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 

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!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Gotta Island Maine
I  LOVE MAINE. This is my "edges" entry in the girl just wanna paint challenge for this  month.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


What a great month! July was filled with fun for me- five fabulous weeks at camp and lots of family time.
Here are a few kid mosaics from camp- 
It is amazing how much the kids love to create!

It was also a busy month for the Art Complex- Falco the red tail hawk, painted so beautifully by exhibiting artist Karie O'Donnell,
larger than than life, came to hang out in the gallery. We drew him and look at carved birds by Kevin Dunn as well. It was a lovely afternoon!
 I made a paper mache flying monkey for Derby's "Wizard of Oz"- so fun! not scary!

And here we have this months Girls Just Wanna Paint piece for July - the theme is "anxiety"

12"x12" acrylic on canvas

Hope everyone is enjoying this awesome summer!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge for June-"Calm"

This was started in May, a cool morning at Worlds End in Hingham, and finished on a hot day in my studio !
 Iv'e been starting lots of plain air paintings lately- and have a backlog to finish. 
This months challenge was "Calm" 
See them all here!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

My Week in Elizabeth City!

My trip to splash in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was a blast and just incredible. Splash is a gathering and celebration in a city that is being re-generated by the arts- it is a week of painting and art and music and fun. I hope to return in the fall for their “moon splash “at the end of October. Knowing Jane Filer has made a significant change in my life. Jane is at true visionary and free spirit, and lives life to the fullest. Her art sells almost before she paints it-she creates many layers of magic on the canvas with acrylics. watching her paint one sees creatures, buildings and people appear , disappear and reappear within moments. It almost seems as if somebody else is painting the piece with her. Jane picked me up at the airport on Monday, then we drove to pick up friend and artist  Michele Yellin in Cary, outside of Raleigh, another fabulous person I met in 2009 at Jane‘s retreat. We have stayed in touch and have had a few adventures since then. We arrived in Elizabeth city at our beautiful guest  house on the Little River where we stayed with Lynn Nash, a gifted and wonderful artist. She lives where the original customs house on the Little River was in Elizabeth City (the Albermarle) and the edges of the river are lined with ballasts from the ships that came to the customs house. The river banks are also lined with cypress trees .I never saw cypress "knees" before! Giant blooming magnolia trees are everywhere, We stayed in  the beautifully renovated guest house. I think I had died and gone to heaven I was not sure where I was going to be staying until the day before I left – the artists all put people in their homes. the southern hospitality is beyond comprehension!
When I arrived Monday I set up an easel in a corner of a room at a table, but the weather was so good I knew that I had to be outside painting. It was a challenge because I flew down and I don’t have the state of the art plein air painting equipment but between everybody’s loans and stuff I sent down prior I was able to be quite well appointed. I painted on the waterfront the first day and enjoyed a  painting a view of some buildings. The next day after my morning swim ( the river really looks more like a lake and the water was so warm) and coffee with the girls on the terrace, we went back to the art building, 20 minutes away.  The old arcade where we were all painting was bought by a wonderful couple who let us use it for the week.The arts has truly reenergized this place!  They had couches and a piano on the street and music happened on and off all week. It was so fun to walk down the corridor and see all the different artist set up painting in many different styles are different levels. This is  not an exclusive event . One just needs to have a spirit of fun and sharing-no snobs allowed! I got my gear and my straw hat and headed out back to the waterfront. People were out of this world friendly ! every single person was just charming and friendly they don’t collect the harbor of hospitality for nothing!
I was even featured on the cover of the daily paper.
I enjoyed the buildings and the street scenes so much - and we were blessed with perfect weather every day. On Wednesday the organizer of this – Carolyn Peel – opened up her home on the river for a fabulous party. Best fried chicken I’ve ever had! And her house is full of art that made me swoon – colorful and fun and whimsical-SO my kind of thing! We ate a couple nights at a wonderful restaurant called Hoppin John’s – shrimp and grits were to die for. And $7.00 martinis! Sitting outside under the cafĂ© lights was like being in a movie and as we dined and caroused we were being painted by a couple of plein air artists with headlamps on... 
The week culminated with an art walk, and then a lovely dinner at Lyn’s house and on the river. The week went by fast and fun and furiously. I managed to get eight acrylic paintings and six watercolor paintings done in total.I will post those when I finish- I have them all out in my studio to finish.  I plan to return for the fall splash !

Here is the first painting...

first day- loved the cars, poles, trash cans- everything! 

cool buildings

cypress tree on little river
music on and off all week....

the arcade with the artists

Lynn Nash's abstract in progress

this woman did cool palette knife actylics

the Peels party place ( Joe Peel was the former Mayor of EC)

loved these funky paintings

a couple of Janes "heads" made the event!

relaxed and happy!

                                                      another painting subject... too many to paint!

Jane gave a talk. She is just the coolest.

this gal called me "Boston" all week lol

The arts council was gifted this old theater- that are moving in to it soon and will be doing public art in the alley

Hoping' Johns- right out of a Van Gogh painting...

here is Karen Crenshaw- quite a good oil painter! with her painting of us that night, one of the girls bought  the painting!

Libby's guest house

The old mill building

loved this gals  abstracts

Margie Sawyers house ( another wonderful artist from EC) from her studio window. 
What a house to live in!
I can't wait to return to this place. They want artists to come!