Tuesday, June 30, 2020

More mini masters

I just realized that I never posted this series of mini masters from last November. They were inspired by 2 Monets, 1 Van Gogh, 1 Homer, and 2 Cezannes and are each approximately 2" by 3". I painted these all on one 12" x 16" piece of loose canvas, cut them out, and framed them in these cute little frames.


Here are some close ups.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Colorful bird commission

Colorful Bird Feathers
9" x 12" 
oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Jeremy asked me to paint this beautiful bird for him. He liked the texture I created with my palette knife and thought bird feathers would be a perfect subject matter for a painting. The images I used as reference were a combination of a blue-tailed bee eater from Malaysia and a blue kingfisher from Taiwan. I loved all of the colors in the feathers as well as in the abstract background shapes. It will be framed in a white floater frame that will really make the color come alive.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Cathy and Suzie's Adventure in NYC!

Cathy and Suzie Take On New York City
14" x 11" 
Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Cathy's good friend Suzie is moving to Coco Beach Florida and she is gonna miss her so much. As a special gift for her, she had this painting commissioned to always remind her of that wonderful trip they took together to New York City at Christmastime.

I always start painting the main subject first and I took this photo before tackling the background.

And here is a close up.

I love painting commissions so if you have a special photo that you'd like to turn in to an original painting, contact me at anngorbett@gmail.com.


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Life in Back Bay, Boston

Life in Back Bay, Boston
12" x 9"
Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

I used to work in Boston at 222 Berkeley Street- the building that is on the far left side of this painting. I took the photo that inspired this painting while on a walk around the block during my lunch hour. I love the juxtaposition of the old and new buildings as well as the variety of architecture and colors.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Window Shopping

Window Shopping
12" x 12"
Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

As you stroll down Commercial Street in Provincetown on Cape Cod, you get several glimpses to the ocean through peepholes like this one while you shop. This painting was inspired by one of those views. We are still hoping to bring some new paintings down to The Red Inn in Ptown at some point soon. In the meantime, we'll just have to enjoy painting the beautiful views from afar.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A touching commission : : Expecting

8" x 6"
Oil with palette knives on canvas board

Magdalena asked if I would paint this cute commission for her brother and sister-in-law. It was inspired by a photo shoot that the couple had done right before their new baby was born. So sweet.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Nantucket Sail

Nantucket Sail
8" x 8"
Oil with palette knives on Blick Studio 1.5" cradled panel board

Oh how I miss this scene from a wonderful weekend on Nantucket with artist friends a few years ago. I finally got around to painting it as a reminder that summer is right around the bend.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Provincetown Library Interior

Studying the View (Inside the Provincetown Library)
24" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

One of the things I miss during this time of staying at home quarantining is visiting the library. I miss our local library so much, The Walpole Public Library. They just recently began delivering books to your home and of course I immediately started taking advantage of it. But nothing beats visiting in person so I look forward to when I can go back.

One of my other favorite libraries is the Provincetown Library on Commercial Street at the tip of Cape Cod. I recommend a visit to anyone who in in Provincetown. Inside this library there is a replicate of a ship which takes up a whole floor. It's amazing. Also the views from inside are incredible. One of the last times we visited, I saw this light coming inside and creating interesting shadows on the floor and knew I would paint it some day. I don't normally paint interiors but I really enjoyed this so I hope to do some more.

I was deliberately trying to be looser with my painting technique and layering of colors which I hope you can see from these close up detail images.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Summer Shade

18" x 24"
Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

I've always loved this white house on Commercial Street in Provincetown and have been wanting to paint it for awhile now. On one of our day trips to Provincetown I captured this beautiful light and the tree casting its shadows upon the house with my camera and I knew that this was going to be a painting some day. That day is here.

As usual, I started with the most important part-the house.

Then I painted the sky and the tree.
And last, the hedges and fence in the front.

I always leave one of the bottom corners for last so that I can add my signature using my paint eraser/wipe out tool while the paint is still wet.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Dune Tour

Dune Tour
12" x 36" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

When a painting is this large it's difficult to see the palette knife textures and details in the image of the whole painting so I like to take these mini details to share as well. They look like little paintings themselves.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

New family portrait commission

The Cavanaughs in Banff
11" x 14"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

My cousin Amy asked if I would paint this picture as a gift for our cousin Rob (in the middle). Rob is an orthodondist and worked on the teeth of all of Amy's 4 kids. This painting was given as a thank you for all of Rob's hard work.

I always start with the faces and work out from there. They are the most difficult part and you need to get those right before you can move on to the rest of the painting. Here is how it looked after I completed phase one, the faces.

I then moved on to paint the clothes and then last of all the beautiful mountains in the background.

The reference photo was taken in Banff and the Columbia Ice Fields and was a very memorable vacation for Rob's family. Now they will have a painting to remember it for years to come.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Red Inn 14 (or 37 depending on how you're counting)

The Red Inn From the Road, Number XIV
18" x 36"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This is a new size for my Red Inn paintings and I really like it. This is the 14th painting of this view of the inn from the road on a larger canvas size, but it's actually the 37th time I have painted the inn overall if you include all the various canvas sizes, shapes, views, and seasons. And that's no April Fools joke!

It took several session to complete and I took some photos as I completed each stage. I started as I always do painting the red of the inn, the windows, and the roof.

Then I add the white trim, water, and sky.

Then I work on the trees.

Next I started in on the bushes and all of the beautiful garden details.

It's almost finished at this stage, I just needed to paint the road and sign the painting. I usually leave one corner unpainted until the very end so that I can sign my name to the painting while the paint is still wet.

The last detail was to add RED INN above the front door. I used my paint eraser tool (also called a wipe out tool) to do this part. It's the same tool I use to sign my name. It lifts off the paint to reveal the color underneath-in this case the red.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Best Friends: : a new pet portrait

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

Rex asked I would paint this cute image of his friends two dogs as a gift for her. The image captured the moment when the doggie on the right finally accepted the newer doggie on the left in to the family. Awe!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Province Lands

Province Lands
12" x 36" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This beautiful view is what you will see if you go all the way to the end of Commercial Street in Provincetown on Cape Cod. It's off of Provine Lands Road and it's part dunes, part marsh, part ocean, and part beach. In the distance you can see the Long Point Light Station.

I'm off and running with my paintings for the red inn season which opens in April. My goal is to have 5 new paintings by the time they open their doors. We are headed down (up?) to Provincetown this coming weekend and I hope to get some more inspiration.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

What a pretty kitty

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

The third and final cat portrait for my friend Danielle.

P.K. is short for pretty kitty and what a pretty kitty he was. He passed away several years ago but still a beloved pet. He looked a lot like my cat Skippy who owned me for 17 years until he had to be put down back in 2001. I did acrylic painting of him several years ago. You can see that painting by clicking here.

Here is all 3 of the paintings together. I decided to give them all a consistent blue background since they will be hung all together along with Paprika whose portrait you can see below.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Meet Lulu

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

This is Lulu, the second cat that my friend Danielle asked me to paint for her. She has such beautiful eyes, don't you think? They are looking right at you asking for treats.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Fluffy : : new cat portrait

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

Awhile ago I painted a portrait of my friend Danielle's cat Paprika as a tribute to her after she passed away. You can see that portrait of Paprika by clicking here.

Danielle recently asked if I would paint portraits of her other two other cats at the same size and also one of her first cat, PK, who passed several years ago. So my next several posts will be all about cat portraits! Cats a great fun to paint with a palette knife. Especially the whiskers.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Great Danes: : Large pet portrait commission

The Boys: Ziggy and Rory
24" x 36"
Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Tim asked me to paint a portrait of his two Great Danes as a gift for his partners's birthday. These large dogs needed a big canvas and it took about 8 painting sessions to complete. I took some progress shots along the way. 

Here was my set up. I printed out the reference photo at actual size (on 4 color copies 11" x 17" that I taped together.)

I started with the most important things first-the dogs. I painted a little of green background around them so that I could make sure they would read on the dark green and also to soften the edges of the dogs a little bit.

Then I painted the trees in the background.

Then the flowers, grass, and finally the rocks. The rocks were the hardest thing to paint. They have a lot of colors and textures that I wanted to capture but didn't want them to distract from the dogs.

 This painting is still drying but will be ready to ship to the birthday boy in a couple of weeks.

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