Tuesday, June 29, 2010


The blueberries here remind me of baby birds waiting to be fed.  The birds are feasting on these berries so it is no wonder the analogy comes to mind.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Another painting from the 'Garden Series' at the Wayne Art Center.  This is located in a section of Wayne I didn't know existed.  There are lots of large old interesting homes with big yards.  Looks like they are from the early 20th Century.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


You're absolutely right this is not anywhere near Merion.  In fact it is in Hawaii.  No, I have not changed my position on travel. Instead I have found the perfect solution for me.  Google street view.  While surfing the net a couple of days ago I found a site called THE VIRTUAL PAINTOUT.  There artists are invited to use google street view to find a spot and paint it.  Each month there is a diferent spot chosen and this month it is Hawaii.
I had a great time looking for a spot that had a palm tree and I could infuse with a lot of saturated paint, as I imagine Hawaii to be very colorful.  I have been all over the coasts of Hawaii, through preserves, looking at beautiful mountains, volcanic hot spots and beach scenes.  What fun!  If all goes well you will be able to click the title and go to the spot I painted and from there you will be able to travel anywhere you want in the world - well not everywhere, but enough places to keep you traveling for as long as your sense of 'virtual' adventure lasts.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


An allay of trees at the Appleford Estate.  There are lots of wonderful spots to cool off in the shade here.

Monday, June 21, 2010


The estate of Appleford, 24 acres of arboretum and bird sanctuary, is over 300 years old.  It is meticulously maintained and open to the public.  Another historic property, this time   painting under the auspices of the Wayne Art Center and their 'GARDEN SERIES'. I do this every year and am able to enjoy the quiet, usually private, gardens that are hidden away in all parts of the Main Line.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Here is a building in West Philadelphia that must have an interesting history.  It looks like a row house that lost it's row.  What happened to the rest of the block and how was this house spared?  It looks like the clouds are holding it in place here.  What does it feel like to live here? In spite of it's isolated position it has a cheery countenance and trimmed hedges, a fresh coat of paint and a neat, fenced in yard.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Another painting from Harriton House.  This would seem to be an arbor built on some old stone pillars.  This whole site is filled with interesting old walls, and nooks and crannies filled with flowers. See my other painting of the ruins there. BURIED TREASURE

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


This is the simple house that goes with the simple barn in the last post.  These old, well maintained buildings, date from the 1700's.  That's a long time to survive in all their pristine beauty.
These are more paintings from the Lower Merion Conservancy paint-out.  See photos of some the artists who participated and the gala that followed plus Bill's beautiful painting on Bill Ternay's blog POSTCARDS FROM PHILLY. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will benefit the Conservancy.

Monday, June 14, 2010


                                              SIMPLE OLD BARN
                                                  Nancy Herman
                                                        6" x 8"

To be in nature, when it is tamed and safe, is probably one of the most soothing experiences.  This stately old barn from the 1700's adds to the serenity with its simple lines.
A portion of the proceeds of this painting will be donated to the Lower Merion Conservancy.

Friday, June 11, 2010


This private bridge leads to an historic home across the street from the mill of yesterday's painting.  This whole area is an historic district - Mill Creek Historic District.  It dates from the 16th and 17th hundreds.  This house is in excellent shape and looks like a beautiful place to live with its long second floor porch looking out over the creek and surrounding gardens. A portion of the proceeds from this painting will go to the Lower Merion Conservancy.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Here is another painting that came about because of the paint-out with the Lower Merion Conservancy.  This is the side of the Mill on Mill Creek Road in Gladwyne.  For another view of this building and the creek go to my painting partner for this gig,  Bill Ternay, at his blog Postcards from Philly.  His blog is very entertaining with lots of photos, great art and news, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it.  A portion of the proceeds from this painting will go to the Conservancy.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


This is another painting done at the paint- out sponsored by The Lower Merion Conservancy.    This is a close up of a beautiful old barn I painted at Saunder's Wood.   It is over 200 years old.  The beauty of its construction and proportion are a testament to the integrity of the age and....you can have picnics there!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Last week the Lower Merion Conservancy sponsored a paint-out to benefit their activities.  They gave all the artists who signed up maps to historic sites and we all went out in the 90' weather to find the spots and try to capture them in paint.  It was quite interesting to discover these lovely places, many of which I had never known about before.  This painting is of some old walls at HARRITON HOUSE built in 1704.  It was at one time the home of Charles Thomas who was the first and only secretary of the Continental and Confederate Congresses.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the Conservancy.

Monday, June 7, 2010


This year only one of my 4 poppies bloomed.  Not sure why, as it has been a good year for everything else.  I was surprised, when painting this, how many shades of purple are in the center of the flower.  Purple does seem to be an appropriate color to be associated with opium.  "After WWII, Poppies became the symbol of both tragedy and renewal of life. They gained this recognition as there were many poppies in the battlefields of France. Each year on Memorial Day, Veterans sell poppies as a memorial for those who have given their lives for their country. The proceeds benefit veterans groups." Gardener's Network

Friday, June 4, 2010


These are the 'storebacks' of buildings seen from the parking lot in Ardmore.  I have always been fascinated by the apartments above stores.  As a child I thought what fun it would be to live over a toy or candy store.  I imagined that at night the whole place would be mine to explore.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Like the french lilac in an earlier painting, I wish I could include the fragrance of this lovely bloom.  It is redolent for me of anticipation of a romantic evening, as it is so often used for corsages.