Photo Adventures In The Wild (Yellowstone National Park)

We recently traveled farther afield for one of our photo adventures to explore the vast wildness of Yellowstone National Park.  It was amazing in so many ways… I will never be the same again.  I’m not ready to sell everything and move West… but it was close!  Apparently it has this affect on people and I get it.  Totally.  The breathtaking vistas, the seemingly endless open space and the rugged beauty of the mountains as well as the wildlife viewing kept me enthralled during every moment of our time spent there.  I have about 1500 photos to go through and I am thrilled with the amount of reference materials I have for some future art!  My only regret was not seeing any of the wolves of the Lamar Valley or another pack from other areas of the park.  We tried but it just didn’t happen for us with this trip.  The hordes of people made things a bit difficult as far as driving the roads went but we found many places and quiet moments to enjoy the compelling wilderness areas and to view the diverse wildlife found there.  We were told this  was a record breaking year for attendance at the park and I believe it!  The elk, mule deer, big-horn sheep and pronghorn antelope were a thrill to see as well as several birds on my “life bird” list.  And, I’ve finally seen a buffalo in the wild…  Life is good.  Stay tuned for more on my Yellowstone photo adventure!

 

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The Doors Are Opening Soon!!

Can you believe it’s Autumn already!?  It’s also that time of year when I’ll open the doors for my 4th annual open studio weekend.  By the time of my opening, things should be looking pretty darn colorful… inside and out!!  I’m already hanging art, making my “to do” lists (and checking it twice!) as well as planning what sort of deliciousness will come from the oven in the kitchen.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and I’m donating 10% of all the sales at the open studio to the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge.  If you are looking for places to go to see the glorious foliage and embrace your inner bird-nerd, Pondicherry is the place for you.

Of course, I’m hoping you’ll also want to stop in at my open studio and embrace your favorite artist too!

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Hidden Nature Exhibit (Cold Mountain Cafe)

I am honored to have my artwork on display at the Cold Mountain Cafe on Main Street in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.  I’ve long wanted to show my art there and was thrilled when the owners, Kate and Colleen, accepted me for the month of October this year.  As well as finding a friendly face, delicious food and a welcoming atmosphere, you can view my art while you enjoy a meal with family and friends.  All the art is available for sale and will be on exhibit from October 1st through November 4th.

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Woodstock Art Festival (Woodstock, VT)

Join me this weekend, September 8th & 9th at the Woodstock Arts Festival in Woodstock, Vermont from 10am to 4pm both days.  AND… the weather will be in the cool and comfy 60-70 degrees!  As well as sunny, and well, just a perfect Fall day.  This will be my last outdoor art festival of the season and continues to be one of my favorite shows in Vermont.  I’ll have original paintings and prints in a range of prices available.  You can find me in booth#21 on the green in the center of town, across the street from the Woodstock Inn.

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Photo Adventures In The Field

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my photo adventures and there have been several memorable trips out in the field this past summer.  Sometimes it’s right in the woods around my home and others happen a bit farther afield.  The young of many birds have fledged and are making their way into the world.  Whether they are following their parents or striking out on their own, it offers lots of opportunities to observe and photograph them.  And sometimes, I’m in the right place, at the right time… and just happen to have my camera on hand, which is what happened with this eagle photo.  It’s not everyday that I see an eagle fishing along the Ammonoosuc river!  And I’ve been making regular visits to various ponds in search of loons this summer.  Had a bit of luck in that regard too!  Found pairs of loons nesting on a couple of ponds and was able to take some wonderful photos.  Didn’t get any photos of young loons this year but maybe on next summer’s photo adventure!

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Painting In Progress (Moose)

I’m working on two versions of this moose.  This one is a commissioned work with evergreen trees in the background and the second painting will feature more of a Fall background.  The work in progress is slow going at the moment but I’m pleased with how the commissioned one is coming out so far.  I’ve had the reference photo for this moose image in my files and longed to paint it for a while now.  You know how that goes… just too many irons in the fire.  So when a client requested a moose, I jumped at the chance to paint it!

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4th Annual Open Studio – (Littleton, NH)

Mark your calendars!!  I will be hosting my 4th Annual Open Studio weekend on October 13th & 14th this year.  I know, August seems early to be talking about it but I want to be sure you put the date in your calendar and help me have a successful event by stopping in that weekend.

The year 2018 is a special year because it marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of the first federal environmental laws enacted which protects over 800 species of migratory birds.  The law was enacted in an era when many bird species were threatened by the commercial trade in birds and bird feathers and the protections also cover the habitat and environs necessary for the bird’s survival.

To mark the centennial, I’d like to once again donate a portion of the sales of my artwork at my Open Studio Weekend to the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, which is a major stopping place for migratory birds and located right here in the northern region of little ol’ New Hampshire!  Pondicherry is one of my favorite places to embrace my inner “bird nerd” self, connect with nature and take the photos I use as visual memory guides when I’m back in my studio creating artwork.

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Art In The Park -Mount Washington Valley Arts (North Conway, NH)

Join me this Saturday in North Conway for the arts & fine craft festival!  I’ll be located in Tent #2 at Booth space #18.  Schouler Park is right in the center of town on Route 302 and across from the train station.  Just look for all the big tents! 

I will have original watercolor art as well as prints in a variety of sizes and prices to choose from.  The show will take place , rain or shine and is always a fun show to be a part of.  The food and music are terrific too!  

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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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