Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Studio Classes start Thursday & Sketches from Ireland (Fellowship of the Ring, of Kerry!)
The best way to quantify and explain that? Relate it to something we are very familiar with - FOOD! Tea (so weak that it can't get itself out of the pot!), coffee (a little more pigment), Milk (more pigment yet), cream (heavier still, you might not be able to see through it), and butter (almost straight out of the tube). Once you understand this, that's a big part of the learning curve. Getting a bit of practice time in so everyone is familiar with their new supplies:
Ever since Luke Skywalker made it out to Skellig Michael, everyone has been discovering what we've known all along....Skelligs Chocolate is FAB!!!
Labels: art workshops in Ireland, painting trips to Ireland, plein air Ireland, Roxanne Steed Fine Art, Roxanne Steed workshops, Valentia Island Ireland, watercolor and ink landscapes, watercolor journals
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Fall Sketchbook Classes at the CT Audubon Center and my Studio Classes
ALL the proceeds go to the CT Audubon center to help support programs!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Teale's Way...and other recent sales....
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Great Gull Island - how I met the "Jane Goodall" of Terns!
(can you spot the egg in this photo?)
I had brought my sketch book that day, but there was SO MUCH activity that I felt I needed to simply observe everything that was going on, take a few pictures, and commit to memory every thing I saw. I watched as terns soared over head just over the ocean and then back to land each with a little fish hanging out of its beak....over and over again! I watched in awe at a territorial fight between three birds on the ground - one of them a youngster wanting a fish from either of the elder two. But now was his time to get tough and go fish. On the bench near the kitchen/work center was a dead tern that someone had found and brought over for observation- beautiful and sad. Though I don't know what had brought about his demise, I was grateful for the respect shown him, and the chance to have a close look at him.
I highly recommend a view of a 2012 New York Times article (and video) for a better idea of the importance of this place: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/nyregion/helen-hays-revives-great-gull-islands-tern-population.html?_r=0
Ms. Hays and her teams of volunteers and researchers have been quite successful in their long efforts. This island now holds one of the worlds largest colonies for these two species of terns (common and roseate)!
If you'd like to know more about my "New England Letters" take a visit to my Etsy shop:
I offer a fun subscription to real mail - a painted letter each month of some place in New England that I've visited during that time. I've been painting and sending these out for a year now! I wasn't sure I'd last a whole year - but I had 4 subscribers so I knew I had to complete their subscription! I love it - I've grown to look forward to finding interesting stories and places each month to share with my readers. It also makes a wonderful gift for "arm-chair travelers", or those who miss New England and don't live in the region any more. If you know someone that might be interested, please share this email (blog post) with them! Thanks!!