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Owls and Birds

Birds and Owls

When I paint birds and owls, I look at how they interact with other animals and other birds. And then I think of how humans interact. Often we have modified our means of communication and travel so we communicate far beyond the local territory that constrains a bird.

Some of my paintings are meant to open the door to discussion, such as Hash-tag Hoot where the father owl is tweeting #Hoot on his cell phone. Or Odd Birds in the Family Tree, where in the same painting are found American Owls and owls found on far flung continents.

Here I have collected a few of them. Enjoy!

I admit, a few bears, and foxes and other critters snuck into the gallery as well.

Hash-Tag Hoot

Spin

My Cold Toes

Soar

Foxy Gets Married in the Enchanted Forest

The Trickster (aka Foxy) in Love.

In Your Dreams

Owl Power

(Painting not availble, donated for fund raising to the Ridgefield Guild of Artists)

Odd Birds in the Family Tree

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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.

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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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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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Collective expressions

I was honored to be included in Collective Expressions, a juried group show of Northern Westchester Arts Guild Members at the Art and Sound Gallery in Greenwich, Ct.  The show will be running for the next six weeks throughout September 2016 and I believe early October.

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Art Around Town 2016

I had a wonderful time showing some of my work at Art Around Town in Chappaqua, New York.   My paintings will be up at Noelle Marie Photography at 140 King Street until the end of June.   There are more than 30 other artists of the Northern Westchester Artists’ Guild showing at merchants about the town..  Do stop by and see our work.

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Light and Nature

This series is an exploration of light in nature.

Morning light

Dawn

Beyond

Farther

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A Soft Vision

Lately I’ve been playing with paint to express emotion and a softness of vision. I rather like how these pieces are coming out. Take a look.

I call this one Beyond and it was inspired by a train ride through the Alps.

I worked another version of it in “Memories on a Train” below.

I liked how Beyond came out, but I admit I love color. So I did “Farther”.

I continued in this vein with a slightly more fanciful topic in “Enchanted”.

I think I’m going to explore this “soft view” approach for a year or so and see where it takes me.

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The Trickster in Love

After painting the owls, I was wondering what to paint. I had a vague idea that I wanted to do something with a fox. Again I stood in my backyard pondering several different ideas when a fox ran across the yard! I’ve never seen a fox in my backyard before! It happily jumped at the rear bushes, snagged a tasty sparrow and was off! Poor little sparrow. This spring, as a result of a smaller sparrow populations I had a bumper crop of raspberries and even native New York blue birds nesting in the yard.

The fox is also known as a trickster. So beware the gifts he may bring.

But I digress. Without futher ado, here is The Trickster in Love.

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Lavender in Provence-Use of Semi-Neutrals

This is my new favorite painting.  I combined some abstract elements with lavender fields in Provence.  I also used elements of color theory that I used from Stephen Quiller and his book Color Choices: Making sense out of color theory.

The Quiller Wheel works by using semi-neutrals that harmonize a painting.  For instance if you need a dark for a shadow you could try blending a purple with the opposite on the color wheel a yellow, for a cool toned semi-neutral.

You can see how this works on his website, where I love some of the muted tones in his paintings.

So without further ado, Lavender in Provence.

Over the years this has turned out to be one of my most popular paintings and I won’t give up the original. But for a friend I did Lavender in SC

lavender-in-sc

And in 2016 a gallery wanted the original (which I still won’t give up) so I did Provence 2016 for them.

provence-2016

So if you in the mood to try reading the book I used Making Sense Out of Color Theory know that although he works in watercolors, he has charts in the book that cover acrylics and oils, as the exact name of a purple hue may be different for different media.  It also comes with a pull out color wheel that I have on my studio wall.  One of my favorite things about the book is that he will do the same scene using different color combinations and intensities, that in itself is very educational.

Happy painting!

If you like his work and you are a watercolorist you may like this book: