Sunday, February 10, 2019

Snowy Day From My Studio Window

This scene never fails to inspire...But today the snow was lovely and the red mill building with the green railroad bridge just made me the little red STOP sign and the little green street sign ...all held together with the snow falling....18x24" oil on canvas

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Self Portrait January 2019

       Here I am  standing in front of a mirror in my studio, again. Well haven't done a self portrait since last year this time, New Years Day...Now I need to keep the glasses on no matter what... I don't know where January went but it just dashed away over the frozen hills...I am wearing a very warm cashmere scarf I found at a thrift shop which works well to keep the cold at bay...16x20 oil on canvas

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Same Chair Different Scene Just Sold

      The painting at the top was completed in October 2017 ...The lower one was painted this August 2018 ....Both of them were done at Ricky and Elizabeth's  farm in  Sheffield MA.  A good French chair will always inspire especially surrounded by wonderful things.... They were both just sold at 510 Warren St Gallery in Hudson NY  to very lucky people!  36x36" oil on canvas

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Bouquet!

                              Presents from some of my students( the bouquet) and the pears)...a good reason to find a canvas and start painting...looking...putting the puzzle I heard Van Gogh say in a new film about his life " I paint so that I don't have to think" ( close to that) a sentiment I have shared many times with anyone who will listen... and so a beautiful bunch of strange flowers ( I love each and every one of them) with a Georgia O'Keefe book in the "background"  ....oh yes....Merry Merry for all that believe in this day... Thank you for all of your kind gifts...I stay peacefully at home! 24x24" oil on canvas

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Bowl Of Pears On Three Different Days

Day one a lovely blue fly landed on the arrangement...Day two I tried a new cloth, one of the pears had come from a tree on Block Island( it was rounder and not quite so pink)....On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me A White Bowl Filled With  Seven Pears.....20x20"  16x20".  20x20" all oil on canvas

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Alford Valley in Autumn

Same valley different day....different time of year...always the same feeling of how much I love this place and the changes I watch it go through... soon there will be snow!30x40" oil on canvas

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Late Summer Scene

These chairs looked inviting to me...French outdoor seating... Just trying to keep up with the past months ...all of that time flew by so quickly isn't that true?...30x30' oil on canvas

Saturday, November 17, 2018

October Dahlias

 I was so busy painting and traveling in October no time to post! These are some of the paintings I worked on ...The first was done at my sister Thea's house, I loved the leaves in the yellow water and the goldfish tank behind....well I loved it all, the window with the autumn leaves falling, the Mexican fabric the vase is sitting on....24x30 oil on canvas ...The second study was done after I went and picked a huge bouquet of Dahlias at Naumkeag gardens in Stockbridge Ma.... These blossoms  are just reaching their peak before the first frost...this I painted at my house, The petals and colors are so lush and gorgeous!  24x30 oil on canvas

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Block Island September Scenes

On the Island painting for a week as the storms rolled in and out over the sea...and sky...I am so in love with this place and how magnificent it all appears to me....Westside View From Our House 20x30" oil on canvas.   Eastside View From Sue's House 24x30" oil on canvas

Saturday, August 25, 2018


August 1- September 2 2018 OPENING RECEPTION Sunday Aug 26 2-5pm

ALL WELCOME!    Alford Valley Springtime 30x40" oil on canvas

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Block Island Paintings at Jessie Edwards Gallery August 3-23 2018

Some recent paintings exhibited at Jessie Edwards Studio on Block Island... A beautiful show if  I don't say so myself...Mohegan Bluffs Morning Light 30x40" oil on canvas  Dunn's Cartway 30x40" oil on canvas

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Berkshire Barns

Hot summer days painting the landscape with my class, hard to find some shade to stand in... I was very inspired by this old barn and several others near by...I wondered if  there would ever come a day when no one will know what a barn is? I love that they were used for so long but now abandoned....30x30" oil on canvas

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Peonies on the Table

      When the peonies bloom I get excited.. they are so gorgeous ....and so I try to find a place to paint them...Our table is where they landed along with Dave Mecklin's handmade in Maine chairs the foreground my cup of coffee necessary for the energy to finish this painting   36x36" oil on canvas

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sam Playing It Like It Is In The Studio

All he needs is his guitar...All I need is a paint brush...Amazing sounds inspiring me...30x30" oil on canvas

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Upper West Side of Manhattan in Winter

I painted this scene for my cousin Robbie's daughter, Esther....she took the picture...Now living in Kentucky she is a little bit home sick for The City...(there is only one right ?) A lovely snowy evening in the park...Not a soul in sight....20x24 oil on canvas

Lest's Not Forget St Croix?

Somehow the time has run away from me...(I had a bad flu cold thing) Better late than never... So here at last is a painting of the Carambola Beach on St Croix this past March...It was very rough that day...we threw ourselves into the crashing waves...just always   11x14 watercolor gouache

Monday, March 19, 2018

Self Portrait Painted on MY Birthday February 15 2018

So this is what I saw when I looked in the mirror this past February 15 2018...I look a little ragged I think...Glasses on for the first time so I can actually SEE what I am doing...there is a new landscape of the Alford Valley behind me on the wall....Winter day, I am bundled up....took my wool hat off since I had painted it too many times...16x20" oil on canvas

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The PRICE CHOPPER Plant in the Winter Studio

When I enter the local grocery store the flowers call out to me...Here is a plant that made it back to the studio in sub zero weather and lived to be painted several times(there is another one )...I liked the funny little simple and the leaves so wild...20x20" oil on canvas

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Time Passes in the Studio as in Life

The bouquet was picked as winter approached and there was very little left in the fields to chose from...but I loved it and so I painted it and then painted it again (as usual) at least a week later...still lovely in the morning sun of the studio... 12x12" oil   11x14" oil

Sunday, January 7, 2018

510 Warren St Gallery Hudson NY "Into The Garden" January 5- 28th 2018

The show in Hudson will hang for this month...You can go see a dozen beautiful interesting inspiring paintings of my gardens and others from around the Berkshires...Get away from the cold and dive into the color...This particular study was done at Naumkeag Estate ....This was the "gardeners" cottage surrounded by Dahlias...30x30" oil on canvas

Friday, January 5, 2018

Lilies at Margot and Val's House Winter Afternoon Light

I brought Margot Trout, wonderful artist,  these blooms and fell in love with how they looked on her table so I painted them! I get a really good feeling inside this old house (1700's) can you tell? 30x40" oil on canvas

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Winter Landscape in Gt Barrington Ma

I painted this from my friend's studio....I loved the reflection of the sunset in the river and the wiggly trees in the snow...the houses were not quite so humble I used my artist's license... I just sold it to a student of mine who appreciated the feeling it gave her...Winter is here again...Christmas is gone the New year approaches! Hope you have a HAPPY ONE...oil on canvas 16x20

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The View from Charlie's House Monterey Ma

The very distant hills (Mtns?)are the Catskills...on the other side of the Hudson River...This painting was a commission from a loving husband for his lovely wife...Xmas gift perhaps? Autumn is over Winter is on the way....30x40" oil on canvas

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Manhattan Landscapes in Manhattan at The New York Open Center

Madison Square Park Springtime 30x40"oil on canvas....Summer Bouquet with Shadow 36x36" oil on canvas are some of the many Manhattan Landscapes and Florals showing at The New York Open Center through December 17th...also exhibiting is the beautiful work of my former student and friend Richard Michaels... There will be a "Closing Party" on Thursday December 14th from 5-7pm...If you are in Manhattan please stop by and say hello....I look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, October 9, 2017

And Then They Were Gone

Time passes quickly ...I did this painting several years ago but I thought it related to the previous post...I love the flowers no matter what they are doing because I always see them moving in many different directions which is interesting to me....24x36" oil on canvas

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sunflowers at Naumkeg in September

The gardens at Naumkeg, the Choate family estate in Stockbridge MA.,   are spectacular... The sunflowers are dancing and the Berkshire Hills are watching them from a  distance...The colors of the leaves are as wonderful as the flowers...30x40" oil on canvas

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Garden in the Berkshires

My garden runeth over...My heart is full of inspiration for this humble place of beauty and ripeness...I know it seems like the canvas is very full, but you wouldn't believe how much I had to leave out ! Degas told Mary Cassatt, "Paint what you love"...and so I also take his advice...36x36" oil on canvas

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Block Island Paintings at Jessie Edwards Gallery

"Champlin's Road View"36x36" oil on canvas, was painted last fall. I stood on the side of the dirt road looking out on this glorious autumn afternoon. Block Island never fails to inspire me ... My exhibit of recent Block Island  paintings will be on view at the Jessie Edwards Gallery for the next two weeks...Please do stop by and see them or you can check them out on the web site ....enjoy!

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Spring House and The Beach Block Island

I painted this study out in front of the Spring House one fine Spring morning. Everywhere I looked the world looked bright and full of life...when I finished this study of the water I turned around and there was another spectacular view!
A full morning of painting the incredible beauty of the island...20x30" oil    16x20" oil on canvas

Monday, July 17, 2017

SOLD! Earning a Living as an Artist?

The "Pears and Knife" sold recently at Jessie Edwards Gallery on Block Island and the "Lilies at Margot's House" just sold at 510 Warren St Gallery in Hudson NY ....Thank God! Having the humility and openness necessary to paint and the vulnerability and stamina to sell a painting are two very different experiences...Selling continues to be a spiritual challenge for me...lots of patience required...I just want to find "good homes" for my paintings....I have already had the wonderful time spent working on them, now they need to find someone who will appreciate their beauty...I am grateful for anyone who is interested in buying a painting and will always work with you on making them affordable! Let's talk! www.kateknappartist .com 16x20" oil on canvas   30x40" oil on canvas

Saturday, July 1, 2017

"The Flowers" at 510 Warren St Gallery Hudson NY

June 30- July 30 2017      Opening Reception TODAY! Saturday July 1   3-6pm

ALL WELCOME!!! Love to see you...

gallery hours FRI  SAT  12-6pm   SUN 12-5pm

These are a selection of paintings focused on recent flower studies, always filled with love, oil on canvas some larger some small   also a variety of watercolors are available