Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Little Sox Fan

Little Sox Fan

14" x 11" 

Oil with palette knives on cradled 1.5" board

Available


I've been working on a series of little girls called "Las Ninas". This painting was inspired by a copyright free photo I found on Pixabay.com but I changed several things about it. I added the red hat and the Red Sox logo to her shirt. I added the wicker basket and the black and white kitten peering out of it. There was also a boy in the background that I removed. I wanted to focus on just her.

I love painting photos of summertime images in the middle of winter. It makes me feel that warm weather will soon be here again.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Entering Falmouth commission

Entering Falmouth II

16" x 16"

oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

SOLD

Heather saw the Entering signs I had on display at the Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place in Foxboro and asked if I had one for Entering Falmouth. I had painted one last year but that one sold so I offered to create a new one for her.

That's the Nobska Lighthouse shown in the background and that road is where the famous Falmouth Road Race marathon goes through each year.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Pickled red onions as Christmas gifts

Pickled Red Onion Tags

Approx. 2" x 4"

Oil with palette knives on board

Not for sale

I'm still catching up on my Christmas posts! I painted these tags as gifts for my art pals. I love pickled red onions and the pinkish red color is just right as a gift for the holidays. I actually used the onions as my models for each painting before they got cut up to pickle.

I put the onions in these cute jars I purchased at Michael's and then added the ribbons and tiny forks to each one. 



Here is how the group looked all together. I'm really happy with how they came out-I might post these images on Pinterest. I found tons of recipes for pickled red onions on Pinterest, but I don't think anyone else has thought to give them as homemade gifts like this for Christmas.



Friday, January 20, 2023

New paint pour/palette knife painting combo


Xtasea (Long Point Lighthouse)

16 x 40

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Available 

Last September, Polo and I took a wonderful sailboat trip in Provincetown on the Bay Lady II. This painting was inspired by the view we had sailing by the Long Point Lighthouse and beach.

I created the water and sky using an acrylic paint pour technique. Then once that was dry, I painted the sailboat, lighthouse, and beach, and land using my palette knives.

Here's a link to a movie I created showing you the paint pour process. It was very messy but a lot of fun.



Thursday, January 12, 2023

The famous Lobster Pot in Provincetown


The Lobster Pot, Provincetown
20" x 16"
oil with palette knives on board
SOLD

Chris asked if I would paint this famous restaurant on Commercial Street in Provincetown as a Christmas gift for his mother. He and his siblings spent a lot of time in Ptown as kids and they have many family memories there.

Mary Ann loved the painting and it is now hung in their living room for all to see.


I just learned that the Lobster Pot is up for sale. Only $14 million. I wish only the best for this iconic restaurant’s future.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Colorful Provincetown II

Colorful Provincetown II

24" x 36"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

SOLD

Diane and Annie were admiring the first version I did of this painting hanging at Cafe Heaven on Commercial Street in Provincetown and asked if I would paint them their own version of it. 

Here is the link to the post about the first painting.

Their painting will hang in their home on the scenic Shore Road in Truro.

I took a few photos of the painting in process along the way. 




Monday, January 2, 2023

A Very Meowy Christmas

Owen

6" x 6"

Oil with palette knives on board

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday. 

I realized that I didn't get a chance to post anything in December and that's because I was busy working on commissions. I couldn't post them until their new owners received them as gifts. So now I get to share with you what I've been working on. 

First up is this cutie, Owen. His owner named him that because Owen kind of sounds like "orange". Owen had a good life but recently went over the rainbow bridge so Donna asked if I would paint him so Sandy would be able to see his cute face every day and be reminded of what a special cat he was to her.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Entering Dennisport

Entering Dennisport

16" x 16"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

SOLD

John saw my collection of entering signs at the Art Gallery at Patriot Place and asked if I would paint one of Dennisport where he and his wife have a summer cottage. He also asked that I include their favorite restaurant, The Ocean House, in the background. Looks like a great place to enjoy the ocean breezes and the beautiful sunsets.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Entering Patriot Nation

Entering Patriot Nation

16" x 16"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

It's New England Patriots football season so I thought I'd add a new addition to my Entering signs collection. Theres is a lot of construction going on at Gillette Stadium right now. They are redoing the tower at the entrance (depicted in this painting). It's supposed to have seats up there to view the game-and you would probably get a really great view of the fly over of the fighter jets-also depicted in my painting.

I also included the Pro Shop where you can load up on your Pats gear as well as the Patriots Hall of Fame where you can load up on your Patriots football history knowledge.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Pat Hat Girl

Little Pats Fan

14" x 11"

Oil with palette knives on cradled board

Available $500

A photo taken by Dmitriy Gutarev that I found on pixabay.com inspired this painting. Pixabay is a great resource for artists since it's loaded with great images that are all free to use. I added the Patriot logo to her hat which I thought was a fun touch. 

What I loved about painting this was trying to figure out how to use my knives to create the different textures from the wool scarf to the knit hat and the fluffy snow.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Entering Charlestown

Entering Charlestown

16" x 16"

Oil with knives on Ampersand Gessobord

SOLD

Scott saw some of my other Entering signs online and asked if I had ever done one for Charlestown,MA. I hadn't. After a little research, I discovered that Charlestown does not have its own sign since it is considered a "neighborhood" of Boston. After a little more digging, I found that Charlestown had been a town in 1628 before being annexed in to Boston, so I mocked up the sign using 1628 as the date. In the background you can see the Bunker Hill monument as well as the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) both of which are iconic landmarks in the town.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Happy Halloween!

Snowflake

6" x 6"

Oil with palette knives on board

Here is a cute black cat face for your Halloween. 

Arielle asked if I would paint this portrait for her friends who recently lost her. If you were to guess what this cute kitty's name was, Snowflake would probably not even be on the list. Maybe he loved snow? The eyes of this kitty are mesmerizing though, aren't they? 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Red Inn with Peonies

Red Inn with Peonies II

8" x 10" oil with palette knives on board

SOLD

David saw a painting at the red inn that had been already sold and asked if I would paint another one as a gift for his husband for Christmas. Dan is a huge fan of the red inn and is also a big gardener so this painting had the both of his favorite things.

I framed it up in a simple white frame.



Thursday, October 20, 2022

Cathy's Best Friend

Flowers from Paul

8" x 10"

Oil with palette knives on board

My sister Cathy has neighbor named Paul. He is the cutest little nugget of love and he considers Cathy his best friend. They play tennis and other games and have so much fun together. Cathy is heartbroken because Paul and his family are moving away soon so I decided to paint this picture for her as a gift for her recent birthday. 

Cathy sent me this cute photo of her and Paul with the painting.



Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Old Colony Tap in Provincetown

Afternoon at the Old Colony Tap

Approx 8.5" x 11"

Oil on rough wood board 

This painting depicts the interior of an iconic staple in Provincetown on Commercial Street called The Old Colony Tap. Since we had never been inside before, we decided to stop in for a quick beer on a hot afternoon during one of our last visits to Ptown. A place that locals have hung out for years, the history on the walls (and ceiling) of this place is priceless.

The rough wood surface I used for this painting is from Michaels Arts and Crafts store. I've used this surface before on a couple of previous paintings. I think it gives the painting a rustic feel that goes well with the subject matter. 

This painting was difficult to photograph due to its rough edge and darker colors. The photo above is a little light/blown out. Here is another image I took that is a little too dark.

I think this photo below I took while it was still in progress shows the color best. 







Thursday, October 6, 2022

Daddy's Big Girl

Daddy's Big Girl
9" x 12"
Oil with palette knives on board

Brian asked me to paint a photo of him and his daughter Julianna that he said was their favorite image of the two of them together. An interesting challenge was that in the photo, they both were wearing masks since it was taken during COVID. So I had to recreate the missing parts of their faces.

Another challenge was that he wanted to keep the type on her hat that read "Hooray, I rocked the first day of PRE-K". So I painted the area with black acrylic first and painted over it with the red oil paint color of the hat. Then using my handy dandy wipe out tool, I "lifted up" the red paint to reveal the black underneath. Not sure how else I would have been able to do this without this technique.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Entering Keating

Entering Keating

16" x 16"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Mike saw a painting I had done called Entering Sandwich and got an idea. He asked that I replace the town name with the name Keating. He was staying at his friends' home, the Keatings, in Falmouth and wanted to give them a gift. So he asked if I would paint the sign again, but replace the town name with the family's last name. It was an interesting idea and I do love a challenge!

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Path Home

The Path Home (Maynard Studio)

8" x 10"

Oil with palette knives on board

SOLD

While visiting Ptown last June, this home along Commercial Street stopped me in my tracks and shouted "Paint Me." I later found out that this was the former home and studio of the artist Bill Maynard. It was purchased in 2020 and completely renovated. They did a beautiful job updating it while still maintaining the history of this cute home. They added the amazing garden in the front and back that help to complete the home's curb appeal. Here is a link their Instagram page that documents the entire process.



Friday, September 16, 2022

Olives or Twist?

Olives or Twist
11" x 14"
Oil with palette knives on board
SOLD
 
This painting was inspired by a wonderful dinner we had at The Red Inn in Provincetown this past June. We were celebrating Polo's birthday and a friend offered to buy us a few fancy cocktails before our reservation. The weather was fantastic, and this view unbeatable, making everything taste even more delicious.

I hope you are enjoying a nice cocktail of choice on this lovely Friday.

I chose a simple white frame to finish it off. 


The new owner of this painting sent me a photo of the painting hanging in his outdoor pool bar. Fun!



Monday, September 12, 2022

New commission from an old family photo

Peg and Lorraine at Nubble Light

11" x 14"

Oil with palette knives on board

As a birthday gift, Grace asked if I would paint from an image of her partner from a favorite family photo of her with her mother at Nubble Light in Maine. We debated about leaving the cigarette in her hand or not, but in the end we thought it was part of the classic feel of the image and of Peg's personality.

I love to paint from family photos so if you have one you'd like to turn in to a painting, send me an email at anngorbett@gmail.com along with your image and I'll make some size recommendations along with pricing options. 


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