Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monster Mash - Halloween ACEO Painting

Monster Mash

3.5 x 2.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

 I really wanted to do a few Halloween paintings this year, but I ended up being too busy. When I say this weeks Zombie Challenge on DailyPaintworks, I knew I would have to take a little break from all my other work to do a little piece for Halloween.

So here he is! And he is available - you can take the "green guy" home with you for $15 plus shipping. Happy Halloween to you all!!
Monster Mash - $15 + $2 shipping in the US 
(please contact me for international shipping)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Autumn's Aim - Fall Still Life Painting

Autumn's Aim
5x7 inches
acrylic on gessobord panel

What a wild day out there! I hope that everyone is fairing well along the East Coast. It is crazy windy here in northeastern Massachusetts. Much of our town is without power, but we have been lucky so far. The kids were out of school for the day - and totally bouncing off the walls. At least we aren't getting the snow we got pre-Halloween last year, when we were without power for three days.

I wanted to do one last little gourd painting. My gourds are not lasting as long as normal this year, so this may be it. This painting will go to the Wine and Art Reception at Veasey Memorial Park in Groveland, Massachusetts this weekend. The reception is Saturday night, November 3rd, from 5 to 8pm. More information is available here. Sounds like a fun night - hope to see you there!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Summer's End - New Landscape Painting SOLD

Summer's End
8x10 inches
acrylic on canvas

First landscape in a while...this painting will be available at the Wine and Art Reception for Veasey Memorial Park in Groveland, MA. The event will take place on Saturday evening, November 3rd, 2012 from  5 to 8pm. It should be a fun event!

And speaking of fun events...don't forget about the opening for the Newburyport Art Association's Fall Member Juried Show, Pt. II this Saturday night, October 27, 2012 from 7 to 9pm. I got a very exciting call about the show today. It seems that my painting The Gathering won Honorable Mention in the acrylic category! I am just thrilled! If you want to read the juror's comments, they are here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chained - Still Life Painting of Old Rusty Chain

5x7 inches
acrylic on gessobord panel

I am thrilled that this painting, along with The Gathering, has been juried into the Newburyport Art Association's Fall Members' Juried Show, Pt. II! The opening reception is Saturday night, October 27, 20120 7-9pm. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Making Plans - Kitchen Art Still Life Painting on Paper

Making Plans
6x4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Just a  little side trip back to my Relationships Series....I wanted to send a few of these to the Creative Haverhill holiday shop, and I realized that I only had one left in this series! So I decided to do one more to make a pair (but I think I will probably be doing more of these for one of the upcoming holiday shows!)

Anyways, today I took this and about a dozen other paintings and some notecard packets to TheShops@90Wash - a great holiday pop-up shop set up by Creative Haverhill in a downtown storefront. It's a great space - I'm really excited to be a part of it! I hope you will check it out if you are local - opening November 1, 2012 at 90 Washington Street in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

IN her Shadow - Small Floral Painting

In Her Shadow
3x5 inches
acrylic on canvas

I couldn't leave the daisies alone! I still want to do a large one....but I think that will have to wait awhile.....

This little one is currently available at West Village Provisions in West Boxford, MA.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Gathering - Original Autumn Still Life Painting SOLD

The Gathering
7x5 inches
acrylic on gessobord panel

This is the time of year when the time just seems to fly by! I con't believe it is getting close to the end of October already. We are getting to the end of our fall color here in New England and the mornings are very cool (and a few of them even frosty). My kids can hardly wait for snow - though I think I most certainly can!

I had to sneak in one more gourd painting - this will be an entry for an upcoming show. A few more deadlines, a few commissions, and then, before I know it, it will be time for holiday shows. Eeeek!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In the Midst - Small Painting of Flowers SOLD

In the Midst
5 x 3 inches
acrylic on canvas

Still enjoying the little canvases.
I'm wondering if I should take some time after I finish some work for some upcoming exhibitions to do a bunch of these little guys for holiday shows. Hmmm.

When I was working on this one, all I kept thinking is that I would love to do this same piece REAAAAALLLLLLY  BIG - so the viewer would feel like they truly were in the middle of the bunch of flowers. I've been getting the itch lately to do some big work - unfortunately that is not going to happen with my current set up in the very corner of my kids' playroom  ;-(    Someday I will have the space to work large.... but for now I guess I will stick with little.....

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

An Apple a Day - Small Fruit Still Life Painting

An Apple a Day
4 x 4  inches
acrylic on canvas

I love local apple season!
Love the crisp, fresh picked apples - we usually eat them so fast, I don't even have a chance to bake or make anything special with them. This year I am refusing to buy a single grocery store apple until all the local farms are done with apples for the season. And unfortunately, due to a recent frost, that may be coming up sooner than I would like  ;-(

Anyways, frost or no frost, this apple will be available at the end of the week at West Village Provisions in West Boxford, MA.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Little Firecracker - Small Painting of Bright Orange Flower

Little Firecracker
4x3 inches
acrylic on canvas

So this is where I say something about "the explosive new painting", right?!
(Sorry, I couldn't resist!) I kept thinking of fireworks while I was painting this and the name "Firecracker" just stuck in my head, so there you go. It's funny how some paintings just name themselves, while others I struggle over. When I am stuck, I find I get my best ideas in the shower  ;-)

Available at West Village Provisions later this week.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Crowd Control - Small Autumn Painting Still Life of Gourds SOLD

Crowd Control
4x4 inches
acrylic on canvas

I'm having fun with these little canvas paintings! They are definitely a welcome break from some of my other work...and they look really cute hung together in groups  ;-)

I seem to do a number of gourd paintings every year. Gourds are so interesting with their different colors and textures and shapes - just keep me wanting to paint "just one more".....

This little piece will be at West Village Provisions later this week.

For anyone following my local events - I've started to update the list on the right side of my blog - still a few more events to add, but lots of places to see my work locally this holiday season!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Autumn Gift - Small Painting of Gourd SOLD

Autumn Gift
4x4 inches
acrylic on canvas

Another little one on canvas!  I am getting a number of local collectors telling m how much they like these little pieces unframed on canvas. They are making groupings of these colorful little paintings and are hanging them as is, without frames. So this week I am trying to concentrate on a bunch of new mini canvases both for replacing sold pieces at West Village Provisions here in Boxford, Mass, but also for upcoming holiday shows.

I also really like the mini gourds that are everywhere around here this time of year. All of the colors and textures - they are such fun to paint! And when they have these great stems and vines still attached....;-)I can't seem to be able to resist picking up a few more every time I go to the local farm stand.

This piece is available now through me, or else it will be at West Village Provisions after October 15th.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sneak Attack - Small Still Life Painting, Kitchen Art

Sneak Attack
Relationships Series
6 x 4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

The pear in back looks like he is sneaking up on the other one, don't you think?!
I finished this before the weekend, but have had a busy weekend full of family things, so no posting until now. We had (exhausting!) fun at the Topsfield Fair on Saturday. Paid a quick visit to the art exhibit, where it looks like a number of my paintings have sold (yay!) and took lots of pictures so I can work on  my carnival series this winter when I can't work outside.

I'm going to take this week to finish up some new little pieces for West Village Provisions and then a few larger pieces for upcoming juried exhibitions. The I'm sure the holiday season will be coming fast and furious at that point! I'm doing at least two holiday shows, and participating in at least two holiday shops, so I expect I will be pretty busy. I will share the details on all the exciting stuff soon.

This piece is available unframed through me now, or will be at West Village Provisions in Boxford, MA next week.
Sneak Attack - $30 + $2.50 shipping in the US
(please contact me for international shipping)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tentative - Painting of Apple and Pear

Relationships Series
6 x 4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

I haven't added to this series in a few months and recent sales at the Topsfield Fair and West Village Provisions made me realize I only have maybe two remaining, so I had better do something about that! I always enjoy these little fruit and vegetable "portraits". Sometimes I start out with an idea, and try to set up the fruit accordingly. Other times I just like the composition - and the title pops into my head once the "personality" of the fruit has emerged. On these, the white of the paper is left untouched. I spot varnish only the painted areas and it seems almost as it the image is printed or somehow appliqued to the surface of the paper.

This piece is available unframed now through me and later in the month it will be at West Village Provisions in West Boxford, MA.
Tentative - $30 + $2.50 shipping in the US
(please contact me for international shipping)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Victorious - Small ACEO original painting of candy

3.5 x 2.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Another little ACEO-sized piece by special request.

Next up ....some 4x6's for the pop-up art shop this weekend. Keeping me busy......all kinds of fun stuff coming up soon!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Kissing Up, Too - Candy Themed ACEO Painting SOLD

Kissing Up, Too
2.5 x 3.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Two little ACEOs coming up by special request from a very patient collector. It feels like it has been a while since I have done anything this size - but with holiday shows coming up, I had better work on a few! I also forgot how much I like the effect of acrylic on watercolor paper. Hmmm... something I might have to play with again some time.

I'm taking a little break from preparing exhibition entries to do a few little pieces - some by special request, some for holiday markets, and some for restocking at West Village Provisions. This almost feels relaxing after the craziness since late August! I'm trying not to commit to too many events around the holidays, but I am adding some new ones this year. Stay tuned for details.....