Colorful Day at the Basin • 24×24 • oil on canvas • $625
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!