Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Sprayer" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas

"Sprayer" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas
Growing up, I enjoyed playing practical jokes.  My mother was my favorite target.  Periodically, I'd wrap a rubber band around the spray nozzle lever so that she'd get soaked when she turned on the faucet.  She fell for it every time, much to my delight, and never noticed the yellow rubber band.  When she started getting wise to me, I switched to black thread.  Yes, she always had to be on her toes. 

Unfortunately for me, her current kitchen sink has the sprayer integrated into the faucet so that joke has gone by the wayside.  I really hope my kids don't read this post as I still have a spray nozzle on my sink.

This 6 inch square painting is available for $60. If you are interested in purchasing it, you can do so in several 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 live far away, click the "Buy Now" button below to pay by PayPal/credit card. I will carefully pack and then ship the painting directly to your door.

3. Personal check or money order: If you're not a fan of paying on-line, I accept personal checks and money orders. Just send me an email ( and we'll work out the details.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Abbie" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Abbie" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas
To get the reference photo for this painting, I told the dog’s owner (who is my friend Natalie), that I got a commission for a very similar looking dog named “Bonnie” who lives in Florida.  I called to ask if I could come over and take some pictures of her dog since I needed better photos.   Natalie happily complied not knowing that I was actually going to paint her beloved dachshund Abbie.

I had the pleasure of surprising Nat with the finished painting since the person who requested it (her former neighbor Ruthie) now lives in New Zealand. So, off I went to show Natalie the finished painting of “Bonnie.” Well, she was incredibly touched and started to cry which, for Natalie, isn’t all that unusual. You can see her (happy?) face above. In any case, I was honored to paint Abbie for my friend.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"Winter Sunset" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Winter Sunset" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas
I should have called this painting "Winter Sunset Redux" as I painted it once before in a larger size. I'm not sure what compelled me to paint it again, but I'm happy that I did. I've had a bit of trouble getting inspired with new material so I'm happy to now be working on a new commission of a dog painting (a long-haired dachshund named "Bonnie").

Last weekend I went to the Westford Museum for a "Buy Local, "Read Local" event. 18 Westford residents who published a book were invited to sell and autograph their books. I met a lot of nice folks and sold a handful of "Paint the Town!" books so it was a good afternoon.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

"Southbound" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas

"Southbound" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas

I was driving on route 495 and thought it would make a cool painting. So, I pulled out my camera and started snapping photos while driving along. I was evaluating the quickly changing composition as the traffic, exit signs, guard rails, etc. morphed from one image to the next. I nearly missed my exit as I was completely engrossed in the scenery. 

I really let the paint fly on this one and kept it fresh and loose. I made simple suggestions for the distant cars and trucks. I scraped green paint off the canvas to let some of the pink under painting show to create the highlights on the trees.

On another note, I was invited to participate at the "Buy Local, Read Local" event for Westford Authors on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Westford Museum. I'll be selling my "Paint the Town!" book. For more information and a list of participating authors, click here. If you live in the area, stop by and say, "Hello!"

This 12 inch square painting is available for $175.  Click the Buy Now button below or click here for other payment options. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Congratulations - December Give-Away!

Each month I randomly select someone from my mailing list and send them a free gift.  Congratulations to Leah Harrington who won my 2012 Desk Calendar for my December give-away!

To sign up and become eligible, type your email address in the box on the right side bar and click the “subscribe” button….good luck!