Thursday, November 1, 2007
Report on current work: I've sorted all my unfinished work from workshops over the past year and have begun to work on them. I want to clean up all these unfinished paintings (like spring cleaning) and then I can move on. I completed 5 so far this week. From this process I've learned that it's important to finish them while they are fresh in your mind.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I've put a painting in the current Newburyport show--trying to keep current with all these art activities and paint at the same time, what a challenge. I hope I can report soon that I've been able to download my pictures, and that I've been able to complete some of the paintings I've started.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I've been good lately, doing lots of value studies. Must have done at least 6 today. Since I like to work quickly, I've been using acrylics and might just take them to NM.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The 2007 Fall Members' Juried Show is now showing at the Newburyport Art Association from Sept. 21 to October 14.
I had a great August studying with Michael Chesley Johnson on Campobello Island in New Brunswick doing 5 x 7's and 8 x 10's in the most amazingly beautiful spots of gorgeous scenery and also in Lubec on the U.S. side. The people there are so nice. Michael paints in the method that I like and his instruction is right on the mark. He helped me with a lot of my problems. Maybe the biggest was to use more paint.
I'm getting ready to start a painting a day for 30 days. Let's see if I can do it.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
This is the only student I retained after retiring from coaching last October. I was very proud of her performance in Youth International Solo Dance this month in Omaha, Nebraska. My husband, George, had three placements. Nine of our skaters qualified to enter the nationals. www.skateland.com/instruc.html
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I'm all out of paper but heading to the store to get some so I can print out probably 100 pages of excellent information.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Market Square, Newburyport was the site for today's painting session. It was cold and rainey, but, like typical New England weather, it was clearing up by noon and very warm. Painting under these conditions was much nicer than I thought it would be. I'm a big fan of Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street-rainy weather http://www.artic.edu/artaccess/AA_Impressionist/pages/IMP_4.shtml. Next week we plan to return to Market Square.
Last week I toured art galleries in Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque. It was a sensational trip. That is the place to go for every kind of art.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
We had wonderful weather today, best all week. Kevin chose to gather on the Chain Bridge side of the island on the Merrimac River between Newburyport and Amesbury. The discussion was about brush sizes and the use of brushes. I'll be away next week, but the group will probably return to this spot.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Gorgeous day today for the first time this year. After working in the yard for 5 hours, I started to work on studio paintings. I just had to celebrate and do something bright. It's 36" by 48".
Tomorrow Margaret Bernier and I are heading out to Annisquam to do plein air painting!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Kevin Shea's group met today at the famous oldest boathouse/boat builders in America "Lowell's Boat Shop". Joanne Gauthier from Hudson NH joined us today. We painted indoors because of the storm system that has been here all week. I didn't take pictures of everyone's paintings this week, sorry, I guess I was engrossed in my work. I only got the drawing and blocking in done before it was time to go. I like the composition and the darks and lights. My challenge will be to keep the darks dark and get my values right. I may try to paint a copy of this one from scratch and save working on the original for a return trip to the boat house. Next week we return to Newman Road--weather permitting.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Four of us, Gini Littlefield, Jean Rohran, Allie and myself, showed up to paint with Kevin Shea’s 8 week outdoor painting class. It was probably 40 degrees upon our arrival with a little wind. We were all bundled up. We painted the marsh on Newman Road in Newburyport and will go there again next week.
We got right to business, with Allie blocking in her painting before the rest of us were even set up. She is busy with family schedules and had to leave a little early. We three got a good start on ours and did leave at noon as it was pretty chilly.
I was very surprised that the cold didn’t bother me at all. The biggest surprise was the gloves. I thought I would not be able to paint with gloves on, but I actually liked it. I think I’ll get a second one started in my studio so next week I can work on both on location.
I took pictures of today’s efforts.
Monday, April 9, 2007
I am very excited with this blog idea. I can't wait to hear back from viewers about their art experiences or their comments on mine. I'll be going outside tomorrow morning to paint plein air from 9 am to noon in the Newburyport area (Massachusetts). It's supposed to warm up to the 40's, but that is still pretty cold for me. I hope you will enjoy my blog. Please reply.