Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Two Barns

          Awhile ago, I did watercolor and pen and ink paintings of two antique Vermont barns.  They hung in our living room for quite a while where the colors faded dramatically from exposure to the light. When Jon and Sharon requested one of them for their new family room, I decided to see if I could restore it to its former state, took it out of the frame and started working.
          Well, it was a comedy of errors.  I think that the paper I used was some kind of bristol board.  It certainly was not watercolor paper because as soon as the watercolors hit the paper it started to buckle and the paint started to pond.  I struggled to control that and was successful but when I went to remove the masking tape from the roof, it started pulling off the old ink!  To say nothing of what the watercolors did to the grass lines which started to dissolve.  I walked away and the next day went back in with india ink marker and redrew the roof and grasses.  I decided that art restoration was not my forte but still and all, I am pleased with the results.

"Old Barn, Randolph, Vermont"
14" x 19" - watercolor and pen and ink

          I was so encouraged, I decided to take on the challenge of the second painting and found it went considerably more smoothly, mostly because this had been painted on watercolor paper....

"Liberty Hill Farm, Rochester, Vermont"
15" x 19" - watercolor and pen and ink

          The upshot of this experience is that I have basically fallen in love with old barns again!  I took myself out last week to shoot some photos and came home with several possibilities....

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


       I showed this drawing in the "Small Works Holiday Exhibit" show in the mezzanine Gallery at Norman Williams Public Library last month and it was purchased just before Christmas.
 It is based on a photo of Hillside Barn on route 12 in Woodstock, just north of the village.

soft pencil on gessoed paper - 8" x 12" 

       I'm currently touching up an old barn watercolor for Jon and Sharon.  It was done many years ago and I wonder if the barn still stands in Randolph....

Monday, December 11, 2017

More Apple Trees...

My interest in apple trees continues!  Two more drawings begun in August and finished recently. 

soft pencil on gessoed paper - 10" x 14"

"In Taftsville"
soft pencil on gessoed paper - 11" x 14"

Now, the trees are bare for the winter but spring will come and who knows, maybe winter apples in the snow may be happening soon....

Monday, December 4, 2017

ArtisTree "Small Works" Exhibit

If it is "Small Works" season, it must be December!  Last Friday night was the opening of the show in South Pomfret and is was crowded
I am showing four watercolors:


"The Three Bosceteers"



My contribution to the "50@50" is a drawing in soft pencil on gessoed paper.  

"Hal Pacca"

I photographed this lovely alpaca at Vermont Sheep and Wool in Tunbridge back at the end of September.  The concept of the "50@50" is that fifty area artists create small 7" x 7" drawing, paintings, 3/D pieces on board and the become part of a wall of work each selling for $50, all going to the artist with no percentage to the gallery.  It's quite the scene when folks line up at the door to be able to get in first and have their pick of all the work!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Driving Home from East Barnard

       I've been taking apple tree photos left and right and though I know I took the one this drawing is based upon, July 12th, I can't rightly say where it was on my way back from East Barnard!  This is the latest drawing....

soft pencil on gessoed paper - 10 1/2" x 14 1/4"

       I love how the shadow beneath the tree holds texture and mystery.  This tree has a jumble of empty limbs and speaks to me of age and grace....

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

At Saint-Gaudens

         Yesterday, several of us gathered at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire to be extras in the filming of a documentary on the Cornish Art Colony which was a popular art colony centered in Cornish, New Hampshire from about 1895 through the years of World War I.
       The central figure of the Cornish Colony was Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  He attracted a summer colony of about 100 artists sculptors, writers, designers, and politicians who lived there either full-time or during the summer months.   That grew into a single extended social network. Some were related, some were friends, some were promising students from the Art Students League of New York that Saint-Gaudens had co-founded.  In addition to Saint-Gaudens, actress Ethel Barrymore, painter Maxfield Parrish, dancer Isadora Duncan, sculptor Frederic Remington, American president Woodrow Wilson and many other notables were associated with the colony.  After his death in 1907 the colony slowly dissipated.
       As we were being filmed as Joan Hoffman's plein aire class, artists were working primarily in oil and watercolor.  I decided to draw and the little apple tree just outside the porch was my subject. My drawing below is the tree itself but put in a different setting.  Though the tree at Saint-Gaudens was surrounded by mown lawn backed by a field and woods, I decided to situate it on a knoll with grasses and flowers around it...

"Apple Tree at Saint Gaudens"
soft pencil on gessoed paper - 10 1/2" x 14 1/2"

       I have another apple tree drawing on the work table now--my new fascination is these wonderful, personable trees....

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Little Apple Orchard

       The Richardson Family Farm in Hartland is the site of the little apple orchard here that I couldn't resist drawing.  Such a sweet place.  All their electricity is provided by solar panels on many barn roofs, they make wonderful maple syrup and supply Cabot Cheese with their milk products....

"Little Apple Orchard at Richardson Farm"
10" x 14' - soft pencil on gessoed paper

       This may need a bit more tweaking--dandelions in the foreground?  But I like it a lot and I'm motivated to get out tomorrow to draw some more....