Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A trip to the Isles of Shoals will spark any spirit!

I went STAR ISLAND this weekend to do some volunteer work, to get the Island ready for summer. Though it was raw, chilly, and the dusk came too soon...it was worth the trip!
The wi fi wasn't quite up to speed, so that was an adjustment, i am such an addict to wi fi stimuli'...but i adjusted!  The morning came and i think it was about 5am, when the "birders" got together to look for birds.
I joined them briefly, but ended up wandering off on my own, camera and coffee in hand....
The salt air was damp...the gulls were not quite up yet, but the birds were readying their day.
I walked down to the pier, to listen to the water slap against the wood...just to imagine what it must have been like, a hundred years ago.

I then started to look at the beach, that was under water at least half the time...and what a treasure trove of colors, textures and life!
I continued to putter around the island, to imagine the life on the islands full time. I guess you would have to be able to entertain your self with paints, books, cameras..or even just a curious brain!
The hotel is amazing, and it carries a lot of its history through the years, but i wonder what it would be in a hundred years from now. They have recently put in solar panels, which takes up a lot of the rocky shore, but you don't have to hear the constant hum of the generators...

the gazebo still stands, and is a significant structure on the island profile

Then there is the light-house, standing strong against the many skies that boast its beauty!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Classes are on Tues evenings, 6:30~8:30 
All levels welcome
tuition is $65.00 per 4 week month.
$80.00 per 5 week month.
weekly is $20.00 per class
The monthly tuition holds your seat for that month.
Space is limited.
In art, everybody has strengths in different areas, at different times.
Watercolor, like most mediums, takes a little bit of getting used to. I get frustrated when people say they tried it ONCE, and it was "so hard".  
Once is not enough to understand how the water, paint and paper are going to react to the person holding the tools!
The beauty of watercolor, is the idea that you can work photographically "tight", or so loose, that you may sit down to paint a bouquet of flowers, and end up with a storming ocean wave that gives you way more satisfaction then the intended project!
The actual watercolor in the beginning has to be in charge. If you try to control it too much, with out understanding it, you may end up in a frustrated image of "mud".
  TO learn from this medium, you truly do have to make mistakes, or allow things to happen that were not intended.  Ive seen people, put paint down, and blot it up, so many times that the actual paper has disintegrated in front of them. No matter the quality of materials, there are limits!

QUALITY OF MATERIALS IS just as important as the patience it requires!

The long version, on what and why!
Watercolor paper is the base of it all. The good stuff is a little pricey, but it is so important while learning the medium, that you understand the thickness, texture, and absorbency.
I will post a list of preferred supplies after my explanation of why.  If you don't want to read all of the reasons at this time, just move forward and print out the list. But after going to your supplier, you may come back to understand the materials a little better.

April brings the early shades of green!

The spring brings us from the grays of winter, to the mauves and red and bright greens of spring. When you ask someone what color are the trees, they automatically say "green"...But looking again, green is only a part of it. Learning to vary the greens is most important when painting nature. Other wise you will have a flat, obnoxious painting. So often people use Viridian, and leave it at that. Viridian is a color to be used very carefully. It can over whelm your work and make it muddy with out being mud. You also have to commit to it, because i find it to be a "staining" color. Not one to lift well. Though, add a little red to the color, and it tones down nicely, sometimes it will work as a good color of shadow.
In class i used some photos of cactus's in various shades of ...green.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I will be open mostly through-out 
The Stratham Fair!
The Fair grounds surround my home and my studio, so i will have at it!

A few to View.
We will see you at "Art at the Bartlett Mall"
Old Home Days in Newburyport Mass.
July 26 & 27 , 2014


water colors in bloom

The Pond Watcher

Portsmouth Waterfront


Start Island

My Studio

warm autumn

Family reunion
where did the time go?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Market at Rolling Green Nursery was a great time!
There are a few more before the season dwindles down...so pay attention!~!
ALSO, looking for a few new students to complete the "circle" in the studio. 
CLASSES are geared to all levels. Everybody has there strength and these strengths enable us to learn from each other.  

Here are a pile of rocks, the piece above, you wet the paper randomly,
drop in colors loosely, and as it dries, you can define some of the more interesting rocks.
I will post the completed piece soon!

Friday, February 14, 2014

We had a great ARTISANS MARKET last weekend, at the Rolling Green Nursery in Greenland NH

And, I behaved so well, I was invited back for the FARMERS MARKET
So, on that note, after shoveling and scraping, and scurrying like mice...we get it all done and continue on with the original plan!~
Portsmouth waterfront, is finished and framed!

Inside Barkers Farm, completed

language of the sea,
finished, not framed yet

My mermaid in the pond,,,,
where is this one any way?

Rye Harbour,
is this one done?  Not sure!

My pond lilies, close to being completed
Plus many more paintings, and note cards, and I cant wait to see what the Farners Bring!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Walking through the winter chill!

So many things to paint,
so many paintings started
and so many reasons to paint,
where to start~what to do!?
Getting ready for the farmers market at

Feb 8 & 9
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 ~ 3:00
1~ my waterlily
2 ~ Still in process,
"Portsmouth Waterfront"
3 ~ My studio
Victoria Inn, Hampton NH

Ill be adding more as I go along.
Any requests?

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