Sunday, December 30, 2007

Winter Bird Watching

Our winter birds are primarily tree clingers, woodpeckers and finches. Their favorite food is the gooey suet seed block that leaves grease spots on the window. These two birds in balance are a Nuthatch & a Black Cap Chickadee.
Today a giant Northern 'yellow shafted' Flicker showed up to dwarf the feeder cage and grab our attention. Missed that photo!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

White still life

Now that I rediscovered painting indoors, I prepared several larger canvases with gesso & sandpaper, and laid them around the studio to dry for the second coat. When I returned to my easel, the snow outdoors and the white gesso paintings indoors created an interesting study in white. I was distracted by the beauty of the day & didn't put on a toned underpainting. The next artwork may have to be pastel.

National Grid Art Market

Just before Christmas, National Grid in Niagara Falls had an art marketplace sale that I participated in with several other artists, jewelers & crafters. This image shows three house paintings on my easel across from the display. The top Altman home painting, in its new frame-still protected in plastic-caused a bit of a traffic jam. It went to its new home for a Christmas surprise.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

Just sitting up, waiting for Santa to arrive, so I am sending my Christmas card image here to everyone in the world (wide web).
Merry Christmas.
Winter's Holly Berries, oil 16x20 

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Holding on to the sun

It is early December, and there is a dusting of snow. There's not much, but it is white.

I think this is a good time to share a beautiful paint out morning in September-as morning light & sun shadows from mature evergreens revealed to me the 'Secret Meadow' and gardens in Youngstown.
Oil 12x24

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Quaker Bonnet Eatery

My solo art show, 'Significant Growth: Before & After October Surprise' is now up at Quaker Bonnet. It is a series of 16 plein air paintings featuring the trees and scenery of western New York. The first picture shows me with Liz Kolken, owner, and the second shows my 4 foot tall plein air of Fall trees and a 24"x30" image of the same location a week later.