Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I've discovered the AS220 open life drawing workshops on Tuesday evenings and have attended the last few weeks.  The vibe in the space is laid-back and easy.  It's becoming one of my fave things to do in Providence.

Using a black pen and an 11"x14" sketchbook, I intentionally work fast.  Even when the poses are longer in duration, I will do them over and over instead of creating a finished piece.  I am enjoying the exploration of gesture and weight.  Moving my hand while observing is one of my happy places.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Along with the beach paintings, I'm still exploring portraits.  Here is another I began of two boys a few weeks ago.  This is based on a photo of my nephews, taken about 20 years ago.

Painting is 22"x28", oil on canvas and still in progress.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

It's been a busy winter and spring.   I moved into a new apartment which allowed me to create a new studio in my home.

In addition the the Beach paintings, I've been working on a series based on jazz gigs as well as working from a beautiful photo taken by a friend's husband of her little boys.

This is "Her Boys", 24"x24", oil on canvas.   It is still in progress.  I began the piece last November and put it away until a few weeks ago.  Taking my time with it.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I'm behind on the updating.   Yes, I'm still working on the beach series.  I've also begun a series of paintings based on photos I've taken at some jazz performances.  In addition, I purchased an iPad mini in December and so am experimenting with iPad drawings.  Here are two of the sketches from my new toy.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

After hearing from a few of you, I decided post all the sale paintings at once.   I created a page on my website.   

Just go to and click on "SALE".

Saturday, January 12, 2013


I need to make room for new paintings and so each week will be featuring various older work at discounted prices.  Shipping and handling is additional or if local, you are welcome to come by the studio to pick up the work.  
Email me at gagnonart (at) gmail (dot) com.

This week's offer, three paintings from the "Bleeding Vessels" series.


In working cups and bottles and jars and bowls I became acutely aware I was painting vessels and noted that humans...we...are such vessels. Giving and taking. Holding and sharing.  Relationships. An exploration of how we position ourselves within or outside of groups.  

Healing from a life-rending breakup, my ongoing meditation was on relationships:  transparency, walls, boundaries or lack thereof.  How much of ourselves do we reveal to another, or when is it appropriate to hide? How do we relate to our deepest self or to the one we call intimate?  How much of our history do we expose?  What creates chaos?  Drama?  How do we fit?  Where is the peace?

Untitled, 12"x12", oil on canvas. 2010
$150 plus shipping and handling.

Untitled, 12"x12", oil on canvas. 2010
$150 plus shipping and handling.

Untitled, 12"x12", oil on canvas. 2010.
$150 plus shipping and handling.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This weekend!

Come delight in good company, enjoy noshy bits and beverage, revel in the little hot pink feather tree and see what I've been working on. I will also have many paintings for sale between $25 & $100.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Death and Rebirth -

I have been reading up on all the devastation Sandy left in her wake. So many stories. So much heartbreak.

Some of the stories that struck me involved artists…not only the damage to all the galleries, but more importantly, the studios and therefore years of work destroyed.

It begged the question "what if it happened to me?" I realized that it would hurt more to lose my creations than my personal belongings such as clothes, furniture, books, camera, etc.

A common theme in my life, but one especially brought to the forefront by the recent storm, probably because of my proximity to affected areas, is impermanence.

I always have paintings that I hold onto because of emotional attachment. They may not all be successful work but they have moments that keep me connected such as subject, color or paint handling. But when I would look at them I believed they would be wonderful grounds for new paintings. And yet I didn't have the heart to touch them.

Sandy demonstrated to me that it is crazy to hold on to something that I know can evolve into something greater.

So what have I been doing this week?

Painting over paintings I never thought I'd touch. It feels good.

Here are some before and after photos from this past week's post-Sandy painting frenzy. I'm using a new medium with the oils and it is taking far longer for the paint to dry. It will be at least a week before I can touch these again.

On Thursday I reworked my Jill painting which I loved because of the light, the idea…and was totally infatuated with how the big cat was painted. It's 30"x40". Oil on canvas.



On Friday I took the plunge and went into my beloved Sophia Room painting. It was a very emotional experience. That space was my solace and my home. The painting is 60"x30". Oil on canvas.



On Saturday I touched a painting that had been featured almost full page in the March 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine. Again, I loved the light and the geometry. But it was time. This painting is 36"x36". Oil on canvas.



Sunday, October 21, 2012

After four inspiring days in NYC of being immersed in art, I returned to the studio and pulled out a painting I hadn't touched in two months.  Today it drastically changed and I find it exciting.   Part of the Beach series, oil on canvas.  28"x22"

Friday, October 12, 2012

Opening Tonight:

This Is Not Your Grandmother's Still Life

I am honored to have been asked to show seven of my Bleeding Vessels paintings in this group show, exhibiting with artists I've admired for many years.  

This Is Not Your Grandmother's Still Life opens tonight at Bherd Studio Gallery in Seattle.

Bherd Studio Gallery
312 N 85th St, Ste 101
Seattle WA 98103

Opening Reception: Friday, October 12 from 6 – 10pm
Showing through Friday, November 2

"For their fourth appearance as guest curators at Bherd Studios Gallery, Seattle artists Kate Protage and Chris Sheridan explore contemporary artists’ approaches to an essential theme that is sometimes undervalued because of its traditional roots—the modern still life.

This is Not Your Grandmother’s Still Life showcases the work of eight artists who are breathing new life into the genre by making drawings and paintings of objects that are relevant and contemporary, whether that’s through their choices in subject matter or their technique. From gorgeous, intricate stencil-based paintings of tattoo equipment to intaglio prints of seemingly straightforward objects that offer subtle commentary about society’s current hot-buttons, Protage and Sheridan present work that encompasses a wide range of subjects, styles and resulting emotions.

Exhibition runs from October 12th through November 2nd and includes the art of: Marie Gagnon, Sullivan Giles, Steve Klinkel, Molly Peters, Albert Shelton, Chris Sheridan, Kellie Talbot and Mark Tracy and Andrea Wicklund."

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I needed a little break from the dune paintings and so began a second painting of Henry and Parker, the sons of a friend.  The painting is based off a fabulous photo her husband took while the boys were napping.   K was kind enough to give me permission to paint from the photo.

This is only the second day and it still has a ways to go, but it's settling in. Note, I still have to deal with the hands.  Sometimes it feels so good to simply work from a photo and paint from observation instead of creating fully from within. 

24"x24", oil on canvas.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I spent last week in Provincetown.  It was a self-imposed mini residency where I could study the landscape in more depth for the new Beach series.   The week was fruitful, with over 800 photos taken while experiencing the dunes by foot, by bicycle and by 4wd.   Many notes later along with a few watercolors and ink sketches.   This is a larger one I worked on during the week.  11"x14", in pen.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Open Studio!!!

You are invited to my first east coast open studio!
Saturday, Sept 8 - 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, Sept 9 - 10 am to 4 pm
3rd floor - C302 (with the big purple doors)

The Mills
545 Pawtucket Ave
Pawtucket, RI 02906
easy off Interstate 95

I will be showing the new Beach series, completed and in progress works. There will also be selected paintings at discounted prices.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Statement for the "Beach" series:

After 14 years in Seattle my return to New England has affirmed that its coastline is my home. Reintroducing myself to the dunes on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard I knew this landscape would become my first east coast series.

The series first began as a love letter to this magical landscape and an exercise in light, space and color. It still is, but over the last few months I’ve watched the substance behind the paintings take hold. In painting the dune path I am painting the artist’s journey. We know the ocean is over the crest yet it remains hidden as we climb the hot sands. It is a landscape with an ever changing personality: its calm and dramatic nature. A character of extremes, it can feel isolating and yet that space is full of emotion, of ideas, and of color.

Monday, August 20, 2012

More Beach paintings. These are all 28"x22", oil on canvas.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Each are 14"x11", oil on canvas.

Much of June was spent checking out many beaches, old and new. Near the end of June I was generously gifted with some time on Martha's Vineyard. I think it had been almost 20 years since I'd stepped on the island. On my last day before returning to the ferry, I went to South Beach. Stepping onto the dune path that lead to the ocean I was filled with joy. I had forgotten how much I loved this stark and extreme landscape. It became my new muse and I began the "Beach" series.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Both are oil on canvas, 24"x12"

After not painting in oils for over 7 months, I was excited and apprehensive to return to the medium. What would I paint? I had moved 3000 miles, and although I'd returned to New England, I'd never lived in Rhode Island. There was a surreal sense of the familiar and the strange. While in the studio my eyes fell upon a photo my sister sent me. It was a photo of me, at seven years old on of my favorite beaches, Ogunquit, ME. I smiled and realized it would be the perfect way to begin painting in my new life. I came back to New England because I couldn't stay away from its coastline.

Monday, April 30, 2012

It has been a busy few months. I am settled in Providence RI and have signed a lease on a new painting studio in Pawtucket, right on the Prov/Pawt. line in the 545 The Mills building.

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's been a while since I posted. In September all the artists from the 619 Western building had to move out of our studios because they were closing the building for retrofitting and viaduct demolition. Everything went into storage except for some acrylics, drawing supplies and watercolors. I've had to work out of my little 375 sq. ft. apartment and it's been quite an adjustment.

Slowly, I'm getting back into a regular practice, focusing more on exploring various mediums. This is the first painting I've completed since moving out of my work space. It's a little painting for a group show being held in Antartica. This is where I learned of the call for art.

I'm not comfortable with acrylic paint but am pushing myself to work with it because I can't imagine painting until I access new studio space.

Antartica, 8"x10", acrylic on canvas

Saturday, August 20, 2011

from the "Studio Series", oil on canvas, 14"x11"

from the "Studio Series", oil on canvas, 24"x12"

from the "Studio Series", oil on canvas, 36"x18"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"The Sophia Room" from the "Studio Series", oil on canvas, 60"x36"

Monday, August 15, 2011

from the "Studio Series", oil on canvas, 24"x30"

Sunday, August 7, 2011

from the "Studio" series, 28"x22", oil on canvas

Friday, August 5, 2011

from the "Studio" series, 22"x28", oil on canvas

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My recent paintings are scenes from my studio in the beloved 619 Western Arts building.

28"x22", oil on canvas

18"x24", oil on canvas

11"x14", oil on canvas

24"x18", oil on canvas

18"x242", oil on canvas

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

from the Viaduct series, 12"x12", oil on canvas

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

approx. 10"x6", charcoal and wet brush on paper

approx. 10"x6", Ebony pencil on paper

approx. 10"x6", Ebony pencil on paper

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

11"x14", oil on canvas

11"x14", oil on canvas

11"x14", oil on canvas

11"x14", oil on canvas