Surface Tension

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Surface Tension

Bubbles are irresistible to almost any human being. Frankly, I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t get a little charge out of them. Charlotte is a serious aficionado. I have a whole bunch of photos of her blowing, or trying to blow bubbles so there’s a chance there might be a whole series of paintings along these lines.
Bubbles seem to be some kind of a miracle. They appear magically, bidden by the gentlest breath, float expertly on the slightest breeze and end by a teensy but rather alarming explosion (or murderous assassination) which both delights...

Looking For Turtles

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Looking For Turtles

Over the past seven years I’ve dipped my toe in and out of portraiture. It’s a bit intimidating trying to make a likeness of someone but I think I’ve achieved that. So, to change things up I’ve decided to look at it from a different angle.
I have three highly individual grandchildren, as children are. They range from unabashed star of the show to reluctant model, with another in-between, both literally and figuratively. Stuffed animals, superheroes, sippy cups, stethoscopes, Legos, glitter glue, pirates, tea sets, puzzles, books and nerf...

Motivation

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Motivation

As I wrote in my last post I am participating in a show at a local museum featuring modern interpretations of works in the museum’s permanent collection. The etching I selected is of a demure girl of her time by William Paxton titled Portuguese Girl. In response to the etching I decided to paint a demure woman, but of the modern ilk and a Boston Red Sox fan to boot!
People often ask me how long a painting takes. I try to give it a range. Someone once suggested I work in a public setting. Yikes! I think watching me paint would be like, well,...

Character Development

Sunday, December 1, 2019
Character Development

When I first started painting in earnest, and by that, I mean spending a good chunk of my waking time in the pursuit of my craft, one of the concepts I found elusive was the idea of creating a “body of work.”
I wasn’t particularly interested in tying myself down to only painting one subject or to limit myself to only landscapes or unicorns or just one color. I embrace change in the rest of my life, so why not in the studio?
As it happens, I have naturally slipped into painting two main subjects, flowers and children. Yes, the random...

Morning Middle

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Morning Middle

On Day II of their parents’ mental health weekend we woke to a beautiful morning. The little one found her bubbles and wanted to blow some so I shepherded her outside, her brothers followed. Brother James picked up a bat and started hitting balls (at the house, got that fixed). William sat pensively, not quite awake yet.
He pulled himself into a compact form. I snapped his photo. The photo became a painting.
Being the youngest child myself, I cannot lay claim to first-hand knowledge of the middle child experience. They’re often pegged...

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