Thursday, February 7, 2019

recent animal commisions

Been  busy times with commissions.
"Boston" gift for a dear friend.

Kitties

Horse. I loved drawing horses as a kid.

two fur babies,

Yellow lab


                                                                      friends puppy

these two are still in progress. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Wednesday was Manet's Birthdays. He was a very important painter- heres what wiki says!
Édouard Manet (US/mæˈnmə-/UK/ˈmæn/French: [edwaʁ manɛ]; 23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883) was a French modernist painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.
Born into an upper-class household with strong political connections, Manet rejected the future originally envisioned for him, and became engrossed in the world of painting. His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) and Olympia, both 1863, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the start of modern art. The last 20 years of Manet's life saw him form bonds with other great artists of the time, and develop his own style that would be heralded as innovative and serve as a major influence for future painters.
I always love seeing this painting when I visit the MFA.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Birthday portraits

I decided to paint Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday.
It made me think about exploring other well known people and painting them that day as a painting challenge.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
9"x12 acrylic

 Francis Bacon, Scientist  (born on January 22) 20"x20" acrylic.

Today is Édouard Manet 's birthday French: [edwaʁ manɛ]; 23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883)
He was a French modernist painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.
Born into an upper-class household with strong political connections, Manet rejected the future originally envisioned for him, and became engrossed in the world of painting. His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) and Olympia, both 1863, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the start of modern art. The last 20 years of Manet's life saw him form bonds with other great artists of the time, and develop his own style that would be heralded as innovative and serve as a major influence for future painters.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy 2019!

Hers my girls Just wanna Paint for December-
"passages" was the theme- this is a painting I did last winter from a wonderful photo taken by Marie Flaherty when we were in Paris in 2015.
Hope you all had a great holiday season! Bring on winter- I love to paint in winter! I have lots of commission work- I'm still at it. I'm intending on being better at blogging this year too!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Upcoming Shows!

Hi everyone- I've been very busy preparing for three exhibits.

Circle Furniture, Artist Brunch, Sunday , October 21, 12:00 PM
Local Pottery, Norwell , New Works, Friday, November 2. 7:00 PM
Dolphin Gallery at the Hingham Public Library, Girls Just Wanna Paint, November 5, 5:30-7:30
Hope to see you there !


Hingham Library
Opening Monday November 5 
5:30



Sunday, September 30, 2018

Humarock Beach 12"x12" acrylic and oil on canvas

I am so happy to turn the page of the calendar this month. September was, well, sort of eh. Moving on!
Fall is glorious! This painting is one I started in August, Humarock Beach.
It's my entry in this months"girls just wanna paint challenge!
See them all here.
Happy October!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Catching up!

Hi! It's not quite fall, summer is hanging on. This year I am experiencing a feeling of melancholy as I let go of summer. I loved the heat, (we put a pool in the back yard several years ago, and our house has NO air conditioning , and I LOVE the feeling of relief when I get in my pool). We had lots of hot days and I made a big pile of plein air paintings, most of which need a few tweaks to be complete. I love to paint, and be outside, so plein air is my go to in the warmer weather. As it gets colder I look forward to the process of working out of my imagination. There is a direct relationship to the paint and canvas, it's truly like running away while in the cozy world of my studio.
Here are a few of the pieces I created over the summer.

A glimpse of what I have in the studio to finish...

Here's one of Scituate, looking up from the pier towards Jericho Road.
One of Maine, Gotts Island, a lovely tiny island off the coast of Mt Desert island.
I started this one in the late afternoon on Humarock Beach. (Still tweaking)
A monotype- I'd like to do more of these!
This is why I avoid Cape Cod in the Summer...

I participated in a painting contest at the Marshfield Fair- ate a hot dog-and won the blue ribbon!
I made this giant puppet, named Alphonso, as part of the celebration for 30 years of Summer Arts at Derby Academy! here is Thalia- the amazing and wonderful director, with Al.
This was a fantastic summer at Derby Summer Arts!
Made this flying monkey for the camps production of The Wizard of Oz...



This is the prototype panel for the Art Complex Museums' herring run mosaic wall, (23' total)  working on it now- to be completed in 2020!
I won first place in oil and acrylic at the Pembroke Arts festival this summer!
Not gonna lie, it's cool to win stuff now and then...
( also, I'm not actually going blonde- I'm letting my white hair shine!- an interesting color experience)
A mixed media painting of a fierce lion, painted as a gift to a warrior friend who is fighting cancer.





two smalls from a friends lake house in Maine
And here is what I just started today- one of three 30"x40" canvases to be part of a show next month. 
It's partly from a watercolor I did France in 2015, and partly from another sketch, some made up and some pinterest inspired. Can't wait to get back to it!
Thanks so much for looking! 
I'll be back- show news coming soon!