Friday, August 12, 2016

Plein Air Diving Competition

And a funny thing happened.....
on the Jersey Shore
hilarious really if it didn't happen to you.

The Place:


I spent an entire afternoon painting Polly's Bait and Tackle on a dock on the bayside.
It's was very windy so I tied a beach umbrella around a piling and set
up my easel in the shade underneath.
I kept my left hand on the easel the whole time even though it was
heavily weighted down.
Until I didn't.

Honestly I felt the wind had died down late in the afternoon,
and I was getting tired, and I needed to clean my brush.
So for one second I took my left hand off and THAT was THE MOMENT
my entire painting kit did a back flip off the dock 
four feet down into the murky water.

My jaw dropped with shock!  
Just before I shouted a four letter exclamation (oops) in front of
a deck full of families eating dinner after taking a ride on the Pirate Ship,
most of which turned to look as I jumped into the water before everything floated
away on the tide.
After all I still had another day, I needed my stuff!
I knew it was low tide but it was deeper than I thought!

The Ugly Truth:
Everything you see here except the umbrella went in,
the palette box, backpack, easel, painting, me....

The Challenge:
It was clearly more challenging getting out than it was getting in.
After all it was a boat dock and not a swimming area.
But I didn't even think about that until a nice group of ladies ran over to ask if I was OK and
"Can you get out"? 
hummmmm
I hauled myself into a near by boat, no small feat I might add,
and they helped pull the ropes in so I could reach the dock.
Nice peeps, we'll probably keep in touch.


Most everything was salvaged successfully.
( Except sadly a few of my favorite Rosemary Brushes:((((
My new fried Polly from Polly's Bait and Tackle let me use her crab net
to fish out my turp can, part of it at least, once I realized it was missing and
the water settled down enough for me to see something shinny on the bottom.
Everybody need a little help from their friends:)

The plein air adventure continues.....
Next time more about the show and what I painted there...

Thanks for following along!






Plein Air Diving Competition

And a funny thing happened.....
on the Jersey Shore
hilarious really if it didn't happen to you.

The Place:


I spent an entire afternoon painting Polly's Bait and Tackle on a dock on the bayside.
It's was very windy so I tied a beach umbrella around a piling and set
up my easel in the shade underneath.
I kept my left hand on the easel the whole time even though it was
heavily weighted down.
Until I didn't.

Honestly I felt the wind had died down late in the afternoon,
and I was getting tired, and I needed to clean my brush.
So for one second I took my left hand off and THAT was THE MOMENT
my entire painting kit did a back flip off the dock 
four feet down into the murky water.

My jaw dropped with shock!  
Just before I shouted a four letter exclamation (oops) in front of
a deck full of families eating dinner after taking a ride on the Pirate Ship,
most of which turned to look as I jumped into the water before everything floated
away on the tide.
After all I still had another day, I needed my stuff!
I knew it was low tide but it was deeper than I thought!

The Ugly Truth:
Everything you see here except the umbrella went in,
the palette box, backpack, easel, painting, me....

The Challenge:
It was clearly more challenging getting out than it was getting in.
After all it was a boat dock and not a swimming area.
But I didn't even think about that until a nice group of ladies ran over to ask if I was OK and
"Can you get out"? 
hummmmm
I hauled myself into a near by boat, no small feat I might add,
and they helped pull the ropes in so I could reach the dock.
Nice peeps, we'll probably keep in touch.


Most everything was salvaged successfully.
( Except sadly a few of my favorite Rosemary Brushes;(
My new fried Polly from Polly's Bait and Tackle let me use her crab net
to fish out my turp can, part of it at least, once I realized it was missing and
the water settled down enough for me to see something shinny on the bottom.
Everybody need a little help from their friends:)

The plein air adventure continues.....
Next time more about the show and what I painted there...

Thanks for following along!






Thursday, July 28, 2016

Minstrel painting progression and tips on inspiration

Minstrel
9x12 oil on board

I had alot of fun painting this one. I even remembered to take photos along the
way so I made a progression video you can see



Why did I have so much fun?  
I'd like to share something special with you because I 
don't think you can ever have too much encouragement or inspiration
no matter where you are on your artistic journey.

Whether you're just beginning, somewhere in the middle or a tad bit
over-seasoned.  I'm a big Dreama Tolle Perry fan and she has developed
an online course that offers something for everyone.
  It's loaded with great tips and
techniques that are fun to experiment with and add to your routine if you like.

It's about much more than how to paint.
For me it's about learning to LOVE to paint again and the 
simple joy of the creative process.

She's starting another year long course in September and you can read about it here:
You can even win a free course so check it out!
I think she's going someplace fabulous next year and you can too without even taking out your passport;))))


My version of the exercise in week two.
Dreama's Cupcake

I find these exercises to be a great warm up and then you can bake your own cupcakes 
just the way you like. 

I had an attitude adjustment about my approach to painting and was able
to release my judgement and attachment to outcome.
(just one painting at a time;)
And THAT is why I had so much fun painting the Minstrel.

Happy painting and thanks for following along!




Monday, July 25, 2016

Alive and Well

Tracks Less Traveled
9x12  oil
painted plein air in the Adirondacks

I am so thrilled and honored to have been accepted into the
OPA Salon with this painting.
Such a delightful surprise and I'm feeling really fortunate.
I know! I could hardly believe it myself:)))))
But here's proof: click here
and you can see the acceptance list.
Pinch me please:)



I've really missed blogging and sharing with you, just been so busy painting! If you missed my
last newsletter you can check it out by clicking here.
It's all about the trip organized by Eric Rhoads to the Adirondacks called Publishers Invitational
which was one of my ultimate painting experiences.  

I can't say enough about these trips I've been on.  Having the time to really
focus on just painting in a beautiful environment with other artists is wonderful.

My first trip was to Fall Color Week when I only knew one other person.
Since them I'm hooked and have met lots of great people. The next one is
this fall and you can find the info here if you're interested.

Hope to see you there!





Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Plein Air on a Texas Dude Ranch

Deerly Beloved
12 x 12
oil on museum board

I went on a painting trip to the Silver Spur Ranch in 
Bandares, Texas.
They had tons of things to paint and I'd love to go back.
I'll share some more of my plein air paintings that I did there when I get back from the 
Plein Air Convention in Tuscon.
But right now I'm off to paint some cacti there.  Can't wait!

I have to give credit for this painting's clever title to my
friend Robin Cheers.
I was looking for something that combined the cow skulls
with the well worn John Deer tractor
and Robin said it perfectly- thanks!
You can see Robin's work here.

Thanks for letting me share my artwork with you!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Joie de peindre en plein air!

Cuban Mariachi
12 x 9
oil on museum board

This was a painting I started in Cuba.
I seem to paint alot of musicians
because I'm attracted to the energy and the feeling of celebration.
They move like crazy and eventually leave.
I know, you'd like I'd catch on.
They left in about 15 minutes and I didn't even get a photo of them!
So I decided to carry on with the background.
After about 20 minutes they closed the curtain to the arcade!
Plein air, French for outdoors, has it's own special challenges.
That's why I named this post:
Joie de peindre en plein air!

My friend Brenda Boylan who went on the trip too Cuba too
painted this same scene from the other side of the arcade.
It's so interesting to me to see different artist's
interpretation of the same place.
Check out her version http://brendaboylan.com/here:
http://brendaboylan.com/

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mistaken Identity

58 Cuban Caddy
24 x 30
oil on canvas

This painting started as 56 Chevy.
That's what I thought anyway.
Thanks to my neighbors for the correction:)
It turned into a 58 Cuban Caddy.
Who knew?
Obviously not me...

This is my first car painting from my visit to Cuba.
There will be more.
Lots of fun:)


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