Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter and Marathon Monday

Boston Near the Finish Line
12" by 12"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

I painted this several years ago, before all the madness that happened last year during the Boston Marathon. I like this view of Boston that shows the variety of architectural styles in this part of town-The Back Bay. What I have always enjoyed about this day is that is it a holiday in the city so no need to go into the office today. Yay!

Last Friday, we went to the Boston Public Library where they have an exhibit with a special collection of all of the items left at the site of the bombings last year. You can't help but get choked up. Really moving and special. I took a few shots while we were there.

This is just a small portion of all of the running shoes left at the spontaneous memorials near the finish line.

I noticed that one shoe has a bottle of Advil left with it.

I love this sign. Feel Better. Yes.

At the end, they have about these trees where you could write your sentiments or wishes on a white tag then hang it on one of the trees. Cool idea.

I loved this lady thoughfully writing her sentiments down to hang on the tree.

Here's hoping for a fun and successful marathon run for everyone participating. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some recent shows and ribbons!

Polo and I recently entered our paintings into some local shows.  In the first one, The Spring Members Show for the Foxboro Art Association, Polo and I took home first and second place ribbons! 

Here is my painting, Joined at the Hip, which took second place in the oil/acrylic category:
 Polo's painting took home first place in the oil/acrylic category:

The second show was a juried show sponsored by the Norfolk Cultural Council. Here is the wall where you can see my paintings Sly and Just Curious.
 A close up on Sly, the fox at the top.
 Just Curious is my alpaca painting shown here.
 Polo with his painting.
Both great shows and will be up until the end of the month.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Entering Provincetown

Entering Provincetown
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Board

I think this is an appropriate painting to post for today since I just delivered a bunch of paintings up to The Red Inn this weekend to open up the season. This painting was inspired by a commission I did for Amy of an old Truro sign. You can see that painting by clicking here.

The painting worked up pretty quickly but I left the lettering until last. The orange you see here is my orange underpainting color being revealed by scraping away the white paint with my paint eraser to reveal the "template" for the black text. The small lettering really tested my skills with the knife!
Summer is almost here everyone!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Reframing earlier works

Nantucket Lanterns
Oil with a palette knife on panel
8" x 8"

Vangy recently emailed me to see if I would be able to donate a painting for The Childrens' Advocacy Center of Bristol County Fundraiser next month. So this painting will be up for auction on Saturday May 3. I recently had it reframed through Franken Frames. It's interesting to take a look at reframing pieces sometimes. It can give them new life. 

Tree Bouquet
Oil with a palette knife on panel
8" x 10"

I also gave this painting a new life with a frame purchased at Custom Art Framing and Gallery 9 in Norwood. Julie helped me pick out this frame which I think really brings out the best in the painting. I painted this plein air while visiting a fellow artist's place on Lake Pearl. See photos from that adventure by visiting the original post here.

Do you have an older painting that could use a new life? I'd love to hear about your favorite places to buy custom and ready made frames.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lola. a new pet portrait commission

8" x 8"

Sherrie asked if I would paint a portrait of her Lola. Who could say no to this cute little face?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Midsummer in Ptown

July in Provincetown
30" by 10" by 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I'm getting ready for summer by painting some more Provincetown themed paintings which I hope to show up at The Red Inn this season. This is a pretty quintessential, well photographed cottage on Commercial Street in Ptown. If anyone know if this has a particular name, please let me know. I just loved the large flag in the front and the flower boxes with the hits of red. It is just so wonderfully summer.

Below is a photo I took of the painting after my first session. I got pretty far along that first day, so then I just had to come back and finish the fence and the sidewalk in front.
I like to include some closeup shots so you can see the texture of the palette knife strokes. I like how each of these look like little paintings in and of themselves.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Peaceful Solitude

A Peaceful Solitude
30" x 10" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

Thanks to Paul for letting me paint from a photo he took while in Provincetown last summer. The glow at sunset in Ptown is really unlike any place else. This lone boat on the water looks so peaceful. I would love to be there right now.

I am loving this unusual size panel made by Ampersand. I think I'm going to be doing more paintings at this size.

Below is a close up on the boat so you get a better feel for the palette knife texture.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Demo and finished painting

East End Painted Lady
11" x 14" x .75"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Thanks to John for sending me a great image to paint from that he took while in Provincetown last summer. I decided to use it as my source of inspiration for a demo I was invited to do for the Norwood Art Association last week.

Here are few shots that Polo took during the demo. It was a great crowd who asked good questions and was very attentive and encouraging.

This was as far as I got by the end of the demo and then I finished it up while working at The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place this past weekend.

Monday, March 17, 2014

A fun night at the Doolittle Art Auction

Maproom Cafe at the Boston Public Library
20" by 20"
Oil with a palette knife on board

This was the painting that I donated to the art auction held this past Saturday night to benefit The Doolittle Home in Foxboro. The night was so much fun. The Doolittle staff had everything so organized and the auctioneers were great at keeping the crowd entertained and motivated to bid high.

They had a signature cocktail for the evening, which I helped to name, the "Bloolittle" martini-very potent but very tasty, and helped to loosen up the crowd.

Below is a an action shot of my painting during it's turn on the floor. I am happy to report that there were several generous bids and the painting went to a good home!

And here is a photo of Polo's painting being auctioned off. A very generous bidder went home with this beauty as well!
Since I've started painting again, I have participated in 3-4 art auctions and I always find them so interesting and so enjoyable. And it's great to see all of these generous art lovers come out to benefit a good cause.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Red Inn in winter

The Red Inn in Winter
6" by 18" by 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand cradled gessobord

Donna sent me a photo that her husband took with their new Android tablet of the Red Inn this past winter. I had been wanting to do a winter version of the inn, so their photo was the perfect inspiration to get one painted.

I love this new size I am trying out from Ampersand. It is a smaller version of the long horizontal size (which was 12" by 36") that I've used for the other Red Inn paintings that I have done in the past. It was quite a challenge to get some of the details in this smaller size. While, I am not a fan of winter, this was quite enjoyable due to the holiday lights and such that I could paint into the scene.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Reenie's Garden

Reenie's Garden
10" by 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas panel

This winter has been tough on my painting production. Between shoveling and the cold, I haven't been painting as much as I would have liked. Thank goodness for my weekly painting class. It keeps me motivated and productive. I need to get my inventory up for the summer exhibit at the Red Inn, so this painting was done from a photo I took while visiting this past summer.

Boston has avoided this latest snow storm somehow, but my heart goes out to those further south that are getting another dump of snow today.

Oh what a winter. Let's hope summer gets here soon!

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Red Inn VII

The Red Inn VII
12" by 36" by 2"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

Here is the next in my series of Red Inn commissions. Number 7!

I remembered to take some photos after each of the painting sessions to share my process. I like to paint the most difficult things first, so I started by painting the inn, focusing on the architecture, the siding, trim and the windows.

In the second painting session I painted in the greens, the road, and the white fence. This particular client loved the very first painting I did of the Red Inn (Red Inn I) so he did not want the Adirondack chairs and deck to be added as I have done with later versions.
In the last session, the sky and the trees went in (shown at top) to complete the painting in 3 paintings sessions of about 2-3 hours each.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQ
18" by 24"
Oil on panel

This painting was done from a family photo that is a favorite of my cousin Bobby. That's his dad (my uncle) cooking a giant Fred Flintstone steak on the charcoal grill with Bobby and his sister anxiously waiting for him to yell "Dinner's ready."

I took a few photos along the way as I was painting at The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place this past weekend. In this first photo you can see how I started with my usual orange/red cad backwash, and then sketched on top with a brush (gasp!) using ultramarine blue acrylic paint.

And here is a second photo-the painting is almost complete. You can see my set up and the variety of sizes of palette knives I use. I had the photo printed out as well as displayed on the ipad.

As usual, photos like this make me wish for summer to get here quickly.

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Pillivant Sisters UPDATE

The Pillivants in DC
8" by 10"
Oil with a palette knife on board

This was such a fun painting. Cathy commissioned me to paint this photo of her and her sisters from a photo of them on the steps of the Capitol building in DC. Don't these matching dresses just make you smile? The one redhead in the group is their cousin Debbie. She's got the matching dress but not the quite the matching shoes. But she fits in quite nicely with this group of cute girls. And I bet those dresses made them easier to keep track of in a crowd!

This brings back memories of the matching dresses that my mom used to dress me and my sisters in when we were little. Did you mother every dress you and your siblings in matching outfits?

UPDATE. Cathy's sister Mary had this to say about the painting:
"I think it is so awesome!!  I love it.  I posted it to my facebook page. But I love the story that goes with it - it's one of my favorites.  We were in our Country's colors and had Ted Kennedy sign "Our Flag" books - Red White and Blue!  I tell the story "It was in the early 1970's, and we were traveling through DC in our famous Red, White and Blue dresses and while in the Capitol. Mom spotted Ted and called out his name. How could he resist a family of 5 girls all dressed in our country's colors!! We had just picked up a booklet about "Our Flag" and we asked him for his autograph. He stopped and took the time to autograph all 5 of our books! Thanks for doing this Cathy - it is fun!"

How awesome to hear this wonderful back story to this adorable family photo!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Fred and Ethel-the final two!

6" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife of canvas board

6" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife of canvas board

These were the last two pet portraits in the commission I completed for Gretchen. Fred is actually a female (lol) but Fred and Ethel make a cute pair, don't they? By now all the cats, dogs, and guinea paintings have been unwrapped and are in their new "forever" homes. (plus one lighthouse for the non pet owner in the family)

Here is a photo I took of all of them on delivery day. This was a dream commission.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy Blogiversary, time to start year 6!

Happy New Year to you
Happy Blogiversary to me!

Wow-I have been at this blog for 5 years now. I never thought I would be so addicted to it but I have to say the it has been one of the most gratifying things I have done. It has forced me to photograph and document every step of my art journey and it is so rewarding to look back and see how far I have come.  And when I hear feedback from you, all the better.

I am excited about what new things may appear here in year 6-2014!

For old times' sake, here is the link to my very first post...

Sunday, December 29, 2013

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Irish Eyes
8" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

My cousin commissioned this painting of my Aunt Cathleen (his Nana) as a gift this Christmas. He and his wife will be framing it along with the Irish Blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Cant' wait to see how it turns out and to hear about my cousin Colleen's reaction to this thoughtful gift and tribute to her mother.

Update:Brian sent me a photo of the final gift-see below. So special. Colleen was in tears!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Wishes

Santa Hug (from a 1913 postcard)
6" by 8"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas board

Here's hoping you got everything you wished for this holiday season and don't forget to give everyone in your family a big, giant, Santa hug!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What's on your list this Christmas?

Just For You
6" by 6"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

Did you hear the story about Westjet Christmas Miracle? The Canadian airline asked people what they wanted for Christmas while they were waiting for their plane to board, and then had all of the presents wrapped and waiting at the baggage claim when they landed. 

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