Thursday, April 11, 2024

This little piggy went wee! wee! wee! all the way home

This Little Piggy Too

6" x 6"

oil with palette knives on board

Charlotte's Web was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. This little piggy reminded me so much of Wilbur. I just loved his cute face and had to paint it.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Nantucket on my mind

On The Way To Madaket
12" x 24" x 1.5"
oil with palette knives on board

I am getting excited for summer and an upcoming trip with some art friends to the beautiful island of Nantucket. I took the reference photo for this painting while Polo and I were on a bike ride over to Madaket on a perfect summer day on the island. This scene just looked so peaceful that I knew I wanted to paint it.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Beacon Hill from the park

On Common Ground

12" x 24" x 1.5"

Oil with palette knives on board

I am excited that we are turning the corner weatherize and brighter days are just around the corner. This is one of my favorite views in Boston. It's from Boston Common looking over at Beacon Hill. It's a great place to hang out in the summertime, walk your dogs, or just go for a stroll.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

A new view of the Red Inn

Moon Over The Red Inn

11" x 14"

Oil with palette knives on board

My friend Bill send me the photo I used as inspiration for this painting. He was at his friend's house that is up on a hill overlooking the Red Inn and Commercial Street in Provincetown. I loved how the evening lights lit up the inn and the surrounding area while the moon lit up the water.

Friday, March 22, 2024

New large beach landscape

Nestled In The Dunes

24" x 24"

Oil with palette knives on canvas

The inspiration for this painting was a winter walk we took while in Plymouth, Massachusetts. There is a beautiful beach called Long Beach that is easier to access and park in the winter than in the summer due to the crowds and parking restrictions. I loved the hit of sun that was hitting on the edge of the dunes and how it lit up the grasses. So pretty.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Entering Truro with Days Cottages

Entering Truro
16" x 16"
oil with palette knives on board

Next up in my Entering Signs series is the beautiful Cape Cod town of Truro. If you are driving to or from Provincetown, make sure to take the scenic view down Shore Road where you will see several of these sea side cottages. These iconic cottages with the green shutters is called the Days Cottages and they all have flower names like Dahlia, Marigold, and Tulip. They are so cute.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Wild cat

Lynx

6" x 6"

oil with palette knives on board

I just loved the profile of this beautiful Lynx cat. I knew the fur, ears, and whiskers would be a perfect subject for my palette knives. 

Meow!


Saturday, March 9, 2024

Docked in Newport


Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI

6" x 6"

Oil with palette knives on board

Spending the day in Newport Rhode Island provides a wealth of inspiration for an artist. This little gem was inspired by a couple of boats I saw docked at Bannister's Wharf. This image had a lot of detail for such a small space. What was I thinking?

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

A fun stop on Nantucket Island

Millie's Market

9" x 12"

oil with palette knives on board

Millie's Market is a fun stop on the road to Madaket on Nantucket Island. This fun store sell colorful boogie boards, shoves, chairs and other essentials you might need for a day at the beach. 

Thursday, February 29, 2024

It's a Leap Year but Spring is coming

Playing In The Mud

11" x 14"

Oil with palette knives on board

SOLD

Spring is coming, I can feel it. Recently we've had a long stretch of really gray days, so I was looking for something whimsical to paint to try to lift my spirits. It was really fun to paint all the little details in this image with my knives, as well as capturing the bright colors of the wellies and the outfits of these kids making the most of a wet and cold day. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Entering Wellfleet

Entering Wellfleet

16" x 16"

oil with palette knives on board

New in my series of Massachusetts entering signs is Wellfleet. The background of this paintings shows a popular spot in the summer called The Beachcomber that sits right on the edge of the dunes at Cahoon Hollow Beach on the national seashore of Cape Cod.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentines Day

Lunch Date (at Ross' Grill)

12" x 24"

Oil with palette knives on board

When Polo and I make one of our day trips to Ptown, we make sure the weather is nice so that we can enjoy a nice lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. Ross' Grill is one of those places. It was the first places we enjoyed a Negroni and now we order one whenever we go there.

I am looking forward to April when we head up there to drop new work off at the red inn. This piece will be part of that collection.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

It's a marvelous night for a....

Moondance

9" x 12"

oil with palette knives on board

SOLD

My friend Bill send me a photograph that his friend took on a clear, full moon night in Provincetown. He told me that he'd love to see how I'd paint it. So, I decided to really exaggerate the colors and amp up the brush stokes to give it lots of energy and interest.

"Can I just have one more moondance with you, my love?"

Monday, February 5, 2024

A new ENTERING sign commission

Entering Rockport

16" x 16"

oil with palette knives on board

I painted an Entering Charlestown sign for Scott a few months back. He contacted me again because he wanted to treat himself to a similar sign for his new place in Rockport. The scene in the background shows the famous red building called Motif #1 which is a classic sign that you are in Rockport.


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

A pair of Christmas commissions

Her Protectors
9" x 12"
Oil with palette knives on board

This Little Light of Mine II
9" x 12"
Oil with palette knives on board

Bill saw a painting I did called This Little Light Of Mine and it inspired him to commission two new paintings from me. They would become Christmas gifts to 2 friends that just welcomed baby girls in to their families. It's a little hint of what is to come when they get a little older.

Friday, January 26, 2024

A street with a view

Provincetown Overlook

18" x 24"

Oil with palette knives on board

On one of our drives home from Provincetown, I made Polo pull the car over on Bradford Street so I could capture this scene. I loved how you could see the ocean from this view in addition to the interesting rooftops of the houses on Lovetts Court and the greenery and treetops that surround them.

Friday, January 19, 2024

Christmas commissions: 2 new entering signs

Entering Harwichport
16" x 16"
oil with palette knives on board

Entering Provincetown
16" x 16"
oil with palette knives on board

Peter saw the sign painting I had hanging at the Red Inn in Provincetown and asked if I would paint one of Harwichport where he has a home. It would be a gift for his wife for the holidays. Then he asked if I would paint another one of Provincetown for his son's home as well.

He asked for the sides to be painted as well. But instead of just painting them a flat color, I continued the image around the sides instead. Like this:



He told me they were a big hit at Christmastime. Always good to hear.


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Curious Seal II


 Curious Seal II

12" x 12"

Acrylic pour (background) Oil with palette knives (seal)

Thomas saw my painting Curious Seal that is hanging at Cafe Heaven in Provincetown and he said it always makes him smile whenever.  He asked me if I would paint another one for him.

I used a different technique for this painting. Instead of using palette knives for the water background, I used a technique of pouring acrylic paints (about 5-6 colors) and just let it do its thing...swirling left to right to create the feeling of the water. Then I finished it off by painting the seal's face with my usual palette knife technique.

I let the acrylic colors drip off the sides which you can see here in these side photos.



Here is a link to the first painting I did which shows a little more of the process. https://anngorbett.blogspot.com/2022/02/larger-seal-paint-pour.html



Thursday, January 11, 2024

New size for Entering Provincetown

Entering Provincetown

10" x 10"

oil with palette knives on board

SOLD

As with the paintings of the Red Inn, I have painted this sign many, many times over. But this was a new size for me, the smallest I've done. It was a little tricky to paint the letters as this small size, but I managed and Kirsten was very happy with the result.

I should probably start keeping track of how many of these I have done. I think I might be around 12-15? I'll have to go back through my blog and count. Although I'm not sure I posted every single one.


Monday, January 8, 2024

Happy New Year!

Perfect Snow Day

14" x 11"

Oil with palette knives on board

Bill saw the painting I had done of the girl carrying the lantern (This Little Light of Mine posted here) and it gave him an idea. His friends just had a baby boy so he asked if I could paint a scene with a boy pulling a sled as a gift for them. As he says, showing them "what is to come". 

Today here in New England we are having a perfect snow day too. The kind where the snow sticks to the trees branches and the light shining thought the trees is so beautiful. It's our first snow of the season so it's nice that it's so pretty. 

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