Fire Island Plein Air

A dreamy sea view from Fire Island, a barrier island off the coast of Long Island, NY. This painting was painted en plein air on my iPad. © Beverly Brown

The other day our friends invited us to visit them on Fire Island, a beautiful barrier island off the coast of Long Island, New York. The dreamy sea view from their deck was quite spectacular and I was inspired to take out my Ipad and make this plein air painting.

Rather Abstract Rose Paintings

Abstract Rose Painting Dark and Light Pink

Every June I’m inspired to paint roses. The only problem is painting roses has always vexed me.  All those layers of petals somehow distract me from capturing the shape of the rose, the feeling of a rose. I get caught up in the details instead of paying attention to the overall effect. The key is to simplify the flowers down to their essence. […]

Digital Sketchbook: Book Court Brooklyn

Book Court Brooklyn - Beverly Brown

It’s freezing here in NYC and indoor activities are the only sensible option! This week my friend Tina & I met at Book Court, a wonderful, independent book store in Brooklyn, NY, to do some sketching. I made this digital watercolor sketch using the 53 Paper app on my iPad.

New York Nocturne: Pink Empire State Building

pink empire state building

Every night, New York’s Empire State Building changes the colors of its tower lights to reflect various occasions and organizations. Their spectacular Valentine’s Day display began last night, complete with lights simulating a beating heart and a rotating array of romance-inspired colors, including hot pink. I couldn’t resist making this iPad painting of a pink Empire State […]

New York Nocturne: View Across 42nd Street

New York Nocturne Painting- View Across 42nd St.

I’ve always loved the word nocturne, as it crosses over between art and music. The American Heritage Dictionary defines nocturne as: 1. A painting of a night scene. 2. An instrumental composition of a pensive, dreamy mood, especially one for the piano. When I think of nocturnes, I think of Chopin’s haunting, moody piano nocturnes. Music with a particular […]

A Soft Autumn Palette Inspired by Central Park

Autumn Path Painting Central Park New York - Beverly Brown Art Prints

Nature’s soft autumn palette of yellow ochre, warm reds and golden greens inspired this digital landscape painting of New York’s Central Park Conservatory Gardens – one of my favorite places in the city.  It was painted on my iPad, using the ArtRage App – also one of my favorites. After years of painting on an iPad, I’m still […]