Sunday, December 30, 2012
This is what it looks like around here. There is about a foot of new snow from two storms that came through this week. My oldest daughter and I pulled out the snowshoes and took a walk on the nearby rail trail this morning. There was no one else on the trail, and it was pristine except for one set of cross country ski tracks made by an earlier riser. It was wonderful to be outside and enjoying the best part of a winter day!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
I had a very nice Thanksgiving holiday with family, and I am especially thankful for the long weekend to get organized for the month ahead. On top of all the Christmas insanity, I'm getting my work together for several art shows that have deadlines in December. I've also been working on a couple of prints. I finished a new reduction print of a crow which I'm hoping to get on my Etsy shop today. Here's a sneak peak of it.
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! Yesterday was mild, but today the wind picked up and brought in some much cooler, wintery temperatures. Brrrr...
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
We're anticipating some bad weather for the next few days while hurricane Sandy makes its way into our area. Hopefully we'll only see a lot of rain and moderate wind. Last year on Halloween, we had a freak 2 foot snowstorm that postponed Trick or Treat, and closed schools for a few days. This year it's a hurricane. Glad to get out this afternoon for a nice walk, and enjoy the last remnants of foliage. I imagine the rest of the leaves will be blown off the trees by the time we see the sunshine again.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
My town has a giant pumpkin festival every October, where humungous pumpkins are weighed and displayed. They also turn some of the giant pumpkins into boats, and have a crazy race on the river. This morning it was raining very hard early, but fortunately by noon it was only cloudy and occasionally drizzly. I was gallery-sitting at the town hall for a few hours this afternoon, which gave me inspiration and a chance to work on this piece.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Feeling a bit more like Fall today here in New England. We had a beautiful warm Friday with temperatures in the high 70's, and a Saturday that started mild but turned cooler after a rainy front went through. The foliage is becoming very colorful, and the "leaf peepers" are out in force for this Columbus Day weekend. Spent part of the afternoon working on a new block print of a Blue Jay that is coming along pretty well. I'll post it when I'm finished.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
It's a beautiful fall-like day here with nice cool temperatures in the low 70's. I just took a long walk around town, and noticed mums, pumpkins, and corn stalks springing up on local porches and front walks all over. The calendar still says summer for a few more days, but the signs are all there that it's coming to a close.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
For this week's IF word, "identical", I was thinking about the mother-daughter identical outfits that I believe were more popular back in my childhood than today. I did find a few photos of myself and my younger sister wearing our identical dresses that my grandmother had made. It appears that at my birthday parties, for several years, she and I had matching outfits. At this one, I am 5 and she is two.
Monday, August 27, 2012
You've got to be very hungry when you order the "tall" stack of pancakes!
Today's my official last day of summer vacation, and then I'm back to work tomorrow for the teachers' day, with students coming in on Wednesday. It has been a lovely summer here with few rainy days. I spent yesterday with a friend who lives near the seacoast, and we enjoyed lunch at a restaurant with a water view. There was not a cloud in the sky all day, and the temperature was in the low 80s. It was a perfect way to wrap up my summer break.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
A 4-B pencil drawing for Illustration Friday this week---I usually use a black Prismacolor pencil, but was enjoying the feel of plain old graphite on my sketchbook paper so this is where I ended up.
This reminds me that I better get moving on the 2012 Sketchbook Project. I have the empty book on my desk. Last year I worked with colored pencil and watercolor, but found the thin pages wrinkled quite a bit when I added the watercolor. I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to use this year, but I'm thinking of a beach and nature theme.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
I'm a little later than usual with this week's Illustration friday post, as it was a busy weekend with the Uncommon Art Show here on Saturday, and a trip to the 79th Annual Craftsmen's Show in Sunapee on Sunday. My husband had part of last week off so we also went to a lake on Thursday, and the ocean on Friday. It has been a beautiful summer overall, so I'm more than happy to take advantage of it!
Friday, August 3, 2012
On Saturday 8/4 from 10---4pm, I'll be manning my booth in the Goffstown Village. Over 30 craftsmen and artists will have work for sale at this annual arts fair. I'm looking forward to being a part of this event for the first time. Hot, sunny weather is forecast, so hope lots of people will be out enjoying the day!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
I was working on this drawing last night while watching the Olympic Games on TV. In swimming, it's amazing to see how incredibly close the finishes are with only hundredths of seconds between winners and losers. Also incredibly difficult to understand the scoring for gymnastics with judges making deductions on minute errors that are undetectable to those not in the sport. Looking forward to track and field, but will probably watch a bit of everything over the course of the Games.
I wanted to post this today, but will hopefully have the finished colored version up soon.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I just posted about my latest summer projects on the illustrators' group blog, Smells Like Crayons. We're a group of artists who met through our mutual interest in children's book illustration, and have maintained a loosely organized support system for all our artistic endeavors through the years. You can check out our blog and my post at Smells like Crayons.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
It's hot and humid here today. The cat is spread out flat on the porch table, which has a grid-like surface. She's probably trying to find a little ventilation from underneath to keep her cooler.
I've been working on a new print, but I may have to go over to the college printmaking studio where the temperature is more comfortable to continue. I don't think the inks will dry in this weather. I will have a booth at an outdoor art fair on August 4th, so I need to keep busy during the next few weeks, creating some new prints to add to the ones I have.
Even when it's this hot, I am still so happy to be on summer vacation! Just wish it wouldn't fly by so fast!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
My husband had the past week off from work, and we enjoyed a pleasant day at the beach on Thursday. This was my first trip to the ocean this summer, and the water was surprisingly a comfortable temperature. I admit I didn't really go swimming, but it was pleasant to walk along the beach with my feet in the water. My daughters had a blast kayaking a bit, and trying out a paddle board. My illustration this week reminds me of when they were much younger, and we always brought all the paraphernalia for building sand castles.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
I just read "The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D." by Nichole Bernier, and enjoyed it very much!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
I finally finished a project that I've been working for a while. One of my friends, Hannah Phelps had been creating some beautiful woodblock prints using plates that she cut into pieces with a scroll saw. I wanted to see if I could do something similar using "easy cut' blocks and an X-acto knife.
I started off with a sketch of beach roses and a background of hills and sea.
I started off with a sketch of beach roses and a background of hills and sea.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Today is definitely not a hot summer day! It's been pouring since the early am, and it feels raw and cool outside. I spent part of the day working at the local co-op gallery I belong to in town. The rain spoiled the town's scheduled "Old Home Day" celebration, and what we hoped would be a busy day at the gallery. Oh well, it is what it is---there will be better days ahead!
Monday, May 28, 2012
It's been a lovely Memorial Day here. There was barely a cloud in the sky all day. I managed to get up for an early long walk, ate breakfast on the back porch while watching the birds at the feeder, and the squirrels and chipmunks foraging around underneath. This was all before 9am, when my husband and I walked down to Main Street to see the small Memorial Day parade our town puts on. In the proper spirit of thankfulness to our troops, I came home to finish putting in some tomato and zucchini plants. This weekend of beautiful summer-like weather makes me feel less than enthusiastic about going back to work tomorrow. In New England, this is our reward for living here, and making it through the cold, snowy winters.