(because it's on a larger canvas board and can't be cut down)
After a long drive we arrived in Naples on Thursday, January 12th.
I had a full blown sinus cold but, was happy to see familiar faces in class the next day. Although I felt a bit out of line for exposing everyone to my germs, I passed out the Clorox wipes and everyone was happy that I didn't cancel. Thank you for your warm welcome!
If you've been trying to sign up for my classes through the Von Liebig website and had trouble finding my classes, the website is undergoing a redo and it's unreliable.
Here is the schedule and you can call the front desk at
We had the most lovely opening party last night for our Girls Just Wanna Paint group show at South Shore Natural Science Center.
Despite pouring rain, we were pleased and honored to have a substantial turnout of supporters to cheer us on.
Thank you to all!
The Girls: Left to Right. Sally Dean Mello, Victoria Chesley Brega, Jeannie MacFarland, Jody Regan, Mary Sheehan Winn, Kelley Carey MacDonald, Pamela Copeman, Paula Villanova and Margaret Farrell Bruno. Missing: Page Pearson Railsback.
This brick house sits on the very edge of Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Don and I have used up a couple of expiring time share weeks at the Flagship, a high rise that overlooks this little house and the distant boardwalk. It is so close to the water that the surf pounds it and the tenants park their cars far from the building. Walking to and from the boardwalk at different times of day I was struck by the light on this place and the desolate fields around it. This view is late afternoon and I framed it to include the gnarled, vine covered tree. We really enjoy the time here. Don plays poker and I paint and we walk the boardwalk. There's something for both of us.
Anders Zorn was a Swedish painter who sometimes used a palette limited to Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black and White. With these colors he was able to create paintings with a seeming full range of color, with black acting as blue. He was an international success and painted portraits of three U.S. Presidents. This month's Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge was to use the Zorn palette. I decided to choose a simple subject and mix my colors ahead. This amazing array of colors is the result.
The most important consideration when you begin a painting is composition or design.
I was most interested in the shapes of the piers and the shapes of the reflections in the water. There was another boat docked across from this one and after struggling with it, I just eliminated it. Problem solved, and the composition is stronger without it anyway. Think about things like that when you are composing your picture.
What a beautiful summer it has been! Hopefully, it will continue for quite some time. We aren't ready to make the transition.
Also, stay tuned for information about my color mixing workshop!
I painted two in a row of this view from our little cottage on the Bay of Fundy.
I love the simple shapes and composition as the tide rapidly returns, erasing the sandbars.
You'll notice a slightly warmer tone when I post the second one as the light was changing more toward the "golden hour".
I have been traveling and visiting friends and family this summer. I've visited Monhegan Island, Block Island, Provincetown and of course, I love spending the summer in my backyard oasis here in Marshfield by the sea, watching my birds and bunnies and hanging out in my pool :D
I was painting on Monhegan at the beginning of June with my cohorts Bobbi Heath and Carol Douglas. While waiting for the ferry we decided to try and slam another painting in. This has remained two thirds completed until last week when I got serious about finishing it. I probably had FOF, which is painter lingo for, "fear of finishing", just one of the many phobias affecting most of us painters. A whole post could be written on artist's phobias and maybe I will, but, that's for later. I have two more very good starts from that trip to finish up and you will, hopefully see them soon. I the meantime, Don and I are back in glorious Parrsboro.
Summer Skies is the June theme for the Girls Just Wanna Paint and this is a stand in for the one that got away ;)
I spent a few days last week on Block Island with my brother. We didn't bring a car so I just wandered around the main drag near the ferry landing enjoying the old hotels and the plethora of boaters in for the July 4th Celebration.
There are beautiful old hotels on the Island and the weather was superb. I didn't bring all my gear but I found a shady spot and did a sketch of the Surf Hotel.
the architecture is very Edward Hopper
This little shop is a must see. Everything is handmade and Jan, the artist, is a bubbling fountain of creativity.
South East Lighthouse
More paintings on the way of this beautiful place.
I spent last week exploring and painting on Monhegan Island with fellow artists Bobbi Heath and Carol Douglas. I painted this from my perch on the 4th floor balcony of the Monhegan House. It was a gray day with intermittent sun and clouds mixed with sprinkles and downpours. Such is island weather.
We frequently encountered Karl Nestleberger's Uber golf cart service with Anne Nestleberger, Jack Haran and friends aboard.
This was the loaded topic for this months Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge and the possible paintings depicting such, were like a roulette wheel going around and around in my head. Finally, I pulled it out at the last minute after procrastinating over, what women want. They wanna paint! This woman wanted to paint these beautiful sunflowers in her periwinkle blue, faux McCoy pitcher! So, she did. Our meeting tonight ran from laughter to tears and back to laughter. Some of us are bearing up under loss and some of us are struggling with life's randomness and inexplicable path. We all agreed that this group friendship, begun around our painting, is an anchor and that we feel safe and loved and supported by one another, and that that, is really what women want.