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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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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