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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Backyard Birches

All I have to do is roll up the shade in my studio window and outside there is the incredibly magnificent central Maine forest.  Sometimes there are deer, and until we tacked up Posted, No Hunting, to a lot of trees bordering our property, there were even a couple of hunters on a Thanksgiving Day afternoon a few years back with their long guns, sliding and hiding around, the trees of our woods. Nothing happened, thank goodness, and peace reigned.  Now it seems like a natural habitat with so many birds, sounds of the forest, and of course, the change of the seasons.  I painted this on an artist quality masonite hardboard, gessoed, and applied a coating of dark acrylic paint before I began drawing the trees.  It's painted, using some well known name brands of oil paint, (Winsor and Newton, Rembrandt, Grumbacher), and it is unframed.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Through the Woods

I painted this for the Two Tone Nocturne Challenge in Daily Paintworks.  Some unused tubes of paint have been staring back at me for awhile, so I opened up Indian Red and used it with Viridian.  This is my 7"x5" interpretation of the Maine forest as seen from my deck in Autumn.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Maine Rose

This rose is from my garden in Maine next to the high bush and low bush blueberries.  Living in Zone 3 this rosebush has survived some extremely severe weather.  It's always so nice to see it come back year after year. It blooms right through summer into early November.   I painted this for the weekly challenge on Daily Paintworks. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Road to Fauvism

This was submitted to the 'Exaggerated Color Challenge' on Daily Paintworks.  I was interested in seeing what Google had to say about Exaggerated Color and came across the Fauvist Movement.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cookie Cutters

This is my entry for the Weekly Challenge on Daily Paintworks.  I have a cupboard stuffed with kitchen gadgets, including a basket of cookie cutters.  Using the painting knife on a still life with limited color choices was very challenging.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Summer Statis

Another Maine field painting!!  This time painted with liberal use of my knife.  A real pleasure to paint with 6 more weeks of winter (so they say!)  I'm almost looking forward to Mud Season.