I spent a blissful "interlude" last Tuesday at Derby Academy Summer Arts Camp. My multi talented friend, Sally Dean Mello teaches in the program and invited me over to check out the kids' work and try my hand at creating a glass mosaic. She furnished me with a frame into which she glued a sheet of glass, showed me how to score and break the glass pieces and sent me on my way. Sally, her friend and fellow counselor Judy Benzaquin, and I sat together working on our pieces along with the kids who were creating their own works. It was exactly what my soul needed and this mosaic just seemed to create itself. I'm hooked ;) Be sure to check out Girls Just Wanna Paint , tomorrow, to see the works for our July topic: Bliss.
I applied for and was accepted to the first annual Parrsboro Plein Air paint out. Not only is this my first ever Plein Air competion, it is taking place in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, a place I've been visiting for close to 20 years and where my husband's mother's family is from. It is one of the most spectacular places I've been and I know it well. I painted this at Sargent's cottage at second beach. Notice the reflection of Blomidon in the windows.
We arrived home from Naples to the scent of lilacs, fresh ocean air and the unexpected treat of daffodils which I expected to be long gone by. The first leg of our trip was to Charleston, SC, a beautiful and charming city in every way. We took a delightful Carriage ride during which the driver gave us the lowdown on the care of the horses. They are logged in and out for every trip, regulated as to how many days and hours they can work, get shipped off for two week vacations out to pasture and are very well cared for. The weather was a balmy 75 degrees with no humidity! We spent some time checking out Charleston's rich selection of art galleriesand had a lovely dinner at the Francis Marion Hotel. My hubby was a Navy man stationed in Charleston, but there is no trace left of the Navy Base as he knew it.
The Carriage Horses make Charleston
The next part of the adventure took us over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and landed us on the DelMarVa peninsula which, brought us near to the Chincoteague National Seashore. The day out on Chincoteague was spectacularly beautiful and the only horses we saw were spotted from the top of the lighthouse.
I am struggling mightily with artist's block this winter.
I have also been working in some different mediums and trying to go in a new direction but, it is taking time.
This paper collage is one of the ways I've been using my "Imagination", which is the Girls Just Wanna Paintchallenge theme this month, to find my way.
I started with a piece of watercolor paper that I'd done some random painting on. The verse is from a calendar that I was throwing way but, when I noticed the verses, I cut them all out and added them to my collage files and I drew the dragonfly, glued it onto the paper and embellished it with rhinestones.
I actually first used the dragonfly, in 2012 in a collage piece for the Outside The Box, show given by North River Arts Society. It holds special meaning for me and I will be using it often in my upcoming work.
(because it's on a larger canvas board and can't be cut down)
After a long drive we arrived in Naples on Thursday, January 12th.
I had a full blown sinus cold but, was happy to see familiar faces in class the next day. Although I felt a bit out of line for exposing everyone to my germs, I passed out the Clorox wipes and everyone was happy that I didn't cancel. Thank you for your warm welcome!
If you've been trying to sign up for my classes through the Von Liebig website and had trouble finding my classes, the website is undergoing a redo and it's unreliable.
Here is the schedule and you can call the front desk at
We had the most lovely opening party last night for our Girls Just Wanna Paint group show at South Shore Natural Science Center.
Despite pouring rain, we were pleased and honored to have a substantial turnout of supporters to cheer us on.
Thank you to all!
The Girls: Left to Right. Sally Dean Mello, Victoria Chesley Brega, Jeannie MacFarland, Jody Regan, Mary Sheehan Winn, Kelley Carey MacDonald, Pamela Copeman, Paula Villanova and Margaret Farrell Bruno. Missing: Page Pearson Railsback.
This brick house sits on the very edge of Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Don and I have used up a couple of expiring time share weeks at the Flagship, a high rise that overlooks this little house and the distant boardwalk. It is so close to the water that the surf pounds it and the tenants park their cars far from the building. Walking to and from the boardwalk at different times of day I was struck by the light on this place and the desolate fields around it. This view is late afternoon and I framed it to include the gnarled, vine covered tree. We really enjoy the time here. Don plays poker and I paint and we walk the boardwalk. There's something for both of us.
Anders Zorn was a Swedish painter who sometimes used a palette limited to Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black and White. With these colors he was able to create paintings with a seeming full range of color, with black acting as blue. He was an international success and painted portraits of three U.S. Presidents. This month's Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge was to use the Zorn palette. I decided to choose a simple subject and mix my colors ahead. This amazing array of colors is the result.
The most important consideration when you begin a painting is composition or design.
I was most interested in the shapes of the piers and the shapes of the reflections in the water. There was another boat docked across from this one and after struggling with it, I just eliminated it. Problem solved, and the composition is stronger without it anyway. Think about things like that when you are composing your picture.
What a beautiful summer it has been! Hopefully, it will continue for quite some time. We aren't ready to make the transition.
Also, stay tuned for information about my color mixing workshop!
I painted two in a row of this view from our little cottage on the Bay of Fundy.
I love the simple shapes and composition as the tide rapidly returns, erasing the sandbars.
You'll notice a slightly warmer tone when I post the second one as the light was changing more toward the "golden hour".
I have been traveling and visiting friends and family this summer. I've visited Monhegan Island, Block Island, Provincetown and of course, I love spending the summer in my backyard oasis here in Marshfield by the sea, watching my birds and bunnies and hanging out in my pool :D
I was painting on Monhegan at the beginning of June with my cohorts Bobbi Heath and Carol Douglas. While waiting for the ferry we decided to try and slam another painting in. This has remained two thirds completed until last week when I got serious about finishing it. I probably had FOF, which is painter lingo for, "fear of finishing", just one of the many phobias affecting most of us painters. A whole post could be written on artist's phobias and maybe I will, but, that's for later. I have two more very good starts from that trip to finish up and you will, hopefully see them soon. I the meantime, Don and I are back in glorious Parrsboro.