Monday, September 30, 2013

Half-Hour Portrait

Another portrait from Sunday. Such a sweet face.
I won’t be posting for the next few days—I’ll be painting farmland in Maine and will not be taking along my computer. Back on Thursday or Friday. I’m excited!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Swamp at the Tourne

I painted this last week in New Jersey. Yes, New Jersey! I’ve had my eye on this swamp for a few years now. It’s enormous. According to a woman who came hiking by, it used to be a woodland, and then beavers came along and dammed up the stream, eventually turning it into a wetland. I like it this way. So does the pileated woodpecker who was tearing chunks out of one of the dead trees.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Very Old Tug

I discovered this boat yard a couple weeks ago. It appears to be where boats go to live out their final days. There must be a hundred boats in various stages of decrepitude, leaning this way and that, with grass growing up between them. It seemed deserted and somewhat creepy. I wandered around for a while, feeling just a tiny bit scared, not knowing what I’d encounter around the next hull. Then I found this tug. It’s falling apart, rotting into the river. But I love it. It was built in 1911. I’ve since met the owner of the yard, and now it’s not creepy at all. I’ve painted the tug twice so far, once perched on an old steel barge next to it, and today on a nice, solid dock.

Portrait Painting: I will be painting half-hour portraits this Sunday at the Ajna Wellness Center Artisan Fair in Croton. Email me if you’d like to schedule a portrait ahead of time, or just stop by. We’ll be there from 12 to 4. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Teatown Lake

I brought a thermos of tea to keep me warm while I painted today, but the cup rolled into the lake, never to be seen again. And I discovered that I cannot drink scalding hot tea straight from the thermos. But it was a beautiful, sunny morning at Teatown. A big blue heron let me get quite close, and a swan swam over to see what I was doing. There are so many colors on the water this time of year--the trees are just hinting at changing, the lily pads are still bright but with a touch of gold, and there’s some nice purple-y stuff floating around with them. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Blue Mountain

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I painted today at Blue Mountain, one of my favorite places to paint once the fall colors start. Lots of great trails for running, too. It was pretty chilly standing still in the woods, where the morning sun couldn't quite reach me. But it was worth it to be all alone, painting, listening to critters and birds move about, and the occasional plop of something small in the pond. Time to start bringing along a thermos of hot tea.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Portrait commission, part 2

There are some people whom I take one look at and know that they will be so much fun to paint. He's one of those!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Portrait commission

This is my friend Laura's beautiful daughter! I loved painting her blue-green eyes. It was also a lot of fun to see her mom's features peeking through as I studied her face.

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