Thursday, September 20, 2018

Building a Painting

I've begun to work on paintings over a period of time,
which is very different from my usual alla prima,
 direct painting approach.
This is the end result after two weeks of changes....

(Untitled As Yet)
24 x 24 oil over acrylic 

Here is my process:
This is the image I used as a jumping off point.
(Once I got going I never looked at it again) 

 I put into Procreate and broke it down to this:

Then I did a quick "lay in" with acrylic

This was my first "pass" with oils.

After letting it dry and looking at it, it bugged me 
that the everything interesting was on the right 
and all the shapes were the same size. 
So I marked it up with charcoal. 

And ended up with this!

I find this way of painting very challenging  
but I am inspired to keep "just showing up!"

I haven't been posting 
many finished paintings this summer; 
a result of all the experimenting I've been doing. 

Embarking on learning a completely different approach to painting,
can be exhilirating, and daunting at times.
Days / weeks can go by before you produce anything "meaningful". 

Frustration from not having any work to "show"
and the lack of a sense of accomplishment 
creeps in and does a number on your self-confidence. 
All you can do is keep showing up
 and hope something happens!  

I hope my muse knows what she's doing. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Workshop magic

A terrific weekend workshop at Rockport Art Association.
We had a brave group of painters of all different levels,
 who were up for anything. 

I decided to go back to the basics 
with some classic exercises like;

Designing with three values 

Value to color

Two Value/ Crazy Colors

Limited Stroke 

Painting Upside Down 

This workshop reminded me of 
how much I enjoy teaching,
and as always,
I think I got as much out of it 
as they did. 

Happy Painting everyone! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Rockport Art Association

I was very excited to see the recent Members show at the 
There was a surprising and delightful eclectic mix of 
representational and contemporary abstract work.

Here are a few of my favorites: 

Emily Passman

Susan Guest Macphail

Karen Rovner 

 (sorry, I didn't get this artist's name)  

 I've become more attracted to,and intriqued by less representational work. 
However, my foundation in the traditional plein air approach to paintng
will always prevail.

I'm teaching a two day "Expressive Painting" workhop 
 up there this weekend in this incredible space! 

Can't wait.

I'll keep you posted. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Labor Day Weekend

There is always one die-hard
on the beach Labor Day Monday at sunset.

"Last To Leave"
9 x 12 oil
mixed media

This was a demo done this summer 
in my Expressive Figure class. 
I recently revisited it and 
played with the shapes and values. 
Balancing representational and abstract. 
The journey continues. 

Click HERE to read my 
thoughts on this time of year.
Last year.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

End Of Summer

This is a bittersweet time;
sad to see the summer go but very excited for 
all the fall activity to start! 

In two weeks I'll be teaching weekend "Intuitive Painting"
workshop at the
Rockport Art Association
(Sept 15, 16)

"Cross Roads" 10 x 8 oil

"This workshop is geared for experienced painters who are interested in shaking things up. 
We will learn how to create more intuitive and expressive paintings 
by balancing what we see with some invention.
Less literal, more bold!
Through a series of fun quick exercises, we’ll explore ways to design more dynamic and contemporary paintings by focusing on the big shapes and their relationship to each other. 
We will discover ways to use the abstract elements of color, shape, space, and line to express an idea.  We’ll work from simple still life set-ups and photographs.
 All paint mediums are welcome. "

This will be great fun
 and a terrific way to kick off the fall season! 

"Nico's View"
8 x 8 mixed media

This week we are wrapping up the Abstract session 
 of our year long on-line class with Mark Daniel Nelson
and will begin the section titled;
"Finding Your Voice".

Looking forward to that, as I have found that
"thinking abstractly" doesn't exactly come naturally to me.

I was recently interviewed for an article in the
  Boston Voyage Magazine
You can read it HERE!

Have a safe and fun long weekend
and I'll see you in September! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Working in my mini summer "studio" 
I have limited materials
 and it's kind of fun! 

 3 x 3 acrylics on canson canva paper
with some ball point pen. 

Trust me, I've got no complaints!

Working small and in multiples and experiementing with 
pens, markers, crayola stix, oil sticks, scrapers, 
mediums etc. 
Limitations can cause revelations!

Here is another set.
Limiting my colors, my values,
 and my # of shapes. 

Taking baby steps into the "abstract" world;
opening up all kinds of doors! 

I can't wait to see how this informs my 
more represenational work. 


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

More Fun with Mark Making

Six 5 x 7 oil abstracts done from ideas in my 
"abstract shapes" file. 


Roof Top Pool 

Goodbye Arlington 


Pick Your Color 

Magic Hour 

I had fun with the titles.