EXQUISITE CARDS

Friday, August 26, 2016

GLORIOUS WHITE FLOWER FARM


         Nestle among the Litchfield Hills, CT,  White Flower Farm is the top destination for gardeners. This glorious garden center has been making life bloom beautifully for more than half a century.






Tuesday, August 16, 2016

TIMELESS CONNECTICUT RIVER SKETCH

Timeless quality of a beautiful location, thru the use of lights & darks. By squinting, it's easy to see the contrasting shapes.

Once again, I prefer to start off with charcoal tone paper.

My kneaded eraser gives me the lights of the sky & river. I finish the sketch with a dark charcoal which define the shadows of the marsh & tree.

Monday, July 25, 2016

SEASIDE COLLECTION

I started a new collection, inspired by my New England coastal visit. But this is another project that has been a long time in the making. Procrastination is define as delay or postpone action. In my case, there's always something else that's putting me off on the process of staying focus. Well, here's some bits & pieces, definitely work in progress...

roses & seaside cottage...

inspire by this photo

americana porches, inspired by...

endless coastal views

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

NAUTICAL SKETCH

For this sketch by the water, my quest for color is the starting point. I'm trying to convey a cloudy & humid summer day with purple & aqua. The fact that this was done in a sketchbook, means I can be loose & not fuzz with the painting. Sometimes we learn more by not getting attach to our work.

Monday, July 18, 2016

TINY WATERCOLOR

When I'm on the road, these tiny 2.5x3.75 Fabriano watercolor paper always travel with me. It comes in a box, just perfect for a quick study.




Tuesday, July 5, 2016

HOW TO PAINT AN OIL TURPENTINE

For a quick sketch, choose a scene with just a few simple shapes. That way, you can limit your color palette. For this sketch, I use soft blue for sky, the white of the clouds is from the paper.

A wash of Oxide Green was use to convey the shape of the meadow & trees in the distance. Naples Yellow to highlight the honeysuckle in the foreground. A thin wash of Ultra violet for the water. By mixing my existing green & purple, it gives me a deep green for the shadows. 

Charcoal pencil to define the fence.


An oil turpentine wash dries instantly on paper. I love to use pastel over oil on the paper.

texture of this paper works well with this landscape sketch

Friday, July 1, 2016

LYME ART COLONY

Florene Griswold Museum sits by the bucolic Connecticut River. It's the famed home of the Lyme Art Colony. House & garden inspired a generation of artist. 


I'm so familiar with the area, that finding a pretty spot by the water to paint was pretty easy.