Thursday, November 19, 2015

Open Studios Weekend

Come visit from 12-5 Saturday and Sunday, 
November 21 & 22. 
Over 70 artists and artisans in two buildings.
Stop into the Sandpaper Factory at 83 East Water Street in Rockland, MA. Enter through the left side door and you'll find me at the top of the stairs on the 4th floor!

my studio

2 Buildings
2 Days

We've had a facelift
I miss my windows :(

83 East Water Street 
Rockland MA 02370
My Studio Lights

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ship Model

"Ship Model"
8x8 $200

It's that time of year again and we are all scrambling to get ready for Open Studios which is next Saturday and Sunday from 12-5. 

There are many new artists in the Sandpaper Factory and our new owner and steward, Alan, has really spruced up our building with siding and new windows. 
Bring your family and friends and have a blast. Maybe pick up something wonderful for someone on your Christmas list!

This is a little painting I did a few weeks back while visiting my friend Bobbi Heath at her cool house in Maine. 

This weekend in New Hampshire to celebrate my nephew Ryan's 12th (gasp)birthday. 
Guess what he got from his Auntie?

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Girls Just Wanna Paint

6x6 oil on ray mar panel

Although we don't focus on tough topics, we don't shy away from them either. 
October's topic was "gun".
Some of us had trouble figuring out a way to portray this subject but, there are many possible interpretations of any given topic, and as usual, the Girls came through.
A last minute conversation with my young nephew in which he exuberantly shared the details of the "coolest" nerf gun he had picked up at a yard sale for $1, reminded me that I could work the lighter side of this "loaded" subject. Pun intended.
We all carry a psychological burden just from witnessing horrific acts of murder and increasing gun violence in our culture. 
I don't have any answers but I remember the victims.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Page Railsback Workshop

20x20 on gallery wrap

Two things. 
The Painting from the Heart workshop with Page Railsback was awesome! I got to experiment with acrylics and loved the texture of the paint. So different from oils. Loved painting a large painting and being able to scumble over passages that dry so quickly that added layers of color can shine through.
The other thing is that I'm in Maine and it doesn't get better!

Page Railsback checking out the contour paintings

Maine - the way life should be 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Edward Hopper Rooftops

"Edward Hopper Rooftops"
6x6 oil on Raymar panel

This month's Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge was to paint like a famous artist. 
Having just visited Pittsfield, Massachusetts, an old mill town whose Main Street is pretty much lined with stately old brick buildings, I chose Edward Hopper because I was reminded of his wonderful paintings every time I drove through the city.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Birds in Flight Triptych

birds in flight 

This little sketch is a preliminary workup to an idea I've been incubating. It's micron pen and watercolor with touches of metallic marker throughout. I'll probably leave the bird in the top center white because it was more powerful that way. 
Meanwhile, we are vacationing in the Berkshires and loving it!
Yesterday we drove to the summit of Mount Greylock. 

fabulous views from Mount Greylock

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Finial House Provincetown

"The Finial House"
8x8 oil on panel 

My gal pals and I headed out Wednesday for our "jeep trip" to paint in Provincetown.
It was a glorious day and although it was a bit hot, once we set up to paint this awesome cottage, the breeze off the water and the shade changed everything. 
P'Town is known for being one of the original art colonies with a roster of who's who artists and as the Provincetown Trolley kept passing by, we could hear the driver saying, "and here are some artists", making us part of the 'show' so to speak which is just as it should be :D
We topped it off with an early bird dinner at Fanizzi's, which is my pick for dining in Provincetown and we all, if I may say so, got 'keepers' which was a bonus. 

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Last Tomatoes

"Tiny Tomatoes"
6x12 watercolor

Summer is officially over but you wouldn't know it on this 96 degree day. I'm off tomorrow for a "Jeep Trip" with my two Amigas. It will be a leisurely drive to Provincetown to paint. See you back here. Stay cool.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

South River Summer

South River Summer
6x12 oil on panel

I took my butt off of the deck and went out painting in our beautiful neighborhood. Big puffy cumulus clouds filled the sky and the breeze was strong enough to keep the bugs away.
This area between the South River and the Atlantic is called Humarock and offers the best of both worlds. Sunrise over the ocean and sunset over the river. 
Although I drove here, (of course with all my "stuff" I'd have to anyway) I could actually walk here through the dunes from my home beyond the distant tree line. 
Most of this painting was done on site but I tweaked it a bit in the studio today. There are still lots of fabulous old cottages along this beach just begging to be painted! I'm sure I will have to oblige.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Herring Run

Herring Run
8x8 oil on canvas board 
I spent the day painting at the herring run in Pembroke on Saturday. There were many beautiful dragonflies which I've discovered to be ebony jewel wings. Very inspiring for some work I've been planning which will involve abstract collage. The subject, dragonflies. Stay tuned for that.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Painting Award!

Stonington Cove
12x16 oil 

My painting, "Stonington Cove",  received second place in oils in the Pembroke Arts Festival which is very exciting! The show takes place next weekend on the town green and in the Community Center. Lots of art and food and music. Go!

Saturday, August 01, 2015


Cape Blomidon 
8x8 WC on Arches Cold Press

A little peek of a fair weather sky over Blomidon which is shrouded in fog. The mist actually rolls down the sides of its cliffs like whipped cream on an ice cream sundae.
This is our July Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge. Our 6th year anniversary!
Cheers to all of our GJWP artists past and present! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Oh Canada

Patriotic in Parrsboro
8x8 oil on panel 
special shipping price to Canada

I only recently discovered that my Mama had a Canadian flag in her eclectic collection of this and that. I don't know where or when she acquired it but, it's mine now and I was delighted to be able to fly it off the railing at the cottage in Parrsboro. 
We do, after all, have MacDonald roots from Antigonish on my mama's, mama's side.
While racking my brain for something to paint besides water, boats and trees I suddenly hit on a novel idea. The flag!
I really enjoyed working the back and forth in the creases and I adore the RED in the Maple Leaf! 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Birds On a Wire

Birds On a Wire
9x12 oil on panel

This was started in the studio yesterday
 using a limited palette of burnt umber, alizarin crimson, ultramarine and white.

I honestly need some feedback on this one because I can't tell if I should go back on it or let it be.
I love when birds swarm around telephone wires and then land en masse!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

"Bathing Beauties" Girls Just Wanna Paint Challenge

6x9 watercolor with pen and ink
These two fabulous BFF's were strolling on Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester and I was taken by their beauty, the contrast in their skin tones and their girlish delight in taking 'selfies' with their phones.
This painting is a bit of a departure for me as in, I drew the figures with a micron pen and then did the watercolor. My camera does not capture the depth in the water or the iridescent sparkle I used on the figures and in the sand.
Check out the Girls Just Wanna Paint Bathing Beauties!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jetty Study

"Rocks and Waves"
6x6 oil on panel

On my painting retreat I spent most of one day out on the back shore on the open ocean side of the "secret" hideaway, first painting the rocky island in the morning light and then turning toward this view later in the afternoon. 
I tried to keep a linear design in the rocks and just suggest the water and spray swirling around me. 
I was not going to include any houses until the light caught this house's red metal roof and gave it a lovely purple glow that seemed to add to the painting.
Glorious, is how I'd describe being out on the rocks painting all day. Nothing better!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Maine Rocks

Maine Rocks
6x6 oil on RayMar panel
The title is a play on words. 
Maine does rock and the rocks in Maine are spectacular. 
This was painted off the back shore of the "secret hideaway" where there was a painting everywhere we turned. No need to even leave the property. My kind of place. 
My apologies for this poor photo, I will upload another in its place asap.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lilacs in McCoy Vase

Lilacs in Blue 
9x12 oil on masonite

My painting retreat was invigorating and enriching. 

The company of six women in an old Farmhouse painting, eating, drinking, talking and laughing for a week was just what I needed to break me out of my rut. 
The fresh scent of lilacs, which were out in abundance, filled the house and one rainy day we set up and painted them. 
I brought my favorite blue pitcher with me to use for still life and it was perfect!

The air. 
The surf. 
The pine trees. 
The rocks. 
I love it.

Pemaquid Lighthouse

Yes, I climbed all the way down the rocks to get the iconic shot. Worth it ;) 

Friday, June 05, 2015

Painting Retreat

6x6 watercolor
I am off for a week of painting with a stellar group of fun ladies on the rocky coast of Maine. One week of focusing only on my art is exactly what I need at this time.
I did this watercolor in Naples a few months ago. In my quest for abstraction, what better subject than lily pads?  
I'll be posting more of these studies which never made the blog this winter and you can look forward to some paintings of beautiful, soulful Maine!

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