"The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world." ~André Malraux

After a year of intermittant "painter's block"  I am working again in my studio, and feeling in a tentative positive state. Painting is a solitary activity, and as artists, we are often working in a vacuum. Unless we have a show hanging, reaction to the work is minimal. With several pieces underway, I decided that perhaps if I write about what I am doing or am attempting to do, it might act somewhat as a muse for me as well as give me some feedback on the work I am creating -- hence the establishment of this blog. 

As for the blog title, traditional, representational painting is a language for expressing what’s visible. But I feel my work is the most successful, and most interesting, when focused on things not entirely visible. I paint what I see but also what I sense and feel by utilizing my interior and unseen world --- in other words, the invisible world. Plein air work or  studio work from photographs are only touchstones or landmarks which guide me to other inner spaces. By so doing, I find that I am pushing the boundaries between representational and abstract work.

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Jan 29, 2012

Back to Work

I have not been working in my studio since well before the holidays, much to my dismay. I finally got back in there, and have a large piece started on the easel. I am painting over one of the Yellowstone paintings I did for the book for which I have no real love or use. I had hoped to make it an alla prima, but it has not worked out that way.

My gallery in Lyme called and asked me to bring over some new work for the show they are hanging. They sold both pieces from the last show they had up. I took six over, and they hung three, including this one which I did a few years ago and which I do not think I have put in the blog before:

"Early Snow on the River"  oil on
They also took the Nantucket Cranberry Bog painting, see January 19,2011, and the
landscape I call "When Summer Turns Gold," see March 2, 2011, both of which have been posted here before.

My Nantucket Gallery is finally getting a website up, and I sent in about 16 images to the webmaster. I am looking forward to seeing it when it is finished.

It is hunkering down time, firelight and movie nights at home time. We stay abed late these icy mornings, reading the New York Times on our ipads, snuggled under the soft flannel sheets and quilt. I still manage to haul myself out into the cold to go to my water aerobics as often as I can, but otherwise, I have been very hermity.

It is also time in my life to clean out closets, drawers, trunks, and hopefully soon, attic. The garages will have to wait until warm weather. We have been in this house 14 1/2 years, and although all was perfect when we moved in, we have added the contents of the NJ condo which we sold and contents of parents' apartments after they died. I am in overwhelm with stuff, and am determined to get rid of a lot of it. I am pretending I am moving, and doing the three G's -- making piles of 1) Garbage; 2) Giveaways and 3) Garage sale stuff.


  1. Hi Debbie,

    Glad you are feeling inspired to paint! Is the Vermont environment interesting these days? We have only had a cover of snow for a few days down here in New Haven. Do you know the paintings of Armstrong? He does these great fields of Litchfield County where he paints the snow in drifts rather than as blanket covering the ground. His work demonstrates the beauty of the browns and grays seen between snow falls at this time of year.

    I am taking a course entitled, "Trends in American Art from 1945 to the present." I am thinking about doing a paper on Rothko. Maybe we should study your pieces!?

    What are your favorite artists/works/movements from the last 65 years?


  2. Debbie, lovely painting. Bravo that they are selling. I really should get over to Long River; I'll be happy to see your work there. Now that my 3 shows are up I could get a few fresh canvases out and begun...feels good to paint again.

  3. Todd -- Course sounds interesting, and Rothko is my favorite all - time painter. Would love to see your paper. I don't know about the last 65 years .... I was not a very big fan of the art in the 60's and 70's, I do remember liking some Jim Dine shows and was always astonished by De Kooning. I can tell you off the bat that the artists I like today are Eric Aho and Ray Rusekas, and some lesser known painters like S.P.Goodman, and some I know such as Andy Newman, Henry Isaacs, Ashley Bryan. Let me think about it a bit more.

    Maggie thanks for comments. I sell, but not enough or often enough! Long River seems to like my less abstract landscapes, which may not reflect the real me right now, although they have Cranberry Bog hanging which is fairly indicative of my work