Sunday, January 24, 2010
Original ACEO (2.5 x 3.5)
Pastel on sanded paper
10% of final sale to support Doctors Without Borders who are working in Haiti
An impressionistic snowy day painting, with a bush covered in snow and the sun barely visible beneath the stormy clouds and snowy haze.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
"Blue Moon in January"
5 x 7 Acrylic on canvas board
20% of final sale to support the American Red Cross.
On January 14, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. It has caused mass destruction and devastation. Tens of thousands of people were killed with many still trapped beneath the rubble. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering of these people. It has been 4 days and most survivors have still not had food, water, or received medical care. My heartfelt prayers go out to these people. May God bless the people of Haiti and may He bless the efforts of those who are there to help.
The American Red Cross helps victims of countless crises, like the recent earthquake in Haiti, around the world each year. The American Red Cross, provides immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need around the world.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
"Afternoon Snow Storm"
Pastels ACEO (2.5" x 3.5") on sand paper
I was driving Friday afternoon during a snow storm. I was amazed when I saw the sun still visible in the sky, though it was shrouded in a snowy haze that dimmed it's light. It was surrounded by dark blue and purple clouds. The fine snow falling and blowing around faded all the details of the landscape. It was so atmospheric...so moody. I couldn't wait to get home and paint it! I thought pastels would be ideal to express the mood.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
"The Light After The Storm"
10% of final sale will support Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Last summer, my daughter and I had planned a drive along the coast. It turned out to be a stormy day. We decided to go anyway, despite the weather, as we would not have another chance for quite some time. It was warm and humid, and pouring rain with thunder and lightening. (Lightening is quite amazing at the ocean!) It was the kind of conditions where it is difficult to keep your windshield from fogging up. We continued on, hoping for a break in the rain and a chance to walk along the beach. When the rain finally did stop, the atmosphere was just magical! It was hauntingly beautiful, as if it were a dream or fantasy. It was humid but there was a sea breeze. It was dark and it was light at the same time like being on a dark stage under a spotlight. It seems to have left a permanent impression in my memory. I wonder if it always looks that way on all stormy days at the beach or if it was just that particular day. In this painting, I tried to capture the atmosphere of a warm summer day after a storm.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Original ACEO (2.5" x 3.5")
Pastels on sanded paper.
10% of final sale to support New Hampshire Audubon.
January days are so cold and short in New Hampshire. Most days are overcast or cloudy, but the light reflects off the clouds so there are some amazing skies, sunrises, and beautiful winter scenery!
Monday, January 4, 2010
"A Blue Moon in January"
Acrylic 5"x7" on canvas panel
Happy New Year to everyone! How exciting! A blue moon on New Years eve! I hope you were able to see it. The moon is not actually blue in color. It's called a blue moon because it's a rather rare occurrence to have 2 full moons in one month. It's even more rare to have a blue moon on New Years Eve. The next blue moon on New Year's eve will be in 2028! That makes it feel like a huge event! It was such a blessing! Perhaps it signifies the year ahead will be filled with other amazing blessings, rare events and opportunities.
My first painting of the New Year, was inspired by the Blue Moon on New Year's Eve. Looking out my window, it was a quiet winter night. The trees were kissed with snow and the light of the full moon reflected on the snow and frozen pond. Winter in New England is not my favorite season, but I have tried to capture the beauty and stillness that I saw on that night...a Reflection of Grace! :)