Wednesday, September 29, 2010

2011 Desk Calendar

I'm pleased to announce my second annual desk calendar for 2011! Each month features a different painting that I created in the past year. The calendar comes packaged in a CD-like case that opens to display each month:
These make great holiday gifts. If you live in the Westford, MA area, you can pick them up at Art on Main. Or, you can purchase them here...

...the cost is $20 plus $3 shipping.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Onion on Cloth Napkin" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas

I painted this by first covering my canvas with a light wash of burnt umber (a rich brown color). While the canvas was still damp, I began to paint and the brown color mixed with each color I added. When I finished, I realized that the cloth napkin was a bit too dark so after the painting was fairly dry, I added a wash of light yellow to several areas to lighten it up.

This painting has a bit of sentimental value as the cloth napkin belonged to my grandmother, Lillian. I’m just glad I didn’t get any paint on it!

This painting is available for $50. If you’re interested, contact me at

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Plums on Pink" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

I just spent 3 days at a painting workshop with artist Carol Marine at the Parish Center for the Arts. Not only is she a great painter, but she is a great instructor (and a really nice person too!)

We did several different painting exercises throughout the workshop. For this painting, we were supposed to pick up a slightly different color from our palette after each brush stroke. I like this funky color combination of the deep purple plums, the pinkish cloth and the bits of green.

Monday, September 6, 2010

"Groton Pumpkins" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

I spotted this vista in Groton, MA when I was scouting for something interesting to paint. I loved the scrambled rows of bright orange pumpkins. This painting is a good lesson in perspective. To get the feeling of distance, I had to make the distant row of trees quite small – they are less than an inch high. You’ll also notice how the pumpkins get progressively larger from background to foreground.

It was a lovely summer day to paint outside for a couple hours. The experience would have been perfect if it hadn’t been for the little bug that crawled under my sandal strap and bit my foot. Oh well, that is just one of the hazards of plein air painting.