Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MANY FACES OF WINTER

The many faces of winter offer grand opportunity to play with color temperature & purity. The snow is a mirror for the subtle atmospheres that surrounds it, from pure warm and cool colors of a bright sunny day to the subtlety of a snowstorm.


Monday, March 13, 2017

MARCH FULL MOON OVER MEADOW

March's full moon is commonly known as the worm moon because it's the time of the year when warmer temp thaw the ground & ground worms reemerge bringing migrating birds back to feed on them. By March, I'm usually dreaming of warmer places. But to see a full moon over snow cover meadow is still magical!

Friday, March 10, 2017

SNOWY GARDEN BENCH SKETCH

A tranquil little scene after a snowfall.

I like to start my drawing on tone paper, so I can use the sepia tone as my middle value.

After a simple outline of the bench, I draw & shape the bench with a kneaded eraser. I use 8B graphite to work in the darker values. Touches of white oil paint to indicate the snow.

Beauty in a little drawing, sometimes, it's that simple. "The world is full of magic" WB Yeats

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MY COTTAGE GARDEN COLLECTION

A little corner house on Main St was the inspiration for this Cottage Garden Collection.


Initial doodling & sketches...

With so many details, I can work up complimentary designs for use on multiple products.

circular format for coaster

a pretty card for any occasion

same arbor, with a different background
Every collection is a work-in-progress. I'm sure I would return to this theme, over the years!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Botanical Inspiration on a grey Monday

I love botanical for its own sake. This little white Ranunculus from last week is the inspiration for a little brainstorming on the computer this Monday.


Different elements are layer onto the little painting to create a new design. These 2  butterflies are on separate layers. As seperate layers, I'm able to freely play with the arrangement & position of them in my composition... till I found a combination that works.

working up some hand lettering

Some mornings, I can work up an entire new collection. Other mornings, I can't make anything happen on the computer.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Small Town Winter Distraction

For a visual person,  our long winter has too much greys & browns. On a boring Winter's day,  heading over to Delhi, NY makes for a colorful break. Most of the buildings on Main St are from 1800's. STEWARTS on Main St,  is my go-to resource for pretty things. It has something for everyone. From local tea to tempting home decor.






Best thing about small town shopping is that one never needs to rub shoulder with shoppers.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Colors from my window

Another contemplative meditation on the process of painting. After many days of endless grey, the sun finally show up!

Frosty Pink is the perfect name to describe this  hue. The pink sunrise glow melts into different shades of browns, pretty quickly.


The days are so short that the light outside my window changes pretty fast.

Always a good idea to have some pre-mix colors for my nocturne... the winter landscape can be monotonous, but the sky can offer me endless color combination to play with.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Typical winter scene of the Catskill Mountain

Each season brings its own beauty & inspirations. Familiar winter view from my studio. A typical snowy scene of the Catskill Mountain.

The cardinal & reindeer are elements of the Holiday Season. With a few basic Photoshop tricks...



I have another new design to add to my Winter Collection.