Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sue's Two day Walk

 I am donating this painting done last year- early on in my 365 flower project- to be auctioned off on April 9.  My dear friend Sue Sheehan and her daughter Lauren are participating in the Avon two day walk for cancer and she is hosting a fundraiser at the North Community Church in Marshfield Hills- "Cosmos for a Cure"
There will be awesome baskets in the raffle, and several silent auction items and Cosmos! Click here to read Sue's story... I will be there and hope to see you there too!

This painting was inspired by Rachel Joy Scott's words- she was the first student shot at the Columbine massacre. She wrote this in her journal
"Don't let your character change with your environment.
Find out who you are and stay that color."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

which one?

Appleton farms- I have three versions ( all of them will have the border and text...)

The client will decide which one is best. Or none!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Victory" 12"x12" acrylic on canvas

This iron horse statue is called "Victory" and overlooks Hingham harbor.
It is a commission. I used a bit of poetic license and removed a few trees.

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Cat in the Hall" (for Help Japan) watercolor on paper 10"x16"

The folks at Daily Paintworks  are dedicated to helping the people in Japan whose lives have been ravaged by the Tsunami . The theme of the challenge  is "At Home".  I do not take for granted my home and the warmth it provides.
My heart goes out to those on Japan that have lost everything- and hope that can they begin to heal . They can never replace their loved ones, but hopefully they can rebuild their homes.
This watercolor is from a photo of my tiny back hall, looking into one of my girls bedrooms.
I do not own a cat, but growing up there was always a golden tabby cat in my life. I put one here - the hall looked so empty.
I hope my painting brings in a little bit of money to help Japan, and there are several options of what charity the money can go to. Please visit this page to see the art there.

Friday, March 18, 2011

"winters last dance" acrylic on paper-12'x15"

I hear birds and smell fragrant air- last night I heard peepers on my street!

This piece was fun- fooling around with scraping paint and brushstrokes...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nursery Mural- Hey Diddle Diddle 9.5' x 7.7'

I painted a mural in a house today- the young couple is expecting their first in July and they hired me to paint the nursery. Took exactly 7 hours. Fun! So sweet!
I wish I had better pictures but this is all I could get with my phone ):

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tulips on Sunday

Yesterdays class was great-
Sarah and I were very happy
to look at these flowers for 3 hours.
Peaceful and fun. I really got into the shadows on mine and eliminated the vase totally.

Sarahs (above) is amazing- she hasn't painted in a long long time and she did great! We framed it immediately.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

my collage from the other night

This is going to be a gift for a special person. Cant wait to give it to her! It was fun to make.
I found a lot of photos of people at the dump - no idea who this woman is...Its a cut up Currier and Ives calendar inside and a feather from a bird I had once...and shells and other stuff.
Last minute- but- I have a couple openings in a class at my studio today from 2-5 PM. We will be painting  purple tulips from Trader Joes in acrylics.
So if you are kicking around on a Sunday with NOTHING to do- come one over!
$25. includes all materials.
Let me know if you want to join in!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

friends art created in my studio

These wonderful shadowboxes were all made in my studio with the vast array of collage materials and ephemera that I have. These are all made on the back of painting panels.
Love this stuff!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Proud Auntie

My two  nieces each won awards at this years BostonScholastic High School Art Competition- above is Mikayla's Eiffel tower - silver key!
And my Niece Kellie's charcoal- she got a gold!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cove Creek ( rather large) oil on canvas

I have been working on this for  so long- years-yesterday I made myself finish( i think I am done)
This is the view at the end of the dock across the street.
It had a dock in it but it was awkward so I painted it out.
To see how big it is look here..(please ignore my sad post winter window boxes...)

Monday, March 7, 2011

sketch from the river club in Scituate

Al and I  went to see Lori McKenna on Saturday night- She was fantastic!
This is my doodle while we waited...
It's pencil but I put it through a filter on photoshop- just for fun.Kinda dark...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Secret of Life ie Enjoying the Passage of Time - mixed media

I always loved James Taylors song so I borrowed his quote for this one.
Last nights opening was so fun and it was great to see so many of my friends!
The space is fantastic and I felt right at home.
Marie Flaherty , owner of Native- rocks! She know how to throw a party! Sales were brisk and I saw a lot of smiles.
Now I am feeling like doing some other venue for a while.... hmmm- like maybe paint some flowers?
I do want to make more of these mixed media pieces too.
Heres friends Gail, me and Lyn at the opening.

Friday, March 4, 2011

lunar man- 6"x6" acrylic on panel

Marie Flaherty, the wonderful owner of Native, and I set up the little show at Native last night- 18 pieces total which i think is pretty good for having just started in January!
We had fun putting the animals and fun artifacts from the store all around my works- I felt like my paintings were at home with all the color around them.
Hope you can come to the show- First fridays in Scituate are fun- several stores are open and serving refreshments.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

fun stuff I did over the past few days ...


                                 I attended the Art Fest at Kennedy's garden center.
                       This is the fantastic Mac Haran with her unbelievably adorable
                                     knitted stuff. She is extremely entertaining!

                                 This was fun to watch too- didn't get his name- I LOVE GLASS!

My friend Lisa's pocketbook- I am totally going to put this in a painting!

The next day I worked with a brownie troop at the Art Complex Museum-
the girls were looking up at the whimsical bird sculptures by Brad Story- and drew on their bellies.
You can't see the sculptures in this picture but look at the shadows on the walls!

Then they painted them. I love their results and so did they- they said it helped them "let go"
Do 9 year olds need help "letting go"?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

mmmm-cake! 6"x6" collage and acrylic on panel

My painting challenge  for March- the theme is 
see them all here!