Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Collage Class with Seniors

We celebrated "spring" this week by using flowers 
for our collage inspiraion.  
We had fresh flowers and images of floral paintings available,
and some brought in their own images. 

This has turned out to be one of the most 
joyful experiences of my life. 
These woman are bright, funny, and incredibly talented. 

Happy Spring! 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Procreate Tool

"The Blue Section"
16 x 16 
acrylic on paper 

This is where the painting was on the first pass. 

I realized that the large blue shape on the left 
was keeping the viewer
from moving in. 

 So I put the image in Procreate on my I Pad 
and added some stripes to see if that would 

solve the problem. 
And warmed up the sand color. 

This is a great way "try out"
different solutions while away from the easel.  

Stay tuned! 
I will be teaching a figure class 
at NRAS during the summer session! 
Tuesdays 9:30 - 12:30 am

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Working on edges lately.

"Seating Plan"
16 x 16 acrylic on paper 

Similar subject
from last year. 

"Sea Level Seating"
14 x 14 oil 
Mass Art Auction

The journey continues. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Composition Considerations

I started this in the 
Mark Daniel Nelson workshop last winter 
and it just caught my eye 
so I worked on it today. 

12 x 9 oil 

As I think about relationship of shapes 
and colors in my compositions,
I'm noticing that I tend to make all my 
shapes the same size. 
Not very exciting.  

This one began with that in mind, 
but somehow it still happened. 

To see the video I posted
you need to click on link to the
actual blog page in the email.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Procreate Feature

I recently took an I Pad class on the 
Procreate app with Nancy Gruskin 
at Concord Art.

She showed us how to make a time lapse video
of an I Pad Painting in progress! 

(I hope you can see this.
I've never attached a video to my blog before) 

I put an image of an old painting in the app,
then played with the colors.
All without touching the original painting. 
Then I did another painting from the I pad image. 

The original painting. 

The new painting. 

This app is great for seeing how things will look,
without loosing the original idea. 
As in
"What would happen if I made the sweater 
pink instead of yellow? "

Friday, March 30, 2018

Abstract Postcards

We had a small group for the collage class 
this week at Linden Ponds
(due to the holiday).

We glued random papers of different sizes 
of one color family 
to  9 x 12 Bristol boards.

Once flattened and dried, we cut them into 
four 6 x 4 1/2 

The unexpected relationships
 of the abstract shapes are amazing.
These can be mailed,
or made in to cards. 
The girls really enjoyed it so
 we are going to do it again next week 
when we have a larger group. 

The woman who did the last green one, told me she is legally blind,  
after she cut out all those dots with a hole puncher,
then glued them on herself.  

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Landscape Collages

For our third collage class
at Linden Ponds this week,  
we worked on landscapes. 

I brought in some postcards of landscape paintings 
for them to use as reference. 

This gal worked from an image on her cell phone! 

This is an amazing group of woman
who all come to the class excited and ready to create.  
I am honored to spend this time with them.