Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Westford House of Pizza" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Westford House of Pizza" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas
Ever since I painted “Westford House of Pizza,” I’ve had a craving for pizza. This place has been in business since 1972 and is a favorite gathering place for Westford Academy kids.

This painting was a real challenge as the glass reflects items in the parking lot but also allows a partial view into the restaurant. It took a long time for the painting to pull together as I worked slowly to fill in the glass section by section.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"Stonewall Trio" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas

"Stonewall Trio" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas
Le Gourmet Jardin, the small shop connected to Art on Main, sells Stonewall Kitchen products. Lately, I’ve been buying the “Spicy Corn Relish” which tastes very fresh and has a nice kick to it. I always wanted to paint it since I really like the shape of the jar and the color of the relish: yellow corn mixed with bits of red peppers and green Jalapeno peppers.

The main rule of creating a good composition is variety. Take note of how the jars face slightly different directions, there is a larger gap between the middle and right jar, and I selected three different flavors to vary the color of the ingredients.

You can purchase this painting for $60 at Art on Main or directly from me by clicking on the "Buy Now" button below.

Monday, July 11, 2011

"Ginger" - 16 x 16 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

This is Ginger, a yellow Labrador Retriever that lives in NYC. Ginger is quite dapper with her red polka dot bowtie. I’ve packed up the painting and will ship it off on Monday to her owner.

Whenever I paint from photos, the prints lose a lot of depth and color. When working on this painting, I positioned my computer right next to my easel so I could see the image on the screen.  I could still see details in shadow areas and it worked great. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"Parkerville Schoolhouse" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Parkerville Schoolhouse" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas
This one room schoolhouse was built in 1880 and is located in the Parkerville section of Westford.  Every year the 3rd grade classes make a special field trip to the schoolhouse to  learn what life was like before modern conveniences like plumbing and electricity.  The kids dress in period clothing with the girls in long dresses and bonnets and the boys in caps and suspenders. 

This painting is the last in a series of Westford landmarks that I've been working on.  I'm now in the process of assembling all these images into a book.  I wanted to include some interesting historical facts so I'm learning quite a bit along the way as I pull this together.  I'll have more info on this project, hopefully very soon.