Wednesday, June 15, 2016

On Gossamer Wings

"On Gossamer Wings" , oil, 6 x 6" ©2016
 A dragonfly stopped his flight and lit on a gate on our farm. He had been very busy catching flies.....maybe he was tired.
I appreciate all our dragonflies do for us on our farm. They are always so busy.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Promise Of Spring

"Promise Of Spring" oil , 6 x 6"
"Promise Of Spring" oil , 6 x 6"
 Under the eaves of our barn's run-out sheds, robins have taken up housekeeping. Their nests line the eaves and soon the eaves will be nurseries for baby robins. The parents' comings and goings are watched by our horses, as they rest in their stalls.
Spring is a busy time on the farm.
This small new oil painting is available at Hole In The Wall Studioworks Art Gallery in Raymond, Maine. I hope if you are in the area you will stop in and check out my work there....and the work of all the great artists that Hole In The Wall represents. It is a neat Maine gallery.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Looking Homeward

The image for this painting started as a graphite sketch in my moleskin sketchbook. I kept looking at my sketch and the image of the chestnut horse looking into the distance...[ looking into his future? ] and it kept saying paint this. The landscape was not so important in the scheme of the composition. The sky was as important an element, for me, as the subject himself. I used my palette knife mostly in the painting of the sky and the landscape. The pensive horse was painted with brush and more detailed, but with a bit of knife work in his mane.  
I enjoyed looking at this painting as it stood in my studio on my easel. I enjoyed painting it. And I was very happy when one of the galleries I am with, asked to have it in their gallery after seeing it on my website and my Facebook page. I was changing out work with Equis Art Gallery and agreed to send it down with new work that they wanted.  I explained that it was just dry enough to ship.....and would be send down unframed. They agreed to that. So off "Looking Homeward" went to New York. And then I was pleasantly surprised to heard from Equis Art Gallery that THAT painting had sold as soon as it arrived in the gallery.......a half hour after it had been unpacked. I thank Equis Art Gallery and owner Juliet Harrison. I know that pensive chestnut horse is in a good home where he will be taken care of and loved. That is what I want for all "my horses".

 The graphite sketch in my Moleskin sketchbook that prompted the
finished painting of "Looking Homeward".

Sunday, June 5, 2016

More Charcoals and Gouache Work

While still working in my charcoal , and adding a splash of color .....I captured some images of the sheep in a friend's flock. We visited the Maine farm on a cold rainy April day. The birthing barn was warm with wooly mothers and their off spring, bouncing lambs with sweet faces and bright eyes.
This artistic venture back into charcoal, seems to have kindled my artistic muse. I am enjoying getting my hands dirty, and thinking in black and white, working with values. Some of my small charcoal works on paper have gone to Equis Art Gallery in Red Hook, NY. I hope collectors of my work go check them out. They are 'going' at very easy on the purse-strings prices.  Some I consider studies, as I really liked them and feel as if I would like to explore them more as paintings. Some are really finished artwork.
"Dinner Is Served" , Charcoal and gouache, 12 x 20.5"  ©2016 

So far our spring has been lovely. I am behind on getting my veggie garden in, but the perennial gardens are coming along fine.
In between gardening and barn chores ....I am fitting in studio time. More works in the works!!