Thursday, October 25, 2012

Interpreting Thomas Kincaide's Deer Creek Painting

This painting is my interpretation of a Thomas Kincaide painting entitled "Deer Creek".  Kincaide who passed away this year is the most widely sold American artist.  He was an absolute master of marketing and many people are draw to the warm feelings he created in his art.  This is my third interpretation of pieces he did and was produced as a learning experience in my study under Marie Stabile. Marie is of the opinion that much can be learned through an understanding of how Kincaide executed his paintings.  I am quite pleased with my painting and particularly happy with he reflections of light in "deer creek". This painting is available for sale at my Western Avenue Studio in Suite #326 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lowell Open Studios October 6 and 7, 2012

On October 6th and 7th at Western Avenue my studio was open for the 12th annual Lowell Open Studios. These pictures show some of our guests browsing paintings and enjoying snacks. The guests were hosted by myself, Paula Mingolelli, and Denise Rainis, who share a studio with me.

Cape Ann Light at Sunset

This painting is another in my lighthouse series and I have called it "Sunset Over Cape Ann Light "  I am particularly happy with the colors achieved for the sunset sky and the reflection of skylight in the sand and rocks.  This painting is one of two paintings that is currently part of the 3rd Annual Nashua Artists Breakfast Club exhibition which can be viewed in the McCarty Room of the Adams Public Library in  Chelmsford, Massachusetts for the month of October during regular library hours. A reception was held on October 13, 2012 where patrons could meet and chat with the artists involved in the exhibition.  My next post will feature a few photos from the reception.  This painting is available for sale.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Massachusetts State House - 2012 Holiday Card Contest

  For the second year in a row I have submitted a painting to the Annual Senior Citizen's  State House Holiday Card Contest Exhibition sponsored by William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth.  This 16th annual contest and exhibition was received with great enthusiasm and had works from 50 artists from thirty Massachusetts cities and towns.  I chose to produce a very different view of the state house dome and cuppola showcasing the pineapple finial, theAmerican Flag and of course the Christmas wreath as a symbol of the season.  I am pleased with the style of this painting which is more graphic than I usually paint but I think the result is quite dramatic.  I have been notified that this paining was awarded a Third Prize in the Oil Painting Category.  I was again pleased that my painting was determined to be in the top three of this category and particularly pleased since the first place was awarded in this category to Marie Stabile, a talented artist, with whom  I have studied for the past 4 years.  I look forward to the annual reception and awards for artists that will take place in November 2012.

Dawn at the Lighthouse

  I have continued my lighthouse series with this 8X10" painting that I call "Dawn at the Lighthouse."  This is not a painting of a known lighthouse but rather a creation of my mind's eye.  I am always attracted to the bright colors of sunrise which is always more dramatic when seen over the ocean.  This painting is also available for purchase.

Owl Number 2

Having had some success with the production of my first oil painting of an owl which was entitled "Night Watch" and was exhibited last year at the annual fall exhibition of the Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, New Hampshire, I was inspired to attempt a painting of another owl.  The result is seen at the left.  I feel pleased with this painting and like the way the blue background causes the animal to stand out.  Each time I paint an animal I find that I learn new strokes and techniques.  There is so much for an artist to learn and the process is lifelong one.  This painting hangs in my Western Avenue studio in suite #326 and is available for purchase.

Interpretation Of The Old Town Hall Chelmsford - Now The Center for the Arts

In July 2012 a celebration of the opening of the newly restored 1879 Old Town Hall in Chelmsford ocurred and it is now know as the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. The inaugural exhibition in the new art gallery consisted only of works depicting this iconic architectural treasure.  This is also the home base of the Chelmsford Art Society of which I am a member. My submission to this juried show is shown at the left.  The inaugural show hung from July 3rd until July 29th with the openning reception on July 5th.
Produced rather quickly I am somewhat pleased with the results and was honored to be a part of this innagural exhibition.  The photo to the left was not optimal showing lighting shadows and cropping on the right side.

Catching Up Again

          I cant believe that it has been so long since my last post!  I guess I am the world's most reluctant blogger.  I will try to keep up with posting my more recent work.  I have been working on several new paintings and have most recently reorganized my studio in suite #326 at the Western Avenue Studios.  Both of my original studio mates have moved on, Paula Mingolelli ( has moved into her own studio on the fourth floor in the A mill and Winnie Liakos no longer maintains a studio at the Western Avenue complex.  I am happy to announce that I have two new studio mates Denis Rainis and Judy Heron.  Denise works in many media including watercolors, pastels, and oils and Judy works in watercolors, oils and is a talented photographer.  I have also moved my position into the rear left area of the studio which is quite large at 530 square feet, and we are in the process of creating a small gallery in the front of the studio where we can showcase art from all three artists.

        At Western Avenue many changes have taken place.  There are now 40 new live in studio lofts, as well as 35 new studios on the 4th floor of the A mill.  Plans are being implemented which will create more studio space on the 1st floor of the A mill.  Soon there will be a new entrance into the complex and more windows will be added.  The parking lots have been reconfigured and new landscaping and lighting has been installed.  The cooperative Loading Dock Gallery and the Loading Dock area are also being remodeled.

      The most exciting thing to happen in recent weeks is that at our annual kick off party held by Karl, the building owner, we were informed that we are now the largest community of artists in a complex under one roof in New England and perhaps in the entire country.

      So as you can see much has happened in the last year.  In the next posts I will attempt to post some of the work that
I have recently produced and as always your comments are always welcome.   Be sure and visit Western Avenue the first Saturday of every month from 12 noon to 5pm, when "Open Studios" happens and most artists can be found in their studios willing to talk about and sell their work.