Friday, December 30, 2011
I came across this today and thought it so beautiful that I had to post and save it. LARRY LEVIS Caravaggio: Swirl & Vortex (reprinted by permisson of University of Pittsburgh Press)
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The cleome is a wonderful annual that is tall and continues to bloom all summer. It's also known as the spider flower. Nice long seed pods develop as the flower continues to bloom up the stem. And the great thing? All those seeds set themselves for a garden full of cleome the following spring. 5"x7" on board and gold leaf.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Kenneth Stubbs show at PAAM which we will attend. Also, the galleries are open late and offer wine and cheese.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Datura Metel, also known as Angel's Trumpet, Devil's Trumpet, Thorn Apple.
Datura metel grows in the wild in all the warmer parts of the world, and is cultivated worldwide for its chemical and ornamental properties. It was first described by Linnaeus in 1753, but no botanically correct illustrations or descriptions were made until after the New World was settled. It is not possible to be sure about its original home. According to
Preissel, Ulrike; Hans-Georg Preissel (2002). Brugmansia and Datura: Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books. pp. 120–123. ISBN 1-55209-598-3. 5"x7" oil on board and gold leaf.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The datura is an interesting flower to grow. It blooms in the evening or sometimes early morning and wilts as the sun rises in the sky. The dew on it in the morning reminds me of Man Ray's Tears. And the flower is so delicate that the light shines through like through silk.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Today the wind has blown a steady 20 mph, but the air is crisp and the sky clear. It is one of those days that the sailors love on Buzzards Bay when you can set the spinnaker and race. We are on alert for a category 2 hurricane, Irene, to hit Saturday or Sunday. That will be the end of the garden.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
The last 3 days I've been in Ogunquit, ME and Rockport, Salem, MA. The NYC library's Hudson River School paintings were on view at the Peabody Essex. These were early paintings by those artists interested in capturing the American landscape. They are not as strong as the later pieces by the group. What I found more interesting was a show of Man Ray and Lee Miller works created when they were a team. His work appealed to me more, but I think that may have been because she was the subject.
We attended a concert in Rockport at the new Shalin Liu Performance Center. It is a small but visually powerful venue which sits directly on the coast. The back stage wall is glass and the interior reflects the shapes and colors of the rocks and water. Just beautiful.
Leaves traps shadows
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Another beautiful summer day. The osprey are over head teaching the chick to soar on the thermals. the gold finch have found the sunflowers the chipmunks planted and the tomatoes are coming.
I worked back into the gerbera (left side only) and added some details such as water drops to the zinnia.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
I'm working simultaneously on some small flower paintings from our garden. This triptych study of yellow flowers is a small, 11 x 5.5", oil on board. The divisions are routed. I am thinking of participating in a daily painters site. These (and single flowers) would be what I present.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Today I put in the basic placement of the branches and made some indications of the leaf placement, which should help me decide how to handle the far ground. I tried some green along the top and now think I should add more toward the horizon line. The color needs to be in high contrast with the blueberry bush, though.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Worked mostly the foreground and then the distant trunks. The foreground is Brownish Madder. Magnificent isn't it? Working with translucent colors like these on white board is similar to the glazing I've been doing on gold leaf. But, I intended it as only a wash. I'm intrigued enough to experiment with it later. The quality of the chroma is so rich.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
After much sketching, I've started the 3rd series of the Highbush Blueberry. Same size 34" x 24", oil on board. I'm changing the composition a bit from the drawing, putting the bush more in the middle ground and reducing it's size to fit the canvas. It will have more of a composition like Fall. Concentration will be more on color and less on form. Then for Summer I will return to a closer view of the branches as in Winter. I keep humming Louis Armstrong.
I found my thrill ......on blueberry hill
On blueberry hill ......when I found you
The moon stood still ......on blueberry hill
And lingered until ......my dreams came true
(the wind in the willow played.......love’s sweet melody
But all of those vows we made...... were never to be)
Though we’re apart......you’re part of me still
For you were my thrill......on blueberry hill