Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Bobby and Sue
8" x 10"
Oil with a palette knife

I painted this for my cousin. He asked me to paint it awhile ago for him and I finally got around to it so I am sending it to him as a surprise Christmas present.

I wish for you and your family a wonderful holiday season. I hope you get everything you wished for.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wise Guy

Wise Guy
6" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas panel

I found this guy on awhile ago and I had printed him out as a reference photo for my palette knife painting workshops last year. I was looking for something to paint at class last week and found him in my folder.  He was calling to me. "Hoo" wants to paint me? "Yoo, You Do!"

Monday, December 8, 2014

A new family portrait commission

Meg's Family
9" x 12" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled Blick Studio Artist Board

My sister asked if I would paint this for her boss who is leaving her position to go back to teaching this year. What a good looking family, huh? I love that the dog is looking at them instead of the camera. Too funny. Apparently they take the same family picture every year.

I painted the faces first since I knew that would be the toughest part to get right. I remembered to take a photo of it before I completed it the next day. I think it looks kind of interesting with just the five heads floating on the orange background.

My sister plans to give it to her this week. Hope she likes it!

Monday, December 1, 2014

A White Thanksgiving

The Red Inn in White
6" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

Well-it's December! November went by way too fast and now the Christmas season is upon us. We weren't expecting it, but we did have a white Thanksgiving this year. While I am not a fan of snow, I have to say that it was really a pretty snow. Not enough to shovel and create those gray piles on the side of the road, but enough to blanket everything in white and make it look very picturesque. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The Red Inn looks good in white don't you think?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Beach Boys

Beach Boys
24" x 18"x 3/4"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

My cousin asked me to paint this scene of his son in law and grandkids at the beach. I normally would post some "in progress" photos but I guess I was in the zone because this worked up so fast, I finished it in one session and I forgot to stop and take photos along the way. 

But here are a few close up shots so you can get a better sense of the palette knife textures.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Inn at Cook Street

The Inn At Cook Street
12" x 24" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

John Jay and Patrick, collectors who have purchased a couple of my paintings in the past, asked me if I would do a painting of their inn in Provincetown. They just purchased the inn this year and had a fantastic first year entertaining guests in this beautiful place on Cape Cod. While we were visiting friends in Provincetown a few weekends ago, we stopped by and got a first class tour of the inn. What a treat. I was so glad I could get a firsthand experience of the place I was about to put to canvas.

And as I like to do, here is a process shot as well as a few close ups of the painting:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A New Commission-St Stephens in the North End

St. Stephens Church, North End, Boston
20" x 16"
Oil with a palette knife on board

Chris and Lynne saw some of my Boston paintings at The Artists Studio an Gallery at Patriot Place and asked if I would paint a piece for them of this beautiful church where they got married. They were lucky enough to also have lived around the corner from this church on Clark Street in the North End of Boston. I hope that the painting will continue to be a wonderful reminder of the great memories they shared there.

Here are some photos I took along the way that shows you how I started and then moved through the painting in sections to completion.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Capt Jack's Wharf number 2

Capt Jack's Wharf II
24" x 30"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Mitch saw the first painting I had done of this view hanging at The Red Inn and loved it. It had already been sold so he and asked if I would paint another one for him. I completed this second version while working at The Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place this past weekend. Makes me long for summer to return.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Good Morning again

Good Morning, Cape Cod II
6" x 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

A patron at The Red Inn saw the first painting I did of this sunrise with a SOLD sign on it and loved it so much that they requested to have another one painted for them. When someone commissions a painting I have done before, I often struggle with whether I should look my original source to paint it or from an image of the previous painting. I find I have more success if I work like it's the first time I'm doing it, by looking at my original source material. It is then interesting to look at the two side by side to see how I made decisions the same or differently.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rediscovering charcoal

This past weekend, while on vacation in the beautiful Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod, Polo and I practiced drawing with charcoal. We bought 3 different kinds that came in several hardnesses. It was really fun and quick to experiment with different marks and shading techniques. It brought back fond memories of art school.

Here are some (not so great) photos from my sketchbook. I can't decide which is my favorite-do you have one?


This is Polo fishing...

These are my feet on vacation...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Red Inn VIII and new gallery space

The Red Inn VIII
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
12" x 36" x 2"
I painted this over the weekend while working at the new gallery space for the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. The new space is bright and open-the perfect combination for painting. Below is a photo I took after the first day of painting and then I finished it up the next day. This is the eighth time painting the inn at this size but I've also painted 4 others at a smaller 6" x 18" size as well. I'm pretty sure I could paint the inn in my sleep now!

Here is a shot of my designated wall at the gallery. I like it because people can see my art through the window as they stroll by. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier

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

My friend Danielle wanted a one on one painting class with me so she came to the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place when I was working a few weekends ago. She picked out this image because she is from Michigan and loves lighthouses. We actually zoomed in on her picture so the lighthouse got cropped out, but this was a great start. Above is my version of the small practice demo we painted together.

Her painting came out great, and here is a photo she took of it:

The new artist in action:
I think I have a new convert to palette knife painting!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer is wine-ding down!

Ptown Winedown
8" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on panel

Won't you join me for a glass of wine on the porch?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Welcome to Wellfleet!

Entering Wellfleet
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist board

It's easier to say hello than goodbye...
This is a familiar sign on Cape Cod, "Entering Wellfleet". It's amazing that it was established in 1763 and yet it has retained its pristine and beautiful feel. I sure wish I was there right now.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A window sized painting!

Great Jones, NYC
40" x 30" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This is the view from my friends Wendy and Bill's place on Great Jones in NYC. We have been lucky enough to have stayed there a few times and I am always inspired by the views outside their windows. With this painting, I decided to capture that by actually painting the frame on of the window. Because of its large size, if you hung this on your wall, it would actually look like your view outside. Cool, huh?

And below are a few detail shots so you can see the palette knife texture up close. I always like how these look like little paintings themselves.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Capt Jack's Wharf

Capt Jack's Wharf
24" x 30" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
I started and finished this painting while working at the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place last weekend. Thanks again to John Jay for sending me such great photos to paint from.

Here is a photo of my original "sketch" stage...

And I took this photo when I was about 3/4 of the way done...

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