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"F. For FAKE", documentary by Orson Welles

I've recently been fascinated by different art forgers throughout history and learning more about the characters that make this "fake" art. I found this documentary on Netflix, which focuses on the famous art forger, Elmyr de Hory. It is a bit confusing and disjointed but I enjoyed it.  The whole movie is on Youtube - I've embedded the video below if you're interested in watching. IMG_0121

April Workshops - Sign Up

I will be teaching two workshops "Pochade Box Workshop" and "Drawing Boot Camp - Spring Training" at the Marblehead Arts Association.  Below is the listing for both of the workshops: Pochade Box Workshop

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Saturday, April 2 10:30am – 2:00pm $60 members/$75 non members $25 materials fee

Spring is almost here and what better way to welcome it than to have your own pochade box ready to capture it when the great outdoors starts to bloom. Pochade boxes are compact studios tailored to an artist’s needs, that are easily transported. MAA member, Marc Morin will teach about the interesting tradition and history of their use and also assist students in constructing their own box. Please visit our calendar listing for more information and for a list of materials that are provided and materials to bring.

Sign up deadline is March 22, 2016. 4 student minimum. Call 781-631-2608 to register or contact:

Drawing Boot Camp - Spring Training!

Marc Morin Boot Camp

Saturdays, April 9, 23 & 30 10:30am – 2:00pm $150 members/ $175 non members All levels welcome

Start training with these 3 Saturday sessions of a drawing workshop intensive. Drawing is the foundation of all other disciplines and just as a musician practices scales, you will leave this workshop having different drawing techniques and exercises to improve your chops. Sign up for this Spring Training to get your drawing muscles back into shape. Please visit our calendar listing for more information and for a list of materials.

Registration deadline Tuesday, April 5. 4 student minimum. Call 781-631-2608 to register or contact:

I am really looking forward to teaching these classes and hope that some of you will consider signing up. Space is limited so make sure to signup soon if you are interested.

"100 Twenty Minute Portraits" - Completed

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It feels great to be finished with my portrait project! I have really enjoyed getting the chance to look back on everything I've worked on since I started in 2012. Here's a recap:

100 different sittings, 77 different people, 37 males, 40 females. After contacting and scheduling from start to finish it took 3 years 3 months and 6 days to finish this project. Starting in November of 2012 (11 portraits), 2013 ( 31 portraits), 2014 (45 portraits), 2015 (8 portraits) and finishing in February 2016 (5 portraits). A little longer than anticipated, but I am happy with how the project came out and with everything I learned throughout the process. They are painted with acrylic on 12"x 9" gessoed paper with limited palette of titanium white, yellow ocher, indian red and mars black.  Here are some links to see all the portraits, the artist statement, and other blog entries:

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Below is a selection of nine portraits that I am particularly happy with and feel were successful in capturing the sitter.

20 Minute Portrait ExtraBelow is a selection of nine more portraits that show my learning process during this project. With these I experimented with different paint application and color schemes. While they may not be “successful", no fault to the sitter but to my skill and knowledge at the time, these were a big part of my experience and development in learning more about portraiture. I not only want to share my successful portraits but also the ones that I learned the most from.

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One of the parameters of my project was that I could not paint a single sitter more than three times. There were six total sitters who reached this maximum and their portraits are pictured below. I enjoy seeing how much variation there is even among the same model - many of the dominant features can be recognized in the various portraits though the style and imagery of each one can appear vastly different.

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To everyone who supported the project, either by sitting as a model or offering encouragement, thank you!  I hope to show the work in upcoming exhibits, and also hope to put together a book of the finished product. I will keep you updated on these happenings!

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

I've always enjoyed painting outside and capturing scenes in the moment, and was therefore interested in this movie about David Hockney and his experience painting outdoors. Seeing a man of his age still going out to paint is very motivating and inspiring to me. I'm looking forward to the nice weather this week and getting out there. Below is a clip from the documentary. Nov__blog_2015 009

The Final Three Portraits

"100 Twenty Minute Portraits" is completed! As of February 21, 2016, I have finished the final three portraits. It feels great to be done - I'm excited to look back on all of them and reflect on the process.


20 Minute Portraits - Recent Seven

These are the past seven "Twenty Minutes Portraits" that I completed. I am currently at number 97, with only three left to reach my goal of one hundred portraits. The final three have been scheduled, and assuming there are no conflicts that may postpone the portraits I hope to be done very soon!

The Commission Process - "Cranwell Winter"

I was recently asked to complete a painting of a resort in western MA, and thought it may be helpful to share my process of working on a commission. The painting, which I titled "Cranwell Winter," was completed for a client to give as a wedding gift.  She wanted a painting of the location of the wedding ceremony- the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox, MA.  She had taken photos of the structure and sent them to me.  I used them as well as my own google searches as reference material for the painting.  Along with sending me some images for the subject matter of the painting, we also discussed budget, schedule, size and materials for the commission.  Once we were able to finalize those details, I made some compositional sketches. Below are the client's images and my google research of Cranwell.

After researching and gathering reference I started with some thumb nail sketches 1.75"x 2.25" in size to work out the composition for the painting. I did nine different layouts.  When they were finished I emailed the client and asked her to pick three designs she liked and I developed those further. The client picked sketches number 3, 4, and 8.


I took the three sketches she picked and did variations on the layouts.  I did them a bit larger than the thumb nails, 3.5"x 4.5", to allow for more detail.  When these were finished I sent them again to the client to choose what the final painting will potentially look like.  They chose number 4.

In between working on the sketches I began priming and toning the canvas. Once the design was decided on I drafted a  template of sketch number 4 at the same size as the canvas (14"x 18") to help speed up the drawing process on the canvas.

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The  images below show the blocking in and development of the painting to it's final finish.

This is the finished painting. The entire process, start to finish, took approximately 3 months. The client and the gift recipient were very happy with the final painting. To learn more about commissioning a project please follow this link: Order Commission


"Cranwell Winter", oil on canvas, 14"x 18", Jan 2016


"Far Away Places" - Swampscott Arts Association

I am currently participating in a group exhibit entitled "Far Away Places," presented by the Swampscott Arts Association and hosted at The Abbot Public Library in Marblehead. The exhibit brings together over 40 artists from several local communities, including Lynn, Swampscott, Salem, Peabody, Marblehead and Nahant. The included pieces are done in a variety of mediums and demonstrate each artist's interpretation of a "Far Away Place".  I am showing one piece in this exhibit, entitled "What They Say", oil, 8"x 10". Some images of my work and of the show as a whole are below:

If you'd like to see the show, it will be up from Friday, January 15th -  Sunday, February 28t, with the opening reception on Sunday, January 17th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

The Abbot Public Library 235 Pleasant Street Marblehead, MA 01945

Opening Reception - "New Member Exhibit"

2016_blog_10 What a great turn out for this opening on Sunday, January 10 at the Marblehead Arts Association.  The King Hooper Mansion is a beautiful old building that the association is home to, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to show 18 of my paintings.  I look forward to participating in future exhibits and to meeting more of the association's members.  Thank you to all those who came out to support this event.

Holiday Cards

The holidays are approaching and there is nothing quite like sending or receiving a personalized greeting card to welcome in the season. For the past three years I have handmade holiday cards to send to family and friends. Due to the strong positive response I received, I am excited to share two holiday cards that I have designed for purchase this season.  They are sold individually or in packets of 10, 25 or 50.  The cards when folded are 5"x 7" with an image on the outside and seasonal message inside. They also come with white envelopes.

This is one of my favorite times of the year and I am grateful for the opportunity to share the spirit of this wonderful season with you. It is a time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for and to share our love with those who matter most. What better way to do this than with a unique card crafted by a local artist? I hope you find time this season to relax, enjoy, and let those around you know how much you care.

Marblehead Arts Association - Two Opening Receptions

November 22, 2015 was the opening for two exhibits at the Marblehead Arts Association - "Winter Member Exhibit" and "Hooper's Treasures Pieces of Eight - Fundraiser Exhibit".  Below are some images of the event as well as some of my work- it was great to meet the other new members and to learn more about the association.

The exhibits will be up until January 3, 2016 and are located at:

The Marblehead Arts Association 8 Hooper Street Marblehead, MA 01945

Please follow the link to learn more about the Pieces of Eight Exhibit Fundraiser , or check out to keep up to date with the association and it's upcoming events.


Pieces of Eight - From Start to Finish

Here is a slide show of the making of  the 8"x 8" oil painting created for the Marblehead Arts Association exhibit, "Hooper's Treasures Pieces of Eight - Fundraiser Exhibit." The Opening Reception is on Sunday, November 22, 2 - 4pm and the show will be up until January 3, 2016. If you'd like to come, the Marblehead Arts Association is located at:

8 Hooper Street Marblehead, MA 01945

This slide show demonstrates the progress of the painting. I have outlined the steps I took below:

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Slide 1: The new canvas still wrapped

Slides 2-4: I began by adding a layer of acrylic gesso. After it dried I sanded off the tooth (the rough surface)

Slide 5: I based the painting on a crayon study I had previously done (seen at left). I used this as a reference as I began drawing my plan on the canvas (seen at right).

Slide 6: I added a layer of yellow ochre paint to tone the canvas.

Slides 7-17: This shows the progression of the painting over the course of 4 days using paint, brushes, palette knife and rags to get a textured effect.

Slide 19: The finished painting. It is for sale for $150.

To learn more about the Marblehead Arts Association and this upcoming show please click the link.

"New Member's Show" Opening Reception

The Swampscott Arts Association's "New Member's Show" had its Opening Reception on  Sunday, Nov. 15  - 3:00 – 5:00pm, and the show was well attended.  It showcased the works of 16 new members.  It was great to see all the art that is being made in this little town. Below are few images of the three paintings I had on display.

"Swampscott Arts Association: New Member's Show"

This weekend is the opening reception of the Swampscott Arts Association's "New Member's Show." The paintings I will be showing are all of local beaches in Swampscott, including some of the scenes below:

Because ocean scenes are somewhat new to my work, I've been researching new techinques to put the final touches on my paintings. The local library has many great resources.

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The opening reception will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15  - 3:00 – 5:00pm, and the work will be up until December 10th. The show is located at:

200R Essex Street Swampscott, MA 01907 The building is located behind the Swampscott High School

I hope to see some of you there!