Monday, November 21, 2016

The Lake

This painting is from a photo shoot with some friends at 
Laurel Lake in Millville, New Jersey. 

This particular shot was taken from the Davis pier. The setting sun shone brilliantly against the clouds and water. It was spectacular. 

I decided I wanted to paint it from a different angle, one where the sun was out of the picture but the effects of the light were present. It was an interesting study.

8x10 oil on gessobord

My favorite kind of pain is in my stomach when my friends make me laugh too hard.

~ Author Unknown

Monday, October 31, 2016

Golden Beach

My love, the beach. How I love your colors, your waves, your sand and wind and shadows and lights. Thank you for always being so beautiful and inviting!!

8x10 oil on gessobord

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

~ Jacques Cousteau

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sunset On The Beach

This is a painting I recently posted on DPW (Daily Paint Works) auction. I really like painting water and sky paintings. It makes me feel good. ;D 

I have many photos to paint from and, hopefully, some plein air painting with my sister. I'm getting my painting feels back after taking some time off. But, I'm back!
8x10 oil on gessobord
If you ever find yourself doubting you can make it through a challenge, simply think back to everything you've overcome in the past. 

~ Karen Salmansohn

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ocean Colors

This painting was from a recent "sister's day," which is a day that I get together with my sister Betty Ann, the best painter of the two of us, (by far) and paint until our hearts are content, practice new techniques, challenge each other to paint this way or that, and generally have a really good time. 

We laugh, eat cake, and paint and paint and paint. This week Charlie, our wonderful and talented brother, cooked dinner for us, giving us more time to create. Thanks Charlie!

8x10 Oil on canvas

Be somebody nobody thought you could be.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cape May, New Jersey

Today's painting is from Cape May, N.J., near East Point Light House. It's such a beautiful area with plenty of great places to set up your canvas or do what I did, take lots of photos to work from. 

I was attracted at first by the sky. It was really quite lovely.  And with the grass and light and shadows on the sand with just a hint of sea showing, to me was simply perfect!

9x12 oil on canvas $50.00 + shipping

Stop trying to be less of who you really are. Let this time in your life cut you open and drain of all the things that are holding you back.

~ Jennifer Elisabeth

Monday, August 15, 2016

Two painting challenge paintings

We have two paintings ready to post for our second painting challenge!

My sister Betty Ann's painting has the sky of Sarasota, Florida from the challenge and the foreground from Selby Bontaincal Gardens, also in Sarasota. 


My sister painted with oils and a palette knife on a 9 x 12 canvas. It's so beautiful and moving. I love this painting!

My painting is the Sarasota sky, of course, from our challenge and the foreground is from  the land surrounding the East Point Lighthouse in New Jersey.  

My painting is 8 x 10 oil on gessobord.

Some East Point fun facts:

The East Point Light, known as the Maurice River Light before 1913, is a lighthouse located in Heislerville, New Jersey on Delaware Bay at the mouth of the Maurice River in Maurice River Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey.

If anyone else is joining in the challenge I look forward to any and all submissions!

Monday, August 8, 2016

New Painting Challenge

Here is a new painting challenge for anyone who is interested in joining with us in this new adventure. 

Paint the cloud below using any background or foreground if you will, that you wish to use.
You could use it at the beach, mountains, an open field, farm, houses, any way you wish to paint it, just paint it! :D Use your imagination to come up with your own way of expressing this cloud for the world to see. 

This is my own personal photo that I took on a recent trip to Sarasota, Florida. You may use the photo in any way you choose. It's free for all. 

I just LOVE this cloud and I'm looking forward to all of the submissions. 

Most of all, have fun creating your masterpiece!!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Waves On Rocky Shore

This painting is on the lastest Sister's Day with me n Aba. My brother Charlie was there too. We had a nice time hanging out.  

I was in a bit of a painting slump and pulled out some old art books to get me going. This is from one of the art books, not an original, but has a bit of myself in it. 

Painting slumps aren't necessarily bad things. There can be slumps in all areas of life. It's how you work with them that matters. 

Find a way out of your slump no matter the reason or cause, no matter how difficult it may seem. There's always a way out.

8 x 10 oil on gessobord 

Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who want you in theirs, the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who like to see you smile and who love you no matter what.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

New painting challenge painting added

Hi fellow painting challenge artists and all art lovers.  We have a new entry to our painting challenge from artist Julie. 

Julie, you can add your painting details in the comments if you wish. It's really a lovely painting and very well done!!

If you scroll down you'll see that I added Julie's painting to the post where all of our paintings were grouped together.  Or you can click this link:

I feel that Julie deserves her own separate recognition of her awesome painting that we all had of our own paintings as well. Thank you, Julie, for joining in on our challenge. It's been a lot of fun and an interesting learning experience. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Four apples

This is an apple study from another Carole Marine video.

I changed it up just a bit by changing the order of the apples but other than that it's the same painting as in the video.  It's good to paint apples if you need to be refreshed and feel grounded in your painting. It always picks me up and puts me back on track.

Why do I say that? Because the apple is easy to paint with it's gentle contours and makes it easy to capture the darks and lights making it a breeze to paint. The confidence comes back, the creativity is refreshed.

Thanks Carole!

6x6 oil on gessobord

Believe you can and you're halfway there. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, June 30, 2016

2 still life studies

These are two studies I did recently. One is from a Carol Marine video tutorial at Daily Paint Works. The other one is one that I did on my own but based on the same tutorial. 

I think it's good to do these kind of studies, especially from a professional, (and one that I admire), to keep you on the right track and refresh yourself on the use of good techniques.

I'm going to try the apple study video next and see what I come up with. I do love still life paintings and haven't done them in a while. 

I didn't mention which one was completed with the aid of the Carol Marine video and which one wasn't just in case you want to guess.  ;)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

All five painting challenge paintings

By Julie, Charles, Helen, Aba, and me. Go us!

Calm after the storm

This was a painting I made in 1994. I remember this time like it was yesterday. 

It's funny how my paintings are like a diary in a way; different times of your life passing by, good and bad times, celebrations and tears. 

This one got me through a tough time and I felt a little better by the time I was done. We all (us painters) have paintings we will never sell for one reason or another, gifts we'll never give. Sometimes they become a part of you. 


Not available for sale

This is an obvious copy of part of a Norman Rockwell painting. I learned a lot from this study and continue to study the greats from time to time. 

I think I'm ready for another painting challenge. Is anyone interested? 

P.S. I'll soon be posting our last painting challenge with all of our paintings in one post.  Thanks to all of the contributors. Love you all.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Atlantic City Beach

I took a picture of the AC sea shore while visiting the area recently. The sky caught my eye more than the ocean this time but they combined to make a peaceful beach scene. 

5x7 oil on gessobord

If you do get a chance to visit the Atlantic City area you should be sure to visit the White House Sub Shop. It's famous not only for their outstanding sandwiches, but for their famous clientele whose photos grace the wall of this charming little eatery. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rocky Shore

This painting was from a sister's day a few weeks ago. Aba and Sue K. came by for a delightful afternoon of painting, laughter, and meatballs. :D  We have to do that again soon!

As always, Aba and I are drawn to the seashore and ocean paintings. I love the time we spend together. Thank you Aba. You're the best!

9x12 oil on gessobord $50.00

Don't call it a dream, call it a plan.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kim's Sunset Painting

I finally stopped to take a picture of my painting challenge painting. I opted to leave out the boats but I may, at some future time, decide to paint them in there. 

But somehow, at least for this particular painting, it just feels right the way I painted it. I know that you painters understand what I mean. :D

8x10 oil on gessobord

I think that there may be one more submission. Once they're all in I'll post them together in one blog post so we can see them all together. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Helen's Sunset Painting

Yes! We have another submission to the painting challenge. This time we have Helen Eaton and her beautiful version of our challenge titled "Sunset On The Cape".

You can also click here: 
to go to Helen's blog to find out more about this painting and view her other paintings as well.

I love how the clouds float up and curl. It creates a wondrous image and makes me want to be there, like, right now!  Congratulations on a job well done!

And thank you for the shout-out on your blog, Helen. I really appreciate that!!

Last Light by Charles Wolf

We have another submission to the painting challenge! This is a beautiful piece by Charles Wolf. 

"Last Light" oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in.
Artist Charles Wolf
Impulsive Artistry © 2016. 
All rights reserved

He also created a video!!!  Here is the link to his youtube video:

Thank you Charles, for your submission of this awesome painting and video. You are very talented!

Also I want to thank you for your shout-out to me in your video. What a wonderful surprise that was for me. 

And you've inspired me to look into making my own videos as well. 
It will be a long road to travel to get my first video made that I feel will be good enough to share, but like they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

First Painting Challenge Submission

Our first painting challenge painting has arrived in my inbox! Take a look at this stunning depiction of the seascape photo by my beautiful sister, Aba!!!

Aba uses a palette knife 99.9% of the time and she is truly skilled with the knife!! Aba, when you get a chance, leave a comment with the details: painting size, medium, etc.  

Great work!!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE the first submission. I can't wait to see more!

Painting Challenge

Here is the photo for the painting challenge. You can depict it in whatever way you choose; oil paint, acrylic, water color, pencil, or any way you want; it's up to you! 

I don't believe that you can add a photo yourself to my blog. If you can do that, please comment and tell me how that's done. Otherwise, you can email me a photo of your finished art work and I will upload it for you to my blog. 

You can always request to have me take it down if you decide you no longer want your photo on this site. That's never a problem. The photo is your property.

This painting challenge has ended. Thanks to all who submitted their work!

And now the photo:

I'm looking forward to seeing the finished pieces. There's no rush. I will add the photos as they come in.

~ Kim

Monday, May 30, 2016

Surf's Up

This painting is one from sister's day, a day when my sister and I create, create, and then create some more! At this particular session I started this painting that I call Surf's Up. 

It's not the size canvas I usually work with as it's not conducive to a painting a day, measuring 16" x 20". I have five more canvases of this size for when the mood strikes me to paint larger, but for the most part I like to paint smaller paintings.

16 x 20 ~ $100.00 plus shipping

If any of my painting pals are interested in painting with me or are in a painting slump, I thought it might be fun if I post a photograph that I have permission to paint and we could all post our own version of it, be it in oils, acrylics, pen, pencil, whatever! 

If you're interested let me know in the comments below. I have just the photo in mind for us to use for this project. Invite your friends. All are welcome!

Sometimes you just have to ride the wave you're given.
~ Author Unknown

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Woods

I painted this about a week ago except for a few finishing touches that I put on the other day. I like to wait a few days before I post a painting. It gives me time to mull it over and think about what changes I want/need to make.

9x12 oil on canvas

A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.
~ Author unknown

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Starry Night

I've always wanted to paint Starry Night with the idea of getting into the head of the artist a little more. Turns out he was a beautiful man inside and out. 

I had fun painting this and consider it to be an exercise in loosening up and becoming more painterly. I've been in a painting slump and I believe this may be my turning point.

What have you done to get out of your painting slump?

9x12 acrylic on gessobord

But I could have told you Vincent this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.
~ Don McLean

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Birds

I was looking through my unfinished paintings and this one popped up as one I could manage with my recent shoulder and neck injury. If you've never had whiplash I pray you never do! 

The oceanscape was already painted and just needed the attending seagulls who were happy to accommodate me and not give me a hard time actually looking like seagulls. 

I'm not on any pain meds, that's my silly sense of humor talking. 

8x10 oil on gessobord

When you have come to the edge of all the light you have and step into the darkness of the unknown, believe that  one of the two will happen to you; either you'll find something solid to stand on or you'll be taught how to fly. 
~~ Richard Bach

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Finding My Way

This is another painting that I painted virtually with my sister. We love painting this way when we can't be together.

I painted this so thick with oil paint that I had to wait a few days to finish it. I'm usually pretty good with wet-on-wet but this time I just couldn't manage it. Maybe I need to scrap my old brushes for some new ones. It must be the brushes, right? It can't be me. hee hee

8x10 oil on gessobord

Take risks: if you lose you will be happy; if you win you will be wise.
~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


The painting below highlights an experiment in painting loose and free. Pick up that brush and have some fun and cast your cares to the wind. 

Thank you to the Art Sherpa for the inspiration and fun and relaxation this brought to me at a time when it was most welcomed!

The paintings below are obviously in the style of dear Vincent, a true treasure to us all and a grand master of his craft. 

8x10 oil on gessobord

This one is a mini version of the above painting. I did it in acrylic so that I didn't have to wait to finish it. It's fun for the impatient.  

The colors seem a bit washed out in the photo but they are just as bright as the painting above. Bad lighting will do that. And I know this is going to bug me until I fix it. 

3x3 acrylic on canvas

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
~ Vincent Van Gogh

Friday, April 8, 2016

Hurricane Weather

I love the sea and all its many states of being. This is one angry sea. I don't know why the sea fascinates me so. I guess I find it challenging to capture and inspirational too. It touches something in me and makes me feel good. 

8x10 oil on gessobord

Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic....
~Van Morrison

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Magnolia Lake

This painting is from a photo taken by my niece, the great and talented Roxanne Stark. Thank you Rox for allowing me to use your photos for my paintings!!

This scene is from Magnolia Lake in Ocean View, N.J. 

8x10 oil on gessobord
Advice from a lake:
Be clear, make positive ripples, look beneath the surface, stay calm, shore up friendships, take time to reflect, be full of life. 
~ Author Unknown

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sunset at Siesta Key

Another in a series of Siesta Key paintings. Give me a sunset any day and I will be on cloud 9. 

Have you ever heard of the green flash phenomenon that occurs at sunset and sunrise? Check out the story here:

8x10 oil on gessobord

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. 
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California

I love to visit lighthouses! I've never been to Pigeon Point but working from a photo can be the next best thing. I have many photos of my lighthouse visits and at some point I will paint from them, but I do prefer the plein air style of painting and will try to do that more.

Here in New Jersey there are no shortage of lighthouses. I've been to a number of them including; Hereford Inlet, Navesink Twin Lights, Absecon Lighthouse, East Point Lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse, Sandy Hook, Cape May, Finns Point, Sea Girt, and Brigantine Lighthouse, to name a few.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse has an interesting history if you care to investigate its past. It is currently closed due to the need for some structural repairs, but there is a hostel there set just beside the lighthouse. If you decide to stay at a hostel, Pigeon Point appears to be a great one to visit, set high on a cliff with a magnificent view.

8x10 oil on gessobord
Although not inspirational, I love this quote:

"Lighthouse: A tall building on the seashore in which the government maintains a lamp and the friend of a politician." 
~ Author unknown

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Niagara Falls Rapids

This is my third Niagara Falls painting. I love that area. It is so beautiful. The power and force of the water is truly a beautiful sight to see. I'll never forget walking along these rapids and feeling terror and being awestruck at the same time. 

8x10 oil on gessobord

Thy white foam pillars ever moving stand, and ever standing, move harmoniously to the rough music of the dashing spray and roaring tumult of thy boiling base.  ~ James K. Liston

Friday, March 25, 2016

Clouds Illusions

This is from a cloud study that I did last year. It just needed a little tweaking and I was in the tweaking mood today so here it is. 

I love how the moon tried so hard to shine through the clouds; a very noble effort that was rewarded with this display.

8x10 oil on gessobord

We're captured on a carousel of time.  We can't return we can only look behind from where we came and go round and round and round in the circle game. - Joni Mitchell  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Niagara Falls Canada

This is my second painting of Niagara Falls. The first one was of the American side of the falls, this one is the Canadian side. 

I remember standing there at the edge of the falls. There's a low brick wall and the falls are right there. It's unnerving and breathtaking at the same time.

If you've never been, be sure to put Niagara Falls on your bucket list. It's a must see adventure! 

8x10 oil on gessobord

I stood within a vision's spell; I saw, I heard.  The liquid thunder went pouring to its foaming hell, and it fell, ever, ever fell, into that invisible abyss that opened under.  ~ Anonymous

Monday, March 14, 2016

Browning Avenue in the fall

I saw this tree on my morning walk this past fall.  It struck me with it's beautiful leaves not long into the process of turning color. I love this. 

I put the photo of this tree in my "things to paint" folder and came across it the other day. Leaves are my nemesis so I was proud (and brave) to give this painting a try. 

8x10 oil on gessobord

From the hedgerow, lawn and wooded hill departs the summer's chlorophyll; the elms and hickories lose their green and glow instead with carotene, while sumacs, maples redden in a burst of anthocyanin, and Time is moved to tell it's clients, the reason why in terms of science.  ~ From the October 20,1941 issue of Time. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Lazing on a not so sunny afternoon

This one is from the way-back machine, aka, a repost from yesteryear. 
I've painted more water scenes than anything else, but I've got a forest scene, flowers, and a new Niagara Falls painting in the works. Stay tuned!

6 x 6 oil on gessobord

And I can't sail my yacht, he's taken everything I've got, all I've got's this sunny afternoon. ~ The Kinks

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rock me on the water

Another sista's day, another painting. We painted my favorite scene; the ocean! Loving the waves and especially the rocks and the reaction of the water surrounding them, an ever changing 
fun-tastic scene to paint.

9x12 oil on gessobord

To get up when you are down, to fight more intensely when you're struggling, to put in the extra effort when you are in pain, to come back when nobody expects you to, and to stand tall when everyone is pulling you down, are what makes a champion. - Apoorve Dubey

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Don't turnip your nose at this!

My latest creation, the turnip. 'Twas a fun learning experience.  

But I've been told to paint less still lives because people don't like or want them. I disagree. For one thing, variety is the spice of life; two, people do like them and have bought them from me; and three, I haven't painted that many so what exactly is less? 

With that being said, I do respect people's opinions and welcome them, but I don't necessarily agree with them. But I've learned a lot from them so keep them coming!

Thank you to Aunt Patsy for the reference photo.

5x7 oil on gessobord

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

This is one from the way-back machine. I haven't painted in a while mostly due to lots of work in my real job. It's break time now and I started a new painting today. 

I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow but in the meantime I'm pulling this up from a past post. Sometimes I get in the mood to paint flowers and this happens. I hope you like it.

Trying to remember, I think this was a 5x7
oil on gessobord

Earth laughs in flowers. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, January 30, 2016

View From Oyster Creek Inn

On this day last fall I traveled with a friend to Oyster Creek Inn in Leedspoint, NJ.  I snapped a picture whilst walking up the wood planked entrance-way (sort of like a board walk), and used that photo for this painting. 

The Oyster Creek Inn is located in what is now the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.  Why would they let a restaurant be built in a wildlife refuge? Because Oyster Creek Inn was there first! It was established in 1938 and the refuge was established in 1984.

There's a lot of interesting history in this area. You should check it out for yourself if you get the chance.

8x10 oil on gessobord
You can't leave footprints in the sands of time if you're sitting on your butt.  And who wants to leave butt prints in the sands of time?  -  Author unknown

Friday, January 29, 2016

Seagull pit stop

This is a painting I finished a while ago. I wasn't really crazy about it but it sold in an auction and the money went to a very good cause, and that's all right with me! 

9x12 oil on gessobord
(No longer available)

Life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tropical Isle

Another day, another study. I started painting palm trees almost a year ago but this one, I think, is the one I like the best. Nice and loose as a goose. 

9x12 oil on gessobord

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Key West Sunset

This painting was a delight to make. So many beautiful colors! I love Key West! 

Special thanks to Key West Sunsets and Sunrises for permission to use their photo for my painting.

9x12 oil on gessobord

If we're not a little bit uncomfortable every day we're not growing.  All the good stuff is outside our comfort zone.  
- Jack Canfield

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Boat on the water, Fire in the sky

It's a good day to paint. Blizzard conditions outside, everyone is home safe and sound, cup of hot coffee and a slab of hummingbird cake. Life is sweet. 

I love this new technique I learned recently. I'm going to use this technique on more paintings. 

Sunsets rock; they make painting even more fun than they already are. 

9x12 oil on gessobord

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.  -  Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, January 10, 2016


This is another one of my favorite outdoor scenes; the ocean. I love capturing the beauty of the light dancing on the water. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

8x10 oil on gessobord

Do more of what makes you happy.  - Abraham-Hicks