Sunday, November 29, 2009

Outdoor paintings in Fall

Fall started out cold & rainy, but most of the leaves stayed up to change color slow enough to paint them. These two paintings were blessed moments in the 'church of nature' on completely different days. Laurene Buckley's backyard on Lake Ontario was cold & threatening, but a warm lunch by the fire was promised. It's so nice to paint with friends, I stood on a huge flat rock-with my french easel-nestled against the cliff as critters climbed around the crevices. The biggest chipmunk I ever saw.....fat orange tail......Marian Granfield painted up above & missed all the nutty action.

The second painting is in Buckhorn. I keep trying to capture my favorite tree, but it is sinking into the marsh & didn't have the majesty it deserves on this day, so I looked East to the woods. Love my own juicy brushwork here!

Fall paintings give me the opportunity to use colors we don't see much during the rest of the year. What a wonderful November! Two solid weeks of sunshine.

West from Old Lake Road, 10x14 oil, 2009
Buckhorn Meadow Creek in Fall, oil 11x14, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

IPAP paintings slide show

The link above is for the International Plein Air Painters website. It is a great place for me-I have made friends & connections with artists around the world & our message board contains workshops, news & comments about artist issues. Jacq Baldini, the IPAP 'leader' has posted a series of paintings by members; it runs on the front page of the website, starting with the green & black logo. It's a great representation of plein air artists, around the world, including my 'Dam Leaves in Elma' oil painting. Enjoy! If you go to the website, you won't need to click anything, it loads itself.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November 21 invitation

On Saturday, November 21 I will have an art open house from 11:00 am until 5:30 pm at my Grand Island studio. It has been exciting getting ready as I will have artwork displayed by subject-boats & lighthouses, fruits & flowers, local landscape and Niagara Falls.

Because the 2010 calendar features 12 new Niagara Falls paintings, I painted plein air in the park often over the past year & have a variety of oil & pastel Falls area paintings that will be shown for the first time. I'm looking forward to seeing them together myself.

In addition, I have new beautifully matted prints in two sizes & the 2010 calendars. I invite you & your friends to see my new paintings & perhaps get an idea for yourself or a gift for a special event in the future. All original art is discounted 20% in the studio and, of course, it is all 'Made In the USA'.

If you would like to come but are busy on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the studio is always open by appointment. Please share this invitation with others who may be interested in seeing the new paintings.

Solo in Youngstown, 9.5 x 12.5, pastel 2009