Thursday, June 4, 2015

A short trip to New England

During my five-day stay in Arlington, MA, I got a chance to paint a few plein air works, and plenty of photo reference for work in the studio at home.  I stayed with my gracious niece and her family, who selflessly schlepped me from location to location to paint their area.  My son (pictured in my studio piece, "Take My Hand") even visited from nearby New York!  The weather couldn't have been more perfect, and I had a great time!
"Classic New England Home" 8" x 10" oil on linen panel

"Take Me Home" 8" x 8" from a beautiful morning in Winchester, MA This church was beautiful from a distance, but no clear shot of it, since the trees blocked much of it's view from the park.  I opted for this "cropped view", showing the beautiful red door and steps leading up to it instead!

"Thy Presence, My Light" 8" x 10" This was another historical church in the Winchester area, right behind a Starbucks where I enjoyed a hot cup of coffee to warm my hands. The morning was cool, but once I got going, I forgot all about that and enjoyed painting the patterns of light and shadow created by this scene.

"Take My Hand" 12" x 16" oil on linen panel (This one's not for sale) From photo reference of my son and his sweet friend walking ahead of me at the Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA. 

"All That's Good"  8" x 8" oil on canvas panel From a glorious morning at the Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA  The building was the farm house, and it was absolutely stunning in the morning light, along side this old tree and it's shadows falling on the path and side of the farm house.  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational, March 2014

For the second year, I was honored to be among 15 artists invited to participate in the Borrego Springs Event.  Borrego Springs is a beautifully preserved National Natural Landmark. In fact it's the largest Desert Park in the United States! The paintings I personally created were a joy to paint, and my hope is that you enjoy viewing the body of work that all of the artists help to create this past week, and bring one or two paintings home with you! Here are some of mine in progression.  The invitational is sponsored by the Borrego Art Institute, and 50% of proceeds from sales go to support childrens' art programs at the Institute.  The Invitational artwork will be displayed and available for sale until March 31, 2015
"Rain Rain, Go Away" 9" x 12", from our first day of painting.  While it was raining off and on, I stepped outside of the condo where I was staying and was drawn to this bougainvillea and the patterns the drying rain created on the concrete.

By tuesday, the rain had cleared, and I couldn't wait to paint this dragon sculpture! This is one of the (2) views I painted of this magnificent metal sculpture.  The serpent extends over both sides of the highway; appearing to dive in and out of the sand.

This is "Hacienda del Sol",an iconic and historical hotel in beautiful "down town" Borrego!  It's 9" x 12"

Here's one of the (three) places of worship along Church Lane. "The Desert will be Glad"  8" x 10"

"Wheels Down" 11" x 14"; This is a "sky-van", which I understand is a very slow and noisy plane, but it sure was fun to paint!

"Airstream Living" 8" x 10" oil on linen, painted at a great little "retro RV park" on  Palm Canyon.  Last year, I had fun painting an even older model, and it was sold. I couldn't wait to get back there and paint a different one this year!  

I was thrilled to have been awarded an "Honorable Mention" for my desert painting, which I titled, "Borrego Sun-Down"  12" x 12"