Monday, February 1, 2021

January 2021 Challenge: "Arbitrary Art" (Choosing 3 random colors from our palette, without looking, plus white if needed)

"Hi Skelly!" Acrylic 16"x20" by Paula Villanova
(Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Red Deep, Viridian Green, White) So...I thought I was being so smart by placing my paints in a kind of color wheel and thought I was picking in such a way that I would get the primary colors, but not even close. I decided to set up a subject that wouldn't require a lot of color with the art guy, a St. Michael carving from San Miguel de Allende, and Skelly. I don't paint Skelly enough anyway. (Full disclosure, I painted on a yellow ochre toned canvas).

"Tres Colores"10"x10" Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback
Thalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Orange, White 

"Tres Colores" (I see Page also named hers that!) by Kelley MacDonald
Acrylic on 12x12 Canvas
I had my grandson pick my color and he chose Napthol Red, Pthalo Blue and Lemon Yellow.  Amazing the sheer number of beautiful colors you can come up with this combo!

"Triple Threat" Oil 8"x8" by Margaret Farrell Bruno
(Gamblin Radiant Turquoise, Vasari Cad Red Light, Vasari Ruby Violet, White)
Somehow I left the Radiant Turquoise in my color wheel when blindly picking. A very hard color to darken with the two other colors I randomly picked. Fun challenge, though. 
I may do this challenge again as I still enjoyed it, but leave out any "Radiants".

"A New Day" (detail) Acrylic 12"x14" by Victoria Chesley Brega
“The first Sunrise after a very inspiring Inauguration Day, 
done per this months technical challenge, 
in a randomly chosen palette-
 Payne's Grey, Quinacridone Magenta, Naples Yellow 
and White"
After Van Gogh's "Woman at the Cafe'du Tambourin(Agostina Segatori)1887
 by Sally Dean
Pyrole red, ultramarine blue, indian yellow and white
16" x 20"
to watch a time lapse video of it being painted click here
"Three Cities in Three Days"
"Three Cities in Three Days" ink & watercolor using only three randomly chosen colors; cerulean, vermilion and sap green  by Jody Regan .
 Interesting exercise!  Sap green was the most warm, and could produce a "yellow"-ish tone relative to the other colors with some vermilion.  Fun.


“True Love” 9x12 acrylic by Mary Sheehan Winn
I dumped my tubes of acrylic paint on the floor, 
closed my eyes and randomly chose three colors which, turned out to be 
Thalo Blue, light blue permanent and quinacridone magenta. 
These fabulous goats are at Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouth. 


Friday, January 1, 2021

December 2020 Challenge "New"


"NewYear in the Valley"Acrylic 16"x20" by Paula Villanova 
Looking forward to saying goodbye to 2020, due to coronavirus restrictions on travel, I have not left my home state of Massachusetts because I can't specifically quarantine since I work in a store a few days each week. I can't wait to go back to N.H. for a visit.

"New Every Morning" Oil 10"x10" by Jeanne MacFarland

"New Year's Celebration", 6x6 Acrylic on Archival Board by Kelley Carey MacDonald
Fireworks are beautiful, but many have been cancelled this year due to COVID concerns, and I agree with that completely, but NEXT year, I will be happy to celebrate what I am anticipating the end of a year full of good things.  For now... a quiet night of rest and a good movie with maybe an early toast will do it for me!  Happy 2021 everyone!  Shake the dust of 2020 off and hope for better things!

"Last Day 2020" 30"x30" Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback

“New Groove”  8” x 8”  mixed media by Victoria Chesley Justice
    “Here’s to new dance partners to guide us in a better way through difficult times...”. 

“New Friends”  14” x 14”  pastel by Margaret Farrell Bruno
New little friends exploring friendship and the vast backyard.

"It's a New Day"  9 x 9 oil on canvas by Jody Regan.
                                    I have been walking in the woods, breathing in the fresh air, and I can feel a change coming.  Looking forward to the New Year,

My “new” puppy Ricky and his siblings
 8”x8’ oil by  by Sally Dean
Nothing is cuter than a puppy!

"New England Shore" Procreate iPad painting by Mary Sheehan Winn

"New Hopes and Dreams for 2021"10"x20" oil by Pam Copeman

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

November 2020 Challenge: "Cold"

"Sudden Blizzard" 9x12" Acrylic on Watercolor paper by Kelley Carey MacDonald
There are many layers of paint and marks on this piece.  I was thinking of the snowstorm we had right before Halloween - no one was prepared - not even the trees.

“Ghost Deer” 12”x16” acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega
“ Our first snow this winter, an unusual pie bald doe appeared in my back yard, luminous, 
beautiful, and rare, known locally as The Ghost Deer.”

"Cool Reflections" 18"X30" pastel on manmade paper
"Cold Storage Beach" 8X10 oil on panel by Jeanne MacFarland

"P is for Popsicle" I've been making an alphabet series- squeezing it in between the cooking and commissions!
Sally Dean  instagram@sallydeanart

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" 6 x 6 oil by Pamela Copeman

"Snow and Shadows" ink & watercolor 9 x 12 by Jody Regan

The light through the snowy pines across the street is cool and warm at the same time.  I love it.

"Cold One" Acrylic on Paper by Paula Villanova
This one is kind of a study for bigger painting. It was a scene from a fun place during the summer of 2019 when we were still dining and drinking inside of restaurants and bars.

"Hot and Cold", 30"x30" Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback


Sunday, November 1, 2020

October 2020 Challenge: "Unity"


“Wind, Sand and Water” 6x6 oil on panel by Mary Sheehan Winn

"Blue, Blue, My World Is Blue", 12x12 acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
One of the first songs we learned in guitar lessons in jr. high was this song (so - around '68?) and this painting, done as a demo for my Intro To Intuitive Painting Zoom class, was all about blues - cobalt, prussian, pthalo, ultramarine, blue violet, gray blue - enough! With just a touch of orange to keep me from going mad.  I love the history you can see through the translucent parts, and the patterns here and there.  And... no, your 5 year old could not do this! :D

 UNITY! 8x8 Page Pearson Railsback

"Pussy Hats" WIP Acrylic 16x20 by Paula Villanova
A day of unity for all who participated, January 21, 2017 at the Women's March in Washington, DC 
and all around the world (!) Women and some men too. These gals were headed home
 after a very full but peaceful day and show of strength, united in voice. 

"Harmony" oil 8X8 by Jeanne MacFarland

Black Gouache on arches hot press paper 9”x 12” @sallydeanart
“ Love is all you need “has been running through my head for so long now. During the pandemic it has helped me to count my gratitudes and think about what really matters. I designed this for a  T-shirt that was sold on the unity acme shirt print site to raise money for an organization called .

"Interlife" Acrylic 16"X20" (In Progress) by Victoria Chesley Brega 

"Unity" (in progress) by Margaret Farrell Bruno  

Still working on the final of this.  This is the rough draft.  

Let's work in unity and keep each other safe.

Wear our masks and social distance.  💓

"Love is in the Air" ink & watercolor by Jody Regan

"Unity" means bringing people together, adapting to these challenging
times in ways that are thoughtful and loving albeit different than imagined.

“Unity” by Pamela Copeman oil 10x20
The rocks are all sizes textures and colors. Together they form a water wall and sculpture.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

September 2020 Challenge: "Marshfield Hills"

"Fog Lifting" 16x20" Acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
Standing on the loop to the North River at the South Shore Audubon Society I saw the last of a morning's fog lifting. This is located off of 3A in Marshfield, MA. 

“Ode to Periwinkle”  5” x 7”  Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega
Beautiful colors chosen for a doorway in the center of Marshfield Hills...

"Damons Point Area View" 8"X10" Oil by Margaret Farrell Bruno
A recent plein air painting on a beautiful summer day.

"Marsh Life" 8X8 oil by Jeanne MacFarland

"Down the Road Apiece" 10"x10" Acrylic by Paula Villanova

"GAR Hall", 12x12 Oil, by Pamela Copeman
Painted during Kelley and Paula's Painting Safari - one of my first paintings outside! Yippee!

"Afternoon On Old Main St, Marshfield Hills", 10x10 oil by Sally Dean

“The Road to Trouants Island” 6x6 oil on panel by Mary Sheehan Winn 

"Coffee on the Porch" watercolor & ink by Jody Regan   


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

August 2020 Challenge: "Not New England"

"Cantina El Gato in San Miguel de Allende" 20x16, Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald While I love New England, another place outside of the States that I love, love, love is San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Paula Villanova and I were all set to lead a painting workshop there in February 2021. Sadly we have had to postpone it due to the pandemic. It a beautiful place where color, light and history, combined with kind Mexicans and beautiful things to look at are the inspiration for artists of all kinds.

"In Vietnam" by Pam Copeman 4 1/2" x6" watercolor
When I traveled to Vietnam, everything I experienced was so different in color, taste, and vistas and I thought this altar was perfect for this challenge.

"Walk of Fame" 20"x20" Acrylic by Paula Villanova
Hollywood is SO not New England! It's fun for a change of pace though.

"St. Croix" 14"X18" Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega 
A view from a lovely coastal restaurant on the first night of my first visit to beautiful St. Croix

"New Mexico Building" 6"x6" Oil by Margaret Farrell Bruno 
A beautiful stone mason building from a trip to New Mexico

“Celtic Cross”  7x9 Sketchbook Watercolor bu Mary Sheehan Winn
I took this photo in a cemetery in New Brunswick, Canada in 2017 on the way to participate in the first annual Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival. I love cemeteries for their peaceful settings, ornate monuments and of course, their stories.

WIP (work in progress) 6x12 oil by Jeanne MacFarland

"Old Town", 8x12 inches, Acrylic, by Page Railsback

"Baltimore Water Taxi" 11x14 mixed media by Sally Dean Mello
I found a sketch from 2018 when I was in Baltimore.  Painted from that sketch!
"Reading Room" 15 x 15 oil on board by Jody Regan 
The New York Public Library in Bryant Park is housed in the stunning 
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. a beaux-arts masterpiece. 

January 2021 Challenge: "Arbitrary Art" (Choosing 3 random colors from our palette, without looking, plus white if needed)

"Hi Skelly!" Acrylic 16"x20" by Paula Villanova (Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Red Deep, Viridian Green, White) So...I tho...