Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Turns out that guy I married has written a novel. Yep, who knew what he was doing all these past months on the computer in his office with the door closed. I had my suspicions of course. But no, he was writing!
It’s called Blues of Autumn by Richard Adamson, a murder/mystery set in the Adirondacks. It’s available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca in both paperback and e-book, and today the publisher is offering the kindle version free.
So, if you’ve taken inventory of your toilet paper, watched Netflix till your eyelids drooped, and done every 1000-word jigsaw puzzle twice, here’s a new diversion.
Sunday, December 08, 2019
|Still Life in Cobra Oils 8x8|
It has been a while since my last post. Some health hiccups have gotten in the way and slowed me down somewhat. Although I have been painting, I've not been at my easel as regularly as I'd have liked. Happily, my larger gallery paintings have been doing well, but my smaller "daily" paintings have been few and far between.
This 8x8 still life on gessoboard is one of the first I have painted with Royal Talens Cobra brand water-miscible oils. These rich buttery oils are a great alternative for painters who, like me, want to avoid solvents. In the past, I had tried other w-m paints and found their consistency imperfect. Often rather dry and stiff, they required medium to increase the flow. The Cobra paints, however, very closely resemble conventional oils right from the tube. I still love my acrylics, but it's so nice to have a slower-drying option.
The subject is one I have painted several times, in both oil and acrylic paint. All previous incarnations have been sold, however, and I wanted one for myself -- this is the result.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
|Autumn Glory 28x22 acrylic on canvas|
Tuesday, January 01, 2019
|Book Club 9x12 oil on gessoboard|
Monday, December 17, 2018
|Racing the Sun 12x12 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas|
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
|Fresh Powder 12x12 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas|
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Sunday, October 07, 2018
|Young Whitetail 10x8 oil on canvas SOLD|
Friday, July 20, 2018
|10x8 wm oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas|
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Friday, June 08, 2018
|Bliss 16x20 oil on canvas|
Bliss is my attempt to capture that feeling of complete abandon when water lifts and supports us so completely and so effortlessly.
After several months of being away from my easel, I'm pleased to be back painting some new pieces. Hopefully, some of my blogging buddies are still checking in on me now and again.
Bliss, along with other new paintings will be on display this summer at Martins Framing and Gallery in Bracebridge.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
|Taking Off 30 x 24 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas|
This is another of my paintings now at Martins Gallery for the summer. At 30 x 24, it's larger than average for me, but I wanted the impact those dimensions would bring. I was especially delighted when the gallery owners placed it in the window. Here in the tourist region of Muskoka, this time of year means kids at camp and families at lakeside cottages. "Taking Off" is meant to evoke the joy of summer at the lake, whether cottage or camp.
Here are some progress photos:
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
|The Explorers 14x18 acrylic on stretched canvas|
Hello, blog buddies! Even though I'm taking a hiatus from Daily Paintworks, I have been painting. Martins Framing and Gallery in nearby Bracebridge (Ontario) have shown my work in the past and are representing me again this summer.
"The Explorers" celebrates the curiosity that enlivens a childhood summer. Who can resist exploring the shallows of a woodland glade? Below are some progress photos. Thanks for keeping an eye on what I'm up to!
Monday, April 24, 2017
I'll still be blogging, and will continue to follow my chums on DPW. This break is just a temporary "jumping off."
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
|Ginger Jar 16x12 oil on stretched canvas|
Kate cites the 80/20 rule, which alludes to the fact that often it's only 20 percent of your painting that makes you drink 80 percent of that bottle of wine. This was one such painting for me. Even though most of it came together swimmingly, it took me AGES to correctly capture the color and texture of the plums. More than once, I almost tossed the whole shebang. For the sake of the 80 percent that was working, however, I soldiered on.
Here are some steps in my struggles along the way:
|Sketch in oil|
|Working on dynamics of all fruit|
|Color of grapes and plums is too similar|
|Plums now too blue, green grapes too vibrant|
|Green grapes developing, plums still too blue|
|Ginger Jar finished 16x12 oil on stretched canvas|
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
|Oranges 6 x 6 acrylic on stretched canvas SOLD|