Sunday, August 18, 2019

Genie and the Girls

I found some old photos that brought back fond memories.

A few years ago we were honored to have Genie Francis (from General Hospital) join our art class here in my home studio. Genie and her husband, Jonathan Frakes (from Star Trek) had a summer home in a nearby town. She joined our painting classes for a few summers. She is a delightful person, down to earth, funny, talented and had many interesting stories to tell us. They returned to California full time when Genie rejoined the cast of General Hospital.

Genie and I discovered that we both had relatives in Windsor, CT and joked that we might be long lost cousins. I still have a painting here that she started in one class. It was a pleasure to have both Genie and Jonathan in my home. Needless to say, it's an experience my class and I will always remember.


Lois, Celene, Genie and Vi


I taught oil painting classes to children and adults for over 15 years, both at my gallery in Belfast and then later in my home studio. I have now retired from teaching and miss those wonderful days.


Great memories!


Thanks for visiting.  

Celene



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Treasure Hunters, 8x10, oil

I am way behind in my postings. This seems to be a very busy summer. Either that or I am very disorganized.

This was a fun painting. I remember sitting on our deck, watching those boys having a great time digging for treasure at low tide. The photo was taken twelve years ago when we were in Florida for the winter. The boys would be all grown up by now...... Time flys.

Treasure Hunters, 8x10, oil


I am also working on a new Facebook Page.  I hope you will check it out - often. As I still have lots of paintings to add.


This painting is available in my Ebay Store - Seascapes.

Any of my paintings can be purchased directly through me. Please contact me for more information.


Thanks for visiting. I hope you are having a great summer.


Celene

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Bees, Hornets and Plein Air Painting

I posted this a few years ago but it's worth reading again. Works with deer fly and mosquito bites too.

When painting outside, bees and hornets are often attracted to your wet oil paint with painful results. If you get stung, relief is right at hand. I thought I would share this amazing old-time remedy with you.

Yesterday I was stung by a small hornet while painting outside. Ouch! I immediately found some plantain leaves, crushed them between my fingers and applied them as a poultice to the sting. In less than five minutes the burning pain was completely gone. Today there is only a small red area to remind me - no itching or tenderness.

     


Plantain leaves are easy to find in lawns, fields and along the sides of the road. This humble weed seems to grow everywhere, at least here in the north. The crushed leaves produce a liquid that is good for all insect bites, poison ivy and other skin rashes, minor burns and abrasions. You can also use it in combination with olive oil to make a healing lotion.

Wishing you many happy painting adventures.

Celene

Monday, July 8, 2019

Tom's Place, 5x7. Plein Air Oil

This building is the back of our neighbor's old barn. I see it from my kitchen window when I work at the sink and never tire of looking across the field and watching it change with the seasons and the time of day. The rain has stopped and everything is green and lush. Tom is a good neighbor. A quiet man, tall and lanky, with grey hair and a beard, who keeps to himself but will be one of the first to help when needed. We might not see him for months. Then one day he'll appear at the door with a bag of fresh lobsters or a stack of books. A few words of greeting and then he is gone again.


Tom's Place, 5x7, oil

This painting was done "plein air" on a beautiful summer's day. The fields haven't been mowed  and the grass is tall and lush. Soon another neighbor will be up with his tractor, mowing and baling the hay for his cows. 

This painting will be available in my Ebay Store.

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you are having a great summer.

Celene


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(or just type my name in the Ebay search box)

My website  www.CeleneFarris.com

Monday, July 1, 2019

Twilight Magic, 8x10, oil

Here is the second wild painting done in June. It was fun to push the color. 

Sometimes our sunsets are so stunning they take your breath away. But that wild coloration only lasts for a few minutes. Blink and the colors have faded back to normal.

Twilight Magic, 8x10, oil

This painting is available in my Ebay Store - Seascapes.

Any of my paintings can be purchased directly through me. Please contact me for more information.


Thanks for visiting,
Celene

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Northern Lights, 8x10, oil

It's hard to believe that June is almost over. After a very rainy and dreary start to spring, we are finally enjoying our beautiful Maine weather. June was a very busy month here on the hill - two birthdays, two wedding anniversaries, a high school graduation, Father's Day and a wedding - each with its separate party or gathering. Most of the celebrating took place here on the hill and we thoroughly enjoyed our family time together. 

I did get in a little studio time. I've been sorting through reference material and chose two very colorful subjects to paint. I'll share one with you today and the second one later on as it is still drying.



Northern Lights, 8x10, oil



This was a wild painting and I enjoyed the energy. 

This painting is available in my Ebay Store - Landscapes.

Any of my paintings can be purchased directly through me. Please contact me for more information.


Thanks for visiting,
Celene

Monday, May 13, 2019

Small Stuff

I found these sweet frames and knew I just had to paint some miniatures. The paintings are on 3x3 canvas panel and the overall size with the frame is a mere 4.25 x 4.25 inches.  


I painted some for my daughter-in-law's shop, Patchwork Plus, but these will be added to my Ebay Store. And I'm going to keep shopping for these little frames. What fun!


Apples and Brass, 3x3, oil

Lilacs, 3x3, oil

Lilacs and Forsythia, 3x3, oil

Geraniums, 3x3, oil

Thanks for visiting. 

Celene


My Ebay Store 

www.CeleneFarris.com