Wednesday, December 2, 2015

More plein air

Tranquil Woodstock Afternoon
Oil on panel
$80. framed plus shipping

Hanover Mountain Solitude
Oil on panel

I REALLY need to perfect the photographing of artwork.  Both of these paintings seem a little out of balance colorwize.  I usually take pictures outside in natural light.  I don't do it in sunshine, rather under the roof of my front porch.  No flash.  

Once I download them to my computer, I open them in a photo editor and try to correct the color to make it appear more like the painting.  Seldom do I get it right!  I know a lot of people use two lights with daylight bulbs angled to shine on the painting and hang the painting on a wall inside.  I need to have my son, who is a professional videographer, help me out with this. Something has to change, because I am not at all happy with the online version of my artwork :(

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

On a roll?

Wasn't I pleasantly surprised to find out I'd sold two paintings at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation on Sunday?  That was the day of their open house and a chance to view all the paintings submitted. I haven't had a chance to see them, but I will when I bring two different paintings to be hung.

One was painted en plein air in August when the Sawkill Creek was running very low. The favorite swimming spot is called "Little Deep".  It's located along the Zena Road.

The second painting was done from a photo I took when joy riding through the Drybrook area of Arkville.  The road is called Rider Hollow and you won't find a prettier spot!  I love how the old barn sits so close to the road.  So many barns do.  I suppose when the barn was built, the road was a lot narrower.

So here they are, both in other peoples' homes now.

BTW: if you are in the area and want to see the artwork, the location is:
Woodstock Jewish Congregation
1682 Glasco Turnpike
Woodstock,NY 12498

"Little Deep"
8 x 10
oil on panel

"Rider Hollow"
8 x 10
Oil on panel

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oriole 9, Woodstock NY

8 x 10
oil on panel

Part of my plein air outings have included village scenes in Woodstock.  As the leaves are turning and the air is cooling off, we find really enjoyable moments painting outside.
Last week, it was just my instructor and myself on the Village Green.  When you get there early, like 9AM, you pretty much have this triangle in the middle of the village to yourself.  As it gets closer to 11AM and the shops open, the characters begin to gather!  

I was good until about noon, when a bunch of people  with backpacks and dogs that were growling at each other arrived.  I quickly packed up and called it a day!  
I had gotten close to finishing anyway, except for a few suggestions from Keith in my mind. I decided to finish it up at home. 
I will post his painting as well, you'll see what an amazing painter he is!  

Mine is called Oriole 9.  That's the name of the restaurant with the orange doors located on Tinker St.  The name comes from the old telephone exchange letters that ended sometime in the late 60s, early 70s, I think.  Woodstock was "oriole 9" which is the full name of the exchange that began OL9-xxxx.  Today, the letters are gone and their telephone numbers begin with 679.
In Olive, we were "Oliver 7", or OL7-xxxx. Today we are 657. I think Phoenicia was "Overland 8".  Kingston had a couple, one was "Federal 8".  If we called within our exchange, we didn't dial the first three numbers. Phoenicia and Woodstock were long distance for us to call, so we didn't spend much time on the phone with our friends.  
Boy, has time changed and I'm dating myself :).

Yes, this is Keith's painting. Awesome, isn't it?  I probably should know better than to post it on the same page as mine, LOL!  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sorella Boutique, Woodstock NY

8" x 10"
Oil on panel

*I have no idea what I did to my format in the following post. Please excuse! LOL!

My two adorable nieces opened this boutique about seven years ago.  Called "Sorella", it means sisters in Italian.
They both love fashion!  Anna has had a long career in retail and Regina has a fashion degree from  Newbury College in Boston. This little shop is so cute!  Nestled in the shadow of the cafe next door, it is located on one side of the Village Green.
While Regina is mom to a 16 yr old and twins that are 12, Anna never had any children.  That is, until now!  She is thrilled to be welcoming a baby boy in November.  I don't think she'd be mad if I told you how old she is.  40.   She looks 10 years younger than that and is in excellent health.  She's had a perfect pregnancy and it proves that it's never too late!  Well, of course, that's a stupid statement, but 40 is not too late for lots of women!   Anna has been mom to many dogs.  She and her husband, Luke, are very active finding homes for unwanted shelter dogs, primarily pit bulls.

Back to the painting:  The girls just closed this shop on Monday.  With the impending birth, Anna felt she wanted to stay home with her baby for as long as possible.  They aren't finished with great clothing sales, however!  

From their Facebook page that featured Regina painting walls: 

We are no longer located in woodstock. We are starting up our online business that will be a mix of "used not abused" , vintage & new merchandise . As you see here Regina is at it already! Our Sorella room will be finished in no time. Our plan is to work from home with seasonal pop up parties at local businesses. We already have a few people interested in hosting our first ones. We look forward to the freedom we will have & hope to see you all along the way. Most of you know my first born is expected in 4.5 weeks. Once I'm settled into my new life, we will be at it again.. This is not an end! It's a beautiful beginning.. Love to all of you!

I was on the Village Green a few weeks ago with my plein air class and chose to do a painting of their store.  Architecture isn't my strong suit, but I'm happy with it.  I can't wait to give it to the girls!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Plein Air duo

The calendar says that the summer is winding down, but the thermometer doesn't agree!  We're having temps in the high 80s and still using our pool.  The best part of extended summer, however, is the extra time it gives me to paint outdoors.  

I've had a great summer of painting!  The month of July was spent taking a plein air class with 
the same group of ladies I've been with for the last three summers. It's Kate McGloughlin's "Simplifying the landscape" class.  I will post some painting from that soon, I promise!

No sooner did that class end than a brand new class started in Woodstock.  This one is with a fabulous local artist I've admired for awhile.  I signed up immediately when I saw it would be on 
Thursday mornings.  The artist is Keith Gunderson. When he holds a brush it looks like he's conducting a symphony!

Below are two recent paintings from that class.  The top one is the small falls located on the Tannery Brook in the village of Woodstock. 8 x 10 oil on panel. I don't know if I've finished it or not, but I think it is!  Sometimes I have to look at them for awhile before deciding that. 

 The second one, below, is a glimpse into life on the reservoir on Zena Road.  There's a sweet little
pump house tucked into the woods and the reservoir is home to a couple of Blue Herons.  We were lucky to watch one from a distance.  They look so prehistoric when flying overhead.
This one is also 8 x 10, oil on a canvas panel.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer of painting

I haven't posted in a long time. That doesn't mean I haven't been painting, though.  I am having a great summer with lots of activities and visitors.

The best parts, however, are the classes I've been taking at the Woodstock School of Art.  First, a five week long plein air with my favorite teacher, Kate McGloughlin.  We visited some amazing places I wouldn't have access to ordinarily.  

The month of August I've been studying with Keith Gunderson.  I can't describe what an incredible artist he is.  He makes it look easy composing a landscape outdoors and bringing it to life with just a few strokes. It looks like he's conducting an orchestra!  

He has also taken us to sites I've never painted at, all in the Woodstock area.  Next week is the last class and I know I am going to be sad it's ending so soon.  I really hope I'll be able to take classes with him again in the future.

So, I don't have any photos to share because I am in Wiscasset Maine as I write this and don't have photos of finished pieces with me.   I will post lots of them when I get home.

 I hope to get out there and paint some of this special Maine coast scenery.  This is one of my happy places.  

Monday, March 30, 2015

Coffee Filter Easter Wreath

I'm trying to get into the Easter spirit even though we still have snow on the ground and it's 43 degrees outside.  I made a coffee filter wreath over the winter using a piece of pipe insulation and a few dozen white coffee filters.  Wish I could say I thought of that great idea, but I didn't. I saw it while browsing Pinterest one night.
I did, however, customize it and I'm happy that I can keep it hanging on a mirror all year with different ribbon, silk flowers and other doodads.
My fav clip art site is The Graphics Fairy.  She posts adorable vintage postcards for free! And tons of other ephemera images. I've done lots of fabric transfers using them.
 I downloaded the ones I wanted with Easter themes and printed them on regular printer paper. I brushed a couple coats of Liquitex Matte Gel on both sides. Let them dry and then I cut them out. The gel gives them flexible bodies! I simply attached them with paper clips 'cause that's what I had on hand and I like the utilitarian look of that.
Can't wait to show it to my sis and my nieces!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Causeway Beach

So, here we are in Ft Pierce, FL.  Of all the places we've been in Florida, this is our favorite spot. Specifically, along the inlet from the ocean to the Indian River.
I was here a time or two back in the 60's when I was a kid. We would be on our way to visit my relatives in So. Florida. Traveling with another family who were dear friends, we'd stay one night with their grandparents on the Indian River. Happy times!
We like it here for various reasons. Along A1A, it is relatively quiet. There is a certain feel of "Old Florida".  The US Navy Seals trained here during WW2, and there's lots of history regarding that time.
The Atlantic is so beautiful here! Very blue and rugged. Pelicans everywhere! We can ride our bikes to places and never get in the car for days. Really good local places to eat, often with live music.
The beaches are plentiful and free. Most are not dog friendly, but they are fairly liberal with the rules and I always take my toy poodle, Ginger, with me in her backpack.
The water on the inlet is calm so I prefer that beach. I managed to do a quick 5 x7 plein air painting while sitting in the blazing sun on the Causeway Beach. There were a lot of snowbirds out there that day, but I chose to leave people out of this one. I felt I had to edit a lot out in order to simplify the scene. I considered this a warm up sketch and hope to crank out a couple more before we head north next week.
I must stop being so particular where I set up, what I'm wearing, what the wind conditions are, how bright it is and what palette to use! Getting started is half the battle!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Golden Pastures

8 x 10
Oil on panel

Yesterday, Kate McGloughlin, from the Woodstock School of Art, sent emails around asking for artwork for the Ronald McDonald house in Albany. They need quite a number of landscapes and they asked for pastoral scenes and other traditional subjects.  I'm hoping they will like this Hudson River School style painting I did recently. 
It's loosely a scene from across the river looking back at the Catskills.  Please don't go looking for the exact location! Not unless you want to poke around inside my head, LOL!

I dearly love the Ronald McDonald house!  Eight years ago, my tiny granddaughter spent the first four months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Albany Med.  The Ronald McDonald house is nearby and they also have a center right at the hospital.  My son and daughter in law are fortunate enough to live in the Capital district, so they didn't need to stay at Ronald's house.  However, we all reaped the benefits of the center at the hospital. They provided sofas and places to relax, playthings for kids and spots to use your computer. There was a kitchen and often times pizza and other food was either donated or brought in to share among the families. I can't say enough good things about the Ronald McDonald House. 

Small Show at Hurley Ridge

Yeah, well, I can see that a ruler would have come in handy!  My friend, Lois, helped me hang a few of my paintings at Hurley Ridge Market, just outside Woodstock, the other day. If it hadn't been so cold and we weren't in front of a door, we probably could have done a better job!
My husband never "eyeballs" something. He would have had his tape measure out, making me crazy with his preciseness!  The rail the paintings hang from has a bow in it, so that was part of the problem. All in all, I was happy with how we did it. No easy task with people walking past that we both knew and wanted to chat with.  Actually, I think the movement is growing on me! It flows!