Saturday, November 22, 2014

Coastal New England Autumn

8"x10" oil on linen mounted on archival panel
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Gosh, it's been a couple weeks now since I was out to Barn Island and painted this. One of the last bits of color this autumn before the temps plummeted, the harsh winds blew and cleared out most of the trees. brrr!  It's wicked out there right now. That day was quite beautiful; with interesting clouds rolling through...just enough grey in the sky to make the trees stand out in contrast. Ever notice how the stormier the skies, the autumn color seems even more vibrant? 

If you've received my Cheer Factor newsletter, you already know the exciting news...my Barn Island series will be heading up to Hartford, CT; to be shown at the state DEEP headquarters there. (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection).  I'm over the moon excited, humbled and honored by this! We're hanging the show Dec. 9th and will hang until the end of February 2015.   

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remains of the Day - 2015

It's here and just in time!! Those of you who have ordered my "Remains of the Day" calendar before know that it has my personal favorites (and hopefully yours, too)!

Click here to place your order (and to find out more about these)!

Here's the rest of the months:
(and for the life of me...I can't figure out why I'm not able to format these images today....blogger is defying my patience!) but here they are! And YES!, in the actual calendar, they are in correct sequence! 


 

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Pink Peonies

6"x6" oil on gessoed archival panel
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 In our friends, 
we see our own humanity, 
our frailties, 
as well as our best sides.

A mirror of ourselves, 
reminding us that we are not invincible...
but we are loved.

Recently I've been thinking of a dear friend and neighbor who passed away following a long struggle with ovarian cancer. It had been difficult to paint during that time. I'm slowly getting back to the paints, back to the plein air work out doors, and back to the studio on days when weather doesn't cooperate.  I'm in the middle of one commission, and another waiting in the wings...as well as another show of my Barn Island paintings coming up.  I'm grateful that these things are here for me, and I'm able to share these paintings with you all.  But I do still miss my friend. 
 ***

This one was a bit of experimenting with color. I came back in with a muted/grayed blue green to soften the effect of the background and allow these pink peonies to really 'sing'. Much happier with them now! This large bouquet was in my studio window, back-lit from the window on a bright day. The piece is finished with a light coat of varnish, ready to frame, or to display on a small table-top easel. I can recommend a beautiful silver frame for this piece, just contact me!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

It's Here!! On the cover of new novel "Homing Instincts"

"Mystic Country Farmhouse" -  2008 - oil original (SOLD)
now on the cover of the new novel, "Homing Instincts" by Karen Guzman

I just got my copy...and WOW! I'm loving this story!  Here's a quick intro from the back cover: "Seth Hingham, a young wildlife biologist, is struggling to put his life back together after his news anchor girlfriend walks out on him and his beloved father dies.  When he returns to his Connecticut hometown, old ghosts pop up, as Seth's cousin proposes a plan to honor the memory of a high school classmate killed in a long ago accident for which Seth has always felt responsible.  At the same time, changing family dynamics in the wake of his father's death are toppling the old status quo.  While Seth tries to figure out who he is and where he belongs, a spirited, yet fragile, single mother offers him a chance at love.  

An unforgettable story of loss, change and transcendence, Homing Instincts heralds the arrival of a remarkable new voice in fiction. "

And now, allow me to introduce the author to you, Karen Guzman.  She has worked as a journalist at the Hartford Courant in Hartford, CT, and the News and Observer in Raleigh, NC. She holds an MFA from George Mason University and a journalism degree from Boston University.  Guzman works as a writer for the Yale School of Management. 

She found my work online....and contacted at that point, wanting this painting "Mystic Country Farmhouse" on her cover.  The story takes place right in this area of southeastern CT.  I'm deeply into the story now, really enjoying this character in familiar territory! I think there will be a few late nights for me...I can't wait to see how the story ends! 

Karen has two book-signings this month, and yes, I will be there as well! The first one is:

Saturday, Nov. 15th, 2014 
2:00pm - reading & signing
Breakwater Books
81 Whitfield St. 
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-4141

AND

Saturday, Nov.22nd, 2014
1:00 pm - reading and signing
Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street
Mystic, CT 06355
(860)536-3795 

For more information about her and how to order YOUR copy, please visit her website: www.karenguzman.com!! Hey, it's also available on Amazon! 
  

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pocket Full of Posies

8"x8" oil archival panel
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In a world where everything seems to have gone awry, 
you're the one who understands the importance of beauty in our lives, simplicity, a bit of wonder
in each day....and trusting in goodness. 

You're the one with 'a pocket full of posies', the glass more than half full, seeing an opportunity around every corner (and having the nerve to act upon it). 

And if you think that has never been there for you...well, you do have to actively seek it. It is there, sometimes in the unlikeliest places.

  

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Openings and Workshops and Serendipity Sunflowers!

8"x8" oil on archival panel
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"You may believe 
that inspiration is 
something that arrives in 
some mysterious way that's 
beyond your control, but it's
clearly best to 
rely exclusively on 
your decisions - 
to act in ways 
that will intensify
your awareness of Spirit."
-Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Serendipity...that little word has shown up in my life every now and then ever since I was in my 20s. I learned to be aware of it....and to look for 'serendipitous happenings'....things that fell into place, sometimes simply by circumstance. Or so it would seem. 

But circumstances also arise when the daily choices we make, eventually aline themselves for "just that right opportunity" and you are ready when it finally arises. As Dr. Dyer says above, "rely on your decisions, act in ways that will intensify your awareness of spirit".

Last week I taught a small workshop over in Essex, held at "Paintstix Studios". This is such a lovely, light filled space situated on a hill over-looking the main street. You can see straight down the street all the way to the Connecticut River! My first demo was "Serendipitous Sunflowers", honoring these 'circumstances' that have seemed to line up so fortuitously!

Other good news since I've blogged last, my solo show in Niantic, CT opened to a jam-packed opening reception, spilling out onto the side-walk of a lovely New England evening.  Several sales that evening, that show will hang through October 24th. There's still time for you to see this body of work - all of them landscape paintings of Barn Island, here on the shoreline of southeastern CT.  I'm so grateful for everyone that came out to see the opening and share in the celebration of this group of paintings being presented to the public, for the first time. I'm also grateful for the wonderful essays written about Barn Island (by The Day's journalist, Judy Benson);  that were published just prior to the show opening! The Day presented a gorgeous spread on the front of the 'Daybreak' section of our paper. Here's the online version, for the essays:  http://www.theday.com/article/20140909/ENT16/309099984/1044   

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sweet Summer Roses

16"x8" oil on linen mounted on archival panel
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Wow, the heat wave finally made it to Connecticut! It was pretty steamy even in the shade.  Lucky for that and some lemonade.  Summer goes too fast around here to ignore it just because of the heat.  I was determined to soak it up while I have the chance.  After all, the roses were calling my name! 

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