EXQUISITE CARDS

Monday, September 12, 2016

SKETCHING CONNECTICUT RIVER

"Long Tidal River", the region's Native Americans called it when they first explored the "Connecticut" thousands of years ago. It starts from the Canadian Border. It then runs thru the heart of New England. I'm at the very end of the Connecticut River. The mighty river empties into Long Island Sound. The 410 miles journey ends here.


On my next post, I will talk about the steps for this plein-air sketch.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

AUDUBON SHARON

Audubon Sharon, CT...the center has over 1,000 acres of forestland with many miles of trials & 2 ponds. A gorgeous Cottage garden & the aviary is always fun with birds of prey.



It's a rehabilitation clinic for injured wildlife. A good opportunity to spend some time with an owl. One can get up close & personal with an eagle!


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.