Friday, June 29, 2012

Geraniums, Apricots and Cherries

20"x24" oil on canvas

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Summer's bounty;  flowers, fresh fruit and sunshine...

Not much else is necessary, 

for the time being anyways.

Pull up a chair and join me!

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Joys Of Summer Garden Blossoms

6"x8" oil on Belgian linen mounted on archival board

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Cone-flowers, day-lilies, hydrangeas, blue geraniums, catmint, daisies

whew, the list is endless or so it seems. They are all in bloom right now in my front garden!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Island View

10"x10"x1" deep,  oil on gessoed, cradled birch panel
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Sometimes inspiration comes from unlikely places.

Sometimes it's rather obvious;  seaside cottages, 

wild roses billowing over a bank on a bright summer day, 

a soft breeze, fragrance of ocean and roses, 

who could resist? 

My recent day trip over to Block Island was a bucket full of memories! 

and yes, I'm looking forward to my next trip back!

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Buddha Garden By The Sea, Plein air Harkness Park

12"x12" oil on archival panel
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Today I joined several other members of the CT Plein Air Painters Society for our annual summer paint-out and picnic at Harkness Park, here in the southeastern corner of our state. And what a perfect day it was! It's always such a treat to paint there.
Many different walled gardens surrounding an old Victorian era mansion by the sea,
Sunshine and ocean
Flowers and fragrance

Breeze and beauty.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Roses By North Light (in Old Lyme)

12"x12" oil on board

Summer is so wonderful. 

 I can feel the exuberance blossom in me with every flower that blossoms in my yard!

Whether I paint outside in the garden, or cut the flowers and arrange a still-life to paint, the colors bring such a wonderful feeling! 

This painting, along with 2 other coastal landscape scenes of mine are in the "Summer Painting and Sculpture Exhibit" at Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT (on 90 Lyme Street).  The opening is this evening 6-8pm- and they'll be on view through July 29th. Please come have a look!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Geraniums and Lavender

5"x7" oil on gessoed masonite archival panel
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Summer flowers are such a delight...fragrance, color, and the sounds of bees humming happily. 

So serene.

The lavender is ready for me to harvest.

Bringing in big bundles, the fragrance is wonderful inside the home home as well as out. 

Yes, this is what I crave all winter long. 

I am enjoying this moment of bliss in my garden, 

a little haven - heaven - here on earth.

I'm returning from almost two weeks of travels with family and am so glad to be back home. I was actually worried that I'd miss so much in the growing season, by being gone for that long.  One lucky thing, the very day I returned, my little orchid in my kitchen window has re-bloomed for me! 

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Peonies And Pears

30"x36" oil on stretched canvas

I'll be re-photographing this one under better light tomorrow, or as soon as the rain stops! The color isn't quite true on this shot.  For more information about this painting, visit this link or- contact me here.

It's been interesting watching things in my garden this year. First every thing is about two weeks early, that's okay by me. I anxiously await these white peonies each year as they have the most wonderful fragrance! If I could bottle it, I would bathe in it!

Well, just last Wednessday, they were all open and standing up straight and tall as I painted this scene on a gray cloudy day:
yep, that's them to the left of the bench, right where you can sit and bask in the fragrance!  The very next day, they were plopped over on the ground, their heads so heavy, they just couldn't hold them up any longer!

So....I cut them while they still looked good and fresh, and put them in large jugs and vases! Initially they were holding up really well, but I couldn't start this painting until Saturday evening.  Continued it on Sunday, and finally finished this afternoon, just in the nick of time!  The blossoms are dropping their petals, in big plops of petals whole blossoms at a time! It's hard to believe they go by in such a short time.

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