Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Procreate vs. Real painting

Thinking more about my "Hat" series,
 I worked on this idea 
in Procreate today.  

(A quick sketch over an image.)
I took out the buildings and signs behind her
and worked on linking some darks to lead the eye 
up and around to the hat.  

I started the actual painting today.
It's always a bit dissapointing that a "real" painting 
just doesn't look as cool as a Procreate sketch. 

Stay tuned. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

My Mom's tools 
(circa 1960)

My Tools

Thursday, May 10, 2018


I love a challenge so taking on-line painting classes
with weekly assignments works well for me.  
This week, we are talking about circulinear compositons 
and ways to lead the eye around a painting. 

This was part of a "celebration" series I did a few years ago.
Looking through my archives, I was surprised 
that I am definately more drawn to rectilinear compositions! 


Monday, May 7, 2018

Expressive Figure Class this summer

I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching an
Expressive Figure Painting class 
this summer at
North River Arts in Marshfield, MA

"Purple Dress"
20 x 16 acrylic

Expressive Approach to the Figure
With Nancy Colella
North River Arts Society
Tuesdays 9:30 - 12:30 

June 12 , 19, 26
July 10, 17, 24

            Let’s explore an expressive, non-traditional approach to painting the figure,
 by experimenting with the abstract elements of shape, color, line and composition. 
We will work from observation and our imagination.  
Working from images, models or reproductions, we will experiment with 
flattening shapes, using pattern and texture, and mark making. 
The exercises will help students create more lively and expressive statements of the human form. 
A basic understanding of drawing the figure would be helpful.
 Open to all mediums.
Limited to12 students.

Sign ups will open in a week or two. 


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fun Workshop

 I took an eye opening workshop this weekend 

Painting abstractly is pretty foreign to me,
 so this was an adventure.  
We did a series of exercises 
geared to help us let go and"play"!   

Value Study starting with three lines  

A Color Study 

The Color Study cut-up!  

Painted upside down from a photo

All very unexpected and weird
and I had a ball. 

Page is an excellent instructor! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Last Collage Class and Other News

We created greeting cards for our last collage class 
at Linden Ponds this week.
Once again, the results were so fun. 

The group was so entusiastic about this class
we have decided to do another one in the fall. 
Stay tuned! 


This is my donation to the 
that will be closing at a reception on 
Thursday May 3 
6:30 - 8:30 pm. 

"Open Car"
12 x 12 oil 

This is a wonderful event featuring many 
Boston themed paintings by Co So artists. 
You can bid on line up until May 3! 

Friday, April 20, 2018


Our assignment this week was to create a composition 
where the primary interst is in the top 1/3rd of the painting. 

"Private Beach" 
16 x 16 acrylic 

After the class critique, I changed this in Procreate 
to see how it would look if the 
spaces were horizontal, instead of angled. 
I think this is better resolved and feels less awkward.  

It is amazing and fascinating to see other student's work on line. 
The weekly critiques offer valuable insights and make it even more fun! 

Mark Daniel Nelson's on line composition class;
"Look Here, Don't Look There".