My first trip to the Lavender farm and I was so amazed at how beautiful and peaceful this place is. It's a 25 acre farm that grows lavender plants. But that's not all... they make lavender oil and from that they have fragranced a huge variety of charming gifts and products.... all with the intention to relax and stay calm!
The first time out here I came with the Madison Art Society we were just a little bit early for the full bloom season. So I began my painting, blocking in the shapes and the gazebo with full intentions of returning a few weeks later.
My friend Patty and I have been painting together for a few years now. We headed out around 9:30am on Friday morning. We arrived about 20 minutes later - walked around, checked out the shop and found a cool place under a shady tree.
I brought this painting back with me just to pop in the violets and bluish-purples of full blooming lavender plants. When I was here the first time the day was slightly overcast. The dark tree line in the distance gave a nice backdrop for the gazebo architecture. I was debating to put a few people in the painting but for now I'll just assume they are laying down in the fields.... relaxing of course!
Definitely planning a trip back again soon!
11 x 14" oil on canvas
coated with protective varnish
$425 + tax and shipping
click here to purchase
Lavender Pond Farm website
Today's plein air class was with my one student Marilyn. I met Marilyn and her husband Joel last year at my husband’s cooking class on April 12 - Easy for me to remember that date because it’s my birthday and my husband Dean’s birthday and…. Joel’s birthday too! Dean taught us how to make homemade pizza that night and we finished off the evening with a triple wish birthday cake. Such fond memories of a wonderful night.
The first Plein Air class was scheduled for the previous day but unfortunately was cancelled due to severe thunderstorms and heavy rain. My small group class was then split in two with one student on Friday and two on Saturday. Our first location for the season took place at Elizabeth Park which is on the West Hartford/ Hartford Line.
Marilyn and I walked around the park. Sketched for about 30 minutes and then settled in on a place in the shade. We were fortunate that it remained shady until we packed up around 1:30pm. A sprinkling of visitors came by, politely asked permission to see what we were painting. Followed by a brief conversation and then back to work.
Apparently Elizabeth Park draws folks from all over the state and beyond. We met a nice group from Barkhemstead, Maine, Virginia and New Jersey. A few even asks permission to take a photo of our paintings… which was very flattering. Even when our paintings were still in the middle stages and without the flowers!
Here’s my piece. Not sure if I’m calling it finished or not… might need a little adjustments before varnishing. Looking forward to a second session at Elizabeth Park today.
Chester Winter Carnivale, oil, 11 x 14" $225 unframed, email me if you are interested in purchasing
3" gold leaf frame available for additional $75
So happy to be back posting on my blog. I've been very busy these days with the Corks and Canvas Painting Parties. I love teaching and the parties are the perfect combination of sharing my knowledge with offering a night of fun and relaxation for those who want to paint but not sure where to begin.
However, It also feels good to balance out the teaching and parties with time in my studio working on my own pieces. This painting was started and almost (95%) completed back in February.
I joined a couple of my fellow artists at Maple and Main Gallery on an all day paint out during the town wide Chester Winter Carnivale. Although the sun was shining, it was still very cold outside. Cold enough for the ice sculptures not to melt. Lot's of people, great food and even a tractor pull right down Main Street!
I was able to put the finishing touches on this painting today and so happy to share it here on my blog. I thought today would be a great day to post this snowy winter scene since we actually had snow on the ground this morning when I woke up! Yes, snow on April 16th! How crazy is that! It didn't last long and I doubt we'll get any more... but those poor crocuses in my garden must be so confused!
Here's a few photos from the Winter Carnivale
Thank you for viewing my work!
Dean made a delicious pear pie to bring to my brother and sister-in-law's house yesterday. The recipe is really simple, very similar to apple but with added vanilla extract … it's has a taste of it's own.
Of course we were running late, nothing unusual for me, but this time it "wasn't my fault" :)
I parked on the street outside of Maple and Main Gallery in Chester and while I was inside for a marketing meeting, someone hit the back of my car, well, technically my dad's truck who's letting me borrow for a few months while he's in Florida.
I came outside, there was a note on a small piece of paper under the wiper blade.
That said, "I hit your car, here's my info!" What a way to start the new years!
So needless to say I had to made that dreadful call to my dad…
"Uh… Hi Dad… How's it going? How's Florida? Is it warm?… I have something to tell you.."
and as I spoke those words I was transported back to 1985 when I had to make that dreaded call to my dad after I insisted on taking our classic mustang "out for a spin" around town
and the brakes gave out…
it was a miracle that I coasted down a long busy main road in Fairfield without getting hit or running into anyone…
through a super busy intersection and stopped inches from the front window of a gas station.
The owner came running out of the garage, yelling at me…
only to find out I lost the brakes on the car and he so kindly said…
"do you want to call your dad?" oh the memories…
Well, back to the pear pie story, so after the phone call to my dad, Dean and I got in our car and headed to Fairfield to see my brother and sister-in-law.
Halfway there we realized we forgot the pie!
And to make matters worse… Pear pie is one of my sister-in-law Gail's new favorites…
If you would like the pear pie recipe… it's on our new blog Full Plate Colorful Palette… click here.
Day 3 was sweet, literally and figuratively speaking… I enjoyed painting this still life and then enjoyed the smoothie afterwards. Do you remember the York Peppermint Patty commercials when the actress bit into the cool minty chocolate candy they closed their eyes and were transported to top of Mount Everest?
Well this was the same but just the opposite. What do I mean? Well, here in the Northeast the temperatures have dropped to the teens today and with snow blanketing the ground…. baby it's cold outside! I'm inside with my cube heater blowing nice warm, dry air I lean back in my kitchen chair, take a sip of my smoothie, closes my eyes and magically I'm transported to a beach chair on Key West, Florida…
How did that happen? I'm glad you asked… it's our secret ingredient that made the tropical daydream come true….
What is the secret ingredient? I'm so glad you asked….
I'd tell you but that would ruin the surprise…
just click here to go to our new blog… Full Plate Colorful Palette to find out for yourself….
Happy New Year Everyone!
Just a few hours into the new year and I'm ready to go! Lots of new and exciting projects on the horizon and to start it off I'd like to welcome you to our latest creative endeavor. As many of you know my husband Dean just finished up his first semester in Culinary School and preparing for the next semester to begin. Together we decide to combine our talents to create a joint blog. A place where Dean can share his new recipes, cooking and baking tips, educational videos, interviews and so much more… plus and I can share my artwork.
The blog is called….
Full Plate Colorful Palette
It's still in the infancy stage right now. We are adding to it daily… hope you get a chance to check it out and give us your feedback… And if you have any recipes or cooking/baking tips you would like to share please post a comment. Feel free to share this with your friends and family…
So for the next 30 Days I will be painting a painting a day in Leslie Saeta's 30 Day Painting Challenge and Dean will be adding a blog post on what's happening in the kitchen. Hope you join us for this creative culinary and art adventure!
Linda and Dean
Full Plate Colorful Palette Blog
Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge Blog
I truly enjoyed getting lost in this painting yesterday. Applying a new technique called "fracturing" and laying on thick colorful paint gives this painting both energy and stillness combined.
Old World Classic meets New School Technique… so how should I frame this one? Suggestions are welcomed… should I frame it with a classic ornate gilded gold frame or a contemporary frame design? Choices, choices, choices… please chime in and tell me what you think.
This painting will be on exhibit and for sale at our Holiday Show at Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art in Chester, CT.
Opening Night is Friday Nov. 15 from 5-8pm ….
please join us for an evening of Art, Conversation and Nibbles!
Yesterday, Cindy Stevens and I met up with over a dozen other Madison Art Society artists at Harkness Park in Waterford, CT.
What an amazing place! I had never been there before and I was overwhelmed with the beauty and variety of gorgeous vignettes. There was a Mansion, Carriage House, Carriage House Gardens, at least three formal gardens with sculpture and a pagoda, a lavender/ garden with iron gates and when you turn around you get an ocean view, marshes and beaches.... simply amazing. I was to say the least overwhelmed so I decided to take lots of photos and sketch for most of the day. After reviewing my photos this morning I knew I had to paint one scene so I decide on this beach scape. There were a few people relaxing in sand chairs and a couple were fishing for bass. The seagulls scurried along the water's edge.
This painting is unframed and available for purchase for $225.
Click here to purchase it through Daily Paintworks
Fenway belongs to Emily Merriam and her family.
Here's what Emily had to say,
"OMG, I love the painting!! I don't really have any funny stories about him yet because he is only a pup.. However, I can tell you that he is truly amazing!!! He is so Mello, like an old dog trapped in a puppy's body! We are truly in love with him.
He is from a breeder in Massachusetts...I took my boys to their first Red Sox game and ended up going to browse a litter of pups.. Well you know how that goes; I ended up leaving a dog owner.... That's how we got our FENWAY...."
Thank you Emily for sending so many adorable photos of Fenway... I want to paint them all!
I have joined in with over 240 other artists on fellow artist Leslie Saeta's blog. click here to link to the challenge.
Thanks to everyone who have sent me cute dog photos! I'm having a great time painting and hearing about all these sweet companions.
If I get to the end of the challenge and I haven't painted your dog. I will try to continue the challenge until all the dogs are painted and only one dog per owner. I might not be able to paint one everyday... I know I'll need a break at the end of this challenge, but I will keep the dog series going.
Each painting is painted on either 8 x 10 inch or 8 x 8 inch canvas board with quality oil paints and varnished. The price is $140 + (shipping and CT sales tax). Unframed.
with much gratitude,
"Walking Together" oil, 11 x 14
The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge is only 3 days away!
3 more adorable photos came in today. Which makes 13 total. Still looking for more cute dog photos. Feel free to forward this post onto friends or family that might have a cute dog photo to share. They can email me their photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
This painting reminds me of the dachshund we had when I was growing up. "Choo-choo" was his name. I can remember the day my parents brought him home. They put him on a few pieces of newspaper spread out on the kitchen floor.
My brother and I shouted out names while my mom just calmly repeated " No, I think we should call him Max".
"Snoopy!" I cried.
"No, Max is a good name," my mom replied.
Undecided on a name the whole family left the kitchen and went into the living room. Calling out different names to see if he would respond to any of them.
Nothing. Not a peep.
A few minutes later, our newest family member poked his head out into dining room while the other half of his little body was still remained in the kitchen.
That's when, my brother, Mickey, said "Choo-Choo. He's longer than a train!"
So that's how Choo-choo got his name.
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with much gratitude,
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