Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring Skies and Artist's Garden Tour Video!!

8"x6" oil on linen mounted on archival panel

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My first plein air painting of Spring, painted on Monday the 8th, before I took some time off for surgery (on the 10th).  Spring has finally arrived in our corner of New England,  and I wanted to take time to "paint now, talk later".  So now I have some catching up to do.  Each Spring I look forward to getting back outside to nature! Getting to watch the colors of this marsh area of Barn Island over the span of a year is a wonderful thrill for me. 

Now, the moment I've been waiting for all winter - getting back to my garden! I'd love to share some of what I get to see each growing season, some of my favorite painting views. My hubby (aka Garden Guru) and I planned planting for painting, wonderful views that are in a small manageable space.  Garden Guru's main goal was having a minimal amount to mow, with a maximum visual impact. Both of us wanted an organic lawn with NO chemicals! We're so happy with the results! I'll take you through our growing season, starting with the views this weekend.

I'm so glad to take you along, come back often and see what's growing....what's becoming worthy of being painted, some helpful organic gardening tips, too (from my personal Garden Guru).

For a little preview of what this may look like in just a few short weeks, take a look at the home-page of my web-site, I've got a photo of a painting in that space from the first Saturday in May (yes, Kentucky Derby Day!).

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Peonies Bouquet

6"x6" oil on gessoed masonite artboard
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As Spring shows itself a bit more, I'm so excited for the 'full-fledged' reality of it, I've been going through old photo files finding things to paint. Trying to remember what blooms when, my peonies aren't even showing nubs out of the ground yet! I'm amazed that all that energy stores up under ground each winter, just waiting to burst forth in fragrant, fluffy glory!! Bring it on Mother Nature, I'm ready for Spring to be here!!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Roses In Amberglass ACEO - sold

3.5"x2.5" oil on fine canvas board
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  Lots of painting going on lately, just not much blogging. From super small (like these ACEOs) to super large (the 40x30 that's almost finished on my easel), to some sketches for a commission, and yesterday's first plein air of Spring, the paint is flying, now the fingers on the keyboard need to keep up! Thanks for having a look. Spring is finally making its way to New England, and for that I'm so happy! For my northern hemisphere readers, I hope Spring has reached you by now, or signs of it are showing up!

For those of you not familiar with the acronym ACEO, it stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals.  The miniature paintings are the size of a baseball trading card, 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.  This category of art has become increasingly popular on eBay the last couple of years.  These can be displayed on their own, or with a tiny little easel (like the kind you can find in Michaels Arts & Crafts type stores) on a display shelf, or these beautiful gems can be elegantly matted and framed with perhaps a mat of 4 inches wide.  ACEOs also make wonderful gifts!

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