A Leap of Faith and New Beginnings

Wishing you all a happy holiday and new year!

As the 2021 year comes to a close, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who purchased my art for themselves or as a gift to someone else.  Thank you for making my art part of your life and displaying it in your home.  I’m grateful to everyone who enjoys my art and makes it possible for me to have a career as an artist. 

Another difficult year comes to an end but I remain hopeful for better things to come.  Despite the difficulties (Covid or related to!) there have been high moments too, like being the recipient of a Micro grant for my studio business and finding a commercial space to open my own gallery (Coming in 2022! More on that in future posts…).  I will be taking a leap of faith in the coming new year and hope you’ll continue to follow along with me! 

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – C.S. Lewis

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Step by Step Watercolor Painting (Snowy Owl)

Here’s another look at my painting process with this recently completed watercolor of a snowy owl.  All those feather details… whew!!  I had to keep stepping away from it every 15 minutes or so in order to look at it with “fresh eyes”.  In this instance, my “model” was one of the snowy owls at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, Vermont.  On my list “things to do” is to go on a birding adventure so I can look for snowy owls in the field.  Until then, the owls at VINS are the perfect muse.  Visit my website to see a larger image of the artwork!  

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New Watercolor In Progress (Barn Owl)

Another new owl painting is in the works.  It’s a barn owl this time.  These are such mystery creatures with all sorts of folklore associated with them.  Barn owls are also known as the “ghost owl” because of their silent flight and pale coloring.  I just think they are incredibly beautiful and have such “soulful” expressions.  It’s a joy painting them.  The finished painting, which I’m titling “Night Owl” will soon be added to my website so be sure to visit it to see what’s new!

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Holiday Small Works (Copley Society of Art)

I have several watercolor paintings in the current holiday small  works exhibit at the Copley Society of Art.  If you’re looking for some new art for yourself or as a gift to someone else, be sure to check out the show online HOLIDAYSMALLWORKS or by visiting the Copley gallery in person.  I’d love to see these small works go to a new home before the end of the year!  You’ll find small works feature male and female cardinals and one of a downy woodpecker, all framed in our trademark custom wood frames with museum quality matting, conservation glass and ready to hang on the wall.  All you need do is wrap it up and put it under the tree in time for the holiday!

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A Turning Point (On Reynolds Pond)

I woke up this morning to find the pond covered by the first thin layer of ice this year.  After several mornings with a hard frost, I knew it wouldn’t be long before this happened.  It’s a turning point in the season and a nod to the colder weather to come.  There are still ducks on the pond, the hardy little Hooded Mergansers have been resting up here for the long journey south.  It won’t be long before they leave too and the pond will become quiet, settling down and at rest for the long winter.  In my own way, I am also “settling in” at the studio although I can’t say I’m “at rest“.  With the garden put to bed, the lawnmowers stored away and most of the shows for the season done, I am looking forward to having more time to focus on creative things.  I can take time for a 30 minute walk in the woods to get a nature fix before grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and heading into the studio.  Stay tuned for some new works coming off the drawing board soon!

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