Our painting group, The Neponset Valley Artists is currently exhibiting a winter/holiday themed show at the Walpole Public Libray. I painted this last week and got it in to the show just in the "Nick" of time. My husband and I took a ride up to see this lighthouse in York, Maine last December during our anniversary weekend. I thought it looked so beautiful with just a touch of snow to accent the scene. If this looks familiar on this blog, you may have seen the previous summer version of this painting that I posted a few weeks ago.
Start your shopping engines! Well-Thanksgiving is over and now the real holiday shopping craziness begins. I am not one of those that will be in line at 5am to get the best bargains. I usually wait until the last few weeks to get going. But for those of you in the mood-go for it. I'll just stay right here, eat some more leftovers, and wait until everything is picked over.
Don't forget to SHOP SMALL this season and support your local businesses like Custom Art Framing and Gallery 9 in Norwood, where this painting will be for sale at their holiday small works show starting December 6.
Next in the line up, Indy. I assume she is a girl because all calicos are female. Isn't she pretty? The next one on my plate is also a calico. We are getting nearer to Christmas when all of these pet portraits will be delivered to their new owners. Getting excited!
Scott sent me a photo of the very cool building he lives in located in East Boston (nicknamed EBo) and asked if I thought it would make a good painting. Of course I said yes!! Isnt' it so interesting-the windows, the detailing, the red brick, and the perspective-all fun challenges to paint with the knife.
It has been a flurry of commissions lately-people getting ready for the holidays I guess. Here is the sixth in my series of Red Inn paintings. People just can't get enough of this place. This past weekend it was delivered to another lucky couple who was married there a few years ago.
I painted this during my palette knife painting class last that took place a few weekends ago. We have a fun time painting autumn leaves, pumpkins, and a variety of other subjects of their choice. Here they all are busy at work.
During my palette knife workshops, we start painting small 4" studies on loose canvas to practice knife techniques. Here is a sampling of the ones I have done in the workshop.
I like working on the loose canvas because you can go "outside the lines" and be a bit freer to loosen up and not worry about painting a masterpiece right off the bat. The images above have been cropped, but the image below shows you how they are all painted on one sheet of loose canvas. I use Fredrix Canvas Pads for these small studies. Later, I will cut these out and turn them into greeting cards.
If you live in Massachusetts, this sign will look very familiar to you. As you enter each new town, a similar sign will appear to welcome you. This particular sign from Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod had been weathered and rusted-no doubt from the years of being hit with salty air and sandy dune breezes. Amy wanted to commission a painting of this sign from a photo she took before they replaced it with a brandy new one. This was an interesting challenge to get the feel of the rust and cracks in the sign using the palette knife. I added the hit of scenery at the bottom to give it a little more color and interest.
After all of the cats and dogs that I have been painting lately, this was a fun challenge. I tried to make sure to push the difference in their fur color and I also exaggerated the eyes and noses a bit so you could more clearly make out their faces amongst all the fur. Especially fun was painting the colorful blanket that they were sitting on. I thought about simplifying it at at first, but then, decided it added some nice color and interest to the composition.
And Polo is shown below with his accepted entry, "Marilyn" one of his hamburger scultpures. My favorite part was on the sheet with the entries listed by title, name and medium, etc.. and seeing "hamburger" among the list with oil, acrylic,.. SO fun.
I painted this for a show taking place this weekend and next, at The Artists' Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place called "Masterpiece Masquerade". The idea is to copy a work of art by a famous artist, but add your own "twist." I have been wanting to paint a mini master of this Homer painting for awhile now, and so I thought instead of a mini, I would paint it large for this show. There are 5 area art associations that are participating and I can't wait to see all of the creative entries.
You really have to see each painting in person to appreciate all the "twists" but here are a few images from the show. Do you recognize each paintings?
And as I like to include from time to time, here are a couple of chunky delicious close ups of my painting. I love how these look like little abstract paintings.
Last night I took some photos of the art reception for the show UNTAMED at the Massachusetts Audubon, Moose Hill Gallery. Great turnout, great food, and great art. It was fun meeting the other artists.
Polo discussing his painting with a fellow artist.
You can see my painting of the Alpaca on the wall in this photo
One of the artists brought his saxophone and entertained us with his other creative talent.
is an award winning artist who paints exclusively with a palette knife. She holds a fine art degree and has worked as a professional graphic designer for many years. She began painting in oil again after taking a palette knife workshop through the Copley Society of Art in Boston and was immediately hooked. The thick, painterly, yet highly detailed strokes of color are trademarks of her style.