Friday, October 28, 2016

Pattern Painting

This week we did one of my favorite exercises.
Pattern Painting.

It's a great way to use shape, line, and color,
to design a strong composition.
(instead of merely copying what is in front of you)
I am always amazed by the results! 

 My demo:

Just a few cool examples of class work: 

Everyone interprets the exercise their own way 
and it just thrills me. 
Every time!

PS I forgot to take pictures of the homework they did! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


For homework last week, I had the class research an "expressionist" artist 
whose style appeals to them for some reason,
and present it to the class. 

I chose Henry Issacs,
a Vermont artist, whose work I recently discovered.
(Thank you Judythe!) 

Homework this week is to do a small painting 
in that artist's style. 

Here is my interpretation of an early fall evening
in his style. 

I did a quick gouache study first, 
to plan the shapes and colors. 

I can't wait to see what they come up with! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Expressive Color Exercises

We did two fun "Expressive Color"
exercises in class today.  

First, we set up simple objects in bright light. 
Then we chose any two colors (one darker than the other), 
and painted everything in shadow in the dark color,
everything in light, in the lighter color. 

My demo. 
A student pointed out that I had painted the black cloth
 as if it was all in shadow, 
when in fact, some of it was in light.  
We all learned from that! 

student work

Then we chose any two colors, plus white. 
We premixed a tint of each (by adding white)
mixed the two colors together, 
and a tint of that. 

student work

Then they used two different color combinations (plus white) 
with the same set up.  
I think this exercise is so much more fun
 than doing Color Charts.

Thank you PKR! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Re-visiting Gloucester

 Gloucester's working harbor 
was a source of great inspiration while I was there. 
The angles and shapes of color intrigued me to no end.  

Lunch Break 
18 x 24 oil 

I zoomed in on this scene from across the harbor to get this composition. 
And yes, that is grass growing on the roof of that building.

 I painted this over an old painting
in order to get the texture I wanted. 

 It's fun to see how the underpainting 
"informs" the new shapes of color. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016


As expected, I am having a hard time 
getting back to the easel 
after the focus and out put of work 
last month in Gloucester.  

Harbor Town 
8 x 10 gouache 

So while I re-charge my batteries,
I've cleaned and re-arranged my studio, 
organized my files,
and updated my website 

Much of the work done during the Residency is now posted 
and I've included a page of the gouache studies 
I enjoyed doing so much. 

I hope this doesn't last much longer. 
I'm running out of other things to do.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Working Harbor

I've been busy unpacking and re-organizing the studio. 
It is so great to have all my art supplies 
in one place!

This is one of the many "working harbor" pieces 
I did while in Gloucester. 

Working Harbor
20 x 20 oil 

I start teaching again at NRAS on Thursday
 and I am really looking forward to it. 
I always learn so much by teaching. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Recommended Read

I enjoyed reading this historically rich and intriguing book
 during the residency
and highly recommend it to anyone,
not just artists. 

Rivalry is at the heart of some of the most famous and fruitful relationships in history. The Art of Rivalry follows eight celebrated artists, each linked to a counterpart by friendship, admiration, envy, and ambition. All eight are household names today. But to achieve what they did, each needed the influence of a contemporary—one who was equally ambitious but possessed sharply contrasting strengths and weaknesses.

You can read the rest of the review here. 

Happy Reading! 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Talk at Cape Ann Museum

The Copley Society just posted this 
on their blog about my talk Tuesday night 
at the Cape Ann Museum.

I was relieved when we moved it
from the auditorium to one of the galleries!
There were about 40 people there so
it was more imitate and I was very comfortable.

Working on the power point forced me
to organize my thoughts about
everything I'd experienced,
and I found that a great way to wrap things up.

I drove home the next morning and have been re-entering since.
As extraordinary as this was,
a month is a long time
and I am SO happy to be home!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Opening at Charles Fine Art

Despite the dreary weather Saturday, 
I'm happy to report that my opening at Charles Fine Art 
was well attended
 and the work was well received. 
It was a wonderful way to wrap up my residency. 
The show will be up until Oct 9 and  
I'm giving a talk at the Cape Ann Museum 
on Tuesday at 6:00 pm 
if you are in the area! 

The poster that was in the window all month. 

Charles Fine Art 
196 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 

The show included 8 framed gouache sketches, 
12 plein air unframed studies done while here,
and 8 framed finished paintings from this summer. 

I was too busy chatting
 so my sweet husband took these!