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

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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Workshop for the Foxboro Art Association

I was asked by the Foxboro Art Association to lead a mini workshop this past Saturday. We had 10 eager artists that wanted to learn more about and try their hand at palette knife painting. It was held at the Artists Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place in Foxboro. We are so lucky to have such a large space to be able to hold events like this. Here are a few photos from the workshop.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Red Inn Number 33 :: a one-of-a-kind piece

Red Inn Shakes
36.5" by 23.24"
Oil on shingles from the Red Inn

Recently, I counted the number of times I painted the Red Inn in Provincetown and came up with 32. Well, here is number 33 and it was a fun collaboration piece.

Back in April when Polo and I brought our paintings to the Red Inn for the 2018 season, they were doing some repairs from some recent winter storms. Polo picked up a discarded shingle so he could try to match the real red color of the inn in future paintings. During lunch, we were discussing possible artistic things we could make out of the discarded shingles, so we went back and gathered several more to take home (with their permission of course).

Over the next few months, we brainstormed some ideas and finally decided to put all of the shingles together and paint a picture of the inn on top of the part painted red, leaving the raw parts of shingles as they were. We glued the shingles to a 16" by 20 panel board for stability and hanging purposes. Here is what it looked like before we started painting:

We included a label to display with the painting to explain the story behind the piece:

“Red Inn Shakes”
By Ann Gorbett and Polo Barrera
This one-of-a-kind piece is painted on discarded shingles that artists Ann Gorbett and Polo Barrera acquired from the Red Inn. A 2018 winter storm ravished the Provincetown coastline with high winds and flooding. Repairs were being made at the inn when Ann and Polo saw the potential for a unique work of art.
Oil on shingles

We both signed the painting at the bottom right.

So if you are in Provincetown any time soon, stop in and see our painting in person at the inn!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Seeing red for the 32nd time

The Red Inn 
18" x 24"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I often get asked how many times I've painted the red inn and honestly I had lost track. So the other day, I decided to go back and count them. Including all the various sizes, angles, and seasons, I've counted 32 paintings. Wow. I even astonished myself with the number. I joke that I'd like try to paint it blindfolded at some point. That would be a fun challenge for sure.

I was pretty good about taking photos along that way of my progress. Polo and I went to the gallery to paint last week, and here are 3 stages before the finish, shown above.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Thor : : a new pet portrait commission

12" x 9" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This is Thor, enjoying the beach and all the interesting people, other animals, and things to look at. Don't you love all his wrinkles and rolls?

Here are a photo showing you my set up at the gallery. I used color print outs as well as an iPad for reference. If you look closely, you'll see that I moved the beach umbrella from the left of the photo to the right.

And here is a photo showing my initial sketch on the orange background color I like to use.

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