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Commissions available!

Lately, I've been receiving several requests for commissioned work beyond the scope of gallery paintings. It made me realize that while I've always done this, I never put it on my website, so how would anyone know?  So here it is: I have experience with, and am actively seeking, the following types of projects:

  • commissioned landscape paintings 
  • decorating for baby nurseries
  • "house portraits"
  • still life with certain objects or color themes (to coordinate with your decor, for example)

If you would like to commission me to paint something, like your favorite vacation spot or your childhood home, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am happy to scope the project and give you a free estimate with options.  There is no extra charge for commissioned work, and you get to have a say in the finished product, right down to the frame choices.  Many sizes are available so it can even be a perfect gift.

Sales are up, thanks to Upstairs/Downstairs!

I'm happy to report that sales are doing well, thanks to my new gallery relationship with Upstairs/Downstairs Antiques, located at 93 Charles Street in Boston's Beacon Hill. This antique-and-art gallery has the allure of a hidden gem, tucked at the corner of Pinkney and Charles Streets. Owner Laura Cousineau is welcoming and kind with chic taste. If you stop by, let me know what you think.

New season, new work

It's been a long few years away from the easel. I've worked in bits and spurts where I could, but I'm happy to announce that I'm back to painting more consistently this fall.  My little ones are just a bit bigger, which is naturally bittersweet.  But, like the beautiful changing seasons that I love to paint, so do the seasons of our lives flow one into the next.  

 

I've been saving up many ideas for new paintings and have been working in the studio a lot to complement my plein-air painting.  Using direct observation outdoors, pencil sketches, and small color studies, I can create a larger painting in the studio.  I'm excited to share this recent painting with you. It's my first large studio piece: a whopping 30"x40" !

It's P-town at night - as the sun set and the sky was aflame.  I've been recently interested in creating landscapes that incorporate more spacious, almost minimalist elements, like big skies and great expanses of water.  I've also been experimenting with glazing techniques to harness oil paint's wonderful transparency, and create the illusion of an internal glow to the painting.

 

Back to the brushes, with best regards,

Cate

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Landscape painting class this fall!

Starting in September, I'll be offering a ten-week landscape painting class in partnership with the New England School of Fine Art.  The class will be held outdoors and will feature frequent demonstrations. Using a direct approach to painting, students will gain confidence in capturing the look of nature despite the challenges of shifting light.  Fall is one of the most beautiful times to paint outdoors in New England.  Please join us!




Cate Hunter Kashem  -  cate.kashem@gmail.com

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