Monday, October 31, 2016

Last Days of Summer

Since tonight is Halloween and the last day of October, I guess that I have to accept the fact that another summer is over. We had an exceptionally dry summer and we all thought that the fall colors would be dry and dusty looking. But what a surprise! The colors were spectacular this year.

Trying to capture all that color on canvas is daunting. I did a few paintings "en plein air" but mostly took lots of photographs. As much as I enjoy painting outside, I would rather work in my studio as my style of painting is more controlled and disciplined and needs a few sessions to complete.

But once in awhile I will be successful "en plein air". This view from our outdoor table is one of my favorites and I have painted it many times. I just had to paint it again.

Autumn Garden, 8x6, oil SOLD

This is a 6x8 stretched canvas, gallery wrap with a one inch profile. 

The painting continues on the edges so framing isn't necessary.

This painting was available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.

Thanks for visiting. Hope you had a fun Halloween with lots of little visitors. Such a fun time! And now we get to eat the rest of the candy!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Newfoundland, October's Virtual Tour

The island of Newfoundland off the east coast of Canada is slightly smaller than California, covering 43,000 sq mi. with a population of approx. 487,000 people. A former English colony, Newfoundland joined the Canadian Confederation in 1949.

Moderated by the ocean and the Gulf Stream, the temperatures range from an average of 25°F in winter to 60°F in summer. The sub-arctic maritime climate produces abundant precipitation, high winds, with more clouds and less sunshine than on the mainland. 

Newfoundland is a remote island of spectacular scenery - stunning coastlines, mountains and tundra, whales and seabirds and, of course, icebergs. There are isolated settlements and large cities, ancient historical sites and four national parks. 
L’ Anse aux Meadows at the northern-most tip is the site of the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America and dates back to 1000 AD.

The island can be reached by air or by a 6-hour ferry ride from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basques. There is also a ferry from Labrador to Newfoundland.

My husband and I traveled to Newfoundland in the early 1990's with our local Boy Scout troop. Both our sons had just received their Eagle Badges and this trip was for the Eagle Scouts and the younger members of our troop. We set up our camp at Gros Morne National Park, hiked and explored, on foot, in our trucks and by boat, a good portion of the island. It was a marvelous adventure.

Newfoundland, 6x12 SOLD
This is a 6x12 stretched canvas, gallery wrap with a one inch profile. 
The painting continues on the edges so framing isn't necessary.

This painting was available in my Ebay Store.

Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Little Time Off

Our fall colors this year are brilliant despite our dry summer. We just returned from our camp a few miles south of Moosehead Lake. It’s one of my very favorite areas in the state and I always take lots of photos. Today I’m going through them and will share some in this post. The weather can be very unpredictable at camp, perhaps influenced by the numerous mountains and lakes in the region. This sunny morning quickly became cloudy, but the views were still spectacular.  

Early morning at camp

A little sunshine on Wilson Stream

On the road to Barren Mountain
The road to Barren Mountain

Moosehead Lake

Clouds over Moosehead Lake, Greenville

Last settlement north of Greenville before entering into the North Woods

Now it's time to get back to work. My website and Ebay Store need a bit of fall housekeeping before the serious studio painting time begins.

Thanks for visiting with me.
My Ebay Store

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September 30/30 Challenge. Day 30

Welcome to October, one of the nicest months of the year.

This is my last painting for the September 30/30 Challenge. I knew it wasn't possible for me to complete 30 paintings in 30 days because my painting process requires at least 2-3 sessions per painting. But it was still fun to be a part of Leslie's group and I'm looking forward to her next challenge in January.

Secret Cove, 6x12, oil

This is a 6x12 stretched canvas, gallery wrap with a one inch profile.
The painting continues on the edges so framing isn't necessary.

I am very pleased to learn that our Virtual Paint Out Group is traveling to Newfoundland for October. I visited Newfoundland many years ago and it remains one of my favorite memories.

Tony, Ginger and I will be going to camp soon. I look forward to sitting by the fire and listening to the loons on the lake and the distant train whistle of the Canadian Pacific as it echos off the mountain. No radio, TV or internet connection - just my two favorite people and my paint set and lots of books. A nice respite from a busy summer.

Thanks for visiting with me. This painting will be available in my Ebay Store in a few days.