Thursday, August 1, 2019

July 2019 Challenge: "Coastal"

Suggested by Jean MacFarland, this month we are posting an interpretation of 'Coastal'

"Haze", WIP, 30x30 Acrylic on Canvas by Kelley MacDonald
I wanted to do a non-representational painting because I have painted the coast of New England a hundred times.  Still working on it but I like the big blocks of variations on blue and gray.

"Overlook" by Jody Regan. One of my favorite places on the planet is Monhegan Island, ME. This is a view from above the village on Horn Hill, of the western coast of the island with the 10-mile distant coast of Maine along the horizon. 

"In theWeeds" by Paula Villanova 
A dinghy sits in the marsh grass at low tide. A heart formation rests in the yard in the foreground and has survived many high tides.

Gott's Island , Maine, WIP by Sally Dean Mello
Great Gotts  is a wonderful tiny island off the Acadia coast. It's extremely quiet, no cars, and very few people. My husband and I have friends here who let us stay in their cottage. We go every summer. I hiked with my gear to paint in this beautiful peaceful meadow on two gorgeous consecutive mornings.. The morning fog was clinging to the distant shore.It was so pretty I almost couldnt t stand it!
It was pretty hot in the field but the cool dark mossy woods were right there for relief. I took a break and  picked blueberries and made a pie that night. Yum.
16"x 20" acrylic on canvas

"Waves at Coastguard Beach" 6x6 oil on panel by Mary Sheehan Winn

Coastguard Beach is a beautiful stretch of beach in Eastham. High dunes slope down toward the water. Lots of surf on this late summer day last September.

"View from Damon's Point" 8"x10" oil on panel by Margaret Farrell Bruno

Morning calm on the North River on a very hot summer day Plein Air painting. The water was very pretty and fairly calm and I knew the light, winds and tidal height would change quickly as I progressed, so focussed on that area first as it was key to my composition.

"Perfect Peace" 6X12 oil on panel by Jeanne MacFarland

This was painted plein aire at my favorite spot called the cove in the coastal town of Duxbury.

Take Me Away
I painted this boat with Safari Painters (Kelley MacDonald and Paula Villanova) in Hingham, at first glance I didn't care for it, but once I brought it home I began to fall in love with it...there is something very peaceful about it~ 12"x24" Oil

Victoria Chesley Brega “Coastal Vessels” Acrylic  9”x12”
Rafted working boats near Hull Gut

Monday, July 1, 2019

June 2019 Challenge: "Maine"

"Easternmost, West Quoddy"  6x6 gouache by Jeanne MacFarland
I'm still trying to get a handle on gouache and this scene from the easternmost point of the United States was a perfect inspiration.

"New Harbor Kitchen" 9x12, Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald
This is the kitchen from the farmhouse I spend a week in every June in Maine.  Homey and comfy.

"Lupine" 10x10 oil on birch panel by

Sunrise, Sunset
9" x 12"Oil on Panel
Pamela Copeman
The vivid colors of sunsets seem so exaggerated some nights
But they really aren't ~ nature is the most perfect painter.
"Day Moon Over Manana" 10"x30" Acrylic by Paula Villanova

House and Boat on Gott's Island, Maine
12"x 24" acrylic on canvas

Every year I receive a glorious sunrise from my 3rd floor bedroom on my yearly trip to Maine.
10"X10" Maine Sunrise, oil by Margaret Farrell Bruno

My second painting of a very rare event, witnessed on an early morning paddle on Watchic Pond; 
A group of seven visiting loons, only 2 pairs usually reside there...
“A Rare Meeting”  9” x  12”   Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega
"Lunch Date" oil 12 x 16 by Jody Regan.  The crisp air of the Maine Coast provides a compelling background for a spring lunch.


MONHEGAN 12x8 Page Pearson Railsback
I grew up with my grandmother's Art collection of Monhegan island painters from the 30's all over our house walls. The first time I went to Monhegan..I was floored to recognize so many places from growing up with the Art work. Very special place..I try to touch base annually

Saturday, June 1, 2019

May 2019 Challenge: "Fashion"

I love all the visual aspects of Fashion: the design, the fabrics, the colors, and  the glamour of it all.  Lately I've also been challenging myself to explore the deeper meaning of Fashion~ as an engine of change and a way to express personal beliefs and values.  I hope that you enjoy this month's painting that are sure to encompass all aspects of Fashion as we see it.   xo, Pam

Pink Pussycats, 12x9, oil byPamela Copeman

"Pretty In Pink" 8x8 inch acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
I think Fashion is not just for people!

"RBG" 12x9 Acrylic by Sally Dean Mello

"The Most Mod" 4x7 gouache by Jeanne MacFarland

"Wedding Fashion" drawing by Margaret Farrell Bruno
How beautiful are wedding dresses. The best of fashion.

"Royal Escort" by Jody Regan - A royal wedding is the height of fashion.

"Fashionable Colleague" (stay tuned, not completed yet) by Paula Villanova 20x20
There are those people in your life that just have that flair for everything.

"Beach Attire" by Page Railsback

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

April 2019 Challenge: "Bee"

"Love The Buzzin' Of The Bees", 12x12, Acrylic, Kelley Carey MacDonald
I love to watch these crucial little creatures float from flower to flower.

"Bee here Now"by Sally Dean
8.5"x8.5" hand colored linoleum cut print

 "Let it Bee" by Victoria Chesley Brega 9"X6" Bead Mosaic

"Sneezing Bees" by Margaret Farrell Bruno 6"X6" Pastel

"Bee Balloon" by Paula Villanova Acrylic

"Bee Coaster" gouache by Jody Regan - working with different textures, flat coaster and sparkling bee pin; bee motifs

Queen Bee Pamela Copeman Oil and Gold Leaf 11" x 14"

"Gathering" 6x8 gouache by Jeanne MacFarland

Monday, April 1, 2019

March 2019 Challenge: "Frida"

"Icon", Acrylic 16x20, Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

"Dreaming of Mexico" Inspired by Frida 18"x24 Acrylic by Paula Villanova W.I.P.

"Frida", 12"x12" acrylic on panel by Sally Dean

"Portrait Sketch" oil 8x10 by Jeanne MacFarland

 Victoria Chesley Brega 16"X20" Acrylic "Self Portrait after Kahlo"

Pamela Copeman 8" x 10" oil painting

Friday, March 1, 2019

February Challenge: Over/Under

"Underwhelmed" 18"x24" Acrylic by Paula Villanova

"Rocks over and under water"
4'x5' watercolor, sea water, sand and acrylic on paper

"Under Overpass" ink and pencils by Jody Regan 

"Above the Street, Below the Sun" acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

 "Pier Over The Water, Under The Fog" oil by Margaret Farrell Bruno

COCONUTS 14x11 Page Pearson Railsback

"Under a Watchful Eye, Monhegan" 6X12 oil
by Jeanne MacFarland

“Under and Out of the Swamp”18” x 24”Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega