Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My sweet little puppy, Maggie

I'm sorry for not posting in a while. It's been a rough couple of weeks. My beloved puppy, Maggie, got very sick. She had a mass cell tumor on her rear left leg. It got very infected and despite our best efforts, she passed away on Thursday, Sept. 16. She was 8 years old. I had her since she was 6 weeks old, just a little puppy. She helped me through some rough times back then. She was the sweetest little girl I could have ever asked for and I miss her terribly.

My little pug, Maggie.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

High Head Road - Outside of PTown Painting #1

Outside of Ptown - High Head Road - 9" X 12" oil on Ampersand Gessoboard panel
Day 1 of Painting Atmosphere and Impressionist Landscapes in Provincetown, MA. Mary Giammarro was my instructor. She paints and teaches painting in the Hawthorne traditional style. We used a 1.5 in putty knife from the hardware store! (see below) I was skeptical at first but now I love it. Very loose expressionist style, so much fun and so vibrant! Stay tuned for more paintings to come. Click below to bid in the auction on starting at only $15!

Hyde putty knife used to create painting above.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My Plein Air Setup

I thought I'd show my set up for plein air painting. It's working out really well, especially for the smaller paintings. I found an aluminum box that I got some colored pencils in a while back and use that to keep paint in. I really like this Sienna plein air paint box! It's the all-in-one version. (See photo below)
I keep my paints and brushes in the drawer underneath my palette. My palette colors are as follows:
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Yellow Lemon
  • Cadmium Red
  • Permanent Rose
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Manganese Violet
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Raw Umber
  • Lots of Titanium White
I use Winsor & Newton's Artisan Oil Painting Medium and Gamsol for my thinner.