Monday, April 25, 2016

Bison in the Grand Tetons

Bison in the Grand Tetons
18" x 24" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

I finished this commission up this past weekend for Will and Sue and I received a wonderful email when I sent them the painting to preview:

"My wife Sue decided to let me commission this painting for my birthday and it is nothing short of fabulous! I have been looking for an original bison painting on and off over the years as it is an icon of the American West and Native American culture. Last summer we were lucky enough to take our two children out to Jackson Hole Wyoming and hike in the Grand Tetons as well as Yellowstone, the Big Horn Mountains, and the Black Hills where we saw Mount Rushmore and, our favorite, the Crazy Horse monument.

At some point during the trip, my son Wyatt also became enamored with the bison we saw and decided it is his favorite animal. He is going to insist that the painting go in his room, I will have to convince him that we need it out were all our visitors can see it! (Did I mention that it is extraordinary?) We looked hard for wildlife on the trip and were lucky enough to get a few good pictures. My daughter decided she liked a picture we took of a bear cub in the Tetons the best. Maybe some day...


Yes, the painting of the Bison is better than the picture and I am glad I waited and was able to get you to paint an original from one of my own pictures."


Isn't it fun to get a the story and personal meaning behind a painting? I think that bear cub photo is just the cutest thing and would make a great painting as well. But I hope that there isn't a protective mama bear right behind him!

Monday, April 11, 2016

I love a parade

Little Fire Chiefs, 1963
18" by 18"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Sarah posted this photo on her blog and I asked her if I could paint it as part of my family album series.  Who doesn't love a parade?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New pet portrait commission

Dexter
10" by 10"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board

Samara saw my painting called "New Yorkie" and asked if I could do a similar portrait of her dog Dexter. Pets are such fun to paint with a palette knife, especially the fur and those ears! Can you even? I always hope to capture the animals personality even if I never actually meet them. I think you can probably tell that Dexter certainly has a lot of personality!

Monday, March 21, 2016

More assemblages

Polo and I have been having fun making found art assemblages. We call them "awesomeblages". This trio was made from used paint brushes and a palette knife. The colors of each reminded me of certain famous artists and thus inspired their names.


Deputy Pollock
Mixed media

 Manny Monet
Mixed media

SeƱor Pablo
Mixed media


Monday, March 14, 2016

Fresh Clams

Fresh Clams
18" by 18"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

I've painted this before at a smaller size but I wanted to revisit it at a larger scale. This is inspired by a photo of from a 1973 family vacation to the New Jersey shore. Can you believe how inexpensive fresh clams were back then? I actually don't remember doing the actual "clamming" but I do remember these vacations we used to take every year to Jersey shore-before it was made popular by the reality TV show. That's me on the far right with my two sisters next to me, and our family friends (the blondes) round out the group.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Introducing the 2016 Mini Masters Collection

While working at the gallery a few weekends ago, I painted a whole canvas sheet full of mini masters. Can you identify the famous paintings that inspired these? Below is a photo that shows you the scale of these tiny treasures along with the palette knife used to create them. I am excited to get these framed up ready to sell. Framed photos to follow in a later post.
 And here are some close ups.







Friday, January 22, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Inspired in Ptown

I will return to painting soon...after this short break.

While in Ptown last weekend, I was inspired to create these assemblages after seeing the work of an artist Conny Hatch at Kobalt Gallery. I was also told to look at the work of Kirsty Elson

These were so enjoyable to create that I think that there might be many more to come. As with the doll clothes in my previous post, it is addicting. 

These were all created using found materials that I collected while walking in the dunes. Then for each assemblage, I added a little something to remind you that they were created by a human. Can you spot them?







Tuesday, December 29, 2015

It was a very crafty Christmas

Have you seen the Tree Change Dolls that Sonia Singh creates from discarded Bratz dolls? If not, watch this video she has posted about how she got started. Her story inspired me to create some dollies for me and my two sisters for Christmas. Even though we are adults, I think you never out grow loving dolls. While I did not use Bratz dolls, I found these cute Sparkle Girlz dolls and decided to make them several outfits and accessories to go along with them. Then, as Sonia does, they also had a photo shoot outside before they were shipped out.

The artist in the middle of this picture is my doll. Her name is Nina. She is an artist, and yes that is a palette knife in her pocket. My sisters dolls are Gina (the tennis player) and Luna (the yoga master). 




I discovered during this experience that I am a terrible sewer, so anything that I could glue or stick on instead was much preferred. I used a lot of velcro as fasteners. Here is a photo of my work table during production. I molded them each a pair of sneakers using Crayola's model magic. So much fun.

My sisters and I all live far away from one another so I am looking forward to the next time we meet up as our dolls will travel along with us and most likely have another photo shoot together. I found 3 of these matching wine bottle boxes that were the perfect size for transporting them and their outfits.

If you ever try this yourself you will see how addictive it can be.

Monday, November 30, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The Red Inn in Winter III
12' by 24" by .75"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I have painted many Red Inns in summer, but occasionally, I like to throw in a winter scene. With Christmas just around the corner, I really love the way the inn looks all dressed up in white and bright lights. While I am not looking forward to snow, I am looking forward to the holiday season. Happy shopping everyone!

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Lobster Pot, Provincetown

The Lobster Pot
10" x  8" x .75"
Oil with palette knife on cradled board
SOLD

I have been wanting to paint this iconic restaurant in Provincetown for awhile now so when a collector asked if I had any paintings of the Lobster Pot available, it encouraged me to get it done this weekend. I loved the night scenes that show the bright red neon sign and glow from the door. It's tough to capture, but was a good challenge nonetheless.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Picnic in the Public Gardens

Picnic in the Public Gardens
16" x 16" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I am still hanging on to summer!

Occasionally during the summer, my husband and I have a lunch picnic in the Public Gardens which is only a few blocks from where I work. I took some photos during the last one we had this year because the colors were so crisp and clear that day.

This painting was started at a demo that I did for the Framklin Art Association and then I finished it up at home. I originally had the lady in red on the right side of the painting, but during the demo, much to the surprise of the audience,  I decided to spontaneously move her to the left so she is walking in to the painting instead. It was kind of a great way to show how as an artist you can change things up to make the painting work better. This is also a new panel size I am trying out from Ampersand- 16 by 16. Its not too big but not too small. Just right for a scene like this.

Here are a few photos from the demo. Thanks to FAA for inviting me-it was great fun.







Thursday, November 5, 2015

A new family portrait commission

Molly's Family
8" x 10"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

My aunt asked if I could paint a portrait of Molly and her family as a thank you present. It was just dry enough to ship out so she should receive it shortly. Fun stuff!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Red Inn Number TEN!

The Red Inn X
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
12" by 36" by 2"

Yes, that right folks, this is number 10. You aren't seeing things. This is the 10th time I have painted this beautiful place because people who have visited or stayed here just can't get enough! It is celebrating it's 100th year anniversary this year-I hope it stays around for at least 100 more!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Inspired by Wyeth

Mini Wyeth, after Christina's World
3" by 5" oil with a palette knife
SOLD

I love painting these little mini masters. I had some extra time while working at the gallery last weekend so I painted this along with the Mini Cassatt I posted on Monday. So fun but challenging to capture the essence of a painting on such a small canvas.

Here is it on it's mini easel...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Inspired by Mary Cassatt, again

"Mini Cassatt, after Children Playing on the Beach"
8" x 6" oil with a palette knife
Available

I had some extra time this weekend while working at the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place to paint a couple of Mini Masters. This one was inspired by a Mary Cassatt painting. It is so fun to do these and they work up quickly, so I like to squeeze them in when I can. I guess I am not ready to let go of summer yet.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Entering Provincetown for a third time

Entering Provincetown III
12" x 12" x 2"
Oil with a  palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
SOLD

This third version of this painting was done slightly smaller than the other 2. At this size I was able to complete this painting in about 3 hours-the same amount of time that it took the New England Patriots to pounce on the Jaguars during Sunday's game. I painted this while working at The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place during Sunday's game-that's how I know!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Workshop on Cape Cod

Cute Koi Cottage
10" x 8" x .75"
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board
NFS

My workshop this past weekend was so much fun. Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day for painting as you can see in the photos below. Everyone's paintings came out great and we all had such a good time thanks to the generosity and hospitality of our hosts John and Pat from The Inn at Cook Street. I am looking forward to the next one already!


 








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