Monday, March 31, 2014

Midsummer in Ptown

July in Provincetown
30" by 10" by 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I'm getting ready for summer by painting some more Provincetown themed paintings which I hope to show up at The Red Inn this season. This is a pretty quintessential, well photographed cottage on Commercial Street in Ptown. If anyone know if this has a particular name, please let me know. I just loved the large flag in the front and the flower boxes with the hits of red. It is just so wonderfully summer.

Below is a photo I took of the painting after my first session. I got pretty far along that first day, so then I just had to come back and finish the fence and the sidewalk in front.
I like to include some closeup shots so you can see the texture of the palette knife strokes. I like how each of these look like little paintings in and of themselves.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Peaceful Solitude

A Peaceful Solitude
30" x 10" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Thanks to Paul for letting me paint from a photo he took while in Provincetown last summer. The glow at sunset in Ptown is really unlike any place else. This lone boat on the water looks so peaceful. I would love to be there right now.

I am loving this unusual size panel made by Ampersand. I think I'm going to be doing more paintings at this size.

Below is a close up on the boat so you get a better feel for the palette knife texture.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Demo and finished painting

East End Painted Lady
11" x 14" x .75"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Thanks to John Jay for sending me a great image to paint from that he took while in Provincetown last summer. I decided to use it as my source of inspiration for a demo I was invited to do for the Norwood Art Association last week.

Here are few shots that Polo took during the demo. It was a great crowd who asked good questions and was very attentive and encouraging.

This was as far as I got by the end of the demo and then I finished it up while working at The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place this past weekend.

Monday, March 17, 2014

A fun night at the Doolittle Art Auction

Maproom Cafe at the Boston Public Library
20" by 20"
Oil with a palette knife on board

This was the painting that I donated to the art auction held this past Saturday night to benefit The Doolittle Home in Foxboro. The night was so much fun. The Doolittle staff had everything so organized and the auctioneers were great at keeping the crowd entertained and motivated to bid high.

They had a signature cocktail for the evening, which I helped to name, the "Bloolittle" martini-very potent but very tasty, and helped to loosen up the crowd.

Below is a an action shot of my painting during it's turn on the floor. I am happy to report that there were several generous bids and the painting went to a good home!

And here is a photo of Polo's painting being auctioned off. A very generous bidder went home with this beauty as well!
Since I've started painting again, I have participated in 3-4 art auctions and I always find them so interesting and so enjoyable. And it's great to see all of these generous art lovers come out to benefit a good cause.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Red Inn in winter

The Red Inn in Winter
6" by 18" by 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand cradled gessobord

Donna sent me a photo that her husband took with their new Android tablet of the Red Inn this past winter. I had been wanting to do a winter version of the inn, so their photo was the perfect inspiration to get one painted.

I love this new size I am trying out from Ampersand. It is a smaller version of the long horizontal size (which was 12" by 36") that I've used for the other Red Inn paintings that I have done in the past. It was quite a challenge to get some of the details in this smaller size. While, I am not a fan of winter, this was quite enjoyable due to the holiday lights and such that I could paint into the scene.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Reenie's Garden

Reenie's Garden
10" by 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas panel

This winter has been tough on my painting production. Between shoveling and the cold, I haven't been painting as much as I would have liked. Thank goodness for my weekly painting class. It keeps me motivated and productive. I need to get my inventory up for the summer exhibit at the Red Inn, so this painting was done from a photo I took while visiting this past summer.

Boston has avoided this latest snow storm somehow, but my heart goes out to those further south that are getting another dump of snow today.

Oh what a winter. Let's hope summer gets here soon!
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