Monday, June 18, 2018

Composition Considerations

The 13 week Composition class
"Look Here, Don't Look There"
 I've been taking with
Mark Daniel Nelson
is ending this week.

We've been talking about leading the viewer's eye 
around the painting intentionally or  
"manipulating the viewer's expectations"

My intention was to bring you to the girl's hat, 
then to the light on his hat (surrounded by that dark shadow),  
then up to the flag that points you back the main hat! 

 I'm somewhat new to thinking this much about 
designing my paintings. 
It's confounding and thrilling. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer's Here!

Summer is the time to 
"stop and smell the roses."    

This morning, I started teaching a summer class 
at North River Arts Society 
in Marshfield Hills.

 Walking down the street for an iced coffee at the General Store 
before class is real summer treat.  

And I get to bring Cello, who's been coming so long,
she waits for the students to arrive.   
I didn't get any images from the first class.  
Too busy talking! 

After class, some of us went over to see 
The Coastal Quilt Artists Show next door. 

Another treat! 

I'm hoping to explore, experiment, 
enjoy, and embrace everything 
that comes my way this summer. 

Happy days ahead. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018


I was recently invited to participate in
"Local Landscape" show at Charles Fine Art
 in Gloucester, MA.

I was inspired to re-visit some reference material
 gathered during my residency there two years ago. 

"Miss Sandy" 
16x 16 

 The Gloucester Harbor is one of my favorite subjects. 

The first version

After I posted this in my on-line class for suggestions,
I lightened the value on the water towers, 
toned down the red horizontal line, 
adjusted the sky color and 
added the yellow slicker
for a focal point. 

Here is the Procreate version were I worked 
out the changes ahead of time. 

Digital versions always seem more exciting and eye catching! 
I guess that's because, well, 
they're digital. 
(Lit from behind) 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Change of Season

Every time the seasons change, life gets pretty hectic
 and my painting time is limited.  
(an adjustment after the long winter months of 
uninterupted studio time!) 

Another one for the "Hat Series"

"Spring Clean Up"
16 x 16 oil 

I don't usually get much work done in the summer.
However this year,  
I've committed to being in two shows 
and I'm teaching a class. 
That'll keep me busy. 

Monday, May 28, 2018


"Page's Hat"  (20x 16 oil) 
was awarded the 
Joanne F. Regan Award for Composition
at the North River Arts Festival of the Arts
this passed weekend.

I had told one of my friends that I
was working on a series of "people wearing hats"
and she sent me this image 
of another one of our friends.....
so it's "a collaboration of friends" painting! 

So grateful for all the wonderful people 
who enrich my life so much. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Welcome Summer

When the California Poopies "pop" 
I feel like summer is here! 

Here are just a few of the paintings they've inspired. 

"Poppies Have Popped"
10 x 10 

"Poppies in Studio"
10 x 10 

I've been working on a commission;
three small paintings of 
Cape Cod subjects. 
It's taken much more time than I thought.
(Will post them once they are approved. ) 

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.