"Sitting Pretty" acrylics, 30 x 40, framed and available at Maple and Main Gallery $2200
Very excited to start painting large, again! It's been a while since I've worked on any large pieces but I was so inspired by a smaller plein air painting that I did a few weeks ago while on a paint out with the Madison Art Society. It's framed in an antique black frame with a small band of gold on the inside edge. It's beautifully displayed at Maple and Main Gallery and would look wonderful over a sofa or mantle.
I think this paint looks a lot better in person than in the photo I took. If you are interested, please contact Erin at Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT 860-525-6065. The show runs from July 17th to September 15th.
Thanks for viewing my art,
I was thrilled when my friend Jim asked if I could do a chicken portrait for his nephew Nolan's birthday!
Happy Birthday Nolan!
Hope it looks like Matilda!
"Painting by the Pool" oil, 8 x 10, plein air in the Pine Meadow Gardens, Southbury, CT
I had so much fun today painting at Pine Meadow Gardens in Southbury, CT today!
My friend Ellie Boyd did a wonderful job organizing this plein air painting event. I was among 8 other artists who painted the gardens in this incredible heat.
It starting on Thursday and ending on Sunday with an Garden Tour Event put on by the Southbury Land Trust. What a pleasure it was to walk the garden paths and admire the incredible landscape design and gigantic variety of plant and tree species. It was hard to decide where to set up my easel.
I chose to paint with Lorraine by the pool. Of course, once again, I opted for the view over the shade and by 1pm I was feeling a little dizzy.... unable to complete a second painting (which was my goal), I packed up and finished this one at home.... in my air conditioned studio.
Lorraine and I took a few breaks and sat on the edge of the pool while dangling or feet in the water.. aaaahhh so cool and refreshing! So if the heat keeps up... I think "Pool Painting"is where you'll find me.
P.S. the painting looks so much better than this photo.
"Chatfield Hollow Park" 8 x 10, oil, en plein air, with the Madision Art Society
It was a hot one today! Even though I was in the shade I think the temperature hit 97 degrees!
There must have been a dozen of us painting together under the shaded trees. I had never been to Chatfield Hollow Park in Killingsworth, CT. How peaceful and serene and for a Wednesday morning the beach was very quit with a few swimmers and little ones.
I will definitely go back again to paint here, I heard there's a water mill and covered bridge that I have yet to discover. Maybe I can even talk my husband into joining me... I hear the trout fishing is pretty good.
It was a bit challenging painting this scene because when I started the water was very dark with lots of reflects from across the lake but as the light shifted the water became bluer and the reflections shorter.
This is the second show I helped hang at the Maple and Main Gallery and believe it or not.. it's a lot of fun... hard work... but fun. I just love seeing all the new work ready to be hung.
Jean Dalton and Bob Spooner are responsible for the hanging and they do such a fabulous job. Two floors and close to 300 pieces of artwork!
There are of course lots of member artists on hand to help with hammers and nails.
The Opening Reception is Saturday July 20th, from 4-7pm.
Hope you all can join us!
The Show runs until September 15th.
"Patio Chickens", oil, 20 x 24, gallery wrapped canvas, available at Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT $650
I loved painting this painting of our chickens!
Unfortunately we had to give them away because our property isn't zone for having live stock. But for the short time we had them my husband dean loved taking care of them, letting the loose in the yard to eat all the bugs, ticks and crawling critters. The kids had a lot of fun naming and playing with them.
"Resting Solo", oil, 8 x 10, en plein air, Branford, CT
Dean was heading out to go crabbing in Branford this morning so I decided to join him.
It was a beautiful sunny day with just a few clouds in the sky. I set up my easel to paint the cove but after a half and hour into the painting I looked over my shoulder and there was Dean pulling his 5th crab out of the water!
He was having so much fun... I should have painted him!
I loved the way the clouds danced on top of the hillside and the bright orange chair and bucket added such interest to the scene. Maybe next time....
Yes, I do love to paint Chickens! It's funny how the more you look at them the more their character comes out... these chickens will be in the Summer 2013 Show at Maple and Main Gallery. They are framed in this really cool barn wood frame and make a wonderful set. If you are interest in purchasing one or all three please contact Erin at the gallery. 860-526-6065. The price is $145 each or all three for $395.
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