Wednesday, July 9, 2008

"Vineyard Roses II"

18" x 24" on canvas.

This is a replay of a painting I did last month ... but a much larger version. It was from a photo I took on Martha's VIneyard years agao.. and finally got around to painting. I had so much fun with it and I felt like I wasn't done yet.. so pulled out a larger canvas, and got busy. In this one, I used a pallette knife, along with brushes, and took a little more artistic license with the colors and details. If you'd like to see the first, smaller version, take a look back in my archives to June, and you'll find it. I think I"m done now with this view....the photo is back in its album and retired now!
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Monday, July 7, 2008

"Chincoteague Rain"

11" x14", Oil on canvas.
ended up having fun working on this, although it started out sort of frustrating. The colors were too high a "key", (too bright) and it wasn't feeling like the mood I wanted to convey. So, after a week or so on my shelf in my studio (which is where all paintings take a break and sit for a while before I decide whether or not they are done!), I decided what this painting needed was a warm umber brown glaze, which means I mix the oils with a clear medium that is transparent, and I can glaze over the entire piece and alter the overall tone. So... as soon as I put brush to canvas with the glaze, I felt better! It solved the brightness probleem, and gave it a luminous quality which reminds me much more of the marshes on Chincoteague. Hope you enjoy!
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Sunday, July 6, 2008

"Long Road Home"

11" x 14" on Canvas
From a recent Plein Air painting trip I took to Chincoteague and Assateague Islands in Virginia.
Along the road to and from the island , are salt marshes that are as vast and wide as can be, and this one lonely boat always sits there. The sun was still rising as we were leaving, and I had to stop for this one more picture to bring back home with me....
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Saturday, July 5, 2008

"Blue Sunrise, Assateaaague"

8" x10" on linen canvas.
This is the 2nd painting I did during my early morning Pleain Air session on Assateague Island. See yesterday's post for details.
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Friday, July 4, 2008

"Blue Cloud", Assateague

8" x 10" on linen canvas.
One of the most wonderful treats during my visit last week to Chincoteague Island, Va. was to set the alarm clock for 5 am (ok, that part wasn't so wonderful!), and drive out to the salt marshes and quickly find just the right spot to pull over and set up shop and paint. This has to be done with great decisiveness and speed... finding the most perfect view, dragging the portable easel out and setting up pronto(which, let me tell you, if NO easy task!), and getting the paints, turpentine, brushes all in position and ready to work. Even THEY are not fully awake this early in the morning... but once we all got going... we had GREAT fun! Working plein air (outdoors, on location) presents challenges and forces me to work fairly quickly to begin with.. but working against the quckly approcahing sunrise, and constantly changing sky and landscape, made it even more fun. By 7 am, I had completed three nice little paintings. This is one of them... and is available for purchase in my store on ebay.
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Thursday, July 3, 2008

"The Gondolier's Wife", Pastel

I'm proud to have won the
(for the 7th time!)
by a group of my peers on eBay
for my pastel painting,
"The Gondolier's Wife"
12" x 16", Pastel on paper.

We were in Italy last year, and saw this woman bathing in the harbor on the Isle of Capri. While she wasn't really the wife of a gondola driver (or maybe she was?!!), she wore that hat which reminded us of the Gondoliers we saw wearing them in Venice. Maybe Capri is where the Venetian wives go while thier hubbies are hard at work!