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....

Monday, June 19, 2017

Time in the Studio

         On Saturday, I managed to get some time in the studio to work on some soft pencil drawings on gessoed paper.
         The first one was done at Silver Lake, across the street from the Barnard General Store.  In the foreground is the launch site for canoes and in the background, the beach at the state park...

         This second drawing I started last week at our plein aire meeting in the Village of Woodstock.  These inviting adirondack chairs are on the lawn of the Woodstock Inn...

         I still have three unfinished paintings to work on and Wednesday is another plein aire gathering so I really do need some time in the studio!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

It's Been Awhile

        It's been awhile since I posted and I promise I am going to be much better about posting each week.
        I've been going out on Wednesday mornings with a group from ArtisTree.  Thanks JJ!!!  But today started out wet and cold and I didn't have the gumption to spend the morning outside.  So, today I'm working on finishing up work started in May.
        This drawing is from last week's sojourn to Kiss the Cow Farm in Royalton, a certified organic dairy farm that sells fresh milk, eggs, pastured poultry, and more from an on-farm farmstead....

"Barns at Kiss the Cow Farm"
soft pencil on gessoed paper - 7 12" x 10"

       What a treat to see the chicks and cows and farm equipment--great atmosphere!  I have several photos that will hopefully make interesting drawings and/or paintings....

Monday, January 30, 2017

Daily Artist 2016

The Current exhibit at ArtisTree Gallery in South Pomfret, VT, runs through February 11th.  It shows the work of twenty-eight artists who pledged to work at art every day for the year 2016.
Since the beginning of last year, as a part of Daily Artist 2016, I have been making an "inchie" a day--that is, a one inch by one inch drawing or painting prompted by something that happened that day.  Most of them are inspired by nature--many skies, landscapes, flowers.  And others are reactions to events in my life.  Some required an extra square to fit the image.  Some took lots of time and some very little.  They are all arranged on a large piece of gridded watercolor paper and at times (when we were traveling, for example) I created my inchies on separate little papers and attached them to the larger work when I got home.  Here is the composite of my year....

"A Year of Inchies"
mixed media - 17" x 20"

The inchies take me back to our 5 weeks out west visiting National Parks, the arrival of our new Portuguese Water Dog, Sea Sea, trips to Connecticut, Cape Cod and Rockport, MA.  It's a kind of visual journal.
In addition to my inchies, I decided to choose a favorite from each week to make larger.  These became my "weeklies"...

"A Year of Weeklies"
mixed media - 15" x 20"

I also am showing three slightly larger pieces--this is what my little section of the exhibit looks like...

ArtisTree Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
Please come visit!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year!

Here are a few more Daily Artist postings....

"A Walk in the Pasture"

"Yarn and Needles"



"On Route 106"

Today is a gray and cold January day.  I'm home with a cold, catching up and trying to take care of myself!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

November Works

November is the grayest month of the year.  We have had ice, fog, snow, mists and, yes, gray skies.  Every now and then a bit of very welcome blue sky and a lovely, warm touch of sun.
I've been working steadily on my Daily Artist 2016 work and here are three of my weeklies--slightly enlarged "inches"--maybe 2 1/2" square...

"Bartlett Pear"

"Origami Crane"

"Pomfret Weathervane"

Looking back, there are so many weeklies that I never posted here on the blog.  So, here goes...

"Rose of Sharon"

"Mattapoisett Lighthouse"

"Corporation Beach"

"Feast and Field Bonfire"

"Horse Chestnut, Opened"

"Lake Runnemede"

"Rockport Beach"

"Apple on a Tree"

...and finally, my new favorite treat in place of coffee at our favorite cafe....

"Mon Verte Cocoa"

I'm promising to do a better job of staying current--two months (or more?) is waaaaay too long!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Little Watercolors

It's been awhile since I last posted.  Lately, life has been a bit hectic with showing our apartment to potential tenants, a downstairs bathroom renovation, a sick doggie and a well pump replacement.
Today is a bit quieter being Saturday and I thought I would look back on what I've been creating over the summer....
When I was out working in the garden I found this little robin's nest that had fallen from the maple tree.  Sad to say, then I found the poor little robin that fell with it.  Unfortunately, despite a trip to VINS to help her, she had been so badly injured in her fall that they had to put her to sleep.  Still this next reminds me of her and makes me glad I tried....

One Wednesday morning, I sat in meditation at North Chapel and the candle in the center of the group was so lovely I came home and did this little watercolor of it....

Ahhhh--this is Sea Sea who came to live with us a little while ago.  She is a four and a half year old Portuguese Water Dog, given to us by friends.  She is a wonderful addition  to the family and Addison and Avery (and pretty much everyone else) loves her!

On yoga mornings the thistle outside the studio was abundant and beautiful....

Down in South Woodstock there is a little pond where we take Sea Sea to swim--Portuguese Water Dogs LOVE to swim!  This is a representation of a birch tree beside the pond....

A gorgeous head of romaine from Feast and Field, our Barnard CSA.  A most festive place where every Thursday night we gather to get our veggies, share dinner with friends and listen to the music.  

Addison turned nine here in Woodstock and for breakfast we had pancakes--hers with a birthday candle.  Later on there was an actual birthday dinner with a beautiful cake, made by Addison, but we sang her day in at breakfast.

So, that's some of what's been going on in the studio this summer.  More later....