Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Opening day for the new Walpole Library

Today is the opening of the brand new library in Walpole, MA my hometown. Our painting group, The NVA, was asked to be the first to exhibit their paintings on the walls of the new library entrance. The photos above show the new display showcasing the fabulous art of our talented group.

Cindy, Haydi, and Nancy helped Frank coordinate the artistic arrangement of our artwork. And one of our members, Diane, was asked to paint a watercolor of the new library to print on the Grand Opening invitations. I will post that as soon as I can get a picture of it.

This is a real thrill for all of us and for the town. The new library will be an exciting place for the community to come together. It's way more than books!

...and Happy Leap Day everyone!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Why did the kitty cross the road?

Cat Crossing
6" x 6" x .75"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

When I started this painting, I realized my lines and perspective weren't quite right, so I scraped it off and then turned the reference photo and my canvas board upside down. This really helped me to see that the lines in the road weren't really curved as I originally thought, they were straight. I continued to paint the entire painting upside down, just capturing the abstract shapes and colors that I saw. It was an interesting exercise in how your mind can play tricks on you and in "painting what you see and not what you know."

So why did the kitty cross the road? Probably to find a a nice, quiet place to nap.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Renoir redos

Remember the Renoir commissions that mysteriously disappeared in the mail? Well, they never resurfaced so I painted them again. I debated over whether I should use the ones I painted last time as reference or use the print outs I had of the original Renoirs. I opted to look at the original paintings. I knew they wouldn't be exactly the same, but at least I was starting at the same point. I was happy with how they came out and my customer is happy too. I am now an expert at every detail in these paintings. I need to go to the MFA soon and see the real ones in person.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cocktail hour in Provincetown

Cocktail Hour in Provincetown
8" x 8" x 1.5"
oil with a palette knife on cradled panel

This was our view while sipping martinis from Faneezi's in Provincetown during my birthday weekend. The light was just incredible. The locals seemed to think-"oh yeah, it's like this all the time." But I was snapping away with my camera as the light kept changing.

And here are a couple of chunky delicious close ups.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Family Beach Day, Jacksonville 1966

Family Beach Day, Jacksonville, 1966
Oil with a palette knife on cradled panel
18" x 18" x 1.5"

Today is my middle sister's birthday so I thought this would be an appropriate painting to post for today. That's her in the white two piece. I just love her pose-such a sun worshipper,

I painted this last weekend while working at the Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. My uncle recently sent me the photo taken in Jacksonville Florida. That little shy one on the left is me. I thought this photo has such a classic feel to it and I remember that red wool blanket well. It appears in many of our family's photos from that time.

I've included a couple of progress shots I took along the way.

This was such fun to paint at this size. I taped off the edges so that I'd have a clean white border around the image in the end. As a finishing touch, I will be adding the date in the border as old snapshots of that time often had.
I think if I keep painting beach scenes, summer will be here before I know it.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mini Boston paintings

I thought it would be funny to show these 3 mini Boston paintings in scale with something small so I photographed them with the penny. I am excited to see how these will look framed up and ready to sell. Cheers!

These mini Boston paintings are available at Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Getaway to Provincetown

This past weekend we took a getaway trip up to Provincetown, the very tip of Cape Cod. During the summer, Ptown is full of crazy activity but in the winter, it is quiet and wonderful. What an inspirational place to be for an artist. I've include some shots here to give you a flavor.

I loved this sign that was outside a gallery near the beach.

There are art galleries everywhere you turn. And I turned to see Polo in the window reflection of one.

Only in Ptown might you see a Christmas Tree like this made from lobster traps and buoys.

This harbor is probably filled with boats in the summertime.

We loved looking at the fishing boats.

The very photogenic Red Inn.

Cutesy store.

Another cutesy store.

The dunes had a very Southwestern feel about them.

This is the street where we were staying. A view to the ocean at the end.

Cutesy houses everywhere you turn.

Amazing sunset glows

Have you heard about all the dolphins beaching themselves? We happened upon one poor guy who had already been tagged. So sad.

On our way home we stopped in Hyannisport and had a car picnic. This was our view.

Great trip and wonderful way to celebrate my 50th (gulp) year on earth.
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