Friday, February 24, 2017

New painting "Afternoon Glow"

I'm finishing some details on a new painting called "Afternoon Glow". The painting is oil on linen canvas 16" by 20".

It's nice the way the field looks very inviting. I have walked on that field many times near Maudslay State Park.

Afternoon Glow

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ink and Watercolor Paintings

A change from plein air painting brings new exciting ink and watercolor paintings. The ink is put on with a Japanese pen which has a soft brush. The ink will bleed when water is added causing a shadow affect around the ink drawings. The color from the watercolors mixes with the shadow causing a gradation in color tones. The ink and paint together create the affects of the painting. The artist guides the direction of the brush while letting the materials produce a unique vision.

Hill and Pond
I have just recently started painting these ink/watercolor paintings and hope to continue creating more affects. Here are a few, let me know what you think (good and/or bad).

Rings Island View

Of course I will continue doing my oil paintings.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Susan Luca solo art show "A Love Affair With Nature"

Reception Friday night November 18 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Guitarist Richard Luca will entertain.

The art show will be from Tuesday November 15 to Sunday November 20. 
The Newburyport Art Association is open 
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Newburyport Art Association is located at 145 Water Street, Newburyport, MA,
phone 978- 465-8769.

Send me an email at if you have any questions.

A few paintings from the show.
Marsh Dislpay oil on canvas 16" x 20"
Evening Mist oil on canvas 16" x 20"
Hilltop View oil on canvas 12" x 16"

Monday, July 18, 2016

Peabody Essex Museum "Summer Breeze" July 21, 2016 6-9 pm

Good things have been happening for the Newburyport Ten Plein Air Painters.

This year the group has been invited to show some plein air paintings during an evening reception at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA called Summer Breeze. This will be Thursday evening July 21, 2016 from 6 - 9 pm. There will be Reggae music, food and drinks. The Newburyport Ten Plein Air Painters will bring special easels and painting equipment for painting out doors. We'll be there to answer questions and to tell how our group has painted together since 2000.

What a fun evening we expect to have. Here is the painting I will be bringing with me to the PEM.

Apple Tree Crane Estate

"Au Naturel" Paintings by the Newburyport Ten Plein Air PAinters

Each year the painting group known as the Newburyport Ten Plein Air Painters has a show at the Newburyport Art Association. This year our show will be from July 19-31, 2016. Friday July 22, 6-8 pm will be the artist's reception at the Newburyport Art Association.

On view and for sale at the Newburyport Art Association see a few of my paintings below.
Maudslay Dogwood

View From The Chain Bridge
Hay Field

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Art In The Barn - Greenbelt Essex, MA

Today was painting hanging day for the Art In The Barn show at Greenbelt (Essex County's Land Trust) 82 Eastern Ave Essex, Ma 01929. With about 3 paintings for each of the 120 artists the morning was very busy and by 1:00 PM the walls of 2 barns were filled with beautiful paintings. Benches are cleverly used to show all bin work. Of course that meant it was time for the crafts, sculpture, pottery and jewelry to be arranged on tables.
Free admission and all purchases help support Greenbelt.

Exhibit times include
June 10, 2016 12-4 PM
June 10 2016, Friday Public opening reception 6:00-8:30 PM (band and food)
June 11, 2016 Saturday 10-5 PM
June 12, 2016 Sunday 10-5 PM

All artists must submit paintings for acceptance into this show.

One of my paintings in this show is "Sailors Delight"

The Gloucester Schooners painting is on the back wall of the large barn.

Evening Marsh was hanging in the small barn.

Hope you will be able to get to this art show and enjoy it. Support Greenbelt and continue to enjoy the beautiful open land they support. 


Friday, March 25, 2016

New Paintings

I'm looking forward to Spring so I will be able to paint outdoors without freezing. The winter has been busy working in my studio and completing the paintings I designed during the warmer weather.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

12th Annual Crane Estate Art Show & Sale November 7-8, 2015

One of my favorite art shows is this weekend on Castle Hill at the Crane Estate 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. This year the show has been expanded to include paintings in a new gallery on the 2nd floor. They will be showing more than 250 pieces of original artwork including sculptures. 

This wonderful show will be open to the public free of charge Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8 at 10AM-4PM. 

I am lucky enough to have 5 paintings on display, 2 paintings 12" x 24" and three paintings 5" x 7".

Autumn Mist sold

 Passing Storm 5" x 7" oil sold

 Marsh Sunrise 5" x 7" oil sold

 Back To The Marsh 5" x 7" oil sold

Remember it is always possible to see more of my paintings at my studio in Newburyport, MA. Just send me an email

Friday, July 10, 2015

New painting of Plum Island tree near outlook tower

The weather has been perfect for visiting Plum Island which is two miles down the street from my Joppa studio in Newburyport, MA. Warm temperatures and just enough of a breeze to keep the bugs away. Here is one painting from just such a day.

As a contrast, here is a tree from a path at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, MA. Notice the difference between the sunny day and the more cloudy, hazy day.

"Line Of Sight" a new sound of the Southwest by our son Nick Luca

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Art Show with my friends

Coming soon for a short time the paintings of Marjet Lesk, Susan Spellman, Janet Sutherland and Susan Luca at the Newburyport Art Association. Contact me if you plan to visit the show and if possible I will meet you there.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Winter Is Here in New England

I'm looking out the kitchen window at snow drifting up over the fence. There are so many drifts that the snow looks like the waves at Plum Island beach just a few miles down the road. By the way, our road is so narrow from snow piled edges that it's a slow ride and then trying to anticipate cars turning the corner is very difficult. By the way, the bridge to Plum Island has been closed because of too much snow and heavy winds.

As they keep telling me "this is New England" and yes, I remember lots of snow storms in winter; strong cold winds, constant snow, slippery ice and then blinding sunshine on the white covering. Skiing, skating, snow balls, snow angels and then a fire in the fireplace to warm up. Almost forgot the cup of hot chocolate.

Here are two of my winter paintings. Hopefully you can see some of the beauty left after a winter snow storm here in New England. Let me know how you feel about the paintings and how your winter is going.

This is a view of the marshes along Hampton, NH done in oil paints on stretched linen canvas.

The beautiful Merrimac River has lots of inlet areas similar to the painting below. This scene happens to be in Amesbury, MA about a mile or two down the road from Lowell's Boat Shop. It's painted with oil paints on a stretched linen canvas. 

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