Wednesday, November 29, 2017

68. Progress in Maine

An update on the our progress in Maine.  The renovations on our farmhouse are ongoing!  Here is an action shot taken on October 7.  We removed a window in the wall (you can see the new infill framing behind me) It should have been such an easy project!  Unfortunately we discovered that the the window had been installed without flashing and that someone had covered over rot with new siding.  So we uncovered, re-framed, re-sheathed and re-sided the wall, pretty much the entire wall,up to the top.  I have no idea why we did not discover mold. 

We took out the lower window (in the basement) and insulated that wall.  We rebuilt the door and added a layer if insulation in it as well.  We also poured two new grade beams replacing portions of a rotten perimeter beam.  23 bags of concrete!   I am very good at mixing concrete now...not a skill that I was really seeking!  In the photo you can seek that Lee spot primnes over the nails, but we ran out of weather warm enough to paint the exterior.  While it is still getting up into the 50's, it is not warm enough to paint.

We have also installed new kitchen cabinet - the counters will be delivered on Friday.  It will be very nice to have a sink and functioning range again.  As I write, Lee is framing the master closet.  This afternoon we will hang sheetrock.  Needless to day, I have not had much time to paint!

Monday, September 18, 2017

66. Boothbay Harbor Painting event

A few weeks ago, I painted at a 7 day plein-aire painting event in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  It was a great event!  I painted several paintings a day - it was so beautiful there, inspiration was around every corner.  

I was not sure that I was ready to participate in such a demainding painting event so soon after moving, but I decided that I would regret it if I didn't.  So I dove in!  I had set several deliberate goals for myself.  I wanted to find beautiful places to paint, maybe even some that I would be willing to drive back to once the festival was over.  Ocean Point definitely fit that bill - I painted there 3 different times and sold one of them!  I wanted to meet other artists in the area and hopefully find a group to paint with.  I did meet a lot of other artists and have found 2 groups that I can paint with - so happy!  I wanted to paint thing s that I normally don't paint - so boats, rocks, and houses.  As you can see - I did paint some rocks and houses!  Here are some of my favorite paintings from my week in Boothbay Harbor!
Fog at Ocean Point, 11x14  

Before the Rain, 12x12

Rising Tide, 8x10

Afternoon with Zinnias, 7x12

Wisteria Welcome 11x14

Thursday, August 24, 2017


After years of planning, dreaming and saving, we have moved to Maine!  We have been here about 7 weeks now, and while there is still so much to do, I am starting to feel lighter.  We bought an old farm house (1850!) that definitely needs work (a lot of work!!) but is habitable.  The renovations on the house and barn have begun!

My goal for this new life is to paint more than I was able to in Maryland and to focus on the business side of being an artist.  I had planned to start slowly, but I found several opportunities to participate in art events and to exhibit my work here, so I decided to jump in!  Some events have been more successful than others - but I have sold paintings at every event, found beautiful new places to paint and have met other artists.  So I am glad that I found the courage to step forward and join in.

Here are some of my favorite recent paintings!
 Golden Light 11x14

Ready for Ice Cream  8x10

Perennial Border 8x10 SOLD

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

64. Poppies on a June Day

"Poppies on a June Day"
30" x 30"  

I just learned that this painting has been accepted into a juried show at the crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore - ad the image will be on the invitation!  So exciting!

 This is one of my favorite paintings has the looseness that I am striving for in the my paintings (but don't always achieve). 

Friday, November 18, 2016

63. Fall Color

"Fall Color"
8x10, oil on linen panel

We have had great weather this Autumn!  And so I have been trying to paint outside as much as possible.  This time of the year, the trees have an amazing variety of edges and such a rich assortment of colors.  It becomes a challenge to balance out all of the reds and ranges with some strategic greens and dark accents.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

62. Quiet Places

"Quiet Places"

It is raining today, and it seemed like a good day to paint in the studio.  I am trying to get work ready for some Christmas shows.  So, the first thing that I did was make a list of the frames that I have.  The second thing that I did was paint a painting that is a size for which I do not have a single frame! Ha!  So much for my careful forethought.  

This painting (which I do have a frame for) is a re-working of a painting that began as a plein-aire painting, painted out in the field.  But it wasn't working and had been relegated to the paint-over pile (which grows rapidly on some days).  I pulled it out this afternoon to see if I could save it.   
The initial version (2 years old) is below.  

Monday, September 12, 2016

61. Musings after festivals

After having just finished 2 festivals and sold over 30 paintings in less than 10 days (!), I learned a lot about what appeals to others.  Or maybe I learned that I don't really know what appeals to others!  I did realize that, in general, my work achieves my mission:  to lift up the beauty of the natural world and to instill a sense of peace and serenity.  

I also learned that my very favorite paintings and not necessarily the ones that appeal to other or the ones that are purchased. The painting above is one of my favorites - but not one that drew most people into my booth or elicited the most comments.  

I recently went through all of my paintings and took a long, hard look at them.  Some were put in the "to be sanded pile".  I will paint over them.  Some were put in the rework pile.  I am now able to see what will make them a stronger painting.  Others were put in protective sleeves, and my favorites were framed.  I sold a lot of unframed paintings in those protective sleeves - just going to show me that my favorites are not necessarily the favorites of someone else!

I also learned that there are a lot of really kind supportive people out there who are interested in art, and in beauty.  Thank you to everyone who took the time (and braved the heat at the Brandywine Festival!) to come see my work and talk to me.  I enjoyed meeting all of you!  Thank you for your support.