Private and Semi-private Classes

 

I’ve begun to get inquiries about private lessons
and I’m excited to be offering them again in late September.
The classes are held in my studio in Norwell, MA
and start at $175 for 3 hours.
If interested, please e-mail me a brief description of
where you are in your painting journey
and what you would like to gain from the class(es) .
We can then work out the details.
I’m fairly flexible but prefer mid-week days.

Meanwhile, here are a few pieces I’m playing with
at the beach.
Hope everyone is having a great summer.

 
 
Lazin’ 10 x 10 oil

Lazin’ 10 x 10 oil

Striped Suit 9 x 12 oil

Striped Suit 9 x 12 oil

Day Off 10 x 10 oil

Day Off 10 x 10 oil



 

Line, Shape, and Color

 

During this heat wave,
I’ve had some time to experiment
with my favorite subject;
people on the beach.

Heat Wave 20 x 20 oil

Heat Wave 20 x 20 oil

I’m working toward stepping away from the reference
and expressing an idea or moment
(hot day on a crowded beach)
using just line, shape and color.

I’ll still work on this,
however the general feeling of it
is what I was after.

 

Playing with Line

 

I’ve been exploring the use of line in painting recently.
I’m working on new exercises to introduce in a class I’ll be teaching this fall at North River Arts (TBA soon)

“Good Read” 12 x 12 gouache brush pen

“Good Read” 12 x 12 gouache brush pen

I used a Japanese brush pen over the gouache to
delineate the shapes.
Then I used the sketch as a reference for this 20 x 20 oil.

“Good Read” 20 x 20 oil

“Good Read” 20 x 20 oil

Still a work in progress…I’m tempted to go in with thin black lines.
We’ll see.

NOTE:
Below is a view of my summer “satelite” studio.
Bare bones and bit make-shift but functional.

summer studio
 

Settling In to Summer

 

Having fun doing these quick gouache
studies at the beach.

I Don'tThink So

“Serious Beach Chat”
10 x 10 gouache
brush pen

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Day Off
10 x 10 gouache
brush pen

Trying to focus on taking a bit of reality
and making it about the shapes.

 

Another Seasonal Transition

 


Every seasonal transiton upsets my painting rythum.
Since moving to the beach in early June
I’ve had limited time and space to do any serious painting,
so I’m trying to squeeze in quick gouach sketches,
to use as studies for larger studio paintings….
when the dust settles .

Yellow Towel
Good Read
 

I have to remind myself that it’s ok to take a break
a few times a year.
Time with friends and family and just living life fully
gives us fresh eyes and new subject matter!

Simple Subjects

 

Sometimes the simplest subjects make
dynamic compositions.

yellow cup
 

“Yellow Cup”
12 x 12 gouache on paper

I don’t seem to have the time lately for long painting sessions
so it’s fun to do these quick gouache studies when I can.
Summer is finally here!

Using Value to Express an Idea

 

This week in class, we were talking about how value
can change the entire mood or feel of a painting.
This painting has been in the works for while,
so I used it to experiment.

Duned Inn 16 x 16 oil

Duned Inn 18 x 18 oil

The intitial idea was about the many houses on our coast
that are getting buried by rising sand dunes;
becoming “duned in” instead of “snowed in”.
I’d darkened the sky to make the sand dune more prominate.
When I put it into Procreate and adjusted the values
of the sky, house and sand;
each one tells a different story!

 
 
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Using Procreate is a very helpful tool when
planning and changing paintings in progress.
I highly reccomend it.

 

Sights of Summer

 

It’s so fun to have such terrific subject matter
right outside my door these days.
This is an all time favorite.
These men can do this for hours on end…..

Surf Casters


”Surf Casters” 9 x 12 gouache on paper

Playing with gouache and an ink pen
until I bring over my full painting gear.


Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

 

Time to Play with Paint

 

As the summer routine begins to take shape,
I’m inspired by new surroundings and getting some time to just play with paint!
Today I used a gessoed wood panel with oils,
very thin paint
and held my brush differently.
(using my wrist instead of my fingers)

Orange Throw 12 x 12 oil on board (Work in Progress)

Orange Throw 12 x 12 oil on board (Work in Progress)

Here’s how it went;

 
 
The block-in using my new favorite color: asphaltum

The block-in using my new favorite color: asphaltum

Adding one color note at a time.

Adding one color note at a time.

Ug oh! Too many colors. And so it goes….

Ug oh! Too many colors. And so it goes….

 

We’ll see where this takes me.
I’m channeling a bit of Diebenkorn
here, I think.

Go Bruins.

Summer Mode

 

Summer is ramping up and the weather if finally starting to cooperate.
The Rosa Rugosa is in full bloom at the beach now
and the fragrance is out of this world.

Rosa Rugosa

My mother-in-law Rose planted these in the 60’s.

 
 
“Pink Cottage” 6 x 11 gouache

“Pink Cottage” 6 x 11 gouache

 

This iconic little beach cottage gets re-painted
a brighter pink every year and it looks stunning
amidst all of the
Rosa Rugosa surrounding it.

NOTE:
So far, I’ve only managed to bring my my gouache set to the beach
and plan on bringing over a full blown kit of supplies next week.
Let the summer begin!

Transitioning

 


I’ve been busy transitioning from winter to spring/summer,
so I’ve been a bit MIA in the painting department.
The change of weather and all that that brings;
gardening, house projects, celebrations,
and travelling have kept me pre-occupied.

perfect pansies
Memorial day
first strawberries
 
 
wendy's sheep

New subject matter is popping up everywhere,
and I’m looking forward to the dust settling
so I can get to work!
Happy Spring/Summer

 

Letting Paintings Evolve

 

This painting has endured
many versions of itself.

Lap Nap

“Lap Nap”
16 x 16 oil

The initial idea was to capture the essence of
my good friend and her pup.

 
 
Margaret and anna
 
 

Right off, I struggled with her face and the pup competing for attention.
After many attempts to pull it together
I switched gears and decided to crop it,
making it less a portrait,
and more an abstract expression.
I’m learning to let go of my initial idea
and let the painting evolve as needed.


 

Destructing A Painting

 

Many of the new artists I’ve been discovering lately
paint very intuitively;
applying paint freely, then scrapping and re-applying.
I watched a demo of Martin Campos painting the figure today
and got inspired to try it.
I did this in oil over the acrylic block in below.

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In both I used a limited pallet
(a blue, red, yellow black and white)
and tried not to get too hung up on the subject or drawing.
I applied the paint loosely and did a lot of scraping.

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For me, this is a very sophisticated and fascinating way to paint.
No guidelines; just you and the paint.

NOTE:
I’ve wanted to paint the figure for a while now
but haven’t had a model, so I used this still shot
I took from a scene in
Bohemiam Rhapsody

 
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Greening Up in New England

 

Spring is popping up all over New England.
Every day, I notice new blooms and colors
on my walks in the woods.

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Fiddle Heads
14 x 11 acrylic

I am always intrigued by how these ferns
magically “ unfurl” every spring.

ENJOY!

 

Breaking the Literal Habit -One Day Workshop

 

We talked alot about the thinking
that “to make a painting better,
it needs to be more real.”
We focussed on manipulating the four elements of design;
Line, Shape, Color, and Texture
to design our paintings,
instead of just copying what is in front of us.

In the morning we worked from a busy still life
and began by doing zoomed in thumbnails.
(line)

busy still life
zoomed in thumbnails


From those, we chose our favorite and designed
two different value studies using only three values.
(shape)

3 value design
three value designs


Then we added “made up” color,
matching the value plan in our design.
(Color)

abstractcupandbowl
twocups
color to value
then we addedcolor

In the afternoon we painted from upside down
black and white images, using a limited color range.
(Color)
Then we painted over an old painting,
manipulating the surface with knifes, scrapers,
chacoal etc.
(Edges/Surface)
We packed a lot in to one day, and only scratched the surface of ways to push our paintings beyond the expected.
More to come.

NOTE:
This was an open medium class and we had
6 pastel painters, 1 watercolorist,
1 oil stick, 2 acrylic, and 1 oil painters.
Interesting to see the exercises
translated to these mediums!
Great work everyone.

 

Making Up Color

 

I’m teaching a one day workshop this weekend
at North River Arts
”Breaking the Literal Habit”.
Many artists reach a point when they
want to go beyond painting what’s in front of them.
We’ll be exploring ways to use the elements of design;
line, shape, color and surface to make
more expressive, personal paintings.

Orange Sky

Orange Sky
8 x 8

For the “making up color” exercise,
we’ll be using upside down black and white images
as a reference.

Can’t wait to see the results.



 

Re-thinking Beach Cottages

 

I recently did a series of small studies exploring
new ways of depicting
an old favorite subject;
Beach cottages.

Orange Sky

“Orange Sky”

8 x 8 oil on paper

I’m preparing for my one day workshop
”Breaking the Literal Habit”
coming up April 27 at the
North River Arts Society.

NOTE:
That house was NOT “literally”
yellow and purple.

 

Arranging Shapes

 

Again, I’m thinking about how to arrange
shapes of color in compelling ways.
Here, I used the pink chair to
bring the viewer in toward the focal point;
the figure and red bathing suit.

(A work in progress)
I’m experimenting with ways to create more
personal and expressive compositions,
without merely copying what is in front of me.

Alone At Last
 

“Alone at Last”
16 x 18 acrylic
(Work in Progres)

This is all in preparation for the one day workshop;
“Breaking the Literal Habit”
I’m teaching at North River Arts on April 27.

NO MORE COPYING!




Repeating Shapes

 

I was struck by this scene at a friend’s house last week
and immediately noticed the
subtle repetitive shapes.

This is a design concept that I’ve recently been introduced to;
never considered before,
and am now acutely aware of!

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”Cat Heaven”
20 x 16 acrylic

NOTE:

I was happy to donate this to the
Hull Seaside Animal Rescue
20th Anniversary Fundraiser
South Shore Art Center
April 26th 7-9.

One of my pals is an avid cat lover
and a dedicated volunteer there.