There is so much magic that happens in the marsh and I was lucky enough to get to be an observer of it all during my stay in South Carolina. From the deck we watched the birds, the crabs, the fish, the deer, the racoons, the snakes, the insects … what amazing web of life that ebbs and flows in and out of here with the tides. 🙂
Long time, no see, my friends! I know I have been missing in action since late March … I certainly didn’t mean for so much time to go by. I was down in South Carolina until the first of May & then it has taken me almost 3 weeks to get back to my blog–although I have been painting!
In any case, I had a wonderful time in the low country enjoying the wildlife, the marshes, the beach and the mild weather. Ahhhhh! I didn’t actually paint any paintings while I was down there, just walls, but I did recharge and take in the beauty that surrounded me. My favorite part of each day was my sunrise beach walks with my pup Zoe–always gorgeous even when the sun wasn’t out. Here are a few sunrise paintings I did upon my return.
Here’s another painting from my Vinalhaven series. I was pedaling around the island and stumbled across this scenic harbor with lobster boats, islands, and coastal homes. It never gets old! :-). I had fun playing with colors and shapes in this painting.
NOTE: ART OPENING TOMORROW! I’m a huge fan of white line woodcuts and Blanche Lazzell in particular, so I decided to give the method a shot. Here is my Ferry Ride piece in honor of my little art show at the Dodwell Gallery on Long Island, Maine — my work is there through the end of the month. The white line woodcut method was a somewhat tedious and meditative process that I enjoyed. This is the only print I have done from the block, but I may do a few more. :-). Hop on the ferry & come join me for the reception on Long Island tomorrow, Saturday the 9th, from 11am-1pm. The gallery is located about a half a mile from the ferry terminal (and includes an uphill walk) to the Learning Center on Fern Avenue.
Colorful Day at the Basin • 24×24 • oil on canvas • $550
I have felt a little blocked as an artist for awhile now … not super motivated, not truly inspired to go beyond where my day to day work load takes me. Of course I have kept on painting and trying to challenge myself–discipline is half the battle–but there seems to be more to it. I have written off this blocked feeling to the fact that I do so much commission work (which I absolutely LOVE) and how it’s hard to keep up with that and carve out time to paint what calls to my soul.
Well, I have decided to spend some time getting unstuck by playing more & working larger. This painting was a fun piece for me to experiment with. I drew out the composition in paint and then let myself play with colors and shapes. It’s a really happy piece & definitely sparks joy! I have also begun “The Artist’s Way” which is book that helps you dive in to your creative being through a 12 week program. Let’s see where this leads … How do you get unstuck?
There are some places that I connect with in ways I cannot even begin to explain–this place is one of them. The first time I visited Lanes Island, it took my breath away. There is so much beauty everywhere you look. Following the little paths along the shore and around the bluff are so much fun … and so inspiring! I am turning a few of my favorite small Vinalhaven daily paintings into larger paintings & here is the first one.
The full moon last week was so gorgeous! I didn’t witness it coming up over the bay, but I did admire it as it set at daybreak. Thoughts of moody night paintings and moons made me paint this imaginary coastal scene … I just love a nightscape!
Kitties love boxes and I love kitties, so I thought I’d share a couple of recent cat in the box pet portraits I have done. So cute, right? My cat, Chickpea, just hopped into a box in my studio which is what prompted me to share these paintings. Cats are soooo funny!
Won’t you join me for tea? I have such a lovely collection of fancy tea pots and tea cups and I love to use them. There’s something so sweet about brewing tea in my mom’s silver tea pot and sipping tea out of a delicate china cup with a sweet saucer. Don’t you agree? I figure they are more fun to use than to just stare at in the china cabinet. Do you have and use your china?
Summer Sunrise Triptych • 72×36 • oil on canvas • SOLD
I had the pleasure of doing a commission for some neighbors recently and it was so much fun! They have beautiful elevated views of the neighborhood, with glimpses of Casco Bay, and they wanted to bring a Summer sunrise right into their living space. After some thought, they decided on 3 panels, each measuring 24×36. What a treat for me to get to paint a sunrise on such a large scale. You know how I love my morning dog walks that include specatualr sunrises and skies, right? Escaping into this scene was pure magic. I have included a picture of the triptych above as well as a picture of how it looks in its new home below!