Here’s a look at this painting from start to finish and one I’ve been working on for some time now. You can see why!! I needed time to work on it when I could give it my undivided attention and winter is such a good time for that sort of thing! This painting will be part of my upcoming solo exhibit, “Birds Eye View” to be held later this year at the Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Look for news on this event in future posts!
Title: “Social Networking”
I started this painting at the end of last year but had to put it aside for a while. Time to bring it out and get back to work on it again. Regrettably, we didn’t have any flocks of Red-polls at our feeder this year. I’m having fun working on this as every day shows progress as I work my way down the feeder. Not quite at the halfway mark yet, but I’m close! It’s almost been like having them at my feeder. I’m working from multiple reference photos I took. I’ve had to mark the birds I selected from each photo in order to keep track as I switch from one to another. So far, so good!!
With the thought of warmer temperatures coming in the next month or so, my husband and I were inspired to make some nest boxes for wood ducks and a barred owl. I think the owls might be nesting now; however, there may yet be a “late romance” for a pair of owls who will find this box just right. We wanted to get the duck boxes up while there was still ice on the pond but these 60 degrees days have made the ice unreliable to walk on. Installing the boxes may have to wait until we can get our boat in the water now. Colder, more seasonable temperatures are expected for this week so there may still be an opportunity to get them up before the spring migration of waterfowl comes to our area.
Early one Sunday morning, we just happened upon this adolescent moose foraging along a stream near our house. I’m not sure who was more surprised…us or the moose! This was before we just got a dumping of over 35″ of snow and we haven’t seen it since but it’s encouraging to know moose are around the area. Given the decline of moose in New Hampshire, it was encouraging to see it looking so healthy too. We had seen the tracks of two moose, a mother with it’s calf early last year, so I’m assuming this one is now old enough to have separated from it’s mother. I hope to catch sight of it again for the simple enjoyment of watching it mature to an adult. I recently read the moose population in NH has gone from 8,000 to 3,800 in recent years due to ticks and other environmental factors. Hope there is a solution soon or we will no longer have this beautiful creature sharing our world. Been a while since I’ve created a painting of a moose… I think it’s time for a new one.
Two of my paintings, yes… TWO, were accepted into the North East Watercolor Society’s annual juried member’s show to be held in the Orange Hall gallery at the SUNY Orange Community College located in Middletown, New York. This is my first time with this event! The exhibit is open from February 6th until March 22nd, 2017. If you live in or around the area, be sure to check out the show!
An open reception will be held on Sunday, March 5, 1-4:15pm with awards announced at 3:45pm. The gallery is open: Mon-Thurs 10-8pm and Fri 9-6pm. For directions go to www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs
Stage 1: Here’s a peek at the stages of a work in progress currently on the drawing table. A lot of little details in this piece and that’s not even including the birds yet! But, that’s part of the fun for me. Along with my imagination, I’m using parts of several photographs for creating the composition. This image shows the completed sketch with masking so I can work on the background without having the paint bleed onto the birds, flowers and leaves.
Stage 2: I’ve put the first layer of color in the sky, then another soft wash of a transparent green (using Viridian here) over the blue along the bottom half of the image.
Stage 3: In this phase, I’m working on completing the flowers and leaves while painting my way down from the top. Lots of little details and subtle shading here, with the flowers adding a nice “POP” of color bringing the foliage into the foreground.
My artwork will be featured on a new puzzle available in 2017 at retail stores and also wholesale by the Sunsout, Inc. puzzle company! I have to thank my brother Phil, for his kitten, my friend Karen W. for her puppy and my neighbor, Laurie M. for her quilt as they provided the models for this painting. I’ve been told a puzzle needs to be challenging but not too hard to finish or it’s just not fun. I think I’ve struck the right balance with this one and hope you think so too. I can’t wait to see it in stores!!
Hmm… Looking for something to do after the holidays? We’re heading into the heart of winter, a time when it feels likes it’s ALWAYS dark with endless cold days and nights ahead of us. Snap out of it!! Pull on your boots and mittens, embrace the winter months and come into the warmth and light of the Lincoln Public Library in Lincoln, New Hampshire where you can join me at the opening of my first 2017 exhibit. This show features a collection of framed giclee artworks of many of my most popular bird and animal art on display. We’ll have cider, cookies and other tasty treats for you to snack on as you enjoy the artwork, browse for a good book or two to take home and hang out with one of your favorite north country artists. Not to mention the helpful and friendly group at the library!
We’ve had our first serious snowfall and almost immediately, our woodland neighbors showed up. Somehow, I think they know when we start putting out seeds and corn for the birds. Our compost pile is close by where the remains of the pumpkins and squash we chucked over there are a big draw too. We’ve found large pieces of pumpkin carried into the woods, no doubt to be enjoyed in solitude. I watched a snowshoe hare breaking a trail by tamping down the snow with it’s large back feet and biting off twigs and other small debris in the way. It found a good spot to snuggle down in between two piles of snow and rest before going back to work. It was so well camouflaged I would never have seen it had it not moved while I was looking in it’s direction. I just love it when these little glimpses of nature happen around me when I least expect them!