Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"A Summer in Maine" at the Artist Cottage

"With Pie"
8"x8" oil on Raymar panel
$300 framed

"Lucky Lady III"
10"x10" oil on Raymar panel
$385 framed

I'm delighted to let you know that two of my paintings have been accepted for the "Summer in Maine" exhibit at the Artist Cottage on Cousins Island in Yarmouth, ME. The cottage is a summer rental and event venue filled with art for sale on one of our Casco Bay islands accessible by bridge from the mainland. A beautiful spot for a bike ride or a beach walk, if you can't stay overnight.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Scott Christensen Workshop

"Plantation Drive"
6"x8" oil on Canson oil paper

 "Plantation Road" phase 1

A couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop taught by Scott Christensen, held at a wonderful spot on the Cooper river, near Charleston SC. Despite a lot of rain, it was an incredible experience. The focus was on making quality paintings, and the things one needs to do to make that happen. And how those things involve your brain more often than your paintbrush. I don't have a lot I want to show, but this one I was particularly pleased with, and I think it illustrates some of what we learned.

The phase 1 photo shows my initial stab at the painting. With Scott's help, it became the version at the top. Though the orientation and even value of the road was in reality more like the phase 1 image, I think the foreground of the finished painting is much more effective and gives a better flavor of the place. What do you think?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Fun with Pastels

 Dry pastel on black sanded paper

 Pastel over watercolor

 Watercolor underpainting on Belgian Mist Wallis paper

Pastel over alcohol/pastel 

 Pastel underpainting with alcohol wash 

Pastel underpainting before alcohol wash on Belgian Mist Wallis paper

Yesterday I attended a pastel workshop taught by Joelle Feldman. We all had so much fun! I'd never really tried pastel before, but someone had given me a wonderful box of Schmincke pastels and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a workshop with Joelle. She's a marvelous teacher, everyone in the class left with beautiful paintings and a smile on their face. We each did our painting three times; first on black sanded paper, which I wasn't too enthused about at first, but I very much like the result. We prepared two underpaintings, one with watercolor and one with a light pastel block in, washed over with alcohol. After those dried we worked with our pastels on top of them. Value was key, and it took a while for me to realize that I could go kind of crazy with the color as long as the values were good. A good exercise and lots of fun.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Concord Art Association Members Juried Exhibit

10"x10" oil on Raymar panel

I'm honored to have had "Boatyard" chosen for the annual Concord Art Association Members Juried Exhibit this year. Larry Powers of Powers Gallery, in Acton, MA was the juror. The show will be up through February 16th. Check out all of us happy artists with our paintings here.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

"Strawberry Banke"
6"x8" oil on Canson paper

Happy Holidays to you all, and a safe and prosperous New Year!

Last week on Wednesday, I painted with the Plein Air Painters of Maine in Portsmouth, at the Strawberry Banke Museum parking lot. We'd had a lot of snow, but the sun was shining and it was a great time. Here's to more of that next year!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"The Irish Piper"

"The Irish Piper" 
reduction woodcut on paper

I'm excited to finally show my finished woodcut from last week. See number 4 of the series of 8 above. It's a three color reduction woodcut, with a small amount of the white of paper used as well, of the Irish Piper. She's a fishing boat that lives near our cottage in Maine.

It was such a great experience working with Don Gorvett. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would love to do more woodcuts. I was disappointed on Friday when I realized I had forgotten to take a photo of the final prints! It was great to go back today and bring home the finished product.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Woodcut Progress

A print after the blue layer, which is green due to the yellow layer underneath. A little white shows on the boat cabin, from cuts prior to printing the yellow layer.

The block after an initial print of the blue layer, with additional cutting (the light areas).

Today was day 3 of working on my woodcut project with Don Gorvett. On the first day, I transferred my drawing to the board. On day two, I made just a few cuts that would show the white of the paper, and printed the yellow layer. I'm not showing a photo of that, it's really pretty hard to see anything but yellow! Today I did a lot of cutting, to expose everything that would be left yellow. The top photo shows one of today's prints. The blue came out pretty green, due to the yellow layer showing through. I was able to vary that from print to print, some are more blue. The bottom photo is the block after an initial print, just to get an idea, and then some additional cutting. The print above was done with the block in this condition. One more day and it will be done, a reduction woodcut series of eight prints.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Reduction Woodcut Printing with Don Gorvett - Day 1

Drawing with three values

Wood block, with channel and registration pins on the left

I'm fortunate this week to be studying print making with Don Gorvett. What Don does is called reduction woodcut printing, because the image is cut into a wood block, and more of the wood is cut away as each layer of ink is applied to the prints. The result is as dramatic as it is beautiful.

The top image is a drawing in three values that I made before heading to Don's studio this afternoon. I painted this scene earlier this year, and still love it. It seemed like it would make a good woodcut print. Don showed me how to transfer the drawing to the block he prepared for me, and how to put in the registration pins (sticking through the gray tabs at the left end). Tomorrow we are going to print the first color, I'm still thinking about whether there will be 3 plus white or just three colors. It's really fun!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday Sale!

Looking for something for the art lover on your Christmas list? Or do you need a nice little painting for the guest room or that empty space in the hall? Maybe I can help, I'm having a Holiday Sale! 

Check it out for some really nice paintings at great prices.  Shipping is free within the US.

The Holiday Sale can be found on my blog as a new tab, called Holiday Sale, to the right of the Home tab. Or use the link above.

The Holiday Sale runs through December.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Current Shows

I hope you've all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We certainly did at our house. Just a quick post here to let you know about my holiday shows this season.

The River Arts "Celebrating Color" Exhibit runs through Dec. 12 in Damariscotta, ME. I've got these two framed paintings in the show:


Two Tomatoes

Dec. 4 through 20, the Concord Art Association has its "Small Originals" show, with an opening Dec. 8,  from 2 - 4 PM, in Concord, MA. These are my framed paintings in this show:

Distant Pink


December 3 through the end of February is the Yarmouth Frame and Gallery "Small Works Holiday Show", with an opening on Dec. 7, 4 - 7 PM, in Yarmouth, ME. I'll be there, and would love to see you. I've got some of my recent plein air sunset paintings in this show, all beautifully framed.

From Mt. Agamenticus

November Sunset

Wells Marsh Sunset