Monday, August 25, 2014

The Cabin By The Estuary in Acadia

 

 
This painting was done a while ago, but I have been so lax on writing my blog and never posted about it. I actually have finished 3 paintings and haven’t written about them. I blame it on my presence on Facebook, [www.facebook.com/kathipetersart] and the fact that we have been busy on the farm mowing, gardening and trying to keep up with it all. We try and drive our pair of horses too. It all doesn’t get done, but we are enjoying this summer so. Soon it will be fall and I PLAN on getting back into the studio then to work on some new works I have been planning. But as long as the warm sunny days lure me outside, I need to get things done that need doing outside.
The old house or cabin in this painting has intrigued me to years. I wonder about who lived there before leaving it neglected. Every time we go to Acadia we pass this old house that now sits empty. It looks down from a small hill onto the estuary on the opposite side of the road that runs between. Both scenes have been inspiring me to paint them.  I have finally captured the gray small house. The estuary is next. I know already how I want to approach the painting of this ever changing landscape.
I have not yet run out of ideas for new paintings………….I don’t think I ever will.
 

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Maine Landscapes and Seascapes ,My Works In A New Show At River Arts


 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
I have had the two oil paintings above, juried into the new River Arts’ show “The Story Of Maine- Land and Sea”. It opened 8/1/2014 and runs through 8/28/2014. The Juror for the exhibition was Susan Groche.  She is professor of Art, Department Chair at the University of Maine, Orono. I hope you can get to see this great show highlighting some of Maine’s new artists and some already established artists of Maine. The works are for sale.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Dressed For Success And Carriage Driving In Acadia


 
"Dressed For Success"  Casein on paper    9 x 12"  ©2014 www.kathipeters.com
 

  I would have to admit that every painting, sketch, or even an idea that I create comes from my daily life, my love of our place in time and our life with horses. The entire month of July, driving with our horses up at Acadia National Park, has provided me with so many ideas for new paintings to be done, that I will be drawing on that wealth of inspiration for a long time to come. I have draft horses paintings that I have already painted in my sleep, but need to get done on canvas….driving scenes to paint, and Maine landscape paintings that I know I need to do. I know what I am going to doing this winter!
 
The Carriage Roads of Acadia

 

“Dressed For Success”, one the latest paintings I have done, is an image that was inspired by a photo I took years ago at a sleigh rally at the wonderful Washburn-Nor lands Living History Center in Livermore Falls, Maine. I had done a watercolor of these Percheron draft pair years ago, and that painting was sold. I wanted to revisit this handsome pair again, and this time I decided to use my casein paintings with a warm background, then that warm ground appears through the cool white paint brush strokes, creating warmth to the skin of the handsome draft horses. I am very pleased with the effect I get with this approach. You can see this approach a lot in my work.
 
 We are finally back home at the farm now…our horses enjoying a respite from daily carriage driving on the wonderful carriage roads at Acadia.  August is a busy time up there and we will wait a bit before we head up there again. Now we are busy catching up on farm work……painting the house, civilizing the perennial gardens and harvesting the bounty that our meager vegetable gardens are providing us with.
 
And I will get back to the studio and paint!!!


 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Painting Of Seal Harbor Bridge / Acadia & Carriage Horses

 
"Seal Harbor Bridge/Acadia"  Casein on board    12 x 12"  ©2014 www.kathipeters.com


 

The second bridge that an equine experience in Acadia provides you is Seal Harbor Bridge….a bridge that the horses actually go under and that cars drive over. This bridge always seems to me to be our portal to the magic that is Acadia. Our first Acadia drive is always under this bridge and over to Little Long Pond……So beautiful…..The air filled with the woodland scents of fir, cedar, pine and fern. The moss covered forest rug cover the landscape and the coping stones lining the carriage roads, draw the horses and carriage along. I will NEVER tire of this. Our horses love trotting along the gravel packed roads, eager to see what is past the next corner. It is like heaven. I will NEVER tire of painting this experience, and hopefully my paintings will help other enjoy the feeling of trotting along carriage roads, as if in another place and time. A slower and gentler time.  My new casein painting is now available on my website. More works to come.
 
 
 


So between carriage rides……I will be painting.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Painting Of Old Times


 

 
 
Well, it seems like I have been busier than a bee lately. Seems appropriate considering the season. On the one hand the gardens are begging to be watered, weeded and fed. On the other hand, barn chores are calling......Never mind the fact that I need to paint. Horses need to be driven.... Dog walked. All in good time I guess. 
"Farm Chores" is the latest work to come off the easel. It was prompted by a foray into an old chest that I have full of family photos. One photo of my mother and her cousin feeding chickens seemed to need to be painting. So I took an old black and white photo, edited it and added my own color palette to make the scene my own. It was a stretch, and it is one that I would like to do again. The good old days renewed.
 
I have new work going down to River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine…..headed there tomorrow. Taking my camera….one never knows what one might see!!
Until then……….I am painting.

 

Two new Paintings-An Oil and A Casein- Horses and Maine Landscape


I lived through my The Art Of Red River radio blog interview. Hope you  grab a chance to listen to their show....It is like sitting with artists and chatting with them. I enjoyed it!
 
 
 "Nubble Point Light House"   Casein on board,    15 x 11"   ©2014 Kathi Peters
 
 
I just realized that I had not blogged about 2 new works done and available on my website. The first is a fun casein done of Nubble Point Light House in York, Maine. I used to live right down the road from this light house. Fitting that I should paint it. It is a 15 x 11" casein on illustration board.
 
 
The second is an oil painting on canvas. "Undone" is  an 18 x 24" work that metaphorically deals with a feeling of not being "hooked to the carriage" and out off line with life. Might have come to being due to a feeling I have been having lately. I am sure we all have it at times.
 
 


"Undone"    Oil on canvas      18" x 24"   ©2014  Kathi Peters
 
I have had several glorious days working in my gardens....today it rains and I have been packaging art work to ship out to clients and working on a casein painting that should be done soon.......back to painting!!
 
 

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Radio Interview?? AND A New Show Opening!

 
    
    

 


 

     


 

 

Our crab apple tree
 
Lately there seems to be a slow rhythm to my days on our farm. Horses fed. Horses put out. Stalls done. Dog walked. Gardening attempted. Afternoons in the studio until evening ...when it's horses in. Horses fed. Dog walked. Evening time to relax. But then, into the mix comes art shows to attend, galleries to deliver art work to, and now even a radio interview. RADIO INTERVIEW??!!  This is a first for me……so I hope someone will be listening….And if you are, I would love to hear your comments!!  The interview is  Monday June 2nd!! It is at 1:30 pm and I guess lasts about 20 minutes. I hope I can last 20 minutes.  The show is called Art of the Red River.  It is a once a month show, live and taped.  Here is a link to the radio blog.   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio/2014/04/28/art-of-the-red-river-1               They have a Facebook page too.. http://www.facebook.com/ArtOfTheRedRiver .  I am hoping that I make sense and that my words don’t come out jumbled. I still have problems with aphasia since my stroke in 2006. I will try to rest before the interview. If I am tired, words just do not come. I am left with jumbled speech, a brain that can’t find words and I find answering questions most mind boggling. So tune in!! You might have a pleasant surprise or at least witness a very entertaining comedy show??!!


My other news: I had 2 casein paintings juried into the River Arts Gallery’s new exhibit “Down On The Farm”. The show opens May 30 and runs until June 19th in, Damariscotta, Maine. See my Events page to see where I am showing next!!  I am so pleased to be showing in Maine and being able to physically be there to see my work hung, and see the works of other Maine artists. This state is full of so many talented artists.
I have new works “in the works”…..so I better get painting.