“The heavens proclaim the glory of God
The skies display his craftsmanship”
(Psalm 19:1 NLT)
Fall at Learning Tree Farm
2018, oil on Canvas
24 x 8 inches
These lines of scripture are written on a scrap piece of paper and posted in my studio near my easel. Whenever I work on a landscape, they come to mind. Sunrises, sunsets, and mid-day fluffy clouds, especially in peaceful pastoral location, have always given me a feeling of peace and awe. When outside on a beautiful day, I’ll often joke that “days like this are a gift from God and to be inside is a sin’. I’m hoping to paint a few more landscapes with large cloud formations in this series. Like everything else in life, I’ll have to see where it takes me.
This particular landscape was from an outing with the Loudoun Sketch Club to Learning Tree Farm, near Marshall VA. It was one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve ever been to. I’m delighted that it has found a home in a private collection. Prints are available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/592921470/giclee-print-learning-tree-farm
My preschool-age daughter surprised me with a nap today, and while I did have lots of housework to attend to, her restful pose caught my eye. I had to paint her – quickly – before she woke up. Armed with a tube of transparent oxide red, a few favorite brushes and my pochade box, I set out to capture her peaceful gesture before her eyes opened.
I’m so grateful I was able to paint this. Sometimes the demands of motherhood trump artistic desires; other times the dishes can wait.
Here is one of my favorite studies from the summer sessions at the Atelier in the Garage in Leesburg, VA (https://atelierinthegarage.com) . This a 9×12 oil on panel of a lady enjoying some peaceful summer reading. The painting has been professionally framed and is available for purchase via my Etsy shop here.
I’m super excited to share news of my acceptance into the Virginia Equine Artists Association! The group consists of equine artists and photographers from all across the state of Virginia. I’m looking forward to joining them for exhibitions, paint outs, and networking events.
I’ll post with a link to my page on their site once it’s live. Here’s a link to their site so you can check out other artists’ work.
Yet again, I found myself with about a dozen brushes in my left hand. While working, I had absentmindedly accumulated brush after brush in my non-dominate hand and now they were completely disorganized.
What to do?
I needed a brush holder which could hold a variety of brush sizes, keep them organized, is portable, and cheap. I glanced around my studio and saw the perfect solution: binder clips! I clipped the smaller ones onto my glass palette and the larger ones onto the sides of my easel.
It was perfect for plein air and open studio painting too. With a few clipped to the sides of my palette, I always had the right brush handy.