A beautiful day with my husband at Chaffinch Island in Clinton, CT.
This painting is framed in a beautiful silver frame and is available at Maple and Main Gallery in Chester, CT.
The Summer 2013 Show runs July 17th through September 15, 2013.
Hope you can make it to the show... so many wonderful works of art by 37 CT artists!
"Garden View, Field View Farms, Orange, CT" oil 11 x 14
Plein air painting with my friend Stephanie was such a delightful surprise today!
Stephanie and I planned to meet up at Field View Farm in Orange, CT to paint the cows in the field. However when we got there the cows were all inside and the fields were being plowed by the workers.
Ugh, nothing inspiring to paint... until we poked our heads through a cluster of hedges only to find this magnificent garden!
Bunny Hines is the owner of the farm and creator of this colorful garden oasis! With a quick change of plans we asked Bunny if we could paint her garden and she so kindly agreed. Stephanie was smart to set up her easel under the big shady tree. But for me, I sacrificed the cool shade for this striking view down the center path.
Afterwards, I purchase from their farm stand a gallon of their whole milk and a large container of yogurt. I opted for the milk in the old fashion glass milk bottle with the idea of including this really cool bottle into a still life painting back in my studio.
It was a wonderful day, a few twists and turns but all it all I was very happy. Much thanks to Stephanie my painting buddy and Bunny!
"Grazing Together" oil, 11 x 14, en plein air, East End Farm, Cheshire, CT available at Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT $345
I just loved painting this picturesque horse farm in Cheshire, CT. My friend Pam boards two of her horse here and we came by in the early spring to check out the scene.
It was a beautiful morning when I showed up. The horses were out in the pasture and the other farm animals were in their pens. They have two adorable billy goats, chickens, two donkeys, two cats and two gigantic Clydesdale horses.... plus 18 horses!
As I was walking around taking pictures this funny little cat wanted my attention so desperately it kept jumping up on the fence in front of me blocking my view and meowing so loudly. A few minutes after I set up my easel in the back, a little bunny hopped up the dirt path and sat 10 feet away just wiggling it's nose and watch me with those big black eyes. A beautiful day on the farm... looking forward to going back soon.
Ginger Iris, oil 11 x 14, available
Beautiful yellow ochre iris' are growing in our garden right now. I've never seem an iris this particular color before.
I tried out the fractured technique again and muted my palette down.
It rained most of the day today which caused these already droopy flowers to bend over and touch the ground.
Hoping the rest of these stunning iris' in our garden will bounce back tomorrow after the rain has stopped.
Im looking forward to painting outside tomorrow.
New App Helps with Choosing Color Palette
I found this app a few months ago after reading an article in a home decoration magazine. I downloaded it to my iphone and occasionally I would play around with it.
It wasn't until this morning that I linked the two ideas together. That is, using this new technology to help evaluate and hopefully improve on creating color harmony within my artwork. For example, the colors yellow and purple are complimentary colors on the color wheel. (that means they are opposites and buy adding the third color which orange is next to yellow it creates color balance.
Plus, I can see this app as a very useful tool when painting a custom piece based on an existing color scheme of an interior. There are two schools of thinking when choosing artwork to be hung in a residence or commercial. One is, Art is Art and it doesn't have to match your couch. If you love it, buy it. And the other thinking is, Art is one of many elements in a room's decor and it should harmonize with the theme and the rest of the color palette.
For me, I can go either way. Sometimes I enjoy painting a picture purely for the subject and other times I paint with a specific intention of where this painting will be hung.
I can now see how valuable this new tool can be for both the artist and designer in me.
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