Friday, December 30, 2011

Romance is in the air

After Renoir's Dance at the Bougival

12" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

After Renoir's Grand Canal, Venice
9" by 12"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

I had so much fun painting my mini masters ornament series that I was thrilled when someone saw my work at Custom Art Framing and Gallery 9 and asked if I would paint two small Renoirs on commission. She saw these two paintings at the MFA in Boston and it sparked an idea to give them as a thank you gift in return for a trip to Italy that her friend planned for them next week. Nice!

Today also marks Polo and my 10th wedding anniversary so romance is definitely in the air!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Commission

Maproom Cafe at the BPL

8" by 8" by 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled panel

A friend saw a larger version of this painting of mine at an art exhibit and asked if I would paint a smaller one to give as a Christmas gift to her friend. This was a really interesting exercise in that I was able to paint this really quickly due to the fact that I had already painted it larger. The knife strokes came quicker and felt more confident because I already knew where I was going. Click here to see te larger version I did a few months back.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hot cocoa

Hot Cocoa
6" by 6"
oil with a palette knife on canvas

On a cold day like this, doesn't a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows sound nice?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Just for you

Just for you

6" x 6"

oil with a palette knife on canvas

In my last post I mentioned that I really didn't care for the crowded malls and gift giving pressure of the holidays. But as much as a dislike the shopping, I love the wrapping. It's my favorite part. I am somewhat of a hoarder when it comes to ribbons, bags, and do dads that can be added to packages to make them more festive. I love using what I already have and recycling (or regifting?) things on packages. Ask my friends Carol and Danielle who I made take a gift wrapping seminar with me a few years back. Yes-that's right, a seminar! What a blast.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Decorating for the holidays

These Three Stars

3" by 4"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

A tiny challenge in neutral colors.

This weekend we finally are able to decorate the house for Christmas. Tree...check, stockings...check, wreathe...check. I am actually in the spirit already which is unusual. I just really hate the crowds and the malls. I just wish there wasn't that buying and gift giving pressure every year. The holidays would be just fine without it in my opinion.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A family of palette knife portraits

Brian, Patrick, Erin, and Cathleen

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

My cousin Shelley asked me to paint portraits of her kids as a gift to her husband for their 30th wedding anniversary. I found this frame that had a mat with four cut opening each measuring 3" square so I used that as my inspiration to tie them all together.

Here are close ups of each portrait:





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