30 x 36inch on gallery wrapped canvas.
Sides are finished. Wired and ready to hang.
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This painting is based off of a plein air piece I did one evening while my husband Dean was fishing at Stony Creek, Branford, CT. A favorite place for us to just hang out and relax after a long week of work. Only minutes from our home, we often take an afternoon walk along the trolley trail or just grab a bit to eat and sit down by the water to watch the sunset.
It was busy this evening, we could smell the fresh baked pizza pies from the Market across the street. Folks were filling up the grassy area with lawn chairs and coolers. Chatting away and enjoying each others company. The children played in the sandy beach and splashed in the water.
I tucked myself away on the other side of the gazebo, down near the water in a small sand bar. As the tide shifted from high to low more rock formations appeared. As the sun dropped lower in the sky the bright pinks, oranges and yellows peaked through the soft hazy purple clouds.
I could see in the distance the lights of the coastal homes flicker on as the evening progressed. It's early September now and the days are getting shorter as the fall season approaches. Sunrise is a little later each day and sunset a little earlier. But no matter how long or short the day is, taking the time to enjoy a gorgeous sunset brings a sense of tranquility and peace to my soul.
When I asked my husband, what should I name this piece? He quickly replied Tides are Changing. Hmmm... I like that! Now that was easy. That's not always the case though, naming a painting can be very challenging. Trying to condense all those thoughts and ideas of what this painting is to convey in just a few words can be tricky.
For my husband, he likes to think more literally. That was exactly what was happening when I painted the plein air study. But for me the title Tides are Changing has an even greater meaning.
This year has been a year like no other. Who could have ever predicted all that has happened in our Country and around the world in 2020. Without getting into the details and rabbit trailing to the negative, I want to focus on the beautiful things that can transpire from something so damaging.
How we as humans can go through such distressing times where things are turned upside down and we're in the middle of a storm yet we make it, one day at time, one foot in front of the other. Where we can look back and say that's behind us and instead we fix our eyes on what's ahead.
We can feel the shift in our spirit, that as the day closes we can say, we've made it through another day. And as each one of these days fills the calendar pages our confidence is found not in anything we have done but when we put it in the hands of our Creator. The one who loves us. Who cares about us and who is there for us. All we have to do is search for Him and he is there.
We ride on the wave of hope knowing that there is God of Universe who is for us and not against us. Yes the tides are changing and it's for the good. Faith over fear.
This painting and two others will be featured in an upcoming show at Friends and Company Restaurant in Madison CT. Sept 9 - October 19, 2020.
I've asked 7 of my artist friends to join me in a Plein Air Art Show based on our Wednesday Morning Plein Air Group with the Madison Art Society. Each week a few of us would gather together to paint at various locations along the coast and surrounding towns.
We will be holding a Paint Out and Demo for a Show Reception on Sunday Sept 13, from 3-6pm - All are welcome to join us. To see the rest of the show and enjoy a meal at Friends and Company it's best to call the restaurant for reservations.
Address: Friends and Company Restaurant
11 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT
Thank you for being apart of my art journey - hope to see you at the show!
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I painted this piece en plein air in two sessions with finishing details in the studio.
One of my favorite places to paint is on the Guilford Green in Guilford, CT. It's truly a classic New England town setting with churches, the library, town hall and quaint shops that line the parameter of the large grassy green.
There are several restaurants in the area that offer outdoor seating and a really cool hardware store that has everything in it! I've seen folks gathering on the grass of the green for their book clubs meetings or discussion groups, parents bring their kids to ride their bikes around and even yoga classes on the green.
It was early on Wednesday morning in July I was out with the Madison Art Society Plein air painters for our weekly paint out. I walked all around until I found this spot. I just love the way the trees cast an interesting shape shadow on the yellow Mix Design Storefront. And the peak through to the red barn like gallery in the back, which is now BSK designs.
As the morning moved on toward noon time more folks were out strolling around. I would quickly pull out my camera and snap some shots for reference photos. I also loved the way the red door, red barn and the red heart signs on the lawn lead the eye around the piece. But my favorite part of the painting, are the two golden retriever dogs.
I love to add pups into the painting along with their owners. It just brings such joy when a piece like this comes together with the structure of the architecture, the light, shadows and the details of people and their pets.
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Here's a few additional photos of the painting in a frame and in an interior
Upcoming Show News!!
Sooooo excited to announce an upcoming Show!!
Finally! After so many months of shows cancelled, events postpones and this restriction or that restriction we have the green light to have an ART SHOW! Whoa!
As you can see I'm super excited because I've been painting along with the Madison Art Society plein air painters the past few months and we've been working hard to continue to paint scenes of our beautiful Connecticut. We meet up every week on Wednesday mornings at different locations and paint together.
Now we have a wonderful opportunity to show our work at Friends and Company restaurant establishment in Madison.
The show will start September 9th and run until October 19th -
And.... we're organizing a Sunday Afternoon Paint Out Reception on the grounds of Friends and Company. Restaurants are require to take reservations because they are only allowed half capacity because of the Covid restrictions but Friends and Company has a beautiful patio with umbrellas for shade. It's best to make reservations early.
I'll share more details in the upcoming posts and in my newsletter - if you're not on the newsletter - click here to join - stay in the loop!
Thanks so much for being apart of this art journey - I hope it inspires you -
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Today my friend and student Lisa had our second plein air painting lesson.
We joined the Lyme Art Association Plein Air Group on Tiffany Farm in Lyme, CT. The farm was once one of the largest dairy farms in Connecticut. This iconic farm has been in the family since 1848. According to the Tiffany Farm website, in 2017 the dairy cows were sold and then in November the almost full silo fell. The farm now provides the best beef around (so I've been told) and a Saturday morning farmers market with a nice selection of local farmers and vendors sell their goods. We'll definitely need to return to purchase some beef and check out the garden flowers and vegetables.
The cows weren't out that day.
It was very hot but we found a nice place in the shade to paint.
I decide the painting needed a friendly face of a cow standing by the gate so I painted it in when I returned to my studio.
A few years ago I painted a series of farm scenes and farm animals. It became an obsession of mine. I would drive around looking for different farms to paint.
New England and especially Connecticut have some of the most interesting farms. Perhaps because these farms have been around for years and probably passed down from generation to generation, you'll find all sorts of stuff on these farms,
Yes, the classic old tractors and farm equipment, weathered barns and haystacks. But some will have rundown cars, rickety boats, an old bath tub or sink. You just never know when you show up to paint what you'll find. It's always a surprise!
At Tiffany Farms, all the painters stayed close to the road and side property so we really weren't able to peruse the property. There was construction going on that we might be interfering with. There was plenty of subject matter right from where we were standing. So we settled under a huge tree next to the side of the main white house. I could see a John Deere tractor near one of the barns behind the house, something I've been wanting to paint for years, perhaps another day.
It's fun exploring new places and seeing all the incredible beauty Connecticut has to offer.
Thanks for reading my blog - hope you get a change to explore your area!
framing option and in room setting
Looking for a larger size of this painting? Contact me, I would be happy to paint a custom painting like in the photo above or custom prints is another option. Original art just makes each room in the house special and unique.
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