Thursday, March 8, 2007

Ups and Downs

Since my last entry, I have been stuck on writing. I was so excited to learn that I had sold another of my paintings at the Lyme Art Association in February. I wanted to post a photo of that painting "Swing Time" because it was one of my favorites: a swing hanging from a HUGE oak in the side yard of a home in Sharon, Connecticut. I painted it on a quiet July morning in 2006 when the mist was rising from the wetlands below and the sun was just coming over the hill above me. I was one of many members of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society who had been invited to a paint out sponsored by the Sharon Historical Society and Sharon Land Trust. What a beautiful part of the state in which to paint! Anyway, Murphy's Law ruled again: I had never photographed that painting! Oh well.

Despite that disappointment, I'm looking ahead to NEW paintings. I've taken three classes with Noel Belton here in Deep River. Trained at the Lyme Academy, Noel is an inspiration; we bought one of his oils years ago.

Also, I'm looking forward to my second workshop with Jan Blencowe this weekend at the Tracy Art Center in Old Saybrook. Another fine artist who is a good teacher, Jan will be sharing the methods she uses to maintain her painting-a-day project. She's responsible for getting me involved in sharing my paintings on the web. I'm so grateful. Stay tuned....

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