Monday, September 21, 2020

Another painting from the family album

Cocktail Hour, 1971
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
16" x 16"

I have returned to paintings inspired from old family photographs and enjoying it so much. This one is of my mother (in the middle) at what looks to be a holiday cocktail party at our house with a few of her neighbor friends. I don't know the exact date so took a stab at the year. 

This was my set up at the gallery at Patriot Place. You can see that I have the photo up on my iPad as well as a color copy printed out at the size I am painting. I have taped the outside edges so it will leave a nice clean edge for adding the photo border and date at the end.

And here are some progress shots I took along the way as well as some detailed close ups.

Thanks for taking a look!

Friday, September 4, 2020

A happy girl and her happy dog

Augusta and Tito
16" x 20"
Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Nancy asked me to paint this fun image of her daughter and her dog. I loved the happy looks on both of their faces as well as the beautiful background and shadows. This painting is all about happiness and summer.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

NEW Red Inn wood prints

As an experiment, I ordered wood prints of these two paintings from Fine Art America. I wasn't expecting that you would be able to see the natural wood grain underneath the image, but it came out looking kind of cool, especially on the beach. These went up for sale at The Red Inn in Provincetown back in June. I just learned that the wood print of the painting of the "View from the Sea" just sold so I guess others liked it too.

You can order these wood prints for yourself through the FAA website. 

The view from the road is here:

The view from the sea is here:

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Back Bay Reflections

Back Bay Reflections
60" x 48"
Oil with palette knives on canvas

This painting is my first big undertaking since starting my career as a full time artist in January. Here is a photo of me before I began painting so you can get a sense of the size of the canvas. Those print outs taped to the canvas are my reference photos. I also had it on my iPad while working.

This painting took about 22 sessions of about 3-4 hours each. I painted while at the Artists Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place since we have such a nice big space to work there. During the pandemic closure, I painted with the doors locked so it was a nice quiet place to work. I finally finished it this month but I took photos along the way and created this slideshow that shows my day by day progress.

Here are a few close up details.

I chose the title "Back Bay Reflections," a recommendation from my friend Danielle, as this is where I used to work in Boston before I retired from my graphic design job of 30 years. So the title has both a literal and personal meaning.

Friday, August 7, 2020

More aerial fun

Aqua Marine
24" x 18"
Oil with palette knives on Blick Studio Artist Board

I found more aerial mages on and got inspired to paint this one. Mixing all of these beautiful blue and green colors was so satiisfying. I took some close ups so you can see the texture and that there are actually tiny people swimming and snorkeling in the water. Wouldn't you love to be here right now?

Friday, July 31, 2020

Beach and waves- an aerial view

Gull's Eye View
24" x 18" Oil with palette knives
Blick Studio artist board

I painted this just for fun. The inspiration came from some images I found on of beach aerials. Not sure if they were taken by drone or by plane but the colors and textures are so captivating and I knew it would be great practice for palette knife techniques. I imagine this is what the seagull sees as it flies overhead, looking to see if you have any good snacks to steal. I would love to be up high looking down on this beautiful scene. And then go down to the beach and enjoy some sun and ocean waves. 

Here are a few close up details.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Back to basics-drawing the figure

Last August I attended a live model session organized by one of our gallery artist. I decided rather than trying to paint her, I would bring out the charcoal, the contes, and the large newsprint and drawing pads and go back to basics. It was so much fun drawing with charcoal again.

Here are a few select pieces from the evening.

It was just like being back in art school again!

Friday, July 17, 2020

New family portrait commission

Family Selfie at the Beach (Ken and kids)
18" x 18"
oil with palette knives on cradled wood panel

Ken asked me if I would paint this cute picture of him and his kids on the beach. It was really fun to paint a portrait at such a large size, much larger than the portraits I've done in the past. I was able to get a lot of detail in the faces and capture their likeness better.

I took photos along the way of each stage. I always start with the hardest part-the faces and I basically painted one face a day and then the background and clothing on the final day.

Here you can see my orange background wash and the sketch on top.

Ken's daughter was first...
Then Ken...
Then Ken's son...

And here is a close up of one of the faces so you can see all of the detailed strokes.

I chose a simple white floater frame and Ken hung it up moments after I delivered it to him. He hung it over the TV where he spends most of his time at home and where he can look at it daily. He sent me this photo. 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mr. Thingamajig

Mr Thingamajig
Approximately 20" x 10"

I entered this assemblage into a show for the Foxboro Art Association this past February. The challenge was to create a piece of art that pushed you outside your comfort zone by trying a new medium, a new style, or just something different and fun.

This guy is a compilation of various pieces of wood I have collected, plus other metal do dads, an acorn hat and a googly eye. 

A few years ago Polo and I had an assemblage show we called "Awesomeblages". You can see some of my favorites assemblages from the show on my blog posted here. It was so much fun that we've been talking about doing another one at some point soon. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

More mini masters

I just realized that I never posted this series of mini masters from last November. They were inspired by 2 Monets, 1 Van Gogh, 1 Homer, and 2 Cezannes and are each approximately 2" by 3". I painted these all on one 12" x 16" piece of loose canvas, cut them out, and framed them in these cute little frames.


Here are some close ups.

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