The older I get, the longer it takes me to get back on track. Whew! During the past couple months I've been painting furiously, working on commissions and creating new work for an exhibit at Artworks Gallery in Ware. Saturday, March 2nd was the Opening Reception and it was a lovely evening spent with old and new friends. Many thanks to all who came out to support me along with the new little gallery in Ware. And special thanks to my many collectors who've made it possible for me to keep doing what I love and all those who helped make this event a success. It was a great night that had me whirling all last week! I'm looking forward to getting back on track and into my usual routine. Lots of new paintings to come!
Above is a sampling of a few of the new paintings that are on exhibit during April and May at Artworks Gallery in Ware, MA. Click on the photo or title to be taken to their page for a closer look. Have a great day!
"New Braintree Thaw"
8" x 8"
watercolor on clayboard
Good morning! I'm excited and a little scared for my upcoming show because I have so many new paintings to finish! "New Braintree Thaw" is the last new one I'm going to post until after the reception on March 2nd. I want my new work to be a surprise . . . but don't worry, I'll still post some teasers. :)
In other news, I have a reception coming up in Cambridge at Coldwell Banker on Mass. Ave. on February 27th from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Many of my paintings are there along with work from two other Cambridge Art Association member artists: Carol Bajen-Gahm and Kale Baker. I hope you can join us.
Three of my pieces on exhibit:
1. detail from "Garden Variety" - 24" x 24"
2. Summer's Bounty - 22" x 30"
3. July Geraniums - 15" x 18"
Have a great day and thanks for popping by!
In other news, I finished this little commissioned pet portrait for a dear collector, over the weekend...
8" x 8'
watercolor on clayboard
Wishing you all a lovely and productive start to your week! Thank you for coming by.
It's been a busy week of painting. I've been juggling a few paintings this week including this one. It's an 8" x 8" of a farm that's just up the road from me. I actually love this time of year . . . the bare trees, patches of snow and the hope of spring.
I hope you all had a lovely week. Enjoy your weekend!
I like to describe my process as "building a painting." As evident in the above images, my paintings evolve through layers and details, working broad to specifics. I have always worked a composition in its entirety from start to finish, so that I can compare values and shapes throughout the process rather than completing one little area at a time. At present, I'm interested in incorporating temperature and value into the early stages of my future paintings like I did in this one in a more systematic way. I've been striving to invoke more artistic intention into my renderings while giving my body of work more unity. I'm hoping to have stumbled upon something good. We'll see. You know what they say about the best of intentions . . . ha!
"Sconset Rooftops" - work in progress
8" x 8"
watercolor on clayboard
While working on a couple of commissions (that I will share soon), my mind was wandering to trying a different approach to painting. I've been a longtime fan of the grisaille (and experimented a while back with some sepia monotone paintings) and so I decided to experiment with a sepia value underpainting (along with some hints toward temperature) as a way to begin my next watercolor. I like what I've got so far.
Have a lovely start to your week.
I'm throwing it back today to a little painting I did called "The Reliables." It's a simple painting depicting a small collection of brushes in sepia. I loved doing these little studies, honoring my a few of my favorite reliable workhorses: three Silver Black Velvet watercolor brushes along with a few cheapo watercolor/acrylic flats, perfect for lifting pigment. This painting is still available. It measures 8" x 8" and comes framed as shown. If you are in the area of Ware, Massachusetts, you can also view and purchase it in person at Workshop 13's "Artworks" Gallery at 69 Main Street. This painting won't be available for shipping until after March 1st.
In other news, the Artworks gallery recently changed its exhibits and this month prominently features the beautiful ceramic sculptures of Juliet Bacchas. She will be hosting a reception on Saturday, February 2nd from 5pm - 7pm at the gallery. Hope to see you there!
While I whittle away at my commissions, I thought I would share a new line of prints that I'm rolling out. I had been using an online source for the past year that hadn't really yielded much in the way of sales and I wasn't thrilled about not always knowing the quality of the reproductions, so I decided to do a little homework and offer my own "print-on-demand" service. From now on I'll be working with a local printer and handling the distribution in-house. I researched three different frame styles and decided on the following three to compliment the various paintings while allowing some flexibility to customers hoping to match their varying home decor.
Each giclee will be printed on fine art paper and each order will be framed under non-glare acrylic glazing that is more lightweight than traditional glass and is easier to ship. At this time each print is only offered in its original size. Because every order will be printed upon demand and custom framed, please allow a few weeks for shipping. I think these prints are a high-quality, lovely way to introduce fine art into your home at a fraction of the cost of an original painting.
I also have smaller, less expensive options available as well. To view all my available prints to date, please visit my print page under "shop" or click here.
Thank you for indulging me in my shameless self-promotion . . . and ya'll have a great day!