Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fun Workshop

 I took an eye opening workshop this weekend 

Painting abstractly is pretty foreign to me,
 so this was an adventure.  
We did a series of exercises 
geared to help us let go and"play"!   

Value Study starting with three lines  

A Color Study 

The Color Study cut-up!  

Painted upside down from a photo

All very unexpected and weird
and I had a ball. 

Page is an excellent instructor! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Last Collage Class and Other News

We created greeting cards for our last collage class 
at Linden Ponds this week.
Once again, the results were so fun. 

The group was so entusiastic about this class
we have decided to do another one in the fall. 
Stay tuned! 


This is my donation to the 
that will be closing at a reception on 
Thursday May 3 
6:30 - 8:30 pm. 

"Open Car"
12 x 12 oil 

This is a wonderful event featuring many 
Boston themed paintings by Co So artists. 
You can bid on line up until May 3! 

Friday, April 20, 2018


Our assignment this week was to create a composition 
where the primary interst is in the top 1/3rd of the painting. 

"Private Beach" 
16 x 16 acrylic 

After the class critique, I changed this in Procreate 
to see how it would look if the 
spaces were horizontal, instead of angled. 
I think this is better resolved and feels less awkward.  

It is amazing and fascinating to see other student's work on line. 
The weekly critiques offer valuable insights and make it even more fun! 

Mark Daniel Nelson's on line composition class;
"Look Here, Don't Look There". 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Collage Class with Seniors

We celebrated "spring" this week by using flowers 
for our collage inspiraion.  
We had fresh flowers and images of floral paintings available,
and some brought in their own images. 

This has turned out to be one of the most 
joyful experiences of my life. 
These woman are bright, funny, and incredibly talented. 

Happy Spring! 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Procreate Tool

"The Blue Section"
16 x 16 
acrylic on paper 

This is where the painting was on the first pass. 

I realized that the large blue shape on the left 
was keeping the viewer
from moving in. 

 So I put the image in Procreate on my I Pad 
and added some stripes to see if that would 

solve the problem. 
And warmed up the sand color. 

This is a great way "try out"
different solutions while away from the easel.  

Stay tuned! 
I will be teaching a figure class 
at NRAS during the summer session! 
Tuesdays 9:30 - 12:30 am

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Working on edges lately.

"Seating Plan"
16 x 16 acrylic on paper 

Similar subject
from last year. 

"Sea Level Seating"
14 x 14 oil 
Mass Art Auction

The journey continues. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Composition Considerations

I started this in the 
Mark Daniel Nelson workshop last winter 
and it just caught my eye 
so I worked on it today. 

12 x 9 oil 

As I think about relationship of shapes 
and colors in my compositions,
I'm noticing that I tend to make all my 
shapes the same size. 
Not very exciting.  

This one began with that in mind, 
but somehow it still happened. 

To see the video I posted
you need to click on link to the
actual blog page in the email.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Procreate Feature

I recently took an I Pad class on the 
Procreate app with Nancy Gruskin 
at Concord Art.

She showed us how to make a time lapse video
of an I Pad Painting in progress! 

(I hope you can see this.
I've never attached a video to my blog before) 

I put an image of an old painting in the app,
then played with the colors.
All without touching the original painting. 
Then I did another painting from the I pad image. 

The original painting. 

The new painting. 

This app is great for seeing how things will look,
without loosing the original idea. 
As in
"What would happen if I made the sweater 
pink instead of yellow? "