Sunday, May 29, 2016

Happy B-Day" - 6x6 inches - oil on canvas


"Happy B-Day" - 6x6 inches - oil on canvas

I usually don't go for too long without painting either a cupcake or a donut.  This particular cupcake was piled high with pink frosting so I decided to add a candle and turn it into a mini birthday celebration.

I started this painting with a bright green acrylic wash over my entire canvas.  In the end, I pretty much covered the green but you can see a bit of it peeking through in the candle, in the tabletop, and also in my signature.  (To sign most of my paintings, I use a rubber tip to scrape away the paint.  This only works if the paint is still wet enough so I always try to remember to sign my paintings right away).  

I tried hard to stay loose and not get too caught up in the folds of the paper in the base.  I was pleased with how the candle turned out and purposely picked a dark background so that the bright flame had a strong contrast to help it stand out.

"Happy B-Day" is a 6 inch square painting.  This painting is framed in a wood floating frame (see photo below).  You can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below or, from Whiffle Tree Candle Co. in Billerica, MA.





Sunday, May 22, 2016

Retro - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas

Retro - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas
This funky orange rotary phone was the inspiration for this week's painting.  My parents bought this phone many years ago and I remember using it as a kid and having a sore finger from dialing.  The phone is solid as a rock and probably weighs at least 5 pounds. 

This painting has a harmonious feel as I chose to paint it on a mustard yellow surface with a dark brown background so that all the colors are analogous.  I threw in a few pops of green here and there just to add some interest.  

"Retro" is a 12x12 oil on canvas painting with a wood floating frame (see additional photos below).  This painting is available at Artists Corner and Gallery in West Acton, MA, or, you can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below.








Sunday, May 15, 2016

Fujis - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas

"Fujis" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on cavnas
I love apples.  There is something very basic, comforting and wholesome about apples.  Lately, I've been buying Fuji apples and I really like the crisp, sweet taste.  I hadn't painted apples in a while so it was time.  I worked slowly and deliberately and really paid attention to the shifts in value and color to create the rounded forms.  In the past I've struggled with multi-colored apples but this one came together pretty easily -- a nice bonus!  Purchase info is below.


In other news, I'm now showing my work at the Whiffle Tree Candle Co.   This shop has been around for many years and is really charming.  The grand opening for the new Artisans' Market is the weekend of June 18 but they unofficially opened last week.  There are paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodcrafts, etc. -- a really nice selection of handmade items.  If you live anywhere near Billerica, MA, check it out.






"Fujis
" is a 12x12 oil on canvas painting with a wood floating frame (see photos below).  This painting is available at Artists Corner and Gallery in West Acton, MA, or, you can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below.






Sunday, May 8, 2016

Button Down - 20 x 20 inches - oil on canvas

"Button Down" - 20x20 inches - oil on canvas
Some paintings flow and are nearly effortless.  This painting was not one of them!   The shirt was not the problem as that came together quite easily.  The paint flowed and I was happy with how it turned out in my first attempt.  

My problem was the background.  In my first version, I included some details of the door and I found it to be too distracting.  Second version eliminated the details but I painted it with some texture which was again, distracting.  With the third version, I went with a very light color.  I wasn't happy.  Fourth version was a dark background.  Again, not happy.  I finally found a middle ground with the fifth rendition!  A medium value with compatible colors and just enough texture to make the background interesting.  I'm really happy with the final version and am very glad that I kept at it until I was satisfied!

"Button Down" is a 20x20 oil on canvas painting with a wood floating frame (see photos below).  This painting is available at Artists Corner and Gallery in West Acton, MA, or, you can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below.






Monday, May 2, 2016

Satsuma Mandarin and Grapes - 8x8 inches - oil on canvas

Satsuma Mandarin and Grapes - 8x8 inches - oil on canvas
There is a farm stand near my home, Idylwilde Farms, that I really enjoy.  It is actually much more than a farm stand.  They have a green house, a bakery, a deli counter, meats, fish, cheeses, wines, a large selection of gourmet products, and of course, great fresh produce.

On a recent visit, I spotted a bin of Satsuma Mandarins, a fruit I had never seen.  Most of the fruits had a stem with some leaves attached.  I probably spent 15 minutes digging through the bin to find a pleasing subject to paint.  Some had a giant cluster of leaves.  Some had leaves that were bent.  Some fruits didn't have a stem at all.  Finally, I found one that I liked.  

I never did eat the Satsuma Mandarin so I can't report on what it tastes like.  It sat in my studio a bit too long and spent too much time under a hot light surrounded by oil paints.  Hmmm.  Not too appealing for an afternoon snack.

"Satsuma Mandarin and Grapes" is an 8x8 oil on canvas painting with a wood floating frame (see photo below).  This painting is available at Artists Corner and Gallery in West Acton, MA, or, you can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below.








Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"I Wanna Hold Your Hand" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas

I Wanna Hold Your Hand - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas

Naming a painting can be difficult.  Sometimes, as I'm painting, an obvious title pops into my head.  Other times, I'm at a complete loss.  

One artist that I know, Tamara Gonda, uses Judy Collins songs as inspiration for her painting titles.  Since I've always been a Beatles fan, I thought I'd use her technique, hence the name of this painting.

Lately I've been going back to familiar subjects that I love to paint.  Cherries make great subjects with their smooth shiny skin and expressive stems.

"I Wanna Hold Your Hand" is an 8 inch square painting.  This painting is framed (see photo below).  You can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below or, from Artists Corner and Gallery in West Acton, MA.




Monday, April 18, 2016

Kiss Me! - 4 x 4 inches - oil on canvas (plus some stained glass fun)

"Kiss Me!"  - 4 x 4 inches - oil on canvas

My Hershey Kiss phase continues.  I love painting the foil wrapper.  I start with fairly dark colors, then add my medium tones, and, finally, the foil starts to come alive as I add the bright highlights.  It seems like magic!  

This painting is framed in a simple floating frame (see additional photo below) and the painting is available at Periwinkle Glassworks in West Acton, MA, or directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below.






Speaking of Periwinkle Glassworks, I spent a fun Friday evening with a group of friends making another stained glass piece.  I've started to incorporate sea glass that I've collected into these small collages.  Below is a photo of my latest one...so much fun to do and I love looking at it hanging in my window!



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Pickle Jar" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas

"Pickle Jar" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas, framed
I love painting pickles!  The variety of soft, muted greens...capturing the surface of the pickle juice ...the reflections on the glass jar....all good fun.

I love the color scheme in this painting - the pinks and oranges in contrast to the greens.  Makes me smile.  That's what I hope when someone buys my work that it will bring them joy every time they look at it.

"Pickle Jar" is an 8 inch square painting.  This painting is framed (see photo below).  You can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below or, from Artists Corner and Gallery in West Acton, MA.





Tuesday, April 5, 2016

"New York Style" - 20 x 20 inches - oil on canvas

"New York Style" - 20 x 20 inches - oil on canvas

Most people, when they look quickly, think this is another donut painting.  Look carefully....these are all bagels!  

I'm not sure how this idea popped into my head but I got pretty excited and went to the market to buy a selection of bagels.  I think I only found 5 kinds and then googled other bagel flavors to find reference photos to create the rest.  This was a fun one to paint that came together quickly...enjoy!


"New York Style" is a 20 inch square painting.  You can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below or, from Artists Corner and Gallery in West Acton, MA.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Flirt - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas

"Flirt"  - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas
As I mentioned in my previous post, I've been going through Hershey Kiss phase lately.  This time, I set them up on top of an antique wood box that I picked up at a vintage fair.  The box was a challenge to paint but I love its character and and it makes for a nice base for my two kisses.

"Flirt" is a 6 inch square painting framed in a  floating frame (additional photos below) and is available for $75. You can buy it directly from me by clicking the Buy Now button below or, visit Artists Corner & Gallery. in West Acton, MA






Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hershey Kiss Series - Petite Paintings - SOLD

I went through a "Hershey Kiss phase" recently and did a series of petite paintings of these little gems.  I love that the paper "stem" gives each chocolate kiss a bit of personality depending on whether it is short, long, bent, standing tall or crumpled.  I also love how the foil just jumps off the canvas.  Someone asked if I used metallic paint but it is just a combo of plain old blue, red, yellow and white.


Each canvas is 3 x 3 inches and each are framed so the total width is about 4 x 4 inches. 


"Kiss!" -  3 x 3 inches - oil on canvas, framed

"Exposed" - 3 x 3 inches - oil on canvas, framed

"It's a Wrap" - 3 x 3 inches - oil on canvas, framed








Sunday, March 13, 2016

"Bog Shadows" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on paper

"Bog Shadows" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on paper

This piece was painted "en plein air" which is just a fancy way of saying that I painted it on location.  I've painted at this cranberry bog many times.  The colors change dramatically with each season and on any given day depending on the weather and lighting conditions.

I really wanted to keep this loose and abstract and really pushed the colors.  I really love this one!  This painting can be purchased at The Artists Corner & Gallery in Acton, MA, or, directly from me.  Purchase info is at the bottom of this post.

In other news: last Saturday night, I attended the opening reception for "Feast: Images of the Edible" at Gallery Seven in Maynard, MA.  Kelli Costa, the gallery owner had a beautiful spread of food and it was crazy crowded (in a great way!)  I was proud to have my painting "Pop!" displayed just over my friend Tamara Gonda's "Cotton Candy."






"Bog Shadows" is 5 x 7 inches; oil on paper.  It comes matted and is ready for any standard 8 x 10 inch frame.  $60 shipping included.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

"Fall Splendor" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas

"Fall Splendor" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas
I painted this back in November on a relatively warm day.  I set up my easel on the edge of a field and painted as fast as I could (I didn't have much time).  I wanted to keep the painting loose and somewhat abstract so have a time restriction was a good thing as it forced me to put down the large shapes and not sweat the details.   

I donated this painting to the Commonwealth Ballet for their benefit gala last month.  

Monday, February 29, 2016

Pop!

Pop!  - oil on canvas - 16 x 16 inches 
I'm excited to announce that my painting, Pop!, was accepted into the "FEAST: Images of the Edible" show at Gallery Seven.   The show runs through April 2, 2016 with the opening reception on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 7 - 9 p.m.  Everyone is welcome!

This was really fun to paint as the kernels seemed to literally pop off the canvas.  I started with a pink wash over my entire canvas but I left 25 white areas for the kernels.  I then blocked in the background color.  One by one, I painted each kernel and really paid attention to their unique forms and color.  Below are some progress photos:







"Pop!" is a 16 inch square painting framed in a black floating frame and is available for $600.  If you are interested purchasing it, please contact Kelli Costa at Gallery Seven at info@gallerysevenmaynard.com or 978.897.9777.