Friday, January 15, 2021

1st Street Pub, nocturne

Back to nocturnes again. I'm really fascinated with the strong contrasts of light and dark. This one was great fun!

1st Street Pub, 8x10, oil 

This will soon be available in my Ebay Store. Just waiting on the varnish to dry.

Hope you're having a great day.

Thanks for visiting,


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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Welcome 2021. Goodbye 2020

I said I was going to post more often - I just looked and another 2 ½ months have gone by since my last post. Time isn't just flying - it's taking a jet plane and what a ride it's been. We have all survived 2020 unscathed and hope for a smoother 2021.

Even with all the craziness of the past year, art sales have been good. My Ebay store keeps me busy and that is a good thing. My studio work has run the gamut of sizes - from a large selection of mini 3x3s for a local shop to an eleven foot sign for a local camp owner. Subject matter has been varied, to say the least.

Now that winter is here, the holiday rush is over and my local shop is closed for the season, I am back to a slower pace. I'm looking forward to continuing my nocturn studies. I just love to paint - simple as that.

Here is a sample of last month's work. Most are sold. Sizes range from 3x3 to 9x12.

Any of my paintings can be purchased directly through me. Please contact me for more information.

I want to sincerely wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year! 

Thanks for visiting with me.


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Friday, October 16, 2020

Studio Sanity

I posted this a few years ago and it's still the truth!

Studio Sanity

A few thoughts when all you want to do is paint.

Whatever time you plan to stop painting to prepare dinner, stop sooner because food prep and cooking will always take longer when you’d rather be painting.

Rinse your brushes in turp and cover your palette before leaving your studio. Something will always keep you from returning in a timely manner.

Keep a clean paper towel near your phone to use when you answer another robo call.

The dog will always be on the wrong side of the door so another piece of paper towel is needed for the door handle.

A few hurried brushstrokes will undo an hour’s work.

Unexpected company will arrive when you’re wearing your painting clothes and forgot to comb your hair.

This same company thinks you’d rather sit and “chit chat” instead of paint. 

You can understand why Paul Gauguin ran away to a remote tropical island - it’s better than cutting off your ear.

Thankfully there’s always tomorrow.


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Dance, 8x10, oil nocturne

Another nocturne painting. I'm thoroughly enjoying my study of nocturnes and prismatic color shifting. I just wish there were more hours in the day. There is still so much more to learn.

Dance, 8x10, oil nocturne SOLD

Thanks for visiting with me. I'm going back to my studio now. Housework will just have to wait.....


These nocturne paintings are now dry, varnished and available in my Ebay Store.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Night Travelers, 8x10, oil, nocturne

Years ago my husband and I would drive from Maine to Florida - straight through in 23 hours. We would head to Florida in February and drive back home to Maine in April. We loved to travel at night. We timed our journey so we would be in the congested Washington DC to New York City area in the early morning hours. 

I loved the lights, the dark roads and the comforting feeling that we were all alone in the world - just the two of us and our dog.

I saw this photo in a magazine a while back and it stayed with me. I don't know the photographer's name but the scene was so familiar to me. I painted this from a memory of our many night journeys.

Night Travelers, 8x10, oil nocturne

I'm not sure if this painting will be for sale. I may have to keep it.

Thanks for visiting with me. I am enjoying my nocturne studies and will have more paintings to share in the days ahead.

Stay safe and well,


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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Hello Again

Recently a friend reminded me that I hadn't posted to my blog for quite a while. When I looked - I couldn't believe that it's been over a year since my last post! Where did the time go? Thankfully, nothing major happened here. Time just got away from me.

I'm still painting and despite all the nonsense going on in the world, sales have been good both locally and in my Ebay Store.

What's happening in my studio now? Well I'm back to being a student again. I have always been fascinated with night scenes. I love the Chiaroscuro quality of dramatic lights vs darks. I have painted nocturnes before but always thought I needed to learn more about the process of capturing accurate light and color transitions seen at night, especially with artificial lights and neon. I still have a lot to learn and I'm loving the challenge. 

Here's my latest painting - just off the easel. I think it is done, but it needs to dry so I can evaluate it again.

Sal's Place, 8x10, oil nocturne

Thanks for visiting with me. I hope to post more often now.

Best wishes to you and your family,


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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Genie and the Girls

I found some old photos that brought back fond memories.

A few years ago we were honored to have Genie Francis (from General Hospital) join our art class here in my home studio. Genie and her husband, Jonathan Frakes (from Star Trek) had a summer home in a nearby town. She joined our painting classes for a few summers. She is a delightful person, down to earth, funny, talented and had many interesting stories to tell us. They returned to California full time when Genie rejoined the cast of General Hospital.

Genie and I discovered that we both had relatives in Windsor, CT and joked that we might be long lost cousins. I still have a painting here that she started in one class. It was a pleasure to have both Genie and Jonathan in my home. Needless to say, it's an experience my class and I will always remember.

Lois, Celene, Genie and Vi

I taught oil painting classes to children and adults for over 15 years, both at my gallery in Belfast and then later in my home studio. I have now retired from teaching and miss those wonderful days.

Great memories!

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