Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Connected Online

I am blessed to be connected
 to so many other artists on line. 

Recently, a former student (and friend) sent me an image 
asking for advice on cropping.  
After editing it, I asked her if I could 
experiment with it myself.

My first version 

"Woman with Hat" 
8 x 8 
oil on carton board 

Version Two 

"Woman with Hat"
20 x 20 
oil on canvas 

I'm finally experimenting with a new approach
I learned at MDN workshop in AZ last month.


I sent this image of my initial start to an artist I met in AZ  
and was flattered that she wrote back that it reminded her
of this incredible painting.  

"Seated Figure with Hat" 
Richard Diebenkorn 

I wish! 

Oh how I love the Internet.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Painting in Stages

Painting in stages is foreign to me. 
When I let the paint dry in between visits, 
I tend to loose my immediate, intuitive reaction to the subject
and I end up changing the whole idea with each visit. 

Day 1:
My quick block in 
(over an old painting)

 Day 2:
(After fooling around with it on my I Pad)
I lightened the background, outlined some shapes, 
and changed the red flower in front to yellow. 

Then I fixed the vase and cleaned up the shapes.

I like the first one best.
Need to do some more of this. 

This approach allows for some 
wonderful texture!  

New Approach

 I'm experimenting with painting over old paintings, 
loosely washing in the shapes of color,
then letting it dry, before I go back in to it. 

(work in progress) 

This is a totally new approach for me 
(I used to teach a class called the One Hour Painting!) 
and find it intriguing. 
It gives me time in between sessions 
to think about where I want to take it next. 

The trick will be 
to keep from overworking it.   

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Local Color" Collage program

Yesterday I did a program on Collage
with my fellow Garden Club members.
Our topic was "Celebrating our Local Landscape."
They picked locations out of a hat 
for inspiration. 

Here are just a few of the incredible works  
done by these "non-artists".  

The Glades 

Powder Point Bridge 

World's End 

Peggotty Beach 

Saquish Light

Cranberry Bogs 

Collage is liberating and allows magic to happen. 
There is a reason it is becoming so popular.

Our daughter and her husband had their baby boy on Saturday April 5.  
He was three weeks early and happily, all is well.
They are home now have begun their amazing journey!   

Homer Edward Colwell
7 lb. 1 oz. 

Needless to say, I haven't had much studio time lately. 
 Looking forward to getting back to painting when the dust settles!  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Posted Too Soon

After re-looking at the painting I posted yesterday,
I realized it needed some tweeking.
Today I rounded out the figures
and changed the color of the blue jacket. 

The New MIT 

First version:

I toned some big canvas's today
and got out some old paintings to paint over.
No telling when I'll get to them.
Spring is here and it's time to play.
(and gather reference material!)

Happy Spring! 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Kendall Square

I recently re-discovered Kendall Square in Cambridge. 
Having not been there for years,  
I was impressed by all the 
modern construction! 

"The New MIT"
9 x 9 oil on board 

I did this for the Copley Society's 
May 4
Members were asked to represent a location 
in or around Boston for our donation, 
so I chose Kendall Square.   

Here is another one I've been working on. 

The New Kendall Square 
11 x 14 oil 

Not sure which one I'll submit. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Mass Art Auction

I'm pleased that my painting 
"Pink Sheets" 
will be part of the Annual Mass Art Auction this Saturday.

Pink Sheets 
16 x 24  oil 

The proceeds provide vital scholarship aid and
academic program support for deserving students.

You can see all the artwork available and
bid on line

Have a great weekend.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Workshop Work!

Day 2, we set up a large complicated still life
on a low table in the middle of the room. 

First we did random sketches,
zooming in to find large shapes of color.  
We then painted, using our sketches, 
(or I phone images) as reference. 

student painting

Then we took our paintings downstairs,
and did paper collages using our paintings as reference. 

student paper collage from painting 

These are just some examples of the many 
incredible results from this experiment.

1st painting




Then we went back upstairs 
and painted paintings from our collages! 

Third "pass" at the subject! 

Distilling a subject down in three stages, 
helps you see the big shapes.
The work becomes more about shape, color, and line 
instead of the actual subject! 

More samples of work done over the weekend! 
3rd pass painting

pattern painting

Designing with Three Values 

Two value /Crazy color exercise 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Testing the Waters

I'm testing the waters this weekend  
at my Expressive Painting workshop at NRAS.
Introducing new exercises based on designing paintings 
with shape, color and line,
as opposed to literally representing 
what is in front of you. 

Day One 
Some Student Work! 

As always, I'm shocked, awed, and inspired.
Can't wait to see what we come up with tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Girl Power

These two little ones 
are going to be available 
at the Concord Art 
April Fools Day 
3 - 8 pm 

"Girl Power 1"
5 x 7 

"Girl Power 2"

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pop Up Gallery

I'm excited that 5 of my marine paintings
are now showing at the Contour 19 Pop Up Gallery
  at the Boston Design Center.

In celebration of Design Week 
they are hosting an exciting event
on April 5 5:30 - 8:30.
Come on by if you can! 
(RSVP here so they know you are coming)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Back to Basics

I'm thrilled to be in the classroom again!
 Today was the first day of my  
Expressive Painting workshop
at the Falmouth Art Center.

student work!

student work!  

While on "sabbatical"
I've developed some new ways to get
back to the basics, with a modern twist.
And this group is up for the challenge!

Thanks everyone.

There a few more spots left in the 
April 1, 2
Weekend Workshop 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Generational Painting

Just back from the Mark Daniel Nelson 
workshop at the Scottsdale Artist School
and my head is spinning! 
He is an incredibly knowledgable, generous, and enthusiastic 
instructor and I am newly inspired 
by all the new tools I've been given!   

One of the many exercises we did, 
was called "generational" painting. 
Starting with an image, you do a quick painting.
Then you do another, using that painting as a reference,
then do another, then another, 
focusing on the big shapes and eliminating more detail each time.

My fourth generation 
oil sketch
from this image.

This exercise is a great way to break away from representation
 in a gradual progression that makes sense.
So fun! 

I can't wait to get busy in the studio now. 
Stay tuned.   

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Another Adventure

Every year I like to travel by myself 
for a workshop somewhere out of town. 
This time I'm heading to the 
for a three day with 

 My Traveling Studio

Not only am I dodging a Nor 'Easter in New England, 
I'm getting to work with an artist
 whose work I have admired for years. 
Pinch me.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Back to the Beach

I'm going "back to the beach"
getting ready for the summer gallery season.
It's a great way to enjoy these late winter days! 

Laboratory Conditions
24 x 30 

Hang in there people! 
It's almost over. 

At first, I broke up that big orange shape,
with the window 
but it looked awkward.  

I used Procreate on my I Pad 
to see how it would look 
if I took them out.

I use that app often when painting larger canvases, 
especially on the large sky and sand shapes.  
It can save a lot of time and paint!