Monday, July 20, 2009

New York series continues

I've been a tad remiss in blogging lately. Too busy enjoying this fabulous weather! At last, summer has arrived.

Since my last painting "NYC Taxi Cab" I've created several smaller paintings of New York, which can be viewed under Cityscapes. My latest is "NYC Promenading II", another scene of pedestrians in New York backlit by the bright lights of Time Square. I have painted quite a few pieces from this angle. I was completely mesmerized by the neon lights, like a deer frozen in the headlights. Boy, New York's electricity bill must be huge! I love it though. What an amazing city.

NYC Promenading - 8x10"

Thursday, July 2, 2009

More Big Apple...

NYC Taxi Cab, 10x20"

Finished my latest New York City painting this afternoon. I haven't exhausted my subject matter yet. In fact, I don't expect to for some time, so expect to see more in this series.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

3rd Place!

Beach Gossip, 8x16"

I'm on a roll! I won 3rd place at the Portsmouth Arts Guild Summer in Rhode Island juried exhibit with my painting "Beach Gossip". Awesome! The show runs from July 2-26, with the opening reception on Friday July 3 from 6-8pm.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Big Apple

I'm on a roll with my NYC paintings. Just love the city, and have developed a particular fondness for the taxis, which of course are everywhere. Finished my latest "NYC Reflections" last week, and have almost completed my next one already. I'll run out of reference photos soon, and will have to go back for more!

NYC Reflections, 14x18"

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


"Night Lights" - 8x10"

There's a few things to update you on. Firstly, I won 2nd Place at the Imagine Yellow exhibition this month at Portsmouth Arts Guild with my painting "Night Lights". That was rather exciting, and quite unexpected!

This month I also made my first trip to New York City, which was fantastic! I love NYC! I love the buzz, the hustle and bustle, the honking taxi cabs and the bright lights. There was so much to look at! Weather wise my first day was pretty wet and miserable, but there was a fabulous silver lining. I took plenty of photos and the best ones were from the rainy day - lots of umbrellas and reflections. I've already created two paintings, and I'm currently working on my third. I'm thoroughly enjoying immersing myself in the city to create these pieces. It's almost as good as actually being there again. I'm definitely going back, and soon!

"Rainy NYC Day" - 12x16"

"NYC Taxi" - 20x24"

After my NZ trip, I also created some NZ themed paintings, which I will soon post to my website. I plan to update my website and make a few changes, so it may be a few more weeks.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hello again...

It's been a while since my last post, but it's been a very busy time, what with going to New Zealand for three weeks, then trying to get back into some kind of routine. I had a fantastic time visiting family and friends and doing the touristy bit, so it's been hard coming back down to earth again now all the travelling is over. I'm getting there though!

I do have news to catch up on. I won a Merchandise Award at Gallery 297 in Bristol at the Art League of Rhode Island Associate Members show in April with my painting "Late Night Movie", which was fantastic! Click here to visit the ALRI website and check out the May 2009 newsletter. I'm also exhibiting at the Portsmouth Arts Guild again this year, from now till November, as well as a new gallery opening in Newport called Isherwood Gallery, the grand opening of which is on Friday May 29th from 6-8pm. Isherwood Gallery is a great space and has a wonderfully ecclectic mix of art, so I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Another interior...

"The Sitting Room" - 16x16"

I completed my latest project today, "The Sitting Room", which I've been working on for the past few weeks. I abandoned my usual bright palette for much more muted tones, which seemed fitting for the cold winter's afternoon the photograph for this painting was taken on.

Interiors really appeal to me, in particular light and shadow. With this scene, I especially loved the way the light fell in the room and reflected back into the space, softly illuminating the walls and other objects. To create the illusion of space on a flat surface is an exciting challenge.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

ALRI Associate Members Show

"End of Winter Sale" 2009 - 16x24"

It's showtime again. This time I entered a painting into the Art League of Rhode Island exhibit "End of Winter" at Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, which opened tonight. I named my painting "End of Winter Sale". Not very original, I know, but I was trying to be clever.

I've also just completed two other paintings for the Portsmouth Arts Guild Annual Members All-Media Exhibition which starts March 12. I went for a floral theme, inspired by some beautiful pale pink tulips I'd been given in February for my birthday. My style was much more representational with these pieces, only because I wanted to render the beauty of the flowers more accurately.

I have one more month to paint and prepare for the upcoming shows before I'm away on holiday for 3 weeks. I'm going to New Zealand in April to visit family and friends. I only get back home every 2 years or so, so I'm really looking forward to the trip, and hoping for a lot of photo ops so I can paint up a storm when I get back.

"Ballerina" and "Tulips" 2009 - 11x14"

Saturday, February 14, 2009

It's nice to be recognized...

I found out today that my painting "Before the Rush", which was accepted into the Newport Art Museum 2009 Annual Juried Exhibition just over a week ago, received an Honorable Mention! I was thrilled to be accepted into the show, but to also get an award was fantastic! I'm just sad I missed out on the award ceremony.

I have to keep up the good work, though, and there are a lot of open exhibitions at this time of year. Right now I'm working on a painting for the Art League of Rhode Island show in March, then once I'm finished with that I have to start on some florals. Not only that, but I'm also renting space at the Portsmouth Arts Guild for 8 months, starting in April, so I need to get cracking on some new pieces!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The busy year ahead...

I entered my painting "Before the Rush" into the Newport Art Museum's Annual Member Show last week, and discovered today that it was accepted. I'm so pleased! There's always an amount of uncertainty and self-doubt when you enter a painting into any juried show, so when you're successful it's like a reaffirmation of your work and an indication that you're doing something right. It's a nice feeling.

I've actually got a busy exhibition calendar for the next few months. I just hope I can produce enough pieces to enter them all. It's good to keep busy and have something to aim for.

"Before the Rush", 6x12"

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Fakes and Forgeries

"The Dream" (Original by Pablo Picasso), 18x24"

I finished my Picasso forgery this week. I learnt a few interesting facts about "The Dream", or "Le Reve" as it's also known, while painting it. Firstly, as I think I mentioned in a previous blog, the lady in the painting is Marie-Therese Walter, one of Picasso's lovers whom he had a child with. On researching Ms Walter, I discovered she was only 17 years old when they met, and though their relationship didn't last, Picasso supported her financially for the rest of her life.

Most curiously, I discovered that Picasso liked to include the image of a penis in some of his paintings. I didn't notice it at first, but it seems pretty obvious now. Just take a look at the top half of Ms Walter's face. Yes, there's a penis! In this case, I read that the penis represents Ms Walter's sexual dream.

I also found out that the original painting is currently owned by Steve Wynn, a wealthy art collector who was on the verge of selling "The Dream" when he accidentally damaged it. While showing it to some friends, he lost his balance and put his elbow through the canvas, tearing a small hole the size of a silver dollar. An expensive accident! He decided to keep the painting after that.

I still like this painting a lot. Despite having a penis on her head, I think Marie-Therese is beautiful in her own way. I'm putting it in the Fakes & Forgeries show at Spring Bull in February.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Painting of a different kind...

I've been very slack this week where my art is concerned. I haven't worked on my paintings at all. Pablo's "The Dream" is still awaiting final touches, and my next painting idea is on hiatus until I can I can take pictures and do some sketches. That's not to say I haven't actually "painted", but instead of sitting down at the easel I stripped out my bedroom and started cutting in on the walls.

I haven't done any home decorating for some time. There's something revitalising about changing your environment, and most definitely about improving it. I've been looking at puke green bedroom walls for so long I thought it was time to change them to something lighter and brighter. Boy, what an undertaking it was though. I'd forgotten about all the preparation involved - moving furniture, cleaning, and just the general upheaval of not having things where they're supposed to be. Then there's the disagreements, the heady paint fumes, and the tired, achy arms. A project I thought would only take a day ended up taking four, and for three nights I had to sleep on the couch. I hate a messy house.

The bonus of course is that now I have a nicely painted bedroom and I'm no longer cringing at the sight of it. Even better, I'm going to Ikea this weekend, that great Scandinavian home store, and buying new table lamps and a mirror (plus a few other odds and ends I'm not telling my husband about). That's something to look forward to.

So, although I haven't exactly been expressing my creativity this week, I've been busy. I don't think I did a bad job either. All the same, I think I'll stick to painting pictures. Next time we're hiring a professional.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


(left) "The Dream", 18x24" (original by Pablo Picasso)
(right) The original "The Dream" by Pablo Picasso

I've almost finished my forgery of Picasso's "The Dream". I apologise for the poor quality of the photo. I manage to paint by this light, but it doesn't photograph well.

This picture was really enjoyable to paint. I love the curves and the sumptuous colours, and although she's a little misshapen, I think the figure is quite beautiful. I read in one of my art history books that this was Maria-Therese, one of Picasso's lovers.

I'm putting my version of "The Dream" into the Fakes and Forgeries show at Spring Bull Gallery in Newport in February.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Ticket Please!

The opening of the Spring Bull show Ticket Please was held tonight. There was a nice little gathering of people, and I was quite surprised to see "Late Night Movie" in the prime position in the entrance to the gallery, right as you walk in. Some amazing paintings there, so I was in good company.

If you get the chance, stop by. The show runs until January 31, then I'm also putting a painting into the Fakes and Forgeries exhibition which starts in February. That's always a popular event. I'm tossing up between painting Picasso's "The Dream", and Renoir's "The Parisienne" this year. Both very different paintings of women.