Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
24x24 on Gallery Stretched Canvas
And yet one more large painting. I often take great photo references in local harbors (I wish this was mine!). and began ithis painting earlier this summer. I the. Got diverted to some great Provincetown paintings and a commission. It was a bit daunting, but last weekend I picked up where I had left off. Below is the early sketch and you can see where I have landed so far.
24x 24 Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
I am catching up on this blog after being a bit remiss in my postings last week. I've been spending time working on larger pieces- some from my earlier small originals. There is a different challenge in scale and color and completion-and a lot more paint. I really love this one and it will likely enter in some shows later this year.
16x20 Oil on Stretched Canvas
This weekend I looked at a piece 8 had done several years ago when newer to working with oils in my transition from watercolor. When I originally finished this one I was very pleased but now- not so much. So I decided to revamp it,paint over it, brighten it change some compositional elements. I am happy with it once again!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
8x8 Oil on Stretched Canvas. SOLD
This was for a friend and I love the way it turned out. Just a small piece, but it captures all that needs to be said about this bright sunny day on a sailing pier. I was particularly pleased with the reflections and can't wait to work on a large version of this one.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
For the past couple of years, I've been painting many, many small paintings- usually 8x8's. I started as part of a 30 day painting challenge and have continued because they are fun. I am also still working full time, so many evenings I have time to work small but not the energy to begin a large piece. Many of my small paintings become larger paintings over time. I'm currently working on several large paintings for a hopeful solo show sometime within the next year. The other reason I love small is that it allows me to share my work and many can buy real art to enjoy in their own spaces. I get the nicest notes- great encouragement. That's it for now!
8x8 Oil on Stretched Canvas
With summer now in the rear view mirror, I'm still enjoying painting places I love. There is a set of small house cottages right across the road from this beach that really catch the light at certain times of the day. The hydrangeas were in bloom- all the better in this dry summer season.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
Friday, September 2, 2016
8x8 Oil on Stretched Canvas
And yet one more! I am very pleased with this one, painted early one morning this week. I've always liked yellows and the sun on the old Main Street storefront just glowed. The flags, too, are a sure identifier of the town -always festive and never boring!
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
8x8 Oil on Stretched Canvas. SOLD
We travelle d to P-town for a date this weekend- great street scenes- wonderful people watching- loads of wonderful galleries. I had a chance to visit the Anne Packard gallery- one of my all time favorite Cape artists. Her work is amazing, evoking all that is wonderful about Cape Cod and Provincetown in particular. I found myself feeling honored to be a painter- to share in some minuscule and remote way this craft with someone who is so talented in ways I can never hope to approach. Still, we paint. All of us who do can share in the joy of color and challenge and light and shadow. We can see the world in different perspectives and notice details in the life around us. Grateful on this Sunday morning.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
8x10 Oil on Panel
I am really pleased with this one. After a couple of weeks of painting frustration, I relaxed and focused on this great scene near Harpswell, ME. A quilt artist had proudly displayed her work for sale- beautiful works and a wonderfully sunny scene. Joy in July is my theme for all things this month, and this really made me happy.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
8 X10 Oil on Panel
After working on the large piece, I thought I would play a bit more loosely with shapes. I'd like to move more toward abstraction. This is not abstract, but I did paint with braid loose strokes and no detail, just representative patterns and shapes. I like the result!
Monday, July 18, 2016
24 x 30 Oil on Stretched Canvas. SOLD
I decided to work on this large piece from a small sketch I had completed some time ago. My summer goal is to complete several larger works in hopes of beginning to approach galleries and perhaps mount a show. I love this journey!
Sunday, July 10, 2016
9x12 Oil on Panel
This is a small study just to get the brush moving. I struggle sometimes with motivation- the 'why' question. A favorite artist friend once said that inspiration will come with action- just do the work and the rest will follow. Here's to action.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
9x12 Oil on Panel
We recently went to the summer classic car show in Hyannis, MA. It is a major annual event held on Fathers' Day and there were thousands of people and hundreds of great cars. As we strolled, we would comment-' I had that car once' or 'remember those beauties'! Classic cars spur emotion if you are over a certain age. I took pics and can't wait to play a bit more with these!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
8x8" Oil on Stretched Canvas
The long weekend provided much needed rest and time in the studio. I worked a bit on a tutorial, and then decided to paint this little gem. I'll be spending time in the Harpswell, ME area in the next few days for a wedding and have made several trips this spring. Beautiful bay views and amazing light. Anyway, I so enjoyed my time painting this one!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
16x20 Oil on Panel
We travelled back to Ohio last week to honor the passing of my brother-in-law. Once again, I found that when I move through Cleveland and on across the flat farm landscapes I can feel 'home'. It's where you come from, where your early connections, memories and morals are formed. This is one I started while there and finished in the studio with palette knife, playing with texture and brush strokes. Still learning every day.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
9x12 Oil on Linen Panel
I caught the sunlight on a historic farmhouse during a drive near Harpswell, Maine last week. I've been experimenting a bit with surfaces, blues, and brushes which has been stretching and fun. Looking forward to a productive painting summer!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
9 x 12 Oil on Linen Panel
We had great fun earlier this winter on an airboat tour through the Everglades with 'Captain Gerald' who owns a home 6 miles in on a small island. The scenery is amazing - remote and quiet. We got to catch the sunset before loading back onto the boats for the trip through the twilight back to the docks.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
8x8 Oil on Panel. SOLD
Well, I'm back. It has been a month since I have been able to paint. My teaching load has taken its toll this semester. I miss my brushes! Is is a painting of St. Petersburg harbor from a trip earlier this month. Ahhh! Feels good to paint!
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
6x6 Oil on Panel. SOLD
I'm painting from photo references during the winter months and generally choosing whatever brings a smile. I loved my visit to Phoenix in November and so enjoyed the scenery- the different color palette and the plant life that is so different from my New England home. This is the second small gem this month. They look fabulous in gold 2" frames and I can't wait for this one to dry.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
11x14, Oil on stretched Canvas
I went out to paint in the snow for the first time. Warm boots, coat, snow pants- but cold fingers and hard to adjust to gloves. The light was fantastic and you realize how many people are out and about in our local conservation land- hiking and skiing and walking dogs. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and I am very happy with the result.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
6x6 Oil oN Panel
Whew! That was a bit of a long stretch without paintng- almost two weeks. So good to be back. I return to this barn grouping often because it brings a smile and a sense of home. I took several photos of these groups this summer and it called to me as a great way to gear back up for the new year.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
No painting for a bit this month. I've been readjustung to work, traveling and just trying to catch up after a very busy December. I also got stuck with a painting I started and couldn't finish. Somehow I can't quite abandon it yet. I've also been thoughtfully taking in information and thinking about the painting year ahead. I'd like to see more accomplished this year than last, enter some shows, paint outside voraciously, take one or two great workshops. In order for any of this to happen, I need to be very intentional with my time and resources. The respite is great for quieting and planning and refueling. I can't wait to get back to the easel!