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 
oil 

I'm pleased that this painting was accepted 
into my first juried show of the 
"Woman" 
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 

NOTE:
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. 

"Tidal" 
9 x 9 gouache on paper


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

NOTE: 

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!