Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jetty Study

"Rocks and Waves"
6x6 oil on panel

On my painting retreat I spent most of one day out on the back shore on the open ocean side of the "secret" hideaway, first painting the rocky island in the morning light and then turning toward this view later in the afternoon. 
I tried to keep a linear design in the rocks and just suggest the water and spray swirling around me. 
I was not going to include any houses until the light caught this house's red metal roof and gave it a lovely purple glow that seemed to add to the painting.
Glorious, is how I'd describe being out on the rocks painting all day. Nothing better!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Maine Rocks

Maine Rocks
6x6 oil on RayMar panel
The title is a play on words. 
Maine does rock and the rocks in Maine are spectacular. 
This was painted off the back shore of the "secret hideaway" where there was a painting everywhere we turned. No need to even leave the property. My kind of place. 
My apologies for this poor photo, I will upload another in its place asap.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lilacs in McCoy Vase

Lilacs in Blue 
9x12 oil on masonite

My painting retreat was invigorating and enriching. 

The company of six women in an old Farmhouse painting, eating, drinking, talking and laughing for a week was just what I needed to break me out of my rut. 
The fresh scent of lilacs, which were out in abundance, filled the house and one rainy day we set up and painted them. 
I brought my favorite blue pitcher with me to use for still life and it was perfect!

The air. 
The surf. 
The pine trees. 
The rocks. 
I love it.

Pemaquid Lighthouse

Yes, I climbed all the way down the rocks to get the iconic shot. Worth it ;) 

Friday, June 05, 2015

Painting Retreat

6x6 watercolor
I am off for a week of painting with a stellar group of fun ladies on the rocky coast of Maine. One week of focusing only on my art is exactly what I need at this time.
I did this watercolor in Naples a few months ago. In my quest for abstraction, what better subject than lily pads?  
I'll be posting more of these studies which never made the blog this winter and you can look forward to some paintings of beautiful, soulful Maine!

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