June Painting of The Month

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851 Untitled, acrylic on paper, 24 x 18 inches

Can you see the coral and mustard  peeking through the layers of gray? I originally had this painting upside down but a friend of mine pointed out that it should be the way that it is now. I agree with him completely.

Here’s the link


March Painting of The Month

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Mary Lea Bradley, 1022 Untitled, acrylic on paper, 20 x 28 inches

Shades of gray and turmeric on top of a background in rust and black give this painting both mystery and punch. Available at the introductory price until the end of the month.


February Painting of The Month

February’s featured painting has quite a long history. It started at the end of 2008 as mixed media on canvas. I went to the fabric store and bought fabric in shades of brown which I cut with scissors into circles. Then put them in the washing machine so that the edges would be frayed. After that I glued them all to the canvas like shingles on the side of a house. When it was done I sealed it with several coats of gloss varnish. It looked like this…

I loved it but the gallery hated it and it ended up in the studio gathering dust. In 2010 I dragged it out and painted the whole thing white. That was a little boring so I added a few shadows.

This time I didn’t really love it but the gallery did. It hung there for a while, but never sold. Eventually it returned to my studio to gather more dust.

The last transformation happened after having coffee with an artist friend of mine last fall. We were talking about different techniques and suddenly the light bulb went on and I knew what I wanted to do with the painting. This is what it looks like now.

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I love it again and know that it will find a happy home this time after the final transformation. Here’s the link:


The Hauntingly Beautiful Paintings of Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong is an artist that I have admired for a long time. We live on different coasts but both obviously share a love of the ocean.


Kiss, 2011, oil on canvas, 38 x 60 inches

Chris Armstrong studied painting and art history in Florence, Italy before receiving his BA from Bucknell University. After graduation, Chris went on to receive his MFA from NYU where he won the school’s MVP award and exhibited at Washington Square East Galleries. Chris lives in Gloucester, MA with wife Tatiana and daughter Lily and co-presides over North Mountain Press; a fine art publishing company specializing in the work of his late father, American realist David Armstrong. Chris’ work was also selected for the U.S. State Department’s ‘Art in Embassies Exhibition.’


Sleeper, 2011, oil on canvas, 50 x 34 inches

“Chris Armstrong paints with the grace and confidence of considerable training and well-distilled purpose. Armstrong’s pictures are most agreeable to look at, but he has, in addition, both a conscience and a nervously weird eye on the world and its people. The who, and where that he offers are isolated, quietly perilous, and subconsciously full of warning. They are also alive and ever so slightly promising of connection and hope. Armstrong has a unique and dangerously honest vision, and he renders it with disarming precision.”

—Frederick G. Dillen, author of Hero and Fool.


Greenland, 2011, oil on canvas, 30 x 60 inches

See more of this beautiful work at THE MORRISON GALLERY.


Little Pops of Color

Take a look at these little pops of color I just finished! Can’t you just see them on a shelf, a little side table or in a grouping on the wall? I’m really having a lot of fun with these.

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They are all 6 x 6 inch gallery wrapped, stretched canvas. The sides are painted a raw umber color brushed to resemble wood grain