Wednesday, December 17, 2008
My latest pastel attempt.....I hope you enjoy it.
I've been watching birds for some time now, and heron have always been a favorite. About ten years ago I lived in Lawrence, MA; an old mill town. The Merrimac River runs right through Lawrence. This once majestic river is recovering from the assault of dyes dumped into it when the mills were most productive. I'm happy to say that the wildlife is slowly returning with it.
I had a favorite "perch" back then and often watched cormorants, blue herons, egrets; all types of water fowl. One afternoon I was taking in the view, and in the distance an American Eagle came into view! I couldn't believe my eyes! His wing-span was massive. Occasionally tipping his wings he glided along the length of the river just a few feet above the water. I watched in silent awe for as long as the eye could see....breathtaking!
It's ironic that this gorgeous natural scene unfolded before me in the center of an old, now down-trodden industrial city. I feel lucky and grateful to have been able to capture this wonderful memory from such a dismal place.
Thank you for stopping by, and please feel free to leave a comment.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I visited this place two summers ago on a nature walk and snapped a photo.......it's practically in my back yard. The photo was taken at the northern-most tip of the pond, and it's my favorite view of the place. It surfaced while I was sifting thru resource material. Perfect !
No particular purpose, no particular subject....but, fits the mood ..... peace and warmth.
I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for stopping in.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I'm not exactly sure what it is I don't like about this one, but I was in love with the idea when I did it. Perhaps I got carried away with the reds, or the compostion is too dark. My daughter Amy and I were sitting at the table trying to decide what to paint when she asked if I had ever tried using black pastel paper. It occurred to me that I had not, and, voila!!
I still think the idea was a good one ... just not the best execution effort. What do you think could have made it nicer? I'd appreciate the input as I intend to try again. Thanks...
This is an acrylic rendition of my favorite public bench in the gardens at Strawberry Banks in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I haven't gone painting with acrylics in a very long time because I've been so caught up in working with pastels lately......I really like how loose the composition is. I'm still working hard at not being so detail oriented with my work.
I had a wonderful day, and it felt like it was finished very quickly. ..... was good to get out with my paints again to capture a favorite place on canvas. Of course, this doesn't exactly depict the place, but definitely portrays how this place feels to me when I visit.
I'd love to hear what you think so, please, feel free to leave a comment. Thank you !
This is Morgan in graphite. She's is six years old, she's all girl, and she loves to paint as much as I do-we paint together quite a bit.
I took this image from a photograph.....In it she's wearing her favorite, yellow headband, and smiling "cheese" for the camera. Her mom hasn't seen this yet so I'm posting it as a birthday surprise for her. "Happy Birthday, Karen!"
Thank you for stopping by, and please, feel free to leave a comment.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I spent lots more time than I thought I'd need to depicting mountains silhouetted against fading sunlight ...... water mirroring all.
Whenever I see artwork or photographs done this way I'm captivated; so, finally tried it. .....got to keep at it to get it just right, but I had a great time working on it. I call it "imginary" sunset because the end result looks nothing like where I was when I started the project.
It would be helpful to hear what you think and to get feedback on what would make the next one better. Thanks.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
This one took me only half an hour to finish, and I must say I'm not sure whether it's more difficult to include the detail or to keep it in the front of my mind while I'm working not to.......
The color choices for the flower itself are intentional as I'm also working to be conscious of tone in composition.
Please comment; good or bad, as it contributes to the effort. Thank you for visiting.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The stained glass attempt I previously posted is full of amber tones so I chose this one for it's greens and blues....my "comfortable, standby" pallette. Hollyhocks are especially appealing to me as the tall-standing, simple and graceful flowers are very old-fashioned. At the turn of the century they were often found in the gardens of glorious Victorian homes. In fact, when and where ever I see hollyhocks I am immediately reminded of the Victorian era.
This composition represents an irresistable combination for me; stained glass, greens and blues, and hollyhocks bordered by rich, green Arbor Vitae. I couldn't help myself. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I enjoyed depicting it.
Please comment if you wish; I'd love to know what you think.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
There are things about the composition that made depicting it an absolute challenge for me. i.e. lots of detail, the attempt at translucence, and the peacock. (I usually do a poor job of drawing/painting birds or creatures of any kind....)
Looking at it now the many colors of the finished project lean it toward "gaudy", but there are areas of it that I like! For example, the colors on the peacock's neck , the peacock itself, and the sailboats worked out nicely. However, as a whole...I think the composition is too busy......
What do you think? I'd live to hear your comments....good and bad...Thank you !
Sunday, July 6, 2008
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
I'm not happy with it.....but, I promised my daughter that I'd post even if I wasn't happy with the finished product.....
This one's for you, Ame.
Was fun to be in the field with my paints again, tho...
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The more I work with the medium the more I enjoy it. This past winter one of my daughters and I spent a considerable amount of time doing art together. Amy's favorite medium is pastels, and her works show her talent with them. I envy how simple she makes it look; and her results. Watching her and experimenting has brought me to understand pastels a little, and I'm no longer so intimidated.
I like that they're messy to work with, too.
Monday, April 21, 2008
The sketch above is the one I consider finished. I've been working with pastels for the past two weeks because I could never quite get comfortable with them. For the first time I can say....pastels are truly versatile and really fun!! I posted the two sketches together to compare the differences between monochromatic composition and when a bit of pastel color is added....... For me, the differences are dramatic. What do you think?