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 in the back for easy hanging without a frame if you’re so inclined.

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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 Faures.)  That’s the sort of thing you can find in Bayonne.  I was there last fall, and I’m ready to go back.

So this is a 6 x 6 inch oil on 1/2 inch thick board, with slots in the back so you can hang it unframed if you wish.  See all available paintings in my shop.


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.  I took this at Ward III, a lovely little bar in Tribeca that offers “bespoke” cocktails.   You chose a spirit, a texture, a flavor, a spice, and a fruit, and they make a cocktail to order.  The danger in this is that you’ll end up ordering one cocktail after another just to see what the bartender comes up with.  “Let’s see, I’ll have something with gin that’s spicy, strong, and has cayenne and peach.”  If they can pull that off, it really makes you want to spin the wheel again and see what else they can do.

Anyway, I sat at the end of the bar for quite some time, sipping my bespoke cocktails and trying to snap pictures of the bar’s lovely warm, dark interior.

This is 8 x 10 on a 3/8 inch deep panel with a canvas textured surface.  Notches in the back so you can hang it unframed.  Click here to bid.  Go here to see other paintings on eBay.  Check back in a couple days for more bar paintings.  Cheers!

“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 subject” anyway–if I’m not happy with how I’ve been painting lately, I can do a chicken painting and know it will turn out well.

Ladybird is a Buff Orpington, and she is the sweetest hen we’ve ever owned.  (You Buff Orpington owners know what I’m talking about.)  When she was a young pullet, we introduced her to the older hens too early and she was almost pecked to death.  If you want to read the whole horrible story, it’s here. The bottom line is that Ladybird recovered, although she is, as you can imagine, a little gun-shy around her near-murderers.  She still has a little bald patch on the back of her head, but I think that area might feather out next time she moults.

There’s something a little fierce about Ladybird in this painting.  Usually when I paint her, she looks so sweet and hugable, but I don’t know–for once, she looks like a little bit of a badass.  I decided to leave her like that.  She’s earned the right to be fierce.

So because this painting is still wet, I can’t promise it will be completely dry 10 days from now when the auction ends.  Do let me know if you’ve got any concerns about shipping times.

This is a 5 x 7 inch oil on 1/2 inch board with slots on the back so you can hang it unframed.  Click here to bid.  Go here to see my other listings on eBay.  And don’t forget to check out Daily Paintworks, where you can find new paintings by artists all over the world every day.