Sunday, July 23, 2006

Blue Sky with Clouds

Finally! A beautiful day! Temperature was nice, humidity was lower, breezy, and sunny. And a blue sky full of those big, puffy summer clouds--love days like that!!!

Thought I would paint at the Glenburn Pond which is soon to become a natural wetlands due to the condition of the dam. The draw down has been started but with the rain the pond is still full. Joanne and I walked down the trail and painted there once so I thought I would take Cody and go back to that spot. When we got there, there were lots of new "no tresspassing" signs. Had I been alone, I could have set up on the safe side of the guardrail and painted but since I had the dog with me, I had to be concerned for his comfort as well.

So..........we drove up to the park where we painted a couple of weeks ago and attempted to capture those clouds. Hope some of the rest of you got out too. This is oil, 8 x 10".

Monday, July 10, 2006

I took a couple of pictures at Rodrica's garden yesterday --naturally, the real thing is much more beautiful than my photos. The annual paintout week is over but she told me that anyone will be welcomed to paint there if you simply give her a days notice. Her phone # is in the latest edition of the newsletter and there are driving directions on her website if you need them.

Here's a couple of the photos and my painting for the day. Oil 14 x 11"

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Paint Out at Keystone on July 15

Hi All, Just wanted you to know that a few of us will be painting out on the green at Keystone College in LaPlume on Saturday July 15th. We will be painting in the vicinity of The Countryside Conservancy Auction. There will be a large tent for that purpose set up on the green. Please come and join us if you like. Hoping to arrive around 5pm or so and set up. Auction starts at 6. It might be interesting to paint that whole scene and the comings and goings. Hope you can join us! Joanne

Monday, July 03, 2006

Before the Storm

Managed to get out yesterday (July 2) afternoon before the storm and paint at one of our local parks. I was captivated by the shadows under these trees so turned my back to the little lake that is there--even though it is quite beautiful.

Had a rather funny experience. A man came over and started to talk--the usual, "I'm an artist too". After a few minutes he excused himself to go home and bring back a piece of his work. He sculpts in black walnut wood and brought back a piece representing the state of Oregon to show me. It was lovely--about 4 or 5 feet across. He said he wanted me to know that he "wasn't a". He has sculpted pieces representing each state and he takes them to schools, libraries, etc. and does a presentation for kids and a different one for immigrants applying for citizenship. Also working on a series of dinosaurs.

I had asked him his name before he went home and he told me it wasn't important that I know. After he came back, he asked me my name and I told him and again requested to know his. He again refused to tell me--said that "if you're at the library around Thanksgiving time, you'll know." And he left without ever telling me!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Summer Showers

Here is my small pastel painting from this afternoon. I think it qualifies as plein air since the studio window was wide open and I was looking out into the garden during a rain storm.

Pennsylvania En Plein Air Society

Can I blog?
Just trying to see how this works. I have a link up on my site to all roads that are closed which might be useful for out-of-the-way plein air painters. OPEN:Route 81, New Milford exit, Rt 11S and 706W are all OPEN so some on up to my garden for some plein air painting this week...anytime...weekends, too. I'll be here 10-6 every day through July 9th. I'd love to have some, let me tempt you a bit: pink climbing roses, bright blue and orchid delphiniums, yellow sundrops, red maltese cross and poppies, poppies, poppies. I'd love to see you.

My two goals for today: figure out this blog-thing and actually DO a plein air painting in the garden. Hopefully you will see with your own two eyes if I succeed or not. the high and dry part of Susquehanna County.

PS: no clue how to add a link to my site.