Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Little Girl in Blue Armchair

Here is my progress on this print so far. I became so involved in painting this that I forgot to post my progress! I'm really almost done. Actually it looks as though it is done but I am sure there is a little bit of fine tuning I can do....

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chassidic Wedding

Chassidic Wedding
I painted this in oil after attending this Chassidic Wedding. The impressionistic mood gives a spiritual feeling to the joyous occasion. I've recently sold this painting but the prints are available at

                                         "Chassidic Wedding" by Aleezah Selinger

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A look at my finished painting!

Today I brought my signed painting outside on the porch to be photographed.  The porch is ideal because you get the light but it is shaded. Here is my finished painting of the first painting in the Mary Cassatt book, "The Banchette".

Monday, April 29, 2013

Banchette Finished at Last!

Today I finished my Bacchante. I also worked on Mary Cassatt's "Young Bride". As I worked on her I started to think more and more that when you "copy" anyone's painting (even your own)...you never duplicate it and you don't want to. You have a certain style as the artist whose painting you are painting has a style. I have watched art video's that instruct you on how to paint as they do. Sure it's great to pick up some tips but you are compromising your special style once you take on that artist's style. Believe it or not even Van Gogh wanted to paint like other artists. As I read his biography I learned that he wanted to paint like Gauguin...wanted to paint like Monet at one point and especially Delacroix. It was a while before he realized that he himself had a style all his own.
Below you can see "The Young Bride" in progress. Tomorrow when the light is a bit brighter  (today was rainy and dark) I'll photograph "The Bacchante". I usually just place the painting on the floor under my dining room window. There the natural light is perfect. Not too much and not too little.
 "The Young Bride" in progress.
                                                    As you can see I have more work to do shadowing her eyes, etc...Below you can see her dress is coming along. I'm enjoying working on it. The background will have many more layers to it as will the dress until I get it just the way I want it.
                                                           Her dress in progress! :


Tuesday, April 23, 2013



                                                             Mango By Aleezah Selinger

I haven't posted for a while. I have been busy in my studio.I am about to start painting "The Bride" today to continue my Mary Cassatt challenge.She is sketched and ready to go. I'm really excited.  I am almost finished with a painting of my daughter with her daughter. This painting is a little Mary Cassatt...ish. I'll post it as soon as it is complete which should be a few days. I just finished reading Vincent Van Gogh by Julius Meier-Graefe published in 1933.   He led such a tortured life and never realized how talented he really was. Next I am reading Picasso by Arianna Huffington published in 1988. I surround myself with art magazines and art books. I was lucky enough to come across a library that was having a sale one summer in Massachusetts. My husband and I must have been in the basement of that library for over an hour. I think each bag-full was only a dollar. ...so much fun. That's where I picked up Picasso and Van Gogh.   Other books were very old. (The Van Gogh is about  80 years old! such an antique...Most were from the 70's....some are on watercolor technique...others on drawing technique and painting. I am in the process of painting my studio and installing a large northern window. I can't wait to see my art books on the bookshelves. I am debating whether to use a whitish color with a touch a yellow to it...or a sage green..if anyone has any thoughts on that please let me know.

Monday, March 18, 2013

     As you can see on March 17th the hair is still wet! I might just take a dryer to it. The hair is painted on very thickly..so we'll see. I have made progress but there is still a lot to be done.  Among other things...her skin needs attention...I want to put leaves in her hair as Mary Cassatt did in her painting. I have already added my own touches. I can't imagine an artist who would not be tempted to do so. My intention is not to copy her painting exactly anyway so it is fun to create some changes. I have also been working on some other painting as the same time. I think when you go away from the painting and then come back you come back with a fresh view and fresh ideas of how you would like different parts of the painting to look. Stay tuned for more progress...
"Woman and Child" as it appears on "The Following" with Kevin Bacon.
Here you see Kevin Bacon as he hands Claire a cup of tea with my painting on the shelf in the background.

Friday, March 1, 2013


                                                      " Willow Tree" by Aleezah Selinger

 Willow Tree. I thought I would post one of my latest paintings which also happens to be a tree. This is a willow tree  that I spotted on a street close to my home. Unfortunately it was taken down by hurricane Sandy. I am so glad I got to record it's beauty. There are willow trees and then there are Willow Trees. My son also said he had taken notice of it when he past it. Before I painted the leaves and vines it really had a haunting quality to it...but now looking at it with it's graceful branches I can't imagine how I saw anything spooky about it. It's gracefully beautiful. It's painted in a very impressionistic style which is my style for every painting I do. I'll have to get back to my Mary Cassatt challenge! I'm very easily distracted because there is just so much to paint.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Making Progress

Making Progress
I still have a lot to do but I thought I would show you what I have done. I have been working on her eyes today and I am happy with them. I will do some more work on the mouth. This painting has a beautiful antique look to it because of the gold running through her dress, her skin tone (which I need to shadow and add more gold tone)...her symbols, and the background. I am using my creative license to run free with the background. I will use Mary's colors but I just have to have my own style there. I still need to put the leaves in her hair and work on her hand. I want to put more purples and browns on her waist band. ..oh, and her eyebrow needs to be thinned out on the left. ...and there is actually more work to be done with her complexion..so I am not quite there yet.

 My 2d painting will be "The Young Bride". Mary painted it in 1875.  Mary saw the paintings of Degas in a gallery window and she later said she could never describe the effect they had on her. I think they inspired each other.   I'm anxious to start painting "The Young Bride".

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Tree on the Hudson" by Aleezah Selinger

This is my painting Tree on The Hudson. This is my favorite place to walk with my husband. It's beautiful along the river. This tree caught my eye a while back and I had to paint it. I did it with a very impressionistic feel. I love looking for it each time we stroll and especially looking at the form it takes on each season. I recently did a willow tree on a neighboring street. It's almost done so I'll post it when it's ready. Sadly, after hurricane Sandy it fell down. I'm so glad I have the painting of it now.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Today is an exciting day....as soon as I am finished cooking I am starting to paint Mary Cassatt's The Bacchante. The sketch is finished. I love the challenge of sketching but for me it's putting the paint down that is the most fun and rewarding. Her dress fascinates me.  The color almost matches the symbals she is holding in her hands. The textures  of each play nicely next to each other.
I'm just waiting for the chicken and deli roll to finish and then I'll be off to my studio to start painting.
I am simultaneously painting my daughter holding her daughter. Two easals would be ideal!

The Bacchante......starting with the face

Today was a great work day. I started to paint the face of The Bacchante. It's going very well but I must admit there were a few times where I found myself thinking I really would love to have a little chat here with Mary Cassatt.... The  face is looking beautiful. Tomorrow I'll start her dress. I do need to let her hair dry  before I put in more highlights.
I started out the day in a very Zen mood. After  a few hours of painting I took a trip to the health food store. The clerk had the most unsettling energy. She was very nice...overly nice..and her type of energy was cutting into my Zen mood.    I tolerated her and finished my shopping and went out to the car. Here is another area my Zen mood is challenged. I find driving quite stressful!
Back to The Bacchante...painting is so relaxing. I go into a very calm state. I recently heard that painting lowers your blood pressure. Nice perk!
Tomorrow I'll begin the dress. She is wearing a beautiful necklace with gold coins dangling .I'm looking forward to painting this.

Friday, January 25, 2013

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Thinking of this painting

Jan. 25, 2013

This morning I am thinking of my first painting. Whenever I paint a painting from a book I have a tendency to turn that painting into my style. I have a distinct style and it is a challenge just to try to stick to the original painting exactly as the artist painted it. I am thinking that maybe I will give myself a little freedom to incorporate my style in very subtle ways....maybe in the background or possibly in the dress...we'll see.  My colors will be the same though. I have my drawing ready to go.

I paint 3 or 4 paintings at once. So while I am taking the "Mary Cassatt Challenge" I will also be painting my originals. Right now I am beginning a painting of a hotel I found in Pennsylvania as I was driving home from my daughters house. Actually the sign hanging on this hotel caught my eye every time I passed it. It's a very curvy road so it was hard to stop to photograph it. At first I thought the sign said Table Salt Bar. I though it was a bar. It's an old two story house painted white with green shutters. ...almost something out of a Stephen King novel that you might find in Maine. It intriqued me every time I rode by it. It was about the fifth or sixth time that I slowed down and realized the sign said Table Rock Hotel. It then reminded me of an old hotel in the wild west. ...even more intriguing to paint. I had to photograph it. I finally jumped out of my car and started shooting it from different angles. It has a very distressed look. I'm drawn to that look for my paintings and I love painting it. I love anything distressed. ..picture frames...anything! I love painting buildings with that distressed look. There are so many barns on that same journey that are disstressed that I just cringe everytime I can't stop and photograph them because it wouldn't be safe to stop at that point. So this white and green distressed hotel is on my easel now.

My other painting is of a very distressed...of all things...doghouse that I ran across also in Pennsylvania. I had to paint it. I paint in an impressionistic way so it wouldn't just be a dog house. The background will carry it. Again the sign on it intriqued me. It said "For Sale" and painted on the house in large letters was MOLLY.  It was handmade and painted blue. I wondered about Molly.  The whole picture of this weather-beaten country blue doghouse on wheels on the front lawn of a country home waiting to be sold to a new owner was irresistible. This painting is in the works.

A painting of my daughter holding her daughter is another painting in progress.  I'm very excited about this one because it has the look of a Mary Cassatt painting. I think it is something that Mary would have been drawn to. She painted her family and friends holding their children. The way my daughter held her daughter that day was a painting in my mind. The sketch for this one is done and ready to paint. I'm also finishing up a painting of a willow tree I found on a neighboring street. It's almost done. Sadly it fell during Hurricane Sandy. Willow trees are my favorite. My grandmother had one. It's funny about grandmothers. My grandmother always had strong coffee brewing..and I love that...she had blue willow china...I adore that...and she had these wooden lawn chairs (adirondack) in white that became popular again.  I bought them a while ago and now they are at my daughter's farm. My grandmother had a hundred year old house.(distressed of course!) We called it The Farm. But it really wasn't. My grandfather bought a donkey for the grandchildren to ride but his barn was filled with auto parts. The farm was on a highway and attached was a used car lot. Today my daughter has a real farm and she has those white chairs now.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Women and Child

This is my painting that appears as a prop this season on  the FOX 5 TV show "The Following".  I painted it in the style of Mary Cassatt.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Getting ready for the challenge!

Hi. I'm Aleezah.I paint in an impressionistic style. I recently sold a painting to Fox 5 for "The Following" starring Kevin Bacon.  The painting is of  a woman holding  a child and it is very much in the style of Mary Cassatt. I think she was an extraordinary woman. She painted every day, all day. She was close friends with Degas. What a life! Interestingly she did not like the word Impressionistic.
Since I am so obsessed with Mary Cassatt I have decided to take a challenge ...in the same way that Julia Powell cooked  her way through Julia Child's cookbook I have decided to paint my way through the book "Mary Cassatt Paintings and Prints" by Frank Getlein, painting every print in the book. I will write all about it in this blog. I am not giving myself a time limit. I would not rush a painting. There are 72 prints! That's a challenge!!! Wish me luck..I have just started to sketch the first painting which is The Bacchante painted in 1872.