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Owl Power!

I have to admit, I like painting and drawing owls.  They will not be my finest artwork but they are the most fun!

Here is one I did while gallery sitting at Muscoot Farm, where some of my owls were in a show.  I used my Derwent Inktense Water color pencils, I used a brush with water to blend them and then later when I got home, outlined bits in black ink to make it pop. 

 

 

I have to admit I was a little miffed when Odd Birds in the Family Tree ended up in a dark hallway!  Here I am bringing a few canvases to the show:

And poor Odd birds ended up alone here:

But my Muse salved my miffedness when another art organization I belong to, asked for a donated canvas, they provided the canvas and then it was donated and sold to help support the organization.  And what was the theme?  BIRDS!   So here is Owl Power!

I did he background in acrylic and the owl in Oil paint.

And that is how art sometimes comes into being!

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Big Ben

Finally completed, I present to you The Elizabeth Tower, renamed in 2012 to mark the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Big Ben, is the largest bell within it and weighs 16 tons.  

 

 

I’ve decided to add Big Ben to the Dining room.  🙂 Here are a couple of in-progress photos.

 

Day 2

Day 1

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Love Under The Silver Moon

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Rooted in Color

Sometimes you meet a tree and it speaks to you.

My original encounter with the tree was when I took this photo:

 

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Brewster, NY- A History of Now

The first painting completed in 2018. This is oil on canvas and the title is “The Last Customer” It is of Bob’s Diner in #Brewster, NY. I’m painting some of the buildings that will be demolished when they build our new town center in a couple of years, as we will not see their like again. Small theaters, 50’s diners, and Pool Halls.

 

 

Brewster, New York is a village within the Town of Southeast.  They are going to renovate the village in late 2018-19.   They will knock down several historic buildings, including a 50’s Diner (Bob’s Diner) a Pool Hall and the old Cameo Theater.  I plan to paint them each before they are gone.

Here is an in-progress sketch of Bob’s Diner interior.  I will add more works as I go along

 

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2017 Contemporary Work

I’ve been building on some older work and have some paintings emerging in a contemporary style. I thought I might gather the inspiration from them and gather the new works here.

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Meeting the Genius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surfing the Mindscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Birth of the Soul

 

 

 

 

 

Snacktime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like the above paintings you might want to experiment with high flow acrylic paint. The first link is for opaque high flow paints and the second transparent.

 

Transparent high flow

 

Older Works

No, I’m Not Done Yet.

 

 

 

 

 

The Long Journey

 

 

 

 

 

The The Far Shore

 

 

 

 

 

In Your Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Painting with a Circular Composition – The Cobb Lyme Regis – A Safe Harbor and Lavender in the Hills

My husband is from the south coast of England and loves the area.   I decided to paint one of his favorite landmarks in the area, The Cobb.   I do have a mantra to “paint what you know” and I haven’t been there. So I did some reading on the Cobb and also found a You Tube video that allowed me to visit.   Here is the video.

After getting to know my subject I used a circular composition to which this well suited.  I like my landscapes to have an abstract element.  This is also oil on board.  I like how the paint sits on top of the board (I used a marble gesso and allowed it to dry for several weeks before painting) and allows the light to refract through. The title of this is “Safe Harbor”.

safe harbor

The Cobb is a naturally circular structure.  I decided to use the same composition in an entirely different format.  Here is Lavender in the Hills, another circular composition.

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My Visionary Art

I like to paint in a manner that could fall into the genre of Visionary Art.  I often dance around that term because there have been so many great visionary paintings I a tremble to even attempt to put myself in their spheres.

Many visionary artists paint after being influenced by Psychedelics and some can be found on this blog post: http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/visionary/

But historically there have been many painters that have been visionary without the use of chemicals, where artists have painted an unseen, a  world not viewed with the mundane eye.

 My own art comes from dreams, a deep respect and contact with nature and a strong yoga and meditation practice. With that caveat, here are some of my “Visionary” paintings.

Moon Meditation

challis-moon-meditation

Energy Rising

challis-energy-rising

The Long Journey

The Long Journey

No, I’m Not Done Yet

No I am not done yet

The Far Shore

The Far Shore

The World Tree

challis-world-tree

Owl Storm Eyes

small owl storm eyes

In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams

Ride the Wild Seahorse

small ride the wild sea horse

The Mating Game

small the mating game

The Power of Nature

The Power of Nature

Gerd

spiraldancefinalThe Kleshas

klesha good

Meeting the Genius

Meeting the Genius

And of course more to come

 

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Inspiration, Little Books and Plans or Ditch the Selfie

I love little books.  Pretty little books for writing notes in, books with thicker paper for drawing and silk and art covered books I always plan to fill with wonderful poetry but never quite do.  I love filling them cover-to-cover and I’ll share some of what I put in one of them below.

I was quite inspired by this little book I bought in Katonah, NY yesterday.   I love the cover, the fertile Goddess figure inviting me to embrace my art and fill it with wondrous views of my world.

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goddessbookback goddessbook interior

 

But usually I find the plans I make for a little book usually turn out differently than what I first imagine.   This is my little book I started doing sketches in for 2014-2015.  I find when I am stuck waiting somewhere, rather than moaning how my time is being wasted I pull out a pen or a pencil and start scribbling.  I keep a mechanical drawing pen and a drawing fountain pen filled with scribblers ink in my makeup case, in my purse.  Time then flies, and I find sometimes my scribbles are just scribbles but sometimes they crystallize a memory.  None of these are meant to be great drawings.  Some only took 30 seconds to do.   I’ll share a few I like below.

The 2014-15 drawing book.  booksketch

It’s nothing particularly special, it’s about 5 x 7 inches so I can fit it in my purse or hold it and sketch wherever I go.  Such as,

30 second drawings at an art gallery:

book fig2

bookfig1

 

 

 

 

 

Or a moment when housebound during an icy winter storm:

bookfig3

 

 

 

 

For the next I must introduce you to my dog, Gwyn, a wonderful energetic English Shepherd that usually looks like this:

bookdogairs

Yes, that is all four paws not touching the ground!

 

 

 

So when I spotted a rare moment of repose:

bookfig4

 

 

Of course I was inspired.book fig 6

 

 

But sometimes life drives art, when I saw this of course I had to draw it:

bookbaddog

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortunately, the little book and it’s drawings still exist.  Documenting my visit to an art gallery, friends, an ice storm and doggie mischief. bookchewed

 

 

 

 

 

My new book will be filled with wonders.  Some will just be playful scribbles, that I won’t share with anyone, but I will enjoy in the moment.   I will crystallize moments in time that should not be forgotten in a way more personal and lasting than a social media selfie. And with every line I make, I get just a little bit better as an artist.

I encourage you to get a little book.  Fill it with doodles, sayings, quotes, poems, or lists.  It will become something more than the sum of its parts when you have filled it cover to cover.

Meanwhile,  I have a request to go out and find some inspiration outside.

bookbehindbars

 

 

 

 

 

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Light and Nature

This series is an exploration of light in nature.

Morning light

Dawn

Beyond

Farther