Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sunflowers I

10.25x14" Watercolor 
One day when I was walking along the "Marginal Way" in Ogunquit, Maine, I saw a garden of beautiful sunflowers reaching to the sky. The sun was at just the right angle to illuminate their gorgeous petals, and the sky was so blue... I just had to stop and take photos. This painting is rather impressionistic - I worked to add layers of paint over wet paint to showcase the light and the movement of the sunflowers.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Beach Rock Sculpture Painting

9x12" acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard
One day a friend and I played a little "hooky" from life, and decided that
the beach was the best way to spend our free time.  We played around with rocks on the beach, both making different rock sculptures for fun.
This is a painting of my friend's sculpture. Mine was so simple, it was essentially just stacked rocks - something a kindergartner could do.
(possibly a reflection of the "burnout" of too much work!)
Anyway, I always enjoy coming across one of these sculptures,
whether it's out on a mountain hike or at the beach.  It signifies that someone took a little time for intelligent play...  a little time out to study nature and leave an art form for others that will eventually fall back into place, as if it were never there.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Lights, Portsmouth, NH

16 x 20" acrylic
 on 2" gallery wrapped canvas
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 I really enjoyed turning the beautiful seacoast town of Portsmouth, NH into
a winter wonderland in this painting.  This scene of Market Square is a favorite
spot of locals and visitors alike.  During the holidays, there is a huge Christmas tree, as tall as a building, set up across from the beautiful North Church.
I loved painting the holiday lights, twinkling amidst the falling snowflakes.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Christmas Carol: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

       It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
watercolor, colored pencil,
          gold acrylic
Available in December, 2016 at
New Hampshire Art Association
Holiday Show
I really enjoyed painting this
familiar Christmas Carol.
It lends itself to a medieval feel and the gold paint is an element that makes it very different to view in person
rather than in a photograph. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Discoveries and Detours

    10.5x14.5" Watercolor on 140lb paper
The process of this painting was a fun journey, as I started this piece
with no end result in mind.
In addition to the symbolism, the intricate shapes and lines of the skeleton keys, compasses and roads are central to this artwork.