Saturday, December 20, 2008

Number 2

This painting is oil on canvas and measures 30" x 30". I started with imagery of a wave with the intent of capturing the energy and power of a wave.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Number 1

As you can probably tell, I haven't titled this yet...as the paint is barely dry. This is 30" x 30" and part of a series.

Monday, November 24, 2008

WAVES

Well, I didn't realize how much work I had produced this Fall until I lined up all my recent paintings in the hallway of ArtSpace - 10 paintings! Three ocean/sky, two trees, and four wave paintings. I am trying to paint a large body of work encompassing earth, sky and water. When I started on the most recent wave paintings I kept painting on the realistic side and that is not what I had set out to do. I realize now that I had to study the mechanics and force of a wave in an observational way before I could ever "catch" (no pun intended!!) the wave in an abstract manner. What began as frustrating is now beginning to become fun. I'll leave it at that...check back later to get a peak at one of these new paintings!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Be There

This has been an incredible year for skies. This painting is 30" x 30".

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Meditation






Thought it would be fun to show a painting in stages...

This one was inspired by Spring, hope, the color green, renewal, balance, rebirth, peace...
It is SOLD.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Thank you!

THANK YOU to everyone who came to Open Studios this weekend. It was a great crowd. It was fun also for me to have my new studio mate, Sandy Wilensky, there. Sandy's paintings are the beautiful ocean inspired watercolors on the left side in the photo above. Thanks again.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Outer Beach IV

This painting is 30" square. It is part of my Outer Beach Series. It is sold.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Striped Bass


This is a triptych (three paintings that work together as one painting). Each square is 12" x 12" and together it measures 36"w x 12"h.SOLD.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Codman Pond II Sisters


I painting the canvas on the left last year. This summer, a collector requested a "sister" to Codman Pond II, so I painted the painting on the right. It was challenging to come up with the right colors and get the layering correct but, in the end, I was quite happy and so was the client - phew! Sold.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Stage Harbor

I painted this last Spring when I was working on a lot of very quiet paintings with very simple compositions. After months of painting quietly, I occasionally needed to paint in a loud, energetic, happy way. It was refreshing to paint in this style. This painting was inspired by the often crazy level of activity found in Stage Harbor in Chatham, MA on a busy summer weekend when everyone is scrambling to take advantage of being on the water on one of the all too few summer weekends. It always reminds me of that old movie, The Boatniks. This time of year, I miss those summer days of boating, though the colors of Fall and deepening light are beginning to capture my interest. This painting is 24" x 24" and was currently juried into the Frances N. Roddy Open Competition at the Concord Art Association. It is currently available for sale! Another painting from this "Summer Fun Series" was "It's the Best Time of the Year." SOLD.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Red Sky II

This is a second painting to go with Red Sky (seen earlier on this blog). It was a commission piece which I finished this summer. It is SOLD.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Open Studios 2008



It's that time of year again! Open Studios is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5. This is a great chance to see the artwork, studios and artists working at ArtSpace in Maynard. This is the only time during the year where the artist studios are all open to the public. It is kid friendly and a great event. Amy Goodwin, an artist at ArtSpace Maynard, designed this beautiful invitation. Check out her cool work at www.amygoodwin.typepad.com

Monday, September 8, 2008

9th Annual Frances N. Roddy Open Competition

Great news! My painting, Stage Harbor, was juried into the 9th Annual Frances N. Roddy Open Competition at the Concord Art Association www.concordart.org . The opening reception is this Thursday, September 11th, from 6-8pm. The show runs from September 11-October 12, 2008. The juror was Pamela Clark Cochrane, an independent curator and former director/owner, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Shimmer

This painting has so many layers of paint on it. To get the atmospheric quality, I painted both with brushes and palette knives and scraped and sanded over and over. At the end I applied many layers of glaze to get a really rich and Turner-like light. This painting has SOLD.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Red Sky

This painting is 20" x 20" and has been SOLD . This was inspired by an evening last summer where the sky truly seemed unbelievable. One of those moments where you feel you are witnessing something extra special.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

You are Invited!

Please come to the opening of The North East Prize Show at the Cambridge Art Association this Friday, May 30th, from 6-8pm.  My painting, juried in by Nicholas Baume, Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, "Outer Beach II" will be located at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery (there will also be work located at University Place.

For more info: www.cambridgeart.org  617-876-0246

Friday, May 16, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Great News!

I am so happy to report that my painting, Outer Beach II (shown on this blog), was accepted into Cambridge Art Association's annual NORTH EAST PRIZE SHOW. Over 800 pieces were submitted and the juror, Nicholas Baume (Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston), chose about 120 pieces.  Also juried into the show is a photo by another ArtSpace Maynard artist, Andrew Child.  http://andrewchildphotography.blogspot.com 

For more information about the show, including the opening reception (Friday, May 30, 6-8 pm), check out
www.cambridgeart.org or 617-876-0246.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Outer Beach III

This painting is part of the Outer Beach series. It is 20" x 20". This was one of those "happy accidents" we painters love. On this canvas must be at least 20 layers of paint among those being several abandoned "beginnings of a painting". I really played with sanding, glazing, and scraping. The orange flicker of light on the upper right side had to stay once it appeared. It is SOLD.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Outer Beach II

This painting is part of my new sky/water series. The light in this photo reminds me of the kind of evenings where being out on the water feels spiritual. The air is warm, but the chill of the Atlantic Ocean floats a light layer of fog just above it. The light is so subtle, almost mystical.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Clouds II

This painting is 24" x 24". It is from a new series on which I am working. I have been wanting to paint the simple combination of sky, land, sea and this is it. If you are familiar with my previous work, this series is quite a bit quieter than some of my past work. It is forcing me to explore different ways of applying paint. I enjoyed reading about how Turner tried to not capture how a scene looked but, how it felt to be experiencing the ocean and sky. This is also a fun series for me because my source is the outer beach off of Chatham, MA which is dear to my heart. It is truly a magical little strip of land that is constantly challenged and changed by the two powerful forces around it, air and water. It is SOLD. Stay tuned for more paintings from this series. Clouds I (previously posted) is also from this series. Photo credit: www.erikhansenphotography.com

Sunday, March 30, 2008

"Clouds I"



This is part of a new series that I am working on. Each painting in this series contains elements of sky, land and water. I wanted the challenge of painting a very simple composition and seeing where I could take it. In addition to the use of brushes and palette knives, glazes have been an integral part of this series. The reference I used is Chatham Harbor overlooking the outer beach. It is 24" x 24". I plan on posting more from this new series over the next few weeks. This painting is SOLD.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sailor's Delight


This is the painting, "Sailor's Delight" (30" x 40"), that I used for the postcard to my show, Hotscapes. The scene is a beautiful creek in South Chatham that leads out to Nantucket Sound. The light is always so beautiful and always changing here. It is a great spot to go crabbing, catch a fish, go oystering in January (yes, January!) or go birding. The pole in the distance, that kind of resembles a telephone pole, is actually an osprey nest. Among the many birds we see here are osprey, green herons, great blue herons, gulls, eider ducks, snowy egrets, hummingbirds (seen often hovering around the pinkish-lavender phlox that blooms in July), are just a few. I love this spot as it reminds me of the relaxed pace of summer and the after dinner walks where we capture nature at its best. The title comes from "Red sky at night, sailor's delight, red sky in morning, sailors take warning". Okay, now I am thoroughly done with this New England winter and ready to jump into summer!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Photo Shoot


This is from a series of photos that my friend and fellow ArtSpace artist, Andrew Child, took in October. The link to his website is http://www.andrewchildphotography.com/ .

Monday, March 24, 2008

Studio Happenings

Today I decided to show a bit of what is happening in my studio. I am currently finishing two commissions (1 striped bass and 1 landscape). I have also started two different series...one quiet series of sky, land, water and one abstract and playful series based on summertime on Cape Cod. I have been taking Abstract Painting at DeCordova this winter and it has really given me a lot to think about.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Stage Harbor Creek


Snow? Snow! Snow#$%@! It is snowing here this morning. I am VERY ready for some color. As a landscape artist, I am inspired by what I see and the gray landscape (while it can be beautiful) is not capturing my complete attention right now. Think Spring! (This is a 12" x 12" oil called "Stage Harbor Creek"...it is SOLD)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Monotypes

I have been experimenting lately with monotypes as a quick way to produce some studies for potentially larger paintings. I really enjoy the immediacy of the results as well as the element of surprise that comes in printmaking.

When I composed this little (4" x 5") monotype, I was imagining what it would look like if on a sunny, breezy day, you were looking up at the leaves on a tree...with sparkles of sun peaking from behind the darkened backlit trees...what resulted felt more like wildflowers in a meadow...that is the kind of surprise that I enjoy!


Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, I am posting the 36" x 36" oil painting, "May", which is my most GREEN painting to date. This painting is available through my gallery, www.munsongallery.net .

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Grace


Hi! Welcome to my blog. I am excited to have a place to post images of my artwork and to let everyone know what is happening in my studio.

Pictured is my painting, "Grace", which won a first prize in the Creative Arts Center All Cape Show, June 2007. It is SOLD.