Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Approach; Large Sale

I tried a few new approaches for this larger sized painting.  
Drawing the large geometrical shapes in charcoal
and using synthetic flat brushes to fill in the colors,
gave me the graphic look I was after.  

Summer Shapes
24 x 36 
oil on stretched canvas 

Charcoal sketch 

Slowing down and planning ahead
also helps.  

I've discovered an easy way to keep my 
bristles straight and flat.
I "form" them with a little lotion 
and leave it on until the next use. 
It comes off easily with some turp and a paper towel. 

(The lotion samples you get at a hotel work great!) 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Thank You

To the followers who made suggestions last week
as to how I could make this landscape a better painting! 
(see previous post here)  
"View From Widows Walk"
16 x 20 oil  

I simplified and cleaned up the blended edges in the sky
and removed the "can opener" tree on the right.

Now it feels better.
Thanks guys!

I will be teaching a new and exciting workshop at the
Falmouth Artists Guild 
Tuesday and Wednesday
May 24, 25.
9:30 - 3:30
Come join us!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Angel Eyedealism

Late January, I went to Puerto Rico 
on a business trip with my husband. 
At the resort, there were many stranded passengers 
from a cruise ship that couldn't get home due to the storms.  

"Angel Eyedealism -  Astrologer"
10 x 8  oil 

I had the delightful opportunity to meet and chat 
with this extraordinary woman 
in the ladies room one night. 
Her name is Angel Eyedealism,
a world famous astrologer from New York.
I asked her if I could take her picture, 
and she was more than willing to pose! 

From her website:
Internationally renowned astrologer Angel Eyedealism, is based in the East Village, Manhattan. She is also a stratospheric coloratura and performance artist and brings a theatrical bent to her the practical, down-to-earth advice.

Eccentric in appearance, yet solid in character, she gives compassionate, albeit hilarious readings. Her 20 years of experience are apparent in the thorough, and specific information she provides clients. 

Life is so full of surprises, 
thank God for I phones!   

Monday, February 1, 2016

R.I.P. Ken Auster

The art world recently lost 
a truly great artist and instructor 

I took a workshop with him at the 
South Shore Art Center in 2009  
that changed my whole approach to painting. 

Use more paint! 
Put a stoke down and leave it alone!
(Among many other "Ken-isms") 
He was a riveting and generous instructor.   

Two Chefs 
11 x 14 oil 
(demo purchased at the workshop,
 hanging in my kitchen)  

There are many tributes and descriptions 
of him and his work on his Facebook page.
I highly reccomend discovering
 his many talents and contributions to the art world. 
He will be sorely missed by many. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Experimenting with Landscape

I was walking the local golf course with Cello last week
when I captured this view overlooking the North River and marshes. 

"View From Widow's Walk"
16 x 20
oil on stretched canvas
(over an old painting)   

I thought it would be fun to experiment with 
breaking down a complicated landscape into big geometrical shapes. 
I didn't like how the clouds translated with such sharp edges,
so I used my palette knife to softened them. 
Not sure they go with the rest of the painting, 
so this may just go in the "work in progress" pile. 
I'll keep you posted. 

Here is the image I took with my I phone.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Artist Residency Fellowship

I just found out that I've been awarded the 
Residency Fellowship
at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA.
funded by the Charles Family. 

I will have an apartment and a studio in Gloucester
for the entire month of September!

House by Squam River, Gloucester
watercolor by Edward Hopper 1928

To live and work in such an
artistically rich community
for a month is a dream come true.
 (and September is gorgeous up there!)

I have no idea what to expect
and look forward to seeing
where this opportunity will take me
and my painting journey.

I'll keep you posted when I get more details! 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Slowing Down

This is notable because it evolved over many sessions,
which is not my usual approach. 
I spent a long time on the drawing 
and mixing the colors for this one.

"Pink Sheets" 
16 x 20 oil on stretched linen

in my studio that was just begging to be used. 

Slowing down and planning ahead has opened doors
for some exciting discoveries and I am thrilled. 

More than ever, I am reminded of my favorite quote 
from an old friend Brooks Kelley. 

"I paint to see what it will look like".