Saturday, May 2, 2015

Day 2 - Expressive Painting from Photos

I am blessed to be able to do, what I do. 
Spending two full days with a group of talented painters
is so much fun and incredibly inspiring! 
The last exercise we did was one of my favorites,
Painting Upside Down. 

20 minute 
Right Side Up of the Upside Down Demo 
8 x 10  

Turning things upside down is the best way to 
 force yourself to see differently.
You have to focus on just the big shapes,
and when you turn them right side up....
the results can be very dramatic, expressive and surprising!  

Thank you to everyone for making this workshop
one of the best ones yet!  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Day 1 - Expressive Painting from Photos Workshop

Two Day Workshops are my favorite teaching format.
They tend to really shake things up 
and re-charge the batteries.
For all of us.  

Two full days of intense concentration on painting 
without interruption is a gift for all of us. 

This time we have eleven brave souls 
willing to try anything! 

Student Work 

This, was the second one for this gal
done just as class was ending.
I almost fell over. 

  More fun tomorrow.  


Another magic moment! 

This gal, "new to oils" 
 didn't put this up for the critique
"because it wasn't finished"! 

She doesn't even know! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


 My show "Snowbirds" at the Prudential Center 
has been extended until May 15! 

8 x 16

Just in time for the actual Snowbirds
to be coming home!
If you're in town stop by. 

Click here for more info.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Fresh Paint" at Copley Society

The "Paint Day" for the Copley Society of Boston 
annual Fresh Paint Event is tomorrow!  
There will be over 150 member artists painting 
14 x 14 canvas's all over the city 
from 9 - 4!  

I was unable to participate this year, 
so I painted this from an image 
ahead of time. 

"Red Bicycle, South End" 
14 x 14 oil 

 Saturday May from 6:30 - 8:30. 
A fun event and a great way to support 
Boston artists! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dead Paintings

This week I opened up all doors and windows
 in the barn and did some serious spring cleaning. 
The amount of "dead paintings" accumulated there over the years 
was overwhelming, so it was time to take action. 

start for
"Big Surf"
4 ft. x 6 ft. 

I found this HUGE one I'd totally forgotten about
leaning against a wall.  
I'd started it a few years ago, got frustrated, and put it away.  
It's too bad it got dented while storing it 
because it might be fun to work on it now! 

However, it's getting re-cycled
 along with over 100 of these.  

For each one, I asked myself 
"would you want to see this on someone's wall?"
If not. Bye bye. 

Tough to be honest and let them go, 
but the experience of doing them still exists!   

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Golf Exercise

In honor of the Masters, this week we did the 
"Golf" exercise in class. 

During my demo, I gave myself 14 strokes
 and had to use my Mulligan! 

While watching the Masters, 
I paused my TV, took an image of it, 
and got inspired.  

10 x 8 

This is no particular player as I changed things a bit.
I think the game of golf, in general, makes for great subject matter. 
All that sunshine, shadows, body language, and hats! 
Pure bliss.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dog Heaven

Spring finally showed up in New England 
this weekend and everyone was elated! 
Especially the dogs.

Dog Heaven 
9 x 12 

This little guy was practically dancing
he was so happy!