Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Vermont Artists Week

One of the great pleasures of being here at the Studio Center is that every morning there is figure drawing from nine to noon.  I stopped by again this morning and had the blissful experience of doing what I did years ago in art school....

The model is an accomplished painter in her own right and understands how to relax into a pose beautifully.
After seven o'clock meditation in the beautiful meditation hall and a breakfast of oatmeal with maple syrup and raisins, it doesn't get better than drawing for awhile with Bernardo Rubaja playing on my iPod.  Now, back to work in the studio....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Vermont Artists Week and "Brookmelt"

I'm in the midst of packing and getting ready to go up to Johnson to the Vermont Studio Center for Vermont Artists Week on Monday.  What to take, what to take?  I have drawing, watercolor and oil painting supplies, my iPhone, my iPod, some ear phones, a laptop computer, some books, some knitting and my pillow.  So far.  Fortunately they have an art supply store if I forget anything....

Here is my painting based on the photo of the melting brook I took last week.  I'm enjoying watercolors so much!

9" x 12" - watercolor

Artists Week is going to be an interesting experience.  In addition to my room, three meals a day, my studio, a meditation space, yoga classes and life drawing, I look forward to meeting a variety of Vermont artists.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Driving Around

These days of spring meltdown are full of hopeful sights and scenes.  Driving to and from Windsor yesterday I came upon a couple of wonderful shots.  A melting brook....

...and a huge barn...

Right next to this barn was another with a sign on it reading "farm fresh eggs and hay".  I wondered if both the eggs and the hay are farm fresh?
I think both of these visuals will be inspiration for paintings in the near future....

Thursday, April 9, 2015


It snowed again last night--maybe another five or six inches.  It won't last long because temperatures are forecast to go up into the 60's over the next week.  But the psychological impact of more white ands gray is real.  And the best way to combat it is with some COLOR!

watercolor - 7" x 11"

So, here's my antidote--a bouquet of colorful flowers exploding on to the paper, giving us hope for warmth and sunshine coming soon....