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New Paintings – Intertwined & Reeds

After a bit of a break I am back at it sketching and painting! These two paintings I am very excited about and love seeing them together. They are both mounted on wood panel and will be framed with oak. The frames are made by the wonderful Alex Drew.

Intertwined is a portrait of a tree found in Kennebunkport, Maine on a recent trip. I loved adding the little leaves to the tangled branches. This is my favorite piece to date. I keep painting the same tree, becoming more inspired every time I start a new piece. I love and hate when this happens. I know I should be working on other, different paintings, but just can’t seem to get the tree out of my head. So I will keep painting it in different sizes until I am satisfied and can leave it be for a little while.

My reeds piece is just a small 5″x5″ work. I am trying to paint more water and different plants. Trying to broaden my horizons, trying to Branch out more. I love the two together, both Intertwined and Reeds are calming pieces for me. I cannot wait to get them framed!

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En Plein Air with Friends

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful experience of creating artwork en plein air with two wonderful ladies! Lynn Adams is an amazing jewelry designer, metal smith & enamallist from Lyme, NH. She is one of the founders of Collective – the Art of Craft in Woodstock, VT. We met last year at the VINS en Plein Air Festival and have since become art friends. Jo Tate is a wonderful watercolor artist & teacher. She has had shows all over the Upper Valley. This was our first time meeting, and we became fast friends.

We met at The Song Garden in Cornish, NH. This is the perfect location to create art, it’s peaceful atmosphere is perfect for an artist. We enjoyed time in the tea house, chatting and getting to know one another better. I tried to take in as much information as I could. Of course I asked advice on being an artist and with both their extensive experience in the art world I listened to everything they told me.

After some time in the sun sketching and painting we had a nice lunch on a little deck surrounded and shaded by birch trees. We discussed our work and did a sort of show and tell. I love being surrounded by artists and learning from one another. I am incredibly lucky to have such wonderful talented friends. I recommend getting together with other artists, it will fuel your creative mind.

 

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Branching Out

After I started painting winter beech leaves I wanted to BRANCH out and try painting spring time leaves. I start with my delicate pen work, then add layers of paint to give the leaves some shape. I really enjoy adding green to my paintings. I tend to like painting winter birches, I love the grey and subtle peach tones against the blue sky. Adding green was a little out of my comfort zone at first, but I am really enjoying the life it brings to my paintings.

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This circle of birches was found on my sisters property in White River Junction, VT. The larger painting is 16″x20″ mounted on wood panel and the two smaller pieces are 10″x10″ mounted on wood panel.

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Remnants

One of my favorite things about the winter is finding color interrupting the white landscape. Beech leaves cling to their branches, like golden pieces of confetti not ready to fall to the ground. Some are curled up almost like they are protecting themselves against the cold. Others are spread wide and inviting the wind to catch them so they can dance and flutter. Some have had a rough winter, losing pieces of themselves, all of them are survivors. I especially love to paint the ones with “imperfections”, they are all so beautiful, but the ones who have been bruised and ripped are by far my favorite.

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This 12″x24″ Piece I started like I always do, with pen work. I keep the lines light trying to keep the outlines of the leaves delicate. Then I start adding in the watercolor and give the leaves their shape and personality. I mounted this piece to a wood panel, and my husband made a wonderful maple frame to go around it.

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End of Winter – Windsor Birch

I love painting birches in winter. Any color that they may have from scrapes or peeling bark really pops against the white. I was hoping to capture the feel of the cold air in my painting. Hopefully getting the viewer to feel the chill. When I am matting and framing a painting I will use painters tape to keep the piece a 1/4″ smaller all around. I do this so that you see the entire work, I don’t like to have anything cut off by the mat.