Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sketches of Fall

Yes... the first glow of red in the landscape came up this week.. and now it begins...the last glorious display of nature before she goes into her grey, purple and blues...
With not much time to paint wonderful landscapes out doors... I pick up treasures and sit in my Petite studio..to enjoy painting them.. found this green acorn hanging on a tree...and it just was so beautiful... so I had to paint it... I might add some colorful leaves later...
It is raining now... sounds wonderful... after such a long dry summer.... everything will be fresh and shiny tomorrow... will look for more treasures...


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall beauty

"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing", Camelle Pissaro 1893. I got the quote while reading a great watercolour book... Trevor Chamberlain... His watercolours are breathtaking.. and inspiring...
Here's another ......
In the end it is not technique that matters but the artists' personal vision...

Painting is all about loving something...a place an atmosphere..a mood .

Fall has captivated me again...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

ATC cards.... ?

OK.. I have been hearing about these ATC cards lately.. Artist Trading Cards, and thought it was a neat idea. For those of you that have not heard about them either.. they are miniature pieces of art just for fun, that Artists trade with each other. You can't sell them, just trade from artist to artist. I thought that was really neat....They are 2.5x3.5..or playing card size, no bigger...
I had visions of trading with artists from other states... countries... and how fun it would be to have them on my wall....On the back of each card you put your name, maybe your blog, the date and the name of your card....
I decided to try a few... so here are my first ATC cards... now I have to find someone to trade with...?..... got and ideas?
Do you have ATC cards?.... and if you do...
post them on your blog..
. I would love to see them .

Monday, September 5, 2011

Weather Change

The Weather changed today.. we went from 98 to 62... in one day.. pretty drastic..but it sure is nice to have a cool breezy day. I spent the morning outside walking and looking for an owl..that seems to have taken up residence here at Glen boggle cottage (a nick name I have given this place)... I hear him every evening.. and have spotted him.. He is a great Horned owl..just magnificent... thinking of painting one.... well.. it sure feels like fall.. and my artist eye is now looking for different colors and textures....
The sunsets are beginning to be so lovely.. and the lighting becomes a glow at dusk... just enjoying the change of season.. I loved summer...but Fall has its mysterious beauty...
What are your seeing...and feeling now that the season is beginning to change?

Visiting Long Island

Last week I went to Long Island and we were there during the Irene visit, which made for an exciting time... We did manage to have a few days on a lovely beach... got to paint..and then the waves rolled in the next 4 days...
I had looked at books about Landscaping painting on Long Island and loved the paintings... my favorite Long Island artist is , William Meret Chase.. He started the first American Plien Air Landscape classes on Long Island., Shinnicock Hills.
This is a Winslow Homer.. he and William painted out on Long Island in the late 1800's... just look at the clothes people wore on the beach back then... I love the haze in the picture... the umbrellas..
I took my mini watercolor set, Windsor and Newton , and was able to just have fun... but Irene took most of our time... she was forgiving to us, we did not loose power or get flooded, just lots of branches down and wind. ... The Earth Quake caught us on a dock.. thought it was just a wave coming by... but found out later... what it really was...
Glad to be back in the Mid West... but miss that ocean.