Rue Saint-Séverin, Paris

Rue Saint-Séverin, Paris

This was our best night in Paris.  We’d been wandering around the Latin Quarter where our hotel was when it started to rain. So we ducked into a doorway, and I pulled out my camera and shot pictures of people running around under umbrellas. The light really was as purple and blue as it is here. Those are the Gothic spires of the Saint-Séverin church in the background. This is actually a study for a larger painting. If you’d like to...

Read More

Old Town Alley

Old Town Alley

The alleys are the most interesting part of Old Town, painting-wise.  If you get there at the right time of day, the light just slides in between the old Victorians and creates all kinds of lovely shadows.  Sometimes, I even manage to have a camera in my hand when that happens. At the end of the alley is the North Coast Co-op, our local grocery store. Just in case you were wondering. This is 8 x 10, oil on board, in a frame.  Please read all...

Read More

Rue de Seine

Rue de Seine

This was one of those perfect nights in Paris, and to be honest, this painting is exactly how I remember it.  All the food stands on our little street (Rue de Seine) were still open, and we were wandering from one to the other, wondering if it was going to rain, and trying to decide what to have for dinner.  My husband bought the food; I took the pictures.  Just about every Paris painting I’ve done from that trip came from the photos I...

Read More

Soho

Soho

I came back from New York with dozens, possibly hundreds, of these kinds of street scenes. There’s something about the way the street meets the sky, and the way the buildings crowd in from the sides, that I just love. 8 x 10.  Click here to bid.  Go here to see more...

Read More

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

I’ve painted these blue cartons of cherry tomatoes before–I pick them up at the farmer’s market every time I go, and they rarely even make it all the way home!  One of the joys of summer. 5 x 7.  Click here to bid.  Go here to see more...

Read More

Produce Stand in Cambo-les-Bains

Produce Stand in Cambo-les-Bains

This comes from a day I spent in southwestern France, in a little town called Cambo-les-Bains. It was October, the markets were full of gorgeous produce, and that, of course, meant that they were full of scenes to paint as well.  I just got back from my own farmers market, which was not nearly as photographable thanks to the fog and generally grey lighting–but this one will do! It’s 8 x 10 on 1/2 inch thick fiberboard with notches...

Read More

A Street in Bayonne

A Street in Bayonne

I have to tell you, this painting was such a delight to paint because it gave me an excuse to look once again at all my photographs from Bayonne, in the south of France near Biarritz. It’s a lovely little town of narrow streets and strange shops.  On this street was an antiquarian bookstore where I bought the notebook of a botanist who studied at the botanical garden in Lyon over a hundred years ago. (This street is called the Rue de...

Read More

“Bartender”

“Bartender”

I’m leaving Wednesday for Tales of the Cocktail, a glorious five day event devoted to all things boozy, held every July in (where else?) New Orleans.  (yes, it’s research for the next book.  It’s a tough job….) Anyway, in honor of TOTC, I’m posting some bar paintings this week.  I love to paint the interiors of bars, and the bottles behind bars, but it’s not always easy to get a good images to work with. ...

Read More

“Ladybird”–A Chicken Portrait!

“Ladybird”–A Chicken Portrait!

I’m doing something today that I don’t often do, which is to post a painting the same day I paint it.  Usually I’m not completely satisfied that I’m actually through with a painting–there’s always some small thing I want to go back and fix once it’s dry.  But I was so pleased with this portrait of Ladybird that I couldn’t resist posting it right away.  Chickens are sort of my “comfort...

Read More