Monday, November 30, 2009

A photo, a painting, a poem

North Shore Rocks
oil on board
6 x 8

A photo of me painting at the North Shore of Lake Superior last month. Thank you my friend and fellow painter, Barbara McIlrath, for taking my photo unbeknownst to me. A small rock study I did of the shore, wet and dry rocks. And finally, a poem by my sister Mary. She has a beautiful new book of poetry out, published by Mid-List press. It's titled Hand Work.

Turner's Paintings

It's all about light,
how it glances off water,
gets caught up in mist,
careens around objects,
tumbles through clouds.

Yes, I know there are ships,
but they are only there
to give the light

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Three Tide-Pools

10 x 10
oil on canvas

"What artists are peculiarly equipped to know because they experience it everyday in the studio; that is, no matter how skillfully and knowledgeably they organize... elements of a work - in painting these would be composition, imagery, color, space, drawing, brushwork - a picture will not necessarily catch fire, come alive".
- Fairfield Porter

Monday, November 9, 2009

Rocky Coast

8 x 8
oil on canvas

Here is another North Shore/Lake Superior piece that I did this Fall. I am very happy to report that our little screech owl is once again in its hole out in our woods (I posted a photo of it last Spring). This is the 5th year in a row now that it has made our woods its winter home.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Violet Tide-Pools

6 x 8
oil on canvas

I finally did some image scanning today and now have some of my North Shore pieces documented. I was really captivated by the tide pools, by their transience and luminosity against the rocks. The weather was cold and often windy out by the water so the work had to be done quickly, with a thermos of hot tea handy!