Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 30 - Off the Vine ACEO Pumpkin Painting SOLD

Off the Vine
3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Day 30! I actually did it - 30 Paintings in 30 Days! Yes, some of the paintings were pretty small, but I am happy that I was able to keep up. Thanks for the great challenge, Leslie Saeta!

Now to get some sleep.......

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Day 29 - Small Still Life with Candy

Colorful Collection
3 x 4 inches
acrylic on 3/8" canvas

One more little candy painting for Positive Images Gallery! Colorful jellybeans = cheerful painting, right?!

Can't believe it is already Day 29 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge. Thanks to Leslie Saeta for "hosting" - and coming up with the great idea. Lots of artists taking part this time around....and I am pleased that I was able to keep up! I did miss posting one day, but on another day I posted two paintings, so as long as I finish a painting tomorrow, I will indeed  have completed 30 paintings in 30 days. Yay!

For October.....well, I do hope to keep up the pace! I don't know if I will be as motivated to actually post each day, but we will see. And I want to get back to my "Inspiration Mondays" and "Work in Progress Wednesdays". I have a lot of painting to do this month - while I don't have any shows until November, I do have a whole bunch of gallery deadlines, a couple of commissions, and (as if I could forget!)  the holidays are coming up, too.....

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day 28 - Sugar Rush Small Candy Still Life Painting

Sugar Rush
4 x 3 inches
acrylic on 3/8" canvas

Thinking bright and colorful - and fun! More candy paintings, this time jellybeans on a little canvas.

This painting, along with the other candy paintings  (as well as some of my other works) will now be available at my newest venue: Positive Images Gallery on Wingate Street in Haverhill.
I'm excited to be a part of this great shop - a fun little gift gallery with local art and photos as well as some unique free trade gift ideas - and the best card collection around.
Be sure to check it out next time you visit Haverhill!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Day 27 - Tiny Landscape Painting

Summer's Hill
3 x 3 inches
acrylic on archival panel

Another one on the tiny panels!
I love this hill at Veasey Park in Groveland, Massachusetts. I paint it often. I have been driving by it a lot lately, hence this little piece. I do want to get out there to paint en plein air very soon - the autumn show of color is just starting around here.....

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day 26 - Tiny Landscape Painting

Maine Meadow
3 x 3 inches
acrylic on archival canvas panel

A little tiny landscape!
 I painted this on a tiny handmade acid-free canvas panel that I bought from 417canvassupply on Etsy and framed it with one of the wonderful handmade frames from RusticandRefined (also on Etsy). I sold a bunch of these little gems at the Apple Festival last weekend, so now I am making up a few for the Newburyport Art Association's gift shop. I was happy to see that a couple of my paintings in the gift shop had sold, so I dropped off some new work today.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Day 25 - Small Painting of Candy Still Life ACEO

Dot to Dot
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

More candy......I had forgotten how much fun it is to paint candy!
And of course my kids like it too - guess who gets the studio models?!   ;-)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Season Premiere of NBC's "Parenthood" and Why Should I Care?

This Thursday night is the season's premiere of Parenthood on NBC.

I don't even watch tv, so why should I care?

Because the set designer for the show bought this painting from me:

10 x 8 inches
acrylic on canvas

and NBC sent me a contract for permission to use it on the set!

Pretty exciting, right?!!

So if any of you watch "Parenthood", keep an eye out for my little red and yellow painting - and please let me know if you spot it!!!

Day 24 - Candy Counter Small ACEO Painting

Candy Counter
3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches 
acrylic on watercolor paper

Day 24 - can't believe there is less than a week of the 30 Day Painting Challenge left!

I haven't painted candy in a while, so here are some new ones for a new venue. Information coming soon....

Monday, September 23, 2013

Day 23 - Signs of Summer Small ACEO Painting SOLD

Signs of Summer
3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Another Benson's painting....everyone is trying to get in one last bit of summer before the fall takes over. Benson's has moved into their fall flavors - baked apple, pumpkin, etc. They use local fruit to make their "native fruit" flavors, and they are spectacular  ;-)

I have some exciting things coming up - hope to share more information soon!

Thanks for stopping by  ;-)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Day 22 - Small Fruit Still Life

A Little Competition
6 x 4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Day 22 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge! Hard to believe there is just over  a week left.
It has been a great exercise - not only in motivating me to get the work finished, but also in disciplining me to post each painting. I do intend on getting back to my "Inspiration Mondays" and "Work in Progress Wednesdays" once the challenge is over.

It has been a super crazy couple of weeks...lots of shows and deadlines all while the kids were trying to get back into the school routine and all of their activities. Yesterday was my last outdoor show for the season. I keep getting tempted to pick up one more, but I think I need to take a few weeks to catch up - and paint like crazy before the holidays are here. My local shops are all asking for new stock for next month, too - so I will still be pretty busy!

I did get to end my summer show schedule with a really great one. The Boxford Apple Festival yesterday was a lot of fun. It was a beautiful day, and wonderful to see so many familiar faces. Thank you to everyone who made it out.

A Little Competition is available here.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Day 20 and 21 - Two New Little Paintings

Autumn Leaf 2
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Salsa Dance
6 x 4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Is it cheating to post  both days at once?

I actually had the paintings done yesterday, but I had stayed up waaaaaaayyyyy too late getting ready for today's show. Now I am so exhausted that I can hardly string two sentences together. Hence the short post. I have to admit that I am so glad that this crazy week is now over!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Day 19 - Autumn Leaf ACEO Painting

Autumn Leaf 1
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Yes, the first touches of fall.....
A couple autumn leaves (and a super-quick post) as I am trying to round out my display for this weekend's Apple Festival. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Day 18 - Sauced - Small Apple Still Life Painting

6 x 4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Hard to believe it is Day 18 of the 30 Day Challenge! This month sure is flying by.....

I thought some apples would be appropriate for the upcoming Boxford Apple Festival. I've been absolutely addicted to our local apples the last few weeks. It's starting to feel like Fall around here!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Day 17 - Two Small Blueberry Paintings

Wild Blueberries 1
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Wild Blueberries 2
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Not one, but TWO paintings for Day 17. These botanicals are small and relatively quick. I wanted to have a few for the upcoming Boxford Apple Festival. I'm thinking about making a few sets of these in mats (think one blueberry painting, one strawberry, one raspberry, etc.) available for purchase around the holidays. What do you think?

The Apple Festival is this Saturday, September 21st. Hope you can drop by if you are near Boxford, Massachusetts!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Day 16 - Receding Tide Small Seascape Painting

Receding Tide 
3-1/2 x 2-1/2  inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

More beaches, I know....always relaxing to paint (and to look at!) I needed this as a bit of a break from bigger projects.

I delivered this piece - along with 29 other paintings (!) to the Topsfield Fair yesterday. If my two larger works are accepted into the Professional Division of the Fine Arts competition, then the other 28 pieces will be available in the Coolidge Hall Art Room October 4-14th.
There are a lot of art lovers in attendance at the Fair and sales are always brisk, so be sure to check it out early on during the Fair's run if you are local.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Day 15 - Small Painting of Sign

3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Yes, I have done this sign before. Many versions as a matter of fact. But it is very popular with the locals - especially as a gift to people who have moved away - so it is hard for me to say "no" when people ask for more! And there will probably be still a few more of these done this week as I prepare for the local Apple Festival.

Day 15! Can't believe we are already halfway through the 30 Day Painting Challenge. And I have only missed one day so far - yay!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Day 14 - Small Field Landscape Painting

Passing Field
4 x 6 inches
acrylic on canvas panel

Day 14 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge....I love seeing all the colors in the fields as I drive by them.....I'm the one with  my face pressed to the window, taking it all  in (when someone else is driving, of course!). I keep returning to the field as subject matter - trying to capture a bit of their beauty.

This piece is going to the Art Room at Coolidge Hall for the duration of the Topsfield Fair. I'm spending tonight finishing matting, shrink wrapping and packing up a big pile of work to deliver tomorrow. Be sure to stop by if you are at the Fair!

Soliloquy - Small Still Life Painting, 30 Day Painting Challenge

7 x 5 inches
acrylic on gessobord panel

Day 13 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge....just a super quick entry as I am sneaking this one in just under the wire.......

Playing with light and shadows and all the crazy reflections on the vase. This is going to be one of my entries for the Topsfield Fair. More info to come!

Thanks for looking at my work!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Elemental Effects for Day 11 of the Painting Challenge

Elemental Effects
8 x 10 inches
acrylic on canvas

Day 11 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge:

I am still hanging in there - more then 1/3rd of the way through the month
This piece will be available at MixtMedia Gallery in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

And, yes, I have a thing for peeling paint......

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Days 9 and 10 - Strawberries!

Sweet Berries
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Strawberry Swing
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

I'm sneaking in two at once - just too tired to finish posting things last night.....

Just a few new little ones while I am working on a slightly larger piece...all for the upcoming Topsfield Fair. The event is a big agricultural fair that runs for 10 days each fall. There are various exhibitions and demonstrations besides all the normal fair events and I like to participate in the art exhibit each year. Besides the exhibit itself, there is an "art room" at Coolidge Hall where small pieces of art are available for sale. These two pieces will be available in the art room, or else you can purchase them before the Fair here.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sebois River - Small Landscape Paitning

Sebois River
6 x 4 inches
acrylic on canvas panel

Day 8!
I'm still here....and hoping to get a tiny bit ahead in the upcoming days.....the River Ruckus is over (and it was a lot of fun!!!) and I am dropping of work for a show tomorrow, and another drop off at the end of the week. Schedule is pretty crazy......

This painting is the Sebois River in Maine from the snowmobile bridge crossing the river. It is available here.

Day 7 - Quiet Beach Tiny Seascape Painting

Quiet Beach
3 x 3 inches
acrylic on archival canvas panel

Okay, it actually early in the morning on Day 8 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge, but who's counting, right? I had this one done ahead of time and ready to post, but the family came up to the end of the Haverhill River Ruckus last night so we stayed to watch the fireworks. By the time I got home, unloaded the car from the show and then processed my credit card sales (yes, I know, I need a Square!) I was just too tired to post. So you will end up getting two posts today!

This is another tiny little painting. I got these great acid free handmade canvas panels from Springfield Canvas Supply. These are wonderful, great for traveling and plein air work - I got a few different sizes to try them out and they are so much  better quality than typical canvas panels. I am making these little 3 x 3 paintings available framed in a black wood frame with a one inch border. I need to take photos with the frames, because they are adorable  ;-)

Anyways, the framed piece is available here. And now to move on to Day 8......

Friday, September 6, 2013

Day 6 - Rushing In Landscape Painting

Rushing In 
8x8 inches
acrylic on canvas

It's Day 6 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge!

Just  a quick post....I am packing for the River Ruckus in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Come see me at the Arts Faire at 90 Washington Street from 2 to 7. This painting will be available at MixtMedia Gallery in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Day 5 - On the Golden Road - tiny landscape

On the Golden Road
3 x 3 inches
acrylic on archival canvas panel

A tiny little landscape for Day 5 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge. I love these tiny hand made panels, and I have some wonderful hand made 3 x 3 frames to put them in! I have great fun doing these tiny pieces from time to time. The 30 Day Painting Challenge helps me remember that it is okay to sneak in these little tiny ones from time to time  - they help me to keep up with the challenge, plus they are a lot of fun to paint.

Busy, busy week/weekend, Dropping off work for three different shows, plus the Haverhill River Ruckus this weekend. Bittersweet, too - as the kids head back to school and summer break is officially over.....

This tiny original is available here.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Day 4 - Falling Down - Landscape Painting

Falling Down
8 x 8 inches
acrylic on canvas

It's Day 4 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge!

Today's entry is a piece I have been working on for MixtMedia's next exhibition. The theme is "The Four Elements" and I have chosen Water as my inspiration for two pieces. I was in Maine when I heard about the theme for the show, and the next day I was sitting at Shin Falls as my kids were playing in the water and I was racking my brain for inspiration. I looked up at the falls, and thought " doesn't get more elemental than that!"

The show opens on September 20, 2013, with a reception from 6-8pm. Hope you can check it out!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Day 3 - Location, Location

Location, Location
3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Day 3 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge... this is a little scene from a street corner in Haverhill, Massachusetts. I am getting ready for the Haverhill River Ruckus this weekend! A fun day for all ages, one of the most popular events is a Rubber Ducky Regatta  ;-) There will be an Arts Faire happening at 90 Washington Street from 2-7pm. Be sure to stop by and say hi!
Location, Location - $15 + $2 shipping in the US
(please contact me for international shipping)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Day 2 - Benson's Commission

5 x 7  inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Day 2 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge:

Benson's Ice Cream in West Boxford is quickly becoming one of my most popular subjects! This painting was created as a commission for someone who is planning on giving it as a gift to a family member. I actually took my kids to Benson's yesterday......fresh homemade red raspberry ice cream made with local berries.......yum!

Are you interested an original custom piece of your own? (They make great holiday gifts!  ;-) Email me and we can talk about it!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Day 1 Rolling In - Small Beach Landscape

Rolling In
4 x 3 inches
acrylic on 1/2" canvas

Okay, I decided to dive right in.......(it is a beach scene after all, right?) I am going to take part once again in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I tried the last time - but it was while I was working on some more involved gallery pieces and I only managed to make it to about 20. So - I'm giving it another try, and let's see if I can do any better this time! I have an awful lot of work to do in the next month, so hopefully the challenge will keep me focuses. We will see!

Anyways, this is a little beach scene on a tiny canvas - a great little piece to put on a stand or a mini easel right on your desk so you can take a little vacation in your mind whenever you want to.....
Rolling In - $30 + $3 shipping in the US
(please contact me for international shipping)