Monday, November 23, 2020

Boston old and new


The Old State House, Boston

12" x 6"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Available at Zullo Gallery, Medfield

My friend Nancy took the photo that inspired this painting of the Old State House in Boston. I loved the combination of the old and new architecture as well as the color of those beautiful green lanterns. The strong vertical composition also appealed to me and so I asked her if I could paint it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The State House, Boston


The State House, Boston

6" x 12"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Available at Zullo Gallery, Medfield

Continuing my series of small Boston paintings, I had to paint the iconic State House that sits at the top of Beacon Hill in Boston. This painting along with 9 others will be on display at the Zullo Gallery in Medfield MA through December for their holiday show.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Introducing a 52 week challenge for artists in 2021


CALL TO ARTISTS 

Who’s ready to hit the reset button for 2021? I am! And I'm currently in search of artists who are willing to participate in a 52 week challenge with me starting on Wednesday January 6 of 2021. Please note: THIS IS NOT A PAINTING CHALLENGE. These are simple weekly exercises that I've written to help you look inward, focus your work, and grow as an artist along with me and other artists. These challenges could apply to artists at any point in their career. And I'd also love to get your feedback in order to improve it for the future. Best of all-it's free! 

Each Wednesday, I will post the challenge to social media with a link to my blog to download a pdf if you wish to print out the worksheet. To give you an idea of what these challenges might look like, below is the monthly syllabus, a sample weekly worksheet, and how to sign up. 

JANUARY: REFLECTION AND MOTIVATION

FEBRUARY:  GETTING ORGANIZED 

MARCH:  SHARING 

APRIL : GENERATING IDEAS 

MAY:  HONING YOUR CRAFT

JUNE:  REMOVING NEGATIVITY 

JULY:  FINDING INSPIRATION 

AUGUST:  PRACTICE WRITING AND TALKING ABOUT ART 

SEPTEMBER:  MARKETING YOURSELF 

OCTOBER:  GAINING CONFIDENCE 

NOVEMBER:  GIVING BACK 

DECEMBER:  CELEBRATING 

Below is a sample worksheet with a few annotations to give you an idea what to expect:

So who's in? If you'd like to participate, please send me an email at anngorbett@gmail.com to express your interest. The first 10 artists to sign up will receive a printed companion workbook mailed to you prior to January 6 as a special gift for participating.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Cheers to Boston!

 

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

10" x 8" 

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

SOLD

This is an iconic landmark here in Boston. On the TV show Cheers, it is the outside of the bar where Sam, Diane, Carla, Woody and the gang descended the stairs to go to work, and where Norm and Cliff hung out and drank beer inside. Of course they didn't really film the inside here, but nevertheless is it a great place to visit if you are ever in Boston. The Hampshire House hotel sits above the bar here on Beacon Street.

As usual, I took some progress shots and a few details along the way as I painted.







Wednesday, October 14, 2020

New Boston Public Garden painting


Entering The Public Garden II

6" x 12" x 2"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Available at Zullo Gallery, Medfield

I am currently working on a series of small Boston paintings in preparation for the upcoming holidays. This is Boston painting number 2 of 12 that I hope to complete by November. I had painted a larger version of this a few years ago inspired from a photo that I took at the entrance to the Public Gardens in Boston. I just loved the fall colors of the trees against the skyline. Painting with palette knives at this small size forces me to not get too caught up in all the details. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

New Boston painting: The Custom House

The Custom House, Boston

6" x 12" x 2"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Available at Zullo Gallery, Medfield

I'm working on a series of Boston paintings inspired by lunch time walks when I used to work downtown. Here is the first in the series, The Custom House. At the top of this building there is an observatory that has incredible 360 views of Boston. It's a hidden secret that not many people know or talk about. I took these images from a recent visit.

This observation viewfinder looked like a lady's face to me.
They even have a Peregrine falcon cam where you can watch the nest of some resident falcons. 

Here are are few close ups of the painting.



 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

From the family album: Irish Blessings


Irish Blessings
16" x 16" x 2"
Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

This painting was inspired by an old photo of my dad and my aunt-his sister Cathleen. I just loved the wonderful expressions on their faces and how it shows their true love for one another and for life. These two were so alike in so many ways, with same sense of humor and always making us kids laugh. I call the painting Irish Blessings because that's what these two were in our lives. Plus it looked to me like they were both wearing green so I'm assuming it was probably a St Paddy's Day get together in the 70s.

Here are a few close up details. 

Dad stirring his cocktail, likely scotch, which he liked to call "holy water."

I love the old faucet and measuring cups.
I'm pretty sure the Irish Blessing is what is framed in this tiny picture that sat on my Aunt Cathleen's kitchen sill in Galion Ohio.



Monday, September 21, 2020

Another painting from the family album


Cocktail Hour, 1971
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
16" x 16" x 2"

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 learned that both wood prints have sold so I guess others liked them too.

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

The view from the road is here:

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-red-inn-street-view-ann-gorbett.html?product=wood-print

The view from the sea is here:

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-red-inn-view-from-the-sea-ann-gorbett.html?product=wood-print

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 Unsplash.com 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 unsplash.com 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.





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