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ARTmonday: 12 Cactus Paintings

Before we get to the cactus paintings, I want to tell you a little cactus story.

Last summer I was surprised to find cacti growing in the sand along the parking spaces at a small beach in Truro on the Cape. It looked as though  someone planted them on a retaining wall, and they spread to the ground, or rather, the beach. I can’t believe I never noticed them before. Could they all have grown over a single year?

They were quite rugged; pale green with short but very coarse and sharp spines. I had to have one. It was a lot more difficult to pull it up than I thought, and I was treated to lots of little prickly stuff in my fingers. (Because I’m not careful like that.) I brought a little one home, stuck it in a small pot with some sandy dirt, and left it on the porch.

A few months ago my husband was out there and brought it home, thinking winter would surely not serve this cactus well. (I will be curious to see how all the cacti in the parking lot look this summer.) We put it in a sunny spot on the back windowsill, and while the original plant didn’t look very healthy, it sprouted.

The new growth is green and very tall; three times the size of the original plant. I replanted it in store-bought cactus/succulent soil in a larger pot. If the cleaning people would stop watering it, I suspect it will grow to be very strong. (It’s currently kind of droopy, with a chopstick holding it up.) I’m kind of amazed. Nature.

Cape Cod Cactus In StyleCarrot's Living Room

Cape cactus.

Here are 12 cactus paintings, mostly still lifes.

Painting of Cactus And Houseplants in Interior

Laura Garcia Serventi

Colorful Painting of Cactus On Black Background

Cactus, Elena Glanopoulou

Abstract Cactus Landscape Painting

King Harvest Has Surely Come, Gareth Kemp

Still Life Painting Of Three Cactus Plants

Christine McArthur

Cactus Terrarium Illustration

Crystal Cactus, Cactus Club 

Geometric Cactus Illustration Print On Etsy

Geometric Cactus, Exile Printed

Cactus In Pink Pot Still Life Painting Affordable Artwork

Cactus, Grace

Illustration Of Assorted Cactus Plants In Pots

Curious Cacti, Sarah Walsh 

Cactus On Tiled Sill Illustration Artwork

Elena Boils

Illustration of Cactus In Striped Geometric Pot

Cactus, Elisabeth Fredriksson

Oversize Cactus Painting

Cactus, Tadija Janicic 

Affordable Artwork Of Retro Cactus Still LIfe

Retro Cactus, Cool Hang

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Saturday Say It: Resigned

OK Text Art By Erika Adams

ok, Erika Adams

Adams investigates how power and meaning are embedded in text and form.

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ARTmonday: Hilary Tait Norod

I first learned about Boston-based artist Hilary Tait Norod through her dad, an architect at Elkus Manfredi when I was working on a story for the Boston Globe about transforming old buildings into home.

Since then I’ve had the pleasure of working with her on the  Webster Art Project at Boston Design Center. There are currently three of her paintings in the Webster & Company showroom (one sold!)

Hilary Tait Norod’s solos show “Are You Crazy With Me?” opens this weekend, Saturday, April 16th, 5pm – 9pm at Jerome Street Studios in Medford, Mass. Hilary’s new body of work is inspired by studies of the human mind. The series focuses  specifically on the theories behind the correlation between insanity and creativity.

Norod presents a series of mixed media paintings that evolved from portraiture studies of brilliant minds who have walked the line of insanity into more abstract pieces of her own theories, experiences, and explorations.

Here is a preview of her new paintings:

Come and Rest Your Bones with Me

Come and Rest Your Bones with Me
Oil, Charcoal, Graphite, Pastel, Mica and Gold Leaf on Panel  •  48″ x 72″

Something Beautiful Painting By Boston Artist Hilary Tait Norod

Something Beautiful

Painting of David Bowie By Hilary Tait Norod


Painting of Edgar Allen Poe By Hilary Tait Norod


Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. —Edgar Allen Poe

Boston Artist Hilary Tait Norod In Her Studio

Hilary Tait Norod at work in her studio.


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ARTmonday: 15 Pieces from the MassArt Auction 2016

On Saturday night I went to Montserrat College of Art Artageous30! auction. Of course we came home with two pieces, but more importantly we had a really great time, and hopefully the school raised a lot of scholarship money.

The venue and food were terrific, as were the artists who worked throughout the space during the evening. We’re definitely going back next year, despite the schlep up to Gloucester. I’m hoping we can round up a whole Boston contingent. Perhaps a party bus?

In the meantime, I’m gearing up for the MassArt Auction this Saturday, April 9th, 2016. It will also be my first time attending this one. I can tell already it is going to be nearly impossible to come home empty handed, though I hear the prices can get steep. Tickets to the event are sold out, but you can easily bid online at Paddle8. I certainly already started.

Here are 15 of my top picks at the MassArt Auction this year. Online bidding ends Friday, April 8th; bids transfer to live event unless you choose the Buy It Now option.

Female Figure in the Landscape Photo By Cory Munro Shea MassArt Auction

Cory Munro Shea, Explosion I, 2015
Archival inkjet print    1 of 2
16 x 20 in , Framed
Courtesy of artist

Text Art By Joe Wardwell At MassArt Auction

Joe Wardwell, Well intentioned but bad advice, 2013
Oil on canvas    18 x 24 in
Courtesy of artist

Blurry Photograph Of Palm Trees By Joan Pamboukes At MassArt Auction

Joan, Pamboukes
Morning from the video game Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas
, 2013
Digital C-print mounted behind plexiglass
17 x 22 in    4 of 5
Courtesy of artist

Painting Of Airstream Trailer By Leah Giberson At MassArt Auction

Leah Giberson, Trailer Flash, 2016
Acrylic on photographic print on panel    24 x 36 in
Courtesy of artist

Portrait of A Girl By Rania Matar At MassArt Auction

Rania Matar, Souraya 18, Jounieh Lebanon, 2015, 2015
Archival pigment print on Baryta paper    1 of 10
19.2 x 24 in, Framed
Courtesy of artist and Carroll and Sons

Geometric Abstract Painting With Bird By Julie Levesque At MassArt Auction

Julie Levesque, Artifice , 2014
Watercolor, paper, eggshells, ultracal, and wood  •  16 x 20 x 3 in
Courtesy of artist and Rice Polak Gallery

Abstract Seascape Photo By John Steck Jr At MassArt Auction

John Steck Jr., Creating Horizons, 2012
Two digital inkjet prints    2 of 10  •  11 x 14 in each, Framed
Courtesy of artist

Abstracted Landscape Mixed Media Photo by Matthew King At MassArt Auction

Matthew King, 2015.2.267 & 2015.2.66, 2015
Acrylic, lacquer, and cut paper on aluminum
12 x 24 x 1 in – Diptych; dimensions for both
Courtesy of artist and GRIN

Still Life Of Ducks Painting by Maureen O'Connor At MassArt Auction

 Maureen O’Connor, Ducks with Marimekko, 2013
Oil on canvas    18 x 18 x 1 in, Framed
Courtesy of artist

Interior Painting of Room By Ashley Bowersox At MassArt Auction

Ashley Bowersox, Market-Back door at noon, 2015
Oil on gessoed paper    20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Courtesy of artist

Still Life of Chanel Perfume Bottle By Betsy Powers At MassArt Auction

Betsy Powers, Chanel #5 in aqua!, 2015
Oil on canvas    14 x 11 x 1 in, Framed
Courtesy of artist and Falmouth Artist Guild

Abstract Painting By Eric Aho At MassArt Auction

Eric Aho, Spanish Road, 2013
Oil on linen    36 x 30
Courtesy of artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York

Pointillism Abstract By Masako Kamiya At MassArt Auction

Masako Kamily, Heart Ache, 2010
Gouache on panel    23.5 x 22
Courtesy of artist and Gallery NAGA

Lesbian Prom Photo By Zoe Perry-Wood At MassArt Auction

Zoe Perry-Wood, Elizabeth & Jessica, from the BAGLY Prom Series, 2015
Archival inkjet print    1 of 7  •  27 x 17 x 1 in, Framed
Courtesy of artist and Gallery Kayafas

Geometric Abstract Painting On Wood Slice By John Guthrie At MassArt Auction

John Guthrie, Situation, 2014
Oil and acrylic on wood    15 x 9.5 x 0.75 in
Courtesy of artist

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ARTmonday: Montserrat College of Art Artrageous!30 Auction

If you’ve been reading ARTmonday regularly you know I am a devotee of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston art sale.  I have yet to attend the MassArt Auction, but with my new burgeoning curatorial career I am very excited to go to this year’s art auction on April 9, 2016.

I am also thrilled to have been invited to the Montserrat College of Art Artrageous!30 Auction, which is this Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Gloucester. Montserrat College of Art is an accredited art school in Beverly, Mass., on the North Shore.

There are 16 pieces in the live auction, including work by my friends Lee Essex Doyle and Tess Atkinson (who is part of the Webster Art Project I curate). I saw many of these artworks a few weeks ago on exhibit at NAGA Gallery on Newbury Street and they’re quite wonderful. You can check out my @stylecarrotcurates Instagram for some installation shots. They’re tagged #artrageous30.

The silent auction includes over 120 artworks, including abstracts, landscapes, photography, collage, sculpture, etc. My absolute favorite piece is She thought it was love but it turns out to be adult onset ADD by Marcia Hermann, below. 

Throughout Artrageous!, Montserrat students and faculty will create artworks live while you watch. Questions are encouraged, and all works will be available to bid on as they are made. In addition, there are 200 raffle tickets on sale for $100 each. The winner gets to choose any item from the live or silent auction.

The pieces are all online, though to bid you either need to attend or contact Montserrat for a bidder proxy.All proceeds raised at Artrageous!30 help provide funding for financial aid for Montserrat students.

Here are my top 15 picks from the Montserrat College of Art Artrageous!30 Auction.

Abstract Landscape Painting By Amanda Hawkins

Bayview Lane, Amanda Hawkins
Acrylic and charcoal, 12”x24”, $500

Mixed Media Abstract Artwork By Conny Goelz-Schmitt

Moon Glazer, Conny Goelz-Schmitt
Mixed media, 26”x48”x2”, $800

Interior Photograph With Dog By Michelle Rearic

Pandora’s Box, Michelle Rearic
Digital photograph, 13”x9”, $300

Photograph Of Retro Train Station By Karen Hosking

Lynn, Train Station, Karen Hosking
Photography, 18”x24” $400

Pastoral Landscape Painting By Sally Lee

Essex Farm, Sally Lee
Oil on canvas, 32”x32”, $1,500

Venetian Lantern Painting By Lee Essex Doyle

Prada I Purple, Lee Essex Doyle
Acrylic on canvas, 15”x15”, $2,000

Folk Inspired Painting By Steve Negron

Frankie Abandoned Hope at Land’s End, Steve Négron
Acrylic on panel, 9”x9”, $400

Interior Painting Of Man and Woman By Marcia Hermann

She thought it was love but it turns out to be adult onset ADD, Marcia Hermann
Oil on panel, 22”x24”, $700

Abstract Landscape Painting By Barbara Moody

Treasure Hunt, Barbara Moody
Acrylic on canvas, 24”x24”, $900

African Savannah Safari Landscape Photo by Tess Atkinson

Giraffe and Zebra Walking In A Mirage 1, Amboseli, Tess Atkinson
Enhanced matte print (edition 2 of 18), 40”x40”, $2,000

Mixed Media Collage By Joe LoVasco

Small Shop, Joe LoVasco
Oil paint, found paper, color pencil, 12”x15”, $450

Abstract Geometric Collage By Katie Dougherty

Multiples, Katie Dougherty
Collage, 11”x14”, $350

Interior Painting With Woman and Cake By Leslie Graff

“She had her cake…”, Leslie Graff
Acrylic on canvas, 30”x40”, $2,500

Interior Painting By Taylor Clough

Interior with Chair, Taylor Clough
Acrylic paint, 36”x24”, $800

Abstract Wood Sculpture By Boston Artist Damien Hoar De Galvan

Untitled, Damien Hoar de Galvan
Wood, glue, and paint, 10”x5.5”x1.5”, $650

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