Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sittin' it Out

6x6 oil on board
Ok, so I left you hanging but not intentionally. The power came on Monday night while I was cooking dinner by battery powered lamp and feeling so great about scoring 6 bags of ice at a liquor store that had just opened about an hour before and still has some left. Yup, 6 unnecessary bags of ice but WHATEVER. We have electricity. We're so spoiled, really but those long dark nights are just nasty.
This little cow creamer is sitting down. Don't ask me why but I bought a sitting pig creamer and a sitting duck creamer. Don't tell Don ;)
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Goodnight Irene

Black Eyed Susan 6x6 oil on board
I'll make this short and sweet. We have no power and although things could be much worse it might be a while before we are plugged in again. The storm for us, wasn't all that bad although we lost our favorite shade tree. No biggie. Sitting in a dark house at night is a drag. Reading by candlelight doesn't work for me because two curious cats are way intrigued by the flickering candles. This little painting was a one stroke at a time exercise that I did on Saturday.
I'll be back. Really.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nantasket Beach Sunset

8x8 oil on Gator Board with Black Wood Frame 

 Last week I was invited to paint and dine with a gracious friend who has a seaside condo with a sunset view. SO BEAUTIFUL. Pam is an interior designer so you know her home is 'done up'. We arrived in time to have some wine and munchies and chat but soon set up to catch (and I do mean catch) the sun setting. I was only able to get in a few color notes before the show was over but I had photos and have finished it from those. I will take another crack at this in a larger format now that I've gotten the composition and some color harmony worked out because I think I could loosen it up just a bit. To the left is the main boulevard with the lights of passing cars and street lights. Pam served us some fabulous food and we had a great night laughing and talking all things art.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Classic Bug and Painting Classes

12x12 oil on Birch

I couldn't resist painting a much larger version of this classic Volkswagen with the Peace sign in the back window. Fabulous and really fun to paint! Some paintings seem to paint themselves.
I've also revamped my look here using Blogger's new template to add one of my favorite features, the blogroll with thumbnails. How can one resist those images? So tempting. It isn't complete yet so if you aren't on there it's because it has to be edited one blog at a time and I have a lot of links. Now you can add up to 10 pages on your blog so check out my Paintings for Sale and Sold Work pages. I also have a class planned for which I'm working out the details. Stay tuned......

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gallery Opening!

6x6 oil on board

I've been most fortunate to have been invited to join Homegrown Arts and Crafts a new gallery opening in Duxbury on St. George Street right across from Far Far's ice cream shop.
Lisa Mackin is the owner and an artist in her own right doing fabulous "baked" bead jewelry and intricate scratch board drawings. She has an eclectic mix of arts and crafts including jewelry, paintings, prints, photos, fabric, sculpture and glass. Lisa has the 'touch' as I call it for display and presentation. I think her fabulously decorated little shop will be a one stop gift destination when people begin to hear about it. May I say that the pricing is extremely affordable? I have some prints there as well as a selection of my small paintings such as this little 6x6 of 'The Gem' (again, a commission). Check out the opening this Sunday all day.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pilgrim Monument History Lesson

   It has long been believed and stated in history books that the Pilgrims first landed in Plymouth Massachusetts, however history may have left out a stop in Provincetown.  Pilgrim Monument was built to commemorate the Pilgrim's landing in Provincetown and the signing of the Mayflower Compact there. The tower is impressive and can actually be seen from here in Marshfield on clear days. The distance as the crow flies being only 17 miles. Driving distance, 97 miles. Lots of other things getting in the way of my painting including a few wipers. I just realized that I never posted this one done a few weeks ago. Jackpot!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Commercial Street Hollyhocks


Yes, the stars of the show here were actually the hollyhocks but I forgot to put them in the title. I took another shot at this because I needed the practice with such complicated subject matter. This on is 10x10 on a RayMar panel. Summer in New England is incredibly short but sweet and I'm enjoying the weather and the beach. Today my mama and I are going to lunch at the ocean side Fairview Restaurant. I'm posting this sneak preview of my painting in process. A 12x12 version of the Classic Bug. Stay tuned.

Monday, August 01, 2011


Wow, it's August already. Summer goes too fast. Thank you all for your visits and comments. YOU make my day! and just because we have a cat subject, here's a photo of 'the girls' almost a year old. Abba on the left and Wolfie (Wolfamena) on the right.
This painting of Page's cat Kenny is our July subject for Girls Just Wanna Paint

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