Monday, July 27, 2009

Parrsboro Pine WC 8x10

Parrsboro Pine
This spruce has been standing on the edge of the lawn at the cottage in Parrsboro for the last 12 years but when Don and I arrived there this year, no more tree! There were such violent Ocean storms that the erosion this winter was heavier than usual. I did this watercolor last October when I was up there. Glad I caught this magnificent tree, then. I love this place.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fabulous Fakes

There's a Gallery in Newport, RI that does a show called Fabulous Fakes. Looks like I might just have an entry. This was a great lesson and rather enjoyable to paint. I think I'll get out my Sedona photos and my Edgar Payne book. I'm taking breaks to lie down on the floor and do some stretching of my shoulders and back.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

John Carlson Landscape Study 8x10

This recent (WIP) woodland study, is a copy of one of John Carlson's typical woodland scenes. He is one of the Godfathers of landscape paintings I recently came across a series of photos I shot of a similar scene, in the woods on a snowy, sunny day. This is a practice run for a painting of that scene. Copying is one of the ways you can learn faster and although I have always advocated for it, I really never have practiced it. It does work, though ;) Who knew? I am still resting my back. Thanks for all your well wishes.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Brief Respite from Painting

My Chiropractor has forbidden me from doing any more painting while sitting in a chair like this, or computering from a chair like that same one, I have two :) ........OR cleaning or housework or any spinal abuse, what so ever, since I suddenly suffered a painful swelling of the area between my shoulder blades last Friday. I will spare you the details but after a Saturday AM Chiro treatment and one this AM, I was sent home to rest meaning, lie on the floor or the bed with an ice pack between my shoulders, which I did all day Sunday, intermittantly reading and sleeping. Seriously,the way I have neglected my spine it's no wonder. I am damned uncomfortable in these chairs and this is a great reason for a long overdue, ergonomic makeover. Starting with the home studio. I'm taking this as a sign.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ramses 6x6

This is a study for a larger painting I plan to do and I'm still working out the palette. I'd like to be able to pull off the charm that Karin Jurick does. She's the Queen of Museum Interiors. Big shoes, indeed ;)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Click to bid
This stunning location is at Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia, looking across to Cape Blomidon. The light was great but I was also tickled by the juxtaposition of the remote location with the satellite dish!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Cloud Shimmer 6x6 SOLD

Same view as before but with the full tide and some distant rays of sun lighting up those cumulus clouds, high over the Bay of Fundy. It's hard to remember not to keep mashing brush strokes on top of one another. It dulls the color and creates mud. The most saturated orange in this, is the underpainting, of which I'm a big fan. It unifies the work and facilitates color vibration. This felt good to paint.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Gone 6x6

We spent the past week in Nova Scotia and my wireless card would not connect at either of the available sites, even after considerable time working in control panel connections. Nada. I received an error message that, yes, I the signal was there, but my computer couldn't connect. Whatever. It works perfectly fine here at home. Wirelessly. Anyway, despite poor weather including pouring rain, thunder, fog, mist and wind, it was glorious, and I painted several paintings. Here is the view from the cottage at low tide. Overcast clouds with some rays coming through. I had to work to see the color, as this scene is very monochromatic and the light glares off the wet sand.
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