How it all began….in 2004 a good friend suggested we go outdoors and paint the landscape. She had read a book a water colorist had published of plein air landscape paintings and it looked like fun. We were both experienced artists in a variety of mediums so it looked really interesting and easy. We researched materials and tools, (there were not many to choose from) picked what looked good and set out. This was the beginning of a wild, fun, amazing journey that is still continuing.
First of all it really helped that we didn’t know anything about plein air painting. We couldn’t find anyone we knew who did and could give us advice… that was 2004.
Now its the summer of 2019 and my students have asked me to write down everything I’ve learned along the way. I’m starting with the tools and materials . The funny thing is I know I’ve painted and sketched a lot but I don’t really have any markers along the trail that show me how far I’ve come or what I’ve learned until I show it to someone else. Then I see where I’ve traveled and what I’ve learned.
Last week one of my students said, “What you just said sounded to me like a different language, I don’t even know the meaning of what you said”. Another one said “Can you write this down?” You say so much that is important and I can’t remember all of it.”
So I’m doing just that. I’m writing it all down. Its more than I thought, so it may take a little bit of time to get it organized and into a simple, legible format. I’m starting the organization of the information this week and when it’s all done I’ll put it into a nice package so you all can read it.
Happy Spring! Beauty makes us feel better. The last skies of winter and the first skies of spring have been putting on a spectacular show! Now the snow is gone here in southern Maine, I hope you are enjoying the first blush of spring with all its blossoms and bird song.
NEW PAINTINGS !
Collector alert ! A new Haiku collection. If you are looking for a special gift …give me a shout! The new Night, Wave, Marsh and Cloud collections will be available in my studio only until May 24th. Night: Moonlight on the Water Available. Unframed
PLEIN AIR CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
NEW! PLEIN AIR CLASSES
NEW! PLEIN AIR CLASSES Plein Air Classes start next week ! MAY 7th. Tuesdays 10am – 1pm. Pack up your gear and come out with us. Beginner to advanced students welcome.
NEW! PLEIN AIR WORKSHOPS
JUNE 29th, JULY 27th, AUGUST 17th Saturdays 10am – 5pm. Pack up your gear and come out with us. These special one day intensives are offered for experienced beginner to advanced students.
THE TRAVELING SKETCHBOOK
Sketching is totally fun. Every Monday in June, July & August meet me in a new beautiful location to try out your skills drawing & painting the world around us. Registration & details.
COME TO A DEMO !
Friends, fans, collectors, painters & sketchers – would you like to watch a painting appear in front of your eyes? You are invited to join me on June 20th 4-7 pm at a private seaside location in Kittery, ME to watch the birth of a plein air landscape! Hosted by the Kittery Art Association. Detailed invite coming soon!
Happy New Year Everyone! Wishing you health, happiness & peace in the New Year.
I don’t know if your past year has been like this but it feels like time is racing by and I’ve been playing catch up for the last 3 months ! I am finally almost up to date with all the important things on my calendar. It’s been a whirlwind year with little time off. Whenever I did have a few open days it was to regroup or catch up or prepare for the next event on my schedule. The good news? Its been fun, rewarding and so enriching. And I’m being recruited to teach painting in lovely places like Italy. Would you like to come with me to Italy to paint near the birth place of Raphael? Or maybe take a mini vacation to sketch and paint for a long weekend in Quebec City? These are a few possibilities of sketching & painting adventures for 2020.
Plus, due to popular demand, I will be releasing one of my first online classes, “Color” in 2019. The filming and production of this is one of the extra things I’ve been trying to fit into my already active schedule. Also, I will be publishing my first book & color mixing guide in 2019 ! I promise , I will try to post more regularly to my blog to keep you updated on everything. My blog might show up from time to time as a vlog as I am able to post my painting & plein air videos quickly and easily. It’s been harder to find the time to sit down and write. I hope all of you are catching your breath after your adventures of 2018 and looking forward to a enriching new year. I want to thank all of you for your friendship, support and positive messages in 2018. I’m wishing you all the best for 2019 !
Why? Because now that all the summer people have departed we can wander around freely and enjoy this beautiful weather.
I’ve often felt that the best time on the Maine coast is September and October.
The soft light, the warm days, the cool nights, the colors changing and the slower time at the beach makes this a favorite time of year. Everything is more relaxed.
The recent mornings with their crisp, cool air and the early sunsets remind us winter is heading our way. But now is the time to relax, catch our breath after a busy summer and just sniff the air. It’s just heavenly!
Who wouldn’t want to feel like they have a handle on their life?
There are ways to cultivate peace of mind.
ACTION #1 ~ SLOW DOWN
Drive the speed limit.
It’s not about getting there fast.
Its about being where ever you are.
Try drawing & painting, its much slower than taking a photo with your phone! It’s certainly a lot more fun!
Peace of mind is a way of life. Here are a few things that make a big difference.
Feel good fast. What is the little thing that makes the biggest difference?
Nature is the best medicine for the soul.
Being outside everyday makes a difference in our mental and physical health. It makes you feel good. Be it sitting quietly listening to the birds or walking, hiking, golfing, sketching or painting it is a positive thing and a wonderful gift to ourselves. Every painting I make outdoors is a gift. I don’t forget how lucky I am to be in these beautiful places and I can look at these plein air paintings to remind me of that great day.
It’s really quite simple… go outside!
I always tell students to get outside. I think that sketching and painting outdoors have more benefits for peace of mind and general happiness than many other things that we do to make ourselves feel good.
1st – You slow down and step out of the age of information overload.
2nd -You give your full attention to one thing – no multi-tasking.
3rd – You immerse yourself in the environment – sniff the air, feel the temperature, really pay attention to what is going on.
Clouds over the Lake – Belmont, New Hampshire.
The Foaming Surf on Marginal Way, Ogunquit, ME.
The Egrets in the Marsh, Rachel Carson in Wells, ME
ALL PAINTINGS ARE AVAILABLE AS PRINTS ~ Click on the PICTURE or the LINK BELOW !
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW !
As late summer arrives it is the perfect time to get out to sketch & paint ! The weather is warm, the colors are gorgeous and the light is perfect!
Now is the time for spending some quality time in nature!
I have been out sketching in some beautiful Maine locations this past winter and spring. WATCH how I work with watercolor, gouache and pen to quickly capture the mood in my sketchbook. Plus a few tips on dealing with fast changing light. The magic of the landscape makes it wonderful to sketch & paint outdoors in all seasons!
Get outside. Sketch. Paint. Enjoy!