Sunday, July 26, 2015

What's Happening in the Studio?

So, in light of the fact that this is the ART and garden blog, I should probably talk about what's happening in the studio. It's late July and I'm still trying to settle into a routine. LOTS of distractions around here. But, I have been working on one painting pretty regularly.

Sparrow House Pottery is a little shop in Plymouth, MA. It is part of the Richard Sparrow House, the oldest remaining house in Plymouth. This is an in-progress shot of the painting I'm working on of the shop.

Distraction usually sets in around mid day, or whenever the clouds look really pretty.

Time for a walk!

And then back to work.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summer Garden Critters part 1

Our chipmunk friend who is pretty sure I'm up to no good as I head out to the clothesline with my big laundry basket... Oh, how he hates laundry day.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July Gardens

 As promised, here is a morning garden tour for your enjoyment! Grab a cup of tea and let's see what's growing...

The hydrangea bush is new this year. I can't believe I don't have dozens of these. If I'd known they would grow so well here, I'd have been putting them in all over the place. Well, no time like the present, right?

Hosta flowers


One of the Hot Portugal peppers that the rabbits didn't snack on

Container garden on the front porch

Some of my handmade ceramic garden art

The birch tree garden

Ceramic bunny by Candace Rhea

And someone enjoying the deck gardens and morning sun!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Night Time Garden Walk

I'm planning to take you on a little morning garden tour tomorrow, and I thought it might be nice to also show you the gardens at night! I've slowly been collecting lights to add to the garden. I started out with mostly just little ones from the hardware store, but my aunt is a QVC-aholic. She has found all kinds of different solar garden lights that she likes to get me for my birthday. I have no complaints about this!

The herb garden at night

The St. Francis bird bath

My new favorite!

Day time garden tour tomorrow! Weather permitting... 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snowed in!

Ok, so let's try this again... I haven't posted in a LONG time, but I've been working away in the studio and thought I should share. We've had some pretty wild weather here for the past month or so. We're nearing three feet of snow outside, and with the way-below-zero wind chills it's been the perfect excuse to stay inside and get lots of work done. Here is a painting I created this week. I started by painting over a piece that had been sitting in the back of the basement for a few years that I was never going to finish.

Then I added a few layers of color, the trees and a pair of foxes...

And a look outside- freezing but beautiful...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Pawcasso 2013

Grand Entrance

"They made their grand entrance together, but Miss Ginger Kitty and Rex had fought like cats and dogs all day. They would make their peace later, but for now Rex was only interested in showing off his new Arrow collar and nibbling on imported biscuits with the retrievers from Good Dog Park. It was no matter to Ginger. She had already made eye contact with a svelte American Shorthair standing near the ice sculpture. " 

“Grand Entrance” is a painting I created to be auctioned at Pawcasso 2013 to benefit our local spay and neuter clinic, SANS. It's based on a painting by J. C. Leyendecker that was part of an ad campaign for Arrow collars in the early 1930's.
Pawcasso has grown quite a bit over the past 7 years and, while it's not necessarily black-tie, I really wanted to portray the essence of the elegant event it has become. Leyendecker's “Couple Descending Staircase” seemed like the perfect fit.

I started out with a rough sketch and a sheet of photo reference to work from. I did a black outline in acrylic paint on Gessobord.

Sketching out the scene was fun and even kind of relaxing. I was really happy to be getting back into a bigger painting. But the whole time I was working on it, I was pretty sure that painting the staircase might kill me. So I started out with the black background to ease into it. Then I worked on the cat. By the time I got to the staircase, I was pretty nervous about it, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. 

As always, I had lots of studio helpers assisting me. I don't have pictures of the cat helpers this time, but I promise you, they were there.

I ended up doing the chandelier last. Once I worked out how to do the staircase, I figured I could handle the chandelier. 

Here I have the tassel on the chandelier in red, but I didn't like it. I changed it to a gold color.

And here is the finished product, framed by Tarn's Place with my Valentine's Day flowers!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Little Piece of History Comes Home

I spent a few hours at the Pompey Historical Society today going through a newly acquired collection of artwork. John Calvin Perry, my great great great grandfather, was an artist who lived and worked in Pompey, NY. The New York State Historical Association had recently agreed to give most of the John Calvin Perry Collection over to the PHS.

It's so exciting to see all of his work back in the town where it was created, waiting to be displayed and looked at by the many, many relatives who still live in the area.

The round painting and the one of Niagara Falls hung in the home of my grandparents until they were donated to the NYSHA.

As much as I love the paintings, my favorite things are the diaries and sketchbooks. To me, this is where the true spirit and character of the artist is revealed... what he was writing about and what he was drawing just for fun and practice.

I LOVED this little painting that I found in one of the sketchbooks.

A sketch of Perry's studio. I wonder if it was always that neat?

These are some of the ladies that work at the PHS that spent hours today showing me every little piece of the Perry Collection. It's tough to describe these crazy girls in words- you have to meet them. Pompey's past is in the most capable of hands. They work so hard and are so dedicated to preserving our local history. That black binder on the table is an illustrated catalog of the entire Perry Collection that they put together because the first binder wasn't quite up to their specifications. Years ago, a group of them typed up (on typewriters) all of the Perry diaries. I don't even know how many diaries there are, but there are a lot. And they're long. Today we came across a journal of a Perry relative in one of the filing cabinets that hadn't been typed up. One of the girls said "Oh, can I bring this home? I'm going to transcribe this tonight." I looked at her to see if she was kidding. No one else batted an eye. This is what they do. Now that they have computers, there will be no stopping them!