Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Desktop Calendars - Paintings from the North Shore




2017 Desktop Calendars - only a few left!

A desktop calendar with images of iconic signs from the North Shore of Massachusetts! Would look great on your desk, or makes a unique gift for a retro sign lover or someone from New England.


Each 4 x 6-inch unbound page contains an image from one of my original paintings. Retro diners, motels, clam shacks and other roadside attractions are well represented in her work. The plastic jewel case folds back to make a display stand for the calendar, or you can frame all 12 for a year at a glance! Are you from New England? See if you can guess all the iconic locations....there is a listing in the back of the calendar in case you get stumped.

I just shipped out a large number of these for a reunion of Massachusetts natives now living in Florida, and I only have a few left. I find people like to buy these all year because they like to display the pictures even once the month has ended. Interested in buying one for yourself - or as a gift? They are available in my etsy shop for prints here.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Motel - Small Acrylic Painting Old Neon Sign

Motel
5 x 7 inches
acrylic on cradled panel

Yet another visit to one of my favorite signs in Ipswich, Massachusetts, the old Whittier Motel sign. The neon has fairly recently been replaced with plastic back lit lettering, and the art deco base removed and replaced with two white pillars. Not quite the same  ;-(

However, thanks to a featured artist show at Zenobia Gallery (just down the street from the Whittier), this painting has sold. And there will be a whole bunch more Whittier pieces coming up as I took in quite a few commissions as a result of the show.

Interested in a painting of the Whittier for your own collection? Contact me!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Frozen Delite - Touch of Summer during the Winter!

Frozen Delite
10 x 8 inches
acrylic on canvas

For this painting we take a little trip to summer time - think carnival rides, roller coasters, amusement parks. And yes, giant fake ice cream cones! Besides the huge cone, I was drawn to the garish colors and the fun shapes in this ice cream stand. All the light bulbs sure proved to be a challenge, but I am glad I stuck with it.

Interesting in purchasing this piece of summer for yourself? See more information here.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Still Life Painting of Ornaments by Debbie Shirley

Ornamental
6 x 4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

This was another painting for the fixed price sale at Newburyport Art Association last month. I love painting the reflections on the ornaments - and the round shapes make it especially challenging. I find it forces me to really look closely at what I am trying to paint - and paint what I actually see, without my brain trying to interpret it. I just look at is as a series of shapes, not specific objects. Yet when I step back and take a look when I am done, it always amazes me how the shapes come together to make the subject come to life.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Original Acrylic Potato Head Still Life Painting by Debbie Shirley

Gone Shopping
6 x 4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Having fun with Mrs. Potato Head....I always enjoy painting classic toys and Mr/Mrs Potato Head is definitely a favorite! This was for a fixed price sale that was held around the holidays at the Newburyport Art Association. I painted it with acrylic on watercolor paper - leaving the white of the paper around the image. I then spot varnished only the painted area - the varnish really  makes the image pop!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hilltop - Small Acrylic Painting of Iconic Hillltop Steak House Sign.

Hilltop
7 x 5 inches
acrylic on cradled panel
SOLD

Why so many Hilltop paintings? The Hilltop Steakhouse was such a popular restaurant - with such an iconic sign. The sign is fun to paint - and is recognizable instantly by anyone who had ever lived or visited the North Shore. Since the restaurant was just demolished recently, the place and its memories are still fresh in people's minds. I think people really want to remember this place - and there is unlikely to be anything quite like it again. Generations of local families celebrated their special occasions there - I love hearing people's stories when they see on of my Hilltop paintings at a show.

This painting has sold  - but if you are interested in a small Hilltop painting for your own home (or office) - please contact me for more information!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Marty's Donut Land - Acrylic Painting of Iconic Storefront in Ipswich, Massachusetts by Debbie Shirley

Marty's
7 x 5 inches
acrylic on cradled panel
SOLD

I have painted Marty's Donut Land before.....it has since been bought out and changed hands. There are a lot of Ipswich people who have fond memories of Marty's - of the fresh hot donuts, right out of the fryer, that you had to show up for very, very early (or late for the party crowd) and get before the sun rose. I have had a bunch of requests for more, so I am doing some more small paintings - slightly different crops and orientations - so that people can have a piece of Ipswich history for their own. Please contact me if you would like a Marty's painting to capture some of your own memories.