Tuesday, June 25, 2013

First Day of Summer!

First day of Summer!  16x20 oil 
The first day of summer was spectacular! The colors were amazing and the days following  are treating us to a "super moon", a heat wave interspersed with some powerful thundertstorms and amazing lightning shows. The color transitions needed expression and I chose to capture it at one of my favorite beaches. The solo walks are time for contemplation and wonder. The WOW moments are, for me, the ones when the clouds form beautiful patterns, the colors harmonize and the light is reflected in the wet sand and rolling waves. The wet sand mirrors the show above.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Wellesley inspires!

Wellesley spoils 16x20

My college reunion yielded leftovers crying out to be painted. I brought home the centerpiece from dinner and some leftover pears from lunch and got to work. Since it was my Wellesley College reunion, adding some Shakespeare books and shades of blue -actually created by mixing viridian and alizarin crimson-seemed a perfect addition. In the next few days I completed this still life as I worked against time. The petals fell off the peonies. The lily buds opened fully. I painted my lasting impressions as the scene before me unfolded daily. In the end, I warmed up the foreground to bring attention to the beautifully shaped pears that held their own throughout the week. I placed the cat there to give a sense of scale as this is bigger than I usually paint a still life. He also made me giggle as he looked so intently for so long at my painting; such a loyal admirer.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Make Way for Ducklings!

Make Way for Ducklings -Boston Public Gardens 11x14 oil

A favorite childhood memory were my many visits to Boston with my parents. We would ride the swanboats and walk around the beautiful public gardens which was the setting for a favorite book, Make Way for Ducklings. In a stroke of genius, the city commissioned this sculpture of Make Way for Ducklings. It is possibly one of the most photographed spots in the city. As a lifelong Bostonian, I would be remiss not to include it in my favorite painted places. I love the  sun reflecting off the ducks, the warmth of the bricks, the meandering lines of the sculpture and the backdrop of my beloved city and it's gardens.

Spring flowers-always beckon.

Bleeding Hearts, Bottles and Apples
Dorothy's Duck with rhododendron
 I noticed as I started looking at the gardens the abundance of pinks and reds surrounded by the lush greens and earthy tones. The flowers are so beautiful and their beauty is so fleeting. Capturing them requires a certain decisiveness in putting the paint down. Mostly I try to capture the essence of how they feel. Once cut they don't last, but their image makes an imprint on my senses and I try to savor the few days they are at their peak. With a storm forecast for tomorrow, I knew today was the day to paint peonies. And we connected. Looks like the red green harmony is in season.

Peggy's Peonies  11x14
Update-happy to say this painting has been selected for the Zullo Gallery's 19th annual Juried Exhibition
in Medfield, MA Sept 21-Nov. 9, 2013