Saturday, February 27, 2010

My new Joe Miller's Signature easel has arrived. I have been painting this afternoon and it is perfect. It is so nice to paint watercolor standing comfortably, but the design allows for use sitting too...The sable brush I bought at the same time is also a joy to use. There is a lot to be said about using quality materials.

We are buried in snow and slush here in Weld. Suddenly it is Winter again, but it has been warm, and the high water content in the snow promises a quick melt as soon as the sun comes out. Trees are being tapped all over town, and Maple Syrup Sunday will be right around the corner!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

32 degrees in Weld today. It feels like March and looks like April! Finally got my photos from vacation sorted out, and then did this quick sketch of the Bass Harbor Light. It is not "frame worthy", but it proves I have been wetting my brushes!

When we walked down the stairs to take this photo we met the nicest woman, we talked for nearly an hour. It is odd when you meet a stranger, exchange fairly intimate details about each others lives, and then say goodbye.....

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Last fall we finally toured the Olsen house in Cushing Me, (Part of the Farnsworth Museum). I loved this scene inside the front door, the house was mostly empty, one or two pieces in each room, just enough for fantasy to take over...I can just imagine someone coming in from a long day in the garden, hanging up their hat and.....

A very inspiring place for anyone, but especially for artists!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Molly and Laddie, my babies. I have always wanted a "Lassie" dog, we had lost our last Rottie, and I picked out Mollie, then Chris learned that the "white" dog in the litter was not sold, and without even seeing him, said he wanted him. We ended up with two of the best dogs we have ever owned. Oh, they shed, and boy do they bark, and they would chase bikes if allowed, but they have lived up to the "Lassie" standard in my book. Later I will post a painting I did using this photo as a reference.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

17 degrees, very little snow here in Weld. We are expecting a little today, I am hoping we have enough to cover the ground, bare ground in Feb is not pretty!

Today I join many of my customers in the long wait for a package! It has not even shipped yet and I am waiting eagerly. I broke down and ordered a beautiful field easel this weekend. I have been searching for just the right one, and think I found it. It has four legs, which I feel will be sturdier. I weighs ten pounds so I can carry it for a while..and I can keep it set up in the studio where I have desperately needed a second easel. I also broke down and ordered my first sable brush. I have so many brushes, but I am slowly finding which ones I love, and hopefully this sable will join the pack!

Large moose went through the yard last night, I am glad the horse was in. I must remember to check the fence this morning before I let Milford out. Moose roaming around is a sign of Spring!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

I did this for a challenge on Wet Canvas. I am not happy with the results, but I am happy that it is done and uploaded to the site! Slow learning curve on how to resize, and have a lot to learn about adjusting color balance....
today is my first day, so far I have pushed a little paint around, but a head cold is making me lazy. Just finished a bowl of chili. Headed out to feed the horse, and then, hopefully complete a watercolor which I shall post here later! Wish me luck.

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