Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Clouds over Crane's Beach



Clouds over Crane's  10 x 10"

This painting of the marshes in Essex, MA (with Crane's Beach in the background) and 4 others works of mine will be shown at the Montserrat College of Art alumni sale—happening this weekend! The show helps support the next generation of students. Be there or be square.
Detail of the impasto sky

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Grand Allée at Castle Hill


The Grand Allée at Castle Hill  5 x 7"

This magnificent scene is from a few years ago. The large rows of trees that are flanking each side of the allée have since been cut down and replanted. You can read more about this restoration process by clicking on this link:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Morning Saunter

'Morning Saunter'   10 x 14"

New work painted yesterday for the upcoming Castle Hill show. (details to come.) Love our beautiful North Shore marshes!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Egrets at Dawn

'Egrets at Dawn'    Diptych—each panel  20" x 60"


Well this was a bit of fun. I painted these large canvases for the upcoming Castle Hill show (details to come). When I came up with the idea for the painting I had a vision of the background being gold-leafed in the style of a Japanese screen panel, but then I nixed that idea as I was painting it. Then I thought perhaps I should antique the paintings to give it a more ancient look, but then I nixed that idea as well. So here are the wrapped canvases (meaning the paint wraps around the edge and doesn't require a frame) which gives them a more modern look. My hope is that someone will buy them them to flank a grand entranceway or fireplace in a seaside home. We'll see where they end up.

*POST SHOW UPDATE*
My egret diptych did not sell at the show, but they were voted as the People's Choice Award winner! Just being included among so many gifted and talended artists who show their work at this annual art show is an honor in itself, but receiving this award is is incredibly humbling (and thrilling!) So, the egrets are still available for sale.


Here are some details:



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Paris Sketchbook—La tour Eiffel


The greenspace at the Parc du Champ de Mars in the 7th arrondissement is a lovely respite from the hustle of the city proper. You can see the École Militaire way off in the distance, below the Eiffel tower. The park is a gorgeous spot for a picnic—a little wine, bread and cheese.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Paris Sketchbook—Louvre classics

Johannes Vermeer's 'Milkmaid.'

We toured the Delacroix and Louvre museums yesterday and are heading back to the Orsay today for some more ahhhht.  These fun sketches were inspired by these magnificent classic paintings from the Louvre—old friends that I never miss seeing when I visit Paris. I had fun sketching some of my favorite Masterpieces. Above is Vermeer's 'Milkmaid.'

Jacques-Louis David's 'Portrait of Madame Rèclaimer.'

Rigaud's 'Portrait of King Louis XIV.' The man, the myth, the legend...

Jacques–Louis David's 'Napoleon Crossing the Alps.'

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Paris Sketchbook—sculptures, Musée du Louvre

 

We were enchanted, once again by these three favorite sculptures—and many others—at the Louvre Museum today. Each time we view them—with different lighting or from various angles—t produces a spine-tingling result.

Paris Sketchbook— Les Deux Magots

 
It's a cool foggy morning here in Paris, but we are warmed and fueled, by ridiculously rich and velvety hot cocoa from Les Deux Magots cafe. We are ready to stroll this beautiful city.

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Paris Sketchbook—Fleurs sign


I love this sweet little flower shop sign because of the contrast between its scrolling art nouveau metalwork—bathed in glorious patina—and its modern neon lettering.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Paris Sketchbook—L'escargot


Tonight's dinner included, among myriad culinary delights, a dozen of these delectable morsels from L'escargot, this particular restaurant's speciality. Butter and garlic make anything taste delicious, oui?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Paris Sketchbook—The Quai d'Anjou


This is the view from Pont Sully looking down on the Quai d'Anjou, and in the background you see bits of the Louvre.

Paris Sketchbook—eclairs



Eclaires for you! With all manner of gorgeous sweet treats here in Paris, (okay—gorgeous savory treats also) I have a sneaky feeling that I'll make a lot of 'foodie' sketches on this trip.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Paris Sketchbook series!


We're back in Paris! 
Inspiration abounds in the city of light, 
and I've brought my watercolors with me. Were in a 
darling little apartment on the Rue du scene in the 
Boulevard Saint-Gernmain area of Paris.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Summer sketch—Crane's beach



More of my summer watercolors... 
I've got my toes in the sand on a gorgeous, warm 
and sunny September afternoon. 
Where is that chap who comes around 
with the tropical fruity drinks?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Summer sketch—our sunken garden


Chilling in our sunken garden and playing with watercolors. La dolce vita!

Sometimes I like the early sketch stage the best.

a photo, from a slightly different angle

Friday, September 1, 2017

Color Inspiration: mixed border


Holy smoke—that's a whole lot of scrumptious color and texture happening here. The giant rhubarb leaf alone has that rusty mauve groove happening, and the leaves of the deep purple huchera (coral bells) is divine.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Happy Hour at Shea's Riverside

Happy Hour at Shea's  5 x 7"

This is the glorious marsh view seen from the back side of Shea's Riverside restaurant in nearby Essex. Drinks on their back desk—which overlooks the picturesque Ipswich River—is a delight on a summer afternoon. Below is a more zoomed-in 'en plein air' sketch of the same view (from my Summer Sketchbook series) that I made of the scene earlier in the summer.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Maggie's Cherry Trees

Maggie's Cherry Trees 12 x 16" 

This was a commission piece painted for my neighbor Maggie to give to her daughter Katie for her upcoming wedding (to clarify, the gift was a bridal shower gift). I hope the painting will always remind Katie of her childhood home.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Two Fine Gents Out for a Summer Sail

'Two Fine Gents Out for a Summer Sail'   5 x 7"


Being blessed to live so close to the ocean all of my life, I am always inspired by a trip to my favorite spot—the salt marshes. The deep blues and lush greens knock my socks off every time I visit—in whatever season—but especially on an easy, breezy summer afternoon, which was when I spotted these two fine gents out for a summer sail. I would love to have been able to hear their conversation that afternoon... Were they talking about their kid's achievements? ... a nagging knee issue that won't go away? ... Missing a deceased spouse? Hopefully they were just out having a grand day of summer bliss. In any case, their sail inspired this painting. 



Available for sale. Write to inquire about pricing.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Summer sketch—Clamshack Landing


I had a lovely Friday afternoon down at the 
marshes in Essex with my good friend 
'Sofia' (she has a very bubbly personality). 
Dutch angle intended.

A good summer memory!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My summer sketchbook series

Salt marshes behind Shea's Restaurant in Essex, Massachusetts

It's been a busy summer! These days I can't seem to carve out enough time for oil painting sessions (I generally like to give myself a 3-6 hour stretch), so I've taken to making these watercolor sketches to satisfy my craving to create. I wish I had a Medici as a patron so I could play all day with paints.

And here are a few quick watercolor field study sketches that I made this week. By quick, I mean 15—20 minutes. I just want to capture the spirit of the place, the colors and the composition. I may revisit some of these scenes with my oil paints one day.

A lone fisherman at Rafe's Chasm in Magnolia, Massachusetts




A stretch of the Magnolia coastline

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer sketch—Sweet treats


Here is a fun watercolor sketch of the cake and some sweet treats 
that I made this summer.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lemon honey bee cake


I made this lemon honey bee cake for a garden dinner party 
that I had this summer. It was Bee-licious.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Swiss Alps paintings


Recently I had an interesting commission to paint. A woman who spent her high school exchange in a chalet, nestled in the steep alps of Switzerland, many moons ago, wanted this painting as a gift for the father of her host family who will be 90 this summer. The chalet was so remote that supplies had to delivered to the chalet by helicopter drop. I had little to work with regarding reference photos so I patched together several photos in my mind's eye. I made two paintings with different color palettes and will let my client choose the one that she connects with the most. I truly hope that her 'Swiss Papa' will be happy with his gift.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Flags for the 4th!

Flag Day, Fifth Avenue, July 4th, 1916, by Childe Hassam 


detail from Flags on the Waldorf, by Childe Hassam 

On this—our day of independence—let your flags fly! American impressionist Frederick Childe Hassam loved painting our American flag. He was born in 1859 in the Boston area—in Dorchester, MA., as a matter of fact. After World War I Hassam painted a series of roughly 30 Patriotic "American Flag" canvases. Here are a few of my favorites, and a few other artist's works as well.


Childe_Hassam-Avenue_of_the_Allies-1917
 Flags on the Waldorf, by Childe Hassam


The Avenue in the Rain ,by Childe Hassam



Allies Day, May 1917, by Childe Hassam




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Below, something completely different by artist Jasper Johns.

Three Flags (1958) by Jasper Johns




Okay, this last painting is of French flags 
and was painted by Claude Monet, 
but since we were in the red, white and blue spirit...
Rue Montorguiel, Paris 1878 by Claude Monet


Click here to see to read more about this last painting.