Thursday, October 31, 2013

Late Afternoon

"Late Afternoon"
Pastel on Colorfix Terracotta, 5x7 $100
I love the contrast between the late afternoon shadows and sunlight hitting the grass in the summertime.  Actually I love everything about summertime.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Golden Glow, The Marsh in Autumn

Golden Glow
7x10 pastel (matted to 11x14)
The Marsh is beautiful any time of year but in the fall it glows.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Essex Salt Marsh

Essex Salt Marsh
 pastel on Colorfix 7x10 matted to 11x14
This is another of the pastels I re-worked this week. I altered the shapes and color temperatures on this one.  I like it now.
My painting was safely delivered to the New London Inn for the 2013 Winter Juried Show.

"Ice Out"

"Ice Out" pastel on Canson paper 5x7 matted to 8x10 $100
I pass this pond on my way to and from work, this was an early evening in March.  It is a true sign of Spring in New England when the ice leaves the ponds and lakes.
Today I delivered my painting "Tranquil Morning" to the New London Inn for the 2013 Winter Art Show by the Center for the Arts, Micro Gallery.  It runs from Nov. 1st to the 30th.  and the reception is Nov. 1st. from 5 to 7.  Stop by if you are in the area.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Chocolate River

The Chocolate River
4.5x6.5 (matted to 8x10) pastel on  board $100
This was done from a reference photo taken in New Brunswick, Canada.  The river has this nickname because at low tide it is chocolate brown.
I spent the day getting ready for the show at Mack's Apple Farm.  I re-touched some pastels and re-matted others.  I liked this one just the way it was!
There is more work than I imagined getting ready for a show, matting pastels and varnishing oils.
Tomorrow I head back up to the mountains - a visit with my daughter and delivery of my pastel "Tranquil Morning" to the juried show in New London.
"Tranquil Morning"

Monday, October 21, 2013

Early Fall, Early Evening

"Early Fall, Early Evening" 8x10 pastel $125.00
I love landscapes, those quiet places that take your breath away.  This was from a visit to the New Hampshire White Mountains as the trees were just beginning to turn. 
I went to Blick on Saturday and Unison pastels were on sale so I bought about a dozen to round off my set.  I couldn't wait to try them out. When I work in pastel I have a paper trough under my work to catch stray pastel dust.  Since I do so many landscapes the dust is a soft gray green.  I had water to it and make a new pastel.  Today when I removed the trough it spilled all over my working pastels! They will clean up easily and I did manage to salvage most of the dust.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pomegranites and new brushes

"Pomegranites" 6x12 oil $150.00
This was fun to do from beginning to end. Next I will do a grisaille of the same set up.  I like to do one very loose and painterly and tighten up on the next.
Blick was having a sale this week-end for its favorite customers and I went in even though I didn't need anything, maybe that's why I am a favorite customer.
I found a brush called a filbert but not like any filbert I had ever seen.  I fell in love with its shape and had to have it.  Then I saw the sign that said: "you will fall in love with the shape even before you know how wonderful it is".  I used it for the first time and it really is wonderful.  A Blick Master synthetic filbert size 16.  Now I want a whole set!
The top is the filbert, the other 2 are Blick master synthetics also, size 2 and 8.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Value Study

Value Study 5x5
I did this little grisaille to practice glazing. 
 I can already imagine it in transparent shades of red and green.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall on Yuppo

Fall on Yuppo 8x10 watercolor $50.00
I didn't have time to set up my oils or pull out my pastels but I did have time for a fall walk and some fun with Yuppo paper.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lemon and Lime

Lemon and Lime 6x6 oil $100
I really like this lime.  The pitcher is ready for some great lemon-limeade.

Monday, October 14, 2013

I-Hsing Teapot and Japanese Lanterns

I-Hsing Teapot and Japanese Lanterns 8x8 oil $125.00
This is the alla prima version of my last post.  I used the same drawing and set up.  This one was supposed to be easy, after all I had lots of practice with the drawing and the first painting.  I worked all morning and then wiped it out.  After lunch I had a better time with it but I think it still needs some tweaking.  I can't wait to start applying glazes to the first version.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I-Hsing Teapot and Japanese Lanterns

I-Hsing Teapot and Japanese Lanterns 8x8 oil
I started taking a new class - Still life in Oil with Trish Gibbs.  We are exploring a number of still life techniques.  The first was Alla Prima.  The second used an imprimatur of umber with wipe-outs and umber additions. I did this one at home and it was fun - it felt like drawing with a brush and a small one at that!  The next step is to let it dry and apply transparent glazes.
In the next class we will be doing a grisaille - I can't wait!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mountain Impressions

"Mountain Impressions" 5x7 watercolor 100
Wonderful views every where you look!  I love the mountains as much as the ocean!
I was tired at the end of the challenge, glad it was done.  Now I can't believe how much I miss it.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

White Mountains

White Mountain Summer 5x7 watercolor $100
I spent time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this summer visiting my daughter.  The views are spectacular and every where you look there is a different mountain or range. I worked in watercolors because of the portability but it seemed just right for these wonderful views.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Japanese lanterns

Drawing again today . I got these delicate pods at the grocery store. I can't wait to paint them.

Friday, October 4, 2013


Home sick today and my computer is down too. Viruses in both cases. I managed to do a few studies of a pomegranate. This one is colored pencil

Wednesday, October 2, 2013