Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MacMillan Pier is a ribbon winner

MacMillan Pier, Provincetown
8" x 10"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

I was pleased to find out that this painting I entered into the Spring Foxboro Art Association won an honorable mention ribbon. The juror, Robin Wessman took the time to write a little something about each painting he awarded a ribbon. Here is what he wrote about this piece:

 "This painting 'feels' like summer! Bright light, scene itself & colors. Picked out things that highlight what summer on water is all about."

For someone who loves summer, this was so great to hear!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Red Inn 12 : : A New Perspective

The Red Inn XII
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
12" x 36" x 2"

For Number 12 in the series of Red Inn paintings, I took a slightly different perspective than the previous 11 versions. I decided to focus more on the beautiful gardens and the flowers so the fence and the road take on less of an important role in the composition. Painting all of those greens was challenging but adding all the bits of yellow, orange, and red for the flowers was really satisfying. I even included the tiny statue dedicated to the memory of a very dear friend of the inn, Reenie, on the left hand side.

Friday, March 3, 2017

My favorite assemblages

Last July, Polo and I had an assemblage art show that we call "Awesomeblage." I realized I never posted some of my favorites. These were so much fun and many have found new homes. Can you tell what items were used for each piece?

Robot Angel

Forest Monk

Money Purse


Barbershop Quartet (still looking for a tenor)
Some Pig

Monday, February 13, 2017

Funny Faces

Funny Faces
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

I had this sketched out on a board awhile ago and kind of forgot about it until I was cleaning some things in the basement. The inspiration for this painting was an old family photo that my friend Sarah posted of her, her brothers, and their friends. The original photo was black and white and I originally started to paint it in shades of gray but it just wasn't working. So I restarted it again in color and had fun just imagining what the colors might be or what colors I wanted them to be. I hadn't painted one of my family photos in a while so this was really, really enjoyable.

Below is an "in progress" shot. For these paintings of old family photos, I tape off the sides with masking tape so that I have a nice clean edge to paint the photo border in last.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

In the News

Entering Foxboro
16" by 16"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

The local Foxboro newspaper did a story on our art gallery and the artists who have done Patriot themed work. Both my and Polo's artwork was featured. The painting above of the Entering Foxboro sign was shown. This painting just sold this past December, bought by a local woman as a gift for her husband for Christmas.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inspired in Maine

Lords Point, Maine
16" x 16" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

For our 15th wedding anniversary this year, we spent a couple of days up in Kennebunkport, Maine. It snowed the first day, and while cold, it made for very picturesque views. We drove along the coastline, and took lots of pictures to use for painting inspiration. This was one of the views that was calling me to paint it. The orange glow of the sky along the horizon behind these amazing homes nestled out on the peninsula is what caught my attention. As well as the flock of seagulls that were flying, swimming, and hanging out along the beach.

Here are a few closeups of the birds in the painting...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It's January-time to think of summer

22 Milestone Way
8" by 10"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

This cute little cottage is where we spent a fabulous week last August-Maushop Village on Cape Cod. I painted this for my good friend Danielle's birthday so that she can be reminded of our summer fun all year long.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas one and all!

A Vintage Christmas Postcard
6" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on board

Here is hoping Santa brings you everything you wish for this Christmas.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ptown from Space

Ptown from Space
24" x 30"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Another painting inspired by an image taken from space by Nasa.gov. This is Provincetown, Massachusetts-the very tip of Cape Cod. I noticed after I took the photo of this painting, that it kind of looks like an elf shoe. A subtle nod to Christmas at this time of year. Also, just for fun, I added a very tiny small red dot that indicates where the Red Inn is located.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Entering Boston's Public Garden

Entering The Public Garden
12" x 36" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I took the photo that I used as inspiration for this painting just last Thursday. I have been amazed how long the colors of fall have lasted this year. I don't know if that is because of the drought we had this summer, but I sure am enjoying it.

Last Friday was our last day in the Back Bay of Boston before our office move to the Financial District. I had been taking photos of the area during my lunch time to get some painting inspiration. When I saw this view, I knew it had to become a painting. I was able to start and finish it this weekend while working at The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cape Cod Afternoon

Cape Cod Afternoon
11" x 14" x .75"
oil with a palette knife on cradled artist board

This painting was inspired by a photo I took while on vacation on Cape Cod this past August. The light on the Cape is like no other-whether in the morning or the afternoon. We could see the sun rise through our bedroom window over the ocean and then in the afternoon the light would come from behind us and cast beautiful colors and shadows on an already beautiful place. We have been vacationing here-Maushop Village in New Seabury-for many years and always have a fun, yet relaxing time. How I wish the summer was not over, I miss this.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cape Cod as seen from space

Cape Cod From Space
24" by 24"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This idea has been germinating in my head for awhile...to do a painting of Cape Cod inspired by the view from space. This worked up pretty quickly. I painted the abstract land shapes, roads, and lakes first, then I worked on the water. Finally adding the white sands and shorelines. I love all of that prussian blue!

I think may have to do some more of these. NASA.gov has some amazing imagery!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Making the rounds with "Fresh Clams"

My painting, "Fresh Clams" won an honorable mention in the Foxboro Art Association Fall Member's Show. Exciting!

This summer "Fresh Clams" was also in a show at my alma mater, Miami University (Ohio). There were 100 works in the show representing alumni from 7 decades! I was unable to attend in person, but the curator was kind enough to sent these images of the show to all the participants. It looks like a great show. Click on this link to see an image of all of the artwork in the show. A great variety of mediums and styles.

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Red Inn number eleven!

The Red Inn XI
12" x 36" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Yes-that's right. This is number eleven. I have painted this view of the Red Inn at this size eleven times. I have also painted this inn from different views and at several other sizes, but this is by far the most popular request. This painting will be on its way to a couple that recently got married at the inn in September.

The weather today is picture perfect. I hope everyone enjoys the nice long weekend! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Upcoming art shows

I have two upcoming shows that I am excited to be a part of. Information about these shows and the artist receptions is below.

Wise Guy
6" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

Birds of Prey
Exhibit September 16 - January 2, 2017  |  Artist’s Reception Thursday, September 29, 6-8 p.m

The Gallery at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill is pleased to announce its newest exhibit,
the captivating and fascination world of “Birds of Prey”. 
View the exciting and dramatic depictions of these amazing birds by
a juried group of 23 creative artists from various regions. 
Real or representational, through a myriad of media, the spirit of these awe-inspiring ambas-sadors of flight
are captivated in the artwork that will intrigue the viewer. 
The juror was Diana Hampe, Gallery Curator is Janyce Nareski Goba.

Join us for a very special evening at the Artist’s Reception
Thursday, September 29, 6-8 p.m.
View the art, meet the artists, and experience a live birds of prey presentation by a trained naturalist.

The exhibit will run September 16 - January 2, 2017.
The Gallery is open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA.
Please visit www.massaudubon.org/moosehill or call 781-784-5691 for details.

Dad and Nana
24" x 12" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled canvas board

Zullo Gallery Center for the Arts
456A Main St. Medfield, MA Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday 12-5
artists reception: Saturday, October 1st 7-9pm all welcome
juror: Irena Roman
gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday 12-5

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cape Vacation Plein Air

Maushop View
8" by 10"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

During a relaxing and fun vacation on Cape Cod last week, my friend and I fit in some palette knife painting. There is so much inspiration on Cape Cod, but I didn't have to go far from our cottage to find this perfect view to paint. I decided to paint on a loose canvas piece. The photo above is cropped but below is a photo showing how the original looks. I like painting on loose canvas occasionally because you are not limited by the edges and can crop however you see fit once you are done.

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!
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