Art In The Park Festival (Bridgton, Maine)

Join me this coming Saturday, July 21st, 9AM-4PM for the Art In The Park festival at Shorey Park in Bridgton, Maine.  This is my first time exhibiting here so I hope you’ll make a day of it and come out to see me at the show.    The art show is sponsored by Gallery302 and this year marks the 15th annual event, which says a lot about how popular it must be!  I will have original watercolor paintings as well as framed and unframed prints in many sizes and prices.  Something new… I’m now offering prints of my art in a small 5″x7″ greeting card size.  All my prints are sized to fit standard frame sizes so you can buy a frame right off the shelf in retail stores.

 

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Arts & Craft Festival (Joyce Endee Show)

Hi gang!  This weekend I’ll be taking part in an arts and craft festival on the grounds of the Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  This is my first time participating in a Joyce Endee arts and craft show and I’m looking forward to the event as well as being back in the Wolfeboro area.   You can find my booth under the big tent, not sure of my exact location until I get there.

I will have original watercolors, framed and unframed prints AND a few puzzles featuring my art. 

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2018 Year of the Dog

Earlier this year, I mentioned working on a series of artworks featuring some of our wild canines since 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar.  Other things come up, as they do, but I’m finally able to get back to work on this series.  I’ve been working on a couple of small paintings of red foxes as well as a sketch completed for a larger painting.  I’m starting with the red fox since I saw one this Spring and have some great reference photos to work with.  Here are the finished results of these two small studies so far.  I’m painting on Aquabord and having to relearn how to apply the paint since I haven’t attempted one of these since last year. I’m having fun though!  Any wild canines you can think of that I should add to the list, let me know!  Emma, my very own “wild at times” canine thinks a painting of her should be included too.  I just might have to give it a try.

 

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Art In The Park (Norwich, Vermont)

It’s that time of year again!  For me, this coming weekend marks the start of the summer art festival season.  Come out to this art show on the town green in Norwich, Vermont and see all the new paintings I’ll have on view (I’ve had a busy winter!).  This is one of several new festival venues where I’ll be exhibiting my art this year.  Of course, I’m hoping some of this art will also go home with art patrons happy with their new paintings too!  As of the latest forecast, it seems like the weather is going to cooperate too and be sunny for most of the weekend.   You can find me at booth #18 and maps with the artist locations will be available at the show.

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Painting In Progress (Atlantic Puffin)

I think I’m in love.  With puffins.  I’m back to painting Atlantic puffins.  Again.  There is something about these little seabirds that has me hooked lately.  It’s those expressive eyes and that giant, bright and colorful beak that makes them so eye catching.  And, yes, also because I think they are adorable looking too.  For this one, I’m painting on Aquabord, which I tried last year for the first time and really liked.  I’m having to re-learn how to paint on the clay surface since it’s so very different from the paper I’m accustomed to working with but I really like the vivid color that practically bursts off the surface.  What do you think?

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Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition (Waitsfield, VT)

I’m pleased to announce that two of my paintings were accepted into the 2018 Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition to be held in the The Red Barn Gallery at Lareau Farm Inn in Waitsfield, Vermont.  The show will be open from June 17th until July 28th with an opening reception on June 17th, 5:00pm-7:00pm.   Awards will be presented at this exhibition so I’m thinking good thoughts in this regard!

The Lareau Farm Inn is also the original home of the American Flatbread bakery/restaurant so after viewing the exhibit, you can stop in for a delicious pizza!  Does it get any better than that?!!

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New Owl Art – The Gallery at WREN (Bethlehem, NH)

I’ve several owl paintings now on exhibit at the gallery at WREN in Bethlehem, NH and their gallery located in the Omni Mt. Washington hotel, Bretton Woods, NH.  Owls continue to be one of my favorite subjects to paint and even after several years of painting them, I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of that creative well yet!  I see and hear owls with regularity and like to think this is nature’s way of telling me what I should be working on.  When inspiration finds you or sends you hints, I’m a firm believer in following the clues!  That said, I’ve also been seeing a lot of red foxes and coyotes this spring… I’m starting to think of changing the focus of my paintings to include some of our wild canines.

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Spring Fling – The Birds Are Back!

Despite the unseemly arctic temperatures this past April (22 degrees and snow until late in the month), the birds are migrating back!!   Saw a flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets trilling away in the trees along the brook and suddenly the trees are teeming with warbles, finches, phoebes, tree swallows, catbirds and all manner of feathered friends, singing out loud.  The first of the hummingbirds appeared last week and the robins are nesting again on the beam up in the eve of the roof.  I had a wonderful day photographing a few of the many warblers, with a couple new species I could add to my “life bird” list this year.  It was very exciting!  Saw a Black-throated Blue warbler for the first time as well as this Black & White striped warbler.  The usual pair of Canada geese are nesting on the pond and we noticed ducks using one of the duck houses we put up a couple of years ago.  Finally!!  The tree swallows have taken over another duck house but at least something avian is putting it to good use.  I have LOTS of new images to use as references for new watercolor paintings of songbirds. Stay tuned for future artwork!

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Small Works Show – Copley Society of Art

I’m pleased to announce I have three paintings which will be exhibiting at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, Mass in the upcoming summer Small Works show.  This will be my first show with this gallery since my acceptance a few months ago.  The show has a theme “Port of Call”, which is a midway point of safe harbor for ships and boats.  Since it’s a themed show, a nautical tie-in is needed with broad artistic interpretation allowed!  So, I opted to paint birds found at sea, along the seashore or those coming to shore during the nesting season and looking for “safe harbors”.  I thought puffins would make a good subject because they are so colorful and fun to look at.

 

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A Conspiracy of Ravens (raven art)

A group of ravens is called a “conspiracy of ravens”, which sounds a bit ominous to me; however, they are anything but that as far as I’m concerned!  There is a wealth of legend and folklore about ravens and it seems every culture has stories or myths about them.  They continue to show up in our modern tales too… think “Game of Thrones” here.  Despite my best efforts to date, I haven’t been able to get any good reference photos of the raven family living around my home.  The birds at the Vermont Raptor Center are the models for this drawing since the wild ones around my house haven’t been cooperative.  In my visits to VINS, I find it fascinating to watch them calling to the ravens beyond their enclosure and respond in kind to the sounds of their wild brethren.  I’m intrigued and wonder what they are saying to each other.  So, the title for this artwork is “The Calling”.

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