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

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.

Monday, August 13, 2018

First Communions

First Communion
16" x 16" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This painting was inspired by a family photo of my oldest sister's first communion. I found the photo among a bunch of old slides that my dad sent me awhile ago. I remember these colorful dresses as being a favorite which we only wore for special occasions.

Some times I like to take close up photos on certain parts of the painting so you can see my palette knife strokes.

Back in 2011, I participated in a project called "The Sketchbook Project" and I included a drawing of this photo.
Cathy told me that she still has her communion veil after all these years.

I also included a drawing from my other sister, Lyn's first communion day:

As well as from my first communion day.  I am pretty sure I still have my veil too but I need to go hunt in the basement and see if I can find it. 

And finally, my dad's first communion. My dad follows my blog so he'll probably see this and remember the photo this drawing was done from. I think I still have his little communion book stored away somewhere too!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Nantucket palette knife painting workshop PART 2

We named our group The ACK PACK (ACK is the airport code for Nantucket and is often used as a nickname for the island). I designed this logo and sent stickers to everyone who attended as reminder of our time together. 

For the afternoon of the workshop, everyone chose a photo from some Nantucket inspired images I brought with me. Here are Tina, Haydi, and Ariel choosing their images to paint.

 And here are their masterpieces. Pretty nice, right?

Here is an overview shot of all of the paintings drying in the dining room...

Sunday, Andy took us on a first class cocktail cruise on his boat, My Tern. This is Sadie, our cute mascot.

Sadie and I are contemplating the beautiful view...

 The sunflowers we painted made a lovely arrangement on the porch.

And finally, a gorgeous Nantucket sunset to end a beautiful weekend.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Nantucket palette knife painting workshop PART 1

Sunflower on Nantucket
4" x 4" on loose canvas
Palette knife demo

A few weeks ago, I held a palette knife painting workshop on Nantucket. A very generous friend provided room and board at her beautiful home on the water, and in exchange, she and her family tried their hand at palette knife painting. Below are a few images from the event. 

Getting set up...

Tina and Laura excited to start painting...

Color mixing and palette knife dos and don'ts...

My sunflower demo...

Everyone busy on their sunflowers...

Andy getting his palette set up...

Chase, our youngest artist, is hard at work on his sunflower paintings...

Comparing our first and second practice pieces....

Looking at cropping options...

Here are more examples of everyone's practice work...

Next, I'll share Part 2 where everyone worked on their final palette knife masterpieces.

Monday, July 2, 2018

From the family album

Sorority Sisters, 1955
16" x 16" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled artist board

I've missed painting these scenes from old family photos. This one was inspired by a black and white image of my mother's sorority sisters. It was fun to imagine what the colors of their outfits would be, or what I think they should be.

I also researched the car, a 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner, because I wanted to pick a color that would be true to that era. Here are a couple photos I found at almost the exact same angle:

I've been trolling through our family's photo albums and have found many more inspirational images. I feel a series coming on.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

NEW Red Inn from the Sea

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

Another great view of this beautiful place in Provincetown on Cape Cod-the red inn. It has found a new home in Los Angeles purchased by a couple that were married at the inn back in 2007. They saw my painting on Facebook and wanted it to celebrate their upcoming anniversary.

Here is a photo of the painting on my work desk, just after it was completed.

And here is a photo of me getting ready to wrap the painting up for shipping. I’m showing my feet for scale so you get a better sense of the size of the painting.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

NEW Pet portrait commission

9" x 12" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife of cradled panel board

Rex's owners sent me some wonderful photos of their beloved yellow lab. I was drawn to this one of him enjoying a day out on the water with the Boston skyline in the background. They said "It is beautiful, you really did capture the spirit of Rex." That is the best thing for an artist to hear. I hope that they can look at the painting and it will help a little bit when they miss him.
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