Harbor Street View, Branford, CT , acrylics, 24 x 36", gallery-wrapped, available
We finally made the move! We are now officially Branford residents! Just a few short weeks ago we were packing and toting boxes, wrapping and donating lots and lots of stuff. We made the leap over the Hwy 91 headed just a slight southeast on the CT map and landed in Branford, CT.
I really could have said "I told you so" back a few years ago because Branford has been one of my favorite places to paint and meet up with friends for hmmmmm.... 6 years! As the calendar year turned the corner from end of winter to early spring I could feel the itch to head down to Branford. Soon the town green will be cascading pink from the dozens of cherry blossom trees that run up and down Main Street. The boats will appear back in the harbor and their white plastic covers will cast aside.
This painting is of Harbor Street in Branford, CT. It went through a few stages and modifications but I have to say, I'm thrilled with the end results. The first time Dean drove down this road a few years ago, I knew someday I would paint this scene. It's been in my mind for a while. A few times Dean would park the car just off to the left side of the road and fish. I would stroll down Harbor Street snapping photos for reference. I loved the charming old New England homes with friendly porches or decorative architectural details from an era past.
I took a few artistic liberties in this piece, added the cars, changed the color of the houses and added a porch... that's the beauty of painting... as I continually remind my students... and myself.
My vision was to capture Branford's charm and coastal feel with vibrant colors and an all around feeling of a welcoming shoreline neighborhood. Although Harbor Street appears to be a direct and fairly straight route from Maple Street when you look at a map, the drive is quite different. It has just enough curve in the road to offer a welcoming surprise as you round the bend. You could even miss the water if you had your head down looking at your phone ( that was me). So I had to catch it on the way back.. and that's the view that one would see as they make their way back to town from Branford Point.
For us, it's only a mile away from our new place.. so excited to be such close proximity to so many beautiful places to paint!
So happy to share with you my vision of our new hometown - Branford!
What an honor and privilege to work with Lisa Leonardi and her crew The Room Doctor of Madison, CT, to be apart of the home staging for an exquisite luxury home in Deep River - “ Breezy Day on Griswold Point” - rests on the rustic wood mantle of this fieldstone fireplace in the second more intimate living room. -Decorated in earthy neutrals with lots of textural elements to touch.
-and the second painting - “ Autumn Swing” hangs above the mahogany fireplace in the game room - next blog post will be about this painting - ...
Here's the link to the zillow listing to see this amazing home and how Lisa and her crew tackled this sizable project.
September 8-9, 2018 - On the Green- Glastonbury Art Show - Booth #34B
September 22-23 - Introduction to Plein Air Painting Workshop, Cheshire, CT
September 28 - Oct 1, 2018 - Arts Escape Fundraiser Art Show, Southbury, CT
October 5-8,2018 - Fall Gathering of Artist, Litchfield, CT
click here for more info on shows
plus weekly class in Cheshire and Southbury - click here for more info on website
"Mystic Schooners", oil, 6x6, $85 click on image to purchase
Today is Day 2 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
Over the past year I've taken so many shots of places, events, people and things all around Connecticut and I'm looking forward to sharing these inspirations with you.
Springtime in Mystic
Last April my husband Dean and I took an overnight trip to Mystic, CT as a shared birthday present (we both have the same birthday April 12, but one year apart. He's older :)
We stayed in the beautiful Old Mystic Inn Bed and Breakfast ( I'll share more about the Inn in a future painting/post) and made our way out for an evening of delicious dining and fun in downtown Mystic, CT.
Here's a shot I took while we were strolling alone the main street downtown. We explored the enchanting little shops and boutiques, stopped in for a bite to eat, fresh oysters and fried calamari, and to our surprise found a "Pirate Party" fundraiser going on at the Mystic Art Center with a band, more great food and lots of silent auction items to bid on! Oh and I can't forget the place was swarming with lots of colorful and animated Pirates... these folks really know how to play the part of their seafaring village!
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