Monday, September 25, 2017

Nantucket Easy Street

Easy Street, Nantucket
10" x 10" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artists Board

I painted this plein air while on Nantucket during a wonderful trip with my painting group, the Neponset Valley Artists (NVA). It will have a permanent home on Nantucket as it was given as a thank you gift to our hostess, Haydi.

Here are a few other shots from that day..

This photo shows my set up and view and my painting in progress.
Me-almost done with my painting.

And here is the group all set up and busy painting.

We had picture perfect weather with glorious blue skies the entire weekend. I will post more pictures from the trip as well as the other painting I did the next day in a future post.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The NVA on Nantucket

There will be several upcoming posts about our recent painting excursion to Nantucket with our painting group, The Neponset Valley Artists (NVA). To start, above is a photo of some of us at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. I think its a hoot.

In anticipation of our trip, I designed and created this sticker to give to everyone as a souvenir of our great adventure.
And here are some photos of the group in several of the beautiful places we visited and enjoyed together. What a trip with a great group of friends.

Monday, September 18, 2017

At The Flower Shop

At The Flower Shop
48" x 36"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

This is my first painting this large in a very long time. I thought it would be intimidating but I actually found it very freeing. I bought a larger palette knife to paint this with which made it easier to paint the large shapes and keep it loose. I completed this in the two days while working at the new expanded art gallery location at Patriot Place.

Here are a few progress shots.

The sketch stage

Before the flowers were painted 

My set up

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Photos of the new gallery space

I wanted to share some photos that I took recently of our new, expanded art gallery and studio space at Patriot Place. We are having a Grand Reopening on September 23 from 12-9. 

This is the wall space that Polo and I share.

Polo is busy organizing our space.

Close up of my section
My new flower paintings hung up

Close up of Polo's section

Laura Zanghetti's artwork

Jon Dino's artwork

Jerry Aissis' artwork

Frank Quinn's artwork

Jack Gannon's artwork

View from one side to the other-look how large!!

View from the front entrance

Polo and I are purchased some new easels to hold large artwork in progress.

Views from outside at night.

View from outside during the day.

A new outdoor sign that Polo and I designed for the gallery.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

White Hydrangeas

White Hydrangeas
30" x 15"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

This is the second of the flower paintings I completed last weekend at The Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place. While blue hydrangeas are more common around here in New England, I was attracted to the colors in this image and the challenge of painting whites. I guess I have started somewhat of a flower series of late. And I have been gradually increasing the size of my paintings because I bought a 24" by 48" canvas recently and I need to practice with the larger palette knives.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer flowers

Purple Coneflowers
24" x 24" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Last weekend, while working at the Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place,  I was able to get a couple of flower paintings completed. This is the first one, a pretty large size so I brought out my bigger palette knifes to paint it. Flowers are great fun to paint with a palette knife and very freeing since there is no real perspective or likeness required. Just thick slabs of paint and great colors to mix.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jo Ann's Flowers

Jo Ann's Flowers
Approx 12" x 16"
Oil with a palette knife on loose canvas

We've had our art gallery at Patriot Place for about 6 years now. Each week Jo Ann, the wife of one of our anchor artists, Frank, provides the gallery with a bright spot of color with fresh flowers displayed in a variety of unique vases from her collection. It's it always so interesting to see what she brings to the table-literally! The inspiration for this painting was from her latest arrangement that was at the gallery the last weekend that I was working there. I was so attracted to the complimentary colors of blue and orange, it was just calling to be painted.

And-we have some BIG NEWS that our gallery is moving to a bigger space within Patriot Place! I will post some photos of the new space once we move in next week and get settled, but I'll have to get busy painting since we've got a lot more wall space to cover.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Provincetown palette knife workshop

We are excited to announce our September 29 and 30, 2017 palette knife painting workshop. September is a beautiful time in Provincetown and we would love to see you join us. Check out the Inn at Cook Street here. Every room is fabulous and John and Pat are the best hosts you could ever have. This is such a DEAL! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Low Tide

Low Tide
20" x 16" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I was looking through some photos to get inspired and came across this scene that was sent to me a few years ago by John Jay at the Inn at Cook Street. This is a beautiful time of day in Provincetown when the tide is out and the boats look like they are up on the shore. I loved the complementary colors that dominate in this piece, the depth of field, and the solitary boat as the focal point. So fitting for summertime.

Stay tuned for some information on a palette knife painting workshop that Polo and I will be teaching September 29 and 30 at The Inn at Cook Street!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Red Inn number 13

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

On this July 13, I bring to you the 13th in my series of paintings of the red inn. This painting was created especially for David, one of the owners of this beautiful place. He requested that I include two things-the statue in remembrance of Reenie (on the left side in the garden) and Oliver, the beloved black lab mascot of the inn that you saw in my last post (towards the front near the archway).

Here is a close up of Oliver:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A new pet portrait commission : : OLIVER

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

This adorable black lab was the mascot, buddy, and companion to all who visited the red inn in Provincetown, MA. He recently passed away and a friend wanted to commission this piece for Oliver's owner. It now hangs at the inn for all to see and remember this beloved dog.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

TIP:: taking photos of paintings that are framed with glass

 Iris I
11" by 14"

 Iris II
11" by 14"

I recently sold these two framed watercolors at the Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place. I painted them many years ago before I started painting with a palette knife, and I thought I had forgotten to take photos of them before they sold, but I looked back through my photos and found them! 

If you've ever tried to take photos of paintings that are framed with glass, you can relate to how difficult it is to take a photo without getting a reflection. I remember hearing this trick about taking the photo so that the picture is on a angle to avoid the glare and then in Photoshop, you can use the Free Transform>Distort tool to square it back up.

Here are the original photos I took at an angle and then above is the squared up versions. Pretty cool trick.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A sign that summer has started

Entering Provincetown
12" x 12"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

I have to go back and check how many times I have painted this sign. I think it has to be about 5 by now. This Memorial Day weekend marks the official start to summer and this painting sure is a sign that summer has started!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cap'n Jack's Wharf panorama

Cap'n Jack's Wharf panorama
12" x 36" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled Ampersand Gessobord

During our last visit to Provincetown to drop off paintings at the red inn, I took the photos I used as inspiration for this painting. This is a view of Cap'n Jack's Wharf down the beach aways from a parking lot of all places. I hope to get this painting down to the inn this weekend for sale. The weather is warming up and summer is on the way, YAY!

Here is a close up:

Monday, May 1, 2017

Summer on Commercial Street in Provincetown

A Banner Day
11" x 14" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

If you've ever been to Provincetown on Cape Cod in the middle of summer, this scene will look very familiar to you. People, cyclists, and cars going this way and that, strolling up and down looking for the perfect souvenir or place to eat. You can see Governor Bradford's, The Lobster Pot, and The Patio in this painting, all great places to enjoy a summer meal.
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