Thursday, April 26, 2012

Beach Geraniums by Roxanne Steed

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6"x8" oil on linen mounted on archival board
I helped my friend Norma find some interesting plants at a couple local garden centers. These pink geraniums are going to look GREAT on her front porch.  Since it was raining off and on today, we took them inside to paint for just today! I always love to go visit garden centers where ever I go.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Beach Frolic

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8"x10" oil on linen mounted on archival panel

I'm enjoying my visit with my artist friend Norma Wilson, down here in Virginia Beach.  While it's still too cold to get in the ocean without a wetsuit, I'm remembering days of summer past with children playing in the surf and sand.  That's just one of the things I miss from when I lived down here.   Thank you to Claudia Finn for the great photo reference who joined us painting today!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dusk On The Eastern Shore, Virginia

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 8"x10" oil on canvas mounted on archival panel 

Can you be in love with a place?? I drove down from Connecticut to Virginia on Monday to visit with my painter friend Norma Wilson. When I finally reach the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the sun is a bit lower in the sky, and the farm fields are rich in shadow. The cool blue tones reflect off the tin roofed barns & silos. The storm clouds from Sunday were still lingering, as the sun tried burning through the remains. The last bit of daylight glancing across these acres of flat coastal farm land is full of color. As I reach Cape Charles, just on the north side of the Chesapeake Bay, I look forward to that first glimpse of water! Heading up on the first huge bridge span past Fisherman's Island I look left to count the huge container ships in outer part of the bay. There were eight out there yesterday. Am I a bit nervous about passing a semi head on in the tunnel? Well, yes... but as I leave the second tunnel, I'm closer to my destination, the place I enjoyed living for so many years.

Reconnecting with your artist friends is such a treat. I've had a wonderful day today getting together with my old painting buddies Norma, Barbara Mastaglio & Scott London.

 Now, I've been back from convention for a week, and still no posts? Yes, I've been unpacking, re-packing and reading my notes from that week - I do still have lots to share!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

First Blush-Rhododendrons In Sunlight

8"x8" oil on gessoed masonite archival panel

"The real painter humbles himself and looks at everything with a fresh eye. For him every painting is a journey of discovery." -Henry Hensche

It's just warm enough to be outside painting- and I've been craving these high-key scenes full of sun-light. These rhododendrons are among some of the first things to bloom in our garden. I especially love the light coming through the dark translucent cobalt glass vase, and the effects of light on the tablecloth.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Rush Of Spring

8"x8" oil on linen mounted on archival panel

"The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring." -Bern Williams

I'm always so happy to get outside to paint on a sunny day in Spring, even if there's still a bit of chill in the air. We have a wonderful stand of daffodils that I gathered these from, creamy white with showy yellow centers! They should be named HOPE, as they mark the end of winter for me here in Connecticut. Pushing things a bit toward the expressionistic on this one, trying to incorporate that feel of excitement when the air is a bit warmer and sunnier than the day before, yet there's still a bite of cold in the breeze. Things are warming up!

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