Thank you to everyone to came by my studio for Needham Open Studios. It was nice to talk with people who share a passion for art and to meet new people in the area.


I’d like to remind you that next weekend I’m opening my art studio to the public along with a group of other artists in Needham as part of the Needham Open Studios. My studio is #10 on the map and located at 1548 Great Plain Ave. My studio is open Saturday, May 2, from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, May 3, from 12pm to 4pm. I’ll have original oil and acrylic paintings for sale as well as limited edition prints and photo prints. For more information check out our website at Needham Open Studios.com. We’ve got quite a large group of artists this year participating!

William Bartlett did a demonstration at the Needham Art Association’s monthly meeting this past Thursday and he captivated his audience with his talent of painting classical realism.  William also helped me understand more the differences between the Boston School style of classical realism and the traditional style of classical realism.  William studied at the Ingbretson Studio which he describes on his website as being a “Satellite Atelier from the R.H. Ives Gammell Legacy.”  Paul Ingbretson runs the only ARC accredited atelier that I know of that teaches the Boston School method.  (If you’re looking for an Atelier near you check out the ARC website.)

At the meeting he set up one of our members to do a portrait and began painting.  William didn’t start the painting they way I thought he would.  He didn’t create an under-painting with burnt umber or do any kind of drawing.  He started his painting by adding general color notes.  It  was very interesting to see that he paints the way the eye focuses on an object; going from out of focus, using fast broad strokes and large blocks of color, to becoming more in focus and adding subtle details.  What was impressive to me was he only adds what is needed to make the details appear when the viewer stands 8 feet (or so) away from the painting.

William also didn’t use the traditional sight size approach taught at many other Ateliers.  Instead he focused on making correct proportions. 

William mentioned he has an interest in opening an Atelier in Needham, MA.  So if anyone is interested you can post a comment here or contact William through the email information on his website.

Also, if you looking for a more detailed explanation on the difference between the Boston School style and traditional classical realism.  I recommend this website.

Prints of the Haunted House painting are now available for purchase! 

The cost is $50.00 plus the cost of shipping if you need it shipped. The size of the paper is 8″x10″ so it will fit in any standard 8″x10″ frame. These prints are created by taking a high quality photograph of the original painting and printing it on Epson Premium Luster photo paper using an Epson Stylus R2400 Printer.

Haunted House

Haunted House

(These Prints are printed in unlimited quanitites and are not hand signed and numbered by the artist.)

Helllooo Halloween

Did I mention I love Halloween?  Not because of all of the scariness and gore but because I get to be really creative and make my own costume.  This year my husband and I are going to our annual family halloween party as M&Ms.   What do you think?  Leave me a comment!

Here is how I made them: First I got about 3 yards of felt fabric from the store, I think. This was more than enough (I still have some left over). I cut out two large circles, as big as I could with the yard. Then I loosly stiched the two circles together leaving a little less than half of the circle unstiched so it could go over the head and body. Then I made the frame. (I also got white felt for the “M” – don’t forget.)

For the inside frame it is two pieces of foam board cut in a half circle (measured to fit inside the top of the felt circle) and the top is cut flat and it is attached at the top (like a bread board). The width of the foam pieces is 40″ and the height is 16″. Note that it is more than 16″ to the top of the felt circle but to connect the foam board I had to cut the top flat. One of the pieces of foamboard has a cut out for a head but not just a circle but more like an archway cut out. The head cut out is 8.5″ across the bottom. The top of the foam board is attached on the top with a piece of felt and hot glue and the bottom it has felt straps that connect one board to the other board, near the head cutout and rests on your shoulders. The felt straps are about 10″ long but allow the two boards to open no more than 6″ apart.  Since I’m more of a visual person here is a rough drawing of what I’m talking about:  Drawing of M&M Insert

Cutting out the head from the large circle was scary for me. Have the person try it on with the frame inside before cutting. Instead of just cutting a circle that could be too big, I cut a very small circle and then had the person try it on again and then rolled the fabric back and pasted with hot glue.

The “M” I copied from the bag of M&Ms. The arm holes are on either side. Good luck on trying this for yourself!

Haunted House

Haunted House

I love Halloween and I was so excited when I got a commission to paint a haunted house, complete with a witch, gravestones and pumpkins. 

This is my most recent painting and it’s completed just in time for the holiday! 

If you’re interested in having me create a painting to give to someone at Christmas please contact me before November 1.

Thank you,


Drawing Illusions

During my two week vacation I did manage to complete one drawing (which I did during the 6 hour flight to Seattle).   It is more of a study than a completed drawing and I’ve learned a huge lesson from it.  I didn’t realize the impact of creating a drawing from a different angle or viewpoint.  So here I was on the plane and I was reclining and I had my drawing pad on the tray table while I drew my husband sleeping in the seat beside me.  My drawing was perpendicular to my body so when I drew the relationships it looked good from my angle but once I was finished I held up the drawing and oh my, it was all distorted.  It’s an interesting phenomena.  For some artist that’s what there all about, see Julian Beever’s art.  He creates pavement drawings that are supposed to be viewed from a certain viewpoint and when their not, they become very distorted.