Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"There's Kit-Ten" - 20 x 20 inches - oil on canvas

"There's Kit-Ten!"  - 20 x 20 inches - oil on canvas

For those who have followed my posts for a while, you may recall a painting I did called "Where's Kit-Ten?" Click here for the story behind that one.  Once again, I was on cat duty for my friend.  But this time was different!  Based on the painting, you can probably tell that I didn't completely bond with Kit-Ten but at least I got to see his furry backside!

"There's Kit-Ten!" is a 20 inch square painting.  Contact me if you are interested in making a purchase.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Museum Cupola" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas

"Museum Cupola" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas

Being an artist, I look at the world differently.  Instead of just seeing a house, I focus on shadows and colors and interesting shapes.  I am fortunate to live in a New England town with many charming buildings to inspire me.  The Westford Museum sits in our town center and I admire it each time I drive by...especially the cupola.   I love the pop of red color in contrast with the gray-green clapboards.

On a somber note, the Boston Marathon bombings were one of those wake-up calls where you take stock of all the good things in your life and count your blessings.  I am amazed, impressed and in awe of all the police officers, medical professionals, and good Samaritans who rushed to help.  These acts of kindness have restored my faith in humanity.

"Museum Cupola" is an 8 inch square painting and is available for $150.  Click the Buy Now button below to purchase using a credit card/Paypal or here for other payment options. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Bose" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

'Bose" - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD
Unfortunately for me, I have a day job.  So far, all my attempts to win the lottery have failed so, until that happens, I'll keep working for that steady paycheck.  As you may have guessed, I work for Bose.  

In other news, my painting, "Back Bay" was accepted into a juried show called "CCA in Bloom."  A floral designer will create a flower arrangement interpretation of my painting.  You can read details about the exhibit here.  I'll be very interested to see what they come up with and will share pictures in my next post.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

"Unexpected Visit" - portrait in process

Last week, my daughter came home for a brief and unexpected visit.  Considering she currently lives in Alaska, this is a pretty big deal.  While I was cooking dinner, she sat on the kitchen floor, knitting, while we chatted it up.  I looked over at her and said, "Don't move!" and quickly grabbed my camera.  I thought this would make an excellent portrait.  Even better, Cooper, our dog, came over to see the fuss and I snapped a great shot of the two of them.  The painting is still in process but I thought I'd share my progress so far.

I started by painting my canvas with a thin wash of a pink acrylic paint.  I then used black art tape and red thread to make a grid on my canvas so that I could transfer my photo reference accurately.

After I refined my line drawing, I began to shade in the darker areas just to get a sense of the composition.  I'm still undecided on how to handle her scarf.  It is multicolored and I think it would be too distracting if I paint it as is.  Hmmm....

I started with the dark hair and my daughter's face since that is the most critical element of the painting.  


The next thing I tackled were her hands.  Hands are really hard to do!  Stay tuned as I hope to finish the portrait later this week.