Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Early Spring" - 10 x 10 inches - oil on canvas

"Early Spring" - 10 x 10 inches - oil on canvas

I'm lucky to live in a charming New England town with a beautiful town common.  This church, the First Parish Church United, sits on one side of the common and was glowing in the afternoon sun.  Because it is early spring, the trees are still bare and I liked the starkness of the scene.  I tried not to get too fussy with the details and think I managed to do just that.  I'm pleased with how this one turned out.  Purchase information is at the end of this post.

Ok, now for a little housekeeping.  In my last post, I asked you to come up with a name for my last painting of a wine bottle.  Below are the entries - thank you to everyone who chimed in!  I picked "Reflection" which was submitted by Paula M. I liked it because of the double meaning and it seemed to fit with the mood of the painting.  For my monthly give-away. I usually use www.random.org to select my winner but for March, I decided that Paula deserved the prize - an original that I painted of Plum Island marshes -- congratulations Paula!

WINE BOTTLE NAMES
Anticipation
Big Red
Bottle a red (ala Billy Joel)
Call Me a Cab
Dreams and Desires
Eve of Bordeaux
Eve of Cabernet
For the Right Occasion
I'm being followed by a wine shadow!
In no ones shadow
Me and my Shadow
Mommy's Little Helper
Red Bliss
Red, Red Wine
Reflection
Still Corked
Stress Reliever
Shades of Red to Gray
The cheese stands alone
The Pick-Up
The Shadow
Time for Reflection
Unlabeled
Waiting for Good Dough
Whine No More
wine me up
Worth the Wait

"Early Spring" is a 10 x 10 inch painting on gallery wrapped canvas.  The sides are painted black so framing is optional.  $140. Click the Buy Now button below to purchase by credit card or click here for other ways to purchase a painting.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Reflection - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas

"Reflection" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas
Since my previous wine bottle painting sold at the Westford Package Store, I decided to paint another one to fill the empty spot.

I thought long and hard about what to name this painting and have drawn a blank.  I posted it on Facebook and asked for suggestions.  Here are the responses:

"Me and my Shadow"
"Waiting for Good Dough"
"Worth the Wait"
"Mommy's Little Helper”
The cheese stands alone
 I'm being followed by a wine shadow!
 bottle a red (ala Billy Joel)
 Stress Reliever
 "The Shadow"
"Shades of Red to Gray"

Ok, now it is your turn!  What would you name this painting?  I'll announce the winning name in my next post.  

This "Reflection" painting  is a 12 x 12 inch oil on canvas painting.  The sides are painted black so framing is optional.  $125.  Click the Buy Now button below o purchase using a credit card or click here for other payment options. 


Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Cooper" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas

"Cooper" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas
First off, congrats to Valerie B. who won my give-away for February.  I'll be sending her one of my original paintings from my "30 Paintings in 30 Days" that I completed in January.  Each month I give-away a prize to someone on my mailing list, to sign up and become eligible, click here

This is a portrait of our rescue dog Cooper.  I went a little wild with the colors since I was only painting it to please myself.  This kind of reminds me of a Leroy Neiman painting with its vibrant color and loose brushwork.  I did this on a whim after my daughter posted a picture of Cooper on her twitter account.  I just liked his expression and wanted to capture it on canvas.  I've painted Cooper probably 4 or 5 times so there is no chance the family will ever forget him! 

As a reminder, I accept commissions for pet and house portraits.  More information and pricing can be found by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"Shoulder to Shoulder" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Shoulder to Shoulder" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas
Recently, the Art on Main gallery has been reaching out to other local businesses to expand our reach into the community.  We just teamed up with the Westford Package Store, a family owned business that has been in town since the 1950s.  They recently expanded their space and asked if we wanted to hang some artwork in their venue.  I've never really painted liquor bottles but figured this would be a great subject for their walls.

I'm not much of a drinker (unless you count water and tea), so I had to raid a friend's liquor cabinet for some sources of inspiration.  Bottles are really, really hard to paint.  It is really hard to make them symmetrical!  I felt like a needed a glass of wine after finishing this one.  Lo and behold, a few days after the hanging, I got a call that the painting sold right off the wall at the Westford Package Store.  How cool is that?  

Art on Main is having our monthly open house on Thurs, March 6 from 5 - 8 p.m.  The Westford Package Store is providing a sampling of their wines for our patrons.  We will also have some traditional Irish music provided by 2 members of  Sligo Trad.  So, if you live in the Westford, MA area, stop by!

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Good Day Sunshine" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas

"Good Day Sunshine" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas
I haven't had much studio time since I made an unexpected trip to help out my Mom.  One of the side benefits was that I missed the recent Nor'easter that hit the east coast.  Even though I missed the storm, I'm not really looking forward to digging out my car when I return home!

I live in an older section of Westford where most of the houses are quite old.  Many have intricate molding and interesting architectural details that I just love.  These two houses sit side by side and I've passed them many times; they are always a source of inspiration.  This painting is really all about the luscious snow.  I think this painting has been in my mind for a long time.  I want to do more!

I struggled with coming up with a title for this painting.  Since there has been so much Beatles talk lately with their 50 year anniversary coming to the US, "Good Day Sunshine" popped into my head.

"Good Day Sunshine" is an 8 x 8 inch oil on canvas painting.  $125.  Click here to participate in the DailyPaintWorks auction. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Heartstrings" - 7 x 7 inches - sea glass collage - SOLD

"Heatstrings" - 7 x 7 inches -  sea glass collage
After my painting marathon in January, I decided to put my paints away for a bit and create another sea glass collage.  The basic principles of putting together a collage is not very different from creating a painting.  I spend a long time working on the arrangement and trying to achieve a nice balance of color and form.  Once again, I added some wire to give an extra punch to my creation.

I decided to call this piece "Heartstrings" because of the small heart-shaped piece of glass in the upper left corner.  

Art on Main is having our monthly "Wine and Nibbles" open house tonight (Thursday, February 6) from 5 - 8 p.m.  If you live in the Westford, MA area, stop by to say hello!


 

Friday, January 31, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days


30 Paintings in 30 Days - The Wrap Up


Well.  Here they are.  All 30 paintings in the order that I painted them.  The red dot means the painting has sold.  Click here to view them online.

The last time I did a 30 paintings challenge, I was completely burned out by the end of the month.  This time, interestingly enough, I feel energized and inspired!  I'm looking forward to starting some larger pieces.  As always, I learned something from each painting and continue to grow and sharpen my skills. 

With this challenge, I was much more prepared and organized which made the challenge much easier.  There is so much more to do than simply painting!  Each painting must be photographed, cropped, uploaded, etc.  Some day, my "team" will take care of all those details for me...ha!

Regarding the pricing, I kept these paintings  affordable at $30 during the month of January.  I will extend the pricing through Sunday February 2, and then will likely put any unsold paintings up for auction on either eBay or DailyPaintWorks.

I want to thank everyone who sent along encouraging comments along the way and to those who made purchases.  Painting is a very solitary activity and I'm so glad I have a way to share it with all of you.  Thank you!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 30 - Kitchen Sink

"Kitchen Sink" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on paper
My theme for the month was "Everything but the Kitchen Sink"  - all food-related items from my kitchen.  My friend, Maria Bennett Hock, suggested that I include the kitchen sink and make it the final painting for the month.  I loved her suggestion so here it is!

I started with a bright blue background and left bits and pieces of blue poking through where I didn't cover it completely.  I just love that!

Tomorrow, I'll have a wrap up of the complete month and share some thoughts about my painting challenge experience...stay tuned!

I'm offering special pricing for the "30 Paintings" challenge where all paintings are priced at $30 for the month of January.  I wanted to make it affordable for anyone to purchase an original piece of art.  The paintings are presented in a white mat that fits into any standard 8x10 frame. 

"Kitchen Sink" is a 5 x 7 inch oil on paper painting and comes in a white, 8 x 10 mat.  Click here to view and/or bid in the ebay auction.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 29 - Standing Guard

"Standing Guard" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on canvas
Day 29 of the challenge.  I can't believe tomorrow is January 30 - where did the month go?

This is the only painting this month that I got a little creative on the title.  They just reminded me of two soldiers standing guard together on the edge of my sink.  This is a very monochromatic painting so I added some bits of color here and there to spruce things up.

Half of the challenge paintings have sold.  Many thanks to those of you who made a purchase -- I appreciate it!  Click here to see the paintings that are still available.  I will keep the $30 price effective through Sunday, February 2.  

I'm offering special pricing for the "30 Paintings" challenge where all paintings are priced at $30 for the month of January.  I wanted to make it affordable for anyone to purchase an original piece of art.  The paintings are presented in a white mat that fits into any standard 8x10 frame.   


"Standing Guard" is a 5 x 7 inch oil on paper painting and comes in a white, 8 x 10 mat.  Special pricing $30 for the month of January. Click the Buy Now button below to purchase using a credit card or click here for other payment options. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 28 - Utensils - SOLD

"Utensils" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on paper
I learned something new while painting these forks and spoons.  I think metal looks better when you add a note of warmth.  So, you can see the beige and tan accents which compliment the grey-blue ones.

Monday, January 27, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 27 - Red Pepper Jelly

"Red Pepper Jelly" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on paper
I had no intention of painting this jelly jar.  I was gallery sitting at Art on Main for the afternoon and had come prepared with a reference photo on my tablet.  When I fired it up, I couldn't load the photo!  Ok, plan B.  I rummaged through the refrigerator and found this half eaten jar of jelly. This was a challenge to paint with the shiny, translucent jelly so I really had to concentrate!

I'm offering special pricing for the "30 Paintings" challenge where all paintings are priced at $30 for the month of January.  I wanted to make it affordable for anyone to purchase an original piece of art.  The paintings are presented in a white mat that fits into any standard 8x10 frame. 

"Red Pepper Jelly" is a 5 x 7 inch oil on paper painting and comes in a white, 8 x 10 mat.   Click here to bid in the ebay auction.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 26 - Milkbone - SOLD

"Milkbone" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on canvas
No one was more excited about this painting than my dog Cooper.  You can see here that as soon as I
opened the treat jar, he started licking his chops.  Because I'm a good egg (most of the time), 100% of the proceeds of this painting will be donated to Buddy Dog.

I'm offering special pricing for the "30 Paintings" challenge where all paintings are priced at $30 for the month of January.  I wanted to make it affordable for anyone to purchase an original piece of art.  The paintings are presented in a white mat that fits into any standard 8x10 frame.  



Saturday, January 25, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 25 - Moo - SOLD

"Moo" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on canvas
I tried to pare this down to the bare essentials. How can I say "milk carton" without explicitly showing every detail.  I loved the little cow face on the front of the carton so wanted to include that for sure.  I then wanted to suggest a bit of the writing and carton design.  I like the simplicity of this one.

I'm offering special pricing for the "30 Paintings" challenge where all paintings are priced at $30 for the month of January.  I wanted to make it affordable for anyone to purchase an original piece of art.  The paintings are presented in a white mat that fits into any standard 8x10 frame.   



Friday, January 24, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 24 - Cut Cherry Tomatoes with Knife - SOLD

"Cut Cherry Tomatoes with Knife" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on paper
Ok, one final cherry tomato painting.  This is it.  I promise!  Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 23 - Cut Cherry Tomatoes

"Cut Cherry Tomatoes" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on canvas

Back to these sweet little orange cherry tomatoes.  I decided to cut one open this time.  This painting is very different from the one I did on Day 3.  This one is more subtle while the other is more bold.  Which do you prefer?

I'm offering special pricing for the "30 Paintings" challenge where all paintings are priced at $30 for the month of January.  I wanted to make it affordable for anyone to purchase an original piece of art.  The paintings are presented in a white mat that fits into any standard 8x10 frame. 


"Cut Cherry Tomatoes" is a 5 x 7 inch oil on paper painting and comes in a white, 8 x 10 mat.  Click here to view and bid in the ebay auction.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 22 - Vintage Coffee Pot - SOLD

"Vintage Coffee Pot" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on paper
This vintage coffee pot was from a friend who thought I might enjoy painting it.  She was right.  I love the square handle with the textured lines.  I'm sure this old coffee pot has heard a lot of stories told around the kitchen table.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 21 - Butter - SOLD

"Butter" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on paper

Overall, I think this is a very pleasing painting with the yellow and soft blue colors.  I especially like how the butter knife came out in this one.  Painting metal is always fun but can be tricky; it usually takes a bit of manipulation until I'm satisfied.  The trick is adding enough darks so that the lights really pop.

Monday, January 20, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 20 - Red Hot - SOLD

"Red Hot" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on paper
Two-thirds of the way through the challenge!  Phew!

Ok, you won't hear me say this very often but I love this painting.  I love the rich colors.  I love the looseness.  I love the simplicity.  

Sunday, January 19, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Day 19 - Campbells - SOLD

"Campbells" - 5 x 7 inches - oil on canvas
When I started this painting, I didn't intend to include any text on the soup can label but somehow it happened.  Simplifying a subject is always a balance and a struggle!