Monday, November 24, 2014

Special Moment

A bridesmaid sent me an image of our daughter 
putting on her dress on her wedding day.

Getting Dressed
20 x 16 

It was such a magical and special moment, 
I wanted to see if I could capture it.  

Since this is larger, I am approaching it in stages. 
I did this map a few days ago,

Today I wanted to just do a block-in
 then started to carried away, so I stopped. 
Now I want want to tone down the colors
and make it more mono-chromatic. 
Stay tuned. 
This is way out of my comfort zone. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Studio Re- entry

After being away from the studio for a few weeks,
I was afraid I wouldn't be able to paint anymore.
Today, I forced myself to just put out some paint and get to it.
Thought I'd paint something I love as a warm up.

"Our Welcome Mat" 
8 x 10 

This is a bit awkward and tight, of course, 
because Little Miss Fancy Pants showed up,
like she does whenever I loose my confidence!
I have a few holiday commissions to work on
so it's time to get my groove back!    

Planning our daughter's wedding was one 
 of the most memorable and joyous experience of our lives!

She was one happy bride and it was worth every minute! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Copley Society Holiday Show

I'm excited about this "Boston" series of paintings
that will be included in the
Copley Society Annual Holiday Sale. 

"Sunday Paper"
12 x 12 

"Early Spring on Newbury"
11 x 14

"Sunday Brunch" 
8 x 8 

These two landscapes as well. 

"Spring Singing"
8 x 8 

"Fall Fireworks" 
8 x 8 

There is an Opening Reception Thursday
November 13 from 5:30 - 7:30
and the show will be up until December 24! 

Let the holidays begin! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Win, Win, Win Situation

Painters have all kinds of wonderful work in their studios that,
for one reason or another, 
haven't found a home.  
The NRAS has come up with an idea to solve that. 
is this Saturday (Nov 15) and it's a great opportunity to find 
some gems at very reasonable prices!
Here are a few that I have submitted,
all under $100!!!!   

Cabin in the Woods
10 x 10

Reserved Seating 
11 x 14

Summer Camp 
11 x 14 

Three in a Row 
10 x 10 

"Takin' a Break" 
8 x 10 

For a fee of $10,  you can enter at 9:00 AM 
for the "early bird" sale!
YOU win, the ARTISTS win, and the NRAS wins! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Break from Teaching

My teaching schedule (and painting!) is a bit "on hold" right now.  
Our daughter is getting married a week from Saturday 
and I'm planning on enjoying every minute
of the festivities and fun! 

Takin' A Break 
8 x 10 

I'll keep you posted as I add new classes,
however I am doing a two day 
"Expressive Paintings from Photos"
workshop at the South Shore Art Center 
Thursday and Friday 
January 29, 30 
10 - 3 pm

A great way to get the kick those January blues,
and nice gift to ask for!
Contact them directly if interested.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Prepping for class

Yesterday I realized the images I'd last posted
 were the "experiment" I did in my studio
 to prepare for the
"Grey Day Landscape" exercise.  
When presenting an exercise
 I've never down before,
I like to do a "test run" ahead of time. 

This is the actual 20 minute demo 
I did in front of the class. 

 From this image 

I used to be terrified of doing demos. 
Now I embrace them 
because something interesting always happens. 
And I love the whole "thinking on your feet" 
aspect of it. 
You never know what is going to happen! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Grey Day Landscapes

For our last class of the session last week 
we talked about "grey day landscapes" 
and how to make them more exciting. 

"Path to the Sea"
8 x 8 

I took this fairly boring image
with no light and shadow pattern, 

did a quick black and white thumbnail 
to determine the composition, 
then mapped it in with orange. 

I made up the colors to give it a little jolt,
and to have more fun! 

To paraphrase Charles Hawthorne;
"Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision- 
it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so."