Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Newburyport Art Association Winter Juried Show Part 2

My Queen made it into the NAA Winter Juried Show Part 2. Queen is an ink and watercolor painting 10" x 7" in a matt and frame making it 17" x 13". It will be in the show from Friday February 9 to March 3, 2018.

Hope you enjoy this painting.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Newburyport Art Association Winter Juried Show Part One

Just found out that my painting has been accepted into the Newburyport Art Association Winter Juried Show Part One, January 12 - February 3, 2018. Good way to start the new year.

Autumn Marsh, oil, 12"x24"

This painting would look very nice over a fireplace mantle.  The show reception is scheduled for Saturday January 13, 7-9 PM. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Crane Estate Art Show & Sale Nature's Wisdom

The Crane Estate Show is free to the Public Saturday & Sunday November 4-5 10am-4pm. It takes place in the Crane Castle on Castle Hill 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. The show has wonderful works of art for sale in the castle so visitors get to see the beautiful rooms of Crane Estate.

Here are my entries which will be on display. The smaller paintings will be on the second floor. Hope you enjoy the show!

Afternoon Glow 16 x 20 oil painting

Twilight Marsh oil 12 x 24

Ipswich View oil painting 5x7
Crane Estate View oil 8 x 8

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Two paintings in the Newburyport Art Association Fall Juried Show

The Newburyport Art Association sponsors two Fall Member Juried Shows. Fall Juried Show Part One from October 13-28, 2017 includes Digital Art, Drawing, Oil, Printmaking, Sculpture and Watercolor.  I was informed today that both of my oil paintings were accepted into this show. Please visit the NAA for more details about visiting this show.

Paintings accepted into the show:

Golden Horizon framed size 9.5" x 15.5" oil

Woodsome Farm framed size 16.5" x 20.5" oil

Monday, July 31, 2017

Newburyport Ten Annual Show At The NAA 8/01/17 to 8/13/17

Please come to see the paintings at the Newburyport Art Association 8/01/17 to 8/13/17 !

Watercolor painting by Susan Spellman. That's me as her model.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Art In The Barn - June 9-11, 2017

Art In The Barn is a popular show in the beautiful town of Essex, MA. The show takes up to 3 paintings per artist plus ten wrapped paintings per artist. The show is June 9 - June 11, this year. The paintings are hung in two large barns. There are also crafts and jewelry displays in the barns and the white house on the hill. This is a fund raiser for the Greenbelt land trust which does an excellent job of protecting our beautiful fields, marshes, forests and farms.

This year I have submitted the following paintings to the annual Greenbelt (Essex County's Land Trust) show taking place at the Cox Reservation 82 Eastern Avenue/Rt. 133 Essex, MA. I have also entered 10 wrapped works of art.

Hilltop View oil

Late Summer Day oil

Autumn Colors oil  SOLD

Exhibit times 

June 9 12 - 4pm & 6 - 8:30pm
June 10 10am - 5pm
June 11 10am - 5pm

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.