Backyard Bird Count Weekend

This is an annual event my husband and I take part in each year.  We make sure to have several types of bird feeders set up around the yard for both the ground feeding birds and those that like a perch.  And, yes, the red and grey squirrels can be counted on to notice a free meal!  I always hope for something really unusual to make an appearance but most often we’re treated to the usual birds found in this snowy mountain area.  During this year’s count, it was extremely cold with blustery winds and a high temperature during the day only in the teens and below zero at night.  I’m not sure if this was a factor for the low count, or if it was just our area this year, but I admire how these littlest of creatures can survive the winter months.  And very glad they do.  Regrettably, our resident owl was absent so I didn’t include it in the count; however,  we saw a group of tom turkeys, a ruffed grouse and a flock of Common Redpoll finches that suddenly arrived.  Very considerate of them to show up just in time for the bird count weekend!

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North East Watercolor Society Member Exhibit (SUNY Community College)

I recently learned two of my paintings were accepted into the annual North East Watercolor Society member exhibition to be held in the Orange Hall Gallery at the SUNY Orange Community College in Middletown, New York.  The show will be on exhibit from February 3rd – March 18th, 2019 with a reception and awards on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 1pm-4:15 pm.  The gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Friday 9:00AM to 6:00pm.  For directions, go to : SUNYORANGECCOLLEGE .

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Award of Merit (Copley Society of Art)

I am just THRILLED beyond words to have recently learned one of my paintings, “Apple of My Eye”, in the “Small Works-Fruition” exhibit at the Copley Society of Art has earned an Award of Merit!!  Chosen by the Copley Society art committee, exceptional pieces in the small works show are recognized with awards of merit.   These awards are based on the professionalism of presentation, technique, composition and style.  The awards of merit are beneficial to artists seeking advancement within the ranks of the Copley Society.  Did I say how excited I am about this?  There’s something to put in my “good news” jar for 2019!!

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“Fruition” Exhibit at Copley Society of Art (Boston, MA)

Title: “Apple of My Eye”

I will have two new watercolor paintings in the first show of 2019 at the Copley Society of Art gallery in Boston, Massachusetts this month.  What a great way to start the new year! The dictionary defines the meaning of fruition as “the realization of something desired or worked.  It also says it’s the “condition of being fruitful”.  I pondered what to create for this while on walks with our dog or puttering in the studio.  Apples kept coming to mind and got me thinking of our own journey to fruition.  About 8 years ago we sold a parcel of land, which had an abandoned grove of apple trees that produced delicious apples.  We picked as many apples as we could before the sale and planted some of the seeds from them.  To our amazement, one of the seeds took and a small sapling grew.  We planted it in a pot and lovingly nursed it along over the next few years, took it with us when we bought a new house and finally planted it in our yard here.  Now, that apple tree is over eight feet tall, and it hasn’t produced fruit yet, but I’m told it takes 7-10 years before an apple tree is mature enough to have apples.  We remain hopeful.  For this show, I created paintings of apple trees and the birds I’ve seen in them.  The blossoms and then fruits of the apple trees attract bugs, which then attract the birds.  In turn, this attracts the artist (aka: me) who’s inspired to create these paintings, making a case for the definition of the realization of something worked for…  Of course, I could also say the opportunity to exhibit these paintings at the Copley Gallery are “the realization of something desired” too!

The opening night reception will be January 10th, 5:30pm-7:30pm and the “Fruition” show will be on exhibit from January 10th through April 28th at the Copley Society of Art, 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.


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Holiday Small Works Show (WREN gallery)

The W.R.E.N holiday small works exhibit, is current up and open to the public.  Two of my newest and more vibrant artworks are in this show.  I hope one or both might brighten the walls of someone looking to bring a little more color into their life. This painting, titled “A World View”, is a watercolor on Aquabord.  The size is 8″ x 8″ and it’s framed in one of my custom made walnut frames.  Be sure to visit the The Gallery at WREN on Main Street in Bethlehem, New Hampshire if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas.

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Photo Adventures in the Wild (birds in winter)

Haven’t had much time to get out taking photos of the wildlife and birds in and around my home range lately, but I did manage a couple of hours in the woods around my house at least.  I’m noticing lots of Evening Grosbeaks suddenly show up at the feeders lately, and since they are on the “threatened” list of bird species, I was delighted to see them.  Also had a female Northern Cardinal put in an appearance for a few days.  And then a male showed up a few days later!  From my shriek of delight you’d have thought a unicorn suddenly showed up in the yard!  From all I’ve read in various “birding reports”, this is expected to be a big year for bird eruption sightings so I’m looking forward to any unusual bird sightings that may occur in the coming winter months.  I’ve noticed a lot more nuthatches than I’ve seen in a long time as well as unusually high numbers of red and grey squirrels this year.   Despite it being winter, there’s still plenty of wildlife activity and subject matter for my art.  Enough to keep me busy in the months to come!  What are you seeing in and around where you live?

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Painting The Birds of Summer (Goldfinch & Sunflower)

We’re already in winter mode here in the mountains and it came abruptly, hard on the heels of autumn. One day there were fall leaves, and the next morning, we’re waking up to a foot of snow blanketing everything.  As much as I’m NOT looking forward to shoveling snow, I am looking forward to the quiet that seems to blanket the natural world as we settle in, both physically and mentally here in the mountains.  But, that doesn’t mean I’ve given up painting the birds of this past summer! We have goldfinches year-round and hearing their cheerful, and some might say “cheeky” twittering, as they socialize around the feeder is always fun.  I made a “note to self” to paint something cheerful and thought a goldfinch would fits the idea nicely.  It’s titled, “A World View” and is my newest watercolor on Aquabord.

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Holiday Small Works Show – Copley Society of Art

The Holiday Small Works Show opens today at the Copley Society of Art in Boston. The exhibit will be up from November 16th – December 23rd.  I have three small paintings in the show and though they may be but small in size, they are mighty in color!  Each painting is about 5″ x 5″ and are finished in my custom made walnut frames with conservation glass, white mat and ready to hang on the wall.  All you have to do is wrap it in some festive holiday paper and watch the bird lover on your list enjoy opening a unique gift of art.  Well… first you have to buy the art at the gallery! In some cultures, cardinals are thought to be the spirits of loved ones we have lost.  I had a cardinal show up at my feeder one day last week and I never see them.  This was following the recent loss of someone I knew, so perhaps there is something to this.  It certainly makes for a comforting thought.

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Don’t Be Out Foxed!! (Red fox art)

These are two small watercolor paintings on Aquabord that I have on exhibit at the Copley Society of Art in Boston for the fall member’s small works show.  I just love the way the watercolors POP on the Aquabord surface!  The show is up until November 8th so you still have a little time to get down to the gallery, if you are looking to add a little color in your life.

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Copley Society of Art – In Full Color Exhibit

There are still two weeks left to see the small works of art I currently have exhibiting at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, Mass.  This is the fall member’s show, “In Full Color” and it really lives up to the name!  I have a couple of my most colorful paintings in this show and hope they’ll find new homes before the show closes on November 8th, 2018.  If you live in Boston or are visiting the city, be sure to stop by the gallery and take a look at the show.  The piece on the left is titled, “Autumn Equinox” and is my idea of an “abstract” painting.  It’s one of my newest watercolor paintings on Aquabord.  Please visit my website for more info about this painting or give me a call!

Title: “Autumn Equinox”, 6″ x 6″

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