however, it is the artist who will receive the tax benefit. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Lively Hat

"The Lively Hat", oil on linen on panel, 8x6 inches

To Purchase CLICK HERE

This painting is of the lovely Natasha whom you might recognize since I've painted her numerous times.  Each Tuesday morning, for several months, Natasha would come to my studio to sit for me. I always looked forward this morning of companionable conversation, as I explored her wonderfully familiar features with paint and brush.  

For me, there is comfort in painting a model again and again.  There is an intimacy and thrill of rediscovery as  my brush anticipates a familiar plane; a beautiful sparkle or a graceful line.

Natasha donned a lively hat on this particular day that I began this miniature from life...then completed it from a photo much later.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Rome Bus Stop

"Rome Bus Stop", oil on linen on panel, 7 x 8 inches (appx)

This auction has ended - to purchase this painting please contact me by email

While hustling through the streets of Rome one rainy morning, dodging umbrellas along the sidewalk, I happened to glance over and catch this little grouping at the bus stop. I couldn't resist it....such a wonderful scene but one filled with the flavor of this historical city.

Another acution offering in "Daily Paintworks" ...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Pondering the Master"

" Pondering the Master", oil on linen on panel, 6 x 7 3/4 inches


I often find myself "pondering the master" while painting. This tiny ceramic vessel with its lovely windmill pattern has appeared in my work more times than I can count and I never grow tired of painting it.  It brings fondly to mind, Rembrandt, and my trip to his home and studio in Amsterdam.  A well-squeezed tube of cadmium scarlet paint complements the blue windmill.  The copper coffee can, which contains walnut oil to clean my brushes, was just fun to paint.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


"Angela" oil on linen on panel, 8x5.75 inches


Another offering for my auction on "Daily Paintworks".   Angela is a beautiful model to paint; I think her smile is very reminiscent of the Mona Lisa.  As diminutive as this portrait is, it looks surprisingly important in a frame.

I've been busy with a couple of commissions this summer and I'm now looking forward to painting some new little gems for auction on DPW. 

My 'daily paintings' will vary in size from 6x6, 6x8 and assorted odd sizes.  You will find each one of them, as they are painted,  up for auction on Daily Paintworks at a starting bid of $100 (sometimes more).  Each painting can be  purchased through PayPal for the duration of the auction.  If they are still available after the auction,  they can be purchased at market value by emailing me.

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I do hope that you will check in to see all the beautiful little paintings available for auction and see what I'm up to.  I think it's going to be fun!