Saturday, March 25, 2023

Entering Provincetown : : a NEW technique

Entering Provincetown

16" x 16"

oil with palette knives on cradled board


I've painted this sign many times but I decided to try a new technique with this painting. I ordered a canvas that had the sides painted white instead of the usual natural wood sides so I extended the painting to all 4 sides instead of stopping at the edge.

Here are some photos that show you what I'm talking about:

I'm really happy how this came out so I might try it on some future signs that I paint.

Monday, March 20, 2023

White Party

White Party

9" x 12"

oil with palette knives on board


There is a fun party every Labor Day weekend in Ptown and everyone dresses in, you guessed it, white. It’s so fun to just sit and watch the parade of creative outfits and entertaining groups stroll all the way down Commercial Street to Delft Haven. This group was spotted outside The red Inn.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Table for Two at Pepe's Wharf Restaurant

Table For Two

14" x 11"

oil with palette knives on cradled board

I spotted this couple at a table near the window at Pepe's Wharf, one of our favorite spots to have lunch in Provincetown on Cape Cod.

I loved the pair's body language as well as how the rainbow flag was framed by the window.

This painting will be up for sale at the Red Inn once they open in April.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Introducing Paintings by CAT

Dancer I by CAT

Textured Gesso over Acrylic

18" x 24"


Dancer II by CAT

Textured Gesso over Acrylic

18" x 24"


Football Player by CAT

Textured Gesso over Acrylic

18" x 24"

Available $53

I've been experimenting in the studio with a new technique that is fast and loose.

I started with a black canvas, then painted swatches of colorful acrylic paint on top. I then added a thick layer of gesso and texturized it with a rubber catalyst. With the end of a paint brush, I then drew in the figure lifting up the paint to reveal the colors underneath. 

While in art school, I always loved the drawing warm up exercise of quick gestural studies of the figure. The model would change poses every 30 seconds or so and you had to keep up. I tried to keep these loose and quick like those drawings had to be.

Since these are very different from my palette knife work, I am creating and selling these under a pseudonym CAT. Here is the branding I created for her work which I made into tags that hang on the paintings.

You might have noticed the little cat face I used to sign the work on the front. And here is how I sign the work on the back.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Red Hot Ptown

The Golden Hour, Provincetown

6" x 18"

Oil with palette knives on canvas panel


There is a beautiful red light that overwhelms the entire town of Provincetown at dusk, and it's often referred to as The Golden Hour. I tried to capture that light in this painting of MacMillan Pier.

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