Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tea for Two

It's been a long time since I blogged but I'm back and happy to say hoping you like the latest painting I've done. It's titled "Tea Time." I spent most of last year painting still life that included reflective images. This really taught me about paint, perspective, how to really see the objects and how to paint about them without being too reportive. I loved the soft cloth against the hard surface of the silver and the organic nature of the fruit in the mix.

This painting is 24 x 30 and is the culmination of my silver series. I plan to start a new series but have as yet not been able to come up with a plan. Any ideas? Comments are welcome.

Since I completed this painting, my husband Joe Mayer and I moved to Santa Fe, NM where we bought a house and are building a studio on our property.

We thought it would be good to have an adventure so we moved 2000 miles away in January (I don't recommend it) from a Lovely little town on Maryland's Eastern Shore to a high desert area near Santa Fe, NM. We lived in town where we could walk to everything and moved to a community in a "wilderness area," filled with other Artists, wild grasses, pinons, coyotes and snakes. I haven't seen any snakes yet but then, I do not turn over any rocks either. The earth feels so different here and both Joe and I are loving our adventure.

I'll write more about my paintings and Santa Fe so stay tuned.


  1. Hi Ann,
    Your painting is Rootin - Tootin great. I watched your silver series come along over the past year, but this painting really captures your talent. I love the different textures.

    Why not start with found objects from your new environment? Remember, that's how you started your silver series, the tea set you found stashed in the old building. I'm sure there are exciting objects to be found there.

  2. Ann, I think the Tea for Two (or Tea Time) piece is masterly! I can't wait to see it up close and personal unless it's sold first - which usually is what happens with your work!


    A new series, huh? Well, how about desert scenes or Native American faces? You know I think you are the best portrait artist ever!



John F. Kennedy', 1963 painting by Elaine de Kooning,

John F. Kennedy', 1963 painting by Elaine de Kooning,
National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D. C.)