House portrait finished

This project has been a fun one. The version pictured here is the final piece delivered. I like the colors and the huge variations from the original photograph. This rich saturated color is the direction I feel best working in. Let me know if you have any comments!

In about two weeks I will start posting my work on e-bay. Check back. I am sure there will be something fun.



House portrait underpainting

Today I continued working on a second newer painting of the same house I had started on another canvas a fews ago. I reached a point in the first painting and could tell I had gotten too tight.... so I started the second one and like it much better. The loose brush and the full color of the underpainting are really invigorating, and I want to add only minimal color at this point to smooth out the intensity of the red and still keep it playful and rich. When my client sees the two paintings... she will have a choice. Pretty cool. One thing I have found is I can never tell what someone else is going to like and what a good thing that is. The expectations could overwhelm me. This piece is acrylic on 18x24 canvas. I will have the finished piece tomorrow.


A pleasant surprise today

This morning I went to the Divine Cafe and Grille for breakfast. I love the owners and folks there... they are all really great people and their mission is to make good food with the least impact on the environment possible. I came to know them in August 2007 when they were building and getting ready to open. At that time I asked the owner, Bonnie, if she had plans for the walls and showed her my work. Our energies meshed well and it has been a nice journey since then. I have been their artist since the first day. Today, as I entered, a friend who had just finished breakfast with her family, approached me and said she wanted to purchase a painting there... she did.... I am honored.
The painting shown here, Out My Back Window, is not the one sold today, but is a new one just finished last week. It was fun to paint. I like the color. Hope you enjoy it!


My First Day

This blog is a part of a new adventure for me. For about a year and a half now I have been producing my own work to exhibit and show. I have been inspired by many artists - some here in New Hampshire, some in museums, some on the internet. I have been particularly fascinated by the artists of the painting a day practice. I admire them and I can see with my own work the results that come from following a goal to produce on a regular basis... only good things...even if the painting is bad, the true results are good. I learn more about who I am, what I can achieve, and how good it feels to paint when I know what I am putting down is right.

I owe this beginning of my online communication to my husband who has put everything in place to help me get started. He also doubles as what he and I call "The Art Advisory Board".... you know... the other set of eyes that helps you realize what your paintings are actually saying. He has supported me while I have changed gears from teaching private art classes for ten years to producing and exhibiting my own work.

The first painting I am posting is "Color on the Table" because it is representative of the looseness, the color, and the energy that I want to have everyday when I get to the easel. I did this painting last year and I think about it frequently when I ask myself "what is the goal?"

Two other people I must mention so they know how much they have influenced me are my friends Dale and Lisa. Dale, an artist herself, is constant artistic encouragement. And Lisa, a designer, can network a room of people so everyone in it feels like they are all each other's best friends. Both of them have been strong associates in business and friendship.

Please, save my site and check back often... more is coming. Thank you for looking. I hope you enjoy my work.