Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Sunset on Main" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

I finished my gallery sitting shift at Art on Main and was walking to my car at the end of a January afternoon. The sun was just dipping below the horizon and I loved the effect of the oncoming car headlights as they illuminated the road. I took out my camera to capture the moment as the cars sped by.

I started this painting with a bright pink ground and allowed that color to peek through to create the dramatic lighting. Occasionally, a painting will paint itself and this was one of those rare occasions where my brush knew exactly what to do and it all came together quite easily.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"Hannah" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas - sold

Hannah - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas
A pet portrait commission of a sweet little kitty named Hannah.  The owners were very touched when the saw the painting as Hannah recently passed away.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Pastel Workshop - Calla Lily

Calla Lily
The Chelmsford Center for the Arts offered a pastel workshop on Monday night and I attended with two friends.  The instructor, Greg Maichack, was excellent.  I learned some drawing techniques.  I learned some pastel techniques.  I learned about pastel materials.  I learned interesting tidbits about art history.  I learned an awful lot.  But, most of all, I learned that I really don't like working in pastel!

Monday, February 7, 2011

"Snow Day" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

Snow Day - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas
I was itching to paint outside yesterday so I piled my stuff into Opal (my new car) and went off searching for something to paint.  Yes, I name everything including the occasional body part.  But, I digress.  I passed a parking area with a bunch of school buses all lined up and loved all the bright yellow/orange colors.  I parked directly across the street and decided to focus my attention on the two buses directly in front of me.  I had to work quickly as the sun was setting (and happened to be shining directly into my eyes which made it a challenge to see what I was doing).  I’m happy to report that I didn’t get one drop of paint on Opal which is probably a small miracle.  My pants, however, that’s another story…