Friday, September 05, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Autumn Arrives, 20x20, acrylic
Red Marsh at Sunset, 14x11, acrylic
I love this time of year! The change of seasons from summer to autumn, on through the fall into the stillness of winter is magical for me. Yesterday, I bought a fabulous ceramic mug with a green and earth colored pattern on it and an unglazed, raised maple leaf, and a burgundy colored leaf shaped tealight candle holder with apple cider scented tealights to go in it. I have some delicious Mercedes Apple Spice herbal tea from the English Tea Store and I bought two wonderful poetry books, A Dream of Summer: Poems for a Sensuous Season, The Heart of Autumn: Poems for the Season of Reflection and I have every intention of brewing tea, lighting my candles and curling up with my new books and celebrating the natural rhythms of life in the coming weeks. It's so important to take time to fill your soul with good things so when you need to draw out creativity, patience, kindness etc. the well is full and you can easily give to others.
Are you on Facebook? I have recently joined set up a profile and a business page for my artwork. Look me up, join my "friends" list and become a "fan" of my page!! I am having waaaaaaay too much fun, making "pieces of flair" out of my paintings !! I've entered them into the directory so they are available to everyone on Facebook, (thought I think most are still in the "pending" stage they should be approved soon). Facebook has been a twilight zone experince as I find classmates from high school, whom I haven't even thought about in years and years, and barely recognize names from my college alma mater. It's fascinating to see where their lives have taken them!! It also gives me a chance to interact with my teenagers and family members who live across the country. It's free and fun, maybe a time bandit, but there are worse ways to spend your time!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monet's Poppy Field
I finally got around to ordering a print of one of my poppy paintings from my gallery at Fine Art America. I wanted to be sure that the quality was good and I am very pleased. I ordered a small size print on their standard archival paper and had it matted. I should have had them frame it too, since I don't have a frame on hand in the proper size. So now I gave give you my seal of approval and let you know that you'll be pleased when you order prints.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
As I was browsing around on the net today I checked in over at TopBlog List to find that my other blog www.thepaintingadayproject.com was #1 in the arts category! Hurray!!
These two paintings are now on their way to the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as part of the United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program. They are being installed along with other paintings by American artists to mark the appointment of the new US Ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, and they will remain on display until the end of his term in approximately three years. The Art in Embassies program, created in 1964, functions as a global museum exhibiting over 3500 original works by American artists in approximately 180 diplomatic residences worldwide. They share with the international community the quality and diversity of contemporary American art and culture and play an important role in our nation's public diplomacy. I am very honored to have been selected as one of the artists in this program and hope that my paintings are a positive reflection on this country.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
You dropped a purple ravelling in,
And still she plies her spotted brooms,
1 year ago
She Sweeps with Many Colored Brooms", Emily Dickenson, quoted in http://www.about.com/poetry
Friday, August 15, 2008
Painted in St. Mary's cemetary, Clinton, CT
McKinney Wildflower Garden, 12x24
Painted at the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge, Saltmarsh Unit, Westbrook, CT
I love the months of August, September and October. The frenzy of spring and the burst of growth in summer has peaked and now, nature matures and comes to fruition (this may be a metaphore for my arrival into mid-life, but I'm not sure LOL). But I do just love these three months, they seem so bountiful, and overflowing with good things like wildflowers, tomatoes, zucchini, daylilies, black eyed susans, goldenrod, hickory nuts, peaches, crickets, herons and geese. The days are still very warm but the nights and early mornings already have a tinge of coolness to them anticipating the autumn to come. The air smells different too. All of nature, rather than growing and striving has just begun its slow, steady decline. I love to walk in the park and look over the marshes and meadows and drink in the incredible amount of texture and color that is everywhere. Fullness and completion at its satisfying best.
"In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs."- Henry David Thoreau
"Fairest of the months! Ripe summer's queenThe hey-day of the yearWith robes that gleam with sunny sheenSweet August doth appear."- R. Combe Miller
"Whilst August yet wears her golden crown, Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn."- Michelle L. Thieme, August's Crown
"When summer gathers up her robes of glory, and like a dream of beauty glides away."- Sarah Helen Power Whitman
Ah, Sun-flower, weary of time,Who countest the steps of the Sun,Seeking after that sweet golden climeWhere the traveller's journey is done:Where the Youth pined away with desire,And the pale Virgin shrouded in snowArise from their graves, and aspireWhere my Sun-flower wishes to go. - William Blake