Sunday, September 26, 2010

Canoes at Summer's End - Sold

9x12 -  - Pastel

Fall is here and the colors this year are beautiful. I think, because we got lots of rain and it was very hot this summer, the colors are especially brilliant this week. I took a photo down by our lake of the boats, finally put away, waiting for the snow to come in a couple of months.

Setting Sun


In this same class, I just started painting a scene on the lake, trying to be very loose. From my own imagination, I was hoping to show the serenity and beauty of the setting sun on the wild lakes here in the Adirondacks.

Rainy Day in the Adirondacks

10x8 - $65.00

This August I took a watercolor class in Indian Lake. It was a fun day and I really learned quite a bit about techniques in the medium. We did some free flowing paintings and this was one of them. It's loose and I just let it run to see what would happen. So much fun!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Lake Snow Autumn

12x9 - $85.00

A watercolor done at our lake yesterday, with pastel overlay. I worked on watercolor paper and like the effect. The fall colors are really starting to come out now and the nights are getting colder. Today I was told that, after I left to teach the workshop, a bear turned up on our driveway. I think he was after the birdseed at our feeders. I hope I get to see him before too long.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Marsh lilies

9x12 -$100.00

This year the lakes and marshes were filled with lilies. I felt such peace and calm canoeing through them and taking pictures of all the blooms and flowers. I have another picture that I feel compelled to paint, so when I finish it, I'll post it, too. They are all very different, just as the lakes and marshes are different and special.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wild Autumn Apples

8x12 matted for 12x16 frame - $175.00

My neighbor has this old apple tree on the corner of her property and it's amazing we don't have bears eating the fallen apples but I haven't seen any yet. The other day I took pictures of the light playing on the apples and the leaves and did this painting. I didn't want to get too detailed on the leaves, letting the apples tell the story of the light.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Out of the Woods

8x10 - Sold
The second painting from the Old Forge Paint Out. I forgot to post that a reporter from the local NBC tv station stopped by the bridge where I was painting yesterday and asked if he could interview me. I think I had pastel all over my face when I was on camera, but didn't get to see the news last night because we stayed for the auction and got home pretty late. An exhausting day, but I hope my neighbors got to see the news and didn't laugh too hard at my pastel smudged face!

On the Moose River

12x16 - Sold
Yesterday was a crazy and joyful day. I was invited to join artists at the Old Forge Plein Air Paint Out. Old Forge is an hour from my house, so we were up early and there by 9:30 a.m. It looked like rain and who knew if I'd be able to paint. Not only that, but it was 54 degrees out and windy. There were lots of artists braving the cold and in the course of the day I did two paintings. I wish I'd had more time. It was nice because they had two tents set up in town. One tent was for the auction of the work done over the course of the weekend. All paintings done over the three days of the paint out were auctioned off to benefit the new arts center going up in Old Forge. The other tent was for paintings the artists wanted to sell, a portion going to the arts center. I brought three paintings and sold two! And, I'd say, my two small pastels done that day made a respectable amount of money for the arts center. A very nice day!

Unfortunately, I was so cold that I didn't take pictures before the paintings were up and behind glass, so forgive the photo.....

Friday, September 3, 2010

Yellow House on the Harbour-Sold

9x12 - Sold
This unique house sits in the harbor in Old Forge, NY. Old Forge is, itself, a unique little town, on the edge of the Adirondack Park. In the summer, it's the busiest little town, with theme parks and miniature golf places and, if you like the woods and quiet, you should stay away. But, in the winter, it's the the most beautiful place, with frozen lakes and a huge hardware store that sells everything you'd ever want.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Waiting- 20x16

This is a watercolor of a woman I saw years ago and snapped a picture. I love the fluidity of watercolor and really enjoy painting figures in the medium.

Waterlilies at Tupper Lake-Sold

9x12 - Sold

There's a peaceful pond in back of the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY where I painted these waterlilies. The Wild Center is a museum about the natural history of the Adirondacks. It's a sprawling place, with nature hikes and lakes and exhibits that are fascinating. If you ever get a chance, head up there and enjoy the day.