Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Buffalo Botanical Garden painting

Painted on site at the Botanical Gardens, '746 Orchids in a Box' was named because after I started painting, I realized that the flowers were actually miniature orchids. I started to estimate the number of flowers by counting bunches, the result happened to be an auspicious # for me. Anyway, Fran Volpe owns this painting now; after selecting several paintings to find the perfect picture for her remodel, this worked out for all the people involved!

746 Orchids in a Box, oil on masonite, 12x18 2007

Sunday, May 10, 2009

WKBW AM Buffalo show & Quaker Bonnet Eatery Day!!

On Friday morning, WKBW television morning show host Linda Pellegrino & I spoke at length on various artistic topics-styles, art training, my work & calendar, plein air, etc. Then the live film  segment started! She was particularly easy to talk with but what was left to discuss? Filming a television segment live was new to me, but it was also easy as she was interested & well prepared. I may eventually have a digital copy to post here, it was about ten minutes long, but seemed quick at the time. My feet haven't touched the floor yet as I started the day on television & artwise, it continued until my evening artist reception at Quaker Bonnet Eatery. It wasn't crowded, but there were different people attending at all times for the entire evening. Some even went out with a package of  famous Buffalo chips-the ultimate coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate. Carl & I had lots of conversations with old friends & new viewers. Liz Kolken prepared wonderful [& beautiful] platters of snacks as well as wine & beer, & the weather was quite perfect as well. The month of May has been spectacular so far!
AM Buffalo television studio #2,  5-8-09

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Houston Texas, noon & dogs

Finally-A finished and almost dry picture! Now I should plan a visit to varnish it in place.

This is a commissioned house portrait for Stephanie & Brian Smith of Houston. Working on it, I realized that the dogs are the real subject here. They are as sweet as can be & have no pretensions about the fact that they are very special dogs & live in a lovely home.

Bevo & Bonzo's Texas Ranch oil 14x18 2009

If you did not get the email...

Friday May 8--Please join me! From 5 to 7 in the evening-early enough to go out for dinner or catch a movie.

My newest solo exhibit is 'Around & About the Bright Side' in Buffalo!

 Start Mother's Day weekend at my Artist Reception Friday May 8 from 5-7pm
Liz promises nibbles, coffee & tea for us as well as a cash bar if you want to party.
The show will remain until May 31 2009

Quaker Bonnet Eatery
175 Allen Street [two doors from Elmwood Avenue}

Am Buffalo, channel 7 ABC, has also invited me to appear on Friday morning between 10am & 11. It was inspired by the picture of me painting the Horseshoe Falls on the cover of 'Forever Young' magazine-May issue. It is in Wegman's & Rite Aid this month.

Monday, May 4, 2009

New Blog? I am crazy!

CLICK HERE for My Page - plein air artists

I just signed onto a new blog-for plein air artists. It was relatively easy, & uploading images was simple. It was especially nice to see my own pictures flash by as all the current images on the site roll by the welcome page. Obviously, I have absolutely no time to keep up with this ......so we'll see if I am up to the challenge. Several national artists that I correspond with occasionally are there as well.