Wednesday, September 1, 2021

August Challenge: "Hazy, Hot, and Humid"


"Traffic Jam" 24"x24" Acrylic by Paula Villanova
Hot summer sun, cool summer colors.

“Thunder Storm Ahead”  8x10 Sketchbook Watercolor by Mary Sheehan Winn
This summer has been full of heat, humidity, rain and thunderstorms, in every way.

"Sizzler", 12x12 Mixed Media on Wood by Kelley Carey MacDonald
Although Summer is my LEAST favorite season - I do adore the colors of the sunset. The hazy, hot and humid days are ones I simply get through!  This let me play with shapes and colors that are Summer in the City type. The oranges, pinks and yellows are all playing well together!

"Marshall Point, Summer" oil 6 x 12 by Jeanne MacFarland

“Cooling Off” 10” x 10” Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega
“A couple catching the sunset, and any available breeze, on their dock off of one of my favorite little points at Watchic Lake…”

“Hot Summer Fun” Pastel by Margaret Farrell Bruno
"Summer fun on a hot summer beach. Nothing like cooling off in the ocean."

"Craft Shop" 12 x 16 ink & watercolor by Jody Regan.  Each summer I demonstrate painting at the local Marshfield Fair.  This breezy spot next to the Craft Shop is a pleasant wind tunnel during the hazy days of August on the midway outside.  It is a busy, beautiful respite.  


"Rocks" by Sally Dean
16"x 22" watercolor and acrylic on Arches 140 lp cold press watercolor paper,
I continue to love rocks and water. Humarock beach walks with my dog in the morning is my salvation and solution to hot humid weather.

“Hot Day” 10” x 7” Acrylic by Page Railsback

"When It Is Hazy Hot & Humid It is Time For Lobster" 8x10 by Pamela Copemen

Sunday, August 1, 2021

July 2021 Challenge: "Summer Delight"


 "Overlooking the Glades" 8"x10" Oil by Margaret Farrell Bruno
A hazy warm summer day painting plein air with friends last week. 
What a view that this gentleman let our plein air group paint from.

"July Exuberance", 20x16 Mixed Media by Kelley Carey MacDonald
I am a little greedy when it comes to seeds and flowering plants, I love and want them ALL.  And the end of July rewards (?) me with Every kind of blossom, all jumbled together, reaching high and bursting with color - all order and planning jettisoned! 

Victoria Chesley Brega “A Good Read”  12” x 18” acrylic 
“ My niece Lyd relaxing afloat Uptacamp in Maine.  My old iPad is starting to pixilate a bit, which actually made an  interesting version of the cloud patterns on the water… Maybe a good sketch for a larger painting.”

"Garden Gate" 5 1/2"x7"n Oil by Pam Copeman

"Zinnias Forever" 10"x7" Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback

"Oh, What a Perfect Day!" ink & watercolor by Jody Regan.  Created a watercolor journal while spending time on Monhegan Island, ME, this summer.  Each day is perfect, walking the island, drawing the comings and goings, meeting and chatting with people, always with the rugged backdrop of Manana Island across the harbor. 

"Rocks and Water" by Sally Dean 12"x16"
 painted tarpaper collage on tar paper and ink
I love being near any kind of water in summer. Looking at all the different rocks brings me joy.

"Cure for the Summertime Blues" Acrylic on Paper by Paula Villanova
On my deck of many colors...

"Kent House, Walpole, ME" 6"x9" Gouache by Jeanne MacFarland
A lovely home built in 1750 by sea captains on the shores of Clarks Cove on the Pemaquid penninsula on a summer day

Thursday, July 1, 2021

June Challenge: "High Key"

What is a 'high key' painting?  A painting where the darkest colors are MID VALUE.  That means a middle tone between light and dark.  So the painting has an overall light feeling. 

"Summer Whimsey", 9x12 mixed media on 140 lb watercolor paper
by Kelley Carey MacDonald
  This was done in an Intuitive manner.  Many layers, some opaque, some transparent, with marks made by graphite and colored pencil.  Photographing a high key painting is tough, because the camera emphasizes the darkest darks and the lightest lights.  Let me just tell you those are mid tone orange marks on the lower left and the centers of the pink flowers are much lighter than that!

 “Color is Key”  9” x 12” Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega 
“ One of the day lilies resurrected from a former garden that was plowed under by the last owner of my new place, flourishing with just a little relocation and TLC…”

"Indian Head River" 5"x7" oil on wood block panel by Margaret Farrell Bruno
We are having unusually warm steamy days locally, more like August weather, and that atmosphere is perfect for high key paintings. This was a fun exercise to limit my values to 0%-50% on the gray scale.

“Pam’s Muffins” 5x7 watercolor and ink by Mary Sheehan Winn
Our recent “Painting Safari” took place at the Scituate home of our own “Hostess with the Mostest”, Pamela, who baked us delicious berry muffins and in her usual fabulous style, set them up in a picturesque still life in her front garden. I set up my camp chair in the shade and did this sketch. 
I had to tilt the tabletop slightly because it was at eye level, and I incorporated the windows which were not visible from my angle. Sometimes it’s nice to invent a scene out of different components. 
Sally Dean "imaginary vista" watercolor,gouache and prismacolor pencil paper on arches 140lb cold press paper 9"x 12"
              I looked up "high key" and it said to use mid range values. I should know this already but had to google it. It was fun to just be random!

Page Railsback "simple" 5"x 8 "acrylic

"Summer Garden" oil on board 11 x 14 by Jody Regan - don't you love Boston's Public Garden whatever the season?  I do.  

"High Key - Monet's Garden Giverny"  oil 9 x 12 by Pamela Copeman

"Dad in His Drugstore Circa 1965" Acrylic on Paper by Paula Villanova 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

May Challenge: "June"


"June Delights" 24"x16" Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback

"Pride Month" 10"x10" Acrylic on paper by Paula Villanova

"Perfect Blue" 4"x7" Gouache by Jeanne MacFarland

"Moon in June" 12 x 14 oil on board by Jody Regan. 
Impromptu gathering on the local jetty when the full moon is due.

“Rain in June” 8x8 oil on panel by Mary Sheehan Winn

June is a rainy month in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. I painted this barn from my car during a pouring rainstorm, for Parrsboro International Plein air Festival in June of 2017

"June is Busting out All Over" 5'x7" oil by Pamela Copeman
I have always loved musicals and that includes "Carousel" and "June is Busting Out All Over."
"Chapel, Groveland Cemetary, North Scituate
The wind drove me away from painting by the water the other day, and so I drove around searching for a spot- until found refuge in this lovely, quiet cemetery where my stepfather's ashes are and he has a stone.
Cemeteries are a peaceful place to be.
I am committing to plein air painting every day in JUNE!!!
Oil on canvas, 9"x12" by Sally Dean

"Hot Night In June, Providence" 12x12 acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald (WIP)
This night, the moon was peeking out from heavy clouds on my street.  Our new LED streetlights make the streets almost as light as day - it is strange. I love watching clouds fly by at night - evening skycaps are riveting to me.

“June Pontoon “  10 x 4  acrylic sketch by Victoria Chesley Brega
“A familiar twilight happening at Watchic Lake”

"Maine Audubon View" 6X12 plein air oil painting by Margaret Farrell Bruno
Every year until Covid hit, I would travel to Maine to Plein Air paint with friends in June.
We will be back this year, but postponed it until September to be extra safe. Cannot wait!


Saturday, May 1, 2021

April 2021 Challenge - Lead the Eye


“Narcissus in My Window”
8x8 acrylic by Mary Sheehan Winn

Every winter I look forward to sprouting paper white narcissus bulbs on my windowsill. The spicy fragrance and beautiful white blooms bring a warmth to the snowy winter months. My Modern painting class focused on breaking all the rules of perspective and shape and, although it does not come naturally, I managed it with this one. I mixed it up by indicating, but not finessing the shapes of the vases and pots and to wake it up I added the orange border and dots of color to lead the eye.

"Behind the Easel (Selfie)" 10'x20" Acrylic by Paula Villanova
Even though the figure isn't the biggest thing in the image, the diagonals of the easel and the black and white shirt bring your eye to her. 

"Boston Public Gardens" by Pamela Copeman 12"x24" oil
This is still a work in progress. I love the multiple paths you can walk to see the tulips, the flowering trees, and the Swan Boats - Leading the Eye.

"Line of Sight" oil 6x8 by Jeanne MacFarland

"For Sale" by Page Pearson Railsback 11"x8" Acrylic

"Spring Has Sprung" 16x16" Mixed Media by Kelley Carey MacDonald
Weaving in and out of the many translucent layers are marks from graphite, water soluble crayons, pastels and paint.  Up, up to the warmth the dots, dashes, lines and color blocks offer up

"Into the Woods" by Sally Dean
11"x 14 oil
Forest bathing has been a savior during covid.

 "Monhegan Morning" by Victoria Chesley Brega
12"x18" Acrylic and Nupastel
Just short of being finished,  a private little spot tucked away above 
a pretty busy little beach right on the harbor of the legendary Monhegan Island....

"Abstract 1" by Margaret Farrell Bruno, oil 24"x30"
Experimenting instinctually
"Superstructure" 10 x 10 oil  by Jody Regan - I love these boats with their angular appendages reaching into the sky. These gentleman had a nice visit below after checking in on their boats at dock.  


Thursday, April 1, 2021

March 2021 Challenge: "Taste"

"Sunflowers and Pussy Willows" 14'x14" Acrylic by Paula Villanova
A taste of the warmer weather coming our way soon.

"Snack On The Studio Table", 10x8" Acrylic on Board by Kelley Carey MacDonald
My snack one day sitting in the bright light on top of my paint spattered studio table just caught me. Even though lately I have been immersed in non-objective paintings, I just HAD to paint this, and it was extremely challenging! These are Cuties, tiny oranges that we gobble up daily.

"Citrus-y" by Page Railsback 9"x7" Acrylic

“Eggs” 8x8 oil on panel by Mary Sheehan Winn

I start my day with daily pages and a sketchbook drawing, which was the source for this oil painting. 
I’ve been getting these beautiful light blue green eggs from a local road side stand. Fascinating and delightful.

“A Taste of Italy”  8” x 8”  acrylic by Tori Chesley Brega
 Last summer’s sweet little “bumble bee” tomatoes grown from seeds brought back from Italy by a friend...

"Strawberry Mimosa Glow" 5"X7" oil by Margaret Farrell Bruno
Yum-what else can I say?

"Cantaloupe" oil, 8"x16" by Jeanne MacFarland

"North Light" ink & watercolor by Jody Regan - that tantalizing taste of Italy in Boston's North End, can you smell the garlic, Parmesan, coffee...?

"It is the best taste of summer - the first lobster dipped in lemon butter. 12 x 16" oil on canvas by Pamela Copeman

"Three Amigos" 11"x14" Acrylic by Sally Dean
I've been enjoying still life painting during the winter and loved the play of colors in  
setting up this composition.

August Challenge: "Hazy, Hot, and Humid"

  "Traffic Jam" 24"x24" Acrylic by Paula Villanova Hot summer sun, cool summer colors. “Thunder Storm Ahead”  8x10 Sketc...