Summer’s End

Can it be true?  It was June just yesterday!  Well, it has been a beautiful summer in the Northeast.  Fall is going to be BUSY!  Lots of shows everywhere including two that Rita and I will both be participating in next month.  We will post more about it later but we will both be in the Landscapes for Landsakes fundraiser as well as in the TRASK fundraising event in the Canfeld Casino.  Hopefully I am not being premature since we haven’t submitted our pieces for the latter event yet ; ).  The little pastel below was accepted into the prestigious Connecticut Pastel Society’s annual national juried show “Renaissance in Pastel”.  It will be held at the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich CT from October 7th through November 12th.  Hope you can make it!  In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful late summer days   — Eden


Moonrise, Pastel on Paper, 9 x 12

Thermostat Wars…


Winter Sun, 8×10 oil pastel

Yes, I know it is June, and I am not sure what is going on in your home, but this time of year typically starts the thermostat wars in my house. I am always way too hot, and my husband is always cold. The thermostat is constantly in flux, with each of us pretending to get up to do something and quickly bumping up or down the dial as nonchalantly as possible. I have a feeling this happens in more homes than I can imagine. In any case, although it is June, and my mind should be on the beautiful summer season, when I sat down to paint the other day, this is where my palette took me.  And if you lived in my house, it would be no surprise why.  ~Rita



I am pleased to announce that my pastel painting “Times Square Glow” was selected for the International Association of Pastel Society’s annual show.  The prestigious IAPS exhibit is currently on view at The Salmagundi Club in New York City and is open to the public until Sunday, June 18th.  The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue which is 12th street and 5th.  Stop by if you are in the NYC area!  -Eden

The Artist as Native


Peters Kill Falls, 8×10 oil pastel

A few years ago my son bought me a book for Christmas called “The Artist as Native: Reinventing Regionalism”. The book is a collection of thoughts by various artists who celebrate the places they live and work.  I guess it is  universal that  there are places that get into your soul, and become a part of you. My latest painting is of one of those places here in upstate New York. The terrain is filled with  steep ledges  that jut out over forests, and waterfalls that drop very dramatically.  I didn’t get to spend a lot of time at this particular spot, but this view has been hijacking my thoughts since I got back. And when that happens, there is only one thing to do: Paint it.   ~Rita,

Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields….. I don’t think there are any  in this part of New York, but I wish there were, as I find that they are truly breathtaking. The inspiration for this painting  came from a photograph by photographer/ blogger Kim  at Thanks Kim, for letting me use your beautiful photo! ~Rita


Lavender Fields, 8×10 oil pastel

Water in Two Forms

I have always been attracted to water. All forms of water: from nature’s ponds, oceans rivers and streams to rain on the sidewalk, and ice cubes in a glass. My latest two paintings are both of water in two very different forms. The first is of  the ocean’s  powerful  waves. And the second is rainwater, shortly after a downpour on  town roads, reflecting the colors of the city . Whether it is water in its most natural form, or the interplay of water  manmade color and light, I believe water is  truly one of those gifts that is a feast for the eyes and nourishes the soul.  ~Rita



Crashing Waves, 11×14 oil pastel

Evening Rain Final

Early Evening Rain, 8×10 oil pastel