This week has been a bust for painting. It seemed like everything I touched turned to mud! I travelled from Gouldsboro to Wells and back the next day to celebrate my parents anniversary- 57 years! We had dinner at our usual place, Hobbs Harborside Restaurant. Mom had a terrific piece of baked haddock. The crab quiche was – meh and Dad did not care for his lobster. What was most interesting was the drunk woman behind us ranting on and on about how nobody loved her and her family did not care about her and they needed to get with it and show her the respect she deserved! I almost asked the waiter if we could move and I was looking around to see if we were on that TV show “what would you do?”…but no camera came out and I felt just awful for her family and then her. I said a little prayer and gave thanks for my life…that could have easily been me had I not quit drinking! (I did paint a card for Mom and Dad but I forgot to take picture. Mixed Media watercolor and ink peacock) OK then back to the Maine house…I spent most of Sunday cleaning and Monday shorebird watch walk and then finish cleaning house and walk with a friend. Tuesday was volunteer at Dorcas library and Wednesday was volunteer and teach at Dorcas library and then drive home to NH. Thursday I painted with Odanaksis ( the folks I paint with En Plein Aire). I should also mention this show…I have a few pieces in it too :)-
July is zooming by….Here are the birthday cards I promised to post from last week..
The Dorcas Library in Prospect Harbor is offering a S.T.E.A.M. camp and I offered to teach water color. We are making zig-zag books of the things we see or hear or smell on a nature walk. Here are some example pages I have done.
Practicing Butterflies and Trees
Spme sketchy for a full size painting.
Tried to capture this boat race from Grindstone Neck the other day…I like the whiteness of the sails…I almost got this all done in one sitting. I was working fast! I just want to adjust the darkness of the trees closest to the viewer and sharpen up the sails.
I am not sure If I had shown this Muster Field Farm painting. I was attracted to the burgundy color of plants growing in a line. You cannot really see from the picture- but they are in there!
W.I.P. Muster Field Farm June 2017
The photo taken from area I was sitting in.
I found these orchids growing on my nature walk…
I am sure this is an orchis but I have no idea what kind 🙂
I think this is a dragon tongue orchid
And also these pitcher plants…
Heading out to paint some more! Peace Out Till Next Week! Bec
Last year the well went dry, this year the basement is flooded. A friend asked me what the higher meaning of water is? I thought about the properties of water- a fluid that seeks itself, puts out fires, nourishes our bodies, gives life, and cleanses. Tides and waves and oceans. The Scorpio sun sign is a water sign. Water is my favorite thing to drink. Nothing relaxes me more than sitting by water and it is a huge part of my chosen medium. HMMM- none of those properties are small and I am sure I left out some. How do I make sense out of too little and then too much? Perhaps this might be another lesson in moderation? MODERATION! What the -bleep- is that?! I like more! I have the disease of more and when I am not having more, I am having none. This does not feel much like sobriety but it does sound eerily like a flood and a drought! I have known for a while that I need to look at this moderation thing but have been trying to go around it. I should know better. I have never been able to go around much but I have tried countless times to skirt around an issue, only to be faced with another situation bringing up the same- same issues but often on a more “crisis” type level. This one is going to be hard but I know the thinking about it is often worse than the doing. I have been able to keep up the daily watercolor journaling. I will try adding meditation about moderation into that mix and see what comes of it!
I did not get to a whole lot of painting done outside of the journal…
recycled a parking note 🙂
Practicing butteflies gettign ready for S.T.E.A.M. class next week 🙂
let me see 2 birthday cards. Which I cannot seem to find…I will post them next week. I have not done any work on the peonies. The masking fluid applicator has been clogging and I broke the pin off in the tube. I swapped the older nib and pin to the new bottle of masking fluid- that one never clogged- but that did not work either. I will have to use a brush to apply, too bad I love the fine tip of the masking fluid pen.
I also painted with a friend and we did this real loose- splashy-splashy thing to start the two paintings that are mostly about roses.
I masked a small bit to hold the light of the buds in upper left corner- then lots oa water and paint and more water- splashy- splashy 🙂
W.I.P. same deal here only I used a paper towel to keep a large area of the painting light.
W.I.P. here you can see I have removed the paer towel and started working on the flowers…I like this part of the painting better at this point…time will tell 🙂
The summer solstice has come and gone and I think my friend Kim put it well when she said…”On June 21st I always have a happy sad moment when I realize that Yay! it is summer! and OH NOOO the days only get shorter from here on until December 21st. Carpe Diem which I have been led to believe means seize the day…I painted out side all day on Tuesday- had a great day and some success. When I arrived home and loaded the pictures I realized I had once again NOT drawn the perspective correctly. But I am super happy with the overall tone of the picture. I knew that I had made the building shorter and I was OK with that but it is really obvious how the other lines are off when compared to the photo :). I was also stumped about how to render the roof and I can see now that the first wash was done well and the dry brushing over the wash is just too dark a value…I am going to try to lift some of that and see what happens.
W.I.P. Tin Shop, Bradford NH
The picture of the Tin House
Thursday the Plein Air Group went to an amazing spot called Cider Hill Gardens & Gallery located in Windsor Vermont. Get there if you can- they have amazing peonies and hosta and a splash of other plants too. If you are lucky (like I was) when you are checking out the gallery you will run into the artist David and get to pick his brain a bit! I bought a print of his and a yellow peony. Such a beautiful spot….and mean while back at the farm my basement flooded and the excavator guy was trying to find the cause- so I had to leave early and got NO painting done but I did get this sketch done and today I was able to get most of the masking fluid applied. I LOVE the “bones”…the plan is to pour paint on the paper and try to get a luminous free flowing back ground.
I have been keeping up the daily watercolor journal but I cannot get the pictures to load…look for them next time! Until next week- Peace Out- Bec
Happy Summer Everyone! Another week has flown by…I managed to paint everyday at least doing the daily journal page. I painted these poppies using a wet-on-wet method. First you paint clear water in the shape of the petals and then drop in the color and try to leave it alone :). In most cases I dropped in or “charged” more intense pigment or a different color while the petal was still wet. I like this painting a lot- I made a card for my friend Julie in a similar fashion and also a daily painting page that follows this kind of process. So much fun to do the wet – on – wet.
W.I.P. No drawing – just playing 🙂
Same picture in black and white to se if I am developing values.
I was not able to paint with the En Plein Aire Painters this week but I did get out to Contoocook. Picked a hard subject…drew the bones for an hour and a half…and then just had to start PAINTING!
W.I.P. just putting some color down…I knew that back roof was wrong but could not see it…until looking at the picture now…
OK-so I got a few things off on the drawing! I knew I had shortened the railroad signal pole but I wanted to get the top of it into the picture and I could have if I had drawn the roofs at the correct slope. Next time! Below is a slide show of the daily journal for the week. Have a good week- Peace- Bec
As promised a busy week of painting in Maine…Thank you for checking out my blog! As always (mostly) hover over the picture for more info about art.
I worked hard everyday- I only finished one ( maybe- 😉 looking at it today I think it needs more work in the foreground)
W.I.P. Brattleboro on Saturday…going to work on the values here.The tree in teh back ground is to simular in value to the truck in the front…
I thought I was done until I started writing this blog. I think this needs more dark values.
Here is one I have been looking at for a while….
W.I.P enjoying the colors
W.I.P- not sure I have shown this one yet- I found it on a watercolor block.
W.I.P.-This has been hanging around for finish for a while…I finally moved on this and I really like the blue wash
Painted EN Plein Aire a lot while I was in Maine, the weather was pretty good! After using my masking fluid for 3 days I discovered it was sticking to paper- not sure if it has ruined the work or not. Bummer but keeping me on my toes!
Sunday-Across the Street- Gouldsboro, Maine
W.I.P. Across the street 3? I have to look that up…
W.I.P building the different planes of space.
This is what I was looking at- hmm- artistic license!
Monday-Schoodic Point, looking toward Mark Island
W.I.P. I like the drama of this
I think this is Mark Island- Cadilac Mount in back ground
Tuesday- Winter Harbor, Maine
W.I.P. this has masking fluid on a few spots. I pumped up the drama in the sky intentionally( It was so much fun yesterday)
Here is what I was actually looking at!
Wednesday- Machias, Maine
W.I.P. this ALSO has masking fluid- I like the bridge part.
Here is what I was looking at but I was a bit higher up…I do not know why I did not take a picture from where I was sitting! I did find a framing studio. Nice town and great pie at Helen’s!
Saturday- Schoodic Point, Gouldsboro/Winter Harbor, Maine
W.I.P.- challenging subject used a lot of masking fluid
The waves were the best I have ever seen them when it was not raining at high tide the spray was popping up 30 feet…it was misting on me 🙂 WICKED nice day!
Sunday- Schoodic Point, I think this is Goose Island?, Gouldsboro/Winter Harbor, Maine. I paint here a lot. There is a tree to sit under and a place to get and leave water across the way.
W.I.P. noodling around…it was kind of cold.
I also worked on the “Ugly Fly” :O) which BTW is SOLD (I think) !
W.I.P. after teh first class- Butterflies and Blooms Project…very early stages
W.I.P. After the second class- I am liking the drama…
W.I.P. coming along…I think I need to fix the upper left corner and unify behind the flower on the right.
and lastly…I hope you have a great week! Peace- Bec
I realized that my one year anniversary of being a full-time artist came and went without a blog about it. In June of 2016, I took the leap into the unknown to follow my dreams. What a year it has been! I have been crossing those emotional land minds of fear and insecurity with the bravado of jet pilot. I have almost been sucked back into the weekly paycheck world three times and each time have had to steer my life right back into the abyss of financial insecurity. While I have barely sold any of my work- I have gained an insight into the watercolor medium and am starting to have the skills to create work that I will be thrilled to show. I have been blessed to work with 3 teachers, Becky Darling, Margaret Dwyer and occasionally Robert O’Brien. I plan to take the summer to integrate what I have learned from them. Becky Darling works loosely and her work highlights the transparency of the medium. Margaret Dwyer has an intensity in her work that makes the viewer wonder if it is really a watercolor painting. Robert O’Brien has a mastery of capturing values with paint. I have learned so much from them now I just need to get it to come out the end of my brush! I have also been fortunate to teach a few classes and teaching really forces me to get the basics in order. Color theory, technique and composition have all come a long way this year. I am grateful for the students that have come to my classes and the lessons that they teach me! As I have mentioned in previous posts, I recently joined a community of fellow artists that get together once a week to paint outside. This has been a step in a good direction. One place I hope to expand on this coming year is meeting and connecting with more artist. I also plan to start applying to shows and getting my work ready for sale. As far as creating my art I am going to focus on getting more value (lights and darks) into my work and to start my work with better drawing. I cannot get the camera to sync with the laptop today but I have been outside painting almost every day-next week’s blog will be packed with paintings- I do not think I have shown you this W.I.P. yet… Until then- Peace- Bec
W.I.P.- looking at picture I can see a few drawing flaws…grrr- next time!