So, the holidays have got the best of me and paintings are going slow. However, I did spend quite a bit of time on the piece below. I have embraced the whole idea of story telling in my work and hope that my viewers will find their own stories through my paintings. I challenged myself with both color and design and this apron went through various stages as seen below. (Painting is 30x36)
Merry xmas everyone!!!
I was off to a good start….
Thursday, November 13, 2014
These are two pieces that will be shown at the Copley Society Holiday show. Opening reception is tonight (November 13) from 5:30-7:30. All are welcome. Think about giving the gift of art this holiday season! Show runs through the end of December.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
So, after spending a week in New Hampshire, all I could think about was the beautiful foliage. I decided to do a step by step lesson with my class so they could get a handle on painting all those leaves. Though beautiful to view, trees can be overwhelming to paint. We painted our gray background with acrylic. After it dried we finished the painting in oils. The key is to see each tree as a single shape. This was accomplished by creating large dark silhouettes. Mid tones were carefully applied on top of the darks. And finally we added the lights which helped zone in on the focal point of each painting. Below are the results of Deb and Kathleen. Kudos to both!!!
Friday, October 10, 2014
So, when people ask what I do for a living, I sometimes hesitate. If I respond with "I'm a painter", they automatically picture me on a ladder painting their house. If I respond with I'm an illustrator, the integrity of my fine art seems to get lost. So I have learned to answer with "I'm an artist" pure and simple. The painting below was inspired by a friend's facebook photo of her children sledding. The photo is just a starting place. It is what you do with it that makes a successful painting/illustration. I wanted to add drama, thus the sunset. I wanted it to feel familiar so I chose the Boston Common. I designed the sledders in a traditional "S" pattern, always a winning composition. So below is the original photo and the finished painting. Enjoy!
Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
I'm settling into the fall season in my studio working on a series of small still lives. I hope this one brings back a few memories. After all, when's the last time you actually enjoyed Cookies and Milk?
(6x6 oil on gesso board off to the Hourglass gift gallery in Melrose)