Saturday, May 29, 2021

Black Lab

Black Lab

6" x 6"

Oil with palette knives on board


Look at that cute face! No wonder black labs are a favorite breed among dog lovers. The black tones were quite a challenge to paint, so I decided to paint a more colorful background on this one to balance the darkness of the fur.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Golden Retriever


6" x 8"

Oil with palette knives on board


Next up in my flurry of furry friends is the Golden Retriever. Like the fox, I loved the profile of this cute face. The red bandana is a nice touch too and adds a splash of color to frame his/her face.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

White kitty

White Kitty

6" x 6"

Oil with palette knives on board


This cute kitty was a challenge to paint. Although he is white, his face was in shadows, so I had to look closely to decide which colors to use.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Week 21 Create a Purpose

This week, as you begin a new piece of art, ask yourself "Why am I creating this?" "What drew me to this subject matter?" Then when you finish, that should be what shines.

Here is your free worksheet to help you define the Why.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021



6" x 6"

Oil with palette knives on board


Next up in my flurry of furry friends is a fox. I loved the profile view in this shot. And the fur was a perfect subject for palette knife painting.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Flurry of furry friends


6" x 6"

Oil with palette knives on board


I recently found some great images of animals on, a site that has copyright free images that are available to use for free. It's a great resource for artists. I chose several images to paint that I knew would be fun to paint with palette knives and painted several of them over the last couple of weeks.

So get ready for a flurry of animals this week on my blog.

This is the first, a beautiful owl camouflaged by his/her surroundings. 

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Cape Cod Cottage

Little Yellow Cottage
12" x 16"
Oil with palette knives on cradled board

Last month, I was asked to do a palette knife painting demo for the Foxboro Art Association. They hold their meetings outdoors at Gillette Stadium which was convenient for me since it's where the Artist's Studio and Gallery is located. 

I've always loved this little cottage on Commercial Street in Provincetown and have been wanting to paint it, so I decided this would be my subject. Besides, summer is coming right? So why not get us all in the mood for a little Cade Cod getaway.

Here are a few snaps from the demo. It was a little windy, but my plein air easel held strong and I persevered! We even saw a couple of bald eagles fly over the stadium. Pretty cool.

Here is how far I got after the meeting was over. I finished it up the next day at the gallery.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Week 20 Experiment Outside Your Comfort Zone

I love this week's challenge. We often get caught in to our own little world and forget to try new things. So, break some rules, cross over to the other side of the street, and see what fun you can have.

Here is the free worksheet:

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Friends at the winery

Jerry, Deb, and Cathy

8" x 10"

Oil with palette knives on board

This was a fun commission of 3 pals enjoying some wine on a glorious day with a beautiful winery as the backdrop.

Below are a couple of progress shots I look along the way. I always start with the faces first, then move on the background after the people have been painted in.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Week 19 Copy The Masters

As we continue to hone our skills, Week 19 calls for us to COPY THE MASTERS. You can be sure that I will be creating some more mini masters. The one shown above is one of my favorites, Van Gogh's Irises, and it was only about 3" x 4”.

Here is your free worksheet.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Off to Provincetown!

Entering Provincetown

18" x 18"

Oil with knives on cradled board


It's that time of year again when Polo and I create a body of new work to send up to The Red Inn in Provincetown. This year we decided to stay a few days and enjoy the beautiful scenery and get inspired all over again. Here is a video showing the paintings that are now for sale at the inn.

In case the video doesn't play for you, here is my line up "on deck" for the red inn.

And here are a few photos from our 3 wonderful days enjoying the scenery. There was a full moon, and I even fit in a little colored pencil postcard.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Workshop painting 4: people

A Mother's Touch

8" x 10"

Oil with palette knives on board


Happy Mother's Day! 

In our 4th and final week of my palette knife painting workshop, we graduated to painting people. I found the reference image for this painting on the website You can find some wonderful photos on this site that are free to use as you wish-a great source for artists.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Week 18 Loosen up!

This week we begin a new theme called HONING YOUR CRAFT and for Week 18 we are called to LOOSEN UP! Are you ready to start sketching? Here is your free worksheet. 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Workshop painting 3: bird feathers

Sign of Spring

8" x 10"

Oil with palette knives on board


In the third week of my 4 week palette knife painting workshop, appropriately spring had just started and birds are one of the first signs that warmer days are coming. Feathers are a great subject to paint with palette knives as well as green foliage.

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