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 panting 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.

Monday, March 16, 2015

"Way Up Along," Provincetown, Mass.

Way Up Along, Provincetown, Mass.
30" x 40" x 2"
Oil with a palette info on Ampersand Gessobord

Paul sent me some great old postcards from the early 1900s of The Red Inn in Provincetown. I thought it would be really fun to recreate these on a large scale for their 100th year anniversary this summer.

I love reading the backs of the postcards. This one is from 1921. It reads "You must see this place. We are spending the night at "Red Inn"- at present we are on the beach wading. So lovely. Delightful trip. Love, Lena."

I used blue painters tape so that I had a nice clean edge to recreate the white border and text that was on the front of the original postcard. I took some images along the way to show my progress and also to show the large scale of this painting.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Provincetown Light Houses

Provincetown Light Houses
12" x 12" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

While visiting Ptown, we were enjoying an afternoon coffee and these houses across the street caught my eye. Not just the beautiful afternoon light that was falling on them but also how they framed the view of the lighthouse in the distance between them. Pretty sweet.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Triple Play of Pears

Pear Leaning to the Left
6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas panel

 Pear Standing Upright
6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas panel

 Pear Leaning to the Right
6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas panel

Triple Play of Pears
Each 6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas panel

While at the grocery store, I saw these beautiful red forelle pears. They were just calling to be painted. I had never seen pears so red before and at such a small size. I loved them so much I had to paint three different versions. They would hang nicely together as a trio I think.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Monumental View

Monumental View
20" x 16"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Next up in the series painted from photos taken in Provincetown is this one of the Pilgrim Monument taken during our walk in the dunes. I loved how the monument slowly appeared and then rises over the hill as you make your way back from the ocean to the road.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Walk in the Dunes

A Walk in the Dunes
6" x 18" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I painted this from a reference photo I took with the pano setting on my phone. It was a beautiful day and we took a walk with some friends in the dunes of Provincetown. You can see some of the famous dune shacks in the distance. The colors and the scenery was so spectacular, like a movie set. And I took a ton of images so you can be sure I will be painting several more from this scene.

Its difficult to get a good photo of the palette knife texture at this long horizontal size, so I took these close up shots. They are little mini paintings, I love shooting these.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Paul's Place

Paul's Place
12" by 12"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Paul asked if I would do a painting of his place in Provincetown. The photo reference he sent me was taken during a summer party and the lighting was just spectacular.
With all of the snow and cold we've been having here in Boston, this was a very welcome subject to paint.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Monument Ave, Charlestown (Boston)

Monument Ave, Charlestown, Boston
40" x 30" x 2"
Oil with a  palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Susan and her husband asked if I would paint this scene from Charlestown, MA to go over the fireplace in their home. That is their home on the far right of the painting. They have a great view of the Bunker Hill Monument from their street, Monument Ave. I loved the dramatic perspective of this view and one of the most difficult parts was getting the drawing right before I started painting it. I took this photo below of the drawing before I began to block in the colors.

A photo from an early stage...

And just for fun, Susan sent me an image of the fireplace where they plan to hang the painting so I photoshopped the painting into her picture to give a rough preview of how it might look. She is coming to pick the painting up tomorrow so I hope to hear that she loves it as much in person as she did via email!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Another pet portrait commission, Niko!

12" x 12" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled Blick Studio Artist Board

Ellen asked if I could paint a portrait of her daughter's dog Niko. He is another cutie, with his wonderful markings and great color!

And, as I like to do, below is an in progress photo that I took along the way...It's kind of fun to see it at this early stage with just a few colors blocked in.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brandy, she's a fine dog...

Brandy on the Beach
8" by 10"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Cradled Artist Board

My sister asked that I paint this cutie for a friend of hers for her birthday. As I was painting it, I couldn't help but keep singing that song in my head "Brandy, you're a fine dog, what a good dog you would be...". Unfortunately Brandy is no longer with us, but doesn't she look like she loved the beach?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Blog Year

I received this book at an art supply Yankee swap with my art group over the holidays. As I begin the 7th year of my blog, I thought it appropriate to begin reading it today. I'll keep you posted on the interesting tidbits I learn throughout the year. Happy New Blog Year!
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