Sunday, September 29, 2019

Don’t take yourself so seriously


One rainy day, I cut up magazines. I used some curved nail scissors and thought about negative shapes, one color next to another and Matisse.
Which made me smile and feel good about what I was doing. These are just parts of the whole- which I like just as much as the whole collage. 
It’s like that sometime, and I feel satisfied.





Saturday, September 21, 2019

Figuring it all out.

I’m finding it so difficult to get anything going on this trip; it makes me wonder if my focus is off. On our travel days, I’m the navigator and when you’re 65ft long (motorhome plus Jeep) you gotta pay attention! So, unlike some artists who manage to paint while their partner does the driving, it doesn’t work that way for me. Maybe I just need to settle in with “what is” rather than “what I want it to be”.
Isn’t that the secret to happiness anyway?
Here’s a collage I made when I had some energy and time. The winning combination.


I did the gouache then the collage. Simplifying so much with the collage.

  • I’m trying to figure it all out. While accepting things as they are.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

How do I make art when traveling? How do you?

This is a question I always struggle with while we travel. In the motorhome for a four month trip, I’m thrilled about seeing so many new to me parts of the US. The itinerary is amazing, yet I start to stress before we even hit the road.
I can’t set up my oil paints inside the motor home and the weather isn’t always conducive to painting outside. I don’t have a studio to work in and sometimes I see the problems more than I see the solutions.
An artist friend posted on FB a quote attributed to Winston Churchill:
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
I need to post that one in my brain!
So... in the vein of doing things differently and truly seeing the opportunity in the perceived  difficulty, I’ve brought watercolors, gouache, scissors, a glue stick, and a nice big sketchbook with heavyweight paper.
My beginning....


I’ll paint plein air when the opportunity arises but for now- no stressing!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Artist’s Eye or how we see things so differently

The Alley off Mill 12x24

                                                        From Trinity Square 12x16


Atop a Rock 24x24

These three paintings are part of a group show at Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, RI.  I’ve been painting Plein air with The Monday's Palette in various locations around Newport - getting ready for this show titled The Artist’s Eye. It’s extraordinary to see the diversity of our work- sometimes standing only a few feet away from each other! The show runs through the end of August, so if you’re in the area, please come in and see it!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Little Compton Summer Show

Lilacs- 6x7, one of my paintings at the Little Compton Community Center Summer Show this past weekend.



Summer Bouquet 11x14

                                        A Closer Look 6x6


                                         After the Rain, which I’ve posted before is 24x24, happily SOLD at the show and is off to live in Canada. 


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Spring Mix


I’d love to get some mastery over this new I pad of mine, but I’m impatient and want instant success. I need to remind myself that in all things there is a learning curve and I just need to relax and not be so hard on myself.
All the artists I know are self critical and I want to look at the positive aspect of that. Without striving to be better, to want the next level of understanding color, or even to see on a deeper level- without these things I am satisfied with “good enough”.
It’s not the same as being a perfectionist, but it will surely lead to artistic growth if I push myself out of my comfort zone.




5x7 on panel


My inspiration
Painted while gallery sitting at Spring Bull Gallery






Friday, June 28, 2019

Spouting Rock and how things have changed

Years ago, before the signs and the fences, we would climb up and over these rocks to see the high and wild spume that was present at high tide from a deep crevice in the rock face. It fascinated us all and is a childhood memory for my kids. 
Inaccessible today, I painted from the shore. 
8x10, oil on linen panel.