Watercolor Words and Wanderings

Hi all- I just wanted to check in to let you know I am alive- I had some surgery and it wiped me out…unexpectedly. I am starting to feel better – I worked on Friday and took my first car ride in two weeks! I have very  little art for you- what little time I was able to sit up for I used on tags4peace. I made my order of 100 packs of 25 tags and 500 free tags for the Gallery of Gifts in Newport NH. The show opens November 11 through December 23, 2017 swing by if you can. There are hand made, juried in, gifts from about 100 artists and prices are right! Hopefully the Christmas fairies will shine on this project and people will buy those tags. Here is a birthday card I made for my sister-in-law. Mixed media water color and ink- Until next week – Peace- Bec

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Watercolor Words and Wandering

I am raw about the killings in Las Vegas. We are just a week out and asking for a reason. I am too. I just cannot understand killing. In a way, I hope I will never understand. What reason could there possibly be? Say the killer had a brain tumor- is that going to allay our fears? LOTS of people have brain tumors (700,000 in the US) and they are not going to attack random people. I know folks in other places have been living with war and terrorism and they seem to carry on living. I really do not want to live a fear based life and my positivism has yet to see a way through this growing fear. There are lots of things that I no longer do, or if I do them I am on edge. People say just live your life, if we give in to our fears then they “win”. This feels like an “opiate of the people”. Fear is a life saver how can I not use it to guide me? I hit the woods last week and this week to try to find solace….it helped a bit.

Follow this link to the article about the Howard farm that I spoke of last week https://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/Library_Bulletin/Apr1994/Perrin.html

I also said I was going to talk about the Vietnam documentary I was watching by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. I caught the 8th, 9th and 10th episode. I want to get the others and watch them for sure. I guess it must be my age but this documentary really hit me hard. As I mentioned before I have had a cursory study of the war in history class but I really had no idea of what went on. I have to get 1 through 8 and watch them but I highly recommend series. WARNING-Not for the faint of heart and if you are remotely depressed or on the conspiracy train save it till you feel better :).

I wanted to show you my versions of The Common Ground Fair. I have been going for about 7 years and I have painted at the fair often. I dug through all my paintings and found them. I think it is “neat” to see them year over year. The year of the Echinacea it was windy and cold- so I just got the sketch done- but it sold! So you never know 🙂 As always hover over the paintings for more info. 2015 was the year I have spent the most time on so far I took it back to my studio to try to “finish” it.

I also painted the tree across from Bradford Village Pizza this week and have painted it in the past too.  Once I looked at the picture, I noticed that I had downward facing branches AGAIN! OH well…some day I will paint what is ACTUALLY there maybe? I do like the contrast that I am seeing in my work. In roughly the same amount of time ( 3 hours) I am getting a more dramatic painting.

I also did a couple of cards but I cannot show them to you yet- I have to get them mailed first 🙂

Until next week- PEACE-and I mean it! Bec

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

What an amazing week of weather we have had! Too hot to go outside for a few days- next day frost. I signed up for a workshop at Artistree in Pomfret VT. I would imbed a link if I could get the think to work! http://artistreevt.org/  The 4 hour work shop was about painting En Plein Aire- but since we had become accustomed to 85 degree weather- we all froze in 60 degree weather so we painted looking out windows! Artistree is a very nice place to take classes and Margaret Dwyer did a great job covering the theme. I got out yesterday morning and hiked the Web Forest Interpretive Trail in New London, NH. It was a beautiful day. Then in the afternoon I went to scrap book event to secure some equipment for tags4peace. All in all I had a good week- Tuesday afternoon watercolor class started up at The Bradford Area Community Center- Becky Darling teaches those and the price is right if you are any where near! $20.00 per 3 hours class. We have do not class this week but will be at it again on the 10th October 2017- if you wanna come try this out contact me and I will send you to Becky Darling’s email. I also painted with the Odanaksis group on Thursday. We went the Howard in North Thetford VT. The farm had LOADS of history and Sue was gracious enough to provide us with a previously published article about it. I cannot put my hands on it but will try to get it for next week. Friday’s Differently Abled Adults Class is back on till’ spring. This week I start teaching a Tuesday morning  drop in watercolor class – looking forward to that! This class is for beginner to intermediate and we will focus on watercolor techniques and paint properties- what exactly we will paint will depend on who shows up! You can get more info about this class at the Newport Library Arts web site or email me or them -info@libraryartscenter.org

OK enough talk here’s the pics! As always hover over them to get a glimpse into my monkey mind! OH- OH and one more thing…I started watching this documentary on the Vietnam War…I studied this before but I guess I was too young to appreciate or too in me head to feel. I am going to come back to this documentary and what happened to me while watching it- next week

Peace Out- til next week! Bec

 

 

 

ba- dee- ba- dee- ba- dee – that’s all folks!

 

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

Whoop there it is….gearing up for the start of a new class season! We are offering a drop in class on Tuesday mornings and another 6 week session on Thursday nights starting earl October.

Another great day with my plein aire friends! The foreground got all weird on me but I think there is still some hope for this painting. I think I am starting a series of blue hills in the back ground paintings! Below is a session from a new friends back “yard”- nice spot!

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Keeping this short this week- Peace- Bec

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

While listening to ” A Way With Words” they recommended a youth book called Pax. This book is written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen. What a sweet-scary-straight forward and yet somehow deep story. Take an afternoon and read this book and then consider passing it on to any young person’s parent that you know. I say give it to the parents because there are some tough scenes and I think parents need to decide if their child is ready for this book. Pax is about war and love and what it means to be a part of something bigger than self. Vola is one of the characters in the book and she makes marionettes. Here is a paragraph about her bringing the puppets to share with the folks in town.

A little girl with a fountain of beaded pigtails tugged on Vola’s overalls. She pointed to the elephant. ” How do you make him dance?” she demanded. Peter held his breath. But instead of lecturing the girl about figuring things out for herself, Vola crouched down to study the elephant. Peter noticed that the movement was smoother with the prosthesis. She had an ankle joint now-such a simple thing, to be able to flex. How much she had given up. “what makes you think he wants to dance?” Vola asked. ” red toenails, like mine.” The little girl wiggled her toes in her sandals. Then her hand drifted up to stroke the feathers as Vola’s neck.

What a visual picture Sarah Pennypacker paints! Huh!? I am going to check out her other books.

Painting was going along this week…this is the first painting after the class. I think this is Pidgeon’s Bay in Stueben Maine. This is actually 2 starts the one above had almost no development. I began to think OH- HO the curse is upon me! I have not painted this opaque in a long time…DSCN4260Then I went out to Schoodic point and had a better day. This a W.I.P. using no masking. I am ready to bump up the contrasts and see what happens! OH and BTW- I did NOT finish those others paintings as I thought I would- GRRR. I really need to get better at finishing my work. I know you have heard this all before! Maybe like a new toy- I cannot start a new one until I finish an old one!? That would probably kill me!

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I like how this one is developing- I just want to key in the rocks in front and perhaps add a bit of texture to the water. This is a similar view as the painting below.( Which I did during the workshop with Carol Douglas. )

Then the next day I went back to Blueberry Hill…had a good day. I met another watercolor artist from Connecticut. He says he actually makes a living selling his paintings. I need to check out his site. The fog rolled in so fast- I was painting along and then I looked up and BOOM! I am so glad I was not out on the ocean when this fog bank came in- I would have been lost for sure! Also below is a picture of one of my walking buddies in Maine!

 

 

The next day was the eclipse…the light was weird during the eclipse and I think I hurt my eyes even with the special dark glasses. I swear Mom I was not staring at the eclipse! – I am just so sensitive. I should have known better. Anyway once I started looking at the eclipse I could not refocus on the painting process.

And some where in there I went to my new friend’s house in Prospect Harbor and started this painting. This is very much just a beginning…composition was hard and that is why I included the bushes and stuff in the foreground, but the lunch was excellent! ;)Time will tell on this one! That is Petit Manan Light House in the background.

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Good week of starts! Until next week and I am NOT making any promises about finishing these! 🙂 Peace- Out- Bec

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

 

DSCN4179It’s about a painting. As I shared with you all last week, when this painting came up for critique everyone made such a fuss about it. The teacher said when she painted things that she was not super fond of they often where tellers of places she was heading with her work. That when she looked back on them in a year she had a whole new perspective on them. Folks thought this could be a flagship painting for me- that I should try to enter it into a competition or two. I have had this happen a few other times in different classes…where the class really made a big deal about my work and it has ALWAYS kind of jinxed me from painting anything even decent for months! I hope that does not happen again. I would get right back on the horse again but I get to teach a beginner class today. Tomorrow I am going to the park and paint and try to leave all those well-meaning compliments behind me. I need to figure this out because the same thing happens when I lose weight. The first time someone says “Wow! You look good.” I go home and eat a whole cake. Why the self-sabotage and why do other people’s opinions sway me like a feather in the wind? If I am that feather shouldn’t compliments blow me in a positive direction? I have never thought of myself as a push over and if you met me …I bet that is the last thing you would say about but me and yet…

I have been busy making tags4peace and by the time this blog comes out I will have had two selling opportunities. I will let you know how that goes!

Until next week- Peace Out- Bec

 

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

The watercolor workshop was AWESOME! I was dubious at first due to not receiving a syllabus/schedule and not having much communication just prior to class. I was determined to keep an open mind-especially since I signed up so last minute! Then I thought we were painting on Sunday afternoon but we did not start painting till Monday. Once we started painting we did not stop 8 to 5 every day with a short demo during our lunch. Our teacher, Carol Douglas, worked her petuttee off! Monday, she asked us to just begin so she could see where we were at. We painted at Blueberry Hill. My sunscreen failed on my face and I got a burn (darn it!). I spent the whole day on this one and got to where I get when I start to feel like I am wrecking it. I was working hard to paint those rocks! I have both “kinds” of Acadia rocks to paint here. The shelf kind in the mid ground and the pebbly kind in the fore ground.

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Tuesday, it rained the morning and early afternoon. We hung out at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (S.E.R.C.) at their outside pavilion. It was cold-especially since I was sun burnt. Carol did an oil demo- I mostly checked out but watched on and off. I started this painting of what I think is a mountain ash.

Tuesday afternoon it cleared and we went to Frazier Point. Carol insisted we all start with a value sketch. I started this looking back toward Winter Harbor. A view I have painted many times. I am not quite done but hope to be for next week’s blog.

Tuesday night we tried to capture the moon rising over near the guard shack at S.E.R.C. overlooking Little Moose Island. This is another spot I paint often. The bugs were off the charts. The idea was to set up the painting before the light goes and then drop in what you need. I had no headlamp and was totally using my memory of my field kit to choose pigments.

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Wednesday was a beautiful day and we went to the Mark’s Island side of the peninsula, where folks could paint a light house, if they wanted. I wanted to pick Carol’s brain about rocks so I looked inland toward Winter Harbor. We all I put the graduated wash down to the sky and used too much lemon yellow and fought the color throughout the whole painting. Carol really helped me united this painting with shadow purple. She did a demo about color theory and light that is still not clear to me. I am going to hunt this info done. Basically, if we determine that the light is cool then shadows will be warm and if the light is warm the shadows will be cool. YIKES warm shadows…she gave me a head ache. I think I get it because the way the eye absorbs the light you can only be left with warms or cools…I think… stay tuned on this. I am tempted to add another set of mountains to tone the sky down but I think I should stop. The yellow if weird but so am I! I am going to darken the water and plan to have this done by next week’s blog. I was overcome with gratitude and just had to let it out. I jumped up and yelled out “I love my life! I cannot believe I get to live this life!” I have been so happy lately…it has just been oozing out of me.

Thursday was ANOTHER stellar day. We painted out at the point and there was almost no wind which made it hot- we melted-and we all got some great work done! Below is my work. I am going to do a whole other blog about this painting. Suffice it to say I got to my usual stuck spot and thought “OK-I have already wrecked this, so I am just going to keep on…” Carol coached me to just keep connecting the shadow areas and not get to detached/choppy. We had a lobster cook out that night and after we did a group critique. The class just loved this one.

Friday, we went to Corea. Carol made friends with a person who allows her to teach there. We ate at Lunch on the Warf- the food was much better than it was the last time I went there. I will go back. I just wanted to do a simple painting about large blocks of color and value. I got way out there with this one- not sure if there is any coming back from this! I had fun and it was hard to say goodbye to everyone. Like the last day of camp…hoping you will stay in touch.

Until next week- Peace Out- Bec