Monday, September 22, 2014

This morning on Blackstone Blvd., Providence RI... I drove past this tree the other day and had to go back and paint it in the morning light. The original is a little brighter than this image, less brown, a little more green.
Gouache, approx. 7" x 9" on watercolor paper
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Our model on Monday night. Great hair!
My limited color portrait class is starting at the Portsmouth (RI) Art Guild on Wednesday mornings in October. It's a great class for all levels, even beginners.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Painting demo at Rowley Gallery

I had fun doing a demo at the Rowley Gallery in Orleans, MA on Saturday. Did this 18 x 18 in 2 hours (although I fooled around with it a little at home the next day).
 Using a viewfinder is really helpful. I carry two in my pochade box- a square and a 3x4.

 Sketched it in with burnt sienna.
Closing in on it... and a big thanks to my friend Anne who took the photos.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Central

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
The Central claims to be the oldest saloon in Seattle, and was irresistible to paint.
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A reminder, I'll be doing a demo at the Rowley Gallery in Orleans MA this Saturday, 1-3 PM. Liz is cleaning out the basement and has lots of frames for sale too. Stop by!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Oil on canvas, approx. 8" X 10"
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I'll be doing a painting demo next Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Rowley Gallery in Orleans MA, from 1-3PM. Stop by if you're in the area! One of the last weekends of summer ) :

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Olympic Peninsula- sketches

We just got back from an 8-day trip to Seattle and Olympic National Park. A long time ago I gave up bringing paints with me on vacation, as we always seem to be on the move. I'm finding that working with pencil and white paint on gray paper is more feasible- they're easy to carry and and quick to do. These are the best of what I got done- the top is Port Angeles, where we spent 4 nights while going to the park; the second is seastacks at La Push, Second Beach, part of the National Park on the Pacific coast; and the third is Point Wilson Lighthouse in Port Townsend.
Sketching the lighthouse.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Path to the beach- sold

Oil on panel, 6" x 14"
Everyone and their dog was at Tillinghast Farm in Barrington RI last night to take a walk. There was a photographer shooting pictures and walking on the dunes that had signs saying please don't walk on the newly restored dunes. And then there was me, painting. I decided to try a long narrow format for a change.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunset, Washington Bridge

Oil, 8" x 10"
I started painting about a half hour before sunset, and 10 minutes later scraped it off because I realized I wanted to paint the big cloud that had just built up over the bridge. Then I painted as fast as possible until about 20 minutes after sunset when the light was gone and the gnats made it impossible to stay. For such little things, they can really bite. I imagine them as teeth with wings.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Yellow house

Painted this morning in Little Compton, RI at Peckham's Greenhouse. Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sunset at Tillinghast Farm

Oil, 8" x 10"
It was beautiful last night at Tillinghast, aka the RISD Beach in Barrington RI.
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Friday, August 8, 2014


A few sketches finished this morning in Providence. I didn't realize that the pen I was using didn't have waterproof ink- must check that in the future.

 And then, of course, a stop at the Coffee Exchange, and a few quickies there...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

More puffy clouds

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
My fascination with puffy clouds continues, especially late in the day when everything takes on a warm glow. (Truth in advertising- the orange reeds aren't quite so bright in the painting, but I couldn't tone them down any more without losing warmth in the rest of the painting.) This was painted along Route 6 in Rehoboth, MA. Fun fact: Route 6 is the longest transcontinental highway in the U.S., going from Cape Cod to California.

And a quiz: When do no-see-ums become visible?
A: When they get stuck in wet oil paint. I pulled several off this painting when I was done.
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