Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tree #20 cemetery

Yesterday morning I sat in my car and did this . It was moody and misty.
I planned to paint over it with oils, but decided to leave it this way. I kind of like it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tree #19, North River in Scituate.

Started this yesterday in the car in acrylics, finished if in the studio this morning with palette knife and oils. I had no reference photo, just tried to mimic the colors that were there. It was very liberating! Sometimes photos can be so flat and lifeless.
Can't wait to try this again today. Just going to drive and see where I can park and have a good view of an interesting tree. I have so many offers of trees to paint from my friends- I need to get out of my immediate area! But this is working for now...
All of these paintings are 8"x10" in the vertical format. Can't wait to get to 30!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tree #18

This is a huge oak that hangs over my driveway, viewed from my back yard. I started the painting in the drizzle yesterday- the oil and water were fighting- my dear hubby rigged up an umbrella over my easel. Quite the handy guy and always so helpful! I was able to stand out there today and finish. I started another one later this morning from the car. I am finding it helps to finish up the next day, it seems to give me a fresh look at the work.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


It was foggy this morning. I stood in my yard looking out at the woods. Pallette knife painting is a bit like cake decorating! I am not quite sure what I'm doing but its fun!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tree # 16 Daniel Webster House

I had only 30 minutes yesterday before work-  it was a grey day. I parked at the Daniel Webster House in Marshfield to do this one.Thank you Gail Connolly for your suggestion!
 Gorgeous big old trees there! I finished it this morning - used a palette knife- I forgot how fun it is to work with the paint like that. Like buttah!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Tree #15 Goat Road, Saquish

I love dirt roads. I tried to capture the dapply light.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Saquish Summer Soirée

I've just returned from a few days on Saquish Beach, Plymouth- an amazing piece of sandy beach  in the middle of Plymouth Bay. I found quite a few trees to paint! I even saw a big seal on a rock. So much fun! Had a great time- felt like summers last hurrah ( although we still have lovely summer weather here!) Hope everyone had a good summer. thanks for looking!


Rarely can I lift my head out off the pillow to see the sunrise!

Here's the seal- he was cool!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

What a gorgeous morning! This is looking up Highland Street in Marshfield . I am going off grid for a few days (sort of- staying on Saquish beach with a couple of good pals) might not post again till Wednesday. Thanks for all your encouraging words. I think this is a struggle but nothing compared to the  folks affected by all these hurricanes. So terrible. My prayers are going out to all of them.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Tree #8- 8"x10" oil on canvas

Another Art Complex Museum Tree-  I think it's a Linden tree.
No time to look it up in my tree guide- busy busy day at work. I'm breathless trying to keep up!

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Today started out grey and drizzly- this was done before work in the Art Complex Museum studio looking out the window at a tree on the corner. It was an obstructed view, kind of a challenge- and then I had to wait till 4 to finish - the sun was out! So I played around. There was red ivy on the tree. Fall is approaching!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tree #6

Today is a work day- luckily I had 30 minutes before I started work to get this one in- and also it is very fortunate that  the Art Complex has so many beautiful trees to paint! Still a limited palette but I added ultramarine blue and cad red medium to the mix.
We got a lot of rain and thunder right after I pulled the easel inside! Yikes!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

#5 - Maple Tree in Marshfield Cemetery

                                This morning I used oils- and painted with a limited palette I saw on one of the challenge blogs - looking at all the other challenge paintings on Leslie Saetas  30 in 30 blog is so educational and fun! Oils are great but I usually paint in acrylics- again- challenged! But I love the squishiness and oiliness of the medium. Plus it stays wet on the palette.
This is prussian blue, alizarin crimson, cad lemon and white. I liked the palette a lot- but didn't have good turps- I need to get some Gamsol ( the best turps). I keep struggling here!
Cemeteries have great old trees.


Monday, September 4, 2017

#4 tree in Front Of the North River Audubon Society

I am trying to find out the type of tree this is - on Summer Street in Marshfield- is it a cherry?
I used acrylic but not happy with the medium- switched to oils! Feels better.
Still finding this challenge really hard but loving it too. Sorry about the glare on the photo...

Sunday, September 3, 2017

#3 tree- Union Street Marshfield- 8"x10" acrylic

This morning it was raining- oh I do love a rainy morning ! I will often paint in the studio but I've decided that for this tree challenge I will work only from life, rain or shine. SO- I sat in my car! I listened to a podcast- Ted radio hour "quiet" while I was painting. I often paint in silence - today I needed a little distraction. This project is evolving into a meditation upon trees and I hope to learn more than just how to paint them better. A lot of friends are sending me photos and stories about trees. It's wonderful and I so appreciate it!
My car studio. I'm left handed so its best to sit in the passenger seat!

My attempt. I could do more on this one but- I'm at work today- no time!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

#2 Tree- Hickory in my front yard. 8"x10" acrylic

I planned to drive down to the Audubon today to paint but my daughter is home and I wanted to be here when she got up. I set up in my yard - the light on this tree was pretty. It's a massive shagbark hickory- squirrels love the nuts. It turn a beautiful yellow in the fall and my yard positively glows. I love the dappled light on the trunk. I am super challenged trying to paint the foliage masses. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

30 Trees in 30 days- #1- Alden Studio tree- 8"x10 " acrylic

Sleep was not in the cards for me last night- I was stressing about how I was going to fit in painting a tree a day. What was I thinking! I'm so busy!!!!
Also doubting the whole tree idea. I had to work today (ironically I spent the day painting a giant mural of- trees!- ) but during my lunch break at 12:00 I painted one of the many beautiful trees on the grounds of the Art Complex Museum. I spent maybe 30 minutes on this one. The whole idea of this challenge is to paint every day- even if it's a loose and messy painting and also learn how to approach trees. I always feel intimidated by them so I am embracing this. I'm sticking with an 8"x10" format for consistency. You can see mine with all others here on Leslie Saetas blog. I'm so glad she does these challenges- her blog talk radio podcast "Artists Helping Artists" is good to listen to too!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Girls Just Wanna paint Challenge: August 2017: "Still Life"

This is a watercolor sketch of the beautiful house my husband and I stayed at last month on Gotts island  in Maine. The challenge for the Girls Just wanna Paint was "still life". Not a bowl of fruit- but the chairs and walls that stayed still!
See all the other art here.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Damons Point Sunrise

Got up early to touch up the lighthouse pole in Marshfield center so on my way stopped to see the sunrise! The fish were jumping- this guy was waiting for his breakfast.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

One Morning in Maine and Yoga Painting Retreat!

I was recently in Gotts Island Maine- a lovely tiny island where there are no cars , or electricity- so quiet and beautiful. We enjoyed a view of the milky way and brilliant stars every night. I filled a sketchbook with loose watercolors. Its was so restorative!
This is a veiw from behind the island Cemetery looking at a couple  of the beautiful houses.
I'd love to spend a couple of weeks there to paint. Next year perhaps!

Speaking of Maine and watercolors, Join me and Yogini Tricia Glynn at Namaste Yoga this October for a fun weekend!
We will be painting, doing yoga and relaxing together. This is a "real person " yoga retreat- 
( in other words wine is allowed LOL)
Contact Tricia here if you want to sign up!

Southern Maine Farmhouse Retreat
October 13-15, 2017
Now Booking!
14 Guest Max for this retreat. Sign up early!

You do not have to be a yogi or an artist to attend this retreat. 

YOGIS- So you're not an artist?  That's OK!  Remember way back when you were a child and you would paint a picture just for fun?  You didn't care if it was good or bad.  It was fun!  Painting classes are all levels and beginners, or those "afraid that they will be terrible" :-) are encouraged to try, but if you choose not to participate in the painting you will still get a LOT of yoga on this retreat. The painting workshop is half yoga and half painting.  If you do not want to paint, during the times when guests are invited to leave their yoga mats and go to their art work you can take a break, stay on your mat and stretch on your own, or practice your savasana.  I promise, no one will make you paint, but if you choose to try we are happy to help.

ARTISTS- So, you're not a yogi?  That is also ok!  Yoga classes are ALL levels.  Beginners are more than welcome.  Classes move slow to make it safe for beginners and those who prefer a gentle style class.  Challenges are also offered for students looking for a stronger practice.  We will move slowly working advanced posture from level 1 to 4, so you can decide how deep you want to travel into the work.  Breaks are encouraged when you need them.  Your yoga practice should feel good.  It should be an enjoyable time and I hope you will try it.  If not, The studio will be open to you during the weekend and you are welcome to come in and paint at any time.  Even during the yoga classes, as long as you are quiet and pause from your work or take a break during the Savasana (The last 10 minutes of each class).  If weather permits, you will not even want to be in the studio because the grounds are BEAUTIFUL!!!  Jorgi is the gardener and he is incredible.  You will feel the love that he has for his flowers and vegetables the moment you step outside.
Package Details
  • 2 Nights in a Traditional New England Farmhouse- All twin size beds. 
  • All Meals- Healthy, Delicious & Gluten Free.  Caterer has experience with special diets and is happy to meet your dietary needs.
  • ​One Yoga & Painting Workshop
  • Several 5 Minute Painting Tips Mini Classes throughout the weekend
  • 5 Yoga/Meditation Classes

Your non refundable deposit for this retreat is $100.  Your deposit holds your spot, so don't forget to send it with your registration.  A deposit for all guests staying in a private room must be sent to reserve a private room.  Final payment is due on or before August 31st.
14 Guest Maximum for this retreat.

Shared Room

$450pp-Quad Occupancy - $100 Deposit = $350 

Private Rooms
$450pp - Quad Occupancy- $100 Deposit = $350 

$500pp - Triple Occupancy- $100 Deposit = $400 
$550pp - Double Occupancy- $100 Deposit = $450 
$800 - Single Occupancy (Only one available)- $100 Deposit = $700 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Summer Arts At Derby 2017- glass on glass mosaics

I just completed another fun filled five weeks at Derby Academys' Summer Arts program- it was so much fun, as always, and the weeks just flew by. I am so grateful to be able to work with the staff there- we are like family. The kids are amazing- not only do they produce tons of art, they do music, theatre, sports, cooking, sewing and write a newspaper every day. I made a video of my mosaic kids
 ( and few from the Baltimore Museum of visionary art) click here to watch.
The mosaics above were made by myself and Judy Benzaquin, co counsler, as surprise gifts to Susan and  Thalia (the directors) who are both wonderful and work all year round to make Derby the special place it is.
 I have a few days off now to putter around- starting back to the museum this Wednesday after a 5 week leave of absence.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Alice's House

I was asked to curate the art for Alices House ( click the name for the story)
I am so amazed and inspired by the many artist that showed up to donate. Some pieces will be for sale to benefit the house, all of it will be there for visitors to enjoy.
Janet Gibson , the leader of all of this,  is absolutely wonderful and has inspired me too! Tomorrow we install the work in the gorgeous house.

Our meeting- Janet telling the story of Alice house...
wish I had a photo of all the artists .
As we toured the house the sky darkened and it poured rain!

Then it cleared...

And then...we witnessed a rainbow!

Here is my canvas for the house..

It's 4"x5" ( this is a scale reference)
 I will post all the other work tomorrow after the install.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Re-visiting watercolor

I love the medium of watercolor. It is fast, spontaneous  and clean- easy to pack on trips- and yet it can be also be very tricky. I am mostly an intuitive painter- which is a good thing, but also can be confusing. Different colors have different qualities- some colors are transparent and others opaque- and mixing colors can give you either luminous or dull effects. I've been feeling like my colors are dull- and paints old and tired.
I bought this book a few years ago and recently pulled it off the shelf.
I bit the bullet and bought new paint and a new pallete- mine was about 25 years old!
It's still usable but sometimes its worth it to start fresh...
I bought all the colors Jeanne Dobie recommends and set up the palette the way she suggested.
I'm practicing with color swatches and glaze exercises in the book.. but also just winging it outside because the weather has been so nice and I can't be inside!
This one is the Audubon sanctuary at the end of my street. I cheated with colored pencils and white acrylics for the flowers ( purists wouldn't approve!)

My neighbor has a huge meadow in the front of their yard filled with lupines. I love it every year!
This tractor is parked in from of Hornstra farms in Norwell. It is a little 20 minute sketch, tweaked a bit in studio from the photo I took.

This is a path to the North River that is accessible on the Driftway in Scituate (next to Dunkin Donuts)
I'm enjoying learning new things ! Good for my old brain.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

White Line Workshop with Lisa Houck and Amy McGregor Radin

A couple Saturdays ago there was a fantastic white-line printmaking workshop at the Art Complex Museum with printmakers Amy McGregor-Radin and Lisa Houck.
They really taught a great workshop!
I coordinated this class in conjunction with the exhibit they curated "Painted Shapes" at the Museum
(up till August 13- if you can go see it!) 
 White-line woodcuts were invented in Provincetown, MA- and is the only known print making method that originated in the United States.
The lines are cut into a piece of clear white pine with an exacto knife- then each section is painted with watercolors and printed by hand with a spoon or baren. The paper is attached to the board so registration is not a problem. I could see doing more of these!
                                                           here are some examples...

Instructor Lisa Houck

instructor Amy McGregor - Radin

Process shots-
cutting the lines
                                                          painting in with watercolor

Student work

This is my print- I took my design from a sketchbook ( above) I found recently in my attic-from a backpacking trip to Europe in 1985. I have enough sketches in that book to do a whole series!