Thursday, September 18, 2014

First Day of School

We had our first "Painting from Photos"
class at NRAS today.
New space, new time, new students.
All very exciting.
We spent a lot of time talking about
what makes a successful image to use as a reference
and I did a demo. 

"Roadside Retreat"
45 minute demo
(needs tweaking) 

I wanted to show how to simplify a complicated subject 
and "tell a story" instead of copying every detail.     

I had a great audience and a lot of fun with this. 
It felt good to be back to school!

Open Studio 

Studio #311
450 Harrison Ave. 
11 - 6 pm

Monday, September 15, 2014

Update: Boston Open Studio this weekend

I'm excited and feel incredibly privileged 
to have my paintings sharing space 
with the amazing work by Beth Dacey
this weekend.  

Saturday, I brought in my paintings 
to get a feel for the space.

Beth left me three empty white walls 
right when you walk in. 

Her work is in the back with a 
big work table, bubble wrap 
and windows that open!!!

My new daughter-in-law (!) Kristen,
 made all the labels on Beth's label maker!  

Be sure to stop by if you're in the city 
this Saturday and Sunday 
Studio #311
450 Harrison Ave. 
11 - 6 pm

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Open Studio Prepping

I've been busy prepping for the 
It's fun sorting through paintings currently in the studio 
and re-thinking them.

"Danny Caught a Fish!" 
11 x 14 

I bumped up a few colors on this and fixed a few 
awkward brushstrokes. 
I like it now and it works with the beach scene series 
I'll be showing at the Open Studio!
Click here for more information.
I'll be in 
Studio #311
450 Harrison Avenue 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to Work

After a glorious and memorable summer,
I'm looking forward to getting back to work and a busy schedule.

My first project is to prepare for a wonderful opportunity
to show my work in Boston in September!
My friend and fellow Copley Society Artist 
Beth Dacey will be in Italy and has offered me 
the use of her studio! 

(Vista print proof)

Mark your calendar! 
This is a wonderful opportunity to walk around the South End 
and get a sneak peak into some incredible artists' studios!
Hope you will stop in.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last Days of Summer

There is a sense of urgency at the beach.
Everyone soaking up every last minute of summer!

Last Days of Summer 
16 x 20

 I recently found this amazing watercolor in a book "The Arts of David Levine".
(Thanks to a recommendation from a follower!)  
He is most well known for his social, political, and  literary caricatures 
that appeared regularly in the New York Book Review 
and The New York Times in the 60's and 70's. 
However his paintings are just stunning! 

Coney Island Patchwork 
19 x 10 
by David Levine 1977

This has inspired me to experiment with new compositions! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Life Guards

As a young girl, spending summers on Long Beach Island NJ,
I was always "in love" with the Life Guards.
Little did I know then, how serious and difficult that job is! 
This one is for all the Life Guards who keep us safe 
during these glorious beach days! 

Well Guarded
20 x 16 oil 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Painting From Photos - New Fall Class

I'll be teaching a new class this fall at 
"Painting from Photos".
I'm working on some new and fun exercises to do! 

Hat Ladies 
8 x 10 

Class description: 
Can’t get outside to paint? Don’t have a model? 
Learn how to take and use photos as a jumping off point for more expressive paintings! 
Having an exciting image can be the first step to building a strong foundation for a painting. 
Through demos, exercises and critiques, 
we will explore ways to manipulate those photos 
to use as simple reference material.  
We will touch on ways to use computer aids, 
such as Photoshop Elements, Value Viewer app and Brushes for I Pad.  
The “One Hour Painting “ approach will be covered throughout
 with an emphasis on loosing up!

Image for "Hat Ladies"

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Sept 18 - Oct 23 
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