Thursday, October 9, 2014

A New Commission-St Stephens in the North End

St. Stephens Church, North End, Boston
20" x 16"
Oil with a palette knife on board

Chris and Lynne saw some of my Boston paintings at The Artists Studio an Gallery at Patriot Place and asked if I would paint a piece for them of this beautiful church where they got married. They were lucky enough to also have lived around the corner from this church on Clark Street in the North End of Boston. I hope that the painting will continue to be a wonderful reminder of the great memories they shared there.

Here are some photos I took along the way that shows you how I started and then moved through the painting in sections to completion.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Capt Jack's Wharf number 2

Capt Jack's Wharf II
24" x 30"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Mitch saw the first painting I had done of this view hanging at The Red Inn and loved it. It had already been sold so he and asked if I would paint another one for him. I completed this second version while working at The Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place this past weekend. Makes me long for summer to return.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Good Morning again

Good Morning, Cape Cod II
6" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

A patron at The Red Inn saw the first painting I did of this sunrise with a SOLD sign on it and loved it so much that they requested to have another one painted for them. When someone commissions a painting I have done before, I often struggle with whether I should look my original source to paint it or from an image of the previous painting. I find I have more success if I work like it's the first time I'm doing it, by looking at my original source material. It is then interesting to look at the two side by side to see how I made decisions the same or differently.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rediscovering charcoal

This past weekend, while on vacation in the beautiful Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod, Polo and I practiced drawing with charcoal. We bought 3 different kinds that came in several hardnesses. It was really fun and quick to experiment with different marks and shading techniques. It brought back fond memories of art school.

Here are some (not so great) photos from my sketchbook. I can't decide which is my favorite-do you have one?


This is Polo fishing...

These are my feet on vacation...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Red Inn VIII and new gallery space

The Red Inn VIII
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
12" x 36" x 2"
I painted this over the weekend while working at the new gallery space for the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. The new space is bright and open-the perfect combination for painting. Below is a photo I took after the first day of painting and then I finished it up the next day. This is the eighth time painting the inn at this size but I've also painted 4 others at a smaller 6" x 18" size as well. I'm pretty sure I could paint the inn in my sleep now!

Here is a shot of my designated wall at the gallery. I like it because people can see my art through the window as they stroll by. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier

Petite Pier
4" x 4"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

My friend Danielle wanted a one on one painting class with me so she came to the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place when I was working a few weekends ago. She picked out this image because she is from Michigan and loves lighthouses. We actually zoomed in on her picture so the lighthouse got cropped out, but this was a great start. Above is my version of the small practice demo we painted together.

Her painting came out great, and here is a photo she took of it:

The new artist in action:
I think I have a new convert to palette knife painting!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer is wine-ding down!

Ptown Winedown
8" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on panel

Won't you join me for a glass of wine on the porch?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Welcome to Wellfleet!

Entering Wellfleet
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist board

It's easier to say hello than goodbye...
This is a familiar sign on Cape Cod, "Entering Wellfleet". It's amazing that it was established in 1763 and yet it has retained its pristine and beautiful feel. I sure wish I was there right now.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A window sized painting!

Great Jones, NYC
40" x 30" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
Available at Zullo Gallery

This is the view from my friends Wendy and Bill's place on Great Jones in NYC. We have been lucky enough to have stayed there a few times and I am always inspired by the views outside their windows. With this painting, I decided to capture that by actually painting the frame on of the window. Because of its large size, if you hung this on your wall, it would actually look like your view outside. Cool, huh?

And below are a few detail shots so you can see the palette knife texture up close. I always like how these look like little paintings themselves.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Capt Jack's Wharf

Capt Jack's Wharf
24" x 30" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
I started and finished this painting while working at the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place last weekend. Thanks again to John Jay for sending me such great photos to paint from.

Here is a photo of my original "sketch" stage...

And I took this photo when I was about 3/4 of the way done...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Another Peaceful Solitude

Another Peaceful Solitude
24" x 8" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I decided to paint this boat again on a smaller size canvas but same proportion as the first one. This is a really fun scene to paint, blending one pretty color into another.

After the torrential downpours we had from Hurricane Arthur on July 4th, the rest of the weekend turned out beautiful. Hope yours was too.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

With Uncle Tom
24" x 12" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This painting was done from a photo that my Uncle Tom sent to me of him and my two sisters taken on a beach in Jacksonville. The photos was taken on the same day that the one of me and my mother was taken. The two paintings are the same height so they look pretty great next to each other. I will post a photo of them together soon.

I hope you are enjoying the Fourth Of July on a beach somewhere.

And as usual, here are a few close up shots. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Biking on the Boardwalk

Biking on the Boardwalk
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

I revisited this painting that has been sitting unfinished for awhile now. I wanted to brighten the color of the boardwalk and also accentuate the shadows so that you could see my dad taking the photograph in the bottom right which I think is pretty cool. I also painted in the white border so that I could add the date in on the side like old photos used to have. That's my mom on the far right but everyone thinks she is a cousin because she looks so young!

Looking back at my previous post about this painting  it was almost exactly 2 years ago. Wow. Click here to the read the older post about it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Start of a new series based on family photos

Mommy and Me
24" x 6" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I am really excited to start a new series of paintings based on some old family photos. I painted this one this past weekend and I have 5 others planned, prepped, and ready to go. It's been awhile since the last series and I am so anxious to get them all done. I also love this unique size from Ampersand. All the paintings in the series won't be this size, but I may have to purchase a few more because this was so much fun.

Here are a few close up shots that show the color and the texture of the palette knife a little better.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cape Cod Sunrise

Good Morning, Cape Cod
6" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

I am not a morning person, but last summer while vacationing on Cape Cod I saw this beautiful sunrise coming up through the window and had to get out of bed to take some photos. And yesterday, I finally got around to painting it. Of course, after I was done taking photos, I climbed right back into bed. I was on vacation afterall!

Happy summer, everyone. It's finally here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A little Christmas in June

The Red Inn in Winter II
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
6" x 18" x 2"

Bob saw the SOLD first version I did of this painting hanging at The Red Inn last month and commissioned one of his own. I have to say it was a little weird painting a snow scene while it was 85 degrees outside. While I am not a fan of winter, I don't mind the snow during the holidays. It makes the lights look that much prettier.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Beach Buoys

Beach Buoys
8" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Another painting done from a great photo that John Jay took while in Provincetown. I loved the abstract reflections in the window and the colorful pile of buoys. I might have to paint this one again larger!

I found out that this is of one of the Provincetown dune shacks called Tasha's Dune Shack. Here is a great photo of it taken by photographer Christopher Seufert.

Can you imagine spending several weeks at this place? I think it would be an incredible experience.

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