OK, so it's not really abstract, or even close to it, but I've removed enough of the actual elements of this funny building in North Truro, MA to make it seem that way. What an odd structure! I think it must have been added on to, numerous times, as it no longer follows any architectural style that I'm familiar with. So, I present to you "A House in Truro". Oil on wood, 18" x 18". Available. Available. Contact me for pricing info.
One day, when my son was four, we had to drive through a down-at-the-heels part of a nearby city. "Where ARE we??" he whined. "Well, this is the seedy (CD) side of town," I told him. "Then, let's go to the AB side right away," was his plea. Recently, I drove members of my extended family by this sad building, one I've painted twice, on our way to Belle Isle Seafood in Winthrop, MA. When I made them slow down to fully appreciate the mood and character of the neighborhood, I knew what they were thinking — the thing a lot of people think about artists. What caught MY eye? The red building, blue door and yellow hydrant. So, I painted it twice, because I had to, and now they are both in their forever homes. Maybe, I'll paint it one more time.
If you're in my area, please plan to visit my studio this Saturday and Sunday, 12-5PM. Framed and unframed original art in Oil & Pastel; 2016 Desk Calendars, note cards. My sister, Jane, will be exhibiting original paintings and prints, cards, and taking orders for house and pet portraits. For a map and list of all participating artists, visit: http://www.actonopenstudios.org
Somehow, I often seem to be attracted to an uphill view when choosing a painting subject. This commission in progress is an uphill view of a local farm. The photo is obviously crooked, taken on the fly with my phone.
My original goal here was to present works in progress, and now, after a ridiculously busy summer and early Fall, I'm attempting to get closer to achieving that goal. Here's an oil, in progress, from a day I spent at West Parish Cemetery, a beautiful and peaceful place in my hometown of Andover, MA.
As I mull over some critical decisions, like what song to choose for the mother-son dance at the wedding, my painting time in the studio right now is minimal. I'm framing like mad for the upcoming WCSH6 Sidewalk Art Festival on August 22, as well as taking a trip South for a family reunion at Pawley's Island, hosting a wedding celebration in our yard, and finally, opening up the studio to the public on October 17 and 18. A painting on the iPad, usually done at my kitchen table, is a spontaneous way to express myself without getting at all messy or using up precious art supplies. "August Observation" takes a look at a pot of fading summer flowers against a backdrop of lush, deep greens as summer winds down.
Yes, it seems as though I've slowed down here this summer. Actually, I've been very busy traveling to Asia and Cape Cod, getting ready for a solo show in Provincetown; plus taking classes, painting in the studio and now, preparing for a September wedding here on our property as well as getting geared up for teaching three or four courses this Fall. Here's a piece I've been working on, one of an ongoing series featuring our silly rescue, Mack. Another session or two and this will be ready for prime time, I think!