Friday, July 30, 2021

New painting from the family album

New Dolls From Peeps

16" x 16" x 2"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord


I love doing paintings inspired from old family photos. This painting was done from a black and white snapshot in my family's photo album. That's me and my sisters with our grandfather who we call Peeps.

I love how the dolls all have blonde hair even though my sisters and I are all brunettes. Do you think all dolls had blonde hair back then, or did we all just wish we had blonde hair back then?

Here are some process shots I took along the way.

I really like how this looks with just the people painted in and the background still in sketch form. I thought about leaving it like this but then was excited to paint the details in the background. Maybe next time, I'll experiment with doing a painting like this where part of the picture is left unpainted with just the sketch showing. What do you think?

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Week 30 Get Out!

Welcome to Week 30 Jumpstarters.

As we continue FINDING INSPIRATION, this week's challenge is to GET OUT! Let's enjoy this wonderful summer weather we are finally having and get inspired by nature. 

The worksheet is below, now go GET OUT!

Monday, July 26, 2021

Big owl and demo

Wise Guy II

oil with palette knives on cradled board

12" x 16"


I was asked to do a palette knife painting demo for the Franklin Art Association and this wise guy was my subject. I thought the various colors and textures of his feathers would show off my palette knife technique nicely.

It was my first time doing a demo via Zoom. I purchased a ring light camera with a phone holder attachment that worked well. 

The demo was about 1 hour long, and this is how far I got after it was over. I finished him up the next day at the gallery.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Week 29 Revisit Your Art Books

If you are an artist or an art appreciator, I know you have a ton of beautiful art books on your shelves at home and in your studio. This week's challenge is to dust them off, grab a packet of post it notes, and spend some time revisiting a few of your favorites. It is guaranteed to get you inspired!

Here is your free worksheet:

Monday, July 19, 2021

Cap'n Jack's Wharf new size

Cap'n Jack's Wharf

10" x 10"

Oil with palette knives on board


I've painted this scene several times but this was a new size I wanted to try: 10" x 10".  It's an iconic scene in Provincetown and a great place to take a vacation on the tip of Cape Cod. The rooms here are all unique and artistically decorated. I hope to stay here at some point in the future if I am ever lucky enough to get a reservation.

Hope your summer is going great so far.

Friday, July 16, 2021

New pet portrait commission: Ari(zona)

6" x 6"
Oil with palette knife on panel

Diane asked me if I would paint a portrait for her good friend who recently lost her loyal companion Ari. Ari was a rescue from Arizona, where her name came from. She looks like she was a such a loving and good dog. She will be missed.

Here is a close up detail.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Week 28 Picture It

It's Week 28 in the Jumpstart Your Art challenge: Picture It. If you can visualize it, it's easier to see how to make it a reality!

Your free worksheet is here:

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Week 27 Study Others

For Week 27, we'll start a new theme called FINDING INSPIRATION and this week's challenge is to STUDY OTHERS. We all have certain artists that we admire for one reason or another. It's time to learn from them and how they achieve success. 

The worksheet is below ready to download.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

The Lady in Red:: Happy 4th of July!

The Lady in Red

8" x 24"

Oil with palette knives on Ampersand Gessobord

I thought a new painting of the Red Inn would be an appropriate post to help celebrate the 4th of July. The inn is red and white, the sky and water are blue. 

This painting is currently hanging up at the inn for sale and marks the 39th time I've painted this inn in one format or another. This is such a special place for so many people.

Here are a few process shots including a selfie with mask:

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