Coming back to the same painting...again and again.

I recently completed a third and fourth painting from the same reference photo.  I was a little surprised to see that the photo, taken by Gloria Warren, is dated 2007 which means I most likely completed the first painting in this series over 10 years ago!  I thought it might be fun to see all of it's versions in one place!

The last two versions were completed as class demos.  Click below to learn more about taking a class we me in either my Uxbridge or Worcester, MA studio or join one of my classes at the Worcester Art Museum or Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Reference Photo

 My reference photo...a little the worse for wear!   

My reference photo...a little the worse for wear!



This is the first painting.  Sorry for the terrible's actually a scan of a photocopy!  This painting was completed in oil on a 16 X 20 inch stretched canvas.

 "Don't it Make my Brown Eyes Blue"  Private Collection

"Don't it Make my Brown Eyes Blue"  Private Collection

Painting Two:  Completed in oil on a 9 X 12 inch canvas in 2017.

 "Blissful"  Private Collection

"Blissful"  Private Collection

Painting Three:  Oil on 9 X 12" Stretched Canvas  Painted as a class demo 2018 

 Summer Fun    Available for Sale

Summer Fun   Available for Sale

Painting Four:  Painted in oil on stretched linen..what a joy it is to paint on linen!

Solo Show at the Hanover Theater June 29th 6:00 - 8:00

I am honored and excited to be hanging a solo show at the Hanover Theater and I hope that you will be able to join me there.  There will be wonderful music, refreshments, a full bar and what I hope you will find to be some engaging artwork.  I will be giving an "artist talk" at 6:15 (THAT should be interesting!).

Also, I am hosting an open studio at my Worcester Studio directly following the Hanover reception.  My studio is only five minutes away and is located on the third floor at 50 Lagrange St. (there is an elevator!).  Please join me for a glass of wine or beer and some refreshments - your presence will help me celebrate my new creative space.  

Oil Painting in Progress

Hi Everyone!

I have been having some fun creating a couple of oil paintings over the past few weeks and I thought that I would share some of this process with you.


 "Lilac Still Life 1"  Oil on stretched canvas  12 X 12"

"Lilac Still Life 1"  Oil on stretched canvas  12 X 12"

This is the completed painting.  Below are some of the steps I went through painting it.


Lilac Still Life Stage 1

In this image you see that I have begun blocking in the areas that will be further developed later on.  This is pretty much a mapping out stage that I often refer to in my classes as "place holding".  I'm kind of plunking general shapes in there to get a sense of the over all scheme.

Lilac Still Life Stage 2

Here you can see that I have spent quite a bit of time creating depth and detail in the favorite thing to paint.  I have also begun to form the bowl, giving it a sense of three dimensions.

The grapes are being added along with more detail to the bowl in which they partially sit.  I have gone into the background a bit to smooth out transitions in this area as well as begun creating shadows under items.

This image shows the painting at a point where it is just about completed.  I love the light in this image (I must have done something right when taking the photograph!).  You can see how I have worked to develop a focal area through the use of value (light and dark) and contrast (soft vs. hard edges).  Some fallen petals have been added to help move the eye through the painting.

I hope you have enjoyed this virtual demo.  I plan to offer project based classes in oil where we will complete paintings such as this.   Drop me a line and let me know if this is a class that would interest you.  

Keep Strong and Paint On!