"Strawberry Pick'n", oil, 6x6, $85
Today is Day 4 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.
Walk Down Memory Lane
One of my favorite things to do when my kids were really little is to take them to a Rose's Berry Farm, in Glastonbury, CT. Rose's was truly like no other farm I've ever been to. Climbing this winding back road in Glastonbury to the top of the hillside you come across a typical New England Farm house with a welcome sign and "Today's Pick'n"... (you can pick: blueberries, raspberries, apples, pumpkins and even Christmas trees!). As you turn into the driveway and head down the dirt path the most spectacular vista awaits you. The rolling pastures are dotted with fruits of the season, there's a little farmhouse that sells homemade vinegars, jams and fresh baked breads... but what my kids enjoyed most was the ride on the good old-fashioned red farm truck that ran every hour out to the "pick'n fields".... I can still hear all three of my kids laughing and roaring as the truck bumped along the dirt road and their anticipation to fill their bellies along with picking a few berries was worth every precious moment. Ahh, I miss those days.
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Hope you join me on this 30 day painting challenge... you can sign-up for these blog posts to be delivered right in your inbox... just look for the email sign-up box in the right column. Feel free to comment below and share either your favorite places and/or things to do in CT or... Have you ever been to Rose's Berry Farm in Glastonbury? or perhaps you have a favorite place to pick strawberries , please share, I would love to hear your story.
Pomegranate, 6 x 6, oil on gesso board
There are several reasons why I chose to paint a pomegranate this morning for the first painting in a new series I'm titling: Thankfulness.
My sincere intentions this holiday season is to seek out the joy of the memories and moments of my life that I'm so thankful for and what better time than to reflect on this time of year from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
In Christianity, pomegranates were featured in paintings of Mary and the baby Jesus by the likes of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, as symbols of the resurrection and everlasting life.
So for me, my first painting is humbly painted with gratitude and thankfulness to the one who created and saved me... and gave me this talent to be shared with others.
Watermelon and Pink Ribbon, 12 x 9, oil on canvas
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
For breast cancer awareness month, Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, CT put out a call for artist to enter their “In the Pink” Juried Show. Running for Oct 3, 2012 - No?
I submitted three of my pink ribbon series painting and one was accepted! I was thrilled to be apart of this show.
Taking a Ride
This morning Dean and I took a scenic ride along route 80 to Ivoryton,CT to drop off the Watermelon and Pink Ribbon Painting.
The sun was shining and a crisp clear sky hinted to the beginning of a colorful fall season ahead of us. I’ve always loved fall since I was a little girl. I can remember so anxiously wanting to help rake the leaves into a big pile, (a pile taller than me... but that wasn’t saying much because the neighborhood kids called me smidge) in the front yard and then running and jumping in them! I still can remember my dad patiently raking the pile back to it’s original height and we’d get a running start and scream our way to the leave pile. I get the biggest kick out my own kids repeating my childhood... I guess it’s inevitable - kids and leaves piles.... a color- filled explosion of fun!
Peaches and Sunflowers, oil on canvas 9 x 12 available
Today's painting I chose to sit outside on our patio. It was a challenge because the afternoon sun kept hiding behind some very large rain clouds. I managed to finish painting and close up my easel just before the rain started.
Shhhhh..... it's a secret for now... I'll be make an announcement soon... but just to let you know Dean and I are planning a big Tent Sale in a few weeks. We just sent up the big white tent today...
It's going to be a CHRISTMAS in JULY SALE!
Lots and Lots of artwork for sale at amazing prices!
and Dean's planning to cooking all afternoon on the grill for some tasty treat.. don't hold me to it but I think he's going to cook his awesome BBQ ribs...
I'll keep you posted...
Piled High for the 4th of July, oil on canvas 8 x 10 available
Happy 4th of July!
Well if you couldn't tell I love to paint strawberries!
When they're under the spot light of my art lamp I can really smell that strawberry scent.... I think it's so hot that they might be cooking!
One of my favorite memories with my kids is to go strawberry picking every year. When we lived together in Glastonbury there were several berry picking farms but our favorite was Rose's Berry Farm. It was so picturesque tucked in a little valley very... Connecticut... very New England. We'd drive down a long driveway and hop on the big farm truck that drove us through the winding road back to the strawberry patch... or blueberry or raspberry. We would spend an hour or so filling up our long flat tray up to the very top... the kids would pick one...eat one.. pick one... eat one... and we would all go back with pink fingers, lips and teeth and a very full belly! What fabulous memories... I hope my kids remember those days too...
On my way into BJ's yesterday for just a few things... ha ha who am I kidding.
In front of me was a bin of watermelons. I looked closely and notice the pink ribbon logo. So upon investigation I found the website below is a sponsor of Breast Cancer Awareness.. makes sense... think pink... watermelon... that's today's inspiration.
This painting wil be on display and available for purchase at our ART GATHERING Friday night at Main Street Cafe in Cheshire, CT
Hope you can join us!
Well my first art opening is coming up this Friday at the Main Street Caffe in Cheshire and I'm a bit nervous. I sent out the invites, posted it on Facebook and started to panic that I didn't have enough artwork to show. I know silly me... but this is how my mind works. I got up at 3:30am headed for the refrigerator and there was a fresh package of strawberries just screaming out "paint me, paint me!"
Really? It's the middle of the night should everyone be sleeping?
Well... needless to say.... I wash the strawberries arranged them on the new pink striped kitchen towel Veronica and I picked out at Ikea on Friday night... and the rest was history.
I'll be bringing this painting to the show on Friday even if the paint doesn't dry in time... how much fresher can it be off the easel....;)
Hope you can join us... it's from 5-7pm
209 W. Main Street, Cheshire CT
It's a little tricky to find but look for the clock out front that says "Coffee" on it ...
by the way... Main Street Cafe not only has great food and coffee but the gifts - jewelry, scarfs, coffee mugs are worth checking out!
Hope to see you there!
I rescued these flowers from our garden today. We had a terrible rain storm and the peonies bush just flattened to the ground. The flowers lost their familiar bowl shape and the petals bent back to the point I couldn't even recognized that they were peonies!
I've been waiting anxiously for the cherries to appear in the produce section of our local Big Y and sure enough, yesterday they were on sale for only $ 45 a pound! Just kidding... It just felt that expensive when the cashier rang them up and the total was at least $15 more than what I usually pay!
Just a little side note: When I was a kid I loved the humor of Erma Bombeck. Not really sure why? Maybe it helped mold me into the mom I am today. Her wit and humor about family life, raising kids and living in the suburbs made me laugh... even if I was only 12 years old. One book she wrote titled " If Life is a bowl of Cherries, what am I doing in the pit? was a favorite of mine.
Here's another quote that so fits my life today... just ask my step daughter Allison....
“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
― Erma Bombeck
Erma Bombeck is timeless and her wit is priceless.. (in my opinion)
Think Pink, oil on canvas, 9 x 12
Pink ribbon, pink grapefruit and pink depression glass... so many different shades of pink coming together on one canvas.
The inspiration for this painting came from a visit to the gym yesterday. It was late in the afternoon, I ran into my friend Hannah, we chatted for a few minutes and off I went to workout on the elipical... that’s when the creative ideas started circulating....
If you’ve been following my journal/blog I create six paintings at the beginning of March in honor of Hannah. I met Hannah over a year ago at our church and it was just this January Hannah was diagnosed with breast cancer. What shocking news, especially consider that Hannah is only in her 30’s and in excellent physical condition (she’s a runner).
A large group of women at our church got together after service and prayed for Hannah and I have to say it was such a powerful experience. It touched me in a way that I wanted to reach out to Hannah, let her know how much I cared, but didn’t have the words to say it... so I painted it instead. One painting lead to the next with the pink ribbon woven into each still life..... it just felt happy, joyful and hopeful.. well, at least that’s what I was trying convey.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Hannah.
Red Apple and Plant, oil on gessoboard, 6 x 6
So now that all the fresh cut flowers have wilted and the only thing left in my house that’s green and living besides the mystery meal in the tupperware container in the back of my refrigerator... you know the one everyone in the family just pushes around hoping that someone else will be brave enough to open, make a discussing face and then throw out...
was this Pothos plant I picked up 2 weeks ago at the grocery store. I’m quite surprised that its still alive consider, one, I don’t really have a green thumb and two, our cat, Jac, just loves to nibble on any green leafy plant he can get his paws on.
So why haven’t I been in my studio for almost five days, you ask?
A couple of reasons. First, I’ve been studying, going to workshops, watching video tutorials and attending webinars on art marketing. There’s so much wonderful information on the web and many different organizations are seeing the need to help artists develop and grow their business and sell more art... so they can paint more.
One of my latest addictions is listening to a blog talk radio show called, "Artists Helping Artists".( Links listed below.) Leslie Saeta and her co-host Dreama Tolle Perry, two very talented artists and savvy business women. They are the number one Artist Blog Talk Radio Show and offer innovative, up-to-date information on how to grow your art business. They also interview well-known artists. If you're an artist and want to grow your business... this is one of the best... BY FAR.... places to help you do just that.
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