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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.

 

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Lyme, NH Birches

Here is a look at my Lyme, NH birches watercolor. When I paint I use real trees to paint from, I learn something new from each tree I paint. I like to know that these trees are out there, and that I happened to stumble upon them. This piece is 6″x12″, mounted on wood panel & has an oak frame made by Alex. I am so excited that this piece sold at the Quechee Balloon Festival this year. This is one of my favorite pieces I have ever done!

 

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A Little Bit About Me!

I am Amy Hook-Therrien, a native Vermont artist living in Windsor, Vermont. I went to The University of Maine in Orono, where I received a BFA focusing in painting & sculpture. I met my husband in a painting class, and after we graduated I dragged him back to Vermont with me. We have two dogs Goose & Possum, they are both Australian Shepherd mix rescues. We also have two bunnies named Sprout & Sage.

I have always loved art, and I was always creating something. It didn’t matter what the subject or medium was, I just had to make something, anything. Right now I focus on primarily on watercolor paintings, with pen work. I am a bit obsessed with birch trees, and dead beech leaves. I love going to walks or hikes and finding something new to paint.

I have been a juried member of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association since 2014. I have recently just become a member of the Vermont Hand Crafters this year. I am currently in a few galleries, Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes, Artisans’ Gallery in Waitsfield, Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville and Spirit Wind Gallery in New Mexico. I am always looking for new galleries to show my work. Basically I am trying to get my name out there.

So there is a little bit about me!

-Amy Hook-Therrien