Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Coming and Going" oil 12 x 12

 Our local art association held its 41st annual art festival this past weekend; music, art in the streets, artisans, great food, all in a lovely New England neighborhood.  It's a magical weekend, rain or shine. I paint in the streets both days, and enjoy chatting with people as they stop by. I especially love the children who pause.  I usually engage them with some questions about what I'm doing and ask their opinion about choices I'm considering.  They love looking at the tubes of paint, and the "secret compartment" in my pochade box where I keep them.  When I'm lucky, a child or two will visit multiple times to check in, as happened this weekend with an interesting 9-year old named Zach.  
The Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge for this past month is "refresh".  "Coming and Going" is my take on "refresh".  I have painted for years at
the art festival, almost always painting the main building, the G.A.R. Hall.  This year, I turned away from the main building to paint the new food trucks and the lovely brick-ender on the street.  It was refreshing to change my annual view.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

"Inside Out" complete oil 8 x 10

The Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge for last month was "imagination".  I found myself returning to a living situation I imagine for myself whenever I'm in Boston, which is frequently these days.  I invented an imaginary living room with view of the lovely vintage rooftops I enjoy seeing carved against the sky.  I posted the painting on the GJWP site as a work in progress, not completely resolved.  Here is the completed painting with a few adjustments.
I've had a thing for casement windows, maybe since I first saw Greer Garson in "Mrs Miniver" looking out her English village casement windows at her pilot son in the R.A.F.  who would tip his wing to her as he flew over the house. I added a version of casement windows to my imaginary Boston abode.  I pushed the light and dark in the composition, and added some more interest in the apartment.  
You can see all the imagination challenge paintings Here.  As always, thanks for looking.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

"Inside Out" 8 x 10 oil

The Girls Just Wanna Paint group challenge this month was "imagination".   Interesting idea.  First I thought of Gene Wilder in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" singing "There is no world I know to compare with pure imagination.  Living there you'll be free if you truly wish to be."  Then I imagined living in Boston.  I am entranced by the antique rooftops against the sky of Boston, so here is my imaginary living room with comfy reading chair and big view of the rooftops I love.  
I tried to keep everything in the painting darker and warmer than outside. I will get back into the painting when it is dryer to push the values some more from the inside to the outside.  I like the design and it does pique my imagination.  Thanks for looking.  You can see all our images here.  
As always, thank you for looking.  I love your comments.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

"From Nigh Duck" pen & ink 6 x 9

Revisiting my sketchbook recently and came across this little sliver of summer.  We are again making plans for our trip to Monhegan Island.  March often seems like the longest month in the school year.  This year it has been cold and gray and raw, and heck with March coming in like a lion and heading out like a lamb. It is snowing tonight here in Massachusetts.  When spring arrives, it will explode on the scene, getting us even closer to some summer time on our beloved island.  When I look at this drawing, I can smell and feel the air.  Yum. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bullet Journal - mixed - 5.5 x 8

 I have been keeping a bullet journal for the last few months, sort of a visual diary.  It's interesting, and fun, and like doodling with a little information.  Here are some pages, and details from pages.  I use colored pencil and non-bleed fine tip marker, and watercolor pencils.
Thanks for looking.


Thursday, March 02, 2017

"Early Spring Garden" oil 9 x 12

Last week was my school vacation week, and although February, we had some record-breaking days here in Boston, in the low 70s.  My friend, Marianne, and I headed in to Boston to paint for the afternoon.  It was a stunning afternoon, filled with families and laughter and the optimism and walking-with-head-up that comes with sunlight and warmth and the promise of spring.  I have a little more work to do on the painting, but it was great to be out exploring shapes, values, and the interesting leaf-free trees against the backdrop of buildings.  Below are some images of the painting in process.  
Oh, and had plenty of my favorite activity, chatting with the public, especially children who ask such great questions, and offer their ideas.  Wonderful! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Monhegan Sketchbook - Thinking Summer in Winter 9 x 12

Looking at my Monhegan sketchbooks today and added some watercolor pencil to part of this page.  The sun is out here in February, and starting to feel strong.  I'm reminiscing about my favorite island in the sun. 
Watercolor pencils are interesting because you can layer them, wet them, add dry on top, mix complements, add depth, and explore.    
Thinking of summer in the bright of winter.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sketching From the Car 6 x 9 watercolor and ink

  My husband has recently been called as pastor at the New North Church in Hinhgam, MA.  Driving up to church with him leaves me an hour to read, sketch, walk, even grade quizzes before the service starts.  Here is a sketch from the car during my cherished hour.  As always, thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

"Coffee Shop" pen & ink 9 x 12

We got the first real snow of the season last night, blizzard conditions.  I learned from the local weatherman that "blizzard conditions" refers to visibility and duration, not to the depth of snow received.  If the visibility is under .25 of a mile for at least three hours, it is called a blizzard.  We had a blizzard last night, woke up today to about 14 inches of snow and 13 degrees.  The snow was light and easy to move. Happy that.

I spent an hour in the local coffee shop before church this morning, sipping fresh coffee, and sketching the variety of winter-clad people coming in for hot chocolate, coffee, and pastries after their morning shovel.  There was a big rush, during which I grabbed likenesses of all kinds of people.  A few minutes later (see my photo), all calm...  Nice way to begin the day.
As always, thanks for looking and I love your comments.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

"Last Call" oil 10 x 10

The December challenge for our Girls Just Wanna Paint group was "frosty".  Here's my take.  I painted using the Zorn palette of black, yellow ochre, white and cadmium red, and wanted to set the feeling of a dark, intimate bar.  I deviated from the palette only in the beer glass itself, adding a little cadmium yellow to the mix. You can see the rest of our takes on "frosty" here.  

Thanks for looking.  Happy New Year, and as always, I love your comments.