Sunday, September 24, 2017

California Eye Candy

California is filled with visual delights,
especially the art work in the wineries,
hotels and restaurants.

This was hanging behind the reception desk
at our hotel in Napa.

"Water Moves Beneath Us"

I looked him up and his artistic journey 
is inspiring!

This amazing painting was also in the lobby,
but sadly I didn't get the name of the artist. 

Just another boring office building in 
San Francisco. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Newly Inspired

I'm always newly inspired after traveling. 
Last week we took a whirlwind trip to 
San Francisco, Napa, and Anderson Valley. 
I took so many incredible images,
 I've got reference material for weeks. 

I just quickly did this study of the view 
taken from our 7th floor balcony
overlooking the Embarcadero. 

quick sketch in oil
12 x 16 

My first time using this product and I like it. 
The surface is almost like linen. 
Good for working out ideas.....

Our kids went to a wedding in Boonville
over the weekend so we baby sat
in the mountain house they rented. 

Phoebe 3 mos.
Homer 5 mos.

Nico 22 mos. 

A fun reason to travel! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Get Inspired!

I'm excited to be teaching a two day
workshop at Rockport Art Association 
next week September 27, 28 
9:30 - 3:30
If you need to shake things up and get inspired;
this is the workshop for you! 

(student work from previous class)

The Way In 
16 x 11 oil 
(from a photo) 

Learn how to create more “expressive” paintings by breaking the subject 
down into big, simple, shapes and letting go of the details. 
Using shape, color, and line, with an emphasis on 
strong composition and correct values, 
we will explore fun ways to express an emotion or feeling. 
Through a series of quick exercises, demos, and critiques, 
we will discover how to create lively, expressive paintings that are in fact,
 highly organized and carefully planned. 
Students will work from simple still life set-ups and photographs, 
using a limited palette and large brushes. 
Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone! 
Oils are encouraged, however acrylics will work.

Hope to see you there! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Painting Surfaces

I'm continually playing with different painting surfaces 
and recently purchased a dozen 9 x 12 carton panels
I like the surface because it has a lot of "drag".
You can get some interesting textures. 

"End of Summer Garden" 
12 x 9 oil on panel 

I was compelled to capture all those greens, 
soon to be reds and browns!  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Zooming In

I'm exploring the idea of zooming in on subjects,
using the large shapes to create the design.  

"Bring on Fall"
8 x 10 study (oil) 

Too many similar sized shapes? 
Where does the eye of the viewer end up? 
These are the design elements I'm playing with. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Roddy Competition

opens this Thursday
September 14 
6 - 8 pm. 

"The Candy Store"
8 x 8 oil 

I'm honored to have my little piece showing  
 with works by some very highly esteemed artists!  

The show will be on view until October 14.
Stop in if you're in the area! 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Back to School

It feels like I went back to school today.
I inventoried supplies, 
reviewed workshop dates, 
submitted works on line 
updated my website.
Come visit! 

Felt like I had to paint some sunflowers;
a favorite sign of fall.

"Fall Signs" 
(detail of work in progress) 

I even wore a brand new pair of 
"back to school" shoes today 

They are Earth Shoes.

(Yes, the same company that made 
those weird reverse heel shoe in the seventies.) 

These are THE most comfortable shoes
 I've ever worn!  

Monday, September 4, 2017

Other Creative Endeavors

Every Labor Day weekend there is a "Horribles Parade" 
in our little beach community.
I had a ball last week designing and building 
a Thomas the Train "float"
for our Grandchildren.  

It's amazing what you can do with cardboard 
and lots a masking tape! 

 I made his face out of quick drying clay. 

Everyone pitched in on the finishing touches,
just in time for parade! 

What a fun way to celebrate the end of 
a terrific summer! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Off the Beach

After spending a summer at the beach, 
right about now 
I start missing trees. 

Painting on the North River last week
was heavenly and I've become newly inspired. 

"The Way In"
20 x 16 

As we reflect on our glorious changing seasons
 here in New England,
let's not forget what's going on in Texas.
They need our help and prayers.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Painting By the River

Yesterday I finally got organized enough
 to pack up my gear and get outside to paint. 

"North River Garden"
12 x 9 oil 

It took a while for me to settle down
 and I had a lot of "false starts".
I decided to go back to my comfort zone; 
started with my darkest darks and worked up from there.

I was in heaven and so was Cello. 
She spent the day happily guarding my private time! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mise en Place

My very creative friend, Jayne 
is a master gardener and professional chef.    
She recently hosted a luncheon at her home 
on the North River.    

Jayne's Mise en Place 
14 x 11 gouache

Mise en place (French pronunciation: ​[mi zɑ̃ ˈplas]) is a French culinary phrase 
which means  "putting in place" or "everything in its place." 
It refers to the set up required before cooking,
 and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients (e.g.relishes, sauces, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, and other components) 
that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to be prepared during a shift.[1]

I took a few images of her prep area 
then played with the Procreate App on my I Pad Pro.

There was inspiration everywhere.  
More paintings to come
 from this visual extravaganza! 

Aside from the noodles, salmon, and mozzarella,
every dish was prepared with ingredients from her garden. 
Even the potatoes and eggs! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Beach Talk

"Beach Talk"
16 x 11 oil 

I'm just guessing,
 but I bet these two are talking politics. 

I painted this loosely and upside down 
over an old painting.

Not sure if the head going off the top 
is a problem or not. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Candy Store

There is a well known bar/restaurants in Newport, RI
called The Candy Store. 

It's our favorite stop whenever we get down there. 
Everything about it is fun;
even the seating. 

"The Candy Store"
8 x 8 oil study 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer Subjects

There is still a lot 
of summer left.  

The Waiting Room 
16 x 20 

And the subject matter just keeps 
showing up on the beach! 
(These guys looked like they were 
just waiting for some girls to walk by.)

Had fun playing with the colors of the big shapes. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017


A friend asked me to do a painting
from a photo she'd taken of the village 
where she stayed with friends on a recent trip to Italy.

11 x 14 oil 

This was image she gave me:

and asked if I could "highlight" the apartment they rented!? 

I was a bit daunted by the lack of light and value
so I played around with it in Procreate. 
bumping up the value of the apartment they rented just slightly.   

Commissions can be a struggle, 
especially if the client has a preconceived notion
 about how they want it to look. 

This is not how I usually paint,
 but it was actually quite fun. 
And she loves it! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Odd Point of View

Tried out a different approach
with this one; 
using thinner paint. 

Not sure where to take it from here. 

"Hold Mom's Hand"
16 x 20 oil 

(Work in Progress) 

I kind of like the odd view point and the dramatic light,   
but I just realized it feels lopsided. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Morning Painting

Sunday mornings are usually a great time
 for me to grab a few hours to paint.

I had great fun doing this quick study today,
with a plan to do a larger version. 


"Garden Talk"
10 x 8 oil 

I took the reference for this during a recent 
tour of the amazing 
in Norwell. 

Woman in gardens and hats
 is one of my favorite subjects!  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Little Painting in Big Apple!

I'm excited to have my first painting
showing in a gallery in New York City!

Harbor Blues
8 x 10 oil

This piece was juried in to the
Annual Small Works Show
July 12 - August 8
at the NAWA gallery
315 West 39th Suite 508
NY NY 10018 

Opening reception Thursday July 20.
Stop in if you are in the area! 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Preparing with Procreate

Living at the beach in the summer
limits my studio time for sure, 
but I'm not complaining!

However I've discovered how to use the Procreate app
to do a lot of design work while I'm away.

 "Ocean Club"
30 x 20 oil  

This is how I use it: 

I started with this image. 

and cropped it to this.

In Procreate I was able break it down
 into the large shapes of color.

I managed a few hours in the studio 
so I did this charcoal sketch 
over a 20 x 30 old painting toned with yellow ochre
and took a picture of it.  

I then put that image in to Procreate
and was then able to play with colors 
and shapes
before applying paint!  
You can erase, change values, tones...
layer after layer.......

It's a great way to design and plan your painting
and saves time and materials. 

And I feel like I'm "painting" 
even when I'm away from the studio! 

Happy Camper.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer's Here!

Summer's here and the Gallery season 
is off and running. 

"Summer Hours"
opens Thursday night 
5:30 - 7:30

"Sea Level Seating" 
12 x 12 oil 

Stop by if you are on Newbury Street.
The show will be up until August 16.  

Happy Summer! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

"Woman" Opening Saturday 5 - 8

I was recently juried into the 
and am excited about the opportunities 
to show my work nationally. 

"Cat Nap" 
20 x 16 

I'm pleased that this painting was accepted 
into my first juried show of the 
in Gloucester Ma 
on July 8. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Playing with Materials

Summer is my favorite time
 to play with simple materials and subjects.
Playing with my new gouache
plein air gear.

"Surf Casters"
10 x 10 gouache sketch on 
watercolor paper 

I think this may be inspired by
the white line woodcuts I've been looking at
since my friend Joan gave me a card
 with this image on it a while ago!

Cascades (The Waves) 1917
American, 1873 -1937

Just another medium to explore! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Plein Air Painting

My first plein air outing of the season this week
with my friend Sally Dean 
didn't work out so well.
(see note below)   
I've come to realize that using oils outside is
not for me anymore.
When I got home, I did this small gouache study
from the image taken on location. 

9 x 9 gouache on paper

Think I'll pack up small gouache kit for 
spontaneous plein air outings this summer. 


I was battling the usual obstacles;
wind, forgotten equipment,
 and a bit of distraction. 
Our son and his wife had just had a baby girl that morning! 
 (Their #2. My 3rd Grandchild and only girl)

Welcome Phoebe Esther Colella!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Checking In

We've moved back to our beach community for the summer 
where the light is extremely intense.   

"Checking In"
9 x 12 

I exaggerated the colors and values here
to express that feeling.  

Summer has arrived!