Thursday, April 17, 2014

Still Life Today

Still life in the style of David Laffel
Today I wanted to get started on the portrait for the September show in Newburyport, but I couldn't find the photo.  I guess I'll have to make a trip to the library and hopefully there will be one there.  So I randomly chose this from my pile of things to paint and got a start on it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Picked AGAIN!

I'm so happy to be picked again!  This was for the Canadian Marsh painting.

European Painting

I haven't really painted anything that reflects the great european trips I have taken over the past five years.  While I was working with my art student today, I got started on a outdoor cafe scene with arches and umbrellas that has nice bright colors of yellows, oranges.  I hope I can remember to take photos as I paint it so that I can show the progression from beginning to end.
I bought some plastic containers to house my palettes.  I need to keep separate palettes for plain air, studio, landscape colors, still life, etc.  I'll be preparing soon for the Lori Putnum workshop in NY and getting the palette together and experimenting with it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Canadian Marsh and more

Canadian Marsh on a Rainy Day 8x10" oil on gessoed masonte
After a couple of years, I took this painting out to paint over it and brought it to a group painting event.  People liked it and said, "Work on it some more, don't paint over it."  So I did.  I added the tree and made the flood bigger.  It does capture the weather conditions and has a sense of solitude.  I was painting under an umbrella at first but then moved to one of those shelter buildings they have on park properties.
Pond Painting with ripples added.
You may remember this from about a week ago, I added the ripples I guess I'm in my lively attitude lately, brightening everything up, maybe because Spring has finally arrived.
John Greenlief Whittier Birthplace

I brought this painting to the Rhythm Cafe yesterday to replace a painting that was sold.

Monday, April 14, 2014

View for Two with Two Birds

View for Two with Two Birds (I like that the birds are there but not very prominent.)
I've been touching this painting up, or maybe I should say liven it up, and plan to put it in the upcoming Northshore Art Association of Gloucester, MA show along with this other one
famous McCurdy's Smokehouse in Lubec Me.

I think I sold another little gem today, The Swing, from the Bear Hill Road series I painted a year ago for my first Rhythm Cafe solo show in December of 2012.  Boy, how time flies.  I'm currently showing there again but we are now in 2014.  Doesn't seem like 16 months ago!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ripples on water

Today I put ripples on the water of a painting I have already put up on DPW's site, but guess what, I can go in and exchange the old one for the new one.  This is good to know because sometimes I'm almost finished and miss a day of posting because I don't put one up.  It's a good idea to only put one up per day, so this is a good solution.

Today I also worked on and almost finished a foggy marsh painting started on a rainy day in Canada.

I've been asked to be the Artist of the Month for August at the Merrimac Library, and I had an idea to do a project while I'm there, but it has to pass approval, and it may not, so I won't tell you what it is. :>)

Tonight I'm going to a friend's art reception and WINE TASTING.  That sounds like fun!

Saturday is portrait day and I want to work on a 12x12" format to see if I like it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Two Sunflowers and two birds

My Two Sunflowers painting, 10x20 oil on canvas, sold yesterday at Rhythm Cafe.

I finished my Two Birds with Grape and Pear painting yesterday.  See it on Daily Paintworks tomorrow or on my store page today.

I received frames this morning from King of Frame.  Everytime I get a frame from them and open the box I say, "wow, that's beautiful".  This frame is for the entry for the regional show to be delivered on Saturday this week.  Saturday will be a busy day for me as I paint with the portrait group in the morning and then I have the reception at the Rhythm Cafe for my current solo show, then deliver this painting (Red Lily) to Newburyport.

I'll be working on finishing my newest lily pond painting this afternoon.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Second day in the field

2nd day of this field painting--TOO WINDY
I could only work for an hour today because it was like painting in a hurricane!  It was cold, in the mid-40s but the wind made it feel much colder and it took me a long time to get set up to paint.  It was a good experience, setting up in this high wind, I finally got everything anchored so I could paint.  Then I still had to hold the canvas with one hand and paint with the other.  I couldn't even let go to change brushes. I covered everything with a coat of paint, but getting into detail was out of the question.  I wanted to do it, but mother nature had other ideas so she finally got her way and I left.  I didn't realize how cold it was until I got back to the car.  I might have painted elsewhere but wasn't prepared with another canvas in tow.
It wouldn't have been so bad if the canvas was smaller.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Newman Marsh Sold

I love to hear stories from people who purchase my paintings.  Thursday someone bought my Newman Road painting on the auction on Daily Paintworks.  I'm hoping to hear the story of why the person connected with this painting.  This is what I hear from people when they see something that they buy, that they have a connection.  I know what that means as far as I'm concerned, that's when I buy a painting.  AND when I don't buy it, I always regret it, but sometimes I can't afford it.  The big one that got away was by Jeff Weaver:
Jeff at work.  This is a photo of him, not his painting. :)
Look at Google Images so see some of his wonderful work.  He has a show coming up nearby in a month or so and I'm looking forward to going to the reception.

Shipping and Painting

I sold two paintings Thursday.  That's what I call a good day.

Painting was cancelled today on the Greenbelt, and we will go tomorrow instead.  That's good for me as I was going to drive the 100 miles tomorrow anyway, so one trip is way better than two.  So I'll paint for the second day on the Cox Field Painting in the morning and go to the reception at 2, then I teach a skating lesson at 4.

I should show it to you now before I continue, a little progression painting--well, not little--20x24".

Today, after I got one painting packed and shipped, I worked on two paintings that will go into the North Shore Arts Association (Gloucester MA) upcoming show. I had finished them a while ago, but there is always something else you can do on them.  You know how that goes, once you start, you get carried away.  Now just one of them is finished and the other one will need, yet, more paint!

I have two other little paintings that are almost done, the grapes and birds painting 5x5", and the other is a lily pond painting 5x7".  I'll work on these two on Monday morning.

Quite the assembly line I have going here!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sold one at Rhythm!

Go to this quick video to see a huge geese migration where he paints:  Robin Weiss, en plein air

I was so happy to hear that another painting of mine has found a good home!
Tiger Lilies, sold
Today was a painting morning with Marc Hayden and I started a small painting that I thought of just before leaving the house.  I took pictures of a bowl of fruit in my dining room with a couple of birds in it.
  I'm almost finished with the high-key lily pond painting.  I kind of like it, Marc thinks it needs a little more.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Purple Pond Lilies

View this morning out my window, ice is melting! Bright Indian Yellow reflections.

Purple Pond Lilies, 5x7" oil on Gessobord
Ordered more frames today from King of Frame from their on sale section.  They were very nice and shipped them out today so I may be able to use that frame for the regional show entry if it looks good.
I finished this pond painting and started another one.  The other one is very high key, a challenge for me.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lori Putnum workshop

I am getting so psyched about attending and working with Lori Putnum in June in upper state NY!
I went yesterday to the Art and Design Show in Boston.  They always give away tons of magazines at these affairs.  In the latest Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, she is featured in the article Artists Making Their Mark. 
Here is the photo that went with that article: View with a Room
I was happy with myself, finding this link.
The treatment of the foreground inspired me to use a similar treatment on my current painting that has a lot of space devoted to the foreground but it is not the center of interest.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Paint, drop off, go to receptions

Sometimes it seems that that's what we do.  Anyway, today I painted at the Cox Reservation in Essex.  I arrived early as rain was in the forecast and painted from 9 to about 1 and it didn't rain.  Yes!
It was cold and windy however, and when I left I had to rush to get a hot soup to thaw myself out.

I dropped off another painting at Rockport Art Association to replace the one that sold.  Yes! again.
And that's where I had my soup at the coffee shop nearby.

Someone wrote to ask about buying a painting from my show up at the Rhythm Cafe.  I guess I'll have to see why they aren't informing the customers.  Maybe they are too busy.  When I was there the other day, they were very busy.

I received an email from the person who bought my Heart Candy Box painting, and she said very nice things about seeing it in person.  Yea

Tonight at 7 I'm off to a reception at Newburyport Art Association for the current show and I'm meeting a friend, Anne, who is coming along with me.

The painting I started this morning at Cox is a big one for outdoors, 18x24".  I'd send along a photo of the view, but my camera battery died.  Darn it, just now, I remembered that you can use your phone to take photos.  Da

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Snickers and lily pads

Yesterday I finished a floral painting that looks so great in the new frame from King of Frame.

I also got a good start on my Snicker's Candy Bars.
Today I got a good start on a nice small lily pads on a pond but had a hard time getting the paint to stick.  You know how that goes.  Every once in a while it happens.  It was a different board than I'm used to, so it pays to use the official brand Gessobord!
  I'm off to have dinner at the Rhythm Cafe with friends.  The Boston Globe did this article the other day on the Rhythm where my solo show is up until mid-May.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cheery Candy

My idea for today is to paint Snickers Candy Bars both plein chocolate and dark.  I prefer dark.  But I want to have a high key painting to lift my spirits on this stormy day here in New England.  We are waiting for a nor' easter.
I also found one painting I forgot to put into the Rhythm Show, its 8x8", a bouquet of flowers that were painted from life.  Funny thing is, I forgot about that too and was looking all over for the photo before I remembered.  I couldn't take a photo of the finished work yet as I tried but the wet paint wouldn't photograph well enough.

Here, for your amusement, is a peek at the portrait from last Saturday.

We have 3 hours with lots of breaks.

Monday, March 24, 2014

No rest for the.......

Ok, I can't even think of everything I've done in the past couple of days.  OK, Thursday I finished my Red Geranium, which is still wet, tons of red paint on it, and it's supposed to be going on show tomorrow morning in Merrimac.  Friday was another framing day.  Saturday I painted a portrait which went rather well, a slight improvement for me with colors and noses, and more framing.  Sunday I brought two paintings to Newburyport for the next show while on my way to the opening reception of the Rockport show.  BIG SURPRISE!!! My painting sold in the first 1/2 hour!  I'm so pleased because the buyer is a respected connoisseur of art.  The painting is the Scraggly Sunflower. 
So afterwards I finished framing and organizing for installing the Rhythm Cafe show in the morning.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Goodbye Baby

Happily another candy bar painting has been sold.  Today, however, is framing day.  I delivered a painting to Rockport Art Association and the showroom was already chock-a-block full of paintings and there were 3 hours left to deliver. I'll also submit a painting to DPW today.
Newbury Marsh Early Spring
The funny thing is that my show at Rhythm Cafe will have giclees of some paintings because some that I planned to hang there have been sold.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Announcement Cards for show at Rhythm Cafe

This is the photo part of the card, there is text on it as well as follows:
Art Exhibit at Rhythm Cafe
March 24 to mid May 2014
Mary Pyche - -
12 School Street Merrimac MA 01860
It's all on a black background with white letters, very nice job by Image Tech in Methuen.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014 Show Lineup (so far)

My upcoming show schedule is as follows:

1.  Solo Exhibition at the Rhythm Cafe, March 24th through mid-May.  I'll post my announcement cards tomorrow.  Reception TBA.

2.  Rockport Art Association Contributors' Show, March 23 to April 19.
Reception, Sunday, March 23 from 2-4, all invited.

3.  17th Annual Newburyport Regional Juried Show, April 25 to May 25.
Reception, Sunday, April 27 from 3-5, all invited.

4.  Portraits of Newburyport Show, September 12 to 27th.
Reception, Saturday, Sept. 14 from 7-9, all invited.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Odds and Ends

Today was a day of lots of little projects both art and computer.  I'm trying to get ready for the Rhythm show and right now it looks like tons of stuff needs to get done, but I think it will come together without too much fuss because I'm trying not to stress and say whatever happens, happens.  
I sold another painting on DPW.  I'm liking the idea that I can, excuse the expression, get rid of some of my excess inventory.
I found a great online program that does what PicMonkey does, it's called iPiccy.  I made a postcard and sent the artwork to my printer who is making a couple of giclees for me of paintings I want to have in two places at the same time.
Colin Page sent this out today.  I love his art and I'm posting this so you can see his painting.
Colin Page Workshop flyer and a beautiful photo of his painting.
I'm in some sort of art perfect storm.  I'm excited and want to do three things (at least) all at the same time.  I don't know about you, but I have to do it while I'm in the mood for it in order to do a good job, and by the time I get to some of these ideas, the thrill will pass.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Show at Rhythm Cafe, March 24th

Hello friends and neighbors.  I'll be having another solo art exhibit at the Rhythm Cafe starting on March 24th and going into the middle of May.  Please forward this information to your friends who live nearby.  It will be a somewhat whimsical show with original oil paintings of flowers, candy bars and fruit.  It was going to be The Flower Show, but I didn't know the date until a couple of weeks ago, so I added a few other paintings.  I've been working just about every day and posting to several web sites.  Besides my own blogs, of which there are many, I'm concentrating on posting to the Daily Paintworks page.  This is a site similar to e-Bay or Etsy but it is only for the art of painting.

Thanks for helping to spread the word, and besides arranging for some luncheons with groups of friends from painting and skating, I may have a reception, all are invited, on a Saturday afternoon, TBA.  If you are interested in joining me for lunch, let me know. :-)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I love to recycle

I'll be working on my pond lily today to add to my flower collection for my Rhythm Cafe Show in Merrimac MA, but here is an article from that you may find helpful and informative:

Recycled Art Tools and Materials

Nothing stimulates creativity like a big, playful collection of tools that you love to use, and that are right at your fingertips. Imagine being a kid again, and you have a huge toy box filled with every toy you ever wanted. That is a wonderful way to feel when you walk into your studio to create, so let's cultivate a studio full of tools that are fun to use.
The best part of filling your studio with creative tools is that it can save you money – money that you can use to buy things like paint, canvas, drawing supplies, and all the other lovely materials you might need to express your creative spirit.
Old Kitchen Gadgets and Materials
You might be surprised how much creative use you can get from old kitchen items. From rusted cookie cutters, to old utensils, to warped pans, make sure to evaluate before you trash kitchen supplies! Basting brushes make a great option for painting and applying liquids, rubber spatulas are great paint mixing and blending tools, and old cutting boards are wonderful work surfaces. Straw are great for spatter painting techniques, and styrofoam leftover containers can be used to create prints. You can even use old food; for instance dried-out root vegetables like carrots and potatoes are a great medium to use for carve and create stamps, as well as wine corks and old dish sponges. And after you've finished the pickles, save the glass jars for organizing the small materials in your studio, and empty cans are great for paint, varnishes, stains, and other liquids. Remember to clean those jars and cans thoroughly to prevent contamination of your paints and tools.
Harvest the Gardening Tools
If you garden, landscape, or care for an exterior space, then chances are you have various materials and tools amassing. Landscaping material is a great source for structural elements: chicken wire is extremely flexible and can be sculpted into any shape you envision; old fence pieces, gates, and trellises are fun for larger scale sculptures and installations; old or broken terra-cotta pots and tiles can make for interesting mosaic projects – the list just goes on!
Hardware and Building Materials
Duct tape, leftover wood cuts, extra screws, and dry wall putty can all be put to great use in your artwork. Rebar is fantastic for structural support, copper pipes are easy to cut and have a great look, and that half-full bag of concrete mix could be the beginnings of your next great creative endeavor. Also, never pass up an opportunity to snag old tools: hammers, rubber mallets, box cutters, tape measures, and clamps can all be put to excellent use in your studio.
Old Office Supplies and Random Crafty Items
Feathers, string, styrofoam, and sponges: anything that can hold paint can be a brush. Pushpins, staplers, and hole punches are almost a must-have for a creative, and if you have a stack of old business cards sitting around, put them to use in your next multimedia collage.

Friday, March 7, 2014

How about a water lily?

Yesterday I started a pink water lily.  I'm trying to keep the colors bright and clean and contemporary.  I started with all transparent paint colors to promote vibrancy.  Today I posted my yellow day lily--it has the glow of the sun shining on it.  It will be added to the paintings that will be at my Rhythm Cafe show starting on March 24th.  I'm not sure of the name yet, but it's flowers, candy and fruit.  Nice and happy and bright for a spring show, and who knows, maybe spring weather will be around by then!