Sunday, May 6, 2018

First in Swimmers Series - In Progress



I am inspired to start a new series in oil that captures the wonderful feeling of summer and childlike playfulness. This first painting is a challenge, as I am in the throes of understanding the way the water refracts the sunlight, causing interesting lines and shapes on my subjects.  My two lovely models are two of my three sisters, and I have chosen to paint them in vintage 50's swimsuits.   
 
 
 

Monday, March 26, 2018

 
The Buoy Shack
16x20" acrylic
on 2" gallery-wrapped canvas
 
This buoy covered shack is a famous landmark located on Bailey Island in Harpswell, Maine.  Bailey Island is home to beautiful Mackerel Cove, which affords many sightings of boats, fishing villages and the rocky Maine coastline.
This one proved to be a challenge for me.  After 5 different skies and several redo's in other places, I am finally happy with the result.  I really liked the scene and composition so I didn't want to give up on it.  Although oil has its own challenges, it may have been easier to use in this case.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

On the Easel...

 
I chose this scene from among the photos I took this summer while traveling up the coast of Maine.  Although I am liking the way it's turning out so far, it hasn't been an easy process, as I have had some artist's block/struggle on this one.  I joke to myself that I should title it "The Fourth Sky" since in this case, the fourth time's a charm!  Stay tuned... we will see if I can finish this one without any more problems!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Commissioned Horse Paintings

 
Jewell                             Arabella
Two 11x14 inches
on 2 inch gallery wrapped canvas
 
These beautiful horses were the subject of my latest commission.  People who own and love their pets know how much joy that an animal can bring to one's life. 
 


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mini Art Journal


 
I created this mini art journal as a sample for my journaling workshop. Its always fun to choose a favorite subject in nature and study it up close - kind of like discovering "a world in a grain of sand."

 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Art Journal Pages

 

As I teach a course on visual journaling, I am turning out a few pages/covers along with my adult students.  While visual journaling is a lot of fun, it is also a great way to de-stress.



 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Warm January day at Hampton State Beach, NH

 
 
Even with a grey winter sky, it was warm and beautiful - horses and dogs all over the beach. 
 


Thursday, January 25, 2018

26 Seconds

26 Seconds
mixed media
        UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) estimates that every 26 seconds, a child is trafficked into slavery, many of whom are trafficked into the sex slave trade.  This is a tragedy beyond comprehension that our present generation is witness to.  Many of us wonder how we can help - how we can possibly make a difference.  One way is to support organizations that rescue these children out sexual slavery and then protect, restore and empower them to live healthy, productive lives. 
        One such organization that is close to my heart is Destiny Rescue. One of their latest fund-raising projects is called "Her Red Shoes" - you can read the story behind the infamous red shoes and the little girl they belonged to HERE    Since January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, it is a good time to think about how we can help.
 
Check out Destiny Rescue at https://www.destinyrescue.org/us/



Her Red Shoes...


 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Evening Feeding

16x12" acrylic
on 2" gallery-wrapped canvas
 
These three horses are rescues at Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH.  The two mustangs on the left were rescued as 6 week-old foals when they were separated from their mothers during a controversial round-up in New Mexico.  Because they were tiny foals, they weren't worth their weight in freight to ship to the meat rendering factory and left in the desert to die. For a month, they were too sick and weak to travel, but eventually arrived at the farm, where they were cared for. That was several years ago, but now they are healthy and well and have been given Navajo names (Ayasha and Enapay). The paint horse (Kieli) was born here at the farm as a result of a PMU pregnancy, and is considered one of the farm's horses.
I am happy to be able to help raise aid for Live and Let Live Farm, as they are a great example of caring and kindness to our animal friends.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Solace

Solace

11x14" acrylic
on 2" gallery wrapped canvas
 
This painting is another that will go into the All Creatures Great and Small Art Show to benefit Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH.  The horses (Nico on the left and Neptune on the right) are two that were recently rescued and are enjoying a good life now at the farm.  After reading about the companionship these two horses have found in each other since being rescued, I came across this scene in a reference photo.  I recognized this interaction as a moment of solace between two creatures who have lived through hard things...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Swimming Lab

 
SOLD 
16x12" acrylic on canvas
This painting is one of the ones headed to the All Creatures Big and Small Art Show (March 2018)  to benefit Live and Let Live Farm.  Live and Let Live Farm is a non-profit run by volunteers who rescue, rehabilitate and care for abused and abandoned animals, as well as find forever homes for them. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Art Journal page - mixed media

 
I am beginning a journey in mixed media and practicing impressionism within the pages of an art journal.  I enjoy my painting process, but sometimes I am so taken with the impressionistic work of others that my throat aches due to the longing to be able to create a sense of something rather than a replica of something. 
Here is a page I did the other night.  It is of my daughter and her dog when we went to the beach one unusually warm winter day a few years ago.  I painted watercolor and acrylic washes together (never before have I tried that!) with little regard to the outcome and kept manipulating them and layering texture over them to create this scene.  The process was a little like being on a reckless ride down a hill, where you feel you're going to fall any moment. I didn't care when it looked terrible and seemed wrecked - I just kept painting the feeling I got from that evening on the beach.  It was quite fun.
 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Art to benefit Live and Let Live Farm, Chichester, NH

Summer Field
14x11" acrylic on canvas
 
This painting was so fun to create.  I decided to loosen up and paint partly what I saw and partly what I felt using a large flat brush.  This is one of the paintings that will be for sale at the Art Show to benefit Live and Let Live Farm in March, 2018.  This painting was based on one of their rescues, "Patton"; but I decided to place him in a beautiful, sunny field instead of the trailer he was standing by in the photo.
This organization does amazing things to help and care for animals of all sorts, who have been abandoned or abused.  Come out to the show or donate if you can.