Friday, April 26, 2013

The Best Compliment

I love it when I happen upon blog posts like this. It is the greatest compliment for an artist to hear when others respond positively to your art. 

"This lovely painting made me want to run outside and paint!"

Please visit this art teacher's blog to see the full post:

My take away is "Never stop learning!"

Saturday, April 20, 2013

We have our city back!

Trinity Church, Boston
6" by 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

I am so thankful to everyone that helped to get our city back yesterday. What a week it has been. We can now properly grieve for those that were lost and pray for the recovery of those that were critically injured.

Last week, I was sent a 6" by 8" Raymar canvas board from the Zullo Gallery in Medfield and asked to paint the subject of my choosing which would then be sold at their Annual Art Festival to raise money for renovations and improvements for this non profit gallery. While looking through my photos trying to envision what I wanted to paint, I came across a close up photo I had taken of Trinity Church, an iconic image in Boston, which is located right in the heart of Back Bay and knew that it what I wanted to paint.

It makes me feel very proud of the beautiful city I call home.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Joined at the Hip

Joined At The Hip
(50-51 Beacon Street)
10" x 8" x .75"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled artist board

More Beacon Street but much smaller this time. I loved how these two buildings look like they belong together, joined at the hip forever near the top of Beacon Hill.

Today is a holiday in Massachusetts, Patriots Day, for the running of the Boston Marathon. I so love having this random day off of work even though taxes are still due today. Spoils the fun a little bit this year.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cape House Shadows

Cape House Shadows
24"x 24" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
SOLD at The Red Inn

I painted this while working at The Gallery again this past weekend. I took the reference photo while we were visiting Provincetown last year and I loved the shadows that this tree was casting on the house. And the deep blue of the sky was such a nice contrast.

After a quick start, I took this photo below because the shapes began looking like an interesting abstract painting. It wasn't where I wanted to go with it, but I really liked the way it looked at this early stage and I wanted to capture that for down the road when perhaps I might want to try abstract painting.

Polo and I also set up our display after the Foxboro Art Association show came down. Here is where we ended up. We both have some larger paintings now, which look great on the wall.

And this was interesting, as we were getting ready to leave, I noticed that Polo and I both used the same size canvas and similar colors for our weekend paintings. Don't they look like they belong together?  Like Soulmates, just like us-awww.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cityscenes available at 13Forest Gallery

This collection of Boston City Scenes (and one from New York) is available at 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, MA. If you haven't checked out this gallery either in person or online, please do. They have a unique collection of art and artists.

How quickly can you pick out the one that is not Boston?

Boston from the Footbridge
9" x 12" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

The Littlest Bar, Province Street Boston
Oil with a palette knife on cradled artist board
14" x 11"

Boston Uncommon
14" x 11" x .75"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled artist panel

The Penthouse Suite
Oil with a palette knife on canvas
10" x 10"

View from 500 Boylston
12" x 12" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

Boston Opera House (revisited)
12" x 12" x .75"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

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