Saturday, December 1, 2012

November's Challenge: Paint Like Van Gogh

 Victoria Chesley Brega after Vincent Van Gogh

Poires by Pamela Copeman
Oil Paint Ove Gold And Copper Gilt

"After Starry Night" by Kelley Carey MacDonald 8x8 inches, Oil
"This is one of my favorite pieces of Van Gogh's, and after trying to copy it I have newfound respect for Vincent, and the hundreds of brushstrokes, all in line in terms of value, that he used."

"Luis", 8x8 Inches, Oil by Sally Dean 

"Color in a painting is like enthusiasm in life"
Vincent Van Gogh
6 x 6 oil by Nancy Colella 

Pictou Hay Bales 6x6 oil on panel

 Van Gogh Color   4" x 4"
by Lisa Daria Kennedy

"Outside Wheelchair' 6"x6" by Paula Villanova
What does it mean to paint like Van Gogh? To paint nature, and/or humanity, including its ills and everydayness, and give it presence.
FIELD by Page Railsback

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October Challenge: Hat

"My Fair Lady" by Pamela Copeman
This is my very favorite Broadway Show and Movie!

"Strength"  4x4 Inches, Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald
My Dad was a policeman - starting out as a 'beat cop' and ending as a detective.  I always thought he looked so handsome in his uniform, and whenever I see a uniformed policeman, I think of my Dad, and  remember how brave and strong he was.

"Hanging Around" 6x6 by Paula Villanova
"It wasn't that expensive," she thought, but it was just right with her embroidered gypsy blouse, flowing skirt, and boots. It was her favorite hat.

"My Painting Hat" 6"x6" oil by Sally Dean
I purchased this hat while vacationing in Onset this past summer.

"Red Hat" 8 x 8 oil by Nancy Colella

This took many twists and turns to get here.
That's what I love most about this Challenge! 

"In the Cutting Garden" by Jeanne MacFarland

"One Hat (Holly Hobbie)" by Lisa Daria Kennedy
I wonder if she'll recognize herself?

                                                 "Fresh As A Daisy" by Joan Brancale

"Ridiculous" by Page Railsback

"Dockside" by Jody Regan

One in a series of my paintings of Manana, off Monhegan Island, ME. This couple was sitting on the dock, ferry due soon. 

"Steppin' Out" by Tori Brega

Monday, October 1, 2012

September's Challenge: Chic

"Red Lipstick ~ Always Chic And Kissable"
by Pam Copeman

Fashion Week 
8 x 8 

Our new member, Pam Copeman, is an accomplished designer 
 and is the most chic and glamourous woman I know. 
She went to Fashion Week NYC last month (as a guest of Jason Wu!
so in her honor, 
I did this from an image on her blog. 

 "Pop Art Pam"
What Nancy said. When we met last month (sans Pam who came up with the theme but was at Fashion Week, and did Nancy mention Jason Wu?) we decided, (without her knowledge) that since we think she embodies "chic" that we should use Pam as our chic subject, however we chose...literally or conceptually.

"Never Too Many"
I followed Pam while she was at Fashion Week on Twitter
so I got up to the minute updates on what she was seeing and modeling. 

 "Shake All Your Blues Away" 

Pam is the epitome of "chic".  Interestingly, she bears a strong resemblance to 
famed dancer Ann Miller, elegant, energetic and chic.  
Here's Pam as Ann Miller (Nadine Hale) in "Easter Parade", one of my favorite movies.

 "The Chic Twist"  5" x 7"

"Miss Pamela Takes New York" 

"Our Lady Queen of Chic" - mixed media collage on panel
by Tori Brega

                              "The Picture of Chic" by Jeanne MacFarland

Chic-est Gal in Town by Page Railsback

"Chic Artist "by Sally Dean
I love how Pam looks awesome even while working in oil paints.

"Chic Red"
Mary Sheehan Winn

Saturday, September 1, 2012

August Challenge: Music

"Music Provided by Nature" 6x6 by Nancy Colella

To me, the constant sound of waves breaking 
is a bit of Nature providing us with background music.
All we have to do is listen!

"Pally's Key's" 6x6 by Pamela Copeman

"Abstraction on Copelands
Appalacian Spring"by Sally Dean
I just responded to the music using 8 colors.

"Best Old Friend" 6x6 by Kelley MacDonald
This Challenge reminded me of how much I love the guitar, and now I'm determined to take it up again!

"Jingle Bells Rock" by Tori Brega

"Practice Makes Perfect" 8X8 by Jeanne MacFarland

Symphony Of Crickets

"My Epiphone"

 "Open Mic" 
6x6 by Jody Regan

"listening To Satie" by Joan Brancale

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

July Challenge: Heat

Matches 7 x 5  Jody Regan

"One Hot Tomato" by  Tori Brega

Hazy Hot and Humid 6 x 6 by Nancy Colella

"Heat" by Lisa Daria Kennedy

"Shades of Gray" by Pamela Copemanj

"The Remedy" by Page Railsback

"Heat's On" by Paula Villanova 6"x6"

"Hot Seat" oil 6"x6" by Sally Dean

"Plein Air, 97 degrees" by Jeanne MacFarland

"Hot Slide" by Kelley MacDonald

"Escaping the Heat" by
Mary Sheehan Winn

"Waiting For Something To Happen" by Joan Brancale