Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Morning Painting

Sunday mornings are usually a great time
 for me to grab a few hours to paint.

I had great fun doing this quick study today,
with a plan to do a larger version. 


"Garden Talk"
10 x 8 oil 

I took the reference for this during a recent 
tour of the amazing 
in Norwell. 

Woman in gardens and hats
 is one of my favorite subjects!  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Little Painting in Big Apple!

I'm excited to have my first painting
showing in a gallery in New York City!

Harbor Blues
8 x 10 oil

This piece was juried in to the
Annual Small Works Show
July 12 - August 8
at the NAWA gallery
315 West 39th Suite 508
NY NY 10018 

Opening reception Thursday July 20.
Stop in if you are in the area! 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Preparing with Procreate

Living at the beach in the summer
limits my studio time for sure, 
but I'm not complaining!

However I've discovered how to use the Procreate app
to do a lot of design work while I'm away.

 "Ocean Club"
30 x 20 oil  

This is how I use it: 

I started with this image. 

and cropped it to this.

In Procreate I was able break it down
 into the large shapes of color.

I managed a few hours in the studio 
so I did this charcoal sketch 
over a 20 x 30 old painting toned with yellow ochre
and took a picture of it.  

I then put that image in to Procreate
and was then able to play with colors 
and shapes
before applying paint!  
You can erase, change values, tones...
layer after layer.......

It's a great way to design and plan your painting
and saves time and materials. 

And I feel like I'm "painting" 
even when I'm away from the studio! 

Happy Camper.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer's Here!

Summer's here and the Gallery season 
is off and running. 

"Summer Hours"
opens Thursday night 
5:30 - 7:30

"Sea Level Seating" 
12 x 12 oil 

Stop by if you are on Newbury Street.
The show will be up until August 16.  

Happy Summer! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

"Woman" Opening Saturday 5 - 8

I was recently juried into the 
and am excited about the opportunities 
to show my work nationally. 

"Cat Nap" 
20 x 16 

I'm pleased that this painting was accepted 
into my first juried show of the 
in Gloucester Ma 
on July 8. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Playing with Materials

Summer is my favorite time
 to play with simple materials and subjects.
Playing with my new gouache
plein air gear.

"Surf Casters"
10 x 10 gouache sketch on 
watercolor paper 

I think this may be inspired by
the white line woodcuts I've been looking at
since my friend Joan gave me a card
 with this image on it a while ago!

Cascades (The Waves) 1917
American, 1873 -1937

Just another medium to explore! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Plein Air Painting

My first plein air outing of the season this week
with my friend Sally Dean 
didn't work out so well.
(see note below)   
I've come to realize that using oils outside is
not for me anymore.
When I got home, I did this small gouache study
from the image taken on location. 

9 x 9 gouache on paper

Think I'll pack up small gouache kit for 
spontaneous plein air outings this summer. 


I was battling the usual obstacles;
wind, forgotten equipment,
 and a bit of distraction. 
Our son and his wife had just had a baby girl that morning! 
 (Their #2. My 3rd Grandchild and only girl)

Welcome Phoebe Esther Colella!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Checking In

We've moved back to our beach community for the summer 
where the light is extremely intense.   

"Checking In"
9 x 12 

I exaggerated the colors and values here
to express that feeling.  

Summer has arrived! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Procreate App

"Close Quarters"
9 x 9 oil on panel 

I've been teaching myself to use Procreate,
a painting app on my I Pad Pro. 
I start with an image like this. 

In the app, I can "paint over" the details in order to 
break it down into big broad shapes.

Then I use that image to paint from.
It's a great tool for re-arranging 
 colors, shapes, and compositions
before committing anything to canvas and paint. 
Just another great tool to get you where you want to go! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Initial Block In

I took the reference for this
 on the Garden Club trip to Maine last week,
and did this initial block-in today.

"Spring Garden Tour"
14 x 18 

I loosely filled in the big shapes with a small brush and thin paint, 
letting some of the under painting show.  
Not sure where this will go from here,
but I hope it's not too far! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Beach Weather is Coming

We are finally going to get some real beach weather
and I'm looking forward to new reference material
showing up.
I'm in the mood for some color!
I finished this one up today 
(From a reference taken last summer)  

"Summer School"
12 x 12 

I also started this one. 

Untitled as yet 
8 x 16 


I went to Maine with my Garden Club this week 
where we met Mark Brandhorst  at 
in South Paris, ME

He creates these amazing "landscapes" 
in an old stone foundation with succulents.


Then, when I arrived home,
 I got to spend time with this little peanut. 

Homer at 8 weeks

Life is full. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017


 I have not given up blogging and look forward to posting again,
when I paint something worth talking about!

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying doing everything else
life offers this time of year;
spring cleaning, organizing, moving,
reading, researching, and playing.

Meanwhile, at the Matisse exhibit at the MFA a few weeks ago
I was impressed by his cut paper collages.  

Matisse achieved a new level of concentrated formal expression with his cut-outs.
 With scissors, he carved shapes from brightly colored paper, 
which he then arranged into compositions 
that meld color, line and the movement of the artist’s hand. 
He condensed elements to become, in his words, 
“The briefest possible indication of the character of a thing. 
A sign. “

Talk about inspiration!  

Stay tuned. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Introducing New Exercises

I taught a one day workshop at the 
where I introduced some new exercises. 

First, I combined "designing with three values" 
with a "value to color" exercise.  

It worked out well, but next time
we will use four values.
Using only three is too limiting. 

In the afternoon we did a series of 
"generational contour drawings",
zooming in on objects in a busy still life.  

Then we did paintings from our sketches, 
thinking about the relationships of shape, line, and color.   
My friend Page Railsback came up with this gem! 

These talented artists were all   
"willing to try anything"
and I learned so much from them. 

Now it's time to get to work,
 and practice what I just taught! 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Studio time

I've been using the cool grey days lately 
to put some time in the studio.   
This painting took many twists and turns
throughout the week, 
to be sure.  

"Sea Level Seating" 
12 x 12 oil 

That painting inspired me to do this collage
for the annual 
NRAS Festival Silent Auction donation.
Each artist member was given a 16 x 16 cradled wood support 
to create a work reflecting a word. 

My word is "Relax"

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Letting it Out

While talking about our painting journeys recently,
a friend said,
"At this stage, it's all in there.
Our job is to just let it out".   

I love that.
I'm feeling like I'm at that stage these days, 
so I went to my favorite subject matter
and approached it without thinking too much. 

"Beach Happy"
On the easel (wip) 
16 x 16 

The use of large flat shapes of color 
has been an evolving element 
throughout my painting journey
and it feels good to be just 
letting it out! 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spring is arriving (slowly)

Spring is arriving in New England 
without much fan fare this year. 
(little sun)
However, there are signs of it everywhere. 

Spring Project 
14 x 11
I painted this after a recent visit to my friend's garden. 
Her potting shed/ green house was just beginning to get organized,
and I found the chaos inspiring. 

What a difference a season makes!  

Gordon's Pond February 1

same spot May 1 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Still At It

Another experiment with a play ground. 

Play Ground 2
20 x 16 oil 

Not sure how I feel about this. 

After taking so many new classes and workshops this winter, 
I'm feeling a bit over loaded with information. 
My work is all over the place, trying new approaches
and I'm getting lost. 
Think I need to take a break from experimenting,  
relax, breathe, and just paint for the fun of it. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

I did it again! 
This feels over worked and too literal,   

20 x 16 oil 

compared to my initial impression.   

I wish I had left it alone. 
Shoulda coulda woulda.    

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!