Wednesday, February 29, 2012

LOVE-8"x8" acrylic on panel

I have been working on a portrait of my niece Kellie all week hoping to submit it to the Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge... but I overworked it to death.I kept fiddling knowing all the while it was doomed.
I should have known not to attempt a painting from a smiling photo. My beautiful niece looked like the Riddler from Batman!
So I painted this today- inspired by a children's book.
I propped it on the table and looked at while we the dinner- and we were eating lamb.
see all the girls LOVE paintings here.

more mosaics

 These are from a recent teen workshop for the Aspergers Association of New England.,
North River Arts is letting us use their new space and it is awesome!

Below are wooden bowls from my Mom- my evening class covered the insides with bits of glass.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Abington mosaic

The mosaic is moving along quickly- and really beautifully! The arts council in Abington is a fun group and we worked on it a bit last night- here they are admiring their work. The town hall is going to sparkle!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

crossroads of the double llamas 20"x20" acrylic and mixed media

This is how the demo from the middle school ended up. Still adding stuff...

Friday, February 24, 2012

been busy!

Yesterday I did a painting demo for a group of folks with early Alzheimers from the Duxbury senior center-I told them I would paint anything they wanted! So they wanted a horse... and i delivered- pulled up an image on my phone as a reference.Looks like something I did in 4th grade!It was a lot of fun though and I chatted to them about materials, color, etc. They were entertained I think....
This morning I am going to attempt to paint "love"- this months challenge for the GIRLS JUST WANNA PAINT!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

time on the horizon 20"x20", acrylic and mixed media

I will have 5 of these 20"x20" s  at a show opening on March 30 at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Amaryllis keeps on bloomin

How to fit this very tall evenly blooming thing on the canvas? Break the rules- stalk in middle, even on both sides.
I don't think about it, I just do it , and so what?
I really want to capture the joyful feeling of this amazing flower.
Yesterday I got to be part of Lisa Darias 1000th painting celebration! Here she is painting it-so funny!
A few of us met at Kennedy's garden center and painted and partied afterward at the pub at PJ's country house.
It was divine!

Friday, February 17, 2012

amaryllis 6"x6" acrylic

This bulb was a gift to my husband from Santa and it has bloomed twice this month- each time with 4 blossoms. I love them! I struggled with the colors here- could not get the right red. Time to get more paint! Also the last time I painted one of these it was in oils- a whole different game. But I like it and it was good to do a flower this morning. Its a funny time of year I think-we are in limbo.
This is how Winnie copes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"At Cove Creek"- 2007 -oil on panel 8"x8"

I'm not even sure where this painting is- I think it sold awhile ago.
Yesterday's valentine was an oldie as well- it was of my old dog Ollie.
Hope you all had a little love yesterday- in any shape or form!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I heart you!

My dear late stepfather, Rollin W. Bailey, wrote a valentine poem every year for the Norwell Mariner when he was in his eighties.
Here's one of my favorite ones.

Oh Valentine, the world is in the throes
Of hate and greed, of war and world wide woes.
Dear Valentine, we must keep faith and strive
To heal our world by keeping love alive.

Our  worldly goods are temporal, I know
Our earthly bodies also come and go,
One certain  thing that everlasting stands,
Love freely shared, all peoples in all lands.

RWB 2005

Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

"seeking equilibrium"20"x20" acrylic on cradled panel

My entry for this years North River Arts Society members show.

Friday, February 10, 2012

good morning- watercolor on board

Another oldie- I honestly cannot remember doing this! I think there is some collage on it. I have been busy getting a lot of stuff read for a show- 5 or 6 big ones- working on all of them at once.
I think it's good to have A.D.D. sometimes....

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mosaic commission work in progress

This is the start of a half scale painting design for a stained glass mosaic I am designing for Abington Town Hall- for the town's 300th anniversary..the arts council will actually do the mosaicing under my guidance.
It will hang over the main door on the inside of the building.
There are three panels, this one is the middle one (hard to get a good photo) the finished panels are approx 12"x68"( middle ) and two panels 12"x31" on either side.
I will depict the Island grove in this one ( see photos below) and the other two on either side will have a beaver( town mascot) hydrangeas, strawberries and shoes. Not quite sure how this is going to go but it's a fun challenge!

Monday, February 6, 2012


Ok I will admit it- I'm not a football fan. Embarrassed to admit it, I don't get it. I do love the camaraderie of friends and family that have gathered in my tv room this season, and I love all the festive food!

In the third quarter I had to get out of there and took a walk down to the creek and sat on the dock with my dog, gazing at the moon and the stars. It didn't seem so important then. We are all humans after all, some of us are just a little more elated today than others. I'm happy for them! Of course, theres the Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox ...

Winnie getting excited, (YEAH RIGHT)

                                                           after the game...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

demo the other day- 20"x20" acrylic

kids started this one for me- I added a doodle found on the floor...still got a lot to do...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Demo at Furnace Brook Middle School

I had the pleasure of doing an artist demo yesterday at the Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield with fellow artists Mary Mc Sweeney and Jeanne MacFarland..
Unfortunately I had my phone restored right after that and lost all the photos on it that I had taken during the demo. I did have the amazing Mary McSweeney send me the pictures of her work- she is so fast and fun to watch. I had the kids help me "prime" a panel and then worked into it.
The kids were so sweet and complimentary. We loved it!

                                                          Here's her work- these are quite large!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

acrylic 20"x20" cradled birch panel

No title for this one yet- any ideas?
The rooster came from a sketch my grandmother did- I found it  with her stenciling supplies.
Her name was Mildred. Anyway I'm having fun with shapes and colors.
Looking at a lot of Paul Klee- he liked letters too.