Sunday, November 24, 2019

Best in Acrylic Award!

So excited to win an award at the Newburyport Art Association's Fall Members Juried Show, Pt. 2!
"1 Hr. Service" won the Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation Award for Best in Acrylic.

This was a fun one to paint. I started it a while back (it was actually used in a photo shoot for the local paper when I was first working on it!)

Here are a few "in progress" pics:

With this kind of piece, I lay out the big shapes and colors first, adjusting the composition and all the "parts" before I start getting into all of the fun details of the bulbs, rust, peeling paint, etc. It the basic composition under the whole thing doesn't work, the finished piece won't be very successful - no matter how much detail I lay on top.

The sign is from Roberts Cleaners in Lynn, Mass. It has all of my favorite features - great colors and shapes, colored  light bulbs, and -of course- neon. I have sketched out a number of different compositions with it, so expect to see  more paintings of it!

The show at the NAA ended this weekend, so the painting is back in my studio for the moment. Please contact me if you want any more information about it!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

This Weekend!

Ready for a bunch of art this weekend?

First off - come find me at the Boxford Apple Festival on Saturday, September 21 from 10am -3:30pm on Elm Street in East Boxford. It's an old-fashioned community festival - and fun for the whole family. It is one of the very few festivals I will be doing this fall, so I hope to see you there!

And two shows opening at the Newburyport Art Association! Here I am showing you my pieces for both shows.
"1 Hr. Service"

will be in the Master Artist Exhibition through September 29. I am proud and excited to be part of this inaugural group of artists given the level of Master Artist at the NAA.

"Lake Therapy"

is my entry for the Fall Members Show on exhibit through October 12.

Opening reception for both shows is on Saturday, September 21 7-9pm at the Newburyport Art Association in Newburyport, MA.

And finally. a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to my Open Studio during the very first Haverhill Art Walk last weekend. It was a lot of fun!! You can check out the album of wonderful photos from the evening on The Switchboard's Facebook page HERE.

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.