Thursday, October 13, 2011


This painting has a history - it was another painting altogether that lacked excitement and everything else a good painting should have.  It started as a demo (but finished at home) at the abstract class I teach at the York Art Association.  I wanted to show everyone how you can make a failed painting into something much more exciting.  The colors from the previous painting are showing through, which gives the piece so much history.  It's on a full size sheet of watercolor paper (32 x 28), and I used acrylic, graphite, charcoal and watercolor crayons. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Linda Benton McCloskey

This piece was started at the Steve Aimone workshop in Rockland, Maine.  It was started as a challenge - working quick, fast, and standing at arms length away from the painting.  I finished the piece after I arrived back home.  It's quite large - 48 x 36 - 100% acrylic on canvas.  A quick note above Steve Aimone - if you ever get a chance to take one of his workshops, do it.  He is absolutely one of the best!  His website is

Monday, October 3, 2011


I have been painting like crazy lately I guess because it's been cold, rainy, dark, and dreary here in PA.  The above is one of my latest, "Convergence".  It's 30 x 30 on canvas and consists of mostly acrylic with some charcoal, graphite and water-soluble crayon.  When I decide to start something new, I usually challenge myself - this time it was to use a limited palette of neutrals.  I also in the beginning covered my canvas with a grey gesso - you can see the grey popping through here and there.  

Linda Benton McCloskey
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