Saturday, March 12, 2016

Work Shop Time

I am off tomorrow to an Elio Comacho workshop and am so looking forward to it. I have not had much time to paint lately so this is just what I need. Here is one of the painting from his last workshop. I can't wait to see what I bring home this time.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Simonetta Vespucci

Just last week a friend of mine and fellow Pieces of Eight,  Fay Picardi, had a book launch.  She has written a wonderful book about this beautiful, mysterious, elusive woman although she was really just a girl, dying at 22. 
Not much is known about her except she so inspired Botticelli he painted her several times most famously as Venus rising from the Sea.  He asked to be buried at her feet when he died.  She captivated the de' Medici's , half of Florence, was renowned for her beauty and kindness but still remains an elusive mystery.
All of our group did some kind of painting or collage for the launch, which was a lot of fun.  I did a  collage in encaustic wax.  I really wanted something ethereal and otherworldly.  I loved the effect, it did have that mysterious quality.
If anyone is interested in a really good read the book is titled Simonetta by Fay Picardi and is available on Amazon.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


I attended a wonderful workshop with Elio Camacho, an artist from California, about a week ago.  One of his many strengths is color.  He creates the most beautiful colors I have ever seen.  One of my main objectives was to learn as much about color as I could and interestingly enough the first painting I did was in black and white.  I realized after watching his demo and listening to his comments as he painted that I really need to learn about value then color would follow.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fall Marsh Scene

This is a painting of the Ipswich MA marshes  I did a few years ago.  I always loved the way the grasses turned as the weather got colder.  The trees around the marsh area would turn color, the sky would be bluer with less clouds and the grass would turn the most interesting shades of orange, yellow and brown.
This was painted on a 6x12" canvas, which is really small but it always had a panoramic feeling to it.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Collage Day II

This is the end result of my Woodpecker from collage day.  I found some fun papers and of course deviated from the exact painting and photo but that seems to be a given when you are collaging.  It is easy to get distracted by different papers because of their textures or eye appeal. 



Monday, July 6, 2015

Collage Day

Thursday was my day to lead the group and I thought instead of painting it would be fun to do a collage.  We hadn't had a collage day in quite a while.  I have a basket of papers I use.  Some of the papers are tissue, some designer , some hand painted.  I even have pages from books in different languages, sheet music and odds and ends I have picked up along the way.  I only keep as many as will fit into my basket so I can carry everything I need in one container.
I brought in several photos, acrylic paints for the under paintings, brushes and the binding medium.  The panels I brought were small but because we were doing an under painting then the collage I thought we might need a few weeks to complete our projects.  Although we made a lot of progress we didn't quite finish so next week I will post photos of our final results.
When I got home I decided to keep collaging.  I wanted to finish my group project with the group so I looked around for something else.  I found a photo Kathy had given us awhile ago to paint and I decided to collage my little bird instead.
The first photo is the one Kathy gave us, the second is my under painting and the third is the start of my collage.
original photo

under painting

start of the collage

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Southern Accents Quilt show

This week I went to a wonderful quilt show at the Ruth Funk Textile Museum.  We are so lucky to have such a little gem of a museum here.  I am always amazed at the wondrous cornucopia of ideas brewing in an artists mind and the patience and love of craft it takes to bring these visions forth.
The varied ideas, colors, motifs, textures and use of materials were a pleasure.
Here are a few photos from that show.