Monday, September 8, 2014

Red Inn VIII and new gallery space

The Red Inn VIII
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
12" x 36" x 2"
I painted this over the weekend while working at the new gallery space for the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. The new space is bright and open-the perfect combination for painting. Below is a photo I took after the first day of painting and then I finished it up the next day. This is the eighth time painting the inn at this size but I've also painted 4 others at a smaller 6" x 18" size as well. I'm pretty sure I could paint the inn in my sleep now!

Here is a shot of my designated wall at the gallery. I like it because people can see my art through the window as they stroll by. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier

Petite Pier
4" x 4"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

My friend Danielle wanted a one on one painting class with me so she came to the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place when I was working a few weekends ago. She picked out this image because she is from Michigan and loves lighthouses. We actually zoomed in on her picture so the lighthouse got cropped out, but this was a great start. Above is my version of the small practice demo we painted together.

Her painting came out great, and here is a photo she took of it:

The new artist in action:
I think I have a new convert to palette knife painting!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer is wine-ding down!

Ptown Winedown
8" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on panel

Won't you join me for a glass of wine on the porch?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Welcome to Wellfleet!

Entering Wellfleet
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist board

It's easier to say hello than goodbye...
This is a familiar sign on Cape Cod, "Entering Wellfleet". It's amazing that it was established in 1763 and yet it has retained its pristine and beautiful feel. I sure wish I was there right now.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A window sized painting!

Great Jones, NYC
40" x 30" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This is the view from my friends Wendy and Bill's place on Great Jones in NYC. We have been lucky enough to have stayed there a few times and I am always inspired by the views outside their windows. With this painting, I decided to capture that by actually painting the frame on of the window. Because of its large size, if you hung this on your wall, it would actually look like your view outside. Cool, huh?

And below are a few detail shots so you can see the palette knife texture up close. I always like how these look like little paintings themselves.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Capt Jack's Wharf

Capt Jack's Wharf
24" x 30" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
I started and finished this painting while working at the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place last weekend. Thanks again to John Jay for sending me such great photos to paint from.

Here is a photo of my original "sketch" stage...

And I took this photo when I was about 3/4 of the way done...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Another Peaceful Solitude

Another Peaceful Solitude
24" x 8" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I decided to paint this boat again on a smaller size canvas but same proportion as the first one. This is a really fun scene to paint, blending one pretty color into another.

After the torrential downpours we had from Hurricane Arthur on July 4th, the rest of the weekend turned out beautiful. Hope yours was too.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

With Uncle Tom
24" x 12" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This painting was done from a photo that my Uncle Tom sent to me of him and my two sisters taken on a beach in Jacksonville. The photos was taken on the same day that the one of me and my mother was taken. The two paintings are the same height so they look pretty great next to each other. I will post a photo of them together soon.

I hope you are enjoying the Fourth Of July on a beach somewhere.

And as usual, here are a few close up shots. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Biking on the Boardwalk

Biking on the Boardwalk
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

I revisited this painting that has been sitting unfinished for awhile now. I wanted to brighten the color of the boardwalk and also accentuate the shadows so that you could see my dad taking the photograph in the bottom right which I think is pretty cool. I also painted in the white border so that I could add the date in on the side like old photos used to have. That's my mom on the far right but everyone thinks she is a cousin because she looks so young!

Looking back at my previous post about this painting  it was almost exactly 2 years ago. Wow. Click here to the read the older post about it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Start of a new series based on family photos

Mommy and Me
24" x 6" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I am really excited to start a new series of paintings based on some old family photos. I painted this one this past weekend and I have 5 others planned, prepped, and ready to go. It's been awhile since the last series and I am so anxious to get them all done. I also love this unique size from Ampersand. All the paintings in the series won't be this size, but I may have to purchase a few more because this was so much fun.

Here are a few close up shots that show the color and the texture of the palette knife a little better.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cape Cod Sunrise

Good Morning, Cape Cod
6" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

I am not a morning person, but last summer while vacationing on Cape Cod I saw this beautiful sunrise coming up through the window and had to get out of bed to take some photos. And yesterday, I finally got around to painting it. Of course, after I was done taking photos, I climbed right back into bed. I was on vacation afterall!

Happy summer, everyone. It's finally here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A little Christmas in June

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

Bob saw the SOLD first version I did of this painting hanging at The Red Inn last month and commissioned one of his own. I have to say it was a little weird painting a snow scene while it was 85 degrees outside. While I am not a fan of winter, I don't mind the snow during the holidays. It makes the lights look that much prettier.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Beach Buoys

Beach Buoys
8" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Another painting done from a great photo that John Jay took while in Provincetown. I loved the abstract reflections in the window and the colorful pile of buoys. I might have to paint this one again larger!

I found out that this is of one of the Provincetown dune shacks called Tasha's Dune Shack. Here is a great photo of it taken by photographer Christopher Seufert.

Can you imagine spending several weeks at this place? I think it would be an incredible experience.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Deja vu for you

The Red Inn in Summer II
6" by 8" by 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

No-you are not seeing double. This is painting number two that I referenced in the previous post-the second of the two paintings to be given as gifts for an upcoming wedding. SInce I knew I would be painting this in one session, I used Gamblin's Quick Dry White and Liquin Impasto Medium to help the painting dry faster for my June 13 deadline.

I took this photo below before the final white trim and fence went in so you could see my set up. You can see the first painting in the background.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Another Red Inn commission, only smaller

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

Steve and Colin asked if I would paint two smaller versions of my Red Inn painting to give as gifts to their parents while they are in town for their wedding. This is the first of the two paintings. I should have the other one done next week.

And I remembered to take a photo after the first session of painting so you could see how I began.

The Red Inn had its big season opening party last weekend and I was told that I already sold 7 paintings out of the 9 I delivered up there. WOW. I better start painting faster to keep up my inventory!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Two paintings become one

Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown
18" x 18" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
18" x 18" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I was on fire last weekend while working at The Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. I finished both of these large paintings that were commissioned by a group of friends as a wedding gift to a couple that got married last year. One half of the couple is from Provincetown Massachusetts, and the other half is from Rio de Janeiro. The idea is that they would hang together as shown here:


I took several process shots along the way, starting with my sketch stage on the toned canvas boards:

And here are photos I took of the first stage showing how I started each painting:


They will be presented to the couple once they are dry enough to transport. I hope they enjoy them for years to come!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A popular place to watch the sunset

Red Inn, White and Blue
24" x 24" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This beautiful deck is a very popular place to watch the sunset at The Red Inn in Provincetown. I am excited that the inn is now officially open for the 2014 summer season and this painting is currently on display there along with several other my and Polo's paintings. Start your summer engines!

Here are a few progress shots I took along the way..

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Maggie and Yanni

6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on board

My dad's birthday was this week and I sent him this portrait of his dog, Maggie. I had painted his dearly departed Yanni earlier so I thought Maggie might be feeling left out.

6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on board

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