Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wild And Crazy Martini, 8x8 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

This one's a gift ... in that it is $125 rather than the $150 I would normally charge for a canvas this size on the blog. I got about 90% of this done in class at North River.  A student/friend graciously let me use this vivid fabric and I LOVE it.   I visualize this framed in a white wood frame, in a bar area or kitchen... I love the fabric background, and MAN was it a fun challenge to see how it looks when viewed through the vodka and glass!

So here's to you. Friends, artists, art lovers and just basic great women...CHEERS!  Celebrate!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Flowers And A Sweet Treat, by Kelley MacDonald

These are my very favorite Peonies from my old garden.  What do I love painting more?  The lush pink petals, the frou frou white centers?  Or..... the GLASS?  It's funny, when I start to paint these flowers I always think "CAN I do this?"  then I just stop worrying, and just do it.  And most of the time... it works.  This is a great little gift for a June birthday, anniversary or a 'just because' thing (or for yourself...).  I never get tired of looking at these flowers. 

And, we have big doings this weekend as my oldest son is getting married Saturday (so excited!), but on Sunday you can bet I'll be at the North River Arts Society's annual Festival.  Saturday and Sunday... seriously, great juried show, great crafts, photography, music, food... and a truly amazing art sale (art in the barn).  Here are a few FRAMED paintings I put in.  Really good price.  I decided a couple of years ago that I would only put things in this sale that I would buy myself, or hang on my own walls.  No clearing out of stuff that didn't sell elsewhere, or paintings that just weren't good enough.  So.... here are the candy paintings that will be there:

I guess '3' is the lucky number for me, eh?
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Double Drip, 6x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I've been spending all day with these two babies under the lights and the scent was killing me!   I hadn't done a donut painting in so long, and have been working on Tulips (in an 8x8 inch size, for the Festival at North River Arts Society, art in the Barn) which I have been totally loving.  The tulips, these plus more, will be at an AMAZING price (they are larger than my regular Daily Paintings, and I've discounted them for the purpose of making what I consider a donation to North River, which is a totally awesome art group).  Here are a few of them:

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ruby, 6x6 inch Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

Happy Mothers' Day to all you mothers, to all of you who have lost your mothers, mothers who have lost their children, women who yearn to be mothers... all.  This, as I get older, has become such a laden day.  Of course, I think of my own mother... who, if I'm to be honest, I held at arm's length for years.  What was I afraid of?  That I wasn't a perfect child?  That she wasn't a perfect Mom?  How I wish I could get just one of those years back, because now... well, now I know.  It doesn't matter.  What matters is that she loved me, and I loved her, and what I wouldn't give to lavish her with love, affection and treats .... ach.  That is a wish I'll never get.  And I know she knows I hear her voice in my head ALL THE TIME.  When I'm impatient with someone I hear her saying "They are doing the very best that they can."  When I'm critical of someone she's saying "If they could change that about themselves they would." "Just do your best (really?  because that one always went against the sort of judgement that I needed to be the 'best'...)."  Still.  I can look back now and see her frustrations, and her sense of loss which she felt all her life, after losing her parents and ending up in an orphanage.

And what I have that endures are her real gifts.  Courage.  Strength.  Faith (which, yes, gets wobbly and even missing sometimes, but oops, there it is again!).  Stubbornness.  Drive.  And compassion.  All things which are the essentials in this world, gifts from her.  Gifts I hope I can pass on to my own 3 wonderful children.  
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Cinco De Mayo, 6x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

How would you like it?  Straight up or frozen?  Hmmm... Maybe you like it one way and your best buddy/friend/significant other likes it the other?  Whatever way you make it or buy it, it is delish!  I like mine extra lime-y.  I remember my favorite Margarita story.. I was painting in Mexico, in San Miguel de Allende with Paula Villanova and it was Easter Week (had we realized this we may have picked another week, but the crowds were fun, too).  Paula and I were painting in the Jardin (town square) and she went for a walk.  I jokingly asked her how much I could sell her painting for, and she said some silly answer like $20.  We laughed, and don't you know I sold both paintings on our easels while she was gone!  I gave the guy a terrific price and he was thrilled, as were we.  Paula and I celebrated by spending the afternoon in a very cool, beautiful restaurant drinking the best Margaritas (straight up) I have ever had, to this day.  Don't remember too much about the rest of the day, but I'm sure it was fun. :)  I will get back to that lovely town.....  And if you enjoy Paula's paintings, you can see them as well on our Girls Just Wanna Paint blog. 
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Man's Best Friend, 12x12 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

First of the month, that always brings the Girls Just Wanna Paint piece.  This month's topic was "Man's Best Friend".  So, so many painting ideas floated through my head.  But this one, the steadfast little waggly tail tucked under his master's arm at a hard moment, this is the one that I had to paint.  I love painting dogs, and it nearly killed me to paint this painting 'from behind', as there is no little wet nose pushing it's way into your face... but plenty of time and days for that.  I find that my animals (and yes, I include my cats here) seem to just know when I feel bereft, and they insist that I take their comfort.  I'm grateful for them, and while they aren't cure-alls, they are terrific best friends! 
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gimlet, Anyone? 7x5 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Green.  I love the color!  So many greens in this piece!  And well, so many yummy things are green, like limes!  And then there's all that ice - never too much ice!

So.. kick back & enjoy.  This might just be my drink of the summer.  Looks so refreshing, no?

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Make Mine A Manhattan, 6x6 Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I guess I'm thinking of 2 things today, painting this, OK, 3 things. 
  1. It's Primary Day in New York, and aren't we lucky to be able to vote for whomever we choose?
  2. I have a friend that's coming to celebrate her birthday and her FREEDOM from her job, and I'm very excited, wanting to toast to her!
  3. I love love love painting the shimmery, gold, yellows and reds in a Manhattan with a cherry.  OK, I love painting any kind of whiskey, bourbon, any of that gold-y stuff.  Which is kind of odd, since I don't actually like the taste of it!  It's the visuals, that get me, every time.  Plus painting glass... I love to do that too.
Anyway - hey, we have a lot to be grateful for - every one of us, if we think about it, so ... here's to you!
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Oooops, I Did It Again.... 6x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

So it's finally, finally Spring, when our young hearts turn to thoughts of love and.. jelly donuts!  Those magical, pillowy mouthfuls of sugar and jelly and puffy dough... OOOH!  

I have in mind a whole box of them, of different design.. but I will always start and return to my lovely jellies.  I've been exposed recently to APRICOT jelly donuts.  Devils up in the Quincy area make them and ... well, let me just say it's worth the trip.

Enjoy the milder weather - I think we can put away our snow boots and shovels here in New England.  Breathing in, and breathing out....  thinking of new things to add to my blog!
OH!  Have you seen the GirlsJustWannaPaint pieces for this month?  I think... it may be our best month ever!  Go HERE to view! The topic?  "Looking Up"!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Darling Sparrow, 6x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Do you love her?  I do.  I have always been drawn to the soft, pouffy rounded shape of a Sparrow.  I think if you sit and watch them you just have to fall a little bit in love with them.  Notwithstanding my cat thinks my love for sparrows includes dead ones,  which it most definitely does not.  I love their lively little eyes and dancing way of hopping around.  

I have somewhere (packed, and I'll find it) a sculpture of 3 sparrows on a branch.  When I get it out I'll include a photo of it. 
HUGE apologies for a post I wrote (it was a long one) on the 1st.  It disappeared - and didn't even go to the Drafts folder.  Shaking my head.... hope this guy gets out to you all.  Hey.... Spring is VERY close!  Reason to celebrate!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Baby, It's COLD Outside, 6x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I have long wanted to do more figure painting.  Can never seem to find the time for 1) a class, 2) a drop in or 3) a workshop.  But today I felt compelled.  And this baby appeared on my easel.  No, I don't know this child, it's adapted from a Google Search. 
I used (Cadmium) Red, (Cadmium) Yellow and (Ultramarine) Blue and white, plus a bit of Burnt Umber (brown).  I love baby faces because they are without guile, their eyes are large and their skin is so soft.  I plan on doing many more.  I think a collection of these would be so adorable together!
Are the eyes the window of the soul?  Seems so.
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

You Deserve It( - and my process), 6x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Dead of winter... halfway through.  I have friends who are at the beach, soaking up the sunshine, playing and dining outdoors, in warm places.  No.  I don't resent you - YOU DESERVE IT.  And honestly, this winter, despite a couple of weeks of rough patch, has been sort of kind.  I hope you exult in your warm days, your tan you tried not to get (right...). Kick off your flip flops and walk the beach, let your mind wander and R-E-L-A-X.  Because... yeah... you deserve it.

And here's a sneak peek at a Work In Progress (or maybe it's done, I never know).  See, our Girls Just Wanna Paint topic this month is "Palette".  You know, like our artist's palette.  So... first I made many sketches in my sketchbook of one of those hand held wooden palettes.  My personal palette is one of two: a clear glass piece on a kitchen cart, or a disposable palette, with about 20 sheets of waxy paper.  

I. Was. Bored.

So, I thought, what if I made a wild garden (the only kind I can grow) and made a flower for each color on my palette?  I use a limited palette (to start with, anyway) of
Titanium White
Cadmium Lemon
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red Light
Quinacridone Rose
Ultramarine Blue
Path Blue and
Burnt Umber

So I took a canvas and over about 4 days laid down the 'darks' of the leaves, stems and loam, and the 'light' of the sky.  At least 2 layers for the sky - at least 6 for the darks. Then.... I COULD NOT BEAR to put the flowers in!  FEAR OF FAILURE.  A friend whose opinion I respect came by and I asked her and she said,  no, no flowers.  I agreed.  Mostly.  Decided to start from scratch with a completely different idea. 

BUT THEN... I was cleaning my other house's studio out and found a big piece of mylar (clear sheeting).  I taped it over (you can see a piece of tape on the upper left corner) the painting and proceed to paint as I had imagined it.  And I am very glad I tried this.  I don't know now, if I will paint this design on the actual painting or simply adhere the mylar with the paint on it on TOP of the canvas.  But it came out exactly as I imagined it.  

Lesson:  Trust yourself.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Island Kitchen, 6x6 inch acrylic painting by Kelley MacDonald


There's a little island off the South Coast of Massachusetts called Cuttyhunk Island.  It's not a tourist destination.  It's tiny, very walkable, and you would go there for peach and quiet, for beauty and the salt air.  I was lucky 2 years ago to go and stay at the Avalon Inn, and this was their kitchen, which, btw, is my DREAM kitchen. If I ever built a kitchen it would be based on this one.  When I look at the photos I took I am taken right back to that magical time, where I met some great people and was able to sink into my art for a few days with no disruption.  And begin and end every day with stimulating conversation and fabulous food.  Every year the founders of this Artist's Retreat make magic happen for the artists, and imbed memories that last for years.  This year's spots are all taken, I believe but if you keep your eyes out, they open for registration early Fall, for the NEXT Fall.  Yoga in the morning, do what you will all day... cocktails and bonding and sharing in the evening.  Here's the website:

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Church Beach, Cuttyhunk Island, 12x16 acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

This was my submission for Girls Just Wanna Paint this month, and the topic was The Golden Mean. You can read about what that is HERE.  It's a way to make sense of why we place things where we do and how it's got a mathematical reason.  
Or something.  God help me.  I either choose my compositions intuitively, or use a grid, with 2 vertical sections and 2 horizontal sections, and aim the focal point somewhere at one of the 4 intersections, but MOSTLY I try different sketches and find what one looks the best to me.
This scene is from an image I took while on Cuttyhunk, a magical week.  Lonely house, gorgeous view, endearing path down to the beach.  Or up to the house, depending.  
I love the solitude implied in this scene.  NOT loneliness, just the wonderful ability to feel the smallness of us verses the bigness of the Universe.  Of God. Of everything 'not-us'.  And how that is all OK, it's how it's supposed to be, and it just feels right.  it's much less than it would be framed, in a show, and also it will cost me much more than $10 to ship it, and that's a gift from me. 
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tulip Time - Already?? Original Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Time moves on and so do we all!  This has been an unbelievably busy Holiday Season, and also - I have moved, so on top of pushing out 42 small paintings for Little Pictures types of shows, and juggling 2 day jobs, I've become an Urban Girl.  Yup.  Never thought I'd like it (yes, that was me you heard kicking and screaming...) but I will admit... it is A-OK.  I never realized how much TIME I spent getting places.  Now there are endless sidewalks to explore with Paco, and even the cats do not seem to mind not going outside for their morning constitutional.
PLUS I'm super close now to my sons, and that is just GREAT.  

So these tulips grace my new space... and it is the end result of a lesson I taught at the Art Club today.  We took a photo, did 3 small quick experimental paint sketches, and settled on one to really paint.  Teaching at 2 places now, the Club and North River Arts Society in Marshfield.  I love my life!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Garden Of Color, 16x20 Inch acrylic painting by Kelley MacDonald

 "Garden Of Color" 16x20 acrylic on canvas, and acrylic on mylar

Is it March ALREADY????  Giving thanks for a not-too-horrible winter! And yes, it's GirlsJustWannaPaint day, too!  So, this month our topic was "Palette".  As usual, I tried out different ideas in my sketchbook.  What I decided on was a 'garden' depicting each color of my limited palette colors.  A limited palette is when an artist uses just red, yellow and blue (usually, like in my case, a cool and a warm of each color) plus white (and burnt umber).  

So I did my foliage, kind of happy, dancing leaves, etc. and was more than happy with it.  So happy, in fact, that I feared putting in the flowers.  What if that was a bad idea?  I'd ruin the foliage I liked so much.  I decided to take a piece of mylar sheeting and lay it over the canvas, to fit exactly, and paint on TOP of that, and then I could see if it would work.  It did.  But it worked too well.  I was extremely free and loose with the strokes for the flowers, and I like how they came out, like those exact brush strokes, very much.  I knew I could NEVER recreate them exactly.  So I am trying to see how to affix the mylar topping over the canvas.  Even though I've been told I can't do this (which is EXACTLY what to sat to me if you want me to break my head trying...) I love the 3-D effect having the mylar sitting atop the canvas gives.  Below are some close ups... (sideways of course... it's been that kind of day)

For now... it's just sitting.  Any ideas of fixing it to the canvas  LET ME KNOW.  :)

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Where, Oh Where Am I?

"Serious Peppermints", 6x6 inches, acrylic.  

This month I am everywhere.  Just call me Waldo.  I have all candies at the Providence Art Club's Little Picture show. 
I have Twenty five small pieces (unframed, at a discounted price in order to contribute to the Society) at the upcoming North River Holiday Sale. 

And Wednesday night, my good friend Mary Sheehan Winn (check out her work) will help me fill the window at Brewed Awakenings in Downtown Hingham, MA. 
I feel like I'm spinning!  But it's all good, and the camaraderie from the fellow artists and these fine organizations is just incredible!

I'll post some samples from each place so you can see what I've been up to!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Festivities, 6x6 inch acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

First of the month - again?  So soon?  And Girls Just Wanna Paint topic is: Celebration.  So so many options for a celebration.  But this sparkly, colorful image just set me off to paint it!  Strings of lights, lanterns, umbrellas, ... I can hear the music and the laughter.  Beyond Season or Reason. 
I have been looking at this piece while I sip my coffee in the morning, and I can get lost in the colors, and almost feel the vibration of the music.   
So so much going on - I feel like my work is really "out there" this month.  Tomorrow I'll send out a list of where, just so you can visit it if you have a hankering.  
Have been missing you all, and hope you are all doing well.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pocket Treasure, 6x6 Inch Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

Tonight I had the great pleasure of doing a demo at the Foxboro Art Association.  I love doing demos because I always get to meet such great people.  These are serious artists and they had good questions, and there seemed to be a number of connections we had in common.  No, thesis not what I painted - I painted this on a retreat in Maine recently, with good girlfriend time (oh, and good Pug time I should add) and sweet time at the lake.  Tonight I did a donut painting.  A bit of spiffing up and I'll share it here.

My Dad always had hard candies in his pocket.  That is one reason I love to paint them.  Also... you know how you just get a tickle in your throat when you just shouldn't be making any noise?  Yeah, these are great for those times.  

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hopper's Light, 8x10 inch Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

Well, it's the 1st of the month, and that means Girls Just Wanna Paint!  This month Mary Sheehan Winn chose the theme "Paint Like A Famous Artist".  I was stumped, stymied and s-l-o-w.  I've always loved Hopper, and his bare, lonely lighthouse paintings, so here we are.  I'll tell you trying to copy another artist's work is so much more difficult than doing it yourself!  But I do learn, every single time I do things like this.  This speaks to me of every lighthouse I've visited.  Especially Maine, where Hopper took a lot of inspiration.  I love everywhere he painted.  Anyway, it's an 8x10 on gallery wrapped canvas (no need to frame).  I can't ship it till after our monthly meeting on the 6th, so bear that in mind!  Stay safe if you're in hurricane areas!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Quick Learners, 6x6 inch Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

No Shelter Pet today, and possibly tomorrow, as my day job is taking 10+ hours a day these couple of days - just finished this one up... still may finesse the middle range of land.
Hoping for a break in the heat.... I don't like extremes of temperatures.  I get lethargic and groggy in the heat.  If you are awaiting an email/message from me about a painting... I'll be back to you in a couple of days - do not worry.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shelter Cat, 6x6 in Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

I'm looking at cats (and dogs) in shelters.  This guy is Nick and he is at the Hull Seaside Shelter in Hull, MA.  The painting does not do him justice.  But if you adopt Nick, email me and you can have this painting from when he was sad and lonely, before you lit up his life. 

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Shaken, Not Stirred... 12x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Where to begin?  First, it is the day for our Girls Just Wanna Paint Challenge - and this month's topic is "Twisted".  Honestly.  I tried a big painting of glorious skeins of pink, orange and glittery yarn (what was I thinking?), a raspberry twisted danish (I actually threw this one across the room), and then, today, the LAST day to paint it, I stopped at 3 donut shops.  Why doesn't anyone twist cruellers any more?  They're made by machine now, FYI and the dough is plopped out.  Well, I finally, after all those shops found THREE kinds of twisted donuts at Ma's Donuts in Middletown, RI.  Check out the outstanding paintings from this Challenge HERE.

Well, something happened on the way home.... it's hot here, a little bitty heat wave.  And I was driving by a little grocery store and I thought "My husband would probably love an ice cold martini when he gets home tonight - WAIT!!!!!"  That's as far as I got with the ACTUAL martini, but all I could think of was painting one with a 'twist'.  There you go... sometimes you just have to let your natural inclinations bubble to the top.  And here, all this time, I thought I was a slave to donuts.  :)

*rabbit*rabbit*rabbit* (good luck this coming month)

ANNNNNND, one last thing.  This is shaping up to be a really busy month for my day job, so what did I do?  I signed up to do Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 days.  Crazy, huh?  Haven't settled on a topic and am going to give myself a week to settle in.  Shelter dogs/cats?  Things that refresh?  My favorite things?  We'll see.  Hey, thanks for sticking around.  It means more than you can know.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Long Time Gone


I've really missed my blogging friends!  I've cleared out a lot in my house, and now am in the Limbo that is unique to a House For Sale.  I've struggled with all the different hats I've had to wear prepping everything, and I'm still not done, but well on my way - one more yard sale and one more POP UP sale (keep your eyes peeled and check the blog posts, because I will be taking sales via text message as well as in person!) to go.

It had been so long since I've done a Daily Painting... there was this fear... could I still paint?  I thought I'd forgotten HOW.  And what?  What subject?  I returned to my comfort zone.  Hadn't done a coffee or tea break in a long long time.  I love painting different textures, and here the graham crackers contrasted with the smooth liquid and the hard porcelain... and I had a BLAST doing it.  And whites are always so interesting.  So join me in 'Tak(ing) A Break", relax and enjoy.  And thanks for being there.
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Friday, July 3, 2015

It's A Grand Old Flag, 8x6 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Happy Independence Day!  So much talk on the TV and Social Media about what divides us, about other flags, and other allegiances, religions and more.  But today, really, we can celebrate that we CAN have things that are different about us, but what is most important is that we are one.  One nation.  With lots of different people in it.  Here's a shout out to all my friends, all over this wonderful land (and beyond).  HAPPY 4th of July!

Last Fall I was lucky enough to spend time on beautiful Cuttyhunk Island.  This is what you see as you sail into their little harbor.  American flags waving, welcoming.  Long may they wave.  Enjoy your festivities today and hold your friends and families close.  How lucky are we?
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Good Day Ahead,, 7x5 inch acrylic painting by Kelley MacDonald

Well, THIS month has certainly flown by!  Here we are, knee deep in Summer!  I've been cleaning out, packing and paring down, ready for a move.  But Girls Just Wanna Paint posts our new paintings today - and this month's topic was "Bathing Beauties".  Here are two iconic women of a 'certain age', with all the privileges that go with that age, meaning acceptance of who we are, and spending the occasional day as we see fit.  Two friends spending a day at the beach, with a good book, a cool drink and sunscreen - pretty perfect.  Goofy hats optional.

I've made new space in my house to paint - the living room option just wasn't cutting it for me - if you can believe it, too much light, coming in from all directions.  I have a small north-east facing room upstairs now that I have claimed while we are still here, and it feels wonderful.  So, as I tackle the attic, the basement and the mountains of accumulated things from 3 generations, I will be taking refreshing painting breaks here:

Why didn't I do this sooner?

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Poppies, 6x12 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

As we drove to and from painting sites during our week in Maine, we were treated to gorgeous displays of poppies.  These, against the deep dark of the woods, were these brilliant glowing flowers! We took so many photos of them and I knew I'd paint them.  One thing I love about this painting is that the woods are not a flat black area, there is depth and branches and trees and all sorts of stuff going on there! A nice, 'tuckable' size, too, 6x12.  

I always see poppies as a hopeful sign, that the cold winter is really really gone, and the flora of summer is on it's way.
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Sigh, 6x12 Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald


This painting went to a friend, and I am so so happy to know that the peace and joy I got from painting it will be in her life.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Maine Rocks, 6x12 acrylic painting by Kelley MacDonald

Right about now I'm visiting Pemmaquid Light House.  These rocks were painted with a cast of thousands (felt like) standing behind me.  A big bus load of people emptied out and they thought this was part of the Tour. :)

Well, many left when I painted the whole canvas magenta.  ("She doesn't know what she's doing....")  And the way I painted it, I blocked in huge abstract shapes at first.  Then I went in and added depth, detail, strong values, color.  When I look at this I can hear the pounding of the tide on the rocks.  Yes, Maine Rocks. xo
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Oh, Honey!, 6x12 Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Right now I'm on my yearly painting retreat in Maine.  7 days of art - IMAGINE!  We only have to worry about what's for dinner one night each, and we do housekeeping the morning we leave.  It's a love fest, and a week of intense sharing of news in the art world, techniques, art history and ideas.  

On the road to the nearest lighthouse is a beekeeper who sells her wares from her porch.  She lines up different sized jars with a 'honey bee bear' on the railing.  Against the house are the butterflies she makes and sells.  I look forward to this still life every year. And the light coming through that honey - BAM!

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Comfort, 6x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

The glow of the set sun, the serenity of the flowing water into the marsh, gives many of us a settling in kind of feeling.  A place to let your fears and anger go, and let the peace and comfort of faith seep in.  I wish this for all of you, friends.  This painting was done in the 'zone', where you don't even direct your brush, it simply flows.  I love it, and I don't say that about many of my own paintings!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Serenity, 6x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I haven't painted in about a week.  Life keeps getting in the way.  And it's not going to ease up for a couple of weeks, so when I GOT a small, teeny tiny block of time, I grabbed my paints and the reference photo that I loved and went to town.

It's a place I want to be.  It's a sight I love to see.  Massachusetts, in particular, has a lot of gorgeous marshes.  But I don't really remember where this one is from.  I love the clouds, the sky, the reflection.  

Wishing you all peace, and a bit of serenity. :)
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

"The Spiritual America" Cocktail, 6x6 inch Acrylic by Kelley MacDonald

At a place called Pearl & Ash in Manhattan they are dreaming up Spring cocktails.  Now... how fun does this look? Tastes like Blood Orange with Rhubarb accents.  Sounds like a winner, even though I can't figure out how they came up with a name like that!

Come on Spring... I know you can do it!  I think here in Rhode Island we're going to pretty much skip Spring, and leap from the mid 50's to the 70's.  I'm enjoying saying goodbye to frigid weather and snow injuries.  Looking for some tulips to brighten the days, too.  Enjoy, friends!
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Serene Bride, 7x5 Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Here it is, the 1st of the month!  And you know what that means!  Girls Just Wanna Paint produces our response to this month's topic:  Bride.  Check them out HERE.
I'm going to a wedding next week for a very lovely couple and my very own daughter is recently engaged and we are looking forward to THAT!  Every bride is beautiful.  City Hall brides (my mom and my friend Susan), Beachfront brides, Cathedral Brides, Flower Power brides and every type of bride in between.  Something about celebrating finding the love of your life, I think, makes you shine from within.  
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Party Jellies, 6x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I posted this painting on Facebook as a WIP (Work In Progress) and someone said it looked like a 'selfie' taken at a party.  OK, it's a donut party and the jellies are really having a wild time!  :D

I saw on the Dunkin Donuts Facebook page that some shops still carry the 'strawberry filled' jelly donuts of old.  So I wrote to the company to find out which stores, since those donuts really give off a jewel-like drip of jelly (yes, I know how crazy that sounds but here I am, saying it!).  My answer was that they DO NOT KNOW which stores carry it.  (simple enough - which ones do you SHIP the donuts to - they used to be made in the shops, but that was years ago.  Now they are all centrally baked and shipped).  I do, I know, know WAY too much about these donuts!

Point being, if any of you stumble across a Dunkin Donuts in NEW ENGLAND that has Strawberry Filled Jelly Donuts - PLEASE let me know.  I will be forever in your debt - and you get a donut painting half off!  :D

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Lush And Sweet, 7x5 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I knew you needed some sweetness in your life right now.  Here you go.  ZERO calories!  Tender plump donuts filled with real whipped cream and a splot of jelly injected in the middle just for a touch of perfection.  Dusted with powdered sugar.  In a brown box, with waxed paper wrap to keep it safe.
Yeah.  I'm even making MYSELF hungry!
Now... wipe that drool off your lips...... 
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Boats To Come

This past week I've not had a lot of time to paint, but I wanted to explore a subject.  I have a nice image from the Maine painting trip last year and, as you can see below, I did 3 versions.  The large image, above, was the last.  I started with an extreme light/dark study, below on the right.  Then I did a tonal version, in the middle.  Then I allowed myself to dig into the color a bit.  These are all 6x6's and if you are interested in any of them, just shoot me an email at

More to come on this one.... bigger, different substrates.... just going to delve.
OK?  How are you guys?  Let me know!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Memories, 6x6 Inch Acrylic painting by Kelley MacDonald

This month the Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge was to paint a treasured object.  I've kind of trying to adopt a Buddhist attitude, of detachment, and not letting material things mean too much to me, but this little pitcher was my mom's and I think was actually a creamer.  My son, knowing how I love pussy willows, actually GREW some this year, and put them in a floral arrangement he gave me on my recent birthday.  Well the flowers are gone, but the pussy willows remain.

SO.  On to the fun part here.  Today, being behind the 8 Ball with my painting schedule, I packed up my paints and drove to Sally Dean's studio where we decided we would simply get in her studio and CRANK out this month's Challenge. We did it, then went looking at some awesome pottery and glasswork in nearby Norwell (behind Trattoria San Pietro). So... here is mine.  Please check out the rest of the GJWP Challenge paintings HERE, and Sally's blog HERE.

"Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends... " yes I do, and I want to say THANKS to Sally for a great art date day!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lifting Spirits, 6x6 in Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

It has been a loooong Winter!  Even now, officially Spring, we are sloshing and scraping and salting...  these tulips have such fresh color and really pierce the Winter Blues!  

They tell me warm weather is just around the corner.  I will believe.... 
Reconnecting with a lot of my artist friends this week - I think we've all been hibernating - it is just wonderful stuff.  Sharing meals, celebrating occasions, talking about upcoming workshops and painting trips - is it just us or is everyone beginning to emerge into a more joyful place?

Be well, friends, and be thankful for every day.  I'm thankful that you are sharing my art journey.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Filled With Hope, 7x5 Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

It's been a tough winter.  In so many ways.  And I am so blessed to have a plethora (I always love to use that word!) of bouquets to surround myself with around my birthday.  This one, has daffodils, tulips and pussy willows... bursts of color and gentle shapes and contrasting textures.

I have hope.  I always need to feel it - and this year maybe more than others.  And love.  

"Faith, Hope and Love... and the Greatest of these is Love".  Be bolstered by it.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Has Sprung (almost)

By the calendar... Spring arrived this evening at 6:45.  In reality, however, it was snowing (again).  I'm feeling lucky because I have really beautiful flowers INSIDE right now.  Honestly, I have tulips (4 kinds), daffodils, roses, hyacinths, orchids and lilies.  Yeah.  Unbelievable, right?  I'm grateful for a birthday after a loooooong winter!
You can't blame me for letting loose a little with the paint.
Love them all.  Allowed myself to be very free with this Lily Portrait.
It's one of those paintings that look quite abstract close up, but if you back up it all comes together.
Feels like warm weather if I look at it!

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