A collection of my landscape and cityscape paintings will be on display at The Cedars House, a quaint cafe in the woods of Philadelphia. The cafe is a favorite haunt of mine, when hiking the trails in Fairmount Park or sketching in nature. My paintings are on display now through December.
The Cedars House, 200 W Northwestern Ave, Phila., PA 19118
Painting process of the Manayunk Trail Bridge
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Want to explore Philadelphia’s park & trails, follow the links below:
Wissahickon Valley Park Trail
Day hiker map
Manayunk Trail Bridge
The East Coast experienced many mild weather days this winter, which drew me out of my studio hibernation to paint in nature. Once upon a time my outdoor painting would consist of small watercolor sketches or pencil drawings. This time around I decided to try quick paintings using acrylic paint and graphite on paper, spending about 45 min to an hour on each painting.
A recent purchase and a new love, the Sta-Wet handy palette, helped make outdoor painting easier. This palette box preserves paints for an extended period of time.. The smaller version was easy to transport and keep paint fresh. My preference of paint brush is more scrubby in texture, short bristle brushes.. Sometimes you just have to make adjustments, when you can’t find what you need, I gave my brushes a hair cut..
Since I am painting on paper, I don’t need an easel, just a hard surface to paint on.. Most of the time I use picnic tables in parks, and or invert the lid to my sat-wet palette to place my paper on. Working small 8″x 10″ or smaller means less paint needed.
Reserve your time in nature……
Supplies I bring for outdoor painting: Reusable bag to transport my supplies, water bottle, water cup (I use an empty yogurt container) brushes, pencil, pre-cut watercolor paper (small various sizes) rag, clips (to hold paper together) Palette fully loaded with paint colors (I try not to bring extra tubes of paint) large ziplock bags to package up my palette and any loose materials. I use a rubber band to wrap around my palette to keep it from accidentally opening in transport.
During our morning routine before school, my daughter asked me to write a poem. My first thought, I don’t have anything to write about. Then other thoughts followed..
I hear…… Unknown to me
the sound echos through the empty house
bang, clank shakes me awake
a ghostly presence of make believe
rooms filled with chatter
I try to muffle the noise
my mind is free
to dance around my thoughts
(mixed media art, pencil, marker and cut paper)
Spent some time outdoors on this snow day, trudging through the snow while exploring the fluff covered neighborhood. Beautiful shapes and patterns popped against the white of the day.
My sketch was inspired by nature. I enjoyed a beautiful hike today with friends and while observing my surroundings, I noticed what looked like polka dots dancing on the tall branches of a bare tree. My interpretation on the traveling dots.
watercolor & pencil on paper
Creating something new each day- Art every day month
This painting was created from a pencil sketch I made while vacationing at the mountains. watercolor on paper with marker
The Nautical Lady – watercolor & pencil on paper
Swing, swing all the way high
Fall days filled with magic
Changes hidden amongst the trees
Spontaneity grabs hold
Lost, lost in the beauty
Sky in transition
clouds expand in all directions
blank spaces filled in grey and blue
comforted by the difference
nature is observed
I am grounded