Friday, September 27, 2013

Opening Reception for UNTAMED

Last night I took some photos of the art reception for the show UNTAMED at the Massachusetts Audubon, Moose Hill Gallery. Great turnout, great food, and great art. It was fun meeting the other artists. 

 Polo discussing his painting with a fellow artist.

 You can see my painting of the Alpaca on the wall in this photo

One of the artists brought his saxophone and entertained us with his other creative talent.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Kitty

Pumpkin Spice Kitty
8" by 6" 
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

This was my demo during the palette knife painting workshop I held on September 14. I was already in a cat zone, having painted so many for my 15+ Pet Commission extravaganza, so why not? And this cat has such wonderful fur that was calling to be painting with my knife. It seems that everything this time of year is called Pumpkin Spice so I decided this kitty would be too.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September Palette Knife Workshop

Last Saturday, I conducted my first palette knife painting workshop, held at The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. I had 5 very enthusiastic participants and we all had a great time painting together, each of us completing 3 paintings. Polo took lots of photos for me that I will share with you here. My next workshop is October 26 and is already full. On December 7 I will do my last one for 2013, hopefully to schedule more in 2014.

 A one on one knife tutorial.

 Everyone setting up their palettes-I supplied all materials so they could just "show up and paint."
 Demo time.

 Joanne, wearing her "Make Art Not War" sweatshirt is hard at work mixing her colors.

 Very focused.

They all stayed a little late to finish up their paintings before they left.



Monday, September 16, 2013

Nike the tomcat

Nike
6" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board
SOLD

Nike looks to me to be the epitomy of a tom cat. When I was growing up we had an orange cat name Hercules that looked very much like Mr Nike here. My husband asked me if all toms were orange. I guess because Herc was, I always thought they all were, but by definition it's just a male domestic cat (that apparently is popular with the lady cats!). Nike has distinguished black marks on his pink nose that I think are so handsome.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Tiger cat

Tiger
6" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board
SOLD

Here's kitty number 3 in the pet parade of Christmas commissions. Little Tiger was photographed in the bath tub-what a riot. I think it's funny that cats like to sit in an empty bath tub because I know when I had a cat, the last thing he wanted to do was to take a bath! But he would sit in the empty bathtub no problem.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Here's Rocky

Rocky
6" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board
SOLD

I've been trying to get at least one portrait done per week for the large set of Christmas pet commissions I have on my plate. Things have been so busy that I need to cram this week and get 3 done. You'll see the other two in upcoming posts.

It is so fun to paint these cute kitty faces...

Friday, September 6, 2013

It's Show Time!


This month is turning out to be quite the month for art shows. How exciting!

Here is the line up so far:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 
6-9pm
My painting group, The Neponset Valley Artists is having a show of our artwork. My paintings Cape Sky on Fire, and Cape Neighbors will be on display. It will be up for the entire month of September.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
6-8pm
Moose Hill Gallery show "Untamed" at Massachusetts Audubon Society in Sharon, MA
My painting  Just Curious was juried into this show. This show will be up through the end of the year.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
7-9pm
Zullo Gallery in Medfield, MA
My painting, Beacon Hill Beauties was juried into this show. This show will be on display through November 9.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Noon to 3:30pm
Country Gardens in Rehobeth, MA
I am participating in this one day art show with some fabulous other artists. The postcard at top of this post is for this show.

Monday, September 2, 2013

The sky is on fire!

Cape Sky on Fire
30" by 30" by 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
SOLD

Happy Labor Day everyone!

When we were on Cape Cod a few weeks ago, there was a strong thunderstorm and afterwards there was the most incredible, breathtaking sky, complete with a full double rainbow and clouds at sunset that made the sky look like it was on fire. It inspired this painting.

I couldn't get the rainbow all in one photo, so below are the left and the right sides of it. This was the view right outside our cottage-amazing.




And here are a few progress shots I took along the way...

This was my set up and sketch. You can see the reference photo that I took both as a print out and on the ipad. It was not manipulated in Photoshop at all-that's how the sky actually looked!

Finished! I was trying out a new thing where I taped the reference photo farther away from my canvas to give me a better sense of the whole.
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