Monday, June 30, 2008

The Painted Chair

Well here it is...! In an earlier blog about the Maine Discovery Museum located in Bangor, Maine, I mentioned an invitation to participate in their November auction fund raiser called "Save A Seat". Maine artists were invited to paint a chair of their choice which is to be donated and will go to the highest bidder.
I enlisted the help of my talented carpenter son Eric who built this little beauty.
We collaborated on the design and agreed that this style would be useful and comfortable too. There is a storage area under the seat lid which is attached with a brass piano hinge. I love it already!
I have my theme idea ready to go( I'm not telling you what it is) and will start by priming the entire piece...then the fun begins. I'll post photos to show the progress until it's completed...stay tuned..

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Tryon's Field

Don't know why.... but roads and trails seem to be popping up in my paintings more often.
This pastel of a nearby scene in autumn was just completed and may go into an upcoming show. While horseback riding through this field one fall I came upon an old trail that wanders through the property. The long grasses, thick and blown down by the wind fascinated me. The low sun glanced across the was such a peaceful scene. The air was crisp and filled with the familiar scent of wood smoke. I raced home, put my horse in, then raced back with camera in hand to take shots before the sun disappeared.
The old barn in the upper corner is no longer seems so long ago. Times are changing with more people slowly moving into our quiet community. I'm glad I was able to experience the country like this.
The size is 8 x 17.5 on colourfix prepared paper and for sale...please inquire if interested.