Friday, January 20, 2017

Lucky me!

During today's historic moment
(for better or worse) 
I was happily taking a gouache class 

We worked on composition
and this is my ariel view 
of a crazy busy still set up.   

Focusing on design. 
Using a new medium. 
Love the challenges.  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Cat" Paintings

That's what I call the paintings that have had 
at least nine lives. 

"Know Your Lines"
24 x 24 oil  

Now that I'm painting larger,
I'm more compelled to keep working on the ones
that don't work right away. 
This one went in many different directions 
before I got it back to the initial idea;
 all about those big shapes of solid color.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Go Big or Go-uache

("Go Big or Go Home") 
I'm really looking forward to taking a 6 week gouache class 
starting this week. 

I've been playing around with gouache for a while now,
but have never had any instruction. 

"Cello and Scout" 
practice 8 x8 gouache sketch 

8 x 8 

A totally different medium from oils,
 I love the "immediacy" of it. 
It dries quickly so you have to work quickly. 
Recipe for some fun surprises.

I can't wait to experiment! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Compelling Complimentaries

This was a fun challenge for 
a rainy day. 
I took the reference for this early on in Gloucester
and have thought about it since. 
The splashes of yellow orange row boats 
against the blue water,
was compelling.  

Blue/Orange Study
8 x 8 oil 

I made myself work on this upside down
in order to keep the detail at a minimum.  

I find painting upside down 
forces me to look at the shapes of color next to each other,
while forgetting the actual subject.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Goal for the New Year

Sending you all best wishes 
for a happy, healthy, and safe New Year!  

My goal in 2017 
is to continue to paint as often as possible, 
 and only for the pure joy of doing it. 

8 x 8 oil on mounted carton board
(study for larger work)  

(A gouache study of same subject 
done while in Gloucester) 

 It's been liberating to allow myself 
to experiment and discover new ideas, 
without the pressure of painting for a show, or a gallery, 
or to please someone else. 

The good ones will find homes eventually,
and I can't believe it took me this long to realize that.  

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Painting with Purpose

The value plan for this 
was laid in right before the holidays. 
I finally got in the studio to work on it this week. 

"Full Swing"
24 x 24 oil 

Working on paintings over a few sessions,
is a new approach for me.

I'm naturally drawn to a more spontaneous and intuitive approach,
so slowing down and planning,
is helping me think about every stroke.

I feel like I'm painting more


Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Wishes

Here's to more creativity
in 2017! 

"Happy Holidays" 
8 x 10 
paper collage

"Every child is an artist, 
the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."
Pablo Picasso

I recently hosted a "Painting with Paper" party 
for a few non-artist friends
and it was such fun. 

We laid out all kinds of paper,
 grabbed glue sticks, scissors, wine 
and went to town. 

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone! 
See you in 2017.