Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Does playing with dolls make you feel younger?

I want to introduce you to Petunia, Begonia, and Liliana. My two sisters and I sent these dolls to our  aunts, my mothers 3 sisters, as a surprise gift this week. We have had so much fun with our dolls Nina, Gina, and Luna (see post here) that we decided our aunts needed their own dolls as well. We each made them a set of clothes to send along as well. They fit perfectly in these fun wine gift boxes that I found at Jo Ann fabrics.
Petunia in her bathing suit (made out of ribbon)

 Petunia in her Cabo spa robe (made from a guest towel)

Petunia in her flower dress -embellished from the dress she came in)

Petunia in her dress embellished from a barbie dress that my mother made.

Liliana with her outfits packaged up.

 Liliana in her bathing suit and Cabo spa robe.

 Liliana waving goodbye

 Begonia with her outfits all ready to go...

We made a doll for our mother as well. She is Mia Sophia and I will post photos of her next once I get her outfits finished.

For fun, here are some photo of all of us in Cabo. This was the inspiration for the Cabo robes that we made for our dolls.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Entering Foxborough

Entering Foxborough
16" x 16" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This is the latest in my New England towns sign series. I painted this while working at the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place this past weekend. The lettering is a challenge to do with the knife, especially the small type, but I think the roughness is part of it being a painting. Hopefully you can tell that there is a tiny bit of the Gillette Stadium in the background on the left. Patriot's training camp starts next week already!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Assemblage Show at the Art Gallery at Patriot Place

Polo and I are having a fun show this weekend at The Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. It's assemblage art from things we have collected, but we call it Awesomeblage. The reception is Saturday, July 23 from 5-8pm. We'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A trio of hydrangeas for summer

The Colors of Hydrangeas 1
6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas panel

The Colors of Hydrangeas 2
6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas panel

The Colors of Hydrangeas 3
6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas panel

Nothing says summer in New England better than the beautiful colors of hydrangeas!

Monday, June 13, 2016

MacMillan Pier

At MacMillan Pier
8" x 10" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

I loved this scene in Provincetown. The colors of the boats and the angle of the dock are what caught my attention. I don't normally paint on canvas because I don't like the bounce of the knife on the stretched canvas-I prefer the rigidness of board. But we saw these canvases on sale and they came with a nice simple wood frame so I bought a few to try out.

Here is a photo of the painting framed.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cap'n Jack's Wharf, Provincetown

Cap'n Jack's Wharf
8" x 10" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

This is a smaller version of a scene I have painted a few times before-Cap'n Jack's Wharf in Provincetown on Cape Cod. This scene makes me feel like summer is here, my favorite time of year in one of my favorite places.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's Red Inn season again

The Red Inn in Summer
12" x 24"x .75"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

It's that time again to start painting this beloved place. A slightly different canvas size this time and I have a beautiful frame to put it in as well. It will be for sale at the Red Inn this week.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Bison is the new national mammal!

Bison in the Grand Tetons
18" x 24" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

I finished this commission up this past weekend for Will and Sue and I received a wonderful email when I sent them the painting to preview:

"My wife Sue decided to let me commission this painting for my birthday and it is nothing short of fabulous! I have been looking for an original bison painting on and off over the years as it is an icon of the American West and Native American culture. Last summer we were lucky enough to take our two children out to Jackson Hole Wyoming and hike in the Grand Tetons as well as Yellowstone, the Big Horn Mountains, and the Black Hills where we saw Mount Rushmore and, our favorite, the Crazy Horse monument.

At some point during the trip, my son Wyatt also became enamored with the bison we saw and decided it is his favorite animal. He is going to insist that the painting go in his room, I will have to convince him that we need it out were all our visitors can see it! (Did I mention that it is extraordinary?) We looked hard for wildlife on the trip and were lucky enough to get a few good pictures. My daughter decided she liked a picture we took of a bear cub in the Tetons the best. Maybe some day...

Yes, the painting of the Bison is better than the picture and I am glad I waited and was able to get you to paint an original from one of my own pictures."

Isn't it fun to get a the story and personal meaning behind a painting? I think that bear cub photo is just the cutest thing and would make a great painting as well. But I hope that there isn't a protective mama bear right behind him!

Did you know that the Bison is now the new national mammal? Yes, that's right...Congress just came to a rare consensus and passed the National Bison Legacy Act which makes the bison the first national mammal of the United States. He will co-serve with the Bald Eagle as a national emblem. Here is the seal:

Monday, April 11, 2016

I love a parade

Little Fire Chiefs, 1963
18" by 18"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Sarah posted this photo on her blog and I asked her if I could paint it as part of my family album series.  Who doesn't love a parade?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New pet portrait commission

10" by 10"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Samara saw my painting called "New Yorkie" and asked if I could do a similar portrait of her dog Dexter. Pets are such fun to paint with a palette knife, especially the fur and those ears! Can you even? I always hope to capture the animals personality even if I never actually meet them. I think you can probably tell that Dexter certainly has a lot of personality!

Monday, March 21, 2016

More assemblages

Polo and I have been having fun making found art assemblages. We call them "awesomeblages". This trio was made from used paint brushes and a palette knife. The colors of each reminded me of certain famous artists and thus inspired their names.

Deputy Pollock
Mixed media

 Manny Monet
Mixed media

SeƱor Pablo
Mixed media

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fresh Clams

Fresh Clams
18" by 18"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

I've painted this before at a smaller size but I wanted to revisit it at a larger scale. This is inspired by a photo of from a 1973 family vacation to the New Jersey shore. Can you believe how inexpensive fresh clams were back then? I actually don't remember doing the actual "clamming" but I do remember these vacations we used to take every year to Jersey shore-before it was made popular by the reality TV show. That's me on the far right with my two sisters next to me, and our family friends (the blondes) round out the group.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Introducing the 2016 Mini Masters Collection

While working at the gallery a few weekends ago, I painted a whole canvas sheet full of mini masters. Can you identify the famous paintings that inspired these? Below is a photo that shows you the scale of these tiny treasures along with the palette knife used to create them. I am excited to get these framed up ready to sell. Framed photos to follow in a later post.
 And here are some close ups.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Inspired in Ptown

I will return to painting soon...after this short break.

While in Ptown last weekend, I was inspired to create these assemblages after seeing the work of an artist Conny Hatch at Kobalt Gallery. I was also told to look at the work of Kirsty Elson

These were so enjoyable to create that I think that there might be many more to come. As with the doll clothes in my previous post, it is addicting. 

These were all created using found materials that I collected while walking in the dunes. Then for each assemblage, I added a little something to remind you that they were created by a human. Can you spot them?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

It was a very crafty Christmas

Have you seen the Tree Change Dolls that Sonia Singh creates from discarded Bratz dolls? If not, watch this video she has posted about how she got started. Her story inspired me to create some dollies for me and my two sisters for Christmas. Even though we are adults, I think you never out grow loving dolls. While I did not use Bratz dolls, I found these cute Sparkle Girlz dolls and decided to make them several outfits and accessories to go along with them. Then, as Sonia does, they also had a photo shoot outside before they were shipped out.

The artist in the middle of this picture is my doll. Her name is Nina. She is an artist, and yes that is a palette knife in her pocket. My sisters dolls are Gina (the tennis player) and Luna (the yoga master). 

I discovered during this experience that I am a terrible seamstress, so anything that I could glue or stick on instead was much preferred. I used a lot of velcro as fasteners. Here is a photo of my work table during production. I molded them each a pair of sneakers using Crayola's model magic. So much fun.

My sisters and I all live far away from one another so I am looking forward to the next time we meet up as our dolls will travel along with us and most likely have another photo shoot together. I found 3 of these matching wine bottle boxes that were the perfect size for transporting them and their outfits.

If you ever try this yourself you will see how addictive it can be.

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