Wednesday, August 2, 2017

PLEIN AIR WITH PASTEL

Always searching for ways to express my reaction to nature's beauty. The best part of plein air painting is that I don't get caught up in details. 

I like to use pastel to express a misty morning. I love the spontaneity of the medium. Pastel tends to evoke rather than inform.

I was not far from home, so I can easily clean up. I'm at a stage where I cant decide if I just want to play with pretty colors or experiment with some color combo to express the mood of a foggy morning...

with the fog burning off, it's a different scene!

Friday, July 21, 2017

MEADOW WEEDS, EN PLEIN AIR

Ten thousand pictures come & go every day. Just dont have the time to paint every picturesque corner of Delaware County. It's always a treat to be able to set up my easel to start something. This is an easy scene, since Summer is all about greens.

an excuse to play with pretty greens

mostly strokes, that's how grass grows

I usually rely on my memory to finish the painting in my studio


finish!

Monday, July 17, 2017

ARTIST OPEN STUDIO

It's open studio time! It seems there's a different art tour happening every weekend. I wonder if artists will out number farmers eventually, in my area. This gallery at Rosemary Farm is most interesting. You just have to look out the window & see the artist's inspirations. This horse sanctuary is started by one little artist, she's doing some amazing things!



Monday, July 10, 2017

PAINTING SUMMER FOG

Another morning of trying to captue the light & atmosphere. I use clear blue & soft purple hues to convey the tonal feeling of how the fog softens the whole landscape.


Friday, June 9, 2017

EXCERCISE WITH BLUE & MAGENTA

What a difference a day makes. One view, many moods.

From endless rain to colorful sunset. Mother nature never repeats itself.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

EXCERCISE WITH GREENS & PURPLE

Sometimes, inspiration to start a new sketch is as simple as using up some extra paints that's on my palette.




With all this rain in May, the mountains are bursting with greens!

Friday, May 26, 2017

SPONTANEOUS PLEIN-AIR COMPOSITION

Pink & green is definitely the palette outside my window.

With my paints set out & ready, it's much easier & faster to finish a sketch. A small sketchbook can make the process faster too. The name of the game is to capture the fleeting light & atmosphere.

This #4 Silver Ultra Mini is perfect for layering on the impressionistic blossoms & flickering light.

Friday, May 19, 2017

GIFTS FROM THE WOODLAND

I'm sort of channeling Georgia O'Keeffe with this little Wood Anemone. She is best known for her enlarged flowers. By magnifying her subject, she emphasized shape & color, & brought attention to the tiny details within a little flower. With our busy lives, we haven't the time to see such a tiny flower. To SEE, takes time!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

NEW DESIGN, THE PROCESS

This Japanese temple was painted from a trip to the Orient in the 70's.

Peacock pattern came from an illustration that I painted in  my college days.

Apple blossom branch was painted in the 90's

This little wren was on my deck this week

This new design spans 35 years of painting!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MIX MEDIA FOR LANDSCAPE

If one look hard enough, there's hints of green from the buds on the tree. Looks like it's time to switch over to a springy palette!

mix media with oil & charcoal

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

From Easter bouquet to New Design

This started as just a sketch from my Easter Bouquet. I haven't painted a teddy bear lately. Just by adding this little bear, the sketch is turning into an illustration.

my easter bouquet

I pull some butterfly & hummingbird from my archive, just to add some movement. These sweet elements are pretty enough for a birthday greeting, get well, or just to say hello.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

SKETCHING A HORSE WITH GRAPHITE

This started out as a quick sketch. Sometimes, a drawing can just suck me in. 

Tools of the trade: I start with a general shape of the horse; tissue to rub in the graphite; kneaded eraser takes out the white & just perfect for highlights.

Then it's back & forth with 8B graphite to define the features & shadows!

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!