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.

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.


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!


”Cat Heaven”
20 x 16 acrylic


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.


Thinking Summer


After these many months of the darkness and cold,
I’ve been yearning for some color and warmth.
I went to my “Images to Paint” file and put this composition together,
using a few different photos.

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“Thinking Summer”
14 x 18

A decidedly looser approach for me;
even I was surprised.

Happy Spring!

Collage Self Portraits


This week we did self portrait collages in the
mixed media class I teach to residents at
Linden Ponds,
a local Independent Living facility.

I thought I’d share a few of the surprising results.

This woman just returned from the Caribbean where she did a lot of snorkeling.

This woman just returned from the Caribbean
where she did a lot of snorkeling.

This woman enjoys music, reading, and gardening. And she told me her hair is “every color under the sun. “

This woman enjoys music, reading, and gardening.
And she told me her hair is “every color under the sun. “

This was so carefully and beautifully executed.  Those are her eyes!

This was so carefully and beautifully executed.
Those are her eyes!

This one is 3- D!

This one is 3- D!

David told me he “had a ball”doing this.  And that’s all that matters.

David told me he “had a ball”doing this.
And that’s all that matters.



Fabric and Texture


When my friend told me about her Grandaughter
shopping for her first prom dress,
I asked if she had images.
I’ve been looking for figurative subjects
and am experimenting with texture
so this was just perfect!

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First Prom Dress
20 x 16 acrylic and oil stick

That fabric!
I lightly applied a little red oil stick
and then rubbed it in
to get the see- through affect.
Using thinner paint on canva paper
is all new to me and I’m excited.



Does Subject Matter?


I think so.

When I have some attachment
or passion for a subject,
it usually shows in the work!

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Girls Night In
12 x 20 acrylic and oil stick

I’ve always been fascinated by chickens
and could watch them for hours.
Their shapes and body language are so
expressive, making them fun subjects to paint.

Whenever I paint to fulfill someone else’s vision;
a commission, a gallery owner, a juror, an instructor;
the work tends to feel stiff and dishonest.

So I’ve learned to try to just “paint what I love”.
I got out my “Images to Paint” file and found these gals,
owned by a dear friend mine,
(who happens to have three girls.)

Mark Makiing


I’ve been looking at different ways of mark making
lately and I’m getting some surprising results.
I recently did this quick watercolor sketch
adding marker, charcoal, ink and oil stick.

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Feeding Time
5.5 “ x 8 “

Then I used that as a reference to do this larger version.

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Feeding Frenzy
16 x 16 acrylic, ink, oil stick


I really enjoy working with acrylics on Canson canva paper;
the immediacy and ability to use different mediums with it
makes for some fun, spontaneous, and intutive mark making!

Show Time!


As the winter wanes (well kind of)
there are shows and open studios popping up everywhere.
I’m excited to be a part of the
National Association of Woman Artists
Juried Show “Places and Spaces”
opening this Friday March 1 from 6 - 9 pm
at the Alternative Art Space
460 Harrison Avenue #21C

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“From Above”
12 x 12 acrylic

This is just one of the many openings that evening
in conjunction with the SoWa
art district First Friday Open Studios 5 - 9 pm.

A fun night for everyone!
Come by if you’re in the area!

Over Thinking


It’s been re-affirming lately to hear so many artists talk about
the tendancy to over think and over analyze our work.

I’ve been doing alot of that lately
and it’s been getting frustrating, so last week
I decided to just play at the easel and did this.

Hen House

“Hen House”

18 x 18 acrylic and oil stick

I literally did not think about this while doing it.
and I had a ball;
finally letting “the muse” do her thing.

Once you stop thinking so much
about the “rules” and getting it “right”
the magic can happen.

I guess that’s the on going challenge.


Moving the Eye


I think this is finally finished.
It has been through many phases and changes.


Red Towel
20 x 16 oil

I’m experimenting with moving the eye around a painting.
Here, the towels are the obvious focal point,
and the verticals and diagonals
bring you around the entire painting.
At least, that is what I’m after.

Accepting Chaos

I’m noticing that many of the artists
I’ve been exploring lately profess:
“Take risks!”
”Embrace Chaos”
“Your paintings will be richer when you struggle”
”It’s OK if it’s wrong”

Melinda Cootsona, Mark Daniel Nelson, Linda Christensen

February Favorite 12 x 9 oil

February Favorite 12 x 9 oil


I worked on this over a few sessions;
scraping things out, changing values,
and using different tools.
I find this way of working a bit scary,
yet exciting and engaging!

I like it when some of the painting’s
“history shows”.

Happy Valentines Day!


New Website and Blog Have Launched!

After many weeks of exploration, I have finally
upgraded my website and blog.

I can thank Susan Davis and SHD Marketing for all her tireless help!

I highly recommend her services;

she’s patient and kind with those who are not so technologically savvy!


I hope you continue to enjoy my posts
and let me know if you have any comments!

(This is a test run)

Works In Progress

 I have at least ten "works in progress" in my studio right now,
which is a totally new way of working. 

That said, I've been away from the studio for a while  so I couldn't wait to start something fresh today.  


 Today's WIP 

24 x 24 oil on canvas 

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Here is the image I used for inspiration, turned upside down. 


The initial "lay-in";

Once I turned it right side up,I made a few adjustments and will now re-visit it when it's dry.

And after I've looked at it for a few days. 

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This new approach is teaching me to  let things happen and "accept chaos" along the way. The biggest challenge is to prevent myself from over working it by "fixing it".
Will keep you posted. 


HI there, I've been thinking about kitchens as a subject lately,

(Probably because I spend so much time in them this time of year.)

I've had an image of my friend's kitchen 

in my files for some time

and finally got a chance to play with it.  

Donna’s Kitchen 12 x12 oil

Donna’s Kitchen 12 x12 oil


Small "Abstract" Watercolors

While watching the Pats game

I played with a small pad, marker and watercolors.

Trying to think abstractly 

I started with 5 shapes of varying sizes and color.

No reference.  


That didn't last long. 

This became the pizza we had during the game. 


This became an appetizer plate


And of course, a beach scene. 


It's funny how our brain reads shapes and 

we immediately identify them as something. 

I find it a challenge to think of 

just shapes and their relationships with each other. 

Finding My Voice

The final session of the online class I'm taking is "Finding Your Voice".

We've been gathering, compiling, and analyzing our personal visual influences; including paintings, as well as other art forms. It's been a revealing and eye-opening exercise.

I recently submitted these pieces to the Copley Society Holiday Small Works show, where I noticed a common thread in my work.

Corner View 14 x 14 oil

Corner View 14 x 14 oil

From Above 14 x 14 oil

From Above 14 x 14 oil

Sky Lit 14 x 14 oil

Sky Lit 14 x 14 oil

Cross Roads 10 x 8 oil

Cross Roads 10 x 8 oil

I clearly have a tendency toward a structural composition, with "geometric clarity."

Stay tuned!