Monday, February 09, 2015


When I started doing the little videos' of my working process, people asked if I would explain why I do what I do.

Unfortunately that's a really difficult question for me to answer.  So much is based on decades of practice, muscle memory, experimentation, schooling, and countless hours looking at other artists work and reading about things like color theory and the properties of paint and a million other little things.  But I'll try to explain a little of my thoughts on the subject anyway.

The first part of it is the relationship I have with the painting.  I might come up with the initial idea of what the painting is going to be, but the rest of it is a sort of back and forth dialogue between me and the painting.  With me doing a lot of 'listening' to what the painting needs.

The way this dialogue might unfold is this.

1. Using a colored pencil or really thin paint in a single color, I'll very briefly sketch in what I'm going to paint.  Really, it's just to get some landmarks down so I don't need to be thinking about it during the next stage.  Here's a picture of what this stage might look like.

Not much there, is there?

2.  After that, I try and fill up the canvas or panel all at once.  I don't spend too much time worrying about whether the color I am using is right (although I do try and keep my colors clean, not muddy), or whether things are 100% how I want them to be.  The idea behind this is that a painting is not individual parts but a whole, and you always need to be looking at it holistically instead of in individual pieces.  During this stage I thin my paints with an artists grade turpentine so that they are semi-translucent.  This is so there won't be a lot of texture later, so if you want to do a major change you can without sanding.  Also, the turp speeds the drying time up A LOT!.

Painting the whole image at once.

Painting the whole image at once.

3.  Up until now this is pretty much how all my paintings start, but after this the next stage depends on what kind of painting it is.  If it's a portrait of an animal for instance I will add several more layers of thin paint to achieve a good realistic yet painterly representation of what I'm painting.  If it's one of my landscapes the next stage will likely be the only other stage I'll do.  There won't be much in the way of blending or shading, brush strokes will be evident as will texture.

A recent commission

A recent landscape

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about the process.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Shop Small, Buy American!


As a self-representing artist I really appreciate when people share links to my website, etsy store, and facebook pages, preferably with a photo of one of my paintings and a comment about how great I am!  I am also a huge believer in the value of small enterprises and entrepreneurs, I was raised to believe that this mentality is what makes our country so great.

So, in the spirit of the Holiday S
eason, knowing that people are looking for unique one of a kind gifts, I have compiled a list of websites and etsy stores of my fellow small business owners and creatives.  I hope you take a look and consider buying American this Holiday!

And of course, here's the link to my Etsy shop:
My Etsy Store

My Friend Jenny has great Prints, Original Paintings and Notecards:

This shop is Canadian, but that counts too, great gift items for home, pets and kids:

A friend who does the coolest photography, love her stuff:

The art of letter writing is not lost here:
Easton Place

The cutest little bags, she also does custom bags:

A great artist friend out in California:

Met this cool potter this fall, she also makes equestrian pots that are cool and beautiful:

More Great Pottery:

Another Artist Friend:

An all natural skin care line:

A final artist:

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Landscape and Home

A Large Danish Seascape that hung in our Living Room

My Mom was born and raised in Denmark.  She is still a Danish citizen.  Growing up I always had a keen sense of what it was like to live in one place and yet always have a piece of your heart somewhere else.  In part, to ameliorate some of the homesickness, my Mother filled our home with Danish things, Mid-century teak furniture, Royal Copenhagen China and landscapes from Denmark.

A Small Painting of Copenhagen with the Canals and Vor Frelser Kirke

These paintings were really my first art education.  The first paintings I was ever aware of.  The first paintings I would stare at for hours, fascinated by the color and texture, and the idea that someone could actually make something so magical and trainsporting.  Their presence in our house and in my childhood has certainly influenced my attraction to the idea of the landscape and the importance of place.

A Large Painting of a Danish Fishing Village

Everyone has places on this earth that mean something to them.  The woodlands of their childhood, the cities of their youth, the quiet place they go when they need to think.

What's you place?

"Danish Landscape."
My first landscape in Oils.  Done as a Christmas Gift for my mother.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Note on my Memorial Flag Painting Series

There are a number of reasons why I enjoy painting the American Flag, but I thought it might be interesting to talk a little about how I got started on this series.

A few years ago, one of my oldest friends married a man from Oahu.  When I was there for the wedding I had no plans to do anything other than attend the wedding and visit with my friend.  The morning of the wedding I got up early for some reason and when I was going for breakfast I ran into a family that was also there for the wedding.  They were on their way to the Pearl Harbor Memorial and I ended up joining them.

The tour starts with a short Documentary of that day, bringing it vividly to life and I find there were a lot of details about that day I didn't know.  We leave the dark movie theater into the brilliant Hawaiian day and board a small boat to go over to the Memorial.  The Memorial is a semi-open platform on top of the sunken USS Arizona.  You can see the shipwreck rusting through the clear water.  At one end is a wall of the names of the over 1,000 sailors of the Arizona that died that day.  The platform is crowded with people, but no one speaks.  The sky is a pure deep blue.  And flying above it all is a single American Flag.

It is such a moving experience, I wish every American had the opportunity to go.

The first Flag painting I did was of the Flag at the Memorial and every Flag painting since then has the same intended goal.  To honor the Men and Women who serve our country, to respect those who have died in her defense, and to show love for my country.

I hope you enjoy these paintings as much as I do in painting them.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Zenyatta Painting Auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption

Auctioning off Zenyatta Here

As part of the Escapist Mentorship Program we are given periodic assignments.  The assignments are designed to push us to do things we normally might not be comfortable doing.  A recent assignment was to chose one of John Ross Palmer's works and use it as inspiration for our own work, and then to sell it before the next group meeting (May 4th).  The painting part of the assignment wasn't scary, as an Equestrian painter myself I was drawn to Johns Equestrian work already, but I had no idea what to do about ensuring the painting was marketed and sold in such a short period of time.

And the I realized I could do so much more than just painting and selling something...I could help a charity that means a great deal to me while also getting exposure for my work in new markets.  You see, my late horse Bradley, was an Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB)....he raced about 60 times until he turned 6 and then was retrained to be a Show Horse.  I bought him (well my parents bought most of him) when he was 8 and he was with me for over 20 years.  Obviously he was an essential part of my life.  Here's his picture, at about 14 years old at the Steinkraus Barn:

So by auctioning off the painting to benefit New Vocations I figured I could do something in memory of Bradley while helping future Bradley's.

Two other points.  First: I'd been curious about the idea of using eBay to sell art this would give me an opportunity to try it out, and Secondly, by selling the painting for a charity I felt I could reach out to many horse groups to market the painting and hopefully raise awareness for New Vocations at the same time.

So all in all a great all around outcome for this project.

If you are interested in bidding on the painting click here...the auction ends on April 28th at 10:00pm EST.

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Child That Survives

They say that an Artist is the Child that Survives.   But who was that child?  A friend recently posted about her childhood influences and it surprised me how different they were than mine.  So I decided to make a survey of mine:

The Magic Garden was a Childrens Program broadcast in the NYC area.  The chuckle berry bush, talking squirrels and two pretty hippies with long hair who played the guitar.

NYC.  My parents believed in exposing us to the culture of NYC and we spent a lot of time in the city.  Broadway plays were a favorite treat...we would go to a restaurant in the theater district that served fondue...and we'd go back after the play for Chocolate Fondue.  It was magical.

The Chronicles of Prydain.  My favorite series of books...I read them until the fell apart.  I couldn't decide whether I want to be the hero or heroine, but I did have a crush on Gwydion.

Horses and Ponies.  I was a girl who loved horses and I was fortunate enough to have parents who supported it.  I spent many a day at the barn.

Bridge at Arles.  When I was around 7 we went to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.  I remember standing beneath a painting of the Bridge at Arles and wondering "How did he do that?".  I was fascinated....and hooked. I no longer count Van Gogh as a favorite, but I will always be grateful for his appeal to my 7 year old self.
 Denmark.  My Mom is from Denmark and I spent many holidays and vacations visiting family there...the culture is unique and I think much like a H.C. Andersen Fairytale (not the Disney version).

The Olympics.  I believed I could be an Olympian....either Downhill skiing or Equestrian Jumping.  I had a Great Uncle who had competed in the Bobsled and I grew with Show Jumping Olympians so it seemed a reasonable goal.

Road Trips.  My Parents loved them and we had a big station wagon to use on them.  We drove across the country, the length of the Eastern Seaboard, Canada and much of Western Europe.

The Cold War.  I am a child of the Cold War.  I remember on a family trip, driving to the border between East and West Germany...this is how I remember it.  Russia fascinated and terrified me.

Star Wars.  Okay, Who wasn't a fan?  But I sincerely believed for awhile that I could grow up to be a Jedi.
Hospitals.  I was healthy but not everyone in my family was.  I spent a lot of my childhood in Hospitals.  Perhaps this is why I had a rich imagination.

Monday, March 25, 2013

 Todays painting is my interpretation of 'Garlic Scapes'.  Kind of a funny subject matter, so I will share how it came about.  On my Facebook Page I asked for suggestions for subject matter last week.  They were to be geared towards my abstract pieces.  A follower, who has a husband who is a very talented landscape architect suggested Garlic Scapes.  I didn't actually know what they were and had to google them.  They are the curling tops of Garlic bulbs that are edible...I think sort of like chives.  If you don't cut them they flower.

My abstracts are a lot of splatter paintings.  But because of the way the Scapes look, I wanted to have the long curling shape of them.  I did not want to paint them in a traditional manner with a brush.  I took a few pieces of the twin I use for shipping and bound them together and dragged them through the droplets of paint.  I did other stuff to.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Your Daily Art

The Follies.  Every day I do a Daily painting or drawing.  They range from landscapes:

To Abstracts:

To the occasional Donut:

To get a piece of Daily Art in your FB feed, please "Like" my art page at FBArtPage

Friday, January 25, 2013

Abstract 2.13

Abstract 2.13 - It's good to push yourself and by tasking myself with creating a piece of art every day I am doing that.  I am publishing them on facebook here.  And I'm calling them YDA, short for Your Daily Art. 

Because I am doing something everyday I need to keep things interesting for myself.  I love painting the marshes of Coastal New England and horses and dogs are also always good....but there comes a point when I just want a change.  So today I went abstract.  I will probably do some more of these before moving on.

"Like" my Facebook Page to get YDA, everyday!

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Exciting News!

I've been accepted into the Escapist Mentorship Program.  I'm so excited to see where this takes me. One of the things Artists have to do is marketing, so I prepared a Press Release about this news and here it is:


Contact: Tina Duryea
Tel: 203.219.8972
Tina can be found under her name on: Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Blogspot
Link to information on the program:
Darien Artist Tina Duryea accepted into the Escapist Mentorship Program

January 25, 2013, Darien, CT  - The Escapist Mentorship Program of Houston, TX recently selected Darien resident Tina Duryea to participate in this year’s program.  The Escapist Mentorship Program is a unique and innovative fellowship that seeks to “forever destroy the stereotype of the struggling artist.”  It is their belief that “through hard work, talent and ingenuity, an artist will achieve success in this society just like any other career choice.”

Tina Duryea is honored at being selected as one of 5 emerging artists from the global talent pool.  While the program is open to people from all over the world, the majority of people selected are from Texas where the program is located. Tina is the only non-Texan to be selected for this year’s program.

According to Tina, “I plan on working this program with both long and short term goals.  To be fully established financially as an artist is a primary objective.  I have a budget of how much I need to spend to promote my work, and where to spend it, such as mailings, advertising and art shows.  This year I plan to attend 6 major art shows and I am always looking for places locally that are interested in showing my work.  Last year, I had six shows locally, in banks and cafes, plus one show in NYC at the Javits Center Contemporary Art Fair.”  

"Another plan is to launch a Kickstarter campaign, which involves exploring the juxtaposition of faith, art and pilgrimage and it’s place in the 21st Century.  This project entails hiking the Camino de Santiago and creating a series of paintings, drawing, and experiences with the intent of producing prints and a book.  As my followers continue to grow, the campaign will be launched.  With this goal I intend to quadruple the number of followers on my Facebook art page by the end of the year."

"Art moves me and I hope my art moves others.  I believe my work can add meaning and have a positive effect in the world.  The profession of Artist was once a viable and respected career path for a young person to pursue.  Has this perception changed?  We as Artists have an obligation to one another to refurbish our careers and to demonstrate through hard work and shared success that it is worthy of value and something to aspire to.  I plan to mentor other artists and help them in their careers when I am fully established.”

Tina is a painter working primarily in large-scale oil paintings and smaller ink drawings.  Her subject matter is frequently abstracted landscapes of the North Eastern coastline, but she also specializes in equestrian art and portraits of animals, children and even the occasional drawing of homes.  A graduate of Darien High School, Tina got her B.S. from Mount Holyoke and worked in corporate law before going to the School of Visual Arts to pursue her career in art.  Tina lives and works from a home studio in Darien.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Tokeneke Design Studio

Looks like I've been slacking on my uploads here.  The good news is I haven't been slacking on my painting.  These and other paintings are available through my Etsy Shop, Tokeneke Design Studio.  Please feel free to look and see if anything catches your eye!

These are Ink Drawings and not oil paintings.  Really, they are Ink Paintings, but I like to call them Drawings.  Oil Paintings can be found on my

Here's the link to the Etsy Shop.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hear No Evil

I did an all day Drawing Marathon over the weekend at SVA, my alma mater.  We had 6 fantastic models, some of them were dancers, they were beautiful and interesting.  At one point they donned Monkey masks and did "See no Evil, Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil".  This was one of my favorites.   All the drawings were very quick.  We did two long drawings at 15 minutes each and a lot of 5-7 minute drawings.  This is a detail of a 5-7 minute drawing.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Beach Road II

There's a little spur of land out in the Hamptons that separates Gardiner's Bay from Accabonac Marsh.  It's not much more than scrubby pines, tall grass and casual beach houses, weathered a sandy grey.  It's as close to heaven as any place I've ever been, at least for me.  A one lane road called Gerard Drive, runs down the middle, but there are a few sandy roads off of Gerard Drive, going into the marsh.  This is one of those roads on a hot summer day in August.

To purchase this and other drawings, please check out my shop at Etsy...

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Daniel Craig on a horse in nothing but a Cowboy Hat.  At least that's the inspiration for this India Ink drawing.  Sometimes I'll ask my friends and fans on Facebook for their suggestions on what to draw.  Recently I got a number of suggestions for nudes, horses and Daniel I decided to combine them!

Lots of fun doing the research too, I might add.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

One of my favorite subjects...Gerard Drive.  India Ink on Watercolor Paper. 8"x 10"

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Jump!  I love the Jumpers, especially the Grand Prix and the amazing athleticism of the horses.  I especially love how they are able to fold their long legs under them to clear oxers, like in this image.

This India Ink drawing is for sale on Etsy at...

Friday, November 16, 2012

A recent commission. 12" x 16". Oil on Panel.  Three cousins fishing in the marsh, which was commissioned as a birthday present for his Grandfather.

The India Ink drawing was one of preliminary drawings for the painting.  When I do commissions all preliminary sketches are included in the price.

It's not to late to order a similar painting for Christmas 2012:)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pilgrim Grazing - 8" x 10" - India Ink on Paper.  Continuing with my Ink drawings.  Nothing is more soothing than watching a horse grazing in the field...and the bare winter branches were fun to draw :)

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

And now for something a little different.  I'm working with India Inks again.  This is the first of a series I am planning...figure I'll go through the end of this year and see how I feel and what happens.  This is 6" x 9", India Ink on Watercolor Paper.  The goal is to convey the fluidity, energy, and excitement of the Jumper ring.

For information on how to purchase, please go to my Etsy page at:

More to come!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Causeway - This painting was completed right before the show in was still wet when I drove it to the City!  I'm really happy with how it came out.  It's got a little bit more information in it then some others and I still think it's got that strong Gerard Drive vibe going.  Speaking about Gerard Drive and Eastern Long Island.  Please keep the region in your thoughts and prayers as we all rebuild from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  I believe that most of these telephone poles are gone, the road was chewed to pieces, the beach was pushed back and some of the houses were lost.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Me at the Contemporary Art Fair at the Javits Center in New York City this weekend.  An excellent time was had by all, work was sold, networking was done, friends, family and collectors were visited with.  Worked 60 hours in 4 days and I'm grateful to be back to my regularly scheduled life!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I will be showing my work at the Contemporary Art Fair at the world famous Javits Center in New York this weekend.

The times are:

October 19 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm
October 20 - 10:00am to 7:00pm
OCtober 21 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

For more information please go to:

Stop by and check it out!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Autumn Marsh - 32" x 48" - Oil on Panel - The Accabonac Marsh on a grey autumn day.  this painting will be available for purchase at the Contemporary Art Fair in NYC October 19 - 21.

Marsh - 32" x 48" - Oil on Panel.  Walking through the marsh grasses at Accabonac.  This painting will be available at the Contemporary Art Fair in NYC between October 19-21. 

Monday, October 08, 2012

Max's Weir

Max's Weir - 32" x 48" - Oil on Panel. 

A Fishing Weir is a trap, set up by fisherman in tidal areas and rivers.  They are pretty rare today, but at one time they were a staple of society, when hunting and fishing meant life and death.  When I was visiting friends in Amagansett I had the best tour guide ever, a 5 year old fisherman named Max...he was very insistent that I saw the Weir, so it seemed only fitting that I name the painting after him.


Obama Fundraiser

8" x 10" Oil on Yupo Paper.  I did this painting, and the previously posted painting as a fundraiser for Obama.  I am raffling the two paintings, plus a pack of notecards, to raise money for the President.  Every $5 donation gives you a chance to win.  Here is the link, last chance to enter is midnight, Monday, October 8th.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I'm raffling this 8" x 10" painting off as a fundraiser for Obama.  I love painting American Flags.  The strong colors and patterns make it a unique challenge and a joy to paint.  If you are interested in an opportunity to win this painting and want to donate to the President, my page is at

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A different section of my favorite road, Gerard Drive in Amagansett.  I started this painting on site and finished it in the studio.

Here is a detail of the painting.

The painting is 32" x 48", Oil on Wood Panel.