Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Gone With The Wind

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….
 Ended up with some really boring color….
 And finally brought the apron back to life with color and an additional flying recipe.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Copely Opening Tonight

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.

10x10 oil on board

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Foliage

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

Painting or illustration

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

Coffee shop dreams

This piece was inspired by one of my students who has a beautiful collection of coffee pots. Perhaps one day she will use them in a quaint little coffee shop of her own.

 (12x12 available at the South Shore Art center holiday show, Nov-Dec)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Hydrangeas

Come November the South Shore Art center in Cohasett will exhibit their annual Holiday Show. This year they have asked the gallery artists to paint on 12x12" canvases. Above is one of 4 paintings that I will be submitting.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Peggy Lawton's cookies

I'm not a big fan of cookies, much more of a candy girl, but I just can't resist Peggy Lawton's. It doesn't help either that they're always near the check out counter.  So, here's to Peggy!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5 Minute Paintings

Last night was the first night of class. Seeing we all took the summer off we needed an exercise to get us moving again. The students started by doing 5 minute paintings with big brushes and limited brushstrokes. Check out these fantastic results below! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Midnight Snack

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)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


So, this is day 2 of my new blog. Still figuring it all out.
I spent a great deal of time this spring and summer going back to "all things vintage".  Attached is one of a series of vintage inspired paintings (24x36). Today It is off to the J. Todd Gallery in Wellesley.