Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Change of Season

Every time the seasons change, life gets pretty hectic
 and my painting time is limited.  
(an adjustment after the long winter months of 
uninterupted studio time!) 

Another one for the "Hat Series"

"Spring Clean Up"
16 x 16 oil 

I don't usually get much work done in the summer.
However this year,  
I've committed to being in two shows 
and I'm teaching a class. 
That'll keep me busy. 

Monday, May 28, 2018


"Page's Hat"  (20x 16 oil) 
was awarded the 
Joanne F. Regan Award for Composition
at the North River Arts Festival of the Arts
this passed weekend.

I had told one of my friends that I
was working on a series of "people wearing hats"
and she sent me this image 
of another one of our friends.....
so it's "a collaboration of friends" painting! 

So grateful for all the wonderful people 
who enrich my life so much. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Welcome Summer

When the California Poopies "pop" 
I feel like summer is here! 

Here are just a few of the paintings they've inspired. 

"Poppies Have Popped"
10 x 10 

"Poppies in Studio"
10 x 10 

I've been working on a commission;
three small paintings of 
Cape Cod subjects. 
It's taken much more time than I thought.
(Will post them once they are approved. ) 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Procreate vs. Real painting

Thinking more about my "Hat" series,
 I worked on this idea 
in Procreate today.  

(A quick sketch over an image.)
I took out the buildings and signs behind her
and worked on linking some darks to lead the eye 
up and around to the hat.  

I started the actual painting today.
It's always a bit dissapointing that a "real" painting 
just doesn't look as cool as a Procreate sketch. 

Stay tuned. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

My Mom's tools 
(circa 1960)

My Tools

Thursday, May 10, 2018


I love a challenge so taking on-line painting classes
with weekly assignments works well for me.  
This week, we are talking about circulinear compositons 
and ways to lead the eye around a painting. 

This was part of a "celebration" series I did a few years ago.
Looking through my archives, I was surprised 
that I am definately more drawn to rectilinear compositions! 


Monday, May 7, 2018

Expressive Figure Class this summer

I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching an
Expressive Figure Painting class 
this summer at
North River Arts in Marshfield, MA

"Purple Dress"
20 x 16 acrylic

Expressive Approach to the Figure
With Nancy Colella
North River Arts Society
Tuesdays 9:30 - 12:30 

June 12 , 19, 26
July 10, 17, 24

            Let’s explore an expressive, non-traditional approach to painting the figure,
 by experimenting with the abstract elements of shape, color, line and composition. 
We will work from observation and our imagination.  
Working from images, models or reproductions, we will experiment with 
flattening shapes, using pattern and texture, and mark making. 
The exercises will help students create more lively and expressive statements of the human form. 
A basic understanding of drawing the figure would be helpful.
 Open to all mediums.
Limited to12 students.

Sign ups will open in a week or two.