Wednesday, May 1, 2024

April 2024 Challenge: "On For The Ride"

"Car Talk" 18x11 Acrylic by Page Railsback

"Riding The Tide" 12x12 mixed media by Kelley Carey MacDonald

"Side Yard" 12 x 12 oil by Jody Regan
I have been "along for the ride" this spring, painting in my car.  The soft spring colors are alluring as I sit in car with coffee, favorite radio and paints.  This is an oil done in studio from a small car painting.  Happy Spring.

"Along for the Ride" oil 20 x 24 by Pamela Copeman.  

On my Road!
My neighbor plants lupines in her front yard-this is a plein air painting started last summer-finished today!
Looks like Maine in Massachusetts!
11"x14" acrylic on canvas by Sally Dean

“Heron” 9x12
Lino cut on gelli printed background

I’m along for the ride in my Lino Printing class. 
I love all sorts of printing techniques and love learning new mediums. 
It’s fun to be around and inspired by other creatives.
Stay tuned.

“Not Without Me”  6” x 8”  acrylic wash drawing by Victoria Chesley Brega
“ Dogs know the vocabulary of our movements so well,  
Buster would wait for me in the car when I was getting ready 
to launch, my devoted companion for 17 years.”

"Aqua Reflections" by Margaret Farrell Bruno 6"X6" Oil 
This buoy seemed to cuddle up and be along for the ride beside this turquoise boat.  

Monday, April 1, 2024

March 2024 Challenge: "Space"

"Space And Time" 16x16 inches, mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas by Kelley Carey MacDonald
This one has lots and lots of layers, glazes, marks.  I am NOT SURE I am finished!  But it is enough.

Maluhia Farm
9"x12" acrylic on canvas by Sally Dean
My Dad lived in many places, this was his last, a sheep farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was a truly magical place and I got to go many times in my 50's. I painted this from a photo taken  on my last visit there. The sky really looked like that, fingers of light beaming up. I knew then that he was dying and it was very meaningful see this.

"Space for Reflection” 
by Victoria Chesley Brega   “18” circular acrylic
A work in progress,  our dock “ upta camp” in Maine, one of my favorite places on the planet…

"Healing Space" 
by Margaret Farrell Bruno Watercolor 
The quiet and solitude of the ocean and waves at Melbourne Beach 
was a much needed healing space. 

“Heron” 6x8 linoleum cut
Linoleum cutting is all about negative and positive space.

"Lobster Fest with a Friend" oil 24 x 24 by Pamela Copeman

"Courtyard" ink & watercolor by Jody Regan - this beautiful centerpiece of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a heavenly space.  After touring the museum, eyes, heart and mind filled with sumptuous details, I find time to sit on the wall of the courtyard, drawing its longer view.  One of my favorite spaces.

"Car Talk", 11x14" by Page Railsback, Acrylic

Friday, March 1, 2024

February Challenge: "Norwell"

"Winter" 12x8 inches by Page Railsback

"Flower Farm Greenhouse" 9"X12" oil by Margaret Farrell Bruno
The beautiful Norwell Cross Street Flower Farm.

"Norwell Center Montage" 22''x 30" watercolor on paper by Sally Dean
I grew up in Norwell, so the Center is near and dear to me- the buildings, the UU Church, the common, the fire station, the boathouse at Norris Reservation and trees. The round door was where I once co-ran a tiny art gallery, back in the early 90's. I played around with colors and patterns quite a bit with it, because, it was fun!

"A Corner at the James" 4 x 4 watercolor by Mary Sheehan Winn


"Jacob's Pond" gouache 9 x 12 - by Jody Regan This winter, I have taken to painting from my car; radio on, cup of favorite coffee, handheld palette, and the world is my oyster.  Love winter sun bright, but thin in the afternoon.

"Dreaming of Cross Street Flower Farm" watercolor by Pamela Copeman

 “Twilight at Hornstra “  9” x 12”  Acrylic by Victoria Chesley Brega
“An unfinished work of the lovely Hornstra Farm in Norwell, a bit more refinement and glazing of the shadows to come…”

"Winter Shadows, Norris Reservation", 8x10 acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald

Thursday, February 1, 2024

January Challenge: Winter/Snow


"Winter in Provincetown", Procreate Painting by Mary Sheehan Winn
Procreate painting of a wintery full moon over the Provincetown Monument. 
I love winter, but I wish it would snow ❄️

"My House in Winter"
Woodblock print, colored in on procreate 
by Sally Dean
My original woodblock print is 24"x48" and was printed in 2022 at the event "BIG INK"
at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA,
Big Ink travels the country with their oversized press . It was my first and biggest woodblock. I loved coloring it in on Procreate, learning new tricks on my ipad!
And I also hope for SNOW!

"Winter Bun Bun" WIP 4X8 gouache by Jeanne MacFarland

"Donuts in the Snow" 7 x 11 gouache by Jody Regan It's been days and days of gray... sometimes it's nice to find beauty in the lack of color.    

"Peace Talks" oil 8 x 10 by Pamela Copeman

"Long Winter" 10 x 20 acrylic by Tori Brega "I’ve had a longtime artistic love affair painting reflections.  Along with the feeling of cold beauty, my goal was to do a banded composition balancing the activity in the background and foreground and making it all  “read” well…. “

"Marsh Snow" 8 x 6 acrylic by Page Railsback

"Pug in Snow" 6 x 6 acrylic by Kelley Macdonald

"10 Below" 5 1/8" x 3.5" oil by Margaret Farrell Bruno 
A beautiful snow covered field and Barn in the White Mountain region on a very cold day. 

Monday, January 1, 2024

December 2023 Challenge: Intention

"Reaching For The Stars", 6x6 oil on panel by Pamela Copeman

"Let It Begin With Me", Acrylic 12x12 by Page Railsback

"My Heart", 7x5, acrylic by Kelley Carey MacDonald
I don't ever, ever have an 'intention' for a new year.  I have PLANS.  And one of my plans is to practice figures and faces.  Another is to experiment with gouache paint.  Another is new types of workshops.  And hanging with this little gem, Elizabeth, because she inspires me.  She is smart,  intuitive, capable, artistic and compassionate.  She is also spicy, which I love, even if it isn't always easy or smooth.  I feel that women need to be able to have strength, and even now (this was from an old photo, she is 3 now) she is a strong little woman.  So much love. Happy 2024, all!

“Sketchbook Intentions” 
Watercolor pen and ink 

I opened my photos and sketched 6 photos intended to be made into paintings. Stay tuned.
Happy New Year to all!


My intention is to get this done to send out as a New Years card. Still carving- need to carve more time out to finish it! 
"Happy 2024" linocut in progress by Sally Dean

"A Peaceful Dwelling Place" WIP 8x8 gouache by Jeanne MacFarland
My intention is find a peaceful habitation, a secure home this year
"Try, Try Again" 7 x 5 acrylic by Tori Brega 
I find inspiration in the symbol of the phoenix rising, a mythical golden bird associated with renewal and reinvention, aided by knowledge gained from surviving adversity.”

"Contemplation"  9 x 5 gouache by Jody Regan - I plan to spend more time painting with gouache this coming year, spend a little time each day finding quiet, and will be painting in some of the churches in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico during a planned trip. 


Friday, December 1, 2023

November Challenge 2023: ""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. 

April 2024 Challenge: "On For The Ride"

"Car Talk" 18x11 Acrylic by Page Railsback "Riding The Tide" 12x12 mixed media by Kelley Carey MacDonald "Side Yard...