Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Week 13 New Ways To Share Your Art

It's Jump-Start Your Art, Week 13. The theme of Sharing this month includes thinking of new ways of sharing more about your art online, not just showing it.

Here is your worksheet ready to download.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Pretty Piper


12" x 9"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Rick asked me if I would paint a portrait of Piper as a birthday gift for his husband. Isn't she a beauty? I used one of the photos he sent for the face and then added the collar from another image he sent. I thought the yellow daisy was a nice touch. 

Here are a few progress shots.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Week 12 Motivate Others

For Week 12, we are motivating others by writing down what our advice would be to young artists just starting out. It's a great way to record how much you really know, realize all you have learned over the years as an artist, and acknowledge those who have influenced you. Here is the worksheet ready to download. Good luck!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Truro beach houses

Shore Road Sisters

12" x 12"

Oil with palette knives on cradled board


These two houses sit on the beautiful shoreline of Truro Massachusetts on Cape Cod. The light is so amazing here especially when the sun is just going down. Don't you want to be here right now with a beach chair, a good book, and a glass of wine? I sure do. Today is the first day of spring so that's a good sign that scenes like this are in the near future!

Here is a progress shot showing you my set up at the gallery while painting this scene.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Week 11 Your Go-To List

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

It's Jumpstart Week 11 and it's time to share your favorite Go-Tos for inspiration. The worksheet is below ready to download. I can't wait to get more ideas from all of you for where to go to get inspiration the next time I'm in a rut.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Welcome To Provincetown

Welcome to Provincetown

12" x 12"

Oil with palette knives and a wipe out tool


I love this old weathered sign that you see as you enter Provincetown from Truro on Cape Cod. I've always wanted to paint it so I decided now was the time to finally do it. 

I struggled with how I was going to "paint" the letters on the sign using my palette knives, so instead I decided to use one of my favorite tools. It's called a Wipe Out Tool and below is a photo to show you what it looks like. It's got a chisel rubber tip on one end and a rounded rubber tip on the other. 

Here's how it works. I painted a swatch of dark blue lettering color as a flat shade in acrylic (because it dries fast). Next, I painted the lighter blue color on top in oil. Then I used the Wipe Out Tool to "lift up" the lighter blue color to reveal the darker blue color underneath. I use to same tool to sign my initials on the front of my paintings. For my signature, the tool lifts up the oil color to reveal my acrylic orange ground color underneath. You can see this at the bottom right of this image.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Week 10 Your Top Ten

In week 10 it's time to share your top ten favorite tools. The free worksheet is below ready to download and get started.

Sunday, March 7, 2021



6" x 6"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

Sandy asked if I would paint a portrait of her sister's dog, Sully. I love doing pet portraits so of course I said yes. She said the look on his face in this picture is the one he does when he's waiting for her to throw a ball for him to fetch. Love it!

Here is a photo I took of my set up at the studio/gallery. I like to have both a color print out and the photo reference up on my iPad at the same time while I paint.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Week 9 Record Your Journey

It's Wednesday and it's March. That means we start a new theme SHARING. We will spend some time sharing our journey as artists as well as our favorite tools, tips, and inspirations.

Here is your free worksheet ready to get you started:

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