Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Summer is over - Back to Work!

I have a new project! I'm doing a painting of a local farm that has been put in the Preserved Land Trust. The painting will be part of an exhibit at the York Art Association next April 2012 - but it needs to be completed this October 1st. I visited the farm a few weekends ago and took over hundred photos - thank goodness for digital cameras.

Now I have to plan the painting and decide what view I want to use. I want a more interesting sky, so I've chosen the farm landscape and added a menacing sky from my own photo collection. So, out of the 100+ photos I took, I used (4).

Sunday, August 28, 2011

New Freedom, PA vs Irene 8.28.2011

Irene has come and gone. She brought with her a lot of rain and has left a lot of wind. All in all, for us it was just a tropical storm or Nature's Spring Cleaning. Below is a BEFORE picture of our lake. They are fixing our dams and had lowered the level of water by almost half.
This morning, after the showers had passed, I ventured out to take a few AFTER pictures, as Irene has seen fit to fill our lake up to its original level and then some. During the summer, a mammouth sunflower planted by the birds had taken root in the mud beside our pier, as you can see, she is quite underwater.

This picture above is the view I have of my neighbors backyard. The water is a few feet up his yard. But what I hadn't noticed was the tree now covering his pier, top left corner of the photo. Can't see his flagpole anymore!
I walked around to the other side of his house - turns out it was the next neighbor who had lost two big big trees. One fell to the right onto the neighbors pier, just missing the corner of his house. The second tree fell toward the lake and took out half of a beautiful ancient willow tree.

So all in all - blessings all around - no one was hurt - no property damage except for the pier. And to think my main concern this morning was my sunflower!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Robert Burridge Workshop

I'm so excited. I signed up for a Robert Burridge workshop - Painting Landscapes - next April 2012 !!
Plenty of time to save and plenty of time to gather all the supplies on the list. I'm so glad he finally came to my neck of the woods.

or his website www.robertburridge.com where you can sign up for
his Artsy Fartsy Newsletter.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Glazing Landscapes

My third and final LANDSCAPE sketch. I think three paintings will be plenty to work on at one time.

Think about who you are and how you want to be remembered - it's not enough to be talented,
it's not enough to be ambitious -
define yourself before someone else does.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Glazing Landscape

Here is my second LANDSCAPE sketch for the glazing project.

"Life isn't about finding yourself,
Life is about creating yourself"

George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Glazing Landscapes

I'm still working on the glazing process. This time I'll try my hand at some landscapes.Something simple with spatial shapes to make a great composition. This is my first preliminary sketch, done with colored pencils - layers of colors - simple design. Before I start the painting, I'll do at least two more designs. That way I can work on 3 or 4 paintings at one time. I can use the same mixed color more than once and while I'm waiting for one glaze to dry I can go to another painting.


   Merry Christmas