Sunday, October 28, 2007
Please do click on this image to see better color in the larger version.....
This was the last piece finished in preparation for an open studio event I had last night.
The image is from Pleasant Bay, a beautiful and varied inlet here on the Cape which in the summer months is somwewhat overloaded with lobster boats, fishing and pleasure boats and yachts, and little skiffs like this one.
Monday, October 22, 2007
When I walk my dog practically anywhere, I look at grasses.
I have had a bit of botany classwork and have done botanical illustration.
I always say to myself, "grass is so under-rated".
I love it. Most of the species are like miniature corn plants, with their teeny-weeny flowers concealed amidst the long spires at ends of stalks. If you look up close at the colors they are almost always subtle and beautiful.
This piece is no botanical illustration, for sure! And even though it features some fairly common species (unknown to me... just because I like grasses it doesn't mean I know one species from another), I hope it sings the praises of grass in some way.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I admit I am into smooth, nice-colored, gradated skies. Same goes for water. It's hard to achieve, at least in acrylic, and I have to tell myself I'm finished when I'd really rather re-paint again and again.
Original acrylic $275 framed
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Kind of a quickie though it doesn't look it.
We like those!!
Not so sure about the bright greens... but greens are always difficult and it IS summer after all.
I lost the "squishy" feel of the paint somewhere when I started nit-picking the grass, as usual.
Where to draw the line between realism and the painterly thing?
...still working on that....
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
This was more exciting than I'd anticipated because I tend to paint in heavy contrast and this has basically none.
Grey days can be so very lovely and melancholy. Painting the greyness scared me - I was afraid of it becoming "dead" - but the grey can serve as a platform for the colors to contrast against.... albeit subtly.
original acrylic, framed $125
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
An old Bristlecone Pine from my days in California.
I cannot remember the name of the yellow-flowered plant which is so ubiquitous on gravelly slopes of CA. It is a survivor, and so bright and sunny even though the foliage is a relatively dull grey-green.
Need I mention the Bristlecone Pine? An absolutely amazing tree. It feels almost cliche to paint it.
Original acrylic, framed
Lowered price $150
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Another very photo-realistic piece, but I wanted to paint this image, and feel it needs the specificity.
The image is my thoroughbred mare Calliope (aka Calli), at one of my favorite and relatively unknown places here in Chatham. That is me chasing her. I have witnessed so many great horse scenes up on this hill. The very first time I let her into this 12-acre field she took off at a huge gallop and circled at least five times.Now I realize that could have been a disaster.
A personal favorite that I cannot let go of for less than $850.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I can't get away from the "peeps"! They are so animated and the waves coming in behind them lend action and color, so here is another Sanderling piece. I like them in a group like this too. I think I may try doing some in flight soon.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
This is an absolutely lovely place near my house where lots of people including myself walk their dogs. There are scores of birds and wildflowers...including Cedar Waxwings in February, Bluebirds in March, and zillions of Goldfinches all spring and summer (among countless others - these are just my favorites), you can imagine the cornucopia of color you can get on some days.
Lowered price! $250 framed
Friday, March 30, 2007
This was a fun, interesting and educational piece. I ended up still being too illustrative but of course that would happen when painting blades of grass! I originally posted it earlier but I made changes and this is the final piece..
Thursday, March 29, 2007
This is such a typical Cape Cod meadow scene (photo from last summer) - I am used to seeing them but they are definitely becoming rarer as time goes by. I walk my dog here and every time marvel at something. The area consists of about 57 acres of cedars, pines and oaks, plus the widflowers that grow better every year. I've seen lots of wildlife and at this time of year it is starting to come alive again. Time to go shoot more photos!
Original acrylic on cradled board $85
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Just finished this: my first painting of my last horse, Calliope.
Calli was such a delight and I'm sorry I didn't photograph her more without tack like this.
I always loved this photo and I feel I did manage to capture the feel I wanted.
She's a mellow-tempered racehorse - probably loves the wind in her mane, even just standing still!
I'm happy to say that Calli is enjoying a great new career in dressage with her new owners!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Finally! This is from some photos I took this past summer while observing the "peeps" - shorebirds that run back and forth with the waves. This and the next (hopefully) three I will post will be Sanderlings. They are my favorite, they are the smallest and maybe the cutest. This feels successful to me, in my quest to get away from my illustrative style, and get more into the form, color, light, contrast, etc. of the scene.