Friday, January 29, 2010

Cherry pickin'

Three Cherries...the three musketeers...tres amigos...ole. I've seen some cherries on the store shelves, but don't associate them with this time of year...well nowadays you get everything, anytime and anywhere. I saw cherry tree upon cherry tree last summer while visiting Montana! Wouldn't put those two together, but alas...learned something new.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

More bulbs

I thought I'd keep the tulip theme working for me for a couple days...this was done eons ago (or so it seems) and actually adorned my business cards a couple generations of biz cards ago. Now I have a "floral" card and a "rooster" card. I guess it gives people a choice as to which one they'd like to have. Next week I have a board meeting for the VT WC Society..we have lots of exciting things happening with that as well. Time to clean my palette and squeeze out fresh paint!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tiptoe thru the Tulips

Workshop announcements! Here goes: "Tiptoe thru the Tulips" two day workshop in Woodstock, VT at the Thompson Senior Center February 26 & 27 from 10-4 $150.00 pp. Third annual Peony painting workshop at the First Congregational Church in Burlington,VT. Tuesday June 8th 10-4 $75.00 pp. (contact me for registration for both workshops) Two day weekend workshop at the Helen Day Arts Center in Stowe, VT Saturday and Sunday May 15 & 16 (contact Helen Day for more info) and finally (but maybe not last...) a three day floral workshop at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, VT Thursday-Saturday August 26-28. (contact SVAC for more info) Hope to see you sometime this year so we can paint together!
"Dutch Tulips from their beds
Flaunted their stately heads."
-James Montgomery

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bond vs. Bond

A painting that is probably well over 12 years old....maybe more. It was a commissioned piece. The purchaser liked a particular painting they had seen of mine, but unfortunately it had already sold...(or should I say fortunately for me :) So they asked if I could create something similar. If you've ever well know it's pretty close to impossible...unless you are a master forger. Which reminds me of one of my favorite movies...The Thomas Crown Affair. If you haven't seen it..well worth the rental! Plus it's Pierce of my favorite Bonds. (first being Sean Connery, ofcourse, but feel free to debate this point!)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Red hot pepper

An early attempt at striped fabric...always difficult to do. It really takes a lot of concentration and really faking it or making it up here. The stripes need to line up and continue underneath and beyond the still life objects. I have some workshop announcements coming up next week...I've got 4 different workshops happening right now, top of the state to the bottom...stay tuned...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mix and Match

I'm back...doing a lot of miscellaneous stuff lately...organizing the studio, taxes(!), updating files, cleaning out old stuff etc..etc.. so the blogging has taken a backseat...but saw "Julie and Julia" last night and it certainly pushed blogging back to the forefront! I'm not about to cook every recipe out of a book within a year's time, but I do have some other studio goals I'd like to achieve. I was looking back through some old sketchbooks yesterday and that is one thing I have been doing more of...just plain sketching. It's great practice for both your eye and hand.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Loose daffodils

Sometimes the hardest thing about painting with watercolors is leaving white space and "unfinished" brushstrokes. Being loose and "messy" is actually really hard to do. The only advice I have is to just do it...sounds like a commercial, but there really isn't anything you can do short of someone forcing the brush out of your hand or just walking away from you painting. Try it sometime, walk away and see how those strokes dry and remember don't overwork...(mud anyone?) I'll see you all towards the end of next week...a short blogging break...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Drooling over paper

This is a teeny tiny watercolor..might be why it's not really in focus. It was hard to photograph (I didn't have a scanner). It is maybe 2"x2". That's pretty small and is not easy to do. Which might be why I don't paint that small very often. The smallest now is about 7"x7". I'd like to go in the other direction and paint super HUGE, but that is intimidating as well. I always drool over the rolls of watercolor paper and have this secret desire to order one...maybe some day....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

VT WC Society workshop

This is a painting I did during a Mel Stabin workshop well over ten years ago. Speaking of Mel...he's coming to Vermont this fall and teaching a 5 day plein air workshop in Landgrove. I'm super excited! It is being sponsored by the VT Watercolor Society and anyone out there who might be interested...let me know. The location is the Landgrove Inn and they are offering a special on your is quite the complete package. Click their name to go to their website and scroll to the bottom to check out their Learning Vacations. They built a beautiful studio and host many other workshops.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Acrylic landscape

Some random early work that I did with acrylics. Fantasy landscapes painted with brushes and fingers...pushed around pigments, trying to come up with a horizon line and atmosphere. It's nice to paint something from your head. We spend all day looking at things, consciously or subconsciously, it's a real stretch to then put it down on paper without an actual visual in front of you!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Poster #2

And another poster in the series...I like this one in particular, because it features four different flowers. On the day of the Garden Tour I would be in one of the gardens painting. I would meet all the people that were touring around and some would even have me sign their posters. It was always a great event. As payment for doing the artwork I would get a stack of posters to give away to family and friends! Good deal. Plus another notch on the artistic resume...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Poster artwork

Here is another Garden Tour poster that I mentioned yesterday. I received alot of comments that indicated some of us are ready for spring (already!). When the snow is blowing and the wind chills are off the charts, aren't we all ready? Unless of course you live in a more manageable climate...but variety is the spice of life and seasons make a year interesting.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Birches and Blooms

This was a piece I did for a Garden Tour poster many years ago. That's a good way to get your art out and about in your community. Just connect with organizations that might publish posters or programs etc..that could benefit from colorful artwork. I have some other poster images I'll post this week.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lilacs of spring past

AAAAHHHH, lilacs in the spring...right now all that's left in the house are a few lonely paperwhites that I cut from the bulbs and put in a vase and a half-gone amaryllis. The tree has been dismantled, so it's time to go out and find something bright and beautiful to spruce up the place. Tulips seem to find their way into the stores earlier and earlier each year, so maybe I'll go and find a mixed bouquet.

Monday, January 4, 2010


Happy New Year! All resolutions should be in place by now...whether any get taken seriously or will peter out in time....we will have to wait and find out. If anything we all vow to do more of something, more dieting (!), more goodwill, more exercising, more, more, an artist I want to do more sketching, more painting, more shows, more blogging(?), maybe just more observing, more looking, more connecting with other artists and more just enjoying what does get accomplished!