Saturday, May 30, 2015

"Commercial St, Provincetown" pen & ink 12 x 7

I love the hustle and bustle of the streets of Provincetown, crowded and friendly and relaxed and visually fascinating.  Here's a line drawing from a photo I took there a few years ago.  Interesting intersections and roof lines and movement and great energy... 
 I love drawing in pen, requires a level of thinking that I like.. you can see that on this drawing, I planned to be shorter, but didn't plan my space appropriately... live and learn.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Roses - Kitchen Window" watercolor and ink 6 x 4

On our recent wedding anniversary, our daughter presented me with a big bouquet of lovely roses. They are opening beautifully, with just the right amount of regal asymmetrical balance and elegance.  What a nice surprise, and a nice direction for our young adult to take!  
Here's a sketch of them in the kitchen window.  The roses are in a crystal lemonade pitcher that was one of my parents' wedding gifts... full circle.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

"Artful Afternoon" oil 12 x 18 work in progress

Memorial Day weekend means North River Arts Festival in Marshfield, MA.  It is a wonderful weekend, filled with music, painting, photography, and jubilance.  Tonight we finished another Festival, the 39th.  I love every minute, and usually spend both days on the street listening to the great music, while painting and talking to visitors.  I love the children who come by to look at my painting.  I often ask for their input and suggestions. Here's my paintingfrom the Festival, still in progress.  You can seen that I switched the light on in front of the buildings, and a few other places, the difference between morning and afternoon.  What a great couple of days.
Thank you to all who stopped by to say hello, it was nice to chat with you.  Happy Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

"Mother's Love" watercolor & ink 7 x 9

I had a lovely Mother's Day weekend earlier this month.  I was in Boston's Public Garden in the morning, watching families walking about in various sized groups, pausing for photo ops with the swan boats as backdrop.  When I sat on a bench to draw and paint, I was struck by the swan boats under the Garden's bridge, docked and waiting for riders.  Between me and the boats was a natural alcove created by overhanging willows, and adjoining maples.  I saw a repeated theme of hearts.. the sweeping necks of the swans framed by the bridge, the merging trees in the foreground, the weeping willow's graceful branches, and even the little reluctant squirrel in the lower right foreground.  It was a morning filled with love, right down to the late-morning duck parade led by the Harvard jazz band which meandered through the garden to its destination near the bronze McCloskey Duck sculpture.  Why does the parade mean love?   Because I LOVE parades.  I do.  Have since I was a little girl.  
Here's a link to Robert Preston in "The Music Man" because... I LOVE parades.

As always, thank you for looking.  I love your comments.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

"Window Shopping" watercolor & ink 10 x 9

I love walking the streets, watching the hubbub of Boston.  Today was no different, wandering along Newbury Street, and eventually sitting on the curb to draw the storefronts.  This month's theme for Girls Just Wanna Paint is "Bride".  The Vera Wang window sits above this busy section of the street, with mannequin silently posed.  I love the street, loved the time on my own watching and listening to a variety of languages, activities, and Sunday morning bustle.   See all our interpretations of "bride".
As always, thanks for looking.  I enjoy your comments.