Thursday, June 28, 2007

Mostly New Vermont Work - Early Summer 2007

Here I am back in Vermont after a few months in Florida during the worst of winter. Lucky lucky me! I loved painting in FL and just as much I love being back in my glorious new studio in VT. Many of these paintings are small, whipped out in a few hours after a day of doing other things, like cleaning out closets - ugh! Right now the idea of moving does not excite me, I just want to hunker down and enjoy my art space. Recently though, I've said many times, an art space isn't the same has having space (time) to make art, and the later is more important than the former :-)

This is a quick watercolor landscape of the view from my painting porch in VT. I imagined the colors pretty much, which you know I love to do. It is about 10" x 6"

First Lily of the Vermont Gardening Season

This is watercolor on watercolor paper and is about 8" x 10". I began this one last year and finished it this spring in the studio. It's a bit tighter than I like to work but it was a good way for me to get going this spring upon my return to Vermont. I needed to just start moving the brush! Speaking of moving the brush, check out Robert Burridge's Newsletter online:
He's a crazy acrylic painter who really has terrific ideas about composition, loosening up, letting the paint guide you, etc.

Acrylic Sky

This painting was finished here begun previously, maybe last fall on retreat, I can't remember. I cut it up and made a kind of triptych, except there are 4 parts...what is that called in art-talk? This is acrylic on paper and all the pieces displayed together like this equal approx. 24" x 10".

Vermont Trees

I was playing with tree forms while looking at one of my favorite VT artist's work, Wolf Kahn. His color sense is so amazing, I get pumped up just looking even though my own work never really looks like his.

This is about 5" x 12" on watercolor paper with a wet on wet watercolor wash laid down first then oil pastel on top and lots of smearing with both a blending stick and my fingers.

New Small Vermont Landscapes

Landscapes in Vermont so different than Florida, yet similarities about. I'm so fascinated by skies, the different kinds of greens, pushing the color palette, which is always my favorite thing to do!

These are watercolor first (free-form flows wet on wet) then oil pastel on top. Paper is bumpy to they don't smear all that well, but the color is rich (my favorite Holbein oil pastels in use here and mostly Holbein watercolors as well). They are both small, about 12"x 5".