Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Gray Day" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas

"Gray Day" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas

I don't think I could ever get tired of painting the ocean.  I stood among these rocks and happily painted for a couple hours.  On this particular day, the sky was overcast and there was little or no wind.  All the colors were subdued, shadows were subtle and the ocean water was quite calm. I was kept company by a flock of Yellow-Rumped Warblers that stopped to graze in some bushes behind me.

This may be the first plein-air painting that I finished completely on location and didn't make any changes or corrections when I got back to my studio.  I think the overcast lighting is probably the best explanation for this.

This 6 inch square painting is available for $60.  Click the Buy Now button below or click here for other payment options.

Monday, October 24, 2011

"Afternoon Snack" - 16 x 16 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Afternoon Snack" - 16 x 16 inches - oil on canvas

Sometimes the simplest moments in life are the most poignant. My son was eating his after school snack while his dog Cooper patiently waited under the table. This daily ritual will be forever ingrained in my memory.

I really pushed the colors in the painting with a bold orange wall color and aqua blue in his t-shirt. I outlined the shaped in bright pink and allowed bits of it to show through here and there. I added the rug to help anchor the table and give some balance to the composition by adding a dark space towards the bottom of the canvas.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2012 Desk Calendar is now available!

I'm pleased to announce my third annual Desk Calendar for 2012!

Each month features a different painting and the calendar comes packaged in a CD-like case that opens to display each month:

The 2012 Desk Calendar is $18 (plus $3 shipping) and it can be purchased in a couple of different ways:

1. Art on Main: For those who live in the Westford, MA area, visit Art on Main, 40 Main St, Westford, MA 01886. We accept credit cards, checks and cash.

2. PayPal: For those who don't live near Westford, MA, click the "Buy Now" button below to pay by Paypal/credit card. I will ship the calendar directly to your door.

3. Personal check or money order: If you're not a fan of paying online, I accept personal checks and money orders. Just send me an email ( and we'll get the process started.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"Cat Nap" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD


About the Painting:

I started with a bright pink ground and allowed the pink color to shine through in various spots.  I love that effect and have used it in many paintings.  I was able to keep my brushstrokes very loose and expressive.

About the Cat:

His name was Vito.  He was tough as nails.  He was rescued from a research lab at the Cornell Veterinary School just prior to being euthanized.  The insides of his ears were tattooed with his “lab number” as proof of his inauspicious beginning.  After being passed through a couple households (for various reasons), he ended up as part of my family.

Like a dog, Vito would greet you at the front door, usually meowing for food.  He was a voracious eater and never missed a meal.

Vito loved dogs and was more than happy to spend his senior years curled in front of the wood stove with his buddy Rain. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

"Kenmore Square" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Kenmore Square" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas
I always get excited when I see the Citgo sign as I'm driving through Boston. I don't know, somehow is just makes me happy. I started this painting on a bright green canvas. You can see areas where I let the green bits shine cool. The painting was purchased by someone who now lives in Virginia but graduated from Boston University and worked in this neighborhood for several years.

Free Stuff! - I'm trying to build my mailing list to get the word out about my artwork. As an incentive, I'm doing one free give-away each month. It could be a pack of greeting cards, a print, a copy of my book, Paint the Town!, or, even an original painting! Each month I'll randomly select someone from my list so good luck!   So, if you are visiting this site and are not on my mailing list, be sure to type it into the box on the upper right corner of the screen and the click "Subscribe" button.