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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MacMillan Pier is a ribbon winner

MacMillan Pier, Provincetown
8" x 10"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

I was pleased to find out that this painting I entered into the Spring Foxboro Art Association won an honorable mention ribbon. The juror, Robin Wessman took the time to write a little something about each painting he awarded a ribbon. Here is what he wrote about this piece:

 "This painting 'feels' like summer! Bright light, scene itself & colors. Picked out things that highlight what summer on water is all about."

For someone who loves summer, this was so great to hear!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Red Inn 12 : : A New Perspective

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

For Number 12 in the series of Red Inn paintings, I took a slightly different perspective than the previous 11 versions. I decided to focus more on the beautiful gardens and the flowers so the fence and the road take on less of an important role in the composition. Painting all of those greens was challenging but adding all the bits of yellow, orange, and red for the flowers was really satisfying. I even included the tiny statue dedicated to the memory of a very dear friend of the inn, Reenie, on the left hand side.

Friday, March 3, 2017

My favorite assemblages

Last July, Polo and I had an assemblage art show that we call "Awesomeblage." I realized I never posted some of my favorites. These were so much fun and many have found new homes. Can you tell what items were used for each piece?

Robot Angel

Forest Monk

Money Purse


Barbershop Quartet (still looking for a tenor)
Some Pig

Monday, February 13, 2017

Funny Faces

Funny Faces
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

I had this sketched out on a board awhile ago and kind of forgot about it until I was cleaning some things in the basement. The inspiration for this painting was an old family photo that my friend Sarah posted of her, her brothers, and their friends. The original photo was black and white and I originally started to paint it in shades of gray but it just wasn't working. So I restarted it again in color and had fun just imagining what the colors might be or what colors I wanted them to be. I hadn't painted one of my family photos in a while so this was really, really enjoyable.

Below is an "in progress" shot. For these paintings of old family photos, I tape off the sides with masking tape so that I have a nice clean edge to paint the photo border in last.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

In the News

Entering Foxboro
16" by 16"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

The local Foxboro newspaper did a story on our art gallery and the artists who have done Patriot themed work. Both my and Polo's artwork was featured. The painting above of the Entering Foxboro sign was shown. This painting just sold this past December, bought by a local woman as a gift for her husband for Christmas.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inspired in Maine

Lords Point, Maine
16" x 16" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

For our 15th wedding anniversary this year, we spent a couple of days up in Kennebunkport, Maine. It snowed the first day, and while cold, it made for very picturesque views. We drove along the coastline, and took lots of pictures to use for painting inspiration. This was one of the views that was calling me to paint it. The orange glow of the sky along the horizon behind these amazing homes nestled out on the peninsula is what caught my attention. As well as the flock of seagulls that were flying, swimming, and hanging out along the beach.

Here are a few closeups of the birds in the painting...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It's January-time to think of summer

22 Milestone Way
8" by 10"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

This cute little cottage is where we spent a fabulous week last August-Maushop Village on Cape Cod. I painted this for my good friend Danielle's birthday so that she can be reminded of our summer fun all year long.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas one and all!

A Vintage Christmas Postcard
6" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on board

Here is hoping Santa brings you everything you wish for this Christmas.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ptown from Space

Ptown from Space
24" x 30"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Another painting inspired by an image taken from space by This is Provincetown, Massachusetts-the very tip of Cape Cod. I noticed after I took the photo of this painting, that it kind of looks like an elf shoe. A subtle nod to Christmas at this time of year. Also, just for fun, I added a very tiny small red dot that indicates where the Red Inn is located.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Entering Boston's Public Garden

Entering The Public Garden
12" x 36" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I took the photo that I used as inspiration for this painting just last Thursday. I have been amazed how long the colors of fall have lasted this year. I don't know if that is because of the drought we had this summer, but I sure am enjoying it.

Last Friday was our last day in the Back Bay of Boston before our office move to the Financial District. I had been taking photos of the area during my lunch time to get some painting inspiration. When I saw this view, I knew it had to become a painting. I was able to start and finish it this weekend while working at The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cape Cod Afternoon

Cape Cod Afternoon
11" x 14" x .75"
oil with a palette knife on cradled artist board

This painting was inspired by a photo I took while on vacation on Cape Cod this past August. The light on the Cape is like no other-whether in the morning or the afternoon. We could see the sun rise through our bedroom window over the ocean and then in the afternoon the light would come from behind us and cast beautiful colors and shadows on an already beautiful place. We have been vacationing here-Maushop Village in New Seabury-for many years and always have a fun, yet relaxing time. How I wish the summer was not over, I miss this.
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