Friday, July 7, 2017

Left Behind

"Left Behind" , oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 10 x 10" ©2017
In the winter , while on a walk with my JRT Nell, we came upon this robin's nest that lay on the cold snow. One blue egg, left behind for some unknown reason, lie still in the nest, unbroken. I carefully carried it and its nest back to my studio. I love doing paintings of different nests, and I loved how this nest had the terre vert colored moss woven into its beautiful structure. I will always wonder why this egg never hatched and why the nest fell where Nell and I saw if it was meant to be.
It's a nice break from rendering set up my own still life images .....and to get lost in the image.
"Left Behind"  is offered ready to hang as it is on gallery wrapped canvas and does not need to be framed.  Shipping and handling, as always, is included in its price for USA sales.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Scavenger's Spoils

"Scavenger's Spoils" , oil , 6 x 6"
  Two robin eggs were left after the farm birds had started thinking about leaving for the warmer south, as summer announced it departure last year.  I kept the nest and the forgotten eggs in the studio, planning on future still life works. It has taken me this long to 'get my act together'.
New eggs have been started since this years arrival of our farm's robins. Life goes on. A new summer has just started too, along with all the promises it brings. Something old. Something new.  "Scavenger's Spoils"

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Painting.....Like A Copper Penny

"Like A Copper Penny" , mixed media, 18 x 18"  copyright 2017


A chestnut horse running in sunshine... in a field colored in beautiful. It's coat of orange shines like a copper penny.
Full of joy!
Again I am exploring abstract landscape....and attacking my subject matter with a more realistic brush. The work is done with charcoal, acrylic and casein. It is a difficult painting to photograph, as it has gold in it the brilliant golden spring sunshine streaming thru the wooded back ground and onto the copper coat of the chestnut horse.
 This painting is offered unframed, but doesn't really need to be framed, as it is on gallery wrapped canvas and is ready to hang. A contemporary look.
Spring is a busy time for us here on our small farm. Gardens are starting to bloom and grass needs mowing. Our carriages and harnesses are coming out of winter storage and time is spent with our horses, getting back to driving. I know trips to the carriage roads of Acadia are in our near future. Life goes on....and it seems to be at lightning fast speed lately.  I try to get into the studio on a daily basis , but must admit that seems to be more sporadic that before.  But I will paint.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Back To The Barn - Four Up At Acadia

"Back To The Barn - Four Up" , watercolor , 9 x 20"
Another watercolor finished of four in hand a turnout seen at Acadia. I can't get enough of them....the power of four horses put to a carriage. So beautiful. This team was almost back to their barn at Wildwood Stables, in Seal Harbor, after being out for a long drive on the carriage roads. So much detail to depict in such a scene....and always the question about what to actually put into the painting and what to leave out, to leave to the viewer's imagination. I think there is just enough detail in this work to capture the beauty of this handsome team.
This painting is now being offered unframed.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I AM Going Somewhere

"Where Ever You Shall Go.." , mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas, 18 x 18"
copyright 2017

This past winter I started exploring my abstract creative side. It has proven to be an exciting foray. I’ve kept the initial start of my abstraction, as an intuitive step forward, onto a blank canvas. I'm working with acrylics and casein. Then I go in with my charcoals to draw the main subject, which I approach with more realism. I have always loved drawing….and my work, in the past, has been more impressionistic realism, but I have always been drawn [no pun intended] to abstract work and the use of pure color to drive intent and exploration. I think I will always have to have an element of realism in my work, but will continue dropping my subject into an abstract landscape, as I paint, splatter and drag color intuitively across the canvas. I hope you are enjoying my new work……and seeing where my journey takes me.
“Where Ever You Shall Go...” is done in mixed media [acrylic, casein, oil and ink]. Two draft horses walked away from me….walking into the abstracted landscape ….a path that draws them into a lovely light that hints of sunlight and trees standing tall. A tall Clydesdale follows the shorter more stocky spotted draft horse…where ever it may go……just as I seem to be following my muse, where ever it shall take me.
 I am pleased to announce that "Where Ever You Shall Go" as been juried into the "Artist's Choice Exhibit at River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine , with an opening reception to be held Friday, May 5th at 5 until 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

Watercolor Coaching Study

"Coaching Study" watercolor and ink, 8 x 12" ©2017

I have always loved the protocol and tradition of coaching. There is an excitement of a team of four horses pulling a coach with passengers dressed in proper attire , and with the bugler sounding the arrival or departure of the coach..... How wonderful.
The reference for this work was provided by friend and photographer Sarah Seaman.....thank you Sarah! I am sure I will do an actual larger finished painting of this beautiful scene.
This smaller watercolor and ink study, "Coaching"  is available on my website now.....
as I work some new work.  I'm painting!

Heading Towards Spring

"Heading To Spring" , copyright 2017

  I  finished "Heading Towards Spring" a bit ago.  This is my first foray into the use of Dura-la drafting film as a substrate and I WILL be doing more. I'm very excited about using this archival , non tearing drafting film as a new substrate in my artistic repertoire. It is good to add to one's artistic skills and this move proves to be a good stretch. Stay tuned!