Thursday, April 24, 2014

Camino day 2

A day in St Jean Pied de Port to register for the Camino and then a walk around town before we start our walk. The Pyrenees surround this little village so it was much on our mind that we would be going over them tomorrow. 15+ uphill miles with a 90% chance of rain and thunder showers...

Auberge in St Jean Pied de Port.

"Art Abandoned" in cafe where we had dinner. A customer across the room, then we quickly left.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Camino di Santiago-Day 1

After 24 hours we made it to Biarritz France. A lovely seaside town with great vistas, shops and caf├ęs. We sat in the garden of the hotel and I sketched this view then off we went in search of a cafe for dinner.

Found one!!! The most delicious dinner at Cafe Jean.

"Art Abandonment". Quickly sketched while having a cafe au lait and then left on the table.

This guy was serving weary travelers cafe con leche at the bus station in Bilbao Spain. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

"Art Abandonment"—the last before walking the "Way of St James"

My final "art abandonment" before I head off to walk the Camino di Santiago. As I did the last errands before I leave, I was able to drop off a few sketches around town.

Trader Joe's Portland Maine

The Mad Apple Cafe Portland Maine

Scratch Bakery at Willard Beach, South Portland Maine—they put up it on the wall :)

Crema Coffee Company Portland Maine

My last hair appointment for 5 weeks...

I can't imagine what my hair will look like…

See you on the "Camino di Santiago"

Friday, April 18, 2014

El Camino di Santiago—500 miles in 35 days

El Camino di Santiago—500 miles in 35 days. My very good friend and I will be walking the "Way of St James" starting April 21st—YIKES in less than a week we climb on a plane to start our journey.
We start our pilgrimage in St Jean Pied de Pont, France, over the Pyrenees and across the plains of Spain to Santiago de Compostela.
My pack is a little heavier because of my "sketch kit" so she is carrying the "medical kit" (Band-aids and tape). I will be sketching everyday along the route posting from my iPhone…well, that's my plan!
Hope to see you along the way.

Three days until I leave for my pilgrimage. I did a quick drawing last night of my sketch kit which is adding weight to my “sketchimage”.

We start our walk in Jean-Pied-de-Port France at the base of the Pyreness on April 24th with a 22.7 km (14+ miles) hike over the mountains to Roncesvalles. All my stuff is out on the living room floor for another opportunity to lighten my pack, but I can’t see where I can do that!!!

We got pedicures yesterday to get our nails trimmed short for being in hiking boots day after day. I can only imagine what my feet will look like after 35 days in hiking boots…

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Art Abandonment

I just bought a new house and with the move I have purged and consolidated. I have a shopping bag of water sketches that I have done over the past few years. They are now being abandoned around Portland Maine.

EMS buying trekking pole tips for my trip

 Broadway Gardens

 IGA for a quick drop in for skim milk

  Broadway Gardens

 Fish & Bone pet store

  Starbucks for a macha green tea Frappaccino

   Le Roux Kitchen for glasses

Cherished Possessions dropping off consignment items

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Will spring ever come...

Ranunculus on Preble St
16" x 20" oil on canvas

Winter contines to hold us hostage with 10° this morning and another snow storm on its way. There is nothing like fresh flowers to bring spring to a cold grey day.

Friday, February 28, 2014

It's just cold, cold and colder

Maine Lobster

Whenever I find some free time I try to do exercises from one of these great books One Watercolor A Day or One Drawing A Day by the talented Veronica Lawlor and the members of Studio 1482. This one was Exercise #7—Food Studies in One Watercolor A Day.

February 28, 2014 Willard Beach Maine

It is so cold when I take Sophie to the beach every morning—today it was 8° but of course with the wind it feels far colder. Despite the cold, I am always struck by how beautiful it is so I usually manage to get a photo before scooping her up and running back to the house.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wintery February in Maine

It as though winter will never end. Snow is still piled high and covering the ground creating a bleak landscape. It is hard to imagine in 4 months it will be green and lush. We are back into what they are calling a "Polar Vortex". It just sounds cold and is with temperatures in the single digits because of the windchill factor. I'm so over this winter.

I have been painting at the gallery huddled in front of the easel and the space heater. My lastest two paintings are above;

"Ikan Koi Bali"  24"x24" oil on canvas
"My Jeans" Oil and acrylic on my Gap Boyfriend jeans

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy 2014

After months and months of ignoring my tired old blog, I decided to come back for a visit. I have been busy with the show, illustration and painting commissions, visiting my family for the holidays and getting ready for my next adventure this spring—5 weeks in Spain Walking the Camino de Santiago.

After six months of painting for the art show and numerous holiday commissions I have finally put the oil paints away for much needed break. Back to my roots in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am enjoyed a visit my family. With a sketch book and colored pencils I spent an afternoon sitting with my 87 year old dad at the assisted living facility that he now calls home :(

California was around 65° and everyday I would take a five mile walk in the hills near my parents home in Portola Valley. Ground squirrels running freely in and out of there underground homes peeking up to check what their neighbors are up to. At the top I can look out over Stanford University to the Dumbarton Bridge across to the East Bay. Around the first bend is a view north of San Francisco. 

This is a crazy sketch (notice giant mutant ground squirrels) done over prepainted paper while talking to my sister late one evening. Maybe coming home did make me a little crazy…

Back in Maine

After a month with my family in California I am back home in Maine. In between working on more illustrations and painting commissions, I decided to do prompts from the two books by one of my teachers, the talented Veronica Lawlor and Studio 1482. One Drawing A Day and One Watercolor A Day.

 One Drawing a DayStill Life sketch with crayons (my friends grandson's crayons)

One Watercolor A Day—Exercise #2 Wet on Wet and Wet on Dry

 "It means I get to read more books in my life" 

And lastly I discovered the wonderful world of Audiobooks through a good friend. She owns a magazine called "AudioFile" which focuses on reviewing the audio presentation of the story not a critique of the written material. It has opened up a whole new world for me on my long walks along the Maine coastline. 
I had never met the infamous Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch and his half brother the Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Hallor—my new heroes…along with Jack Reacher. They did the above short article as a new audiobook listener for their first publication in 2014.

Happy New Year

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fall flowers for a perfect fall day

I sketched (except for the text) this fall bouquet with dry twigs, Chinese ink and watercolor. After reading Ch'ng Kiah Kiean's Tutorial from USk 2013 in Barcelona, I gathered a handfull of twigs then whittled them with an X-acto knife hunched over a wastebasket in the gallery.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Getting back into sketching

After 5+ months of producing oil paintings for the show, I haven't had much energy to pick up a brush...or even a pen. Finally I was able to sketch a few fall bouquets along with a friends kitchen when we visited beautiful Georgetown Maine.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"A Year of Learning to Paint"

40+ paintings finished and the show is hanging!!! 
(At Clayton's in Yarmouth, Maine)

In January of 2013 I had to teach myself to oil paint again after years of letting the paints sit in a tote bag with the tops dried on so tight I needed a pliers to pry them loose and stacks of unused canvases collecting dust in the storage unit. I decided that I would do this entire show without buying any new supplies—to use all the paints, canvases and brushes I already had.

A most amazing, challenging, discipli
ned and creative year of learning to paint.

 Hanging the show with my amazing friends Patti and Elizabeth.

 I never thought I would get here—DONE...for now...

The Perfect Day of Surfing
16 x16 oil on canvas
(Final painting for the show) 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September Harvest Moon in Maine

Wednesday September 18th moonrise over Willard Beach on the Casco Bay.


Thursday September 19th moonrise over Peaks Island and Fort Gorgeous on the Casco Bay.

Monday, September 16, 2013

September Flowers

After dinner quick sketch of the flowers on the table in my new Strathmore 18 x 24 inch sketchbook—on sale for $5. I decided to use supplies I don't normally use (and always wonder why I have them). Econoline watercolor ink, big brush Pitt Pens, Stabilo Woody crayons and Tombow markers.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A summer day on the coast of Maine

I needed a break from painting so a felt pen and colored pencils seemed like a easy sketch solution. A quick sketch of the ship channel at the end of the street along with the ubiquitous seagull, a visit with my friend Mary for a glass of wine while sketching her grandaughter Haisel and delicious tuna steaks from the big winning tournament tuna.

Looking across the Casco Bay ship channel towards Peaks Island at the 
end of the street

At my friend Mary's house with her two cute grandaughters running around. 
Hard to capture a fast moving 3 year old who was also critiquing my work.

Mary's son Jack was part of the crew that caught this monster 586 lb tournament winning tuna.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

"No Dogs Allowed"

May through September in Maine, dogs are not allowed on the beaches except at wonderful Willard Beach where the dogs run free 7-9 am and 7-9 pm. Sophie loves that we live at Willard Beach because there is lots of seaweed to roll in!!!

"No Dogs Allowed"
18 x 18 oil on canvas

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Willard Beach and gallery days

Enjoying wonderful summer days at the beach and the gallery. 

Gallery Brushes
12 x 16 Oil on canvas

July Moonrise over Willard Beach Maine
16 x 16 oil on canvas