Friday, December 9, 2016
I've been a bit slow with my blog posts...but it seems the season of spreading yourself a bit too thin is upon us....plus throw in a good old cold and you've got the makings of a fun start to the festivities.... be that as it may...my cough is subsiding and the brush is gliding over some paper...so onward we go!
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
This came in the mail the other day...a cool new book published in England and it has one of my paintings on the cover! This has been in the works for quite some time....but now it's here! The rooster piece and another are also inside printed in a gallery section with other artists' work. (Click on the words new book above and it'll take you to Amazon)
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Two little winter birds...I titled this "Winter duo"... I now have this as a print available that I just dropped off along with numerous others and more cards and boxed cards to Frog Hollow State Craft center on Church Street in Burlington...winter prep continues in the studio and outside!
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016
This is a Plein air piece that I did in August of a great big red barn...will try my hand again this weekend when a bunch of VT watercolor society members will gather to paint together...what do you call a group of Plein air painters? There's the gaggle of geese...a murder of crows...a school of fish... Hmm.. Something to ponder...how about a palette of painters? A quiver of creators? An arsenal of artists?
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
This is a detail of a slightly larger piece titled "Sunshine Daydream". It measures 11"x15" and is one of my first porcine paintings....trying to expand the subject repertoire and not get stuck in a particular subject rut...have to keep reinventing and reinvigorating the muse!
Monday, September 19, 2016
Here is another painting that I have in the Round Barn show in Waitsfield...the opening reception was last night and I had a chance to see a lot of artist friends, which was fun...great food, too! Oh and I just shipped off a painting for the New England Watercolor Society show in Gloucester and got accepted to the VT watercolor society show that will be in West Lebanon at the Ava Gallery in October. I'll update my website with dates etc....
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Not my usual Watercolors....but I participated in a wonderful figurative/portrait oil painting workshop this last weekend...and this was the final day's effort...full day, build up of proportions, values and then color...hard work, lots of squinting and measuring and ultimately lots of fun...I am liking this medium! A lot!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Currently I am framing this painting along with two others for an upcoming group show. The annual exhibition is in Waitsfield, VT in an historic Round Barn...a lovely place to visit and beautiful area. This piece is 12"x12" and was painted on Fluid 100 CP paper...nice product...the pad/block is gummed on two sides instead of all four.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The idyllic Vermont scene looking across a cow pasture towards the mountains. Fluffy billowing clouds complete my watercolor landscape sketch. I think this is my fifth cow painting to date...I'm enjoying painting them. Tomorrow is the opening reception for the anniversary show at Furchgott and Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Just dropped off some new work. Enjoy your summer everyone!
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
This little study done in my sketchbook measures about 5" x 5" and was a study in darks vs. lights. I don't know who won, the dark or light, in this bout...but let's say it's a draw and they are well balanced by the support of the mid-tones. Or at least I hope some version of that theory :)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
I am framing and organizing for upcoming shows....the paperwork, delivery, pick up, entering, refreshing etc....of paintings to various venues is an ongoing cycle....like a merry go round...so this painting is titled "Spreading the Joy", which I hope folks feel when they see my work. Oh and by the way I've opened an Etsy store....hope you check it out!
Monday, June 20, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
For me practicing is key...and I try to draw or paint or create something every day. This includes going to figure sessions where I have the chance to sharpen my eye and observe from life, proportions, lights and shadows and all that comes along with that...not easy, but an ongoing merry-go-round... This drawing was done with watercolor pencils on grey toned paper that I never ended up using water on.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
This weekend is the state-wide Open Studio event here in Vermont. Many artists' studios will be open for visiting, perusing, buying and chatting! I will be taking up some space at one of those studios/gallery....in Warren at my friends Gary Eckhart and Roarke Sharlow's beautiful place. Moosewalk Studios....starting at about 10 am on Saturday until about 5:00...they will be there all weekend...me only on Saturday...hope you can stop by...(I'll have cards, prints, originals and some small oils) Click the link to go to their website for address etc...and follow the yellow signs out there along the Vermont roads!
Monday, May 23, 2016
A little rhododendron sketch in another Kilimanjaro paper sketchbook....that paper is growing on me... It is bright white...the sizing is not too hard and it has a good texture (cold press). I am also using more of the cooler yellows on my palette...like lemon, Winsor, hansa etc....continuing to learn and grow.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I am so happy to announce that my painting "Little Jester" was selected for publication in North Light Books' latest watercolor competition, Splash 18: Value| Light & Dark! Available next year....looking forward to seeing it in print. On another announcement note...I will be doing a demonstration for the Vermont Watercolor Society at their annual spring meeting this Saturday the 21st of May in Killington. Also check my sidebar or website for my classes schedule for the Vermont Art Event in July.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
The third and final painting that will be at the Bryan Gallery show in Jeffersonville, VT opening this weekend....(details on my website) This one is titled "Knitter's Delight" (my nod to Rapper's Delight..favorite song!) and features a curious and inquisitive sheep. Original size is 15"x15".
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, VT will host a show titled “From Farm to Table” from May 6 to June 26. I will have three paintings in the show ("Vermont Vermillion" from a previous post is also exhibited). This one is titled "Choco-Latte" and is my third bovine painting to date, I do believe...
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
My new painting that is going to be framed and delivered along with two others for the Bryan Gallery "From Farm to Table" exhibit which runs from May 5 to June 26 in Jeffersonville VT. The other two are animals and they are not of the feathered variety! I'll post those here in the next several weeks.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Posting a photo from my sketchbook of two swans and a glimpse of my "doctored" travel palette, which consists of multiple pans (half and full) from different companies. Plus I squeezed extra pigment in empty spaces where I think a small brush would normally live. How to maximize a small color footprint!
Monday, March 28, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Monday, March 7, 2016
This 9x12 sketchbook bouquet was another Kilimanjaro paper experiment. After a few of these I was getting the hang of the new to me watercolor paper. Bright white and a nice textured surface...always fun to give something new a try..although tried and true is comforting we sometimes have to push ourselves to learn.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
These figure sessions I attend are mostly held in white walled rooms, but that doesn't keep me from inventing a background that wasn't there...like this deep green, which makes it look like she is a forest faerie! Plus it adds that element of complements when her skin tones and hair are on the orange spectrum...
Monday, February 22, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Here is another from my Self portrait project...this one quite appropriate for the weather! I might start another themed journal like this one soon...it is fun to work towards a goal and to fill up those blank sketchbooks that are filling up my studio, because I can't seem to stop myself from buying them any time I see them! Large, small, thick, thin, square, hard bound, fancy, plain...you get my drift...anyone else have this obsession?
Friday, February 12, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Not a watercolor today (although the under painting is wc)...but a color pencil study I did last year, when during the month of January I did a self portrait every day....simply as a challenge for myself...I varied the techniques and media used...all in one handy sketchbook...I'll post some more soon...