Saturday, January 24, 2015

Back to White

White Dove
6x6 watercolor 

Here are two value studies I did of this little dove. The difference between them is that for the watercolor painting, the dove was lit only with ambient light from a table lamp and the oil study was lit with a spotlight.
For me, white objects are fun to paint and a great way to study value and temperature.
There are a few spots left in my class at Von Liebig on Friday. 
Sign up here.

White Dove
6x6 oil on panel 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Von Liebig Classes

6x6 oil on panel

Eight brave souls took on the the world of values, shape and color in my first class of the season at the Von Liebig Center for the arts, last Friday, and we all had fun. I discovered that many of them are going to be repeat students so I'm going to have to stay on my toes!
This is my demo and yes, the edges of the shadows should be a tad lighter ;)
My next class is scheduled for January 30th and you can book it here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cat Challenge ~ Atticus

8x10 graphite on paper

plan to do a painting of Atticus the "Catticus" but, decided to do a graphite drawing of him last night while watching Shark Tank.  He lives in Missouri and loves to sit on the bathroom sink, as do my girls. It's a cat thing.
If you'd like to see your favorite feline here, please send me a good photo and I will do my best.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DPW Judge's Pick and a Ramble

Jackson and Reagan
12x12 oil on panel
commission ~ SOLD

Out of 107 entries, I am one of the Judge's Picks in the December 2014,  DPW Monthly painting contest! Such an honor. This painting of Jackson and Reagan was a commission for a dog lover friend of mine. Check out the winners here.

Also, my class at Von Liebig will be on FRIDAY, not THURSDAY as I have previously posted. Check it out here.

Don and the girls and I arrived in Naples, Florida late yesterday afternoon. The good news is that everyone lived, but we were all very tired ;) 

Stay tuned for my cat challenge paintings.

 my Auntie's cat, Cleo


Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy 2015!

6x6 oil on raymar panel NFS

The last post of the year is for our GJWP painting challenge blog, the topic of which is 'memory'.
From many cherished memories, I chose this painting of my dearest, much missed boy, Wendell. 
I am a total cat girl and am about to embark on a cat painting challenge. If anyone has any cat photos they'd like me to try my hand at, please send them to me at 
In the meantime, every day is a new day to start over. To be better. To reach a goal. To change what you can and accept what you can't. Happy New Year to all of my family, friends and supporters. I wish you the best in 2015. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter Sky

"Winter Sky, Brant Rock"
6x6 oil on panel
This time of year brings dramatic dark skies and glowing early sunsets. It's this particular combination that makes an old fashioned and quite ordinary cottage look amazing! I love how the shadows carve out the abstract shapes in the picture. I've been very busy doing some commissions which I am unable to post lest the 'surprise' factor be jeopardized. 
Wishing everyone love and blessings and a Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 01, 2014


Truro Full Moon
6x8 oil on panel

This month's Girls Just Wanna Paint topic is 'magical' and what is more magical than a full moon over a  Cape Cod winter marsh?  
Please be sure to check out my show at Bella's restaurant which is up through January 4th.  Small 6x6 framed paintings are priced at $200. Think Christmas gifts :D

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Open Studios Weekend

Party Lights 

Open Studios is Christmas-like in terms of anticipation and preparation and then the guests arrive!  I promise to reward all who chug up 4 flights of stairs with refreshments, and wonderful art!
Coinciding with this weekend,  I have a show of 26 paintings in ''The Little Bar" at Bella's Restaurant, 933 Hingham Street (Route 228). They aren't open for lunch but you may ask to see the show at any time and I recommend staying for dinner because the food is great.
My studio is at 83 East Water Street in Rockland, MA 02370 for you GPS users and we are open from 12-5 on Saturday and Sunday. See you there!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bella's Opening this Sunday 5-7

My Bella's Show is finally up. It was beautifully hung by my artist friend and bartender extraordinaire, Viv Harlow, who manages the art shows there. Come visit with me and other artist friends in the Little Bar on Sunday from 5-7.
Also, Open Studios is the following weekend! 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Stonington Cove

Stonington Cove
12x16 oil on cradled hardboard

I painted this on Sunday while the wind howled and rain and snow poured from the sky. Painting against a deadline doesn't usually produce good work but there are exceptions. I'm pretty happy with this one, which is an example of the kind of brushwork and color use that I'm trying to achieve. This painting will be in my Bella's show.
On a different note, my hubby had a small natural gas "wood" stove installed in our living room last week as a backup in the case of power outages. Wouldn't you know we were out for an hour Saturday night and I was unusually calm, cool and collected. We weren't out long enough for the house to get too cold but it was nice to know that if it did we could be fairly comfortable for a while.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Taking one for the Team

Happy Halloween
this painting will be sent to bed without any supper and thrown in the trash asap

Our GJWP topic this month is 'Neighbor'. This house is across the street from my studio and always had an elaborate Halloween display but it's been scaled down to just the gravestones.
Sometimes I see a painting and I think to myself, "that should never have made it out of the studio." and this one is a good example. It's pretty bad but sometimes you have to take one for the team.
I spent the day down at Green Harbor painting boats on a cold and cloudy day. It was a struggle to get my drawing correct even though I was using a viewfinder but I ended up with a passable study. The fisherman were abuzz pulling boats and traps out of the water for the winter pressed by a Nor'easter in the forecast for this weekend.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Winter Storage
Apologies for the glare-y photo, I think it's done. 
The opening for my Bella's show will be on Sunday, November 16th from 5-7 PM.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Work in Progress

Work in Progress
I don't like to post WIPs but I will take a chance here and give you a sneak peek of my large paintings.
I've mentioned that I will be showing my work at Bella's Italian Restaurant beginning in November and through the first of the year. Because the space needs larger paintings, I committed to working much larger than I'm used to and let me just say that from 6"x6" to 24"x24" is a jump.

Here are a sequence of photos of my process in enlarging a small painting. My process is to grid a printout of the original painting and draw it onto newsprint. I then chalk the back, along the lines of the drawing and transfer it to the toned board. I'm using Ampersand unprimed hardboard which has a 2" cradle to eliminate the need for framing, although the buyer can always add a frame. I give it three coats of gesso, sanding lightly between coats and tone it with an underpainting that will enhance the color harmony of the final painting. There is a lot of blue in this painting so I chose an orange ground. 
For those of you who've emailed me about taking my Painting from Photos workshop, I will be scheduling it for after Open Studios which is November 22 & 23 from noon to 5 PM,the weekend before Thanksgiving. 

Also, this weekend is The Hingham Arts Walk featuring my GJWP homies. Please stop by and visit Kelley MacDonald, Paula Villanova and of course Page at the studio of Page Pearson Railsback, at 35 North Street from 12-4 on Sunday, October 19th.


traced onto board

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Classic Oldie

"Classic Car"
8x8 oil on Pintura panel
There's a little garage near my studio, where some 'car guys'  restore classic cars. I've been driving by it for years and have always wanted to paint this beautiful peridot green car. Now that I'm posting, I realize that I should know what kind of car it is. But, I'll have to tell you next time.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Pink Cottage

Pink Cottage
8x10 oil on canvas panel

I love color and pushing this pink into a glowing 'presence' was really fun! I can see cropping this differently and painting a few different versions of it. 
I've been invited to show my work at Bella's Restaurant, which is a local favorite serving Italian cuisine. They've been supporting area artists in the 'Little Bar' gallery for at least a decade and I am psyched to have this opportunity. I need to do some LARGE paintings for this show and I'm ready. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014


9x12 watercolor abstract 

The topic for our GJWP Challenge this month is "Expression". There are so many ways to interpret that word but for me, it's all about my art. This is a watercolor/abstract painting of my Wendell.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Jersey Shore

Sunflower and Garret
6x10 watercolor
We are leaving Atlantic City today after a fabulous week in our 31st floor digs on the Jersey Shore. I think I might be a Jersey girl at heart. Who knew?
I did this little study toward a future painting of my garret which is the last window at the top right.
our awesome aerie

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Monhegan- View from the Garret

"View from The Garret"
6x10 watercolor
I began this sketch the day I checked into my garret. It was an overcast day so there isn't much contrast. 
This week I'm in Atlantic City on the 31st floor of the Flagship Hotel. Love the sound of the ocean and the wind. Don and I have been keeping the sliding doors ajar all night so we can enjoy it. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Monhegan Panorama

"Monhegan Study"
5x9 watercolor
Spending a few glorious days on Monhegan Island with my painter friend Bobbi Heath.
We ate a fabulous meal at the Island Inn where not only did they allow us to split an entree, they plated it separately as well and we walked home enjoying the spectacular starry sky, which is so much more dramatic way out here.
I did this little study of Manana and the harbor from the sitting area just outside my top floor 'garret' at Monhegan house. I have always wanted a garret! Life is good ;)

the garret 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More Morning Glories #3 of 30 in 30

Morning Glories
8x8 watercolor on Arches

This is my third painting for Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challengeMy greatest pleasure during the amazing summer of 2014 has been the incredible weather with low humidity, temperatures consistently in the 75-80 range, and hardly any mosquitos.  WHAT?!
Next to that, which was pretty big for me, I've been loving sitting on my deck enjoying our little slice of oceanside nirvana and painting. Our 'Heavenly Blue' Morning Glories are in full bloom and I cannot get enough of this beautiful shade of blue. 
The painting is much lighter and cleaner than I can reproduce in this photo. Back at it again tomorrow.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Morning Glories

"Morning Glories"
6x12 watercolor
My second painting in Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge is this tower of morning glories which I grow on trellises inside ceramic pots on my deck. The 'heavenly blue' shade of these flowers is almost impossible to paint, but I tried. I so love sitting on my deck painting these gorgeous flowers! This has been a perfect summer and I hope this is a trend in the weather.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30

After Andrew Wyeth's painting "Her Room"
6x10 sketchbook watercolor

Leslie Saeta has thrown out another 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and I am jumping onto the bandwagon.
The challenge is to paint A LOT and I could use some motivation and some discipline in focusing.
This is my interpretation of an Andrew Wyeth painting, entitled 'Her Room'. There's something kind of lonely in the stark and melancholy mood of his paintings, set by his muted palette.  
It was a challenge in itself to try and match his color. 
As Leslie will remind everyone, this is about having fun and sharpening one's skills not about the count. So, I'm in.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Interpreting Water with Collage

6x6 paper collage 

My interpretation of "water", for the September, Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge is a collage of the ocean, beginning with the sandy shoreline, made from Color Aid paper. 
I've had this exquisite block of paper since I went to New England School of Art many moons ago and have barely used it because its chronological array of colors and hues is breathtakingly beautiful. 
A reason to save it forever, right? 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Collage Workshop

Cigar Box Decoupage

I had great fun bringing out my 'inner' abstract artist at a weekend collage workshop at the Art Complex Museum a week ago. I love cutting and pasting and gluing and I 'arted' up this cigar box with a torn map and buttons a la Sally Dean. She's the education coordinator at the ACM and was also a participant. Of course, we were incorrigible ;)
Inside, I put a photo of my niece Chrissie and I, taken in one of those photo booths, at Paragon Park, way back in the day. 
She's an artsy girl herself and I'm giving it to her. She will love it!

Cigar Box Interior

One of my brothers did the rabbit ears thing :D

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Spencer's Island

Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia
4x10 watercolor
I made this little sketch in pen and ink before doing the painting. Some elements have been eliminated to showcase the smooth water and Spencer's Island which is off to the left. This is where the Mary Celeste was built. I often wish I could go back in time and see what this land looked like during the Age of Sail.