Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2017 Calendars Available - 2 new designs! Sketchbook or Oils!

First, the one known to my collectors as "Remains of the Day" - it has favorite images of oil paintings done this year. Below, is the cover of my 'new idea' a calendar of favorite sketchbook images from this year!

 - For the Oil paintings version

- For the Sketchbook version

To see the images inside each calendar, click on the image above, it will take you to my web-site where you can see each of the monthly pages, and purchase there as well!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Studio Classes start Thursday & Sketches from Ireland (Fellowship of the Ring, of Kerry!)

While it's on my mind, I'm going to mention that my studio classes for "Sketchbook Journaling" are starting up this Thursday.  Here's the link to the scoop if you'd like to join us. It's close to full, but you might want to be on the waiting list- as I think there will be an opening in mid-October.  Also- you can click on the images to enlarge them! 

Now, back to Ireland- We started our first day with a quick demo and focusing especially on the thing that really 'cracks the nut' on success with watercolor - the pigment to water ratios!

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:

We have lots of opportunities to take in the local beauty. We had a carriage ride waiting for us in Knightstown, with Joe (of Valentia Ice Cream) and his horse Max. Can you imagine a guy that would be any more popular than that? (horses, home-made ice-cream, beautiful scenery, oh my).  

We rode past the pretty church on the way to Knightstown (many years ago, I painted a wedding commission of this place - good memories!).

Here's the view coming into the pier area of Knightstown, where you can ride the ferry over to the mainland.
Down the main street of Knightstown, this colorful coffee shop happens to be a great place for lunch...
I was really happy to see that there was still a lot of wildflowers in bloom, recent storms hadn't taken them out! There were montbresia and fuchsias filling the hedgerows, and wild blackberry brambles still putting out berries! 

This was along the road back to Valentia Ice Cream; to the left of us - cows in the pasture.  Below us, the Valentia Light house shines in the sunlight of a beautiful Valentia day!

We followed up our delightful ride with ice-cream! I got to chat with Joe's wife after she scooped up ice-cream for us. They are just closed for the season...but we are special guests that day.  They have expanded and added a whole new room, and patio-deck, as well as a play space for the kids! What a treat getting to visit with them again!

From here it's time to head back to Barbara's cottage for lunch! Yes, we worked up a nice appetite photographing the town, and all it's views. The ice cream was a bit of an appetizer!
The men are contemplating lunch, and the afternoon activities to come! After lunch, we cross the bridge to Portmagee and head south to Ballenskelligs Beach to visit the ruins, (and sit for a sketch if so desired!). 

Ever since Luke Skywalker made it out to Skellig Michael, everyone has been discovering what we've known all along....Skelligs Chocolate is FAB!!! 

Need we say anything more about that?! Now that we are fortified with a mug of hot chocolate, we proceed on our way, to Waterville, and Hogshead beach for a bit of beach-combing and views, and sunset!

The path to the beach is so lush!

and some can't resist getting their feet wet!

These stones are the colors that inspired my decorating choices in my home.
Looking back up the hill - another pretty view!

It's not difficult to imagine that fairies would live in such a lush and tender landscape!
The big view back up the hill!
The sun sets on our first day! 

We head off to dinner, and are already worlds away from the 'selves we left behind in the states'.   Is natural beauty important? Yes! Can it change our lives? Yes!  Does it continue to amaze and enthrall us? yes, yes, yes! Our humanity has us hard-wired to appreciate beauty in our daily lives!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Sketchbook Classes at the CT Audubon Center and my Studio Classes

The Fall schedule for the CT Audubon Center classes is posted - and I'll have three sessions of Nature Journaling there in Pomfret this Fall. It's a beautiful place - and we'll be outdoors as long as the weather cooperates! (and if it doesn't we have a GREAT indoor space, too).  Similar to last summer, here's the dates:
Saturdays 9am-noon
September 24th
October 15th
November 12th
Call ahead to reserve your spot: 
$10 for members, $20 for non-members
ALL the proceeds go to the CT Audubon center to help support programs! 

The sketchbook pages I'm sharing today were from last Friday, over at Bluff Point preserve in Groton. It was definitely the calm before the storm. Hurricane Hermine blew in over the weekend with fierce wind one day and rain the next, but nothing too horrible in our area. Whew!

I'm also holding classes for Sketchbook Journaling here in my studio in Mystic. Some will be indoors, and we'll venture outdoors in some of them as well! Classes here will be kept small  - with lots of individual attention! 
Here's the dates:
Thursdays 9:30am-noon
September 29th
October 6th
October 20th
November 3rd
November 10th
November 17th
Purchase the group of 6 classes for $150, or 
drop-in rate of $35 per individual class.  

I look forward to seeing you this fall!! 

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Teale's Way...and other recent sales....

 "Because beauty cannot be separated from the larger idea of harmony in the universe, creating art is a central part of a spiritually healthful life.  Making art thus serves the same purpose as their sacred rituals.  It often depicts: to create balance in the individual, the community, and the natural world." 
- (quote found in the American Museum of Natural History regarding the Pueblo cultures of Chaco canyon)

For those folks wondering if I have done something crazy like give up oil painting...the answer is "heck no!".  I still love it! And...I've found the watercolor sketches enhance my efforts, forcing me to think 'differently'.  I haven't found a better way to explain that yet. But I'm certainly enjoying both mediums! 

The above painting, "Teale's Way" has just sold, and is just off to its new home! Luckily - a dear friend bought this, and offered 'visiting rights'!  :-)

Two other recent sales are from my 'Touching Water' solo exhibit, "December Gold", and "Clear Autumn Morning in the Marsh".  

It's been a wonderful summer, I'm sad to see it reaching the end. But there are so many exciting things lined up for autumn!! I'm heading out to teach a sketchbook journaling class in Ireland in a few days. When I return I've got a new line up of Nature Sketchbook journaling classes at the CT Audubon Center in Pomfret, AND some new classes and workshops in my studio!  I'll list those in the very next post! 

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