Friday, December 1, 2023

November Challenge: ""Collage"


Fly Away
6x6 Paper Collage by Mary Sheehan Winn
Painted papers, stencils, cut out dragonflies and acrylic Posca Pens.
by Sally Dean
Lino cut with chine colle -(rice paper red wings)

"Sundown Celebration" 6x12 inches by Kelley Carey MacDonald
I just had a lot of fun with these little shapes!

"Snow in Pines" by Jody Regan cut paper 8 x 10 - Using paper in a limited palette , was so fun to create this image of the trees in snow across my street.  

"Swan" 8 x 10 cut paper by Pamela Copeman - collage based on a painting

"Table Art" 9x11 inches by Page Railsback

“ Roots and Wings”  “16 x 20”  Collage by Tori Chesley Brega 
“ work in progress, underpainting with start of layout of pieces that will be 
additionally painted, layered, and adhered.”

"Enfant des fleurs" 8.5"x8.5" Mixed media by Margaret Farrell Bruno

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

October 2023 Challenge: Gift

"Ready To Open" by Kelley Carey MacDonald
This little (6x8") painting is part of a collection that will hang for the next two months at the Providence Art Club Little Picture Show (unless someone scoops it up!). It evokes memories of tinsel laden trees and is small enough to pack away with the holiday decorations.  It was a treat to paint this!  

"Greek Gift" 6x4, Acrylic by Page Railsback

"Two Bridges" 6 X 8 gouache by Jeanne MacFarland
Sitting on a dock in the sun, drawing and painting from the glorious scene before my eyes, and being surrounded by fellow artist friends was such a gift. I felt such gratitude!

 "The Lion King" 5"x 5" watercolor and gouache by Sally Dean
Each birthday and Christmas my Mom gave me a precious little Steiff animal. I have 27 of them. I have decided to use them to inspire little paintings, possibly for a future book! This guy, Growly, was lost in the leaves for a year when I was 6. My brother found him in the spring and I was ever so happy!


“The Gift” 6x6 oil by Mary Sheehan Winn

This small Christmas angel was a gift from a special friend and fellow member of GJWP. It belonged to her mother, which makes it even more special, and is on display all year round on in my dining room. I created this painting, which she displays in her home, as a thank you and I love that she still has her mother’s angel.

“Walks on the Beach” 12” x  14” acrylic sketch by Tori Chesley Brega
“The experience of living near the ocean is a continual gift…”

"Gifts" 8"x8" oil painting by Margaret Farrell Bruno
Playing with gift boxes.

"Sunflowers on the Porch" 6 x 6 gouache on board by Jody Regan - I have spent time during these gorgeous, sparkling fall days sitting on the porch, painting sunflower bouquets.  Porch time this fall has been an extended gift.      

"Gift" 5 x 7 watercolor by Pam Copeman - I have been creating my present gift cards for ten years.  I design them differently each year and embellish them with glitter after they are printed - some friends have even framed the cards. 

Monday, October 2, 2023

September 2023 Challenge: Art Museum

“It’s a Dog’s Life” sketchbook watercolor pen and ink 
Just a man and his dog admiring a painting in a museum gallery.

"Museum Of Fine Arts 'Flags Of The World' Christmas Tree, 6x8 Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
I am doing a series of Holiday Trees for the Providence Art Club's Little Picture Show in November and I loved this tree at the MFA, Boston, which, IMHO is just another star in the sky of New England!

 "Reality Fades In Comparison" 6x8 oil by Jeanne MacFarland

"MFA for everyone" 2022 -watercolor - by Sally Dean
I loved the artsy outfit that gal on the left had on.
Th MFA in Boston is world class- I can't wait to return.

"Gallery with Meunier, Museum of Fine Arts" oil 8 x 16 by Jody Regan - I love the activity in the MFA galleries; the variety of people and the visual feast.  This gallery boasts "The Deck Hand", bronze by Meunier. I love this common man's posture and his position above the crowd.  


"Madame XX" oil on canvas paper by Pamela Copeman - profile of a woman you might see in a museum.

"Two Old Salts at the Farnsworth" by oil on canvas paper 9"X12" Margaret Farrell Bruno
One of my last trips to the Farnsworth this gentleman was checking out the paintings. I couldn't get over how he was channeling this painting and thought it would be fun to paint him in front of this painting. I didn't catch him in time, but followed him around until I caught in the position I thought would work. And when we got this for this month's challenge, I recalled how I wanted to paint this juxtaposition.



Friday, September 1, 2023

August 2023 Challenge: Summer Memories

"Buddies", 10x8 Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
A sweet summer day with Grandpa and Grandson having the Atlantic all to themselves.

"I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream"8x8 Oil by Pamela Copeman

"Kind Of Blue" 30x26 Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback

"Summer Hydrangea Flowers" 8"x8" Gouache by Margaret Farrell Bruno
I had a really fun time painting this plein air with gouache. I usually don't paint with this medium when painting plein air. I think I am finally catching on a bit. Looking forward to painting more outside with this medium and stretching my boundaries. 

"A Day Remembered, Camden WIP 8X8 gouache by Jeanne MacFarland

"Summer Memories- 11"x14" watercolor on paper by Sally Dean
SO many memories it was hard to pick.
"Feeding Time" gouache 7 x 9 by Jody Regan. We spend time each summer on Monhegan Island, Maine.  I love the sound of the gulls, and their movement, especially when they think one of them has found something delectable. This summer, one of the gulls joined me on our deck to watch me paint, and to listen to my music.  

“Maiden Voyage” 10” x  20” Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega
A study of one of my Brother’s first outings with his new vessel on an unusually cold August morning in Maine; The mist was rising as it does in early fall.

“First Place” 
watercolor by Mary Sheehan Winn
There are so many things to love about the Marshfield Fair and Horticulture Hall is one of my favorites. On a recent rainy day, a friend and I sat inside and painted this display of sunflowers. Traffic was minimal and we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Our Fair is awesome!

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

July 2023 Challenge: "Dog Days"

 "Kona and Kids End of Day" 8"x8" Oil painting by Margaret Farrell Bruno
Beautiful vivid sky on a hot summer dog day night while out taking puppy and grandchildren for walk/bike ride.

"Genny's Ice Cream" 6"x9" watercolor by Sally Dean
A brand new shop in Marshfield Hills-named after the owner's dog Genny.
It's right nest to the Marshfield Hills General Store. Great Maine ice cream right in my back yard (practically)
Fun place to go!  I'm going to be making this into a sticker for the shop.

"Self Explanatory!" Pencil on Gray Toned Paper by Pamela Copeman

"Lobster Pots" 12x12 Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback

"Hazy, Hot & Humid", 5x7 Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
One of those days when the heat is like a wet sheet across your face!

"No Sweat" 4x8 gouache by Jeanne MacFarland

Paper Collage  2.5”x2.78” 

I’m working on a little concertina book while I hug the air conditioner through the month of July. 
The heat is not my friend, but summer in New England lasts about 10 minutes so I still celebrate that we have this glorious season.

"Isle of Dogs" oil 7 x 8 by Jody Regan - just back from two weeks on Monhegan Island, ME. No cars, but LOTS of dogs.  This beauty waiting hopefully as family orders some lobster rolls and fish tacos. 


Saturday, July 1, 2023

June 2023 Challenge: "Water"

                                                 Playa del Coco, Costa Rica
  6"x9" ink, watercolor and colored pencil by Sally Dean
This is from a page from my sketchbook from a trip last winter . It was a lovely afternoon spent at a      restaurant called "Father Rooster". Swimming and margaritas were involved.... 

“Little Carlos Pass”
9x12 oil on panel
The beautiful blue green waters of Southwest Florida.

"Bug Light"  gouache 4x8 by Jeanne MacFarland
I love the way the reflections are fractured in the moving water

"500 Years", 12x12 Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsack

"I Did Not Watch This Pot", 8x8, Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
My husband challenged me to paint boiling water.... 
"Afloat" by Pamela Copeman - watercolor and ink - Summer is here.


"Summer Harbor" oil on board by Jody Regan - these June days have been gorgeous by the water; puffy clouds, breezes; each day offering variety and showing its best. 

"Water & Clouds" Oil on board, 6"x6" by Margaret Farrell Bruno
Crystal Blue Day all around.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

May 2023 Topic: Paint Like Sally Dean


"Farm Life", 12x12 Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback

"Harry Baby", 12x12 Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
I used the patterns in the background and the fur to echo Sally's treatment of backgrounds. this is my cat that passed on this past March.

 What an honor to have my friends try to paint like me!!! So fun and very flattering:)
"Spunky"- watercolor and mixed media on paper- 11"x14" 
one of a series of 6 of shelter animals up for adoption
by Sally Dean

"Oh Ricky, You're So Fine"  6x8 gouache by Jeanne MacFarland
I may not paint like the amazing Sally Dean but I can paint something that is very dear to her heart, her beloved Ricky!

“Dream Dog”   8” x 8”   Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega
“Painted A la Sally on a black ground with patterns of whimsical images…”

"Sally" Watercolor by Margaret Farrell Bruno
Couldn't resist painting Sally like Sally.

"Paint Like Sally" 18 x 24 acrylic by Pamela Copeman -   I have always loved Sally's colorful, whimsical creativity

"Festival Party" ink & watercolor by Jody Regan - Sally's lovely style is perfect for the sparkle of the North River Arts Festival opening party

“Somewhere In Time”
Procreate digital painting 

Our Sally is a fountain of bubbling creativity. 
This Procreate painting is my version of this month’s challenge, Paint Like Sally.

November Challenge: ""Collage"

  Fly Away 6x6 Paper Collage by Mary Sheehan Winn Painted papers, stencils, cut out dragonflies and acrylic Posca Pens.     "Blackbird&...