Tag Archives: Nature

Plein air

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..

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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.

Wild weather exhales inspiration

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..

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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

quiet restored

my mind is free

to dance around my thoughts

(mixed media art, pencil, marker and cut paper)

Silent messages

Moment taken as I gaze toward the sky

clouds catch my eye

Im lost in the ease of movement

effortless motion of forms

the wind whispers….

that is how you should move through life

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Shape shifting through the snow

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.

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Day 9 The climb

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.

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watercolor & pencil on paper

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Day 2 & 3

Creating something new each day-  Art every day month

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This painting was created from a pencil sketch I made while vacationing at the mountains.  watercolor on paper with marker

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The Nautical Lady   – watercolor & pencil on paper

 

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Play amongst the trees

 

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Swing, swing all the way high

Fall days filled with magic

Changes hidden amongst the trees

Spontaneity grabs hold

Lost, lost in the beauty

 

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Transition

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clouds expand in all directions

 blank spaces filled in grey and blue

comforted by the difference

nature is observed

I am grounded

Wandering inspiration

A weekend spent wandering around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My husband and I spent time driving around Pennsylvania Dutch Country with a map in hand and no particular place to go. I was inspired by the historic towns, unique shops and sprawling farm land.  Along the way I captured some images that caught my eye.

Hope you enjoy the ride….

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Lancaster has many covered bridges, 25 to be exact unfortunately we only found one.DSCF2948

Driving through Terre Hill, the delicate iron work at this cemetery caught my eye, had to stop and take a picture –  the clouds rolled in, in time for a dramatic shot.DSCF2951

A stop in Litiz. Chocolate!  Enough said…….DSCF2946

Fancy teapot display at Wilbur Chocolate Factory. DSCF2943

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Couldn’t pass this up, had to check out the store. DSCF2941

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More information on Lancaster PA:

City of Lancaster, PA

Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Things to do in Lancaster

Lancaster Arts

Creating Simplicity

As November is winding down I am trying to keep up with Art Every Day Month, I haven’t sketched for a few days (ok its been a week) so I am posting some previous sketches.

During a brisk walk in the neighborhood a little leaf less tree caught my eye, it was bare except for a handful of seed pods hanging neatly in a row.

This drawing idea came from a very small doodle I made while writing my morning pages.

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