Wednesday, April 1, 2020

March 2020 Challenge: "Still Life"

Pamela Copeman Tea for Thee and Me
Oil on Board, 18" x 24"
I based this still life painting on a table setting
by Valentino, the composition was unusual 
and very appealing to me. During this time of 
quarantine, I am daydreaming about
being with friends outside in a garden.

"Social Distancing" 11"x14" Acrylic by Paula Villanova
Staying indoors mostly with the exception of one trip to to grocery store each week, wiping each packaged item down with a Clorox wipe, no Lysol on the shelves, nor Purell, but we did score this large bottle of the stuff for our family. Praying for a swift end to this ugliness soon and the preservation of human life.

"Happy Daffi's" 8x6 Acrylic on panel by Kelley Carey MacDonald
I am always heartened by these cheerful yellow harbingers of Spring. My son gave them to me, so extra special.  I got lost in this painting... done just before Corona hit... haven't really been able to paint since.

"Still Life" 12x12 acrylic on canvas board
by Mary Sheehan Winn
I've been working on this abstract on and off. I wanted it to be about color and shape, but also about achieving a pleasing color harmony. I am really enjoying working in acrylic because of the creamy nature of the paint and also because of the layering effects that can be achieved with this medium. The title is a metaphor for the sudden disruption of everyday life as we know it.

"Delft Bunny" Oil on 6"panel 
This little guy sits by my bay window. It was a gift from my mother long ago. Warms my heart. 

"Angel and Demon" Oil on panel 8"X10" Acrylic
by Victoria Chesley Brega

"Clementine on a Patterned Cloth" oil 6x6 by Jeanne MacFarland

"Simple Still" 6x6 Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback 

Tulips, 20"x20" acrylic on canvas by Sally Dean
I bought these at Trader Joes on Friday the 13th. It seemed essential at the time.
Little did I know how very different life would be.... 

"Cocktail Hour" oil 12 x 16 by Jody Regan

I have more time in my studio during this time of isolation, so arrange a still life with glass and metal which is like a puzzle to solve.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

February 2020 Challenge: "Shadow"

"Me And My Shadow" 8x8 inch Acrylic, by Kelley C. MacDonald
I have long admired paintings of leashed dogs and their shadows. My Paco, now 11 years old, is my constant companion, my little shadow. 💖

"Shadow Play" Pamela Copeman, 8"x10" oil on canvas
This is a composition that was created at a restaurant I had lunch at.  I loved the way the tulip danced with the wall shadow...

"Retired", 8x8 Acrylic by Page Railsback

"Summer Days" 6x6 gouache by Jeanne MacFarland

"Where I Work in Winter", 8"x8: acrylic on canvas panel by Sally Dean
I love the shadow play at The Art Complex Museum, where I work. 

"The Floral Designer" 18"x24" by Paula Villanova acrylic
At my job we have floral presentations each season by the designers showing their fresh designs for the beautiful flower arrangements we provide. The lighting is great for the flowers but a little harsh on the presenter.

"Down and Away Below" oil on board by Jody Regan

 This beautiful turtle is queen of the big tank at the New England Aquarium.  Her shadow cast on the plants and rocks below.

"Snuggled Into Shadow" 5x7 Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega

"Light and Shadow"oil on canvas board
Class Demo by Mary Sheehan Winn

Saturday, February 1, 2020

January 2020 Challenge: "Chinese New Year"

“Rooster” 8” x 8” Acrylic by  Victoria Chesley Brega 
I was born in the year of the rooster, and love painting birds....

"Monkey" Pastel by Margaret Farrell Bruno
I illustrated a book called My Little Friend Goes To The Zoo a few years back,
 all about a group of monkeys that find a child's toy. 
How appropriate that my year is the year of the monkey.

"May All Your Wishes Come True" 10x20 Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald
I love Chinese New Year, and all the prosperity wishes, and wishes for happiness not to mention the beautiful decor!

"Celebrate" 8x10 Oil by Pamela Copeman
I am fascinated by the bright colors of the Chinese New Year most especially in fashion!

"Ancient Culture" by Mary Sheehan Winn
4x4 Ink and Watercolor 
I have always loved Asian Art and culture. I worked in a Chinese Restaurant for 10 years and got to experience the authentic New Year celebration in Chinatown, with my bosses and coworkers! 

"Year of the Rat" by Sally Dean
8"x8" watercolor on paper
2020 is the year of the rat!
They are smart, just don't want one in my house....

"Rabbit" by Jeanne MacFarland, drawing on toned paper,
 graphite and colored pencil
I was born in the year of the rabbit

"Dragon Parade" ink and watercolor by Jody Regan
"Hot Pot" 8x8 by Page Railsback
"Year of the Rat" by Paula Villanova 12x12 Acrylic

Thursday, January 2, 2020

December 2019 Challenge: "Snow"

"Red Barn in Snow" 4x4 oil on panel by Mary Sheehan Winn

"Each Unique" 4"X4" acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega
One of nature's everyday miracles, snow flakes structures are uniquely varied within their common three axis form..

"Winter Colors, Melting Snow" 5"X7" oil on panel 
by Margaret Farrell Bruno
A wooded area by my home. Gray days can sometimes bring out the most interesting, vibrant colors.

"Town Hall, Paris Hill, Maine"
Oil on canvas 20"x20"
by Sally Dean
A beautiful sunset in a magical place, too cold for plein air .

"Last Light" 6x6 oil by Jody Regan
The trees across the street from my home make a beautiful frame for the last glimpse of sun on this snowy afternoon.

The beauty of Cardinals 9"x 12" oil on canvas by Pamela Copeman
When I was 12 years old, I delivered the morning newspaper in Westfield.
My sister and I got ourselves up at 5:00 to deliver them before school. We used sleds to pile up the papers and then got to work. What I loved so much was trying to find as many cardinals as could during this time. I also love painting them because of their juicy red orange feathers.

"Parking Lot" Acrylic 12"x16" by Paula Villanova
Yet another WIP...but I always love tracks in the snow, People, animals, or tires. Still working on those footprints though.

"Dreamlike" oil 8x8 by Jeanne MacFarland

(work in progress)
"Snow Dance" 8x10 Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald
My grandson is obsessed by foxes, and when I found this image of two foxes playing in the snow, I had to paint it!
"Tracy's Snow" 6"x8" Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy 2020 to You!

"Girls Just Wanna Paint" will publish our December Challenge on Thursday, January 2.
Thank you for visiting our blog, we appreciate you.
Happy New Year's Eve to everyone and all the best for 2020.
(Painting by Jody Regan)

Sunday, December 1, 2019

November 2019 challenge: "Vintage"

 Happy Black Friday!  These paintings are all available, unless marked otherwise, and you couldn't do better than to present one of these as a present this holiday season! Contact the Artist for details!

"Swish" Oil, 12x12 inches by Pamela Copeman
I grew up in Western MA where it was very cold in the winter.  The town would flood the high school football field for skating. My sisters and I would take turns using these old skates.  I remember loving to go fast and hear the swish on the blades on the ice.  What a memory~

"Blue Bug", 16x20 Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald
When Paula and I go to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, we see all kinds of old cars, but this was my favorite.  Probably because my husband (then boyfriend) had one and I have such happy memories of our little trips to the beach in it.

"Unchanging" 8x16 oil by Jeanne MacFarland
This barn has been a constant presence on the Cohasset landscape, marking season after season

 "A ghost of Christmas Past" 4" x 6" Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Justice
A very old and rather dour German glass ornament, I actually sweetened his expression just a little.

 "1st Place" 5"X 8" Pastel by Margaret Farrell Bruno
My husbands vintage carved pinewood derby car, (yes, he won 1st place as a child). 
The light was hitting hit it just right calling for it to be painted.

"Radio Days" acrylic by Sally Dean

"Fascinated" 8"x8" acrylic by Paula Villanova

"Jam Jar" oil 8x8 by Jody Regan
Love this silver pitcher and silver topped jam jar.

"Vintage Pin Cushion" 4x4 oil on panel by Mary Sheehan WinnLove this little relic from my mama's sewing days. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

October 2019 Challenge: "October Skies"

"October Pit Stop" by Paula Villanova Acrylic

Longfellow in October 16 x 12 oil by Jody Regan
I love the Charles River as it wends through Boston.  The Longfellow Bridge sparkles in the fall afternoon, framed by the Storrow Drive footbridge.

Serene Sunset by Pamela Copeman Oil on Panel
I am always drawn to a view outside a window. When I was a young girl, my parents never entertained and one night the neighbors across the street had a big party. I sat at my window and loved observing the laughter, the dresses and the love. Mrs. Holt came to close her shutters and caught me peeking, she waved to me and left the shutters open so I could see what a party was all about.
This is an image from one of my collectors and I adore this Room  with  View.

"Looking Up", 5x5 inch Gouache on Paper by Kelley MacDonald
Someday I'm going to trip and break something on my morning walks with Paco.  Our path is beneath city trees which grace us with brilliant color - thank you to those who choose them - orange, yellow, red, gold, bright green, the start contrast with the October blue skies hold me in a thrall. 

"Rocktober", 10x10" Acrylic by Page Railsback

"Early October" 6x12 oil by Jeanne MacFarland

"Moon Rising" 18"x24" oil painting by Margaret Farrell Bruno
In October, the beaches become a quiet place. Often at the end of the day, they become peaceful and calm. A perfect time for the moon to gently rise. 

Grey Start to October  8"x8" oil

October Mist 16"x20" acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega There is an enchanting mist that rises off the lake in the early mornings of fall; Water still warm and the air is cool. I experimented with stumbling layers of glaze.

Desert Sky" 4x4 inches Watercolor and ink, by Mary Sheehan Winn
Done from my trip to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.