Deb Clarke’s Cezanne Phase

Deb Clarke’s Cezanne Phase

It was ’98 or ’99 when Fred Kepler studied with me.  We both painted when he came for his lessons. My paintings were used as ‘training’ paintings that i used to demonstrate various techniques, color mixing, approaches to composition, etc. as the painting developed. The Cezanne phase painting above is the result of Fred’s visits to the studio over an 8 week period.

The still life above is 26×32″ .  We  set the still life up in the center of the floor under studio lights which were staggered warm/cool/warm/cool in overhead tracts.  Cezanne was the compositional reference.  I did not use Cezanne color theory in my work; I needed to learn how to use black and white gray.   That was my lesson.  Fred’s lesson was composition with warm/cool color theory and drawing thrown in.

Today Fred visits the world’s great paintings with his dear Lenore.  I have seen some terrific paintings that he has done of Lenore, or other people standing in front of the masterpieces.  He has learned to teach himself by copying the best paintings, while sharing his love of art with his wife and having a great time.  He has even come to know the joy of selling some of his work!

So glad I did not throw this painting away.  I was tempted to over the years, but some of those creases are just to awesome not to admire.  oh, the braided rug is one of the Willis family treasures.  I sure hope I didn’t get too much paint on that beauty.

best and onward,


“FEAST” from; Deb Clarke

“FEAST” from; Deb Clarke

attached is the email invite with artists and information about “FEAST!”  the holiday show at The Flatrocks Gallery.  The show will be up through December 29 and lots of great art from our art community.  The gallery is located near Folly Cove on Langsford Street.  opening reception is Saturday November 9, 4-6pm.

Gallery is open Thursday- Sunday 12-5 or by appointment.


next 4 attachments are selections from my Family Heirloom series.  verre eglomise and mixed media on glass.  all work is for sale.

here’s the link to my blog where i finally updated my blog with more info.

Feast!  Nov. 7- Dec. 29
Nov. 9   6-8p  An Opening reception
Nov. 21  7:30 pm  “A Look at Some Grand Meals”- talk by Don Lindgren
Dec. 14 &15  A Fundraising weekend
Dec. 22  4-6  Songs of Joy & Peace

Flatrocks Gallery 77 Langsford St/Rt 127  Gloucester, MA
Open Thu-Sun 12-5pm (& by appt) 978-879-4683

Art Blab by Deb Clarke

Art Blab by Deb Clarke

Last February we had an engagement party for my daughter Elizabeth and her Joshua.  Towards the end of the evening Elizabeth secretly recorded one of our conversations.  here’s a short snippet.  we had a good laugh.

Did my Sensei say that?


Big Brush, 20 Minutes, By Deb Clarke


From Deb Clarke;

My friend Kay stopped by yesterday afternoon for a few minutes.  i asked her to sit while i set up a palette.  4 colors:  cad yellow medium, phtalo blue cobalt hue, cad red medium and alizarin (wanted grumbacher red, but i’m out; hence the 2 reds) and white.  twenty minutes a 2 inch brush and this is the result.  i’ve already started rubbing some of the profiles so that i can work on it some more.  i have not set up a full palette in a long time, as a lot of the work during the past year or so  required small batches of color, mixed each time i started to work.  it felt good to move my eyes and arms as Kay kept moving around too (she is very animated.).   the challenge for me is to keep the paint ‘fresh’ as  the work develops.  can’t remember the last time i worked from a model.  should do this more often, just to keep the motorskills sharp.  did not reach a ‘calgon take me away’ moment, but had a blast thinking about nothing except what color is this, what direction is that, how does this relate to that,  and kiss (keep it simple stupid).

 best,  deb.

“Fatboy Cichlid” by Deb Clarke

“Fatboy Cichlid” by Deb Clarke


From Deb Clarke:

“We had a 30 gallon community aquarium for quite a few years where this rare blue faced Cichlid  grew to 10 inches or so by eating most of the other fish in the tank.  He consumed tetras, angel fish, silver dollars, guppies, zebras…he left the Pleco alone…he ate the 5 inch crayfish too!  The painting of the Cichlid known as “Fatboy” to us was completed in 1995, just before I turned my full time attention to glass commissions.  The media:  oil on portrait linen with metal leaf and iridescent mylar.  pentimento from the still life of pears and florals and dishes is evident, along with some crackling issues from scrapedowns.  the crackled layer is very thin, the under paint is firmly attached to the substrate and in good condition.  the linen came from an end roll, unfortunately there is regular bleed through to the back of the linen.  the bleed is limited to the tack holes where it was attached to the loom.

All types of Prints of “Fatboy” are available at:FineArtsAmerica

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Bananas

The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.


2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Premier Imprints
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series The Cave

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Lone Gull

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Kids Unlimited
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts
2012 Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co

Artist on Art: Clarke on Fitz Henry Lane and William A. Ellwell

From Deb Clarke;

I repaired the box.  The glass is plexi, it is pitted, scratched with mildew stains.  the box lining is warped.  the posters continue to shrink.  the bottom was coming apart, i screwed it back together.  wiped off a crust of pollen and grime.  gave it a wash of slow set gilder’s oil.  gave it a speed dry with the hot sun.  laid down aluminum leaf.  burnished the leaf to an almost hard tack (t?); rubbed in non oxidizing gold dust, light sipe with a milky tacky brush.  laid down more aluminum leaf.  inscribed sharpie drawing.  i saw the silhouette of gloucester in the leaf, then signed it.  one more burnish. done.  the only audience?  a man taking a deep lumbering nap on the rise behind me.

best,  deb.                                     

update From Deb Clarke;

Hi there! when i got to work yesterday Ed Collard was talking with Fred Bodin.  I reminded Ed the ‘fix it’ man about the bottom falling out of that information box at the Gordon Thomas Park.  He had me remind him of what it was.  Anyway, when I walked home from work yesterday I noticed that it was fixed!  Awesome.
Oh, and the art work is of use to someone, as I saw a man stop at it (i was so excited, he’s going to look…or is he going to paint?  he had some bags with him, i was about to take a picture) nope…he was just using the pedestal as a place to balance the trash bag so that he could put a knot in the bag.  then he dumped his trash in Public waste bin.  oh, well.  Vincent Ferrini once wrote a letter to Gloucester “use your artists.”  i guess gloucester finally does. hahahah


“A Tale Of Two Paint Brushes” from deb Clarke

“A Tale Of Two Paint Brushes”

From deb Clarke;

“My David was good friends with Armand Sindoni and received one of Armand’s paintbrushes, along with a giclee print of one of Armand’s last paintings as a remembrance gift from Armand’s family.  The brush was proudly displayed above Armand’s print, until we moved.

A few months back I was painting when David took the brush from my hand, claiming it was Armand’s.  I said:  “Well, you better put it someplace safe, because if I need a brush and find a brush, I use it.”  and that was that,  until yesterday.  Yesterday I cleaned a flat brush when I realized the handle was encrusted with chrome green, a color I do not use.  The handle was used to mix a vat of paint (something I have never done). The ferrule encrusted with old oil.  I checked all of my paintbrushes. The ferrules of all of my old brushes were scraped clean. of encrusted paint.  A former studio assistant used a razor blade to clean my old brushes (a practice I put an end to…the bristles were getting shaved in the process).    I showed the brushes to David, told him that chrome green was a color commonly in use by painters of Armand’s generation, then showed him my greens based on veridian and thalo…my greens lean towards blue. David agreed.
The flat is the Armand Sindoni brush, the bare ferrule bright brush is mine.”

Another Sidoni Painting:

Deb Received the random email from a Sidoni connection;

To Debbie Clarke,

This is so random, but I was scanning old family photos and came across this old double exposure.  The painting is an Armand Sindoni portrait
of my uncle Richard Duncan, who was a friend of Armand’s in Lynn.  So I googled Armand to share information about Armand with family on facebook and saw your
paint brush story.  Unfortunately the portrait went missing from storage unit during a move so very long ago.
It’s just a snapshot in time (& not a very good one) but I thought you’d appreciate seeing it.

love your magpie nest!!

Elizabeth Chapman

Show me Yours and I’ll Show you Mine! a call to Artists

Show me Yours and I’ll Show you Mine!

A call to Artists!

Deb Clarke shares her paint box with us. If there are any painters out there that would like to share their Paint box photos with us please email with a Photo and info like Deb has done. Also include anything you’d like to share. Such as; Your website, facebook page, exhibits etc. Email me at

From Deb Clarke;


“This was my father’s french easel, now it is mine. it was pristine when i got it a few years ago, now it is broken in.

my colors:
cad yellow light
cad yellow medium
lemon yellow
yellow ochre
burnt sienna
grumbacher red (napthol red)
alizarin crimson
pthalo green
winsor blue (pthalo blue)
cadmium blue
ultramarine blue
grumbacher pre-test white original (titanium)

a few big brushes, mostly flats, a few rounds, maybe a filbert or two”.

Deb Clarke

Deb’s Facebook page:!/profile.php?id=1582751786

FOB Deb Clarke Gallery Demonstration At Cape Ann Museum Saturday March 31st

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a gallery demonstration with artist Debbie Clarke on Saturday, March 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Clarke’s residency will take place in The Rule of Four exhibition gallery where her verre églomisé fish are on display.

Also available for visitors will be a related self-guided tour throughout the Museum that highlights the artwork that has inspired and influenced Clarke’s own work. Families are invited to attend and to participate in related activities in the CAM activity center.  This is an ongoing drop-in program that is free with Museum admission.

Debbie Clarke, Merluccius Bilinearis –Whiting, 1995. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

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Home made paint, “Rusty Anchor”

Deb Clarke recently made some paint from rust off an Anchor. She calls the pigment “Rusty Anchor”.

Check out her FB photo album here; “Rusty Anchor”

From: deb Clarke;

Here’s the orange jellyfish in process.  reverse glass with silver, aluminum, rusty egg tempera, etc.  in process.  if you click the pic you can see the grains of rust.  my friend Paul Frontiero reminds me that “rust never sleeps”.  I wonder if this will develop a rust bloom.  very excited about this.  19×20″.
ps: this will be one of the works in progress that i will bring to the Cape Ann Museum for my demonstrations on March 31 and April 1.

Deb Clarke Wants to Know. Questions for Artists!


Deb Clarke Wants to Know. Questions for Artists!

Deb Clarke Wants to Know. 

where have you had the most success selling your work?

in a traditional art gallery?

an artist cooperative gallery?

a vanity gallery? (pay for the privilege of exhibition)

a restaurant showing?

on-line marketing efforts?

how much time on a weekly basis do you spend marketing your work?

do you sell prints of your work?

how many on-line sites do you have?

if you donate work to non-profit fundraisers/auctions…have you ever made additional sales?

if you belong to an art association, do you make sales to cover your membership, get referrals?



From deb Clarke;


found it in a tank at the Seapocket Lab of the Gloucester Maritime Center A simple google search identified the image as a grunt, my Audubon field guide identifies it as a Porgy.

I’m gathering this information for a new body of work based on fish that I have not painted before. Some of the new paintings will be of favorite aquarium fish that I have lived with. Others will be new encounters through tidepools, my visit to the Maritime Center, the Boston Aquarium (a visit is next on my list). The artwork will exhibit up in Maine in the New Year. to see my progress subscribe to my blog:



Deb Clarke at The Sargent House 08/21/2011

From deb Clarke;

Here and now! Sunday August 21st! at the Sargent House. I will be working in the garden again. maybe portraits? i don’t/won’t know until i arrive. come by and say hello! about 12-4pm

Here & Now Sunday July 17th at The Sargent House Museum


Here & Now: Contemporary Artists Working in The Sargent House Museum Garden

Launches this Sunday with artist Kathy Gentile Roberts

Here & Now was conceived as a means to revitalize the 1782 Sargent House and energize the under-utilized Sargent House Museum garden. The garden’s tiers, which were added to the site in 1925 by preservation architect Joseph Everett Chandler, create unique spaces for artists to set up and find inspiration in the garden. Known for restorations at the House of the Seven Gables and the Paul Revere House, Chandler made various alterations to the historic site and grounds.

Built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Murray—an early feminist writer, philosopher, and social activist, the Sargent House is a fine example of high-style Georgian domestic architecture, enlarged during the Federal period, and converted into a museum during the height of the Colonial Revival.

There are still opportunities available for artists to participate in the Here & Now series. Interested artists should contact Site Manager Kate Laurel Burgess-Mac Intosh at or by calling 978-412-5290.

Upcoming Artists in the Here & Now Series

July 31: Kathryn Gentile Roberts

August 7: Mary Rhinelander McCarl

August 14: Dorothy Englander

August 21: Carole Anne Meehan

August 28: Coco Berkman

Deb Clarke’s Daughter EB Playind Violin and Harp For Indie Band FAX HOLIDAY

This From Shhh, Listen…

Fax Holiday is the recording/performing name of Eric Schermerhorn (formerly of Mutt and Margin Walker), and it is also the name of a Boston-based indie/folk band containing Schermerhorn (vocals, guitars, autoharp), Ian Macleod (bass, vocals), Elizabeth Bollenberg (violin, harp), and Dana Diplacido (percussion).  Importantly, it is also the name of one of my favorite bands of the last few months.  Their new album – Rope & Wine – is a solid musical effort – combining indie-rock numbers like “Dropping Out” with more introspective, folk-inspired tunes like “Salt.”  Regardless of presentation, each song feels as if it is rooted in something that is deeply personal – coming to the listener as if from a diary entry.  It’s a combination that comes up a lot in these parts (you might be familiar with a similar formula as seen in the work of Galaxie 500), and produces an amazingly vibrant emotional tapestry.

Also, it rocks.  Did I mention that it rocks?

For the rest of the entry and to hear some of the songs check Shh,Listen…

You may remember EB’s entries from the Sketchbook Project

What Do You Consider Art? Deb Clarke Asks the Question


 Deb Clarke Asks the Question:

What Do You Consider Art?

Audience Participation Required!

Don’t be Schlub! Share your view.

definition of “Schlub”:

Check out Deb Clarke’s art by clicking the link below