Thursday, June 30, 2011

My sketchbook is available for online viewing

I received an email from The Sketchbook Project that my sketchbook has been digitized and is now available for viewing online in their Digital Library. How fun is that? There are thousands of amazing sketchbooks available for viewing now. Get inspired to sign up for the next Sketchbook Project!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The farmer's market is open for business

Flowers from the Farmer's Market
7" by 5"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

There is a wonderful farmer's market in downtown Boston that is open every Tuesday and Friday during the summer and fall. I love to stroll down there at lunch time and see all of the beautiful vegetables, fruits, herbs, and especially the colorful flowers.

This painting above was done several years ago, but I'm recycling it here because it reminds me of summer and the farmer's market. Here are a few shots I took last summer that may inspire future paintings:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Catalog fun

This was just a fun Photoshop experiment. I took images of two of my paintings with their frames and wanted to see how they would look in different rooms and settings. So I found some interior shots from online catalogs and practiced my Photoshop skills by placing my images within them. Magic!

Majestic Pine
12" x 12"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas
$300 framed

Shady Maple
12" x 12"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas
$300 framed

Trees in the family room.

Trees in the living room.

Trees in the bedroom.
And if you haven't yet seen this blog called Catalog Living, you have to check out the adventures of Gary and Elaine as they tell their story through catalog photos. It's hysterical.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Catman has found a home

One of my collectors just purchased "Catman" and sent me this photo of him in his new home. Isn't it fun to see paintings in their environment? He looks pretty happy to be there overseeing all the goings on in the living room.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sheep's clothing

Here's 2 Ewe
8" by 8"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled panel

I needed a lighthearted subject to paint during class last night and the cute face of the sheep in this photo was just inviting me to paint it. The textures of the hay, barn, and the sheep's fleece were great fun to paint with the palette knife and this worked up rather quickly for me. You can't really see it in this image, but I used a combination of many colors on my palette to create the deep dark interior of the barn to give it interest and depth.

Don't they look like fun company for lunch?

A few chunky delicious close ups....

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