I love the changing seasons in New England! Every winter I am inspired to paint deer, sometimes i paint the same deer in different color palette’s just to see what the combination might look like 😉 This is a collection of a few of my fun experiments over the past couple of years.

When the snow and ice builds up in New England I remind myself that some people have never seen and experienced snow and then i embrace the season & Paint !!!

October Pop up show at L’Aroma in West Newton, Ma. Exclusively Giclee’s !!!the-visit

Determined to use my  juicy hot pink paint i searched for inspiration. Sometimes i become obsessed with a color and insist on using it even if it does not seem to go with my subject matter. While on a river walk i saw this beautiful weed/flower growing along the path, it had delicate flowers and wispy leaves, perfect in hot pink?

I decided to use my luscious hot pink paint for color, my weedy stems for my lines and my favorite stamps for my pattern (color, pattern, line is my mantra lately) Going with the flow and experimenting with color makes me very happy 🙂 Hope you like hot pink!motivation and inspirationclose up picIMG_4991inspiration post

Color, pattern, line & animals are my comfort zone, my happy place!  Throughout my painting career i have tried painting landscapes and most times the results are pretty discouraging 😦                                                                                                                                             Recently i tried painting a seascape from a photo (not plein-air that is way over my head !) with the help of two of my instructors. In Zhanna Cantors class at NCE i painted this seascape with her help. While painting i also used a technique i learned from Nancy Collela’s class at NRA about simplifying value. I don’t think i will be switching gears anytime soon but with a little help from my friends who happen to be amazing, kind, and A+ teachers I can step out of my comfort zone and try something new, Thank you ladies!

I feel so lucky to be the resident artist for Quebrada Baking Co !! Our relationship started many years ago when i friend told me Quebrada supported local artists. I applied for a show and was welcomed into the Quebrada family with open arms 🙂

Many years have past and Quebrada Baking co.  is still providing friendly service, amazing baked goods and a warm welcoming to everyone in the community . I have tried to continue rotating my best work into their  bakery’s to help foster a fun and welcoming vibe.

Here are some pics of new works that i have installed recently at Quebrada.


Thank you http://quebradabakingco.com/ community for all your friendly support 🙂

Painting with paper is a fun activity that inspires creativity!                                                                                            Creating with just sharpies, tissue paper, and a tiny bit of glue can inspire amazing pieces of art. We “Painted with Paper” at  last weeks paint group and the starts are looking very promising !

Today was my lucky day, today i got to create along side some pretty amazing creatives!

I was asked to come into an after school program today to present as a “Real Artist”, the term real artist  makes me a little squeamish, I am a practicing artist but in my gut i believe every single person is a “real artist”, every single person who has the chance to be creative and put themselves into a project that involves creativity is truly acting as a real artist.

I love collecting rocks by the seashore and then painting them. I thought maybe this group would like to paint rocks also. I brought in a painting to use as an example of how repeated, color, shape and line creates a pattern . With this idea of pattern in mind we painted our rocks.

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Needless to say they “Rocked” the pattern concept;)

Thank you Joyce for inviting me to paint with your amazing talented artists today !

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Taken in by the light,shape, and sweetness of this little shot glass filled with spring  flowers i was moved to take a photo (many photo’s) and try to capture the sweetness in paint. I decided on this photo because of the way the light bounced off the glass and I felt the value of the wall behind the flowers served as a nice backdrop.

When I am painting  what to leave in and what to leave out is crucial.  Overworking a painting is the easiest thing to do, knowing when to stop can be the most difficult.

Choosing a canvas size is always a fun decision for me,  for this painting i picked a canvas that was 16″ x 20″ in size so the vase with flowers appears three times the size of the original items!

and our mantra for the day is “Just Do it !” (NIKE) along with our in house mantra  “It’s only Paint!” (AMO PAINTING)

marciamarcia 3marcia 4marcia 1marcia2marcia at jamesIt is always sunny in Marcia Ballou’s world. While Norwell , MA  was getting slammed with a spring snow storm the James Library was HOT.                                                                    The opening reception was packed and Marcia’s work was the perfect antidote to a spring snowstorm. Marcia’s paintings brought the warm and toasty feel to every viewer. These pictures represent a small view into the exhibit but to get more of that spring feeling you will have to see it for yourself! Go to the James in Norwell, MA  and see Marcia Ballou’s beautiful paintings and you will not be disappointed 🙂 http://www.marciaballou.com/#!upcoming/d3mg7