Saturday, July 27, 2019

Summer Shows

The summer is heating up here in the North East!

I've been crazy busy with family stuff, new exhibitions and venues, and lots of commissions. I frequently get asked where people can see my work in person next, so this is just  a little update on my shows for this summer.

Due to family schedules, I am doing fewer fairs and festivals this year. There are still plenty of opportunities to see my work locally - plus I am always happy to schedule studio visits to my studio in downtown Haverhill - just email me to let me know you are interested!


Anyways - exhibits for this summer:

New Hampshire Arts Association at the Sheafe Warehouse
Prescott Park Arts Festival
June 18 - August 25

Greater Haverhill Arts Association Juried Member Exhibit
at the Senate Lobby at the Boston State House
June 21 - August 23

Summer Member Exhibit
Marblehead Art Association
June 22 - August 4

Greater Haverhill Arts Association Members Exhibit
at the Hamilton-Wenham Library
July 1 - August 27

Grass Roots: Emerging Artist Exhibit
Rockport Art Association & Museum
July 13 - August 5

National Association of Woman Artists, MA Chapter
Extremes and In-Betweens
Rocky Next Art Colony
August 1 - September 1

I will be releasing info on my fall fairs very soon!
I am also in the midst of revamping my website, blog and emails - stay tuned...more info to come....

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Painting a Nocturne

Painting "Liquors" - 16 x 12", acrylic on panel.....

I have wanted to try a nocturne for a while. The glow of the neon in the Liquors sign at Crispys in Beverly, MA drew my attention as I drove home after dropping off some art and decided I was up for the challenge!

I sketch the composition out first in pencil, and then in ultramarine blue paint.



Sometimes my first pass is flat local color. Other times, especially when I feel that value is going to play a big part in the final piece, I do more of a value study - which I can then layer the color on top.


Starting first layers of color


A few more layers.....

And then the finished piece:


"Liquors" will be avaiable at this weekend's Essex County Greenbelt Association's Art in the Barn, 82 Eastern Ave., Essex, MA

Friday, June 7th: 10am - 3pm
Friday, June 7th - Public Reception: 5 - 8:30 pm.
    Live music, food trucks, beer & wine
Saturday, June 8th: 10am - 5pm
    Live music, kids' activities
Sunday, June 9th: 10am - 5pm

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Welcoming April with 2 New Exhibitions!

Two opening exhibitions to start off the month right....

I am very excited that my painting "The Best" was juried into the 33rd Annual Omer T. Lassonde Juried Exhibition at the New Hamsphire Art Association!


The show opens on April 3rd with a reception on April 5, from 5-8pm, and runs through the 27th. The NHAA is located in Portsmouth, NH.

Opening on April 5th, with a reception on Saturday, April 6 from 7-9pm is the Newburyport Art Association's Spring Members Open Exhibit. The painting I will be exhibiting there is "Dyno Records", a 12 x 12" acrylic painting of one of the long-time downtown Newburyport businesses:


Hope you can check out one (or both!) of these shows if you are local. If you want more information about either of these paintings, please contact me!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Realism Guild - and Show!

So many shows and exciting events to write about....I'm going to try to just take one at a time!

For this post, I am excited to announce that I have been juried into membership of the International Guild of Realism! One of my goals for this year was to push myself a little to apply to shows and organizations outside of my immediate area. I figured this Guild was a bit of a reach - a number of artists whose work I really admire and look up to are members. I was thrilled to get accepted! You can check out the website HERE - be sure to take a look at the members' work - very inspiring stuff!

The Guild has a few juried gallery shows each year - and have just added an online winter exhibition. I am very excited to not only be accepted into the Guild, but also got a painting juried into the Winter show.


"Cherry Bomb" 11 x 14in, acrylic on canvas

"Cherry Bomb" was accepted into the 2019 IGOR Winter Salon Online Exhibition! You can see the entire show HERE - my painting is in the still life category. Lots of amazing work there - hope you can take a few minutes and look around.

The show will be online until May 20th.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Feeling "Deserted" - New Work and New Show

Deserted, 10 x 10 inches, acrylic on panel

This was a tough one. I still love working with signs, but every now and then a building (or couple of buildings) catch my eye and stay in my mind. This was an old gas station, feeling forlorn and deserted on a city lot. In my mind I modified it a bit, including situating it in a much more lonely location. I wrestled with this one a bit, trying to get the look that was in my mind, but not really in my reference photos. Here are some process photos:



As you can see, I originally had more power lines - I was thinking of them of a way of showing connection - but I didn't think they really worked in the actual painting. Anyhow, after painting over the top half a few times - and spending way more time on it than I usually would for a 10x10" painting - I finally reached a resolution. I may revisit this some day as a larger piece to see if I can push it a little further. I find I am starting the year off with some challenges outside of my comfort zone, so stay tuned for more!

Happily this painting was juried in to the Newburyport Art Association's Winter Members Juried Show, Pt. 2. It will be on exhibit in Newburyport, Massachusetts through March 2. Please contact me if you would like more information about the painting or the show.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Looking Back - and Forward

"Restless"
one of my favorite paintings from late 2018

Happy New Year!

Hard to believe we are already well into 2019! I've had a busy holiday season, plus some family-related travel, so I am happy to finally be back in the studio for normal hours.

I have had some time to look back over 2018. Lots of changes and some new opportunities have come my way. I've completed a lot of of new work (though I haven't been particularly good about posting it online!) - and some of it going in new directions. I've joined some new art-related groups, including the Concord Art Association, and was juried into the New Hampshire Art Association. I have found some new sales venues - including a wonderful new partnership that I am very excited about with Helen Thomas Simpy Smashing in Andover, Mass. Helen Thomas is carrying a line of my prints as well as a number of originals,  both large and small. It is a wonderful store with lots of home decor items, original art and fun gift ideas. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Part of my holiday display at Helen Thomas Simply Smashing

Looking forward.....I have so many painting ideas! Can't wait to share them with you. I will be looking for more venues to sell my work and reach more people. I plan to post more consistently so that you will know where you can find my work. And I look forward to hearing  more from you - your feedback, your ideas  your stories. I love connecting with my collectors! Feel free to contact me via email or social media. Follow me on instagram to get a peek at what is happening in my studio and the latest works in progress. And join my email list for announcements and new work and occasional special subscriber deals. 

And finally, a big, heartfelt thanks to all of YOU for a great 2018 - I couldn't do it without your support!  I can't wait to see what the new year brings!