Friday, August 31, 2007

Nude #264- 8"x10"- watercolor on canvas


Sometimes I just have to break away from what I normally do. I save pictures from magazines and newspapers all the time. I use them for reference either in design work or as inspiration for paintings. This one is from a fashion catalogue and I undressed the model. I have been looking at a lot of other Artist's painting lately and have been taken by the mood that Artist can create. I never do that consciously when I paint my nudes. I am trying that here and want to explore that. I guess this an attempt at ambiance. I admit it is a bit contrived. Oh well.

Nude #262- 20"x26" watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite & silver leaf on paper


I wanted to get back into doing some stencils and patterns.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The moon I saw last night- 14"x17' gouache on paper

This is from my memory of what was so beautiful last night. I was walking late in the farm lands in the Hudson Valley. The sky is bigger there and I was taken away by the beauty of the clouds that were illuminated by the moon. I was reminded of the Rousseau print that hung on my parents bedroom wall when I was a child. I would stare at it and was carried away with the scene of A Carnival Evening, wondering what was going on in the woods under that moon....

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Nude #259- 18"x24"- watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite on paper

The pink color which I added later when I got some space from this nude makes if more feminine and contemporary...nd I love shocking pink!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Nude #258- 16"x20"- watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite on paper

On this day I forgot to bring my watercolors. I only had my palette with the leftovers from last time. I had to make due. I like the cool tones that I used in this limited palette.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Nude #256- 16"x20" watercolor, oil, pastel, graphite on paper

I used neon red pastel to electrify the outer edge of this standing nude. Then I balanced the color with whitened thalo green on the shadow side.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Nude #255- 7"x10" graphite, gouache & silver leaf on cardboard

This is another very quick sketch that I did at the tail end of a longer pose when I had some extra time. I am liking these simple quick ones the best.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Nude #253- 8.5"x11.5" watercolor & graphite on paper

This is a very quick sketch with paint & graphite. Often I like these quick studies the best because of their simplicity.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Nude #252 - 19.5"x25.5" - watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite on paper

The pale porcelain color of her skin portrays a feminine feeling that I was trying to capture. Her flame red hair contrasts but doesn't clash.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Nude #250- 15"x28"- watercolor, pastel, graphite on paper

In this nude I used neon fire orange pastel to highlight areas of her skin that held heat. You can really feel how hot she is when you see this in the flesh. (.....a little artist humor)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Wildflowers overlooking Lobster Cove- 12"x16" watercolor & graphite on paper

Walking away from the cove on the path after the last painting I did one look behind me and saw these picturesque wildflowers above the view and stopped and plopped myself down. Now, I surely was going to be late meeting my friends for ice cream.....on vacation, it's all about the ice cream!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Lobster Cove, Monhegan - 12"x16" watercolor, graphite & gouache on paper

I sat here painting away. It was a little hike off the trail and suddenly I thought uh-oh, maybe the tide came in and I would be stranded on these rocks. I would be stranded and missing out on ice cream before the shop closed where I was supposed to meet everyone before dinner. That's what we do here on our vacation - eat ice cream before dinner. I made it though - ginger and cookie dough double scoop!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

"Treetops" Morning View - 6"x8.5" oil pastel on paper

This is a slice of what I would see each morning when I sat in my chair in the back yard of the cottage while I would sketch and write.. Bees buzzing, birds chirping, butterflies floating, wind blowing high in the treetops- in fact the name of our cottage was "Treetops".

Friday, August 10, 2007

Jazz - 18"x24" oil

This is a portrait in memory of my beautiful black cat, Jazz, who passed away this afternoon at around 3:00. I loved him a lot and he loved me.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Storm Cloud - 8"x10.5" oil pastel on paper

I was sitting high up on Manana Island, which is off of Monhegan, busy doing other landscape views when I turned around and saw this cloud approaching behind me. I had to sketch it as fast as I could and then pack up my supplies to get to the kayak to avoid the potential downpour. I like that I was able to capture exactly what I saw, so fast - under 5 mins. and dash away.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

View from Hammock - 7"x9" watercolor & graphite on paper

Did I forget to mention that I was going to Monhegan Island, Me. for a week....I think maybe so. This beautiful slow island is filled with Artists and no cars. It's all about walking on trails to lazy destinations, like naps in the hammock or naps on the porch or painting on site at .... ?.... stay tuned for more sketches and paintings from what I did on my summer vacation tomorrow and the next day and so on. It is so good to go away and it is so good to come back home.