Monday, September 28, 2015

Entering Provincetown for a third time

Entering Provincetown III
12" x 12" x 2"
Oil with a  palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This third version of this painting was done slightly smaller than the other 2. At this size I was able to complete this painting in about 3 hours-the same amount of time that it took the New England Patriots to pounce on the Jaguars during Sunday's game. I painted this while working at The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place during Sunday's game-that's how I know!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Workshop on Cape Cod

Cute Koi Cottage
10" x 8" x .75"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

My workshop this past weekend was so much fun. Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day for painting as you can see in the photos below. Everyone's paintings came out great and we all had such a good time thanks to the generosity and hospitality of our hosts John and Pat from The Inn at Cook Street. I am looking forward to the next one already!


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Number Nine!

The Red Inn IX
12" x 36" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Yes, that's right, this is the ninth version of this painting I have completed. The Red Inn is a magical place for so many people and many want a painting to help them remember their stay. The inn is celebrating it's 100 year and it is still going strong and looking good!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A new dog portrait commission

Sweet Sadie
10" x 10" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled Blick Studio Artist board

Callie asked if I would paint a portrait of her best friend's best friend-this cute German Shepard mix named Sadie. Callie's mother previously had a painting done of Callie's dog Niko which you may have seen in a post back in January so Callie wanted her friend to have one too.

Friday, July 31, 2015


6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This is my friend Danielle's cat, Paprika who she recently had to say goodbye to. I wanted to paint a portrait of her so she could always look at that sweet face and remember her girl.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Red Inn in Summer

The Red Inn in Summer IV
6" x 18" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Summer is my favorite time of year, and this is one of my favorite summer places. If this looks familiar, it is because I've painted this scene many, many times. Almost too many to count. At this smaller size, this is the fourth time. I like this smaller size because it works up quickly and I can't get detailed with the knife at all.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Provincetown Library

Provincetown Library
24" x 18" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I had a very productive weekend while working at The Artists Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place this past weekend. This was the first of the 3 paintings I completed-the beautiful library in Provincetown.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Entering Provincetown again

Entering Provincetown II
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife of Blick Studio Artist Board

Kevin saw the first painting I had done of the "Entering Provincetown" sign hanging at The Red Inn with a SOLD sign on it and asked if I could paint another one for him. As a special request, he asked if there was someway I could include his dog, Henry into the painting. You can't really seem him from this far away, but if you look very, very closely in the lower left hand corner, I painted a loose interpretation of tiny Henry hanging out int the dunes.

Here is a close up photo of that section.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Penny On The Porch

Penny On The Porch
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Sam asked me if I would paint a portrait of his Old English Bulldog, Penny. She is sitting so attentively on the steps of her house in Charlestown, MA welcoming you to her home.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My Palette Knife Workshop on Cape Cod

The Inn At Cook Street
12" x 24" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I am thrilled to announce my upcoming palette knife workshop to take place at the picturesque Inn at Cook Street in Provincetown on Cape Cod. The workshop will take place the weekend of Sept 11 which is a lovely time to be on the cape. John Jay and Patrick, the owners of the inn, put together this great rack card to promote the workshop. I am excited to be the first artist to be asked to conduct a workshop as they hope to continue promoting art workshops at their inn for years to come.

If you want to check out more photos of what this beautiful place looks like, here are links to their website The Inn at Cook Street and their Facebook page. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 508-487-3894.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Dad and Nana

Dad and Nana
24" x 12" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I got a chance to squeeze in another family portrait a few weekends ago while working at the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. This was done from a black and white photo of my dad and his mom-my nana. Below is a photo I took of my set up outside. Such fun to paint.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Summertime is here!

Mini Hopper
2" by 3.5"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

I love painting these Mini Masters. I painted this one last weekend at the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place where it is currently for sale. Below you can see it on its easel and get a better sense of its wee size. I thought it appropriate to post this on Memorial Day weekend-the unofficial start of summer my favorite season.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Another Big Postcard and hanging art at the Red Inn

The Red Inn 1805-1915
30" x 40" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This painting was inspired by yet another old postcard that Paul sent me of the Red Inn from the early 1900s. It is the view from the water and shows how the inn looked before the more recent expansion renovations. Here are a couple of process shots I took along the way.

Last week, Polo and I attended the opening party for the red inn and while we were in town, also hung some more of our paintings in the hallway. Here is a shot of how it looks. I was pleased to see that 4 of my paintings already had red dots on them. Exciting!

The party was well attended with fabulous food, drinks, and people watching. Here is a link to a really cool video that David A. Cox took during the party with a drone camera:

Monday, May 4, 2015

Arts Festival and Paint Out

Stars and Stripes on the Beach
12" x 9" x 3/4"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artists Board

This past weekend, I participated in a Paint Out during an Arts Festival at Patriot Place. I painted from a photo reference that John Jay and Patrick sent me of Provincetown. It was a beautiful day and several artists set up outside the Art Gallery to paint. 

A fellow artist, Joanne Willoughby set up next to me and decided to paint me painting. She actually did a palette knife painting of me painting with a palette knife. How fun is that?

 It came out great-she really captured me!

And as I like to do, here are a few close ups of my painting so you get a sense of the thick texture.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Red Inn as viewed from the ocean

The Red Inn From The Sea II
12" x 36" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I have been wanting to paint this different view of The Red Inn for awhile now. It shows how the inn looks as seen from the ocean. This weekend, while working at the gallery at Patriot Place I was finally able to complete it. I took this photo below when I just had the beach and water to paint.

 I had done a previous commission of this view that was done from a photo taken at a slightly different angle. Here is the link to that painting.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

More Dunes and a Demo

Dune Grasses
12" x 24" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

The Canton Art Association invited me to do a palette knife painting demo for their group last Friday. Since I knew I'd only have about an hour and a half to paint, I chose a subject that I knew I could paint pretty quickly but still show off the palette knife to its fullest potential. My reference was a pano photo I had taken on a walk in the dune in Provincetown last October. This is a fun subject to paint so you will likely see more paintings like this very soon.

Polo took some images for me of the demo in progress...

Here was my painting after the demo was over. I then went back in the next day to add a few more details.

And here are a couple of close up mini paintings:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Summer by the Sea

Summer by the Sea
9" x 12" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I cannot believe that it is still snowing here in Boston. All day Saturday and again this morning. It has really been a long, cold, and trying winter. Our yard is still a sea of white.

I painted this subject matter in an attempt to make summer get here faster. I can't count on spring anymore.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Chalkboard art

While visiting my sister in Texas, we did a lot of redecorating in her new home which was so much fun. One of the things we did was paint chalkboard paint in her front hallway/cafe so I created these two chalkboard art pieces for her. I think I like this new medium!

My sister loved them so much and then created this one herself after I left.
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