Friday, November 4, 2011

The Artist's Magazine 28th Annual Competition

I am happy to finally be able to announce that my colored pencil piece, Mottled, has won second place in the still life category of The Artist's Magazine's annual competition! It was so exciting to find out about this several months ago, and waiting until it hit the newsstands to publish my news has been tough. (I was just informed by my sister that she and my mother did indeed see the issue in a bookstore today... and they bought every copy there!)

(For a better view, click on "Still Life Gallery", to the right. It's in there!)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Work in Progress and a Weekend Show

This piece should be finished and framed in time for the "Art at Marrett" show this weekend. I'm calling this one Onion: Past Her Prime. More and more, I am inspired by the undeniable beauty of things that are slightly worn, over-ripe, chipped, patched, or gone-to-seed. You have to admit, for an onion that a few days later, went to her final rest in the compost, she's looking quite striking here!

Appropriately, the upcoming show is in the barn at the historic Marrett House in Standish, Maine. I will be happily surrounded by antiquity!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


This little graphite pencil portrait is a special one, in that it's the latest in a series that was begun over twenty years ago. I have a few precious clients whose collections of my work are like visual chronicles of their families' growth: in this case, pencil portraits of grandchildren. The snapshot below shows the drawings of Isabella's older cousins on the wall... some of whom are young adults now. Time really does fly.

(9x12", graphite pencil on bristol)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

At the Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine

My colored pencil still life, Heirloom Tomatoes and Chard, has been juried into the Barn Gallery's annual Open, Regional, Juried Exhibition. It's exciting to be a part of this show, and I must admit that sometimes I forget how fortunate I am to live so close to an area that has such an active and dynamic arts community... especially in the summer!

Regional Artists: An Open, Juried Show
Barn Gallery
On the corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane
Ogunquit, Maine

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, June 29 - Sunday, July 30, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 5 - 8 PM

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Friday Reception at Lyme Art Association

I'm excited to be visiting Old Lyme, Connecticut for the first time, as I travel there on Friday for the artists' reception of the Hudson Valley Art Association's 80th Annual Exhibit at the Lyme Art Association. Seeing the nearby Florence Griswold Museum is going to be a wonderful bonus!

This detail of Pizzelle On A Pedestal, my colored pencil piece which is included in the HVAA exhibit, shows very well a particular characteristic that has earned it an alternate title, coined by my much beloved mother: You Could Have Ironed That. I love it!

****6/24 Update: A disappointing change of plans!
A miserable sounding and potentially hazardous weather forecast for the Lyme area today... which would come after our four hour drive... has prompted me to cancel our trip. I'm feeling sad about missing the reception, but still hope to see the HVAA show, and the Florence Griswold Museum sometime in July.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Opening Reception on Friday

Two of my colored pencil pieces have been juried into this wonderful local show, Art Is Community II, put on by the Saco River Art League. I have shown my work once before in this charming space on the banks of the Saco River, and am happy to be here again... this time with so many special people!

Not only is this an exciting exhibit of the work of many of the area's artists and fine craftspeople, but also a real community event which includes art making activity for one and all! Come check it out and have some fun, in the lower level of the Old White Church, this weekend.

I'm looking forward to seeing many old friends and new at the reception on Friday! (I will be at the show on Sunday as well.) Please come if you can!

“Art is Community II”
A juried regional show and sale of art and fine crafts
Friday June 17-Sunday July 17, 2011
Opening Reception, meet the Artists: Fri. June 17, 4-8
Gallery Hours: Sat. June 18, 10-2, Sun. June 19, 10-4
also July 15 & 16, 5:30-7:30 or by appointment
At The Old White Church,
15 Salmon Falls Rd, Buxton, ME
Next to the Saco River Grange Hall
FMI- 642-4219 or 929-6472

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hudson Valley Art Association 80th Annual Exhibition

I am happy to report that my colored pencil drawing, Pizzelle On A Pedestal, has been accepted into the Hudson Valley Art Association's 80th Annual Exhibition. The show travels from the Lyme Art Association's Cole and Goodman galleries in Old Lyme, Connecticut (June 17-31), to the National Arts Club in New York (August 4-20).

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Here is the commissioned portrait that I've been working on intermittently for quite a while: the lovely Macy and her sweet pooch, Allen. As I often do, I am posting at the point of about 99% finished, to take that final look before the last little adjustments are made.

I find that when I work at a slow and steady pace, as I have here, I seem to want to just keep going that way, and the finishing point remains far away... almost like a song that never ends... I could keep humming along happily! But, it's time to get Macy and Allen matted, framed and delivered to their home, so that finishing point has come, and it's time to stop the humming. I hope it will be enjoyed there as much as I have enjoyed creating it here!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CPSA 19th Annual International Exhibition

I was so happy to learn yesterday that my portrait, Ella and the Cosmos, has been accepted into the Colored Pencil Society of America's 19th Annual International Exhibition! This year's event is in Dallas, Texas, at the Charles W. Eisemann Center Gallery for the month of July.

Heartfelt thank yous and lots of love to my niece (for posing), and to my brother and sister-in-law for being such wonderful patrons of my artwork... and allowing this portrait to take a little trip to Dallas!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Portrait Progress

Here is what is on my drawing table. I've been working on this commissioned portrait for a while, and I think it is far enough along to share my progress. I am enjoying this special project, and though there is a long way to go, I'm seeing the likenesses emerge: one lovely, and one cute!

An aspect of this piece that has been quite time consuming is the large amount of white and near-white areas. I am again drawing on the gray Pastelbord, which is requiring a lot of layering with the light colors to achieve the right values. Some might wonder why I didn't just use a white drawing surface for this one, and maybe save myself some work! Well, I happen to really like the effects of the light colored pencils on the mid-toned gray. It seems to give energy to areas that might otherwise be flat and lifeless... a wall, for example. There is something about the way the gray plays against the pigments of the pencils as it peeks through that I think just works!

(16"x20", colored pencil on Pastelbord)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Maine Blueberries

This tiny, three inch square drawing is my part of a collaborative project by the New England chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. We members are creating a montage of these minis to represent our group at the 2011 CPSA conference in July, in Dallas.

It was pleasant to work on this close-up view of low bush blueberries while the only thing growing around here was snow and ice! I used a new material, called Pastelmat, which is a heavy paper with a sanded surface. The grit is finer than the Pastelbord, which I usually use. Layering of colors was more limited, and the texture was quickly covered, but I think I'll be trying a few more pieces with it. I'm heading to Florida for a week, so don't be surprised if a seashell drawing shows up here soon!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A New Year

After a little hiatus, I am back to work. The new year starts for me with a commission for a large colored pencil portrait, just begun, that I am excited about. Lots of still life ideas are coming together in my head, and a couple more small projects are on the horizon.

I realized that O.J. and Blues was never posted here as a finished piece, and its sunny, brand-new-day feeling seemed an appropriate image for my first post of 2011. This was one of the varnished pieces included in my recent show. Having some work matted and framed under glass like a traditional drawing, and some varnished and framed as a painting certainly added to the interest and inevitable questions that go along with showing colored pencil artwork.

Speaking of the show, I've added a separate page of photos, mostly of the opening reception. (A special thanks to those of you who shared your photos!) Just look in the right hand column, under "pages" and click on "Firehouse Show Photos".