Friday, September 21, 2018

Exploring the Possibility in Nature

There's never just the right color to copy nature, so one has to use whatever is at hand. Make whatever relations are necessary to make the color scheme work. I start with Phthalo Blue as underpainting. It's my current infatuation.

I want to evoke the magic of the woods at dusk.

The artistry is not in matching a given color, but rather in matching its effect: its luminosity, its weight, its modification of the colors around it.

Lots of back & forth ...this is my finish version, for now!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New Design for License

A simple example of how I create a new design for license. This is my recent illustration of some farm fresh sunflowers.

This summer cottage was painted years ago. I layered the sunflower stilllife onto this summer landscape. Nothing beats the joy of working with real paints, but photoshop can help me tell a better story...check out my New Sunflower Greetings.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Painting Farm Fresh Sunflower

No two designs ever start the same way. 

Just wrapping up a busy day...enjoying my sunflower bouquet from La Basse Cour. You can see why I just have to go get my paints out.

Instead of ending the day, my day has just begun!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Painting Summer Morning

I usually have a bunch of canvas that's been prep with different colors.

Much easier to start something when I'm not starring at a white canvas.

Pink Roses are from last month, Lavender Iris just bloom this week, just in time to complete this composition.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Small Town Library

My gypsy life style offers me endless opportunities for lovely inspirations. But sometimes, I dont have to go far for a change of scenery. The breezy porch at Schoharie Free Library is a fine spot on a summer afternoon with a book.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Back to the Future - A 21st Century Working Landscape

Diane and Larry at La Basse Cour  are focused on advancing the practice of regenerative agriculture and the relocalization of our economy.  They envision their farm, store, and B&B as fully integrated components of a healthy, working landscape. To that end, they are building partnerships with others who are like-minded. When the store re-opens this Spring, it will offer goods sourced from other sustainable natural-resource based businesses in addition to the vegetables,  eggs, and yarn produced from La Basse Cour's own garden and animals.

This vision of a vibrant local economy that operates in balance with nature is both "old-fastioned / traditonal" and "modern / science-based". The desired result is sustainable agricultural on a human scale, which allows the beauty of the landscape to be conserved while keeping more local money circulating within the community.  
The farm store will be much more than a place to shop. Situated in the spacious carriage house, it will serve as a gathering spot -- a place to share information, to learn from and encourage one another.
The community textile studio is stocked with several looms and spinning wheels, all just waiting to be put to good use -- and of course it only takes a few minutes to brew a friendly cup of tea!

                                                                                                                            Contact Diane Frances at 607-538-9707 or labassecour@hughes.net to learn more about what is planned, and to find out how you can get involved.