I found this guy on morguefile.com awhile ago and I had printed him out as a reference photo for my palette knife painting workshops last year. I was looking for something to paint at class last week and found him in my folder. He was calling to me. "Hoo" wants to paint me? "Yoo, You Do!"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled Blick Studio Artist Board SOLD
My sister asked if I would paint this for her boss who is leaving her position to go back to teaching this year. What a good looking family, huh? I love that the dog is looking at them instead of the camera. Too funny. Apparently they take the same family picture every year.
I painted the faces first since I knew that would be the toughest part to get right. I remembered to take a photo of it before I completed it the next day. I think it looks kind of interesting with just the five heads floating on the orange background.
My sister plans to give it to her this week. Hope she likes it!
Well-it's December! November went by way too fast and now the Christmas season is upon us. We weren't expecting it, but we did have a white Thanksgiving this year. While I am not a fan of snow, I have to say that it was really a pretty snow. Not enough to shovel and create those gray piles on the side of the road, but enough to blanket everything in white and make it look very picturesque. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board
My cousin asked me to paint this scene of his son in law and grandkids at the beach. I normally would post some "in progress" photos but I guess I was in the zone because this worked up so fast, I finished it in one session and I forgot to stop and take photos along the way.
But here are a few close up shots so you can get a better sense of the palette knife textures.
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord SOLD
John Jay and Patrick, collectors who have purchased a couple of my paintings in the past, asked me if I would do a painting of their inn in Provincetown. They just purchased the inn this year and had a fantastic first year entertaining guests in this beautiful place on Cape Cod. While we were visiting friends in Provincetown a few weekends ago, we stopped by and got a first class tour of the inn. What a treat. I was so glad I could get a firsthand experience of the place I was about to put to canvas.
And as I like to do, here is a process shot as well as a few close ups of the painting:
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.
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord SOLD
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist board SOLD
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.
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.
is an award winning artist who paints exclusively with a palette knife. She holds a fine art degree and has worked as a professional graphic designer for many years. She began painting in oil again after taking a palette knife workshop through the Copley Society of Art in Boston and was immediately hooked. The thick, painterly, yet highly detailed strokes of color are trademarks of her style.