Artist Loren Doucette in the news: Operations Manager at Rocky Neck Art Colony & Peabody Essex Museum special program

Peabody Essex Museum features Loren Doucette teaching pastel drawing in the garden for the museum summer 2019 July 31 and August 7th


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Announcement from Rocky Neck

Dear Rocky Neck Community,

The Board of Trustees is very excited to announce that art colony artist member, Loren Doucette, joined the organization as RNAC Operations Manager. In this newly formed position, Loren will co-ordinate and implement the various programs of the Art Colony, schedule and supervise the Cultural Center space, provide administrative support, and communicate with both members and the public.

Loren brings positivity, warmth and a fresh new energy to the Art Colony. She is passionate about being a creative catalyst and looks forward to promoting the artists and galleries of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, collaborating with local arts and business organizations, and helping to generate a new youthful vibrancy to the art colony.

A life-long artist who focuses on painting, drawing and collage, Loren has been an exhibiting artist and teacher on Cape Ann since 2000 and a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony for over ten years. During this time she became widely known for her appealing style and was featured in several popular shows including those at Flatrocks Gallery and Gallery 53 in Gloucester and the Tusinski Gallery in Rockport. She was recently awarded the People’s Choice Award from the show Rocky Neck Now 2019, Looking All Around.

With a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Loren was recently Interim Director of Continuing Education at Montserrat where she also taught classes in pastel, drawing and painting.

She loves living by the ocean and being a part of the Cape Ann art community. In Loren’s words: “I continually fall in love with this amazing place—the people, the culture, the diversity, the natural beauty—all truly magical. I feel honored to have this position of leadership at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center and look forward to helping bring together many talented and inspired people to exhibit, perform, and tell their stories. In addition to honoring the rich artistic history that Rocky Neck holds, I am excited to be part of the next wave of artistic innovation!”

Loren may be reached during her office hours on Thursday and Friday by email: and by phone at the Cultural Center: 978-515-7004.

$12,000 grant opportunity for local artists and writers | Drawing, Printmaking, Poetry, Traditional arts

Mayor Romeo Theken always shares art news immediately! Please share. Dealers, tell your artists! Family and friends, encourage someone you know should try.

Here’s the announcement and deadline from the Massachusetts Cultural Council:

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council 2018 Artist Fellowship program opportunities have been announced!

October 2 deadline for drawing, poetry, printmaking, traditional arts

“Mass Cultural Council will accept applications in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting beginning December 15, 2017. Application deadline: January 29, 2018…Visit the MCC redesigned ArtSake blog, our online resource to support new art and Massachusetts artists. Every week, we round up a list of opportunities for artists – a way to find your next contest, artist residency, call to artists, publication, and more.”

Gloucester artist, Erica Daborn, was awarded an MCC fellowship grant in 2016.

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Plastic Drawing by Deb Clarke


From: Deb Clarke,

i’ve been working with kodak laminated film and aluminum leaf. started working thursday night, and have been pushing the material around since then. sleep is erratic. work is prolific. 4 drawings completed.

here’s the first completed drawing. 8×8″ on stretchers.

‘there be many’
copyright clarke
gloucester ma

Deb Clarkes Art Show Opening Reception Sunday!


Debbie Clarke’s Art Show and Sale is now Open to the Public at the Random Arts Gallery on Lexington Ave. in Magnolia.

Debbie will also be having an opening Reception On 

Sunday December 12, 2010 between 5pm and 8pm

Drop in and say hello, share some cheer. (usual artist offerings: wine and cheese)

Artist in residence Sunday-Monday 1pm-5/6/7pm ish throughout December
For a private viewing or for more information call:  978-652-8273

You can check out more Photos of Debs Art that will be for sale by clicking the Link:

Ahht, It Runs in the Family


Deb Clarke



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I deconstructed the entire sketchbook. i have been hindered by the construction of the sketchbook provided by the sketchbook project. it reminds me too much of school exercise book or a journal. it kept calling for words, and i kept trying to make it into something. anyway, this is the condition on october 9. today, i re-packaged the book.

trying to reconstruct the sketchbook. the book is getting lumpy. people with egg allergies can not handle this book…i’m using egg glair. the book had to stand during the drying process, then the sun turned the page into something else.

perhaps this is a Book of Shadow. the idea resonates with my inner life. i just don’t like the way this looks.

it’s a sketchbook. it should not be precious. it should be of use.


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AHOY there! Here’s the weekly quickie on the Sketchbook Project.

The following images have yet to be added to the sketchbook…..and what is currently new & already adhered is drying….hooray for glue. So there are some images missing. I’ll get to them soon….

Recently, my sketches have ranged from the classic portraits…..

…..the to the classically influenced oddity……

… the straight up weird.

I don’t really know why I always draw things growing out of my character’s heads (???). I suppose I want to add a visual twist on what would otherwise be just another portrait.

The lower right, the pink lady surrounded by blue, is based on an image I saw on, which is an AMAZING site for visual inspiration, FYI. Originally, she was suppose to be depicted as a woman underwater, but with the way the dress is shaped, she looks like she is part of giant heart. This realization was actually pointed out by Josh. Naturally, I’m delighted by this….however, now I’m afraid that all I draw will start being a combination platter of portraiture and anatomical parts. Frankin-pictures. Perfect for Halloween I suppose? Sweet.


e.b.’s blog;

Taken From the Gloucester Sketchbook Project


It’s AHHT! by deb clarke


light art!

 every once in a while my work catches me off guard with an inner certainty that i am on the right path. the sun hit this painting yesterday. that ‘light patch’ is flattened out in this image. the reality of the reflected light is that it existed in space, sort of like a hologram. damn, if i could paint like that, But, I don’t know how to. Yet.


“Sarto Shoes” by Clarke

from Deb Clarke;

Shoes by Wyeth:  “Trodden Weed” 1951
Shoes by Van Gogh:  “Shoes 1888”
Shoes by Clarke:  “Sarto Shoes”  2010
the wyeth and van gogh paintings are 2 paintings that i subliminally reference every time i draw some shoes.  wyeth’s work is egg tempera, van gogh’s is oil, clarke’s is mixed media:  drawing materials/oil paint/aluminum leaf.
c’est finis!

Van Gogh "Shoes" 1888

"Sarto shoes, a drawing" by Deb Clarke c'est finis.


"Sarto Shoes" by Deb Clarke 2010

deb Clarke Sunday Morning Painting Class

The Sunday Morning Painting Class
From deb Clarke;
Sunday morning we held our painting class in my backyard.  we reviewed some work, then the students painted. i drew with my new sharpies.  this is the view toward the State Fish Pier with the towers of Our Lady of Good Vogaye on the upper right and the Marchant Street “Tower House” on the upper left.  I have since added aluminum leaf to the drawing to help define some of the shapes.  will post follow-up.  gorgeous day here on the cove, on shore breeze and the air is dry!  YES!
 For more information On the Sunday Morning Painting Class Contact Deb Clarke at:

“AHHT” It’s what I Do! by deb Clarke

From deb Clarke;
Most of my work these past few weeks has been focused on the view in Cripple Cove.  Today and yesterday I stretched and triple primed this 38×42″ canvas.  I planned to draw on the gessoed surface with a sharpie marker, but I’m having a hard time making that first irreversible mark.  My plan was to base a painting on favorite drawings of looking down on Capt Joe’s docks .  pics of my recent drawings, the ‘white angst’, and source material follow.
Sharpie Sketch
Photo Reference, View from my House
Primed and Ready

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Sunday Morning Painting Class

There will be no class on Mother’s Day May 9th
Classes will resume May 16th at  St Peter’s Square Parking lot 6:30 a
20 Minute Painting Starts Sunday Morning Painting Class
20 Minute Painting Starts
and these are the paintings we did.  left 1,2,3:  Paul Frontiero.  center on clipboard:  Liz Bish.  next:  Debbie Clarke demo of a gesture painting reflecting my response to the color and feel of the morning. on right:  Tom Amend.  Last week painter Jeff Weaver stopped by and noted everyone was painting a different view.  This past Sunday we all faced the backlit hill with sun rising behind.  3/4 of the way through the class I introduced pthalo green into each of the students’ palette, showing them the cool/warm possibilities.  
“Cripple Cove gesture” Copyright Debbie Clarke oil on canvas 12″x16″5/2/10

Liz wanted to know what I would do next to my painting.  Nothing.  maybe I will sign it.  The gesture is a completely different ‘scene’ than the one I started with.  When I started to paint I did not know what was interesting about what I was observing.  I made one spot of color against another.  between conversations with students I painted and then ‘wham’ the dark shape pressing down on the center of the picture plane against the house caught my eye.

For more information On the
Sunday Morning Painting Class Contact Deb Clarke at:

Beginning Painting 1 by Deb Clarke

 “Painters who are not colorists produce illumination and not painting….color gives the appearance of life.”

Monday, February 23, 1852 from the Journals of Eugene Delacroix,  French Painter

Beginning Painting

The Equipment

a portable easel

for beginners I recommend 3 colors:  cad yellow medium, grumbacher red, cobalt blue and white, a small jar of oil painting medium and some gessoed boards, a few brushes (boar bristle is fine)

if you try painting and want to continue, you will want to invest in more colors, brushes, medium and an easel for outdoor painting

Here is My Paint Box and supplies;

French Easel Draw with supplies

Here’s my french easel set-up for painting:

  a few big brushes, a few rounds, maybe a filbert, a small brayer.

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

medium:  1 part stand oil, 1 part damar, 1 part turp

thinner for cleaning brushes

If you need more info on Painting supplies and where you can purchase them, or how to join the Sunday Morning Painting Class (7am Cripple Cove Parking Lot, weather permitting) contact me at:

Sunday Morning Painting Class

It was a Beautiful day to be outside Painting at Cripple Cove Last Sunday.

Deb taught us how to block in large dark and light shapes and refine from there.

We Had a Great Time. Even Jeff Weaver stopped by for a few minutes.

Debbie Critiques my Painting
Tom Amend Busy Painting

For More Information on how you can join the Sunday Morning Painting Class

Contact Debbie Clarke at



A Call To Artists

A Call to Artists!

I’m looking for artists to share studio space in central Gloucester.  

contact me via email for details.

Deb Clarke:

Painting and Drawing  Lessons available
You too can learn how to do a 20 minute painting!  Take a class with Debbie,
and you will be doing them in ‘no time’…
20 minute color spot demo

Contact Debbie Clarke at;

1st Sunday Morning Painting Class

Due to weather conditions the class was held in Deb Clarke’s House. There were three students;  Tom, Liz and myself.

Spot Color Painting was the assignment. Spot color painting is where you pick a color and relate that color to the rest of the painting. Debbie began by giving a spot color demonstration. Tom picked a scene outside one of Deb’s windows, Liz picked a hanging candle lamp and I picked a high shelf with three colored wine glasses and two silver pictures. Deb’s Knowledge of art, painting and color instincts are very inspiriring. The two hours flew by. I can’t wait for next week! Anyone whoever has thought about taking up painting should give it try. Twentyfive dollars is a great deal for the infomation you receive.

Contact Deb at;   OR

Liz Bish Painting
Deb Critiquing The days results
The Results; Liz's is on the table, Tom's on the bottom left and mine is bottom right

Sunday Morning Painting Class

Outdoor Painting and Drawing Classes with a real Glosta’ artist

Deb painting at one of last years Block partys in front of Bananas

Outdoor painting and drawing classes (weather permitting) with Debbie Clarke begin Sunday April 18, 7-9am.  Classes meet at the Cripple Cove Parking Lot across from Zeke’s.  arrive by 6:30 to set-up.  fee $25. all levels encouraged from newbies to pros  to register contact me via email:  elli01930@yahoo.comall painting and drawing media welcome, sorry, no watercolor.

questions, etc, you know what to do.

Even if your not sure you’d like to try, come down and check it out. You never know you just might pick up a brush. Maybe Joey will show up and give it a try.

Painting of Banana's Window, 2009 Block Party

Outdoor Painting and Drawing Classes with a real Glosta’ artist

Outdoor Painting and Drawing Classes with a real Glosta’ artist

Outdoor painting and drawing classes (weather permitting) with Debbie Clarke begin Sunday April 18, 7-9am.  Classes meet at the Cripple Cove Parking Lot across from Zeke’s.  arrive by 6:30 to set-up.  fee $25. all levels encouraged from newbies to pros  to register contact me via email:  elli01930@yahoo.comall painting and drawing media welcome, sorry, no watercolor.

questions, etc, you know what to do.


Merluccius Bilinearis aka St Peter's Thumbprint by Deb Clarke

Class Location

My Business Card

My Business Card

from Deb Clarke

I finally have a business card!  scan that code on the lower right with an iphone, blackberry, some droids.  it goes to my google business center listing, has some pics, some hours, contact info, and more…my location on the google map.
i posted about this a few days ago.
Deb Clarkes Business Card
Painting\Drawing Class
Starting next sunday 7am. should we meet at Capt Joes or the Cripple Cove parking. bring drawing/painting materials, easel, etc.  outdoor around the cove.  coffee and facilities at my house or zeke’s.  $25.  7-9. Contact me through my website:
No watercolors.

“Karen” by Deb Clarke

From:  Deb Clarke


This is Karen, the completed work documented in my earlier ‘wip’  in the series “Faces I Remember”.  It is finished.  During the process that brought the work to this point I was continually critiquing the work.  I kept trying to get the eyes above the one third, but my inclination was to keep cutting the ‘shape’ down.  This morning I finally decided to find the center of my canvas.  Wouldn’t you know it?  French painter Pierre Bonnard’s words critiqued the work, he said:  “There should be nothing in the center of a painting.”  Then portrait artist Helen Van Wyck words critiqued the work:  “In a portrait the eyes should be around the one third point.”  then I said:  The Hell you say!  I’m still in training!  This is Karen and this is the way I do it.  I broke the rules, yet it works.  why?  because it is didactic and self referential. so, there.

ps:  this is drawn from memory of a friend from Banana’s.



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