This is a sad post to let you know that my sweet little friend Basil (whom many of you know) has passed. Basil had a few close calls in his life…years ago he had a bad virus that almost killed him, but with intravenous fluids and antibiotics (and a very strong will) he survived. Then a few years later he got Lyme disease. It took forever to diagnose, he saw lots of doctors, got to the point where he couldn’t walk at all, but then with the right antibiotic, he made a speedy recovery and lived many years with just some minor back pain…. Last year he was diagnosed with oral melanoma, seemed to feel just fine but had a weird tumor on the roof of his mouth. Most of it was removed and this last year he lived life to the fullest, he ate well, played well and was a very happy pup.
He was a funny little dog with a sweet personality (although he did growl at men sometimes….) such a great guard dog and while walking, never pulled or ran…was content to stroll and sniff. Very well-mannered….
He enjoyed riding immensely, and frequented my studio as often as he could. He really enjoyed that. I moved an easy chair to the window so he could sit on top of it and keep away any unsavory characters….(occasionally he appeared to be napping but his hearing was impeccable.)
Cozy …( Still Listening)
Anyway I wanted to share a few very sweet images with you. We all have pets that we love so deeply, its hard to say goodbye. But I am very grateful for the time we shared and he made me laugh alot for 13 years……
ever watchful Basil
We’re you going, Mom?
painted en plein air in my garden
This spring with the gardens looking so lovely here at home, I find myself not going very far to paint outside. Although I have some favorite spots that I really want to travel to, I find leaving my own back yard is almost impossible because of the beautiful flowers right here! I’ve been worried about it. All of these near by farms and orchards and views that need to be painted. And I’m not there!! But my own back yard stops me every time. I try to sneak away. It just too pretty this year. And the birds….. singing very sweetly……. So I am not fighting it, I give up. The quiet beauty in the foliage and flowers has become more and more gorgeous over the years. As you all know its a lot of work. Some plants have stubbornly refused to either grow or multiply while others have refused to be transplanted…. they will come up where they want to…..
So, no more struggles here, no more fighting it. I will allow them to be where they prefer and watch them flourish, rather than force my own will upon them. Its much more relaxing now and they have really taken over, but it is their home, right? Glad they are happy here and not so bad being lost in your own back yard!
The Yin Yang Bowl
Creating this painting yesterday in the studio I thought of my daughter who created the yin yang bowl for me. Looking at the bowl, I was inspired to paint this still life with onions. Using a simple complimentary palette, my intention was to continue with the yin yang balance and still remain true to the creativity that went into making the beautiful bowl….
Speaking of creating, tomorrow is Mother’s Day. I do miss my Mother. She was a lovely person, really fun to be with, a great cook and had unconditional love for all of her children. And she taught us all of the most important things……mostly through the example she set. Honest, hard working, understanding and well, everything a Mother should be. An honor to have known her.
Happy Mother’s Day everyone! Enjoy!
We are enjoying warmer temps here in New Hampshire after a nice winter. We got tons of snow in February and March and for those of us who love to garden it means we will have to move fast when the snow has finally melted. My seedings have sprouted and are in the windows waiting for transplanting….. !
Its nice to see the birds returning and lovely to see them building their nests once again. And the waters are warming. This painting was inspired by a trip to Boston where I saw this cute swimmer enjoying the water and the lovely blossoms….
Hope you are all feeling the warmth this spring.
The other day I came to the studio and found an image of a brook that I have often seen while walking along my road. I decided to paint it. And since it was Janis Joplin’s 70th birthday I thought of her and listened to her amazing music throughout the day. Today I came back to view the unfinished painting and added a few touches and have decided it may be finished….but like most artists I always wonder…..
Still I feel good about it and will look at it with fresh eyes as time goes on…..
I love music when I paint, along with the image it takes me away to a place where I feel comfortable and let my instincts guide me. I guess most of us feel that way when listening to fabulous music, and for me the combination of the two bring me to a very joyful place.
I hope you are all feeling the joy today….
Dining in the Meadow pastel on wallis
When I was driving in the countryside I came upon some sheep enjoying a lovely meal of pumpkins! It was so unusual and colorful that I decided to take some photos and do a painting back in my studio. This was a few years ago, but I came upon that photo today and was pleasantly reminded of that day. I decided to paint it.
And today is my Mother’s birthday. She passed in 1995. What a lovely woman she was and one thing we used to do when I was a little girl was go on picnics! We would go to the streams, to the woods, and yes to the meadows. It was always special and fun because my parents were really very funny and very much in love. We didn’t have alot of money so it was something we could do together that was inexpensive. And now I really appreciate the simple life we had. We laughed a lot and always felt embraced by love.
So when I saw the sheep having their picnic I realized that I really must thank my mother for this wonderful lesson ……families ….dining ….. meadows ….. a great combo!
The Storm pastel on wallis
I hope you all had a great holiday, we were fortunate to have some time in Virginia with our daughter, son in law, and grandchildren this year and they bring so much joy to us, especially during the holidays. Pure magic! But now back to New Hampshire, back to the day to day routine! And this year we decided to unplug our cable tv! After 22 years! Wow! What an exhilarating experience! Feeling free to be more productive …. not sure why we needed to do this, but really enjoying the experience so far! And of course if we get a little shaky, there is always streaming …..!
But today was a day of art. And although it was a sunny warm day, I chose a winter storm scene that was inspired by driving through a storm years ago and feeling how beautiful the scenes were as they flew by….. Well my husband said to “paint up a storm” today so maybe that was it…. whatever inspired me, I also decided to set up a new category in my on line shop for unframed paintings …. shipped free! CLICK HERE to check it out and Happy New Year everyone!
Living in New Hampshire I see the ever changing seasons as they emerge. They make themselves known in so many ways. I watch the open water freeze, listen to the crunch of frozen snow under my feet and feel grateful that I have so much to be thankful for this year. Its very nice to be here and in such great health! And then there is my most amazing husband who I really enjoy and love ……. after more than 30 years…..! And my lovely daughter, one of the most thoughtful and kindest people I have ever known. And then the grandchildren….the icing on the cake…they elevate me every single time I hear their voices or see their very sweet faces. So yes, it will be a very Merry Christmas this year, and I feel especially lucky to have so much.
And I can’t wait to paint …….. what shall I paint next…..? Well I would like to paint all of the above! Having my studio waiting just a few miles away is what my mind always goes back to…I dream about the compositions, palette choices, my new brushes, pastels ….well like I said, I am truly blessed.
I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday, enjoy all that surrounds you. And let’s wish for peace …..this year more than ever.
It amazes me how quickly the time has flown this month. This morning I heard a lovely sound on my morning walk. A bird I don’t usually hear singing……I think it may have been a wild turkey it was kind of a sweet sounding gobble ! I saw four of them this afternoon scurrying away as I went by.
“Solitude” 12×16 oil on canvas
…….they blend so well with the underbrush this time of the year. In New Hampshire the colors have faded and the frost in the morning is getting heavier each day. Snow flurries a few days ago but no snow to speak of yet. It is the beginning of the deep freeze…..
I spent the day with an artist friend Monday. I told her of some still life paintings I had been working on. She said with the colors fading its a great time of year for that! I had never looked at it that way, but she’s right, it really is. I will work on some more in my studio next week and post them for you to see.
Until then I am transporting paintings here and there for the holiday season. And December is just a few days away! This painting, “Solitude” is an oil I did primarily with a knife. I work both with the brush and the knife…I like both techniques, and really enjoy the texture with knife painting. To purchase click on the painting, or click here !
Whatever this time of year is bringing your way…. Enjoy!
Walking through the sunlight, seeing Mount Monadnock ahead, the day is full of promise…….
Again this year I am participating in the NH Open Doors event! I find it is a good time for holiday shopping, especially if you use lay away options. I also take checks and all major credit cards……. And shopping early can turn holiday stress into holiday joy!
My studio is open from 9-5 both Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4. I welcome all of you and invite you to stop by for a glass of cheer …… and some conversation……
I will offer a door prize, no purchase necessary, and some new paintings of all sizes will be on display.
The studio has a fresh coat of paint on the outside too! Grey shingles with a bright pink door two doors down from Edmunds, and Malarkey’s Village Cafe is right next door.
Please bring your NH Open Doors passport with you to receive an extra door prize ticket and 10% off of any purchase.
See you there!
Mount Monadnock Wanderlust
Rabbit Ear Films, a local non-profit filmmaking company, is presenting a fundraiser called REACHING THE SUMMIT, an art show benefit that will help raise tax-deductible donations for the film Monadnock-The Mountain That Stands Alone. The event, at Heberton Hall in Keene, (76 Winter St. next to Keene Public Library) will be on Sat., October 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to raise money and awareness for the 90 minute feature length film by showcasing fine artists work relating to Mount Monadnock. The event is open to the public.
Scheduled artists participating are Alicia Drakiotes, Mary Iselin, David Dodge, Chris Reid, Linda Dessaint, Sienna Giffin, Donna Bascom Lund, Phil Bean and Jeffrey Newcomer. Their artwork will be on sale during the Oct. 27 show and selected pieces for one month thereafter. These artists will donate
40% of each sale to the Monadnock film project producer Rabbit Ear Films.
Author Craig Brandon will offer his acclaimed books on Mount Monadnock for sale with all proceeds donated to Rabbit Ear Films.
The film Monadnock-The Mountain That Stands Alone will be a feature length high-definition documentary about the rich history of Mount Monadnock that will inspire and enrich people locally, regionally and beyond. No historical documentary of Mount Monadnock, the most climbed mountain in the Western Hemisphere, has been done before.
Our filmmaking company is in the final phase of post-production that is the costliest. Research and production is near completion. This has been a three-year effort with film completion targeted for May 2013.
I received a merit award for “Follow Your Passion” in Kennebunk this year at the annual PPOM International juried event. Wow what a great surprise ! An honor to be in the show too.
This painting was done last year in between a couple of others. I really lost myself doing this one and just relaxed and followed not only my passion but my instincts. Very pleased to see the out come. I guess that’s a lesson, to just totally be in the moment…… exactly why I love to paint!
I hope all of you are enjoying the summer and able to find peace and joy where ever you can.
Finished this pastel a couple of days ago, I had already posted the beginning of this painting…. for those who didn’t see it here it is again…..
"Secret Spot ..... Emerging"
I enjoy changing the process but still I love the Wallis paper! Its my favorite and has been for many years. And I used lots of different types of pastels, Unison, Terry Ludwig, Great American ……..
Enjoy the summer! Lots of inviting places like this to discover …..
Got a chance to paint today and finished this pastel 18×24 and called it “Day Tripping”. For me it brings back so many memories of fun at the lake….. swimming, fishing, kayaking and picnics …. soon that season will be upon us and we will all be doing exactly that here in New Hampshire. Hope you all have fun at the lake. Enjoy!
I spent the day in beautiful Maine with my beautiful husband. Dropped off art, picked up art. Saw old friends and met new ones. And had a lovely lunch in Falmouth …. looking out on the beautiful fog ….. the boatyard …. the water …..
…….And my husband thought all of my ideas were amazing ….. hahaha! When we were driving over the bridge that would take us back to New Hampshire he said we were driving into a cloud …. and we were immersed in that lovely cloud all day….
Boy, I really LOVE Maine!
Hope you all had a great day too!
April has always been one of my favorite months. This year was no exception. Vacationing in the south this year was exceptional. The beauty of the countryside, time with those I love. FUN, and lots of it!!!
Coming back to New Hampshire was a bit of a shock…realized that the flu was setting in while flying home….and it was much colder than when we left….and there was frost!!!
(Well, it IS New England, right?)
Painting always helps with my transitions and today I am feeling better again, and enjoying my new pochade box. It is so light and so easy. Easy on the back, easy to set up, simple…(always a good thing). I do have the larger plein air equipment in the car but this small pochade box is perfect for hiking. I tried it out yesterday for the first time….I hiked to my back yard and painted the explosion of forsythia …..I had to paint it before it is gone!
So the weather is cooperating, my health is cooperating and I have no more excuses…. guess I will be outside painting lots more now. Hopefully I can go a little further next time…although the tulips and weeping cherry tree are really tempting…..
"Remembering Tranquility" oil 9x12
This beautiful library on 45 Main Street in Antrim, N.H. is where you will find my current exhibit, “Chasing the Light.” This is a culmination of varied subjects depicted in both pastel and oil. I am honored to display my work here and hope many of you will find time to stop by and check it out. The exhibit runs through May 18th. If you are interested in purchasing any paintings in this exhibit please contact me.
Spring is here in New England, forsythia, hyacinth, tulips and crocuses…. love this season, time to get out of the house and enjoy the light.
Best wishes to all. Enjoy!
New Day oil on board 5x7
This sale was a very nice surprise. “New Day” was purchased as a gift and I hope the owner enjoys it for many years in good health. The frame is handcrafted by a man in Texas and I thought it suited this painting very well..
So far, March has been busy. We are having great weather here in New Hampshire, although its a little cooler today….. And I am feeling good about how much I’ve been able to accomplish so far this spring ……. the studio is coming together , shows are lining up and even the gardens are all raked out. Parsnips and garlic have emerged and I will be doing some more spring planting soon. Its a beautiful season, Spring ……….full of promise. Enjoy!
This Friday is the opening for the Pastel Society of New Hampshire’s member’s show. This year it will take place at the Jaffrey Civic Center, a beautiful gallery. I hope you all can check it out. March 23 – April 21
Here are the paintings I chose for this show and why I chose them…..
Summer Days… This is a scene from Short Sands in York Maine. My husband and I went here when we first met. We have continued to go back over the years and last year we spent some time there with our daughter and her family. What a joy to bring our grandchildren there! While painting this I wanted to bring that happy & serene energy of the coast to the viewer … the bright colors of summer, the cottages on the horizon, the sounds of the beach and the ocean ….
Follow Your Passion…. The warmth of the sun, the cool shadows and the light leading us on to whatever is our path… this is the feeling I had when painting this scene. I allowed myself to be free in my interpretation of this scene and tried to bring that sense of freedom and peace to the viewer. The message is that following your passion can bring us to the most beautiful place.
"Follow Your Passion" pastel
March is a tricky month here in New England …. this year we are enjoying a beautiful early spring….. not much snow….not much mud ….. the deer tics are back. My garden is showing signs of the garlic I planted last fall ….. and the tulips are making an appearance……..Good and bad in every scenerio….
Today I am sketching and reflecting on March ….even in the darkest forest, there is beauty and light… all we have to do is stay open minded, hopeful and look ! Sometimes we do find what we are looking for, although as I age I find myself looking for everything! But so far, so good….. !
March came in like a lion, lets hope it leaves like a lamb….
Enjoy March ….. where ever you may be ….
March watercolor 4x6
It Fits !!
Its here .... so far so good!
Well I am very happy to share some pics of the newest addition to my studio. A new Richeson Best Santa Fe II and it is beautiful! Can’t wait to paint on it! It arrived via an 18 wheeler yesterday. Such a nice man, the driver had no problem setting it in the studio and my very handy husband set it up for me ! I still have my other easel for pastels and this one will be great for oils and larger paintings……
I have completely changed my studio around, the computer is out of the work area, so no paperwork distracting me…it is now in a small backroom and fits perfectly……and I still have the gallery ……so now everything is divided into the three rooms, working, gallery and office…………..it was alot of work but well worth it! This studio space is working out great , it was surely meant to be!
I hope you all come for a visit !!!
Here are the photos from yesterday!
Enjoy the day!
Frank the Handyman
This is me with my Easel
- “Ginger Snaps” pastel on wallis 12×16
When I was a kid we always had hound dogs for pets. Beagles, Bassett Hounds, and the most wonderful mutts. My Dad loved to hunt…especially rabbits! He would go out with his beagle, snowshoes and spend the day running through the woods chasing after rabbits. This after working as a logger all week in the woods! He was a wonderful man.
When I was grown with my own family I was given a lhasa apso at a yard sale! The lady was moving to Alaska and couldn’t take her. I had never had a dog like this and was a little skeptical but my daughter insisted and now it is many years later and I am very much in love with my three lhasas. Basil is beside me here in the studio, Emily is at home waiting for dinner, and Ginger Snaps I know is waiting for me. All three of them are very loyal but Ginger is the most determined dog I have ever had. Nothing will keep her from my side (or my lap) when I am at home!
What a pleasure it was painting her ……. a great way to spend the day.
Happy Leap Year Everyone!
Valentine’s day is fast approaching and I have some gift ideas that are made with love! When choosing a gift, don’t forget a gift that will last and bring joy throughout the entire year and for many years to come ….. Art!
Here is one choice! There are many more in my on line gift shop. I can ship them directly to you or to your loved one. Just click here to purchase and for more info!
And whatever you do, I hope it is a day filled with love and joy …… (that’s my plan!)
The Fishing Hole
I am pleased to announce my new solo exhibit at the Red River Theatre will open on February 1st and close on the 29th of February! The theatre is located on 11 South Main Street in Concord NH and is a fun place to see great movies! Check it out!
I hope you all are enjoying this very mild winter ….. time seems to be going by very quickly.
Everyone gives thanks in their own way ….
I for one am very thankful this year…..beginning with my surprising (but very successful) heart surgery in January and now ending the year surrounded by my loving family and very special friends……and looking forward to the new year, a time for JOY!
This painting entitled ”Snowbound” was recently sold to a new collector …… yay! It is a painting of my home in New Hampshire. I am grateful to connect through my art. And for all of the new paintings that show up continuously in my mind, so looking forward to getting them down on canvas…….!
Whatever you do, where ever you are, enjoy your wonderful life and the beauty that is always there.
Happy Holidays Everyone.
Winter Song is a painting of a river near my home. It was recently sold to a new collector. The river will almost completely freeze soon, but not totally….hence the name.
Its been a source of contemplation for many years, and has never disappointed in its counsel. I hope the new owner enjoys owning it as much as I did painting it!
Best wishes to you all and I hope you have a joyful holiday.
Fire and Ice oil 6x6
This painting has found a new home here in New Hampshire….I am always thrilled when someone is moved by my work and happy it resides with this special person. It was fun to use this pallette and break away a bit. Looking forward to exploring new paths in the future.
"Afternoon Delight" Jigsaw Puzzle of Mt. Monadnock
A new gift for you! This painting is so popular that I thought it would make a nice puzzle. You may purchase this puzzle by clicking here! There are several items like this and many original paintings for sale in my on-line gift shop! Click on this link to check it all out! Enjoy !
Outside my window
We got about 5 inches of snow last night! This is the view outside my window today. Its very pretty this morning. Giving thanks for feeling fabulous this year and for the love of my amazing husband, family and friends. Will be painting up a storm after the holidays and will share them with you soon.
I hope you all have a great holiday and celebrate the beauty of this world!
"Hibernating" Oil 5x7
Chasing the light refers to every artist’s challenge when painting en plein air. The light is always changing outside, clouds moving in and out, shadows coming and going, reflections here and there….so much to consider and so much fun! And studio painting is the same for me, it becomes a dance between me and my work, one that I absolutely love.
Tomorrow evening come and say hello! This exhibit opens in Jaffrey and the reception will be from 5-7 pm. I am so looking forward to this and hope you can all come out and celebrate with me! My work will be in the display cases on the first floor. New England’s four seasons will be represented in both oil and pastel. This exhibit kicks off a season of thankfulness and joy! It will run through December 22. See you there!
Click here for directions and gallery hours.
Best wishes to all.
Its that time again and I have 2012 calendars for sale. They make nice stocking stuffers! All of the images are from original oil and pastel paintings, both done en plein air and in the studio. The images are all scenes from New England, where I have always felt inspired by the beauty here. I hope they also inspire you. CLICK HERE to purchase!
Had a great day yesterday meeting new friends and reconnecting to old friends! The weather is wonderful today, will be in the high fifties low sixties (warm for us) and sunny! Still some foliage left too! I hope you can stop by my studio at 52 Main Street in Antrim, NH today. I will be here from 10-4. The door prize drawing will be at closing today. Thank you all for your support and good wishes. Enjoy!
This year I will be participating in “NH Open Doors”, an annual statewide event. This is a fun way to do some holiday shopping! Original oil and pastel paintings, giclee’ prints, note cards, calendars and puzzles will be available. My studio on 52 Main Street in Antrim (route 202) will be open from 10-4 Saturday and Sunday. Click here for directions!
Refreshments will be served each day and there will be several new works on display. I will offer a door prize at the end of the event. No purchase necessary!
Stop by and say hello!
"Majestic Monadnock" 12x18 pastel
Sail Away oil 10x10
I am pleased to be a featured artist at the Art of Local Food, a tasting party and art sale in Northport at The Summit of Ducktrap Mountain at Point Lookout 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday October 30.
The party features scrumptious local foods created by top area chefs; great local wines, beers and cocktails; and artworks created by me and almost 50 other area artists. Live music, convivial folks, and a breathtaking view from the top of Ducktrap Mountain across Penobscot Bay top off the evening.
This event benefits the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s important work protecting Maine’s environment. I hope you can attend. Read more about it, see the art, and register online at http://www.nrcm.org/artoflocalfood.asp
Really enjoyed the great weather yesterday. I have missed plein air painting (painting outdoors) so much! A flock of ducks came in for a landing while I was there and also a lovely blue heron! Forgot my camera but took some pics with my iphone…as soon as I figure out how to upload them I can share….don’t hold your breath as I am finding less time with technology a good thing right now….it equates to more painting time for me. I plan on doing alot more of it now that autumn is on its way. Wanted to share a few paintings with you all from yesterday. A taste of New Hampshire for you! All for sale at my online gift shop 24/7.
Going out to paint again soon and will post more then.
Ashuelot Park Watching the River Flow Oil 6x6
Ashuelot Park September Oil 12x12
Ashuelot Park Revisited Oil 6x6
"Autumn Road" pastel 12x18
Wow, what a fast summer that was! Still the weather here continues to be just about perfect….. sunny, clear, no humidity and in the 70′s……………still warm enough to swim and really nice to be outside. And that’s where I have been today, gardening and walking in the woods, thinking about the fabulous colors that are on their way!
I will be setting up a new exhibit in Fiddlehead’s, a nice restaurant on Main Street and a favorite place of mine to show my work and to have a really yummy homemade meal. Sherry is a wonderful hostess. I hope you enjoy the art, the food and the fall foliage that will surely be there during my event. October 3 through October 31st. All paintings are for sale and may be purchased on site, or for those who can’t be there, click here to purchase .
You are all cordially invited !
"Elegance" oil 7x5
What: Open Studio Event
When: September 17 and 18 10-5
Where: My Studio @ 52 Main Street, Antrim, NH
This is in conjunction with Antrim’s ”Home and Harvest” weekend, and the Hillsborough Area Artisans Tour. Stop by and say hello, this painting will be one of several available for sale. I will also be offering a giclee print as a door prize. Hope to see you there!
Had a great day yesterday in Keene NH in the beautiful Ashuelot Park on West Street. Enjoyed so much seeing some old friends and meeting some new, thanks to all who stopped by, Today is the last day, 10-4. I am in booth 85 this year and hope you make it down today! Another gorgeous day! Enjoy!
"Water Garden" pastel
I have earned signature membership with the Pastel Painters of Maine! This is a process where three original paintings must be juried into the PPOM International Exhibit by three different jurors within a five year period. I am very happy to receive this! This painting, “Vacationland” is one of them. …….. ( And we just got back from a wonderful vacation in Maine…. How cool is that? ) Enjoy!
"Vacationland" pastel on wallis
The Red Buoy oil on linen 10x10
This painting was done from an old photo of Perkin’s Cove …. it is titled “The Red Buoy” and will be available at Art in the Park, Keene, NH. September 3 & 4 . The location is on West Street in Ashuelot Park from 10 to 4. This event is one of the largest fine art events in Southern New England. Hope to see you all there, I will be at Booth # 85. Enjoy!
"Windswept" Pastel 24x18
Very excited to announce that my painting, “Windswept” has been juried into the New Hampshire Pastel Society’s Annual National Exhibit. It will be on display at the “Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery” located on 8 Islington Street . The exhibit will run from September 10 through October 29. Portsmouth is a great place to visit. Hope you get a chance to see the show. Enjoy!
"Rocky Neck Park" pastel on wallis
I am tearing down the Fiddleheads exhibit this morning and hanging a new exhibit at “The Bagel Mill” in Peterborough, NH. This painting , “Rocky Neck Park” will be available for sale there on Friday and the exhibit will hang until October 1st. Click here for more info on the painting.
I haven’t exhibited at the Bagel Mill for many years, its a nice room with great natural light and hey have a really nice hanging system so should be very easy to do ……. and the bagels are awesome …….
Also I have new note cards for you in my on-line store …. CLICK HERE to check them out…… Still just $2.95 each.
Hope you all are enjoying the summer so far. Its been a great year for my gardens …. lots of veggies and flowers this year.
- “Sail Away” oil on linen
“Sail Away” was a joy to paint. My intention is for the observer to experience the movement of the water, the wind on the sails, and the peace of mind that sailing away can bring! This piece is available in my online gift shop. CLICK HERE to purchase. And please send any questions or comments to me at email@example.com Enjoy!
For those of you who have requested this card (and others) they are now available in my on-line store.
CLICK HERE to check them out !
If you don’t see the image you want please let me know as I have lots more not yet on-line. These are all images from my original pastel and oil paintings. They are professionally printed and are 5×7, blank inside with a white envelope. Minimum order is five and you can mix them up if you want.
"DREAMING" oil on linen 10x10
Painting with oils and playing with oils becomes the same after a few hours … for me at least. The tricky part is reigning in the play at just the right moment! Otherwise you end up with mud. Not to overdo … creating balance is key … just the same as in every other part of life.
This piece is called “Dreaming” and is 10 x 10, gallery wrap, available for sale for $300.
A reminder that they do come true.
I am currently exhibiting several pastels and oils at Fiddlehead’s Cafe, Main Street, Hancock, NH until August 8. All works are for sale and may be purchased on site.
I hope you all get a chance to stop by, check out the exhibit and enjoy some great food too!
Celebrate the summer !
"Yesterday Morning" pastel 24x18
Antrim Grange’s ninth annual Spotlight on Community Artists and Artisans exhibit will be held Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19 at the Antrim Grange Hall. Bennington and Antrim amateur and professional artists, as well as any Grange members are invited to exhibit their works. ConVal students are also encouraged to participate.
Antrim Grange’s Art Exhibit program has a three-fold purpose: (1) To encourage local artists by providing an exhibit environment, (2) To engage the local community in supporting and patronizing local artists (3) To swing wide the doors of our historic building to the community.
We will celebrate the Evening Gala on Friday, June 17th, 7pm – 9pm with refreshments, musical entertainment, door prize, and many of the exhibiting artists present.
Viewing hours are:
June 16 Thursday 3-7 p.m.
June 17 Friday – Evening Gala, live music 7-9 p.m.
June 18 Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
June 19 Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Contest Awards at 3:45 p.m.
The exhibit will feature a People’s Choice contest whereby a winner will be selected by popular votes of guests and patrons.
This pastel is called “Turtle Time” and that is exactly what time it is here! You can see them everywhere! They especially make me nervous when they are trying to cross the street……..The other day a fellow flashed his lights to warn me of a turtle up ahead!
This painting is currently available in my online gift shoppe ……the image is 8×10 and is framed in a black wooden frame 13×15 Priced at only $325.00!
Click here to purchase!
In addition to the turtles, the peonies are blooming and the lupine now as well! looking forward to some plein air painting soon. The gardens are planted, and no groundhogs in sight! Life is good! So many birds are around this year! The cardinals, robins and phoebees all have nested near the house. And the hummingbirds come daily too. Saw a beautiful partridge yesterday. Wow!
Yeah, ok I obviously LOVE this time of the year. Hope you all enjoy your spring whereever you may be! TGIF everyone!!!
The Union Chapel pastel 12x9
Hillsborough’s annual artisan event, “Spring into Summer Faire” will be held this weekend, June 11 & 12 from 10-4 both days.
This painting of the Union Chapel in the Lower Village will be for sale along with many others. Please stop by if you get the chance!
It will be at 584 Center Road in Hillsborough Center, Hillsborough, NH
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Great Father’s Day present! Click here to buy this item.
If you are looking for a gift for father’s day, this puzzle is made in the USA, and is an image from one of my paintings. It is Mount Monadnock, in the spring time. Only $19.95 to purchase with FREE shipping! Just click on the link above to purchase. There are also a dozen new paintings for sale in my gallery and available for sale in my on-line gift shop. Any inquiries, or to pay by check please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org …….. best wishes everyone!
I spotted this bird while taking pictures of a swampy area a few miles from my home. Then my computer crashed and I thought I had lost these pictures! Finally got my laptop back and they were able to save my pics! Does anyone know what kind of bird this is? I would love to know. I looked on line and in my bird book but couldn’t find it.
"Remembering Tranquility" oil on canvas 9 x 12
There is a river behind my home where I have spent many hours throughout my life, swimming, playing and observing . There is lots of wildlife there and it never ceases to bring joy and peace to my spirit. This is the energy I felt while painting this. To purchase, just click on this link . http://www.lindadessaint.com/store/#ecwid:category=221266&mode=product&product=1748162
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If you are in the area, the Annual Keene, NH Art Walk begins June 4th and will run through June 13. Carol Corliss and I will display our art together at “The Little Boutique” (formerly Ann Henderson Interiors) on 16 West Street. Enjoy !
Time flies …. already it is the end of May and summer is soon approaching! Meanwhile I have been enjoying the great weather and gorgeous spring apple blossums………… (And the lupine is coming soon! ) Enjoy !
I am excited that my painting, “Majestic Monadnock” has been accepted for this exhibit. Out of 265 entries only 50 were selected! Really an honor, can’t wait to see the entire exhibit. It will be at the Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk from June 17 to July 16.
One of the best things I ever did was to take that first drawing class …. If any one of you has something you’re thinking would be great to try, go for it! You may find something that brings so much joy, as I have with my art………!
One of sweetest and THE most loyal dog I have ever had is this little lhasa apso, GingerSnaps. I need to paint her soon! We also have two others, Basil and Emily, both amazing as well!
Ginger is getting a little rest here….soon she will be on the lookout for squirrels as I am packing up my paints to do some plein air work today. What a gorgeous day today! Enjoy, everyone!
People have often asked me why I have never moved to Maine! I do love it so. This painting is from a walk on Marginal Way …. one of my favorite places … It is pastel, 12×9 and I am thinking of doing another larger piece as well……… I may have to go there for a visit soon!
Water Garden, pastel, 12x9
Have been spending more time at the studio lately, and really love having the space and time to focus on art, finally! This painting is a study of a typical New England scene. A pond with water lilies in the springtime. Done on Wallis with an abstract pastel underpainting, I finished it off with some new Schminke pastels, the half stick set, and really enjoyed the soft texture. May do it again with oils in the future. Also look forward to some plein air painting, but too much rain today.
The 6th Annual Members Exhibition will be held Saturday, April 9 from 4-6pm at the Mill Brook Gallery and Scupture Garden in Concord, NH. This painting of Mt Monadnock will be available there through May 15th. Join Us!
Although we are currently looking at 4ft snowbanks, this week the temps will go into the forties …. maybe even fifty on Friday …. so Spring really is just around the corner and these lovely blossoms will soon be inspiring us again.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone !
The Sharon Art Center’s 63rd Annual Member’s exhibit opens Friday night, 5-7pm, January 7. This is always a fun event, with a great variety of art. This piece, “Soft Place” is a pastel painting and will be available for sale at the gallery. The event runs from January 7- February 26. Let’s hope we always have a “soft place” to land!
For those of us who live in the Monadnock region, Mt Monadnock and the surrounding scenery is a constant source of inspiration.
There is something magical about mountain energy!
Something to be celebrated! Not just at Christmas, but throughout the entire year.
I hope the beauty of your region inspires you and brings you all great joy!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Mt. Monadnock Wonderland
Join us for the opening celebration at the Jaffrey Civic Center this Friday, November 19th from 5-7 pm. This end of year exhibit will run from November 19 through December 18. This is a beautiful gallery and art is a beautiful gift! Enjoy, hope to see you there!
Come and see the Pastel Painters of Maine Fall Show! The reception is tonight 5-7, Rivertree Center for the Arts, Kennebunk. The show goes until the 28th. I dropped off my painting yesterday and am proud to be part of such a lovely exhibit!
"Good Night Castine"
You’re all invited…..!!!!!
Open the door to creativity, adventure, relaxation and tax-free shopping! On November 6 & 7, from 10-4 my studio will be open in conjunction with the New Hampshire Open Door Statewide Artisan’s Event. Check out “http://www.nhopendoors.com/” pick your region ( I am in the Monadnock region) and plan your tour! This is a state wide shopping and touring event. Enjoy!
“Dream” is one of four oil paintings I did for this exhibit at the Historic Belknap Mill, First Floor Gallery, Laconia NH for WCA/NH’s annual 6×6 event. Opening Reception is Friday, November 12, from 6-8pm. The Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered brick textile mill in the United States and has been designated as the “official meetinghouse of New Hampshire”. Belknap Mill will be hosting their gala on Friday, November 5, one week prior to the WCA/NH opening. This exhibit in this museum gallery will be end on November 22. Then the show will move to “The Studio”, 84 Union Avenue, also in Laconia. It will remain there until January 7. Enjoy everyone!
Night Before Dawn
Please check out my new on line store featuring Note Cards, Calendars, Fine Art and a Monthly Special. Here is October’s selection. Details on my website, “www.LindaDessaint.com” just click on store and enjoy shopping!
Pumpkin and Tomato
I hope you are getting out to see the foliage this year! An amazing season, my favorite. And check out Fiddleheads Cafe` in Hancock, NH. Great food and I just happen to have an art exhibit there now through November 4th.
"Yesterday Morning" pastel
This painting has been juried into the Pastel Society of New Hampshire’s exhibit! Come and see the show at the ” Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery” on 8 Islington Street, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire through October 30.
After the Harvest
“After the Harvest”
Looking forward to seeing you all Saturday and Sunday, September 18 & 19 at my Open Studio Event during Antrim’s Home and Harvest Celebration! I will be there from 10am to 5 pm . Weather looks good for the weekend, I will be there rain or shine!
You are all cordially invited to my studio on September 18 and 19, from 10am to 5pm. This in in conjunction with the Hillsborough Area Artisan’s Tour. Please stop by and say hello! If you are not in the area you can check out new art on my website @ www.LindaDessaint.com
This painting has recently sold and is no longer available. Many thanks to its new owner. It represents a taste of things to come here in New Hampshire! But for now we are enjoying a heat wave and loving every minute of it!
Enjoying this wonderful weather and family time. Even got a little painting time in this week with my granddaughter !
I am very excited to announce two of my paintings have been juried into this exhibit, which was juried by Richard Whitney. The opening reception is Friday, June 18th, 5:00-7:00 pm. The exhibit runs from June 18 through July 17. Its at the Jaffrey Civic Center, in the Cunningham Gallery on the second floor. This is a lovely space, I hope you get a chance to check it out. Hours are Tuesday 10-6, Wed-Fri, 1-5 and Saturday 10-2
"Yesterday Morning" pastel
If you are in the area don’t miss this festival ! Saturday and Sunday, June 12 & 13 - 10 am – 4 pm. Free admission, juried artists, live entertainment, food, & demonstrations. There is a reception this evening at The Gallery at Well Sweep from 5 to 7 pm. See you there !
"Solitude" oil 12x16
"Lost Summer" oil 12 x 9
Hi everyone !
I have submitted five paintings for this exhibit…should be fun!
OFF THE WALL
JUNE 8 & 9
The Jaffrey Civic Center will be once again holding that fun-for-everyone fundraiser, “Off The Wall” over two days, June 8 & 9 (Tuesday & Wednesday). Each of these days the Center will open its doors at 5:30 to the public for this exciting event. Here’s how it will work. You’ll be briefed on the steps while enjoying refreshments on the first floor. Then at 6, you’ll be allowed to enter upstairs and begin making your purchases where you’ll have over 150 images from which to choose. At 8:30 pm the buying ends.
What’s so interesting about this?
All pieces are 5” x 7”, are not signed on the front, are not framed, and go for $60! There are oils, acrylics, watercolors, colored pencils and pastels to choose from. And if you buy three, you will get one free! There will be 100 frames to choose from and purchase that very night. And, if you like, they can help you put your oils and acrylics into your frame. Checks, cash, Mastercard and Visa will be accepted.
"Rocky Neck Park"
If you are visiting Keene, N.H. anytime from Friday June 4 through Sunday, June 13 you are in for a treat! Downtown Keene store windows will be filled with a wonderful variety of art during this time. My window is on West Street at Ann Henderson Interiors. Take a walk and enjoy the view !
three paintings have been juried into this exhibit……check out this link for details……….
twist of lyme
….happy spring everyone ….and happy mother’s day !
Spring has arrived, time to open the studio! Inspired by the flowers, birds, scenery and the wonderful warm weather is back. The studio will be open May 1, 10am-5pm. Stop in to say hello and check out some new artwork. This is one of the pieces, a pastel painting, inspired by and named for “Scenic New Hampshire”
Scenic New Hampshire
"Late Day at Jaquith Road"
The annual members show will be held at the Red Roof Gallery, 11 High Street, in Enfield this year. I am submitting two pieces, “Spring Celebration” and “Late Day at Jaquith Road”. The show runs from April 10 through May 8. Hope you all get a chance to view the pastel paintings there.
Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH
Hey Everyone, I am thrilled to announce that two of my paintings, “Tranquility” and “Monadnock Wonderland” were juried into this year’s event. The Reception is on Friday April 9 from 5-7 pm at the Learning Center. Awards will be presented at this event. Only 55 paintings were selected from over 130 pieces! The Gala & Art Auction will be held on May 8 from 6 to 10 pm. Tickets are $40 /person and may be reserved by calling 603-357-7278. Help support educational programs at Stonewall Farm that benefit children and adults throughout the Monadnock Region.
Hello everyone. I am happy to announce that this painting, “Marsh Berries” will be available at the online auction this year! This event runs from April 6-10 and really is fun. Lots of great items and services and at wonderful prices! Just go to “Auction.PeterboroughChamber.com” Enjoy!
" Marsh Berries "
Last spring I enjoyed plein air painting at Alyson’s and can’t wait to get back there again. This scene shows exactly the feeling the orchard and surrounding beauty brings to all who are lucky enough to go there. And for those who can’t it is my hope that the energy of springtime in the orchard is shared through this scene.
Spring is on its way and I am among several artists showing work in Jaffrey at the Civic Center Gallery from February 26 through March 27. If you haven’t been there you are missing out as its a lovely gallery with beautiful light. The reception is Friday evening, February 26 from 5-7. This is “Reflecting Pool” an oil painted en plein air last spring at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, NH. It is one of the paintings on display. Hope to see some of you this spring. I will be having open studio this spring too. My schedule is on my website. Cheers eveyone!
Best Wishes to you all. Have happy holidays and I will see you back here in 2010!
” HIBERNATING “
"Snowy Road Home"
An exhibit of giclee` prints from my paintings are for sale at the Connecticut River Bank, West Street, Keene, NH from now through December 2. If you are looking for a small, affordable gift of art this may be of interest to you. Also if you do not see the image you would like, please contact me as I may have the one you are looking for at my studio! Several of my on-line images are available as prints. Its amazing that the holidays are upon us so soon……have fun and don’t forget to celebrate your life this year!
Two of my paintings, “Mountain Pines” and “Autumn Splendor” are on exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center Annual Autumn Area Art Exhibit. This will run from Friday, November 13 through Saturday, December 19. The Opening is on November 13, from 5-7. Several area artists will be exhibiting, hope you can all have a chance to go. In the meantime, stay warm and cozy. Best wishes to all.
Its hard to imagine the amazing adventures of Columbus. That is until we really look closely at the world we inhabit. Its truly amazing! And it calls for a moment (or two) to celebrate. Best to all.
There is nothing like Autumn in New Hampshire, and for many artists a great time to exhibit. Great weather and no bugs! Currently I have an exhibit at Fiddleheads’ in Hancock NH through November 2nd. This weekend, October 17 and 18 I will be in Hollis NH at a fine art festival on Depot Road from 10-4. Join me if you get the chance. I hope that wherever autumn finds you, it brings you joy and tranquility. Best wishes to all.
I am very proud to announce that one of my paintings, “Autumn Road” has been juried into this show. The opening Reception is on Saturday, September 19 from 5pm to 7pm. This show runs from September 19 through October 19. Gallery Hours are from 10-5 seven days a week, and the gallery location is 8 Islington St in Portsmouth, NH.
Some of my pieces , original and prints will be on sale at the Well Sweep Gallery during this event Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14.
There will be lots of artisans, great food and wonderful music. Hope to see you there !!
During Art Walk in Keene, NH please take a stroll by Ann Henderson Interiors at 16 West Street. I will have many new paintings on display. The exhibit runs from June 5 through June 14.
Please check out the Hillsborough Aritisan Exhibit at the NH Federal Credit Union, Airport Road, Concord, NH through June 14. The exhibit will include this painting along with other items.
My little dog Basil really was just begging to be painted don’t you think?
Now I guess I will have to paint Gingersnaps and Emily, my other two lhasa apsos
Greetings to all, Spring has officially sprung and it really is starting to look like the real thing. Chipmunks are out, robins and red winged blackbirds too. Now for the flowers….well I guess we will have to wait a little longer, at least for the rest of the snow to melt….its just a matter of time .
Until then, painting is definitely the way to go for me. But then it always is. Peace and love, L
A collection of my pastel paintings is currently available for viewing at City Hall in Keene, NH
Normal business hours are 8:30 to 4:00 and the public is welcome. All paintings are for sale.
This spring painting is one in the collection and a glimpse of things to come here in New England !
This exhibit runs from February 17 to April 17, 2009
The Ocean National Bank on West Street in Keene, New Hampshire is currently featuring over thirty of my pieces. This exhibit closes on January 5, 2009.
And there are two pieces on exhibit now through December 19 at the Jaffrey Civic Center in
Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
I hope you all enjoy them. And for those who are not near, my website is always open!
Any questions will be promptly answered.
The Christmas Heart
“The Christmas Heart”
You know, there really is nothing like New England at the holiday season. The beauty surrounding us here is truly inspirational.
I hope all of you out there have a wonderful holiday and a happy and prosperous New Year !
Please join me on October 18 from 10-4 at the Hollis Fine Art Festival, on Depot Road in Hollis, New Hampshire. I’ll be at booth 59. There are approximately 80 artisits, one of the largest festival of its kind in Southern New Hampshire.
My new solo exhibit can be seen at Fiddlehead’s Cafe`on Main Street in Hancock, New Hampshire from October 6 through November 2.
This painting, “Autumn Road” is one of thirty originals and prints that will be available for purchase. Enjoy this lovely season here in New England …… and the food is great too!
Had a wonderful time painting en plein air with members of the Connecticut Pastel Society in Essex and Rocky Neck State Park. Beautiful weather, beautiful time.
This painting, “Goodnight Castine” was recently juried into the PSNH New England show, “It’s Pastel”. It will be available for purchase there. It measures 28.5w X 23h. The show will be held at The Library Arts Center Gallery, 58 North Main Street, Newport, New Hampshire 03773. The dates for the show are September 19 through October 18. the juror of selection was Frank Federico, PSA and the juror of awards will be Susan Ogilvie, PSA. Hope you all get a chance to see this exhibit.
It’s hard to believe that the end of August is near! I hope you all will attend the 50th Anniversary Art in the Park this year.
It will be on August 30 and 31 at the Ashuelot River Park, West Street, Keene, NH. 10 am to 4pm. I’ll be at site number 19. See You There!
The 3rd Annual Member’s Exhibition at the Manchester Artist’s Association currently is featuring two of my pastel paintings, “Ogunquit Sail” and “Ashuelot Meditation.” The gallery is located at 1528 Elm St. and is open Wed-Sat 10 am – 4pm. The show runs from June 27 through July 26.
Really enjoyed plein air painting with the group from Pastel Painters of New Hampshire in Jaffrey a couple of weeks ago. The lupines were lovely and the view amazing. Here is one of the paintings I managed before the rains came
hello out there
Summer has arrived here in New England, lots of beautiful scenery to paint, lakes, streams, mountains, flowers, and of course …….. people………..especially my very favorite one ! Plein air painting is another favorite and that’s where I will be tomorrow. Have a wonderful Fourth of July , America …….. think “free”
The 9th annual Pastel Painters of Maine International Juried Exhibition opens July 10 at the Chocolate Church Arts Center. This painting will be on display. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 12 noon to 4 pm. The gallery is located at 798 Washington Street, Bath, Maine. Hopefully you will get the opportunity to see the exhibit. I will be at the reception, on July 10 from 4 -6. Stop by and say hello if you get the chance.