Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Tiny Big Art paintings at the Studio Restaurant, Gloucester, MA
Image downloaded from the Rocky Neck Art Colony Facebook page

Here are my 6" x 6" paintings on my new favorite surface: Multimedia Artboard.  These were donated to Rocky Neck Art Colony's event: Tiny Big Art.  The fundraiser took place last Thursday evening, April 26th, at the Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA.

Working small inspired me to play with materials, shapes, line and very limited palettes.  I really like these orange and black series so I am expanding on this theme creating a series.  

Playing with pink and green was a different direction as its a color combination I seldom experiment with.  Interestingly pink is not a salable color according to my gallery.  Yet I have always been inspired by de Kooning's use of pink and jade green in his paintings.  These three will satisfy my pink craving for now.  

Yesterday I gathered a few paintings and ink sketches for Concord Art's Great Big "small works' Art sale happening on Saturday, May 4th @ 10 AM - 4:30 PM.  This is a fabulous way to collect small works 5"x 7" from your favorite artists.  For details click here.  I will post those after the event on Saturday.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 22, 2019


Above are some mixed media works I played with for Rocky Neck Art Colony's Big Tiny Art Event.  The paper is Multimedia Artboard.  I love this product for its versatility and flexibility.

As described on Multimedia Artboard website: Artboard is an archival material, which is very light weight, easy to cut, can be used on both sides, and is very durable.  

I ended up sending them 6 small works (not all featured)  6" x 6" in size on this Multimedia Artboard.  I will reveal the tiny art after the event takes place on Thursday, April 26th, at the Studio Restaurant in Gloucester.  (For more details see link under EXHIBITS/EVENTS right)  And working small again was the jumpstart I needed after many weeks of teaching art.  I just ordered more in 11" x 14" and 8" x 8" in white.  Comes in black too.  I found that out by ordering the black in error.

Also, it was lovely to get a recent mention (4/17/19) in the Gloucester Daily Times.  Staff writer Gail McCarthy wrote the article below about the "Big Tiny Art Event."

Tiny Treasures: Art sale and party to benefit Rocky Neck Art Colony

In the world of art, bigger is not always better.

In that spirit, the Rocky Neck Art Colony is holding its second “Big Tiny Art Event” next Thursday, April 25, at The Studio Restaurant, in the heart of this historic cultural district in Gloucester.
Dozens of well-known and emerging artists have created 6-inch-by-6-inch works of art that will be on display at the waterfront establishment. Each $50 ticket includes one of these works of art and dinner. 
One of the organizers, Kathy Archer, said that the fundraiser is a festive way to kick off the spring season.
“We open the doors, and everyone comes in to look at the four boards that have 36 pieces of art on each one, and everyone gets a tiny artwork that goes with the price of entry,” she said. “They are all created by artists that you may or may not know. They sign the back and not the front, so it’s a surprise as to whose work you buy. It’s so much fun. And you can buy additional works of art for $50 apiece.”
Some of the local artists participating are Ruth Mordecai, Barbara Moody, Martha Wakefield, Jason Burroughs and Joan Bediz, among many others.
Thank you Gail McCarthy for the mention!  And best wishes Rocky Neck Art Colony for a very successful event!

Thursday, April 18, 2019


The Weight of Memory I
10" x 10"
mixed media on paper on panel

Powers Gallery has found a new home for these two paintings!  This pair is part of my Fragility of Memory series.  They are mixed media on Arches oil paper mounted on birch panel.  The mixed media consists of graphite, crayon, cold wax medium and oil.  I delivered these paintings to the gallery on February 20th for the Essence of Abstraction show that was ongoing from January 26th until March 9th.  

The gallery had already sold five of my paintings in this exhibit and were asking for more.  Luckily I had just finished the second painting below and had the panels and frames in house.  I was able to deliver both within the week.  

The Weight of Memory II
10" x 10"
mixed media on paper on panel

It is always rewarding to have one's work being welcomed into a new home.  Thank you Powers Gallery and thank you new collectors! 

Friday, April 12, 2019


Last Tuesday, I finished 12 weeks of teaching painting.  My classes consisted of Expressive Watercolors, Alchemy of Color I and II, Embrace the Sketchbook and landscape based Power Painting and Dynamic Colors.

I taught series of classes and one-day workshops at Concord Art, Cambridge Art Association, New Art Center and a private club in Boston.

Studio at New Art Center

New Art Center has a wonderful large studio space.  With a full house of 12 students we still had plenty of room to work.

Artist's value study in watercolor

Many artists embrace the versatility of watercolors and the value of doing a black and white painting.  Another fun workshop was my first Embrace the Sketchbook at Cambridge Art Association.  See my post Thursday, February 21st.  This is a class I hope to expand on and teach again

Watercolor class

Artist's color study.

Alchemy of Color I and II are challenging yet rewarding classes based on the feedback from many artists who ave taken these classes.  I teach the properties of color and the magic of mixing in Alchemy I.  In the next session, Alchemy of Color II, we explore color in depth putting many of the principles to practice by painting a still life each week.  Homework is always assigned.

Artist's homework in Alchemy of Color II

Endings are bittersweet for me.  While I am looking forward to spending time in my studio, I will miss the many wonderful artists I had the opportunity to work with.  Each artist brought a unique voice as well as an inspiring drive to pursue their art.   I am grateful to all of the artists who enrolled in my classes and the time we shared pushing paint.  Thank you!