Saturday, September 24, 2016

Feeling Happy

This image caught my eye as I was headed to Spring Bull Gallery for gallery night. I passed by on my way to get a coffee and noticed the light on the wall and the amazing cast shadows of the hanging basket. The wrought iron bench lent the perfect geometry and contrast of hard edges to the composition and I stopped for a few photos. I knew I had to paint it and though I mainly work from direct observation- this time the photo would be my reference. No regrets!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Gallery Night Demo

I volunteered to paint at Spring Bull Gallery on Gallery Night; being prepared helps so much with getting the jitters under control. I also got a rough start on my painting before the actual start of the event so I wouldn't be working from an entirely blank canvas. What helps you when you do a painting demo?

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Beach Studio Artists

I'm part of a group show that's going on for the month of September at Spring Bull Gallery  in Newport, RI.
One of my paintings is a view from the studio door- we are located on the second floor of a cool building so close to the beach. Hence our name Beach Studios!

12x24 oil on canvas. I used the verticality of the canvas to emphasize my perspective of looking down to the street view and the New Mexican restaurant- Diego's Bodega that has recently opened next door to the studio. Yum. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to the Garden

Have been exploring the still life en plein air- how ever changing natural light affects temperature shifts in color. Painting from direct observation sharpens my abilities to see nuance.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Narragansett Bay

Will never tire of being close to the water- whether tranquil as glass, choppy or rough I love the smell, the colors and the endless rhythm.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Many childhood summers were spent playing on these rocks in Jamestown, my grandmothers house on Narragansett Bay, staring into tidal pools and collecting mussels. The mussels are all gone but the rocks and my memories remain.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Inspired right where I am

Plein air from my deck. Love painting on location but there's something to be said for stay and paint- right where you are! The most inspiring spot can be right in front of you!