I got a chance to squeeze in another family portrait a few weekends ago while working at the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. This was done from a black and white photo of my dad and his mom-my nana. Below is a photo I took of my set up outside. Such fun to paint.
I love painting these Mini Masters. I painted this one last weekend at the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place where it is currently for sale. Below you can see it on its easel and get a better sense of its wee size. I thought it appropriate to post this on Memorial Day weekend-the unofficial start of summer my favorite season.
This painting was inspired by yet another old postcard that Paul sent me of the Red Inn from the early 1900s. It is the view from the water and shows how the inn looked before the more recent expansion renovations. Here are a couple of process shots I took along the way.
Last week, Polo and I attended the opening party for the red inn and while we were in town, also hung some more of our paintings in the hallway. Here is a shot of how it looks. I was pleased to see that 4 of my paintings already had red dots on them. Exciting!
The party was well attended with fabulous food, drinks, and people watching. Here is a link to a really cool video that David A. Cox took during the party with a drone camera:
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artists Board
This past weekend, I participated in a Paint Out during an Arts Festival at Patriot Place. I painted from a photo reference that John Jay and Patrick sent me of Provincetown. It was a beautiful day and several artists set up outside the Art Gallery to paint.
A fellow artist, Joanne Willoughby set up next to me and decided to paint me painting. She actually did a palette knife painting of me painting with a palette knife. How fun is that?
It came out great-she really captured me!
And as I like to do, here are a few close ups of my painting so you get a sense of the thick texture.
I have been wanting to paint this different view of The Red Inn for awhile now. It shows how the inn looks as seen from the ocean. This weekend, while working at the gallery at Patriot Place I was finally able to complete it. I took this photo below when I just had the beach and water to paint.
The Canton Art Association invited me to do a palette knife painting demo for their group last Friday. Since I knew I'd only have about an hour and a half to paint, I chose a subject that I knew I could paint pretty quickly but still show off the palette knife to its fullest potential. My reference was a pano photo I had taken on a walk in the dune in Provincetown last October. This is a fun subject to paint so you will likely see more paintings like this very soon.
Polo took some images for me of the demo in progress...
Here was my painting after the demo was over. I then went back in the next day to add a few more details.
While visiting my sister in Texas, we did a lot of redecorating in her new home which was so much fun. One of the things we did was paint chalkboard paint in her front hallway/cafe so I created these two chalkboard art pieces for her. I think I like this new medium!
My sister loved them so much and then created this one herself after I left.
Paul sent me some great old postcards from the early 1900s of The Red Inn in Provincetown. I thought it would be really fun to recreate these on a large scale for their 100th year anniversary this summer.
I love reading the backs of the postcards. This one is from 1921. It reads "You must see this place. We are spending the night at "Red Inn"- at present we are on the beach wading. So lovely. Delightful trip. Love, Lena."
I used blue painters tape so that I had a nice clean edge to recreate the white border and text that was on the front of the original postcard. I took some images along the way to show my progress and also to show the large scale of this painting.
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board SOLD While visiting Ptown, we were enjoying an afternoon coffee and these houses across the street caught my eye. Not just the beautiful afternoon light that was falling on them but also how they framed the view of the lighthouse in the distance between them. Pretty sweet.
While at the grocery store, I saw these beautiful red forelle pears. They were just calling to be painted. I had never seen pears so red before and at such a small size. I loved them so much I had to paint three different versions. They would hang nicely together as a trio I think.
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board
Next up in the series painted from photos taken in Provincetown is this one of the Pilgrim Monument taken during our walk in the dunes. I loved how the monument slowly appeared and then rises over the hill as you make your way back from the ocean to the road.
I painted this from a reference photo I took with the pano setting on my phone. It was a beautiful day and we took a walk with some friends in the dunes of Provincetown. You can see some of the famous dune shacks in the distance. The colors and the scenery was so spectacular, like a movie set. And I took a ton of images so you can be sure I will be painting several more from this scene.
Its difficult to get a good photo of the palette knife texture at this long horizontal size, so I took these close up shots. They are little mini paintings, I love shooting these.
Oil with a palette knife on Blick Studio Artist Board
Paul asked if I would do a painting of his place in Provincetown. The photo reference he sent me was taken during a summer party and the lighting was just spectacular.
With all of the snow and cold we've been having here in Boston, this was a very welcome subject to paint.
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord SOLD
Susan and her husband asked if I would paint this scene from Charlestown, MA to go over the fireplace in their home. That is their home on the far right of the painting. They have a great view of the Bunker Hill Monument from their street, Monument Ave. I loved the dramatic perspective of this view and one of the most difficult parts was getting the drawing right before I started painting it. I took this photo below of the drawing before I began to block in the colors.
A photo from an early stage...
And just for fun, Susan sent me an image of the fireplace where they plan to hang the painting so I photoshopped the painting into her picture to give a rough preview of how it might look. She is coming to pick the painting up tomorrow so I hope to hear that she loves it as much in person as she did via email!
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.