Friday, December 30, 2011

Pam's beautiful painting

I got a painting from my husband for Christmas!  It was a beautiful lily pad painting by Pam Giarattana--I love it! I'm trying to figure out how to light it as the place where I want to put it is where I now have a sconce light and this spot needs light.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Art at Sage Gallery

It was nice to see a painting of mine in the front window when I stopped by today at the Sage Art Gallery in Haverhill, MA.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What a weekend!

Friday night was the holiday reception at Rockport Art Association where they were offering small paintings by well-known artists for sale, and I chose to purchase a wave oil painting by Paul George. 

Saturday was a double-header.  I was in Boston all day at Cyclorama's 15th Annual International Fine Art Show where I had a great time perusing the art and attending a lecture by two leading art magazine editors.  They give out free samples of art magazines and I got 6.  Then I was off to the Walsingham Gallery in Newburport for their Women of Walsingham show, where Judy Pumfrey's painting was auctioned off to benefit the hospital fund. Earlier in the morning there was a high-healed race that men could enter but they had to wear high-healed shoes, and some did enter! sorry I missed it.  I met some new artists who show there. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sage Art Gallery, Haverhill, MA

It was a busy day but I got 9 paintings ready 
and delivered to the Sage Gallery where 
they will be available for viewing until mid-February.

The Grand Opening Reception of the gallery 
will be this Friday at 6 p.m. 
and all are welcome to attend.  

It is a very nice gallery in the downtown arts district of Haverhill 
almost just under the train bridge underpass 
and public parking is very conveniently located, 
drive down the street immediately beside the gallery and it's right there!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Joining Sage Art Gallery, Haverhill, MA

This is a new gallery in downtown Haverhill right next to the train underpass and it is open Tuesday through Saturday noon until 5 p.m.  There will be an opening reception this coming Friday, November 18th, I don't know the time yet.
136 Washington Street, Haverhill, MA.
I will have two columns of space just inside the door to the left, please come see this new gallery as there is a lot of very good artists' work presented.
I will deliver my work later today or Monday as I need to finish framing and compiling information.  Let me know what you think about the gallery and try to attend the reception Friday.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Judy Pumfrey's Demo

I went to Haverhill's new Sage Art Gallery for a demo sponsored by the Haverhill Art Association.  The gallery has been open only 5 days and looks very nice.  There are already about 20 artists showing their work there for $100 for 100 days!  In 2 hours time, Judy did a gorgeous painting of her famous Kids at the Beach subject.  It's not finished, but in that short time, she was able to give lots of information regarding the planning stages, underpainting, colors, brushes, reference materials, etc. and actually do some great painting.  

Friday, November 4, 2011

Mural Completed

About 5 days or 30 hours. Customer left design, etc. up to me.  Decided to leave the dog fence unpainted and we incorporated a snow fence in the design (behind the dog fence) to tie it into the design.  Then she wanted chickadees (birds) so I put a bird house on the snow fence with a bird on it and one in flight headed towards it.  If you wish to see more photos, go to

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wall Mural

I'm working on a wall mural commission and it's going very well.  I arrived, did the drawing, put up some paint for values, tone, etc. and now I have to prepare some paint for tomorrow's effort.  I downloaded Picasa this morning so maybe I'll be able to post photos soon.  Photoshop has been giving me problems when posting something that was automatically rotated when it loaded, then it posts in it's original format in Blogger.

After MoCA

I loved it.  I had seen many photos in magazines, etc. but being there is person and realizing the volume of the space makes it a great experience.  I love big spaces.  I had a lot of fun taking photos but I have to admit that viewing them just isn't anything like being there.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Western Mass Adventure

I'm excited to be leaving for a great weekend of driving through gorgeous autumn scenery and checking out museums I have been waiting to see for a long time.  Also the electrician has finally shown up and added lots of "juice" to my studio, of course, I spent a big chunk of time moving stuff so he could access the walls and now I'll have to "clean" and I rearrange everything.  It's a good thing.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Newburyport Art Association, Fall Juried Show

Part II of the Fall Show at Nbpt is for categories other than oil, so I entered a couple of things I had that fit their categories.  Both entries were juried in I'm happy to say. 

Right Foot Forward
Mixed Media
Life Has Its Moments
The mixed media painting is primarily pink and aqua with gold highlights, 24x36" canvas, floating frame.
The picture in the photography category was taken during the Christmas holidays of a shop window at St. Armonds Circle in Sarasota, Florida with many reflections and the overlapping design is colorful and festive.


2011 Fall Members Juried Show II

Show Dates, October 21-November 12, 2011

Reception, Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, October 22, 7-9pm

We hope to see you at the reception, 
Saturday, October 22, 7-9pm

I'm away this weekend on an art trip with Lynn Murray, so I won't be able to attend the reception.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fantastic Podcast of Rockwell's Art

Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.This is the address for a truly beautiful and entertaining podcast with fascinating visual and audio references. It was part of the Smithsonian Exhibition on Norman Rockwell.
  It's long but very inspiring.

Thanks to friends

My sister, Pat Slattery, Mary and Jeff Lock, and Roberta and Ed Breen were with me last evening at the Open House at Tootsies' in Wakefield.  Thank you, guys, for joining me and having the experience of sampling dozens of mini-cupcakes!!! along with some coffee and getting our pictures taken by people from the Chamber and the local newspaper.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wakefield (MA) Paint Out--Fun and Successful

I certainly had a lucky day as I won the drawing of an opportunity to exhibit at the Wakefield Performing Arts Center!  What an honor to be able to do that!  

With perfect weather and about 30 artists participating, everyone had a wonderful day!  Above is the scene when everyone showed their work from noon to one.  I sold a painting that I had painted earlier in the week, and I bought Carol Potvin's painting.   It was a fun day, talking with many people who came by to watch me paint.  It was one of those great days to remember.

More events to come--tomorrow (Wednesday) is the Open House at Tootsie's where 5 of my paintings are on display, and Thursday is another event at Restaurant Molise.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Today at Wakefield's Paint Out

Warm, sunny, gentle breeze, lots of very nice people milling around--a great day to be out painting and I had a very good day talking with lots of nice people.  I painted a lake scene with the foreground of Eric John Goodridge's memorial bench.  Terri (his mother) told me it was a gorgeous view and a very special place and she was right.  The Farmers' Market was a bustling scene and about 30 artists participated in the Paint Out.  I sold a painting of the park and I also bought one: Carol Potvin's view of the bandbox.  There was a reception following at a boutique in town.  Thanks to Pam Perras, I had the opportunity to get to know Wakefield a little better and will try to attend again next year.

A reminder that two business are showing my work until October 17th, Tootsie's Coffee and Ice Cream Shop and Parker Florist.  Come to Tootsie's on Wednesday the 12th at 5 p.m. for Open House.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Postponed last week--so Wakefield is this Saturday

The Wakefield MA Paint Out will be held this weekend because a water main broke last week and the event had to be moved to the rain date.  The merchants of Wakefield are working with some of the artists to show their work and have an ART WALK from the 1st to the 17th.   The Paint Out is from 9 to noon, the display and sale from noon until 1 and then a reception as mentioned below.

J'Adore, an upscale consignment boutique, at 13 Princess Street, is hosting a Paint Out reception. It should be a lot of fun. I hope all of you can attend. J'Adore is displaying watercolors by Phyllis Kaplan.

There are great opportunities for artists to get to know one another and to (hopefully!) meet art appreciators of Wakefield—at Ristorante Molise, Oct 13 ($8 and cash bar), and Greenwood Wine & Spirits, Oct 19 (free).  Tootsie's Coffee Corner is having an Open House displaying the work of Mary Pyche, on October 12 at 5 p.m.  If you come, I'll treat you to coffee or ice cream!

See you at the Paint Out on Saturday. The weather will be beautiful!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wakefield Paint Out

Saturday, thanks to the efforts of Pam Parras, I'll be participating in the Wakefield (MA) Paint Out from 9 a.m. to noon.  At noon all the artists' paintings will be on display.  Try to come to watch artists in action or view the display afterwards from noon until 1 p.m.  This year, local businesses will be offering to display the work of some of the artists at their locations.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Way over the top--Tuscany Trip!

I can't begin to explain how wonderful my 2-week trip to Tuscan was.  OMG-sunny every day, gorgeous country, I took about 2,000 photos so as soon as I download them and maybe organize them somewhat, I'll post a few.  I thought that last year's trip was the ultimate, yet, this one might have been even better!  I salute Margaret Egli-Thomson who organized this trip and is also an excellent artist. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuscany, here we come!

Two weeks of touring and painting in Tuscany for me and my friend, Carol Pike-Webb starting Thursday, Sept. 1st!  This tour, organized by a neo-impressionist Margaret Egli-Thomson, will be 5 or 6 days of painting the beautiful landscapes around San Gimigniano (Siena) Italy, and another 6 days of touring the neighboring cities including Florence.  The Agriturismo (hotel) where we will stay is
I somehow managed to pack extremely light so I hope I have enough clothes and paint.  Well, the upside is that I have room for my laptop (Big Bertha).

Camden, Maine

I had a week of painting in Maine and rented a house with two friends, Lynn Murray and Karen Berger.  You can't go to Maine for a week without having some rain, so we had the first few days to travel around looking at museums and galleries.  I visited Portland Art Museum on my up and had the luck to get there just as a seminar was starting about artists who populated the area called Sequinland: Maine Moderns, Art in Sequinland, 1900-1940, which was given by Libby Bischof, a docent who made it a very interesting visit.  The John Marin show, Modernism at Midcentury, was very extensive and very well presented.  Karen and I took in the Farnsworth and the video presentation about Andrew Wyeth.  It was produced and directed by the family and was a joy to see.  There was good footage of their home movies and plenty of information given by Andrew who was narrating the video.  I am a big fan of NC Wyeth.  Of course, it's always a special event to visit the Dowling Walsh Gallery across the street from the Farnsworth and this time was no exception.  Large paintings by Alexandra Tyng were featured and her paintings are breathtaking.  Another gallery stop was the Haynes in Thomaston and the paintings of Peter Poskas and Burt Silverman.  Lynn and I toured the area and saw the belted Galloways (cows) and many beautiful vistas.  Karen and I drove all the way to Arcadia, it's what you do on rainy days when you can't paint outdoors.  There were a couple of galleries in Camden that provided some excitement and motivation as well--Bayview Gallery and Camden Falls Gallery of Camden, Maine
We did paint for a few days, nothing like Maine for painting rocks!  As usual, I took hundreds of photos.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ivan Kamalic, 67, artist

It was only a year ago, several of us spent a few days at Star Island painting en plein air.  Ivan passed away June 6th of complications of lung cancer.  I enjoyed getting to know him.  He was a very hard worker and hiked all over the place looking for inspiration then he worked for hours in that spot.  A true professional, he enjoyed chatting with passers-bye, and told me about Jewel extra long brushes, which I subsequently purchased and agree with him that they have a nice "snap" at the end of the stroke. At Star Island everyone eats in a communal fashion and we all shared stories, it was a very nice time.  What a nice guy, he was happy and seemed very healthy as well.  I'm so sorry that he left us so young.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

David's rainy day workshop

I had a wonderful time despite the fact that it rained most of the time.  The first morning we went out to Bass Rocks Point and what a great spot for rocks!  A person could paint there exclusively and never be uninspired by rocks.  The second day we painted in the mist at the Greenbelt in Essex in the morning.  Unfortunately, we had to retreat to the Rockport Art Association studios when it was raining.  David kept us on our toes with exercises and helpful comments and critiques and stories of artists and art in general.  The three days went by rather quickly somehow even with the rain.  I came home with more tools to use in my arsenal of painting ammunition--just in time for the 4th of July!  Let's hope I can get a big bang out of some of it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

David P. Curtis Workshop, June 22-24

I'll be painting rocks with David over the next three days in the Rockport, MA area.  "Rocks are Hard" is the name of the course.  The forecast is for rain.  Let's hope they are wrong.  Today I'm cleaning brushes that I received from my friend, Judy Rehill, from Florida.  A dear friend, Frank Miles, died last week, and some of these brushes were Frank's.  I hope his brushes bring me luck.

Colin Page Workshop - June 11-12

The first thing that Colin said was about how we had to work outside of our comfort zone, and it might not feel very good.  Well, I was happy to hear that since I felt to "down" after the previous workshop with Frank.  Colin had taken a workshop and had that experience afterwards, so now I didn't feel bad anymore.  He did a great presentation about values and massing and did a quick demo, then we all tried that lesson.  Then after lunch the rain came and it rained for the duration of the workshop.  We moved in doors and it might have even been better to learn the lessons that Colin taught which were many.  He had us doing lots of 1/2 hour studies and, for me, it was a lot less stressful and less tiring and it kept my mind alert as well.  I highly recommend his workshops.
Class at River Arts,  Damariscotta, Me.

Typical scene that Colin likes to paint.