Photos from Greece.

I just returned from a wonderful week in Greece where I was able to see many of the treasures I had studied for so many years.  Hot!  110 degrees every day.  But, what a wonderful time I had.

Documenting Memories of Marblehead for Care Dimensions Auction

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My friend Gary Tardiff photographing Memories of Marblehead in his South Boston Studio.  The photograph will be used for the giclees of the painting.  The Care Dimensions Auction will be held at the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead on Friday, June 17.





The painting temporarily installed in the artist’s home.

Marblehead Harbor, 2015







The final photograph of the painting.

Kick Off Event for the Auction Painting, Memories of Marblehead

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At Care Dimensions kick-off event for the 22nd annual Hospice Auction & Regatta to benefit Care Dimensions we unveiled this year’s signature artwork by Topsfield artist Meg Black Handmade Paper Art. This year’s Gala Auction and Dinner will be held at Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead on Friday, June 17th. For more information about event tickets or sponsorship please visit

Hospice Painting: Week Three Retrospective

This is my favorite-and most challenging parts of the creative process: the final stages.  The work starts to come together, but my energy flow can weaken as the process drags on.  And I become so familiar with the image, (too familiar?) that I can become complacent, and overlook areas that need revision.


A close up of the rocks. I am trying to add grey, greens and oranges to the palette to invoke a sense of romantic energy.


Just the hint of a sailboat on the right side of the composition. I love the ghostly quality of it as it glides across the water.


This grouping of sailboats on the left of the composition were taken from photographs of them at a much greater scale. Superimposing and rescaling them into the background here was time-consuming, not to mention changing to colors slightly so they wouldn’t overwhelm the rest of the painting.












Almost finished. I’ll let it go for a few day, come back, and see how I feel. Titian did this, so did Peter Paul Rubens. They would turn their work to the wall for a few days so they couldn’t see it, and then would look at it with fresh eyes.


The Hospice Painting in my own home

I just had to hang the painting I created for the Care Dimensions Auction in my own home for just a little while. I love the way it looks with my gold and blue accents. I really am going to miss this painting when its gone. It became one with me for just a little while . . .


Commission for a Classic New England Home

My latest commission installed Wednesday into a private home in Gloucester, MA. I love this home-it has the charm and weathered feel of a New England home so close to the ocean. And I love the homeowner, Diane Stringer, one of my oldest and most loyal patrons.IMG_4323 IMG_4326 IMG_4327

Ideas for the Hospice Auction painting.

I used Photoshop to play around with different compositions.  I’m liking Care 19 the best.  The scale of the boats seems about right with the rest of the imagery.  And, I love working on these photos when it is 23 degrees out my window.  Lots of work to do!Care Dimensions I sailing races July 2015 Care Dimensions III Care 13 Care 14 Care 15 Care Dimensions V Care Dimensions IV IMG_0821 Care 1 Care 2 Care 3 IMG_0840 IMG_0851 Care Dimensions VI IMG_0852 Care 4 Care 5 Care 6 Care 10 Care 11 Care 12 Care 19 Care 7 Care 8 Care 9

Sailing in Marblehead Harbor, July 2015

Art History Survey: Would you pardon this artist for Murder?

On May 29, 1606, in Rome, during a brawl over a disputed score in a game of tennis, Caravaggio killed his opponent, Ranuccio Tomassoni. He then fled to Malta to avoid probable execution for his crime, but sent his painting of 300px-Caravaggio_-_David_con_la_testa_di_Golia David holding the head of Goliath to the papal court as a kind of painted petition for pardon for the murder.  Interestingly, Caravaggio presents his self portrait as the severed head of Goliath, not the youthful David.  In fact pardon was granted by the Pope upon seeing this painting, but news of the Pope’s decision did not reach Caravaggio before he died in Porto Ercole of fever. Would you have pardoned Caravaggio if you were the Pope?  Would an artist of a lesser skill level have fared as well?  In the next post I’ll discuss the lighting Caravaggio used to create this striking work, a technique  known as tenebrism.

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days: Day 17

During the painting process, the pulp painting rests on a sheet of egg crating. This allows the water to drip from the painting onto the vacuum table, where it will eventually exit the table via the hole in the bottom of the table. Small containers of pigmented pulp are available for painting, much like a traditional palette.