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:   

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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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Monday, September 1, 2014

Brilliant Susans In The Garden

16"x8" oil on linen mounted on archival panel
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Humidity's rising, which is perfect weather for swimming if you ask me! This summer has been a real beauty in the garden.  The black-eyed Susans and the peegee hydrangea are loaded with blooms. Some of the roses are making a second round of blooms. Best news of all, one of the roses we transplanted earlier this summer has officially survived, YAY!! It's putting out a few blooms just to prove its worth! It was getting shaded out in its previous location, so it was time to give it a new home! 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer's Rest Geraniums & New England Workshop & SHOW!!!

16"x8" oil on linen mounted on archival panel
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"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses." - Hanna Rion 

"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring." - George Santayana

I hope you're enjoying your summer, whether it's blazing hot, or perhaps you have milder temps like we've been having. Summer in New England has been really good to us this year. 

I have to admit, I hate to see summer go, as it's really such a delight here. But autumn brings it's own wonder.  September always has that great "sense of change".  Perhaps it's a holdover from my childhood school days, and the anticipation of looking forward to new classes, teachers, and opportunities.  So - here's the chance for you to enjoy the same!  I am especially excited to share the news of my solo show of Barn Island paintings.  All of these marsh and woodland paintings, most of them done on location, and several LARGE paintings done in the studio. The opening reception is Friday September 12th, please SAVE THE DATE!!  I've post more information about that on tomorrow's post. 

But some other exciting news is: I'm hosting a workshop in the beautiful town of Essex, CT on Saturday September 20th, from 9:00am until 4:30pm.  We'll meet at the lovely "Paintstix Studios" at the top of Main Street. It sits high up above the Main Street on the side of a hill, and has a great view all the way down to the CT River! The light in the room is lovely!  The focus of the day is on plein air painting, and how to make a more dynamic, exciting painting.  Immediately improve your art with this one rule of composition, AND understand the FOUR things that make a successful painting.  

We'll meet upstairs at Paintstix Studio for a bit of coffee and donuts and introductions at 9am, and get to work promptly at 9:30 on a demo, explaining these topics and techniques using transparent paint and opaques.  We'll be using brushes, palette knives and 'squeegees'.   
After breaking for an hour for lunch,   we'll re-group and paint during the afternoon, on location.  I've scouted out a place close to our 'home-base' (ie. close to rest-rooms, etc).  We'll keep the group small (6) so everyone will get a lot of one-on-one time. At 4:00pm, we'll start wrapping up with final questions & answers, clean-up at 4:30 so that we can close up shop at 5:00pm. I can address questions regarding technique, and selling online.
The fee for the day's workshop is $125.  To reserve your spot, you may pay here with Paypal, or contact me to pay with a check. 

I look forward to seeing you there and helping you on the next point in 'your painting journey'. 

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Peegees and Coneflowers - SOLD! Big Hydrangea Blossoms!

16"x8" oil on linen mounted on archival panel
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"I'm melting! I'm melting! The summer's so hot!
Please spray me with water, I like it a lot!" 
-author unknown

"Summer is not so much a season as a melody, that tune of contentment we hum as the days begin to beautifully blur." - Sarah Ban Breathnach
One of life's greatest pleasures, growing a garden - 
and painting it, too!

***This summer has been great for bounteous blooms in our neck of the woods.  I'm hoping you've enjoyed your summer immensely! 

Sometimes it seems to pass by so quickly. Get your self outside with a glass of lemonade or tea...a good book to read....and a bit of shade.  Enjoy every little bit of time that you can. 

In my opinion, summer in New England is quite a's always in short supply (compared to the rest of the year).  Maybe that's why I appreciate it so much! 

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Garden, II - Sunflowers, Butterfly Bush, Crocosmia

16"x8" oil on linen mounted on archival panel
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Summer days are fleeing so quickly. Seems like there's never enough time to do all the things you want to do.  I've been enjoying every bit of it, and I hope you have been as well.  Sharing another view of my garden, this was painted a day after "Summer Garden, I" and is a nice companion piece to it. The the montbretia flowers have fallen to the ground, and the sunflowers are beginning to droop under their own weight. Even though it's still August, a cool wind has blown through, and Fall is 'knocking on the door'. I suppose it's going to give up and just barge right in one of these days...a little too soon for my tastes.

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