Sunday, April 27, 2014

A popular place to watch the sunset

Red Inn, White and Blue
24" x 24" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This beautiful deck is a very popular place to watch the sunset at The Red Inn in Provincetown. I am excited that the inn is now officially open for the 2014 summer season and this painting is currently on display there along with several other my and Polo's paintings. Start your summer engines!

Here are a few progress shots I took along the way..

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Maggie and Yanni

6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on board

My dad's birthday was this week and I sent him this portrait of his dog, Maggie. I had painted his dearly departed Yanni earlier so I thought Maggie might be feeling left out.

6" x 6"
Oil with a palette knife on board

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter and Marathon Monday

Boston Near the Finish Line
12" by 12"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

I painted this several years ago, before all the madness that happened last year during the Boston Marathon. I like this view of Boston that shows the variety of architectural styles in this part of town-The Back Bay. What I have always enjoyed about this day is that is it a holiday in the city so no need to go into the office today. Yay!

Last Friday, we went to the Boston Public Library where they have an exhibit with a special collection of all of the items left at the site of the bombings last year. You can't help but get choked up. Really moving and special. I took a few shots while we were there.

This is just a small portion of all of the running shoes left at the spontaneous memorials near the finish line.

I noticed that one shoe has a bottle of Advil left with it.

I love this sign. Feel Better. Yes.

At the end, they have about these trees where you could write your sentiments or wishes on a white tag then hang it on one of the trees. Cool idea.

I loved this lady thoughfully writing her sentiments down to hang on the tree.

Here's hoping for a fun and successful marathon run for everyone participating. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some recent shows and ribbons!

Polo and I recently entered our paintings into some local shows.  In the first one, The Spring Members Show for the Foxboro Art Association, Polo and I took home first and second place ribbons! 

Here is my painting, Joined at the Hip, which took second place in the oil/acrylic category:
 Polo's painting took home first place in the oil/acrylic category:

The second show was a juried show sponsored by the Norfolk Cultural Council. Here is the wall where you can see my paintings Sly and Just Curious.
 A close up on Sly, the fox at the top.
 Just Curious is my alpaca painting shown here.
 Polo with his painting.
Both great shows and will be up until the end of the month.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Entering Provincetown

Entering Provincetown
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Board

I think this is an appropriate painting to post for today since I just delivered a bunch of paintings up to The Red Inn this weekend to open up the season. This painting was inspired by a commission I did for Amy of an old Truro sign. You can see that painting by clicking here.

The painting worked up pretty quickly but I left the lettering until last. The orange you see here is my orange underpainting color being revealed by scraping away the white paint with my paint eraser to reveal the "template" for the black text. The small lettering really tested my skills with the knife!
Summer is almost here everyone!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Reframing earlier works

Nantucket Lanterns
Oil with a palette knife on panel
8" x 8"

Vangy recently emailed me to see if I would be able to donate a painting for The Childrens' Advocacy Center of Bristol County Fundraiser next month. So this painting will be up for auction on Saturday May 3. I recently had it reframed through Franken Frames. It's interesting to take a look at reframing pieces sometimes. It can give them new life. 

Tree Bouquet
Oil with a palette knife on panel
8" x 10"

I also gave this painting a new life with a frame purchased at Custom Art Framing and Gallery 9 in Norwood. Julie helped me pick out this frame which I think really brings out the best in the painting. I painted this plein air while visiting a fellow artist's place on Lake Pearl. See photos from that adventure by visiting the original post here.

Do you have an older painting that could use a new life? I'd love to hear about your favorite places to buy custom and ready made frames.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lola. a new pet portrait commission

8" x 8"

Sherrie asked if I would paint a portrait of her Lola. Who could say no to this cute little face?
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