Monday, December 14, 2009

Female Eclectus

Years ago I was in a pet bird phase, and had several of them. First there was Polly the parakeet, then One Guy the cockatiel, then the African Grey Parrot, and finally, Sonny the parakeet. They each provided hours of entertainment, so this painting is in memory of my departed fine feathered friends. 2009 10" x 10" Oil on artist's wood panel  SOLD

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bite Me

Well, this one took a long while to complete, and was much more challenging than I anticipated. I approached it by doing a quick sketch with charcoal, then taped off the background entirely. I have only done this a few times in the past, but I find the colors of the background in this piece almost as interesting as the foreground, and I wanted to remain focused on the details of the image. It also adds an element of surprise for me when I peel off the tape, and see how the image relates to its surroundings. Although I thought the cupcake paper would present more of a challenge than the cupcake itself, in the end it was the opposite. The pink portion was done in many layers with drying time in between, and then subsequent sanding. I purposely left some of the scuffing from the sand paper to add texture and dimension. Thanks to my friend Lori Workizer for the fantastic reference photo, which she took one afternoon while we visited a local cupcake shop, where they bake mini cupcakes daily. We sampled a few and took a few more home. 12" x 12" Oil on artist's wood panel $300

Monday, November 9, 2009

Nepali Boy

I have collected some photos of children, cropped them to be profile compositions, and removed the color. I hope to make this a series of charcoal drawings. Special thanks to Cristiano Bonassera for the great reference photo, which was originally a full color portrait! You can see his work on Flickr at Charcoal pencil on paper 5.5" x 8.5" $40 unframed

Sunday, November 1, 2009

S'nta Claus

This is the second piece in the Winter Holiday Series. The first was S'no Man, which I donated last year to a silent auction to benefit M.S. I had planned to create it on three separate canvases of varying size, but after completing the sketch on one sheet of paper, it was clear that it was finished. This piece follows that same pattern; with three separated boxes of varying sizes on one sheet of 14" x 17" Strathmore Medium paper using Rembrandt soft pastels. SOLD

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bleeding Hearts

This is a piece I had started earlier, but was waiting for permission from the photographer of the reference photo before completing it. When I saw the information for the Susan G. Komen fundraiser, this piece felt like a perfect match. Special thanks to Gail Hicks for her reference photograph.

The voting is in, and this piece won Patron's Mention! Thanks for the votes!

Let the three blossoms represent three things that come from difficult times: Beauty, Dignity, and Hope. The reflection is of challenging times, from which all growth comes. Pastel on paper 9" x 12" $99

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tulip Blooming

Tulip Blooming was one of three pieces accepted into the December, 2009 5th Annual 12Buy 12 Art Exhibit at the Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios in Austin, TX.

This is my first small painting, and the reduction seemed to increase my focus. Oil on wood panel 6" x 6" SOLD Thanks to Giovanni for the reference photo!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

This sketch comes from a reference photo taken by my daughter Amy while we were in Morocco last December. Each time I looked at this picture in the past, I felt like the three young girls were trying to say something to me, but I just did not know what it was. Today it hit me. "See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil. NFS

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Orange Poppy on Vinyl

Oil on 12" Vinyl Record $300
Thanks again to Mary Ann Lacy for the reference photo for this beautiful flower! I love the boldness of the orange, contrasted by the delicate fringes on the petals, and the geometric shapes formed by them.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Japanese Quince

Well, after some final detail work, this is finally finished, so I thought I'd post the completed piece. NFS

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Japanese Quince

Thanks to Giovanni for a fabulous reference photograph. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY - I LOVE YOU!

Friday, August 14, 2009

EBSQ featured me as their artist of the month!

Scroll down to read the interview questions and answers

Monday, July 27, 2009

Agave Abstract

We are fortunate to live in the Southwest US, where we can appreciate the beautiful colors you find in unexpected places like the agave leaves. This is the same palette you can see in the desert landscape. Oil on canvas 20" x 24"

Saturday, July 25, 2009

A SHAMELESS PLUG (er, I mean Press Release)

"Over the Fourth of July weekend in 2009, Relish underwent a significant expansion, essentially taking over the space vacated by the business next door. With additional tables, the restaurant is now open for lunch seven days a week and on Fridays and Saturdays for dinner. The unveiling of a more expansive space for edible art is fittingly coupled with a display of fine art by multi-talented Albuquerque artist Claudia Goodell, a self-taught painter whose work is displayed in galleries throughout America and online galleries throughout the world–and now at Relish. Fine food and fine art. What a great combination!"

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tulip on Vinyl Record

12" Vinyl Record SOLD - I love the colors and the unique perspective of this one. In preparing the "canvas" for this painting I applyed a mix of titanium white and light yellow cadmium with a palette knife to add a great deal of texture all over. I used thinned oils for the subsequent layers, where I defined the shapes and values, leaving some of the original background exposed for the small amount of negative space in this piece.

Water Lily on Vinyl Record

I really enjoy painting on these and since I still have more records along with the reference images I've collected, I figured I'll keep doing more. The reference photo for this came from a recent vacation in Maui. Oil on 12" vinyl record $300

Friday, July 3, 2009

Art Show at Local Restaurant

I will have some pieces hanging for 4-6 weeks at Relish Restaurant at 8019 Menual, N.E. beginning Tuesday, July 6th for the grand re-opening of their newly expanded location, where they will now be offering a dinner menu in addition to fabulous lunch choices - Go check it out, and say hi to the owner, Tony!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

What's the Point?

In July of 2009 there was an online show called "Ripped Off", where artist members of EBSQ Arts paired off to copy a piece done by another artist, but in their own individual style. I paired with an artist named Torrie Smiley and copied her original, which was in acrylic. Oil on artist panel 9" X 12"

"The Ballerina II" by Torrie Smiley -

Torrie will be painting her own acrylic version of my etching "Cala Lillies". You can see the show by clicking the link for EBSQ Arts on the side bar, and all of Torrie's work at her website in my list of artist's links

Thursday, June 25, 2009

NEWS: Flower Series on 12" Vinyl Records accepted in juried art show

I am honored and thrilled to announce that two of the four macro flower pieces done on 12" vinyl records were submitted and accepted in a juried art show called: In Full Bloom, which will run from July 18th to August 14 at Mills Pond House Gallery in St. James, NY. This will be my first juried art show, and I am quite excited.

Mills Pond House Gallery is operated by Smithtown Township Arts Council, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. With ten exhibition opportunities each year, artists from almost every state in the nation have exhibited there over the past 34 years. Guest jurors contribute to the critical dimension of the selected works in the gallery, providing a venue for artists working in a wide variety of media and subject.

Rose Pellicano:
Botanical artist Rose Pellicano’s work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Japan, and has been included in numerous prestigious exhibitions at the Horticultural Society of New York, the Bruce Museum, the U.S. Botanic Garden, and Chicago Botanic Garden, among others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, in Pittsburgh, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium. Rose’s work has been featured in Horticulture Magazine and The Gardener, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden 2008 Calendar among others. She is a fellow of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society, a founding member of Art Botanica, and she teaches botanical painting at Old Westbury Gardens, New York.


Well, I finally revisited this piece and finished it. Originally I was going for a graphic style with clean lines, but what came out is more flowing and painterly. SOLD

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Prickly Pear Bloom - Triptych

This was a fun piece to complete, and now I want to paint more desert flowers. Special thanks to photographer Anne Elliott, who kindly gave her permission to let me use her wonderful photo as a reference! Oil on Canvas 20.5" X 22" $250

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Prickly Pear Bloom - Triptych

I have updated this photo based on my most recent work. The center of the bloom still needs to be added, and then I can paint the edges of the boards to finish it. I will continue to post my progress.

I really like the complexity of diptychs and triptychs, and I have wanted to create an assymetrical one. Cactus blooms have also intrigued me, so I blended the two ideas for this piece. This is not a commissioned piece, but just something I wanted to do.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cala Lillies

5" X 7" Ampersand Scratchbord (Claybord)SOLD


5" X 7" Ampersand Scratchbord (claybord)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I thought I'd try something different - change is good! 5" X 7" Ampersand Scratchbord (claybord)and I used a stylus to scratch in the image. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LORI - I HOPE YOU ENJOY HAVING THIS

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Poppy on Vinyl Record

Well here is my final entry for the NYC show, ART on Record: Volume II. Sadly I have run out of time and won't be able to submit a 5th entry, but I am pleased with what I have done in a short period of time. The entries will be on exhibit and for sale at APW Gallery in NYC through the month of May. If you happen to be there during that time check out the show and take pictures/video for me!

I am happy to report that this project forced me outside my comfort zone by introducing a new surface on which to paint. It was certainly a growth period for me, and I did enjoy the process very much. Who knows, maybe I'll paint more macros on records....
Oil on 12" vinyl record $300

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rose On Vinyl Record

You guessed it - this is the third in the 12" vinyl record macro flower series for NY. Time to choose the next subject. Oil on 12" vinyl record $300

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sunflower on Vinyl Record

Sunflower on Vinyl was one of three pieces accepted into the 5th Annual 12 Buy 12 Art Exhibit at the Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios in Austin, TX. The show runs from December 1-21, and I will be attending the artists' reception on Saturday, December 5th! Oil on 12" vinyl record $300

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blue Flower On Vinyl Record

The Blue Flower is a central symbol of Romanticism. It stands for longing and love and the metaphysical striving for the infinite. Special thanks to John Cowley for allowing me to use his fabulous photo as a reference!

This is one of my entries for an art exhibit that will run through the month of May in NYC. It is called ART on Record Volume II Artists can use any medium, but all art must be done on a 12" vinyl record! Oil on 12" vinyl record $300

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Edits and Updates

Well,I decided to scrap the sunflower I had been working on because I just wasn't "feelin' it". I covered the canvas with gesso, and will start anew, BUT in the meantime a new project has crossed my studio. I will spend the next few weeks working on a submission to an art exhibit which will take place during the month of May in NYC! I will share the details as I progress this week, so stay tuned.....

Saturday, February 21, 2009


This painting is derived from a reference photo of water molecules flowing through a human cell. Oil on Canvas 24" X 36" SOLD

Friday, January 30, 2009

"Compassion" Completed

Oil on canvas 24" X 30" SOLD

Thursday, January 22, 2009

My Entry Form for the 2009 Single Speed World Championship Race

The 2009 World Champion Single Speed Mountain Bike event is being held in Durango, CO this September, and although i don't yet HAVE a single speed mountain bike I am officially entered! Since the requirement for registration was a coloring contest it was suggested that I post mine here. Enjoy :-)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Compassion" Day 4

Saturday, January 10, 2009

"Compassion" Day 3

Friday, January 9, 2009

"Compassion" Day 2

Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Compassion" Sketch Day 1