Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Off the Beach

After spending a summer at the beach, 
right about now 
I start missing trees. 

Painting on the North River last week
was heavenly and I've become newly inspired. 

"The Way In"
20 x 16 

As we reflect on our glorious changing seasons
 here in New England,
let's not forget what's going on in Texas.
They need our help and prayers.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Painting By the River

Yesterday I finally got organized enough
 to pack up my gear and get outside to paint. 

"North River Garden"
12 x 9 oil 

It took a while for me to settle down
 and I had a lot of "false starts".
I decided to go back to my comfort zone; 
started with my darkest darks and worked up from there.

I was in heaven and so was Cello. 
She spent the day happily guarding my private time! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mise en Place

My very creative friend, Jayne 
is a master gardener and professional chef.    
She recently hosted a luncheon at her home 
on the North River.    

Jayne's Mise en Place 
14 x 11 gouache

Mise en place (French pronunciation: ​[mi zɑ̃ ˈplas]) is a French culinary phrase 
which means  "putting in place" or "everything in its place." 
It refers to the set up required before cooking,
 and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients (e.g.relishes, sauces, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, and other components) 
that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to be prepared during a shift.[1]

I took a few images of her prep area 
then played with the Procreate App on my I Pad Pro.

There was inspiration everywhere.  
More paintings to come
 from this visual extravaganza! 

Aside from the noodles, salmon, and mozzarella,
every dish was prepared with ingredients from her garden. 
Even the potatoes and eggs! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Beach Talk

"Beach Talk"
16 x 11 oil 

I'm just guessing,
 but I bet these two are talking politics. 

I painted this loosely and upside down 
over an old painting.

Not sure if the head going off the top 
is a problem or not. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Candy Store

There is a well known bar/restaurants in Newport, RI
called The Candy Store. 

It's our favorite stop whenever we get down there. 
Everything about it is fun;
even the seating. 

"The Candy Store"
8 x 8 oil study 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer Subjects

There is still a lot 
of summer left.  

The Waiting Room 
16 x 20 

And the subject matter just keeps 
showing up on the beach! 
(These guys looked like they were 
just waiting for some girls to walk by.)

Had fun playing with the colors of the big shapes. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017


A friend asked me to do a painting
from a photo she'd taken of the village 
where she stayed with friends on a recent trip to Italy.

11 x 14 oil 

This was image she gave me:

and asked if I could "highlight" the apartment they rented!? 

I was a bit daunted by the lack of light and value
so I played around with it in Procreate. 
bumping up the value of the apartment they rented just slightly.   

Commissions can be a struggle, 
especially if the client has a preconceived notion
 about how they want it to look. 

This is not how I usually paint,
 but it was actually quite fun. 
And she loves it!