Monday, May 4, 2015


Oil, 8" x 8"
I keep coming back to this street because the view up the hill intrigues me. I loved the contrast of the orangey-yellow of the forsythia against the cooler yellow of the house. Painted mostly while sitting in my car across the street.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Copley Society's Fresh Paint Event

"A walk on Castle Island", oil on canvas, 14" x 14"
Yesterday I participated in the Copley Society's annual "Fresh Paint" event for the first time. I went to Castle Island in South Boston with Kate Huntington and Johan Bjurman, fellow painter/members.  It was cold and gray, but we still had a really good time. I'm used to taking my work home and fussing with it, but that wasn't an option, it was going directly to the gallery.
Kate and Johan, finishing up.

We got back to the gallery around 4PM and before I knew it my painting was framed and hanging on the wall. The gala and silent auction happens on Saturday, May 9, but you can make bids on all the paintings now.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Music on a spring day

Oil, 8" x 6"
College students on the East Side of Providence make for good people watching.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Bar at Casablanca

Oil, 10" x 8"
Another Fort Lauderdale scene. My husband likes the glasses hanging over the bar.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Oil, 11x14
Our model last night held a smile for the whole time she was sitting. It was- strange, to be honest, but I ended up liking the painting more than any others I've done recently.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Gouache monoprint painting

Last night I went to an opening of a printmaking show at the Candida Clayton Gallery at the Hope Artist Village in Pawtucket, RI. Very nice show, with work by artists from the Providence Art Club and the Torpedo Factory Printmakers, organized by fabulous printmaker Carol Strause FitzSimonds- great job, Carol!

Looking at the monotypes in the show, I remembered these pieces that I made quite a while back. I painted with gouache on plexiglass and while the paint was wet, I pressed paper on it. Then I'd pull the paper up, paint some more, press the paper down, pull it up, paint some more... The end result is a one of a kind painting, but the act of pressing paper onto the paint results in a completely different look than that of a paintbrush directly on the paper. I'm thinking I might have to play with this some more...

"Bikepath Monoprint", gouache, approx. 8" x 11"

"The White Elephant is closed closed", gouache, approx. 8.5" x 13"

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Painting the painters

Some of my painting students at the Handicraft Club the last two weeks became my unwitting models. Oil on canvas paper, approx. 8" x 6".

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sketching on Friday morning at the Seaplane diner

Those blue squares are windows, it was just after 6AM and the sun had not yet risen. The color outside was the same as the vinyl on the stools.

People weren't lingering this morning. I started several sketches that couldn't be finished because my subject paid his check and left. Anybody know where I can get faster pencils?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Two trees

Oil, 8" x 8"
These two trees seemed to be doing a pas de deux at a local historic cemetery. I sat in my car and drew and painted them, as it was way too cold and windy to set up outside.

Getting the values right- the sunlit part of the trees was lighter than the blue of the sky- was challenging. The neutral winter colors were also tough. What color is that bark? It always seemed either warmer or cooler than the color I mixed. In the end you have to just look at the big picture- it's all relative, right?
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More snow, please- sold

"Winter/spring shadows" , Oil, 8" x 10"

Just when I realize how nice it can be painting snow scenes when the temps are in the high 20's, it suddenly gets so warm and rainy that all the snow disappears.

This was painted behind the historic Hunt House in East Providence, RI.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Snowmelt at Caratunk

Oil, 8" x 8"
I felt compelled to do at least one painting of snow before it's all gone so I headed out to Caratunk Audubon Preserve. I knew there was a lovely stream there that would make a good painting subject. I hadn't painted outside for several months so of course, something went wrong- I hiked through the woods only to find when I got there that my tripod was broken. It had broken before and I had superglued it together, but this time there was no repairing it.

I found a rock I could sit on with a reasonably good view of the stream and managed to get a half decent painting. It was a bit precarious- one careless move and my pochade box would have ended up in the stream. All's well that ends well, though. Almost makes me want more snow...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Silver and strawberries

Oil, 6" x 6"
Painting some little still lives. Maybe it's my advertising background, but in the past I've always tended to fill the canvas with the objects I'm painting. I'm realizing the value of leaving more open space around things, giving them room to breathe; and painting them at eye level tends to give even small objects a more iconic status. Abbey Ryan does this really well.