Wednesday, June 26, 2019

My Pat Hat

My Pat Hat
8" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

It seems a little early to start thinking about football season. I mean summer just started, right? Well I am so excited because we just purchased tickets to see the Cleveland Browns play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in October. This will be our first game at Gillette Stadium even though we have been part of the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place for almost 9 years now which is located right in the shadow of the stadium. We've worked during games before and it is crazzzee.

My dad was a loyal Browns fan until the day he died so I will be secretly wanting a win for him and a good season for the Browns as well. Plus the two teams are featured in my painting of the stadium I posted a few months ago. Our seats will be in the upper left section of this painting. As they say, "the nosebleed section."


Polo bought me this Pat Hat last year and I love it. It is so warm I wear it all winter long. I'm sure I will be wearing it at the game along with something Browns related as well. It will be a win win game for me.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Inn at Cook Street

The Inn at Cook Street
6" by 12" by 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I recently painted this smaller version of a bigger painting I had done on commission for the inn several years ago which you can see on their website www.innatcookstreet.com and also at this previous blog post. The innkeepers told me that several people have asked if that painting is for sale, so I thought I'd paint a smaller version to have available if someone was interested in a version that they could simply pack in to their suitcase and take home!

If you ever are looking for a great place to stay in Provincetown, this is it. Great location, beach access down the street, stroll past galleries in to the exhilarating downtown area for shopping and great dinner options. You won't want to miss the included breakfasts--they are a great way to start the day. Plus John and Pat are the most hospitable and nicest inn keepers around.

Here are a couple more angles of the painting so you get a better sense of the dimensions and the scale of this piece.




Friday, May 31, 2019

Cap'n Jack's Wharf panorama take 2

Cap'n Jack's Wharf
12" x 36" x 2
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This is an iconic and beloved place in Provincetown. I've always wanted to stay here. It looks like so much fun. But in the meantime I will just keep painting it!

Here are a couple of progress shots I took along the way while painting at the Art Gallery at Patriot's Place. The first is my sketch stage and the second was about halfway through. I finished this in one session. My palette knives were on fire!




This painting will soon make it's way up to Provincetown and will be for sale at the red inn.

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

At The Beach House

At The Beach House
16" x 16"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I so enjoy painting these old family photos. The photo I based this painting on was taken during a family vacation to Long Beach Island in New Jersey. We went here several summers with family friends and were right on the ocean and near the boardwalk. I also remember going to the Atlantic City boardwalk and a Miss America pageant was going on at the time.

I'd love to go back someday and see if I can recognize the house where we stayed. But I'm sure a lot has changed though since the 70s.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Gillette Stadium : : The Canyon of Champions

The Canyon of Champions
24" by 48"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

I'm finally able to post this painting as it took me several sessions to complete. A total of about 20 hours. I used several reference photos of the stadium and fans to create this piece. The progression below will give you a good idea of how it developed from sketch to finish. 

As you will see below, I did not use my usual orange background wash before I sketched. Why? Because I forgot! I was so excited to get sketching after I purchased the large canvas that I completely forgot so I thought I'd leave it and see how it worked. Well about halfway through you will see that I ended up adding the orange wash later. The white was driving me crazy.  I felt like I had to fill every hole with color.








I also took a few close up shots so you can see the detail (below). In my painting, the Patriots are playing the Cleveland Browns. I grew up a Cleveland Browns fan, so it seemed fitting.


A group of stadium security guards came in to the gallery one day while I was painting. One of them claimed that he is the top orange dot in this section below, as that is his usual "beat." Funny guy.


 A close up of the stands...it's just a bunch of dots and blobs of paint!




I signed the painting by putting myself in to the bottom left corner: GORBETT, number 19 (for the year the painting was completed). I also painted in my dad in front of me, a true Browns fan for life. I gave him a Browns jersey, number 87 for what would have been his age on April 21. Sadly we lost my dad on April 9 so he spent his 87th birthday in heaven on Easter with The Big Guy, but I did get a chance to show him that I painted him in to the painting before he left us. He was touched and thrilled. I also added a few other family members to keep me company in that corner. :)





Monday, April 1, 2019

Mother’s Day, 1954


Mother’s Day, 1954
16” x 16” 
oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This past weekend, I put the finishing touches on this painting of my mother and my grandmother by painting in the white border and date. The photo that inspired this painting had no date so I made one up. I imagined my mother being about 20 years old, celebrating Mother's Day with her mother, all dressed up for brunch.

In this image below you can see that the original photo was black and white and had a terrible crease in the center. So when I painted it I imagined some fifties looking colors and went to town using my usual orange base color.



I took this photo after I finished the color part but before I added the white border and date.  I loved how the shadows looked on the painting the afternoon that I finished up.


This painting will be hung along side my First Communion painting for the month of April at the Walpole Public Library. I will be showing my work there along with 12 other Walpole artists.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The G.O.A.T

Well Hello There! (I'm Still Here)
8" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on panel
SOLD

I painted this for fun on Super Bowl Sunday while working at the Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. Tom Brady and company proved once again that they are the Greatest Of All Time by winning their 6th Lombardi Trophy.

Yesterday, 1.5 million people lined the streets of Boston to see the 12th duck boat parade to roll down Boylston Street (The Canyon of Heroes) celebrating Boston sports teams championships. What a run.

Congratulations to the New England Patriots!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Colorful Provincetown

Colorful Provincetown
24" x 36"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This painting was inspired by the view from the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. It was our first time climbing to the top and boy was it worth it. You can see a gorgeous 360 degree view of Provincetown and the surrounding area. I liked how they have Boston area town signs carved into the walls all the way up. It keeps you busy while you are climbing and you forget how many steps it is. We were excited when we found the Walpole sign.


Here are some photos of the painting in progress as well as some close up shots that show the painting texture.









For those of you who don't know what the Pilgrim Monument looks like, click here to see a painting I did of it back in 2014.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lulu's kids

Lulu's Kids
9" x 12"
Oil with a palette knife

This was a Christmas gift for my aunt painted from a photo of her and her grandkids enjoying some time together by the hot tub. Fun faces and colors to paint.

And as usual, here are some fun close ups.













Monday, January 7, 2019

My 10 year blogiversary!

Summer Flowers
8" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife

I can't believe I started this blog 10 years ago! I thought it fitting to post one of the very first paintings I did with the palette knife back in 2007. I remember buying this bouquet of summer flowers from the farmers market in town and setting it up on the kitchen table at home. That was the start of it all. This painting is framed now sits in my office as a reminder of where I have been.

Happy New Year to you and yours from me and my blog.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A new commission : : Catholic School Kids

Catholic School Kids
9" x 12"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This is a recent commission I did for my cousin. This is her boyfriend's 6 kids. My cousin already has 4 kids so you can imagine the large rowdy bunch they make when they all get together.

I wish for you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family bunch.

Below are some photos that I took along the way to show you my progress and a few details shots so you can see the thick palette knife strokes.










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