Getting ready for the Hingham Arts Walk THIS weekend.... come SEE the 'wall of donuts' - 35 North Street in Hingham. Most of these have not been seen by the world yet! I discovered a true gem of a donut shop in Fall River, this donut is slightly crunchy on the outside, and tender and moist on the inside, PLUS filled with cream AND frosted with chocolate... WOWZA. Do stop by Page Railsback's studio on Sunday!
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Oh. The sweetness. This painting, too, is scheduled to go to the Hingham Arts Walk on Sunday. HOWEVER, if you really have to have it, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I completely understand, and, like Jimmy Durante... "I've got a million of them...(in me)". It would be $100 & $10 S&H.
Bismarks are a pretty great specialty here in this area. Tender donut with whipped cream and a nice dollop of jelly... Only one Dunkin's in the area carries these, and they sell out quickly.
*for all of you who are interested, my cholesterol numbers were good as of yesterday, per my doctor! :D
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Monday, October 13, 2014
This painting, "You Are The Only One" will be at Page Railsback's studio for the Hingham Arts Walk from noon to 4. This one, to me, is like a jewel. The green of the bottle was endlessly fascinating to paint. I can't take my eyes off it when I see the painting!
I'll have a number of my very best paintings there, and some new donut paintings as well. The South Shore of Boston is my old stomping ground, and I hope to see many of my old friends, fellow artists and collectors at 35 North Street in Hingham. A few of the Girls Just Wanna Paint buddies will be showing, and I'll be happy to direct you to them!Pin It
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
I had so much fun with this painting! Very contemporary, and framed in a black floater frame (which I am including free - and can be purchased without the frame as well), it was fun from start to finish. After I painted it a friend said it looked like the jelly donuts had been fighting, and one, well, did better than the other - yes, the Mike Tyson of Jelly Donuts on the lower right ;).
People ask me "Do you prefer Oil or Acrylic paint?" And my answer, unqualified, is "YES". When I'm using my oils I sink into their juicy glow. When I'm going to town with my acrylics I glory in their ability to stay with my plan, even when I change it - they're fun, they're unapologetic, they take to chunky strokes, and can disguise themselves as oil paint.
This gang got a lot of attention at my Open Studio, and I have to say I just love the assortment. BTW I 'discovered' a new donut shop in Fall River this week. Look for new, crazy donuts coming up soon.Pin It
Monday, October 6, 2014
Oh MAN, this was the perfect Jelly Donut! Out of the lineup of plump sweet filled jellies, this one was the star. And usually I have to do quite a bit of coaxing to get that perfect 'drip', but this one just erupted with that ruby goo!
So, was it coincidence that this painting just 'slid off the brush'? I think not. I especially was challenged, but LOVED painting the doughy spot to the left of the jelly - apparently this donut was joined to another and this was the 'tear-spot'. I thought, at first - "I can't do that!" I thought about ignoring it... surely I've painted enough of these to know what a non-torn piece looks like! But then.... ah... I have a little motto... "Do one thing each day that terrifies you..."... so I went for it. And am happy with the result!
Are you enjoying October? I HOPE so - it's my favorite month!Pin It
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Oh, you know how I love to paint candies! I have a lot of ideas which I'll be playing with in the 6x6 format, with color, design and brushwork. This one - I have to say the background color in real life is a consistent light blue - seems the photo has a bit of a shadow at the top.
My favorite part - believe it or not, is the cellophane! Nuts, huh? I also like the hot pink (it's called Carmine Red) peeking out from the bottom layer.
And you know who loves these mints? Paco. Yes, I found him digging them out of the bottom of a paint bin, where apparently the bag of candies had spilled. I saw him trying to suck on one through the wrapper! Then I found A FEW in the cushion of chair - and in pile of fresh laundry, that he had jumped up on (and tried to 'bury' the candy in).
So... sweets for the sweet. Hey, that could be the name of the next one! :)Pin It
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Here we are at the 1st of the month again! WHERE did September go? This month the Girls Just Wanna Paint Group chose "Expression" for our topic- I could have painted the whole MONTH on just that topic! But I chose to take a selfie of me making a face. Started out great, but I overworked it. Anyway, there are some truly amazing paintings posted this month and you can see them HERE!.Pin It
Friday, September 26, 2014
I love the deep soulful gaze of a pug! This guy IS available, For $100 & $10 Shipping, just email me at kcareymac@hotmail, and I'll send him out to you.
I'm having a yard / y'art sale this Saturday - come on by for some extra specially priced older paintings both large and small, or for wood frames, gold, dark brown, black... etc. I have downsized my studio and simply cannot keep everything. I also have assorted occasional furniture items, kitchen stuff - hey, while I'm at it why not de-clutter a LITTLE! :)
Good time of year to start thinking of the Holidays, too.
In the studio I'm working away to clear up my commissions, because I want to be ready for the October influx for the Holidays. I'm also playing a bit with abstraction. Trust me, a good abstract is HARDER to paint than a good realist painting!Pin It
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This 8x8 in painting will be hanging at the North River Arts Society's Members Show opening this Friday night. I won't be able to attend the Opening Festivities, unfortunately. I have posted this painting before, as it was the Girls Just Wanna Paint submission for August.
If you DO go - how's about taking a photo of it - and you - and sending it to me? email@example.com. Muchas gracias. Enjoy - this opening is FREE to the public!
I'm a bit off my game today - my husband was invited to attend an event Tuesday night in NYC, and he didn't want to stay over, and asked me to take the drive with him, and keep him company (have I EVER turned down an opportunity to go to The City? No.). Should have been 3 1/2 hours or so each way. Try FIVE and a half, each way. We made a speedy trip to Manhattan, then as soon as we got off the highway (brilliantly coordinated with the UN letting out of their Climate Change event) the many blocks surrounding the UN were all blocked off - and you KNOW that's where we needed to go.
Coming home, every city in CT closed down most of 95N, resulting in a lovely slowdown - especially in New Haven at midnight, sitting stock still for 1/2 hour. I wanted to get out of the car and pave the road myself - I think I could have been quicker. Anyway... just a little sleep deprived (in at 3 a.m.) and cranky - off to bed now.... a deliriously happy day of painting tomorrow!Pin It
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sometimes you just don't need any reason to celebrate your friends. You know... they are with you to share your happy times and there to hug you and support you through tough times. I have to say I'm a pretty good Cosmo maker. If you ever stop by ... ask for one. I'm happy to share.
This little painting was doing while I was doing a 'Cosmo Commission' for 2 very good friends who have good stories to share. Festive. Fun. Like our very best friends.....Pin It
Thursday, September 18, 2014
A lovely little island just west of Martha's Vineyard, part of the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts... Cuttyhunk is the place to go if you want quiet. Off the grid, mostly (you can stand on some crests of hills and catch a signal for your phone). I left with my friend Susan Medyn out of New Bedford Harbor into the spray of the water taxi... into the blue blue water & sky and finally saw little Cuttyhunk. An Artist's Retreat. Heaven. And I did a fun little workshop on Plein Air for my group and the Islanders (it was open to all EIGHTEEN full time islanders).
We were pampered with gentle, nourishing yoga on the front porch overlooking the ocean. During the days we foraged for inspiration and the muse.... at night, under the gloaming sky, we toasted each day's fruit of our labor with wine & bites, then were presented with fabulous meals in the shingle style Inn, called the Avalon.
This afternoon, I braved the whirling wind, and explored the Fisherman's Club, settling near the bluff that overlooked the old Coast Guard Station (red roof), and the spit of beach that pointed towards Nashawena (now... I may have spelled that wrong, but it's the next island). I started out 'normally'... (you know, blue sky, greeny water), but then it was as if I heard my dearly departed teacher, Ros Farbush in my ear. "ANYONE could paint that! Put some color into it!" So I let my brush dip into the purples and aqua... and ... here it is. I do hate to part with it. I'll share more paintings soon.
Where we had yoga every soft morning.Pin It
Monday, September 1, 2014
It's that time again, Girls Just Wanna Paint Challenge! This month our topic was rather loose, "Water", very open for interpretation. Thoughts I had included a glass of water at a place setting on a table, a very realistic painting of a glass of ice water, a painting of someone watering their flowers or garden, a pot of water ready for pasta on the stove, a kitchen sink, aside from all the usual beach/boat/swim paintings I could do.
I settled on this one, because it's from a photo session I did in Maine in June, early morning in the cove we stay at. I have always been intrigued by the broken mirror image of the trees, the boat, the buoy, the sky in the water. I thought to myself "I'll never get this, it's too complicated." But I started early and s-l-o-w-l-y did one refection at a time. It looks even better in person, and I'm quite happy with it. I can hear the lapping of the water at the dock I stood on to shoot the image. Happy Labor Day weekend, and, unbelievably, it's SEPTEMBER!Pin It
Friday, August 29, 2014
4x6" Acrylic Painting
Today.... was blissful. Perfect temperature, low wind, gorgeous sky with an army of cream puff clouds gliding along. I HAD to have the 'studio' outside today!
But I didn't feel like painting alone... so I called my friend Susan Medyn, a brave and sassy watercolorist, (see her work here), and took my Studio Assistant (Paco) outside.
Inspiration floated back and forth between Susan and I, and we egged each other on to step outside of our comfort zones, while noshing on pb&j's (I'm a real hostess, I tell you). We slapped that paint around, talked about our upcoming trip to the Cuttyhunk Island Artist's Retreat, shared career tips and brainstormed. I have been in a really fertile mode about my work, it's direction, ways to market it while maintaining the focus on development of my skill. The stars must be aligning for me in this area! I'm enjoying good connections to collectors, who give me valuable feedback, and enrich MY life with their friendships.
Tonight.... a trip to Marshfield to North River Art Society's Outside The Box - a really fun event, where we paint and our pieces go on the wall unsigned for a silent auction. Tonight the paintings went to their new homes. I think the quality of the art this year was superior to every other year. Actually, the actor Steve Carrell painted a piece titled "Buy This Painting For $50,000". Pretty much he just painted that on a square. I fear the bid went for slightly less than that... :) still fun.Pin It
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
5x7" Oil Painting "Intensity"
Did you know that Tuesday was National Dog Day? Yeah, well, .... we celebrated it in our house! No, not Harry, the orange cat or Isabelle the torti cat, but Paco and I... and my husband (who did not know exactly that he was celebrating). I love this painting. It was part of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta. I really like that you have to delve... dig and be creative - because trust me, no matter how much you love your subject, at about day 10 you are smacking yourself in the forehead asking everyone you know why they let you commit to this! And you get to know a subject INSIDER OUT! :D
So. Here I am, considering it again for September. I have a really, really, really busy month. I'm doing a workshop on Cuttyhunk Island as part of the Cuttyhunk Island Artist Retreat. I'm teaching at the Providence Art Club. And I'm teaching 3 Fridays at the Portsmouth Arts Guild on Aquidneck Island. (Please ignore the typo's, I just copied and pasted from their website):
Honestly, I'm just glad there are 2 e's in my first name and an 'a' in my last name. I don't ask for much! But there are still a few spots left if you're interested!
One more, kind of personal, thing. I actually consider all you guys my friends. You are, actually, more real than my Facebook friends, since you've shared my journey for many years, so... OK. I haven't posted since Open Studios, which was fine, fun and fabulous. Because as I was catching my breath over that, we learned that my godchild is very sick. With God's grace she will not only survive but thrive, but it's been a rocky week, and honestly, I couldn't paint. I couldn't even string a thought together. All the crazy stuff going on in the world, and then to find out someone who is wonderful in a 'lit from within' way is literally holding on by a thread. So.... if you can spare a prayer, we'll take it. Thank you. And now.... I promise surprises and fun scenes from Open Studios tomorrow. Goodnight and thank you.Pin It
Friday, August 15, 2014
8x8 inch Acrylic - "Triple Threat"
This is a new one for my Open Studio this weekend. 8x8. Aye-yi-yi! I have it framed. It walkways surprises me just how far people will drive for one of these paintings - so I made sure I have plenty available this year! I opened the box of donuts tonight and there was only ONE there. I have no idea what happened to them..... Paco? Well, tomorrow I am giving away a donut painting :D AND I will have tiny little jelly donuts available to nosh! Don't come to me last - I can't run out and get more when they're gone!!!
You can see the other artists, etc. here, and don't worry, I have plenty of maps and I'm right off the highway!
Good weather tomorrow - perfect. Sprinkles on Sunday - also perfect.
To be eligible to win this 6x6 inch original painting, just print and cut out the invitation below, put your name and email address (clearly) on the back, and drop it in to my fishbowl at the studio!
"And In This Corner...." 12x12 Inch Acrylic painting
Getting ready for Open Studio here... so I know what you're thinking - "She's cleaning, polishing, putting up new curtains, painting the porch, etc. etc. " Well, not exactly. Not anything like that, actually. I am painting bigger donut paintings! These 4 donuts were painted right in the DD's box, which I held in my left hand while painting with my right... all the while listening to Colin Page's interview on Artists Helping Artists!
Who eats the donuts, you ask? Good question. Depends on the day. Today Paco barked like a crazy dog at the BOX till I put it out of sight. I may re-arrange and paint them again tomorrow, but, in this ONE thing I'm a perfectionist, and if the frosting has lost it's sheen or the jelly has become transLUCENT instead of trasPARENT.... out they go.
So, yes, I'm giving away "Luscious Lips", below:
To be eligible, just print out the invitation, below. Put your name and email address (clearly, please!) on the back, and when you visit my Open Studio this weekend, drop it into the fish bowl (which is really a vase). I'll pick the winner on Sunday at 5!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
This weekend the South Coast Open Studio Tour is in full swing! So many cool studios to visit. Beautiful vistas of the Sakonnet River, and farmland falling away to the coast. Delish food stops. Gray's Ice Cream. AND my studio! (and that's just Tiverton - there is also Little Compton, Westport and Dartmouth!)
I'm giving away this little painting - for followers of my blog exclusively (yes, people can sign up for the blog there at my studio).
Simply print out the little ad below, and put your contact info on the back and drop it into my fish bowl when you visit! (Name, email, physical address, and phone - if you are comfortable with that - I'll only use it to notify you!).
The walls are packed. :) I'd love to see you!
Monday, August 11, 2014
Oh, the chocolate does me in! I will admit! And SOMETIMES, like this time, I ask them to re-dip the donut in the chocolate. Evil, I know, but they do it for me!
I promised I'd post the painting I'm giving away this weekend at my Open Studio, so here it is, below:
All you have to do is print and clip the invitation BELOW. Write your contact information on it and when you stop by my Studio, on the South Coast Open Studio Tour, drop it in the fishbowl. At the end of the day on Sunday, my assistant will reach in and choose an entry. I will ship it for free. Good luck!
Sunday, August 10, 2014
LOTS of stuff going on. Really. Yesterday's painting was selected as a Daily Paintworks Pick of the Day! This past weekend I had a couple of paintings in the Pembroke Arts Festival, and I did a donut demo there on Saturday. Got interviewed on a local cable show there too. I painted 4 donuts, below:
Today's donut is part of the plethora (now, haven't you always wanted to USE that word?) of donuts I'm painting for this upcoming weekend's Open Studio at my home/studio. Ah-cha-cha! The craziness here! I tell you it's astounding!
If you cut this invitation out and bring it to my Open Studio, write your contact information on the back, because I'm GIVING AWAY a painting if you come because of my blog or my Facebook invitation! Tomorrow I'll publish the painting I'm giving away. Gonna be FUN!
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Perfect blue sky, gentle breeze, deep blue ocean... lone island against a far shore..... shell pink horizon... one tiny puffy cloud.
Slight wind... two, no three more puffy clouds, still small.... then more... then larger, heavier, plump and luscious clouds..... wind picks up... water unsettled...
Then GUSTs of wind.. a parade of chunky clouds, water flipped by the wind that picks up my palette and throws it facedown on the rock bound coast of Maine..... the growth of a Maine morning....
Laughter of fellow painter.... another rushes with paper towels, scramble to save the tubes of paint skittering away into the crevices... a decision to save the rest of the painting for another day, when the scent of the ocean is a vague memory and the visual of the army of clouds bringing flinging breath disrupting my efforts..... *love* Maine.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Love all things 'outer Cape'. I am reading a book called "The Orphans of Race Point" by Patry Francis, and many of my good artist friends are spending time in Ptown, Wellfleet, Truro right now, posting their images on Facebook, and making me LONG to visit! Also, out of the blue, this painting from 2011 sold from my blog. Have I mentioned how much I love my blog AND my blog followers?? Well, of course I couldn't find it and did my research and turns out someone had purchased it... so I revisited the original photo and re-painted it. Honestly I loved this image, and it calls to mind those wonderful little cottages you drive by on the way to Provincetown. I know for a fact it's going to a good home - with a beautiful Springer Spaniel named Molly!Pin It
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Last weekend I was lucky enough to visit a friend who has a camp in Maine on a beautiful lake. After I painted the vista a couple of times, something was nudging me from the back of my mind. I'd been to Sakonnet Point recently and the scent of the Rosa Rugosa (Beach Rose) garden swept me off my feet. there were a few different varieties, and I snapped photos of them all.
So, what evolved, through the first day, when I was alone at the camp awaiting my friend (I mean alone with Paco - my glued-to-my-hip sidekick) was a small series of up-close-and-personal portraits of these heavenly scented flowers. I was inspired, partly, by Connie Hayes' florals that were 12x12 inches, and glorious, that I had seen a couple of months ago at the Dowling Walsh Gallery. I'm going to buy some 12x12 canvases after my next Open Studio and make a number of large paintings like this.
I see them hung individually, or like this:
I think they would make a stunning arrangement at a beach house, a home near the ocean, or the wall of a rose-lover. AND mine will NOT be $5,000 EACH, like Connie's, so that's good.... :DPin It
Saturday, August 2, 2014
This is a section of a painting that I donated to the Tiverton Land Trust at their event on Thursday evening. I was a bit disappointed at the low winning big (roughly 1/3 of what it would be listed at in a gallery). HOWEVER, it wasn't framed.... OK, and I was happy that someone who also valued the Land Trust would have it in their home.
Then... as it would turn out... the Red Dory was going to the owner of the new restaurant near my home... and the name of his restaurant, The Red Dory, was the inspiration for a small series of paintings I did, including THIS one. And I met him and he was so nice and he and my husband brainstormed about the way they should develop the empty gas station across the street from the new restaurant, at the beach. And they came up with - a big gazebo... which would be really really nice - and would allow Tiverton residents to sit in the shade and enjoy the wonderful view. (We will not mention that I have been saying this all along, right?).
At any rate, it was a wonderful night, with a fabulous sunset, an amazing moonset closely following (a red crescent moon - so unusual!). Great food, fun beverages, lively conversation and great auction items - I was proud to be among the donators!Pin It
Friday, August 1, 2014
This month, our challenge for Girls Just Wanna Paint is "Tree". I've driven by these trees a thousand times. They sit in a large hay field. They bring my blood pressure down just by looking at them. I painted them over and over for this Challenge. I hope you check it out and enjoy our work.Pin It
Sunday, July 27, 2014
A little something different for me! The paint is layers and layers, inspired by a recent trip to the beach. The figures are having a party and I painted them in a naive manner, without modeling of darks and lights. Just simple, fun and THERE.
I really enjoyed painting it - I hope it's fun to look at, too.....
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I have loved this stand of trees a couple of miles from my home for the 10 years I've lived here. It's at the Pardon Gray Preserve. Beautiful and different in every light... and I want to paint them all. I started out with the image on my iPhone, then sketched in ink, and colored in with markers... to see what I liked in terms of size of the trees, placement, and atmosphere.
First small sketches,
Then I did a 5x7 in acrylic - to see if I liked that... and I DID,
But then I did the top one in oil... and it came closest to my vision in my head. After painting this same scene all day, I was treated to this sunset view, below.... breathtaking....
Monday, July 21, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
It's a beautiful weekend here in Little Rhody! I'd love to see you if you're thinking of doing the South Coast Artists Tour! 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. There are over 100 artists - too much to see all!
But I'll be at my studio, and you can come enjoy the breezes, sip a cold drink and soak up ART!Pin It
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Getting ready for Open Studios this year has been more of a push up than usual. In the past I tidied up, brought bins of paintings from my studio, hung the signage, and VOILA! This year I still had boxes I had yet to unpack form moving my studio into my LIVING ROOM, plus I had 3 easels, 3 mediums, all my art supplies... all that needed moving. Oh, and stacks of paintings against the walls, on the walls and on the shelving, which needed to be relocated, too. WAH! What was I thinking? I should have been getting ready for this for MONTHS.
Well, what happens when you're under the gun and the clock is ticking, and you know you should have started waaaaaay earlier? You become exhausted, you fall down the stairs, you miss deadlines because you were not looking at the clock, you accidentally let the cat out one day and he disappears (no worries, he did come back) and the dog out another day and he runs down the middle of Main Road leaving you NO choice but to chase him in your NIGHTGOWN and flip flops, you argue with people you love, UNTIL it's all done.
Happy to report it's all done :) And we can be normal now - I mean, as normal as we ever were. Some nice Facebook friends have suggested that if this art thing doesn't work out I could write sit-coms from my life. We'll see how it goes. Anyway, I'd SO love to see you, and have you see what I've been working on. I love meeting people who follow the blog - so be SURE to introduce (or re-introduce - I have a brain like a sieve) yourself if you decide to take a ride to one of the most beautiful areas in New England!