Summer Moments…

I can’t believe the summer has come, and  is almost gone already! Time does go by so quickly. While it was passing I tried to hold on to some of those summer moments, painting my way through them.  Here is some of what transpired.



The Pond at Yaddo, 8×10 oil pastel


Queen Anne’s Lace, 810 oil pastel


Through the Plains, 8×10 oil pastel


Cascading Falls, 8×10 oil pastel


A New Half Dozen….


I am not sure where the time goes, but it certainly has flown by! Here are a few of my latest pieces, six in all. Hope you enjoy them.



Adirondack View, 8×10 oil pastel


Rolling Thunder, 8×10 oil pastel


Winter Stream, 8×10 oil pastel


January Snowfall, 8×10 oil pastel


Louden Road Pond, 8×10 oil pastel


Winter Field, 8×10 oil pastel



Well, here it is Thanksgiving weekend, and in a few weeks it will holiday time once again. I haven’t posted in a while, and realized it is because I have really been making an effort to spend as much time as I can soaking up my favorite season, Autumn. It has been a beautiful season this year, and as always, one that seems too short. Here are a few of the pieces I painted to remind me of the season I enjoy so much. ~Rita


November Song, 8×10 oil pastel



My Kitchen Window, 8×10 oil pastel



Autumn Falls, 8×10 oil pastel

Late September


Late September, 8×10 oil pastel

There is nothing like that feeling for me in late September, when the first of the foliage is starting to change, and I am filled with excitement about what lies around the corner: Autumn, my favorite season. Such was the inspiration for this painting, Late September.  ~Rita

Upcoming Landscape Exhibit

It’s that season again!  The Fall shows have started everywhere.  Rita and I will both be showing a variety of  landscapes at the “Landscapes at the Landsakes” Annual Exhibition in upstate New York to benefit farmland conservation.  The show is open to the public at the Maple Ridge Gallery, 172 State Route 372, Colia New York from October 8th through 10th.  It promises to be a great show with a lot of beautiful work.  Join us if you can!  – Eden



Still Life with Jug

As most of you know who follow this blog, I mostly paint landscapes, and have a particular love for this area and the Hudson River School Painters. But every once in a while, I really get an itch to do something different, and often it is a still life that seems to be calling to me. Yesterday was one of those days, and here is the result of that calling. ~Rita


Still Life with Jug, oil pastel

Unexpected Guests…

Saturday, while the weather was nice,  I went to a new spot to paint outside… a water canal park which is part of the Hudson River Canal System.  There is lots of water, and marshy areas that are really beautiful. As I was walking along the path to set up my easel there was a four-foot  heron who decided to walk a few feet in front of me on the path. Surprisingly he was not afraid of me, and we walked “together” for quite a way.  As I watched him   I thought what a wonderful unexpected guest!  But as my day went on, I  was quickly  reminded that all guests aren’t created equal….

After I set up my easel and started painting in the late afternoon sun, I was attacked by a swarm of gnats! And when I say swarm, I mean swarm.  They were getting on the painting, in my hair, and biting my arms.  And, guess who forgot to pack the bug spray?  Needless to say, the session was cut short, and the painting finished in the studio. Here is  my painting, Canal Park, which  holds memories of two of the most unexpected of  guests.  ~Rita


Canal Park, 8×10 oil pastel