Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Johnson's Farm - Small ACEO Painting of Raspberries

Johnson's Farm
3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Well, since I had the blueberries and strawberries going, I had to add some raspberries. This one sold as soon as I got it into the frame  ;-)
I enjoy doing these little botanical pieces....maybe a few more in the future? What do you think?

By the way, the title is kind of an obscure reference to Prince's "Raspberry Beret". I couldn't resist!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Living is Easy - ACEO Painting, Small Strawberry Painting

Living is Easy
2-1/2 x 3-1.2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Some strawberries to go with yesterday's blueberries....and yes, I couldn't get "Strawberry Fields" out of my head while I painted this one.....

Available soon in my Etsy Shop.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Touch of Blue - Small ACEO Painting, Botanical Art Blueberries

Touch of Blue
3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Yes, it seems like I totally bailed on the 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge!
But, quite honestly, the paintings have been getting done, and I just have not had the time to post them. One festival after another - and some tight deadlines as well - had led to some crazy busy days (and nights!) lately. Still - lots of painting getting done, just not much computer time to post it all.

The last outdoor festival for me for the season was this past weekend. Every weekend this month has been filled with art-related fairs and other venues, but now I will slow down a bit as my kids' schedules get busier - and I start to prepare for the holiday (!) craziness.

And for those of you who have purchased my little painted canvas ornaments in the past....I'm not sure that I will be posting many of them here on my blog this year. If you are interested in the ornaments, please keep an eye on my Etsy shop (there is a separate ornament section that I will be adding to shortly) or you can email me to see what is available.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Spring Start - Small Acrylic Painting, Floral Art Purple Crocuses

Spring Start
6 x 4 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Crazy busy weekend- and week! - so I have fallen behind on  posting my 30 paintings in 30 days.
And the craziness isn't going to let up quite  yet!

Had a great day at the Haverhill Art Festival on Saturday - except when my tent blew over, that is. And this coming Saturday is the Boxford Apple Festival! Lots of fun stuff to do in the fall in New England.

This little floral will be available in the Art Room in Coolidge Hall at the Topsfield Fair through October 13th.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pretty Peppers - Small Acrylic Painting, Still Life of Peppers, Kitchen Art

Pretty Peppers
6 x 6 inches 
acrylic on gessobord panel

Can't stay away from all the lovely local produce.....my favorite time of year.

Quick post as I am getting ready for the Haverhill Art Festival tomorrow. Eeeeeeek!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Clustered - Small Original Painting ACEO, Still Life Painting of Grapes

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

A little ACEO for Day 9 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge. I am trying to finish up a commission today as well....

This piece will be available in the Art Room in Coolidge Hall at the Topsfield Fair, October 3-13.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trouble - Small Still Life Painting, Colorful Kitchen Art

4 x 4 inches
acrylic on cradled panel

Yes, this one gave me a little "trouble" - but the title mostly refers to the fact I was listening to Joni Mitchell's "Trouble Child" while I was painting this  ;-)

Day 8 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge - I have a few bigger pieces that need to get done this week, plus prepping for the Haverhill Art Association Art Festival this coming weekend. I just may fall behind here, but I will keep up with the challenge the best I can......

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Last Two - Small Painting, Original Kitchen Art, Contemporary Still Life Painting with Strawberries

Last Two
4 x 4 inches
acrylic on cradled panel

Love these little 4x4 panels! They are a great surface to paint on, and make super cute little paintings - and look great hung in groupings, They are also thick enough (3/4") that you can actually set them on a shelf or ledge. And of course I like doing the little food-themed still lifes - so they would naturally make great kitchen art. Maybe a unique gift idea for the holidays or hostess gift as well.

This is day 7 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge.... and this little painting will be available at Positive Images Gallery in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Friday, September 5, 2014

In A Round - Small Acrylic Painting, Original Kitchen Art Cherry Tomatoes

In A Round
4x4 inches
acrylic on cradled panel

More tomatoes! I've been buying tons of cherry tomatoes this year. So incredibly sweet and irresistible.

I'm loving these little kitchen paintings on the cradled panel - and they have been selling like hotcakes. They look so cute in a grouping - a great idea for kitchen decor. This piece is  now available at Positive Images Gallery in Haverhill, Massachusetts

The River Ruckus is tomorrow September 6th. Be sure to stop by the Sage Art Gallery, 136 Washington St in Haverhill to see the "Flow" exhibition and to check out my open studio in the back.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Summer Trio - Small ACEO Painting, Still Life Painting of Tomatoes

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

A little ACEO - perfect for the season! Been getting wonderfully field-ripe tomatoes from a nearby farm in the last week. Yum! And this is Day 4 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge.

This little guy will be matted and up for sale in the Art Room In Coolidge Hall at the Topsfield Fair in October.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meeting Shadows - ACEO Painting Haverhill Building Cityscape Landscape

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

Another little painting of a Haverhill building. I have painted this building a few times....I love the simplicity of the shapes and colors and how the light falls on it to make wonderful shadows.

I am busy getting ready for the River Ruckus in Haverhill this weekend. I am planning to hold an Open Studio at my studio at the Sage Art Gallery during the Juried Exhibition this Saturday, September 6th. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

On the Corner - Small ACEO Painting Cityscape, Old Woolworths Building in Haverhill, Massachusetts

On The Corner
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Day 2 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge. We are supposed to pick a theme....I considered going back to the "Things from my Kitchen" that I did for the Fun-A-Day Project in January since I had such a good time with that. Then I considered doing smaller versions of some of my "Roadside Retro" paintings as warmups for the shows I have coming up for that series. And then I considered doing a month of my mini ornament paintings to get ready for the holidays. But you know what?  September is such an incredibly crazy month for me, I didn't want to add to the stress. So basically my theme is just to "Get It Done". In whatever form it takes.

This is a familiar corner to people who live near Haverhill. It was once a Woolworths, but has been closed and empty for many decades. It is scheduled to be demolished this month as part of a new downtown development. I took a number of pictures around the back of the building, which I can see possibly becoming a series of its own at one point. I wish I had a chance to see the inside of the building before it goes.....

This piece is going to Positive Images Gallery on Wingate Street in Haverhill, Massachusetts later this week.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Side Entrance - Small ACEO Painting, Original Art Painting of Old New England House

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

A  little view of the side entrance of an old house that makes up part of the Boxford Town Library. I did a similar painting last year and was asked for one from a local friend. The older one had a few perspective issues that I wanted to address, so I decided to do a re-do instead of giving her the older one.

I enjoy painting old homes and buildings - especially the doorways which seem to lend so much of the character to a building. Sometimes just a little piece of the house - a doorway, an architectural detail - can make for a more interesting painting than including the entire building.

This is Day 1  of a new 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge from Leslie Saeta. I am going to try to keep up this month (this will be my third time entering the challenge!) but it will be a super busy month, so we will see how many paintings I actually complete.