Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snow Day!

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

We are getting clobbered with snow today in the northeast and I just found out our office is closed tomorrow due to the governor declaring a state of emergency. Snow day, yeah!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Angel

8" by 3"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

I painted this angel to mail out as my holiday cards this year and now I am "virtually" sending the same wish for PEACE to all my creative blogger friends. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Peanut Butter Kiss cookies

These peanut butter cookies with the chocolate kiss on top have always been my favorite cookie. For the past couple of years, I've made them as holiday treats for the wonderful people in my painting group. This year, I painted mini palette knife paintings of the cookies to use as gift tags. I found these tags at AC Moore and they had a nice canvas texture finish on them perfect for painting on.

Here are a few shots of the final packages.

What's your favorite holiday cookie?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mini Masterpiece 2010 ornament collection

Mini Renoir ornament, Girls at the Piano
Oil with a palette knife
3.25" x 2.5" framed in gold

Mini Renoir ornament, Two Sisters
Oil with a palette knife
3.25" x 2.5" framed in gold

Mini Renoir ornament, Girls Putting Flowers on their Hats
Oil with a palette knife
3.25" x 2.5" framed in gold

Mini Cassatt ornament, The Bath
Oil with a palette knife
3.25" x 2.5" framed in gold

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mini masterpieces for your tree

I bought 4 of these gold frames last year at Crate and Barrel. I wish I had bought more because I can't find them this year. They are perfect for my teeny tiny mini masters. If you happen to see them anywhere, please let me know!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

teeny tiny mini masters

These tiny paintings are only about 2" by 3' each based on... well I hope you can tell which famous paintings these were based on. Do you have a favorite painting?

I also have some teeny tiny ornament frames all ready to frame these up so why not hang some teeny tiny mini masters on your tree this year in celebration of your love of art? Will post again once they are framed up.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Naughty or nice?

Oil with palette knife on cradled artist board
4"x 4" x 1.5"

I recently rediscovered a 1999 LL Bean holiday catalog cover that I had saved all these years because I was so enamored and touched by the simplicity of the jolly Santa face. I knew that I had to do a palette knife painting version of it.

How to finish the sides of these cradled artist board paintings has been an ongoing experiment. Here I "stained" the sides with leftover red paint I had on the palette and I like the effect.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Jedi Jack

My friend Joan sent me this cute picture of her son Jackson pretending to be a Jedi Warrior. His light saber sure looks scary to me!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Palette Knife Poinsetta

Pretty Poinsetta
4" by 4"

Poinsettas are pretty satisfying to paint with a palette knife. The reds, the greens, like butter.
Happy Holiday decorating everyone.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Perfect Tree

The Perfect Tree
2" by 3"

It's that time of year to pick out the perfect tree if you haven't already done so. What a treasured family event it can be. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

At the lake house

My high school friend Bobbi's 2 beautiful girls! Just like their mother, they love Canada and the water.

All of the drawings I complete will be posted on The Sketchbook Project's website.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More Holiday Minis

This weekend, I painted some more holiday mini vignettes. After I took photos of these three, I painted three more, which I'll post as soon as I can get good photos of them. These are so much fun to paint I may not ever stop.

I dare you



Friday, November 26, 2010

Palette Knife Demo

This past week, I was asked to do a palette knife painting demo for the Blackstone Valley Art Association meeting. I was so pleased that everyone came out on such a busy holiday week. I learned so much from the experience.

Here are some photos from the evening.

Members assembling... eager to ask questions. I actually sliced myself with the palette knife I had in my hand at the time as I was talking. Who knew they were that sharp?

I introduced the group to my palette knife family.

Two members wanted to paint along with me.

One painted flowers...

...while the other painted an figurative abstract. I think they both came out great!

One member wanted to get an up close view of the painting technique.

Afterwards, the others came up to take a closer look.

While I didn't finish the painting, this is where I stopped.

And here is my palette by the end of the evening. I'd say it was time for a scrape!

This Thanksgiving week, I want to thank the BVAA for allowing me to share my passion for palette knife painting. What a welcoming, enthusiastic group.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I'm getting into the Holiday spirit

Snow Family


Barn Door Wreathe

While I'm not quite ready for snow, I am getting into the holiday spirit already which is unusual for me. I had this idea of creating hand painted gift tags and after looking through some old Christmas cards for inspiration, I sketched out a whole sheet of ideas onto canvas paper. After painting these first three in painting class, others thought that they would make great little paintings instead.

Who knows what I'll end up doing with them, but they sure were fun to paint. And I have ideas for several more sheets of holiday paintings to come. So stay tuned for more holiday spirit spilling out onto canvas via the palette knives soon.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Favorite Dress and Licorice

My friend Robin wrote that this was her "favoritest dress ever!" I think those are licorice sticks they are holding, probably given to them by the photographer to get them to smile. Doesn't look like they needed a lot of help. Can't you just hear the giggles?

These are the same sisters that appeared in this black and white painting I did awhile ago.

She and her sister wearing twinsy outfits is so adorable.

All of the drawings I complete will be posted on The Sketchbook Project's website.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Young Paul

Thanks to Paul for the photo reference of his younger self I found among his FB photos. A classic!

All of the drawings I complete will be posted on The Sketchbook Project's website.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Sweet Mabel. The photo I used as reference was taken at her dad's marriage to my good friend, Wendy.

All of the drawings I complete will be posted on The Sketchbook Project's website.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dennis and Dad

Another drawing done from a photo stolen, I mean borrowed, from a friend's Facebook photo album. This is Dennis with his dad. So cute.

All of the drawings I complete will be posted on The Sketchbook Project's website.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tim's Gang

I saw this photo of my friend, Tim, among his Facebook photos and just had to add it to my Boys and Girls sketchbook. That's him in the glasses and plaid shirt. Looks like something out of Our Gang, right? They just need the Petey the dog to complete the image. What fun this was to study and draw each "character".

All of the drawings I complete will be posted on The Sketchbook Project's website.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Things are still Looking Up!

Looking Up
Oil with a palette knife on cradled artist panel
8" x 8"

I painted this in one session from a reference photo I borrowed from our instructor, Kim. During critique, everyone said that this should have been my "Looking Up" submission for the November show at Gallery 9. Ah, well. too late.

But the First Friday reception for the Looking Up show was a great success. All of the paintings were so interesting, I couldn't stop looking at them. Here is a shot of them all hung up together.

The gallery also had a canvas set up at the show and artists were encouraged to paint a portion of the painting. The painting will be auctioned off to raise money for the Norwood Food Pantry. What a great idea. Here is Polo adding one of his signature apples to the painting.
Here is what the painting looked like at the end of the evening. My contribution was the wallpaper.
Check out more photos from the event here.
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