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New images to view Oct 3, 2007:
Melissa and I went to Montgomery Place on the Hudson to paint. We were, once again, very excited by the loveliness of the place,
but this time we were also struck by the character, and the cat-of-the-garden, Grimes. Last time we were out, and before we
went out this time, Melissa nudged that I might want to use oil paints. I am glad I went with her subtle nudge. We missed Mary.

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From the back lawn of Montgomery Place, under the shade of an old tree, this was the view that called to me. I did this in about an hour and 40 minutes. I was very impressed with the oil paints. (It's been over 5 years since last I used them.)

 

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This is a walkway in the garden, we were in the shade of a wisteria arbor and kept company by Grimes the cat.

 

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Upon our arrival in the garden, we were greeted with an enthusiastic welcome from the resident cat. He said we must paint there and so we did. He came by to check on us regularly.


Sept 29, 2007:
Mary, Melissa and I went to Olana (Frederick Church's property on the Hudson) to paint. We were very excited by the loveliness of the
place. I worked on a larger watercolor than I might have been prepared for, but I think the stretch benefited me by the end of the day.

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We were waiting for the sunset to capture the Hudson. Melissa told me to put some color where there wasn't any, so I did. 20 minutes later, lo, there was color in the sky and on the water that hadn't been there earlier.

 

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Still sitting in the shade. I tried to capture the lake in the distance. I loved the long shadows. It was hard getting the composition on the page.

 

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Melissa and Mary painted in the sun, I chose a vista that could be seen from the shade. This is an 11" x 16" piece of paper. A bit ambitious.

 

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I wasn't happy with the first attempt, so I tried it with water soluble crayons.

Labor Day weekend, my family had an outing at Eugenia's house in Bridgehampton on Long Island, NY. John and I arrived
Friday afternoon and stayed until Tuesday morning. I wanted to paint that weekend, it was a plan before we got there. What follows is
the outcome of that plan. I was NOT interested in painting the shore. Maybe because the waves won't sit still.

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I wanted more color, less green, so I went for a walk and didn't fine a lot of color until I saw this scene.

 

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Third morning in Bridgehampton. I wanted to catch the light, but I seemed to focus more on texture.

 

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The next day at Bridgehampton I gave myself a challenge. It is against all I've been taught about composition to place a dark large shape in the center of the painting. It's moody.

 

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The first morning in Bridgehampton I wanted to catch the light.


Mary, Melissa and I went out painting Saturday August 11, 2007, at the Garden of One, where we met the wonderful
gardener and healer, Rachel Ginther. (If you click on Melissa's name, it takes you to her website, where you can view
her incredible paintings.)

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This was one of many lovely vistas we saw on our way home. We sat by the side of the road and painted. A man drove by and told us it'd be safer to sit in the field. We told him the view wasn't as good from there. He accepted that and drove on.

 

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This is a breakfast nook, though what you can see from this angle is minarda (bee balm), ecchinaccea, lilies and a deep colored mallow, and there is hardly a trace of table, chair or bench for having breakfast.

 

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I wanted to paint the lake, and there was Mary, a perfect model, I felt very fortunate, promptly sat down and painted. It's funny that we painted her on our last outing.

 

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This was the first painting of the day. I was enjoying the dark greens and the lit up greens. I was having trouble working around he small flowers.

2 watercolors done from photos, one multi-medium from Lake Minnewaska.

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This was from our first painting together day. Water soluble oil pastel, color pencil, water color and pen. It is from Minnewaska. May (2007) There is more from this day, it'll be up soon.

 

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This is from a photo I taken in Bermuda. Spent less than an hour sitting on the floor with poor lighting, Wednesday July 25, 2007. The paper is a heavy lb Arches with a very smooth finish. From Catskill Art and Office Supply.

 

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Same story. This paper is from Catskill Art, I believe it's Stonehendge, but will have to double check one day. Monday July 23, 2007.

July 11, 2007 Melissa, Mary and I went out for a painting adventure. We traveled across the River and back again, to no
less than 3 lakes. We saw many vistas. We had a great Mexican meal to seal the day. The following 3 paintings are the
result of much fun searching.



We went to Colgate Lake to find it closed until at least October for dam restoration. We had a wonderful lunch and decided to paint Mary sunning in front of fragrant pink/beige pokeweed. I was happy with the gouache paint effects on this one.
 


We went into the woods on a dark trail and came upon this little area on the lake. We had moss for our seating and pine branches as back rests. This is gouache. I think it might have been better as a watercolor.
 



At the end of the day, we wanted to paint more. I decided to work with watercolors. It seems so peaceful. Fitting for the end of the day.

We went to Bermuda June 8 thru 18, 2007 with Tim and Ellen. We visited with my brother Tom.
I've 3 more sketches and a few dream drawings to scan in, here's the first one
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We stayed at Tom's. This was a view we had sitting around his porch table.
 

This is a view of the plants growing in his fish pond outside his kitchen. I have photos, some day I'll get the pond in there.

 

There is more to come from Bermuda

only 2 more

small ones

water color

The following are from April 28 and 29, 2007 workshop with Melissa Harris. www.melissaharris.com . A wonderful crew of six
of us assembled under her delightful tutelage.



Saturday morning Melissa took us on a guided meditation, through the woods walking, then on a horse, to a stream and a cabin. This is the room inside my cabin.

 


We worked on a still life of flowers. I was using water soluble oil paints. It was fun, applying Melissa's guidance to this new, and as yet unruly, painting medium.


 

The card I picked was about listening to and honoring our inner guidance. This is me cradling and receiving inner guidance in a rooted/red ground. (Water soluble "oil" pastels.)
 


How did we feel after
class on Saturday?
I felt the softness of spring as Renee and I admired the trees in front of Melissa's studio before heading back to Kingston. (Water color and gouache.)

The following are from an ongoing sketch book, sometimes dream journal. Not all the images are shown here because dream
sketches can be very unwieldy and,
it takes a lot of time to scan in, size up, and place images. Phew!

oil pastels

working on
acorn image

 

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Boodles Opera House on St. Pat's Day

pencil

Solas on St. Pat's Day
at Boodles

 

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Solas on St. Pat's Day
at Boodles


pen

dream image 1st week April

 

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dream image 1st week April

pen

Uber
in March

 

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Beets as a pencil practice


oil pastel
Water soluble "oil" pastels.

 
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Answer to an assignment that didn't quite turn out. It was to symbolize empowerment. Well, as delightful as this character is, I don't think he/she is quite what I had in mind or heart.
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This is a vision that came to me while driving and listening to Carolyn Myss explaining about our soul having many pieces every where.