News And Note
NEWS The past year was a rewarding one for me. I had paintings included in 19 national juried exhibitions all over the country. Four of those paintings won awards: HUDSON VALLEY ART ASSOCIATION’S JOHN TATGE MEMORIAL AWARD, ADIRONDACK NATIONAL’S UPPER HUDSON VALLEY WATERCOLOR SOCIETY AWARD PENNSYVANIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY; PRESIDENT’S AWARD & THE SYLVAN GROUSE AWARD.
It’s hard to believe that summer is over. yet here we are entering Fall. I’ve been de-cluttering the studio again and organizing my supplies and art works. I admit I haven’t been painting much lately, but enjoyed my break during the lovely weather we’ve had recently. I’ have re-worked a few older paintings and think it’s an improvement. They follow. River Rapture Some shapes were altered color enhanced and values adjusted in both paintings. Shady Sanctuary NEWS Homeless was selected for inclusion in the book, Splash; Capturing Mood, to be published in 2020 by F&W Publications.
I’ve been enjoying painting a variety of subjects lately. This portrait of my husband, Jay, was a great subject for painting the light pattern. I chose a simple palette of warm colors and tried to avoid adding too much detail. Patches is the resident cat at the assisted living where my 102 year old Mother lives. She loves having visits from this lovely, friendly fellow. I felt compelled to paint my feeling about him. I softened a lot of edges here to portray the softness of his coat. NEWS SUMMER I received notice that
The year was off to a snowy, sub zero start and I’ve procrastinated painting while doing paperwork and other cleaning and clearing in the studio. Here are my first efforts of the year. Illuminated is a new painting on Strathmore Plate 5 ply illustration board. The palette is a simple one of earth colors and blues, mingled on the surface. The composition is a close focus of a grouping of several rocks and the water around them. The background is minimal and hints that there is a forest. Unfolding is a painting of a Peony bud partially opened, on
My fall was busy with preparing paintings for many national juried shows. I also did some garden clean up and managed to complete several new paintings. Some of those follow with brief explanations. Secluded Stream is on Crescent watercolor board, which allows some lifting and assists textures to form. This was painted with warm and cool blues and yellow browns. They were allowed to mix on the surface and it was completed with glazing. Illumination, is on Waterford rough paper, which let me easily soften edges and do a certain amount of lifting. The pattern of light was all
Summer has flown by and was spent doing lots of weeding and mulching when I wasn’t painting. I have completed several landscapes and a few florals. Below are the results and a few comments about each one. Ruth Ann’s Peony was painted on vellum Strathmore heavyweight Illustration board. This board usually allows lifting, but I suspect the warm weather has affected the surface, as I found it was not possible. In fact, each time I wet he surface with a wash an ugly texture appeared. I discovered it calmed down once dry, resulting in a mostly normal texture. This made
Summer is finally here and I’ve been trying to catch up with the weeds in the gardens, so have not painted as much as I’d like. Here are some of the paintings I have produced. These first two are paintings of stray cats I’ve encountered and photographed. The first was a small kitten in a nearby feral colony. Homeless is a half sheet painting on Strathmore plate illustration board. I initially planned a dark background and some grasses around the kitten. As I developed it I thought it would better express it’s sweet and vulnerable nature to keep the background
I’ve been revisiting a few paintings from the past and painted on this one again. To the right is the original version of Dahlia Duo. I enhanced the intensity of color and values on this full sheet painting. In places the changes were subtle, but I think the painting is better for it. Here are a few recent paintings. Filtered Light is painted on Strathmore Plate Illustration board. This let me make textures and lift easily. This is a high key painting, so has no very dark values. This warm and cool painting has a simple palette of earth colors