This winter, all we in New England have wanted was a shred of hope that Spring would someday be here. This interior is from a recent rare sunny day. Although the snow is still 4' deep in the yard, the path to my studio is showing a few brave blades of grass — finally!
Well, I visited New Hampshire last year, and there was no snow on the ground at the time. Now, as I've finally dug my way through waist-deep snow (with help from my neighbor and his snow blower ) to the studio, I've resumed work on several new paintings. Here's the start to an oil version of a pastel I completed and posted here recently. Work in progress, 12" x 12" Oil on panel.
We still have two feet of snow on the ground from Monday's blizzard, and we are expecting another 12 inches tonight and tomorrow. I'm not a big fan of snow, but when I can look beyond the inconvenience it brings, it can be an enjoyable subject. Here's a pastel on orange Canson paper. As yet untitled. Approx. 10 x 13. Available.
I haven't posted here in over a month. School vacation, general holiday busyness then laziness and an attempt to exchange screen time for easel time have all contributed to this hiatus. Here's a pastel I finished ( I think it's finished) yesterday. With 28 inches of new snow on the ground and more in the forecast, I thought it would be a good idea to recall a warmer time. "Daylilies, Concord, Massachusetts" pastel on paper, 11" x 16".
I changed one or two architectural features of this inn in New Hampshire in the service of the painting — the original architect is long gone so he won't care. Pastel on paper, approximately 15" x 13". I'm so happy to have some time in the studio, despite the hectic seasonal activities!
In between chopping onion and celery, and other kitchen tasks, I've been sneaking out to the studio to cut glass, drill holes, hang new work, and otherwise prep for my upcoming Holiday Open Studio, DECEMBER 6 & 7, 11 — 4. Along with my own work, there will be some fabulous pottery by my friend Karen Borg. Please plan to stop by if you're in the area. In addition to original artworks, prints and my 2015 desk calendars, there will be chocolate chip cookies made from scratch, and other goodies. In the meantime, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
"Wave II", Pastel on paper, 6" x 8". $125 framed. S O L D
A few months ago we celebrated a family birthday in what some might consider the rough-and-tumble side of town. Belle Isle, on Winthrop's waterfront, offers one of New England's finest lobster rolls in a casual, fun atmosphere reminiscent of the Southland's famed fish camps. En route to the festivities I spotted this neglected but colorful red and blue storefront, sporting a yellow hydrant to complete the primary-color triad. "On Bennington Street", 9" x 12", oil on canvas.
Some years, it's hard to adjust to the end of Daylight Saving Time, so I find myself having the first cup of coffee at the late hour of 7:30 or so. It's cold out there, so I delay the inevitable and don't venture out to the studio until I'm fortified enough to withstand the 50-ft hike. Here's a little digital piece I did on the iPad the other day, my way of warming up the creative engine in the morning. Baby's Breath, digital painting on iPad