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.

Monday, March 1, 2021

February 2021 Challenge: "Lost and Found"


"Mom's Cranberry Glasses" by Pamela Copeman 10'x20' oil

Zoom portrait in progress12"x16" oil on panel
This is lost and found, because she was someone I had met briefly prior to covid, and recently has returned in my life.  Also thinking about lost and found edges.

"Mystery", 9x12 Inch mixed media on 140 lb watercolor paper by Kelley Carey MacDonald
This piece has lots of layers, some thin, some thick, layers including calligraphy, speckles, shapes, lines and washes.  Inspired by but not limited to Panetone's colors for this year. 
"Abbey Mass During the Pandemic" 18"x24" acrylic by Paula Villanova
When the pandemic began a year ago, I stopped attending public Mass. Our local monastery began to livestream Mass on Sundays to view from home which now, many churches do. It immediately struck me as sad that this chapel which is usually packed with worshippers is now limited to the few monks that reside there. Here are 4 who were in my field of view online. Sadly, one of the resident monks passed from COVID-19 after being treated in a facility for another health issue.

"Beautiful In It's Time" gouache 4X8 by Jeanne MacFarland
Even though we lose the light of the sun each night it faithfully returns each morning

"Snow Glaze On Ice" charcoal sketchbook drawing by Margaret Farrell Bruno.
Beautiful light on our neighborhood pond. 

"Lost in Shadows, Found in Light" 8"X10" Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega

"The Thin Veil"12"x8" Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback

"View from Above" ink & watercolor by Jody Regan .  During this strange year of Covid-19-induced isolation, I have found quiet places for drawing and thinking. Here in a local cemetery, I think about all the lives lost while pondering the new ways I have found to stay grounded and connected.  

“Lost in Thought” 8x8 acrylic by Mary Sheehan Winn

Feeling so many losses but trying to keep the faith. 
I’m taking a “modern’ painting class, the point of which is to change perspective and create design, thus this painting of a lady, by the pool, lost in thought.

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

May Challenge: "June"

  "June Delights" 24"x16" Acrylic by Page Pearson Railsback "Pride Month" 10"x10" Acrylic on paper b...