EXQUISITE CARDS

Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter Wonderland with Pigments

I can design a winter collection anytime. But nothing beats a foot of snow to inspire me to focus on the wonder of the season.

Quinacridone Red is one of my favorite red. It takes an extra step, but sometimes I like the process of making my own paints. This Quinacridone Red Pigment  gives me this beautiful luminosity, that a tube of paint cant give me.



From painting to New Artcard on sale at Etsy....https://www.etsy.com/listing/481659522/magenta-snowy-5x7-artcard-with-hand?ref=related-3

Thursday, November 10, 2016

From sketches to a Mural

Trends come & go, & no two project is ever the same. That's why I've painted so many different things professionally. I was definitely getting more mural commissions back in the 90's, when the real estate market was booming. My most recent mural was a dream job. I get to paint a summer garden! Unlike commercial art, there's only one client I need to please. Working on a  mural is the closest thing to doing fine art. Still, alot of time was spend on submitting sketches for approval, before the actual painting starts on the job site...have brushes, will travel!

sample reference & sketches

more impressionistic for the underpainting

  this garden calls for more realistic rendering



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nantucket Ramblings

New England has tons of beautiful destinations. Nantucket, MA remains top on my list, especially in the off season. This pristine whaling town just exudes calm & elegance, as soon as you step off the ferry. The combination of easy biking, historic houses, cottage gardens, endless beaches, shops & great restaurants keep me coming back.


The hobbit-like cottages of Siasconset is straight out of a fairytale. Infact, these adorable beach cottages are the inspirations for my logo.



Thursday, October 6, 2016

Central Park Ramblings

This is my favorite season to spend time in NYC. Central Park is especially lovely.

The mum border at the Conservatory Garden is spectacular! Thousands of mums are planted each summer, after the rose garden fades.




Tuesday, September 27, 2016

BUCOLIC BEAUTY

Another attempt to sketch the intangible. Delighting in what i can do with just paper, graphite & kneaded eraser.

Due to the light, the scene changes every hour. Sometimes one needs to bring on some colors to emphasis the mood.


Just a few strokes of green & blues does the trick to convey a soft afternoon along the Connecticut River. Do click on link to see more images.


Monday, September 26, 2016

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.