Sunday, October 31, 2010

boo! #524

Scary. That's what the other three attempts at painting today were - I think I'm having growing pains.

N/A Chase Away the Blues Fundraiser

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bend and Stretch

Trying out different directions with my brush. Feels good.

Other News: Brie, the dog, is torn between being 'bumble Brie' again for Halloween, or a ReinDog, or a Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingo (don't ask) - - talk about an Oddment.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Canned Goods #522

I chose this to paint because in real life, I liked the shadow on the can and the reflections on the rims. . . I think I'm going to go paint it again now.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Unexpected Summer #521

It was an unseasonably 77° today - so, Brie and I took two walks (her idea), and also caught up over dinner with some of our favorite village people - it was a full day, but never too busy for painting. . . .

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tiny #520

This is a 4x4" painting. I did a 6x6" today too, but this was my warm up.

I thought I'd show it because I've been warming up lately with these little maple panels which are about an inch thick - they are a beautiful board to work on. The only problem with these boards is, Brie, the dog, really likes them too. However, she likes to eat them. . .

NFS - one of the corners is a little damaged - SOMEONE (who will remain nameless) got a hold of it. . . I'm not taking it personally though.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Two for One #519

I'm a three year old at heart.

I sleep 8-10 hours a night.

And I turn my paintings over sometimes (not very professional, right?) and paint on the backside.

Got to go, nap time. Okay, just kidding. . . I think.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Glades Revisited #517

Painting from a photo again today - trying not to stay so set in my ways. I've painted this before, but I decided to remember what the sun did outside yesterday and apply it to this. . .

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Gut #516

I figured rapidly freezing fingers would be the anecdote to fiddling over a painting for too long.

After the fussing I did yesterday, I made a last minute decision to paint plein air today.

I spotted this house this morning on my walk to the Gut with Brie.

Other News: This (click here Still Life of Bottles and Pitcher Giorgio Morandi) was the painting I liked a lot in person at the MFA that I couldn't remember - I also liked the colors in a Matisse I saw too, but I'm definitely more drawn to fully clothed paintings, like these nice, completely attired vessels.

6x6", acrylic, $100

Friday, October 22, 2010

Focus #515

I started painting this first thing this morning, then sidetracked myself and went back to it later.

Of course the light totally changed. So, I worked on it some more.

Then I took Brie for a drive, came back, light changed again, oooh, I thought, I'll just fix one little thing. . .

And then I took Brie, the dog, office assistant, curator/collector, for a walk and I came back and the light had totally changed again and there was just the littlest thing I should change. . .

Are you sensing a pattern?

This painting was about three different paintings today - instead of starting a new one every time the light did something different, I painted over the observations I had already made.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tippy Toes #514

If you look at a famous painting in person you really like during the afternoon, it's really hard to paint when you get home.

I don't remember ever liking this painting as much as I did today, naturally I forget who it's by, and the title - I thought I knew, but I just looked for it online and I'm wrong. But I think my taste has changed - although I promise I will never, ever get tired of the sculpture of a BLT by Oldenburg. NEVER.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Eggplant on Blue Striped Cloth #513

How's that for a title?

I cannot wait to paint outside again - I'm going to take full advantage until winter sets in. Which leads us to wonder, why'd I paint indoors on a day like today? Er, um, okay, Friday, I seize the day Friday!

Other News: Children's Book Illustrator Timothy Basil Ering (Frog Belly Rat Bone) at the MFA on Oct 24 & 27 sharing his inspiration and technique!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Crossing Main #512

I'm turning into a tough cookie (oooh, there's that word again, I do love cookies).

Twice this week I have painted outside. I think today it was only 46° when we started. I wore a kayaking shirt, a turtleneck wool sweater, a fleece, a wool blazer and a gortex water/wind proof coat and a scarf. I could barely move my arms.

I wore the same ensemble hours later walking the dog - and promptly had three of the five layers wrapped around my waist by the halfway mark. . . apparently, it had warmed up.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ah-ha! #511

It's one of those days, in which I really want to try this painting again.

When I squint the values are this dark, but as a result it is taking on more of a metal look rather than glass - when I paint something right away for a second time, I feel like I know what to do - and now, as I post this, I'm looking over my shoulder, at the lit up still life squinting - going Ah-HA, now I get it!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Etiquette #510

This begs the question, if you step in it is it yours?

I guess the Farmers Market yesterday made me want to paint chickens today, it's the first thing I thought of this morning to paint. This image is one of many on loan from a very generous woman I met when I first started this, she sent me beautiful photos of chickens and gave me permission to paint from them. These chickens go back generations in her husband's family in Italy. I painted my first one, 'Alfresco' at the beginning of September.

The Arts Walk today was perfect! The best fall day so far this year. I am so happy to have been a part of it. Many thanks to LP of White Magdelena for everything she did and for having me. . .
And to all who came out today, I enjoyed meeting many new people and reconnecting with others!

Lastly, to all those who helped to plan and coordinate this event, it was particularly festive!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Farmers Market #509

It was indeed cold at the Farmers Market (on the water, I might add), but luckily Redeye Roasters was there to keep me warm. I've wanted to paint at the market since it started in the spring, so I'm glad I did - I think I could paint these tents a lot.

Tomorrow is the Hingham Arts Walk - 12-5 - I'll be at 60 South Street. . . get your map here (or at Noble's Camera tomorrow. . .)

$100, acrylic, 6x6"

Friday, October 15, 2010

Foraging #508

Went scavenging through what's left of the garden. . . came up w/these green tomatoes. And then I decided to use this weird plate- it is rounded on the sides but it's still kind of square - which is why it looks the way it does.

I'll be painting at the Farmer's Market tomorrow (Saturday) at ten at the Hingham Beach.

And Sunday is the Hingham Arts Walk - 12-5 - I'll be at White Magdelena, 60 South Street, there's about 50 artists on display and other activities too - a good way to spend the day!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Basking #507

The rose tree-bush beside the front door blooms in the spring. . . but today, I came home to one single pink rose - curious.

Click here to purchase, $100, acrylic, 6x6"

Local Betty has a great write up about planning one's route for the Hingham Arts Walk - here's a little excerpt, just in case you were wondering about it being kid friendly - oh, it is!

"Kids with you? Don't let that change your plans too much. Do go to the Community Center where you'll find artisans and craftspeople with kid-inspiring 'art to touch' like woodcrafts and mosaics. The South Shore Arts Center is hosting Allison Collins in an art quilt hands-on project. Let them make a square and be part of art-in-progress. While you immerse them in creativity, stop into shops in the Square to see the work of Susan Ahearn, Gary Nisbet,Franny Andahazy and Tina Watson [to name just a few more] right there. Easy Peasy.

See kids art on display. Brigham's, Carolann's and The Old Ship Meeting House will have student art exhibits to inspire; they're sure to recognize the work of a few friends and neighbors. The new Skate Shop on North Street will feature the art of talented students at Hingham High School too.

Find hands-on activities. At the Old Ship Church, grab a viewfinder and sketch a view of America's only surviving colonial meetinghouse. Enter the contest- your child's sketch [and maybe yours!] could be selected to be the cover of an Old Ship notecard. "

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beach Plum (yardment) #506


Beach Plum (I think) in a pesto jar (I know).

Other News: I'm loading up the car for the Hingham Arts Walk. . . . (it's this Sunday 12-5, rain or shine).

More News Still: I'm going to paint at the Hingham Farmers Market this Saturday, I just decided! Who wants to come paint with me? Anyone? 10?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Leeks #505

I got to paint at Page's today - a table FULL of leeks and onions grown by one of the other lovely painters. Check out Page's Studio during the Hingham Arts Walk too this Sunday.

Other News: does anyone else have to hospital roll their animal to make the bed? Just a hypothetical question of course, no one fuzzy around here would be so ill behaved she refuses to get up when asked.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Come Here Often #504

Here's a combination I love to revisit - it's true, I do, I come here often.

Other News: I've been preparing for the Hingham Arts Walk - which is coming up this Sunday, 12 - 5 in Hingham Square, there's going to be 50 artists there. . . I hope you can make it!

Here's a teaser, I a little piece of a 24x24" painting I made just for the Walk - never before seen painting - and I'm not going to show the whole thing here but you can see it Sunday!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fluffy Flower Two #503

What good would painting every day be if I didn't try something the next day I wished I had done differently the day before.

Thank you everyone for commenting on yesterday's post and giving me a new perspective for looking at that painting. It made me feel better and made trying it again a fun challenge instead of an effort.

So, here it is with the different background color, just in case. In real life the cloth is a different blue than the inside of the bowl and I still have yet to mix the right color of the cloth. And I'm not sure why I insisted yesterday on making the cloth turquoise, but maybe that's for tomorrow's psychoanalysis?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fluffy Flower #502

So maybe the cloth and the inside of the bowl shouldn't be the same color? Hindsight.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sans Top #501

At the beginning of the week these radishes at the market had big feathery leaves.

Four days later, no tops. I felt bad for them, losing their crowns like that, so I brought them home.

Topless didn't seem right somehow for a title though. . . too racy for these little radishes.

Thursday, October 7, 2010



These are those thick, fluffy kind of daisies, I have no idea what they are - a mum maybe?

I think I'll play w/them some more tomorrow, I already have what I think to be a better setup for them.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lime Blue (take two) #498

So I had a little problem here w/the blogging - I post the same day I make it - but the email that goes to everyone's email goes a day later automatically.

So, if I post the next day before noon, then you'd get two images in one email and so, I thought I'd delay the post until tonight, but then I messed something up - somehow - and well, the pictures didn't come through - so here it is. . .take two - I apologize everyone. Thank you for your patience.

Maybe the top lime could be warmer - I played around with it a little and then figured, there's always tomorrow.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cuppa #497

I just stuck the cookie right in my mouth this time, bypassed the still life setup all together - who would I be fooling really if I put it there, fussed with it, danced around the idea that it was really there for the sake of the still life and I would never think of eating it?

The apple makes a perfectly good stand in.

Other News; Save the date, the Hingham Arts Walk is Sunday, October 17th, 12 - 5 - I'll be at White Magdelena -

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Latest Yardment & Guess Brie's Oddment #496

Good News; Duane Keiser has just completed Oddment painting #207 - Brie, the dog/art collector, is eagerly awaiting her Oddment, #308 - so, with 101 more until ours, er, um, hers, you know what that means. . .

Plenty of time to play my favorite game, Guess Brie's Oddment - since it doesn't exist yet we have no idea what it will be - (for Oddment defined, scroll down. . .)

I love Duane Keiser's work and can't wait to find out the subject of our Oddment. I hope it's not a bug - Brie's now wishing it'll be a painting of the cute little Cockapoo up the hill.

Back to today's painting; I chose this setup because of the playful polk-a-dot fabric. And when I finished I realized, I forgot to put the dots in - all work no play - so I put them in.

More still; This little pink flower is pretty much the only thing left in the front yard now. . .

An Oddment is "a remanant or part of something, typically leftover from a larger piece." And DK is creating 1000 of these little paintings!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Surprise! #495

It was a two walk kind of day today.

Other News: Happy 40th Birthday to one of my favorite eggplants.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Yin Yang#494

Donated vegetables, borrowed bowl.

When you hang out in other people's kitchens, do you wind up staring (longingly) at little still lifes they've set up and they don't even know it? Or is that just me?

I promise, I won't start bringing extra big pocketbooks around and loading them up with other people's vegetables and ceramics and then denying all accusations once they appear as still lifes here. . . but if I lick them, doesn't that make them mine?