Monday, December 24, 2012
Antelope Island is on the Great Salt Lake, near Salt Lake City, Utah. Great place to visit. I'll keep working on this painting for the next few weeks. I changed my photo around and put different mountains in the background from another photo taken on the same day at a slightly different view. There was only a little bit of snow on those mountains on that day in November. It was overcast and very gray. Not sure how my painting will turn out. I will probably darken the sky more at the end.
Happy holiday and happy new year to everyone.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Acrylic painting on canvas, 8" X 10". I will probably make a few cards from this one too. If you are interested in purchasing the original, or cards, please feel free to contact me.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
This scene was at the Fielding Garr ranch on Antelope Island (Antelope Valley State Park). My daughter and I had a wonderful day there, saw lots of bison, mule deer etc. The ranch was quite interesting too and we spent some time walking around and learning about ranching. This island is in the middle of the Great Salt Lake. They were able to ranch there (and the bison herds are able to do well there) because there are natural springs with fresh water on the island. (See Nov. 20 posting -- last 2 photos.)
My painting of the snowmobile won "Artist of the Month" at the Manchester Artists Association meeting this week and is on display at the Bedford (NH) public library this month. (See Nov 1. posting for photo.)
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The previous day, I toured Antelope Island which is on the Great Salt Lake. Here are a couple of photos from that tour.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
canvas on the easel
brushes and paints set out
is this who I am now?
an artist wannabe?
back in school again
university this time
not just art class
waking up my brain
relearning verb tenses
vocabulary and more
starting to remember
I say I’ve retired
when people ask
but that is the wrong word
I need a new word
for this time of my life
as artist, poet, wife, mother
and perpetual student
©Linda H. Feinberg
I haven't done much writing since we came back from Israel in the winter. I was concentrating more on my art and now on my Spanish classes. I took out my notebook again last night and it felt like the right time to start writing again.
As an art update my drawing of Inside the City, Jerusalem, (6/7/2012 post) was accepted into a juried show in Boston. It will be at the Rubin-Frankel Gallery for the Alumni & Faculty Show from November 15, 2012 to January 15, 2013.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I'm looking forward to winter and cross country skiing this year. Last year we were away and there wasn't enough snow when we returned in March. I painted from a photo of a snowmobiler taken the year before, when we were skiing in Auburn, NH. There are lots of trails nearby and we have our own equipment so we don't need to pay fees. We do have to watch out for the snowmobiles and the dog sleds (they have the right of way), but there are still many quiet places to go where it is not crowded with machines. We also hike on these trails during the other seasons.
This painting is almost done. It is 16" X 20" acrylic paint on stretched canvas. I am leaving it up on my easel for now to see if I want to do anything else to it. Once I've made my final decision I will varnish it. Meanwhile, it's still fall here and we have a big cleanup of the fall leaves from the storm. We were lucky and did not lose our electricity with the hurricane, but it is a mess here. Last year we did not have power for 3 days (and it was cold then) due to the surprise October snowstorm. I don't mind cleaning up the leaves and I can wait a little longer for the snow.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
This painting is 16" X 20" on stretched canvas, acrylic paint. I put it up for sale on my website and will show it at the next craft fairs that we are doing in November and December. I am getting more comfortable working on these larger canvases and have started a winter scene with a snowmobile now. I did a small watercolor study first to help me with the composition.
I did darken the background on the amaryllis painting (post before this one) and I think it looks more dramatic.
It's very beautiful in New Hampshire now. I love the cooler temperatures and the fall colors. We had a small earthquake (4.0) last night, but no damage. These are trees in my yard:
Thursday, October 11, 2012
I poured various colors on the surface and spread them around with a palette knife. I scraped in a rough idea of the flower petals in some places where I had some yellow ochre (and some places show up the burnt sienna undercolor). I was trying to get a sense of movement since these were live flowers, not dead ones (even though they were inside out of the wind). I let that dry.
Then I painted and played with the flowers. When they dried, I felt that the background was too pale. I glazed the background with viridian mixed with the glaze (to darken it) and let everything dry again. I added more details and highlights. I'm happy with the results and I'll look at it for the next week or so before I varnish it to see if I want to change anything else.
Acrylic on artist panel, 11" X 14". This painting can be framed (or not). There is a hanger on the reverse. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing. I will be making some cards from the image as well to sell at the next craft fair (November 3, 2012, Brookside Congregational Church, Manchester, NH).
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Photo by Tom Wright
I am a member of the Manchester Artists Association and won one of the Artist of the Month certificates this month. My painting of Tower Hill Pond is on exhibit for the month of October at Bentley Commons in Bedford, New Hampshire. I received lots of nice comments when I went there to put it on the easel in the library.
Monday, October 1, 2012
This drawing was from a photo I took while out walking with my friend during the winter months on our trip to Israel. Tzfat is on the top of the hill which makes for interesting walking up and down many steps. It was and still is the town with many mystics. Tzfat is in northern Israel, not too far from the border with Lebanon (and Syria). It is spelled many different ways in English.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
We are starting the craft fair season soon and this was a good start for both of us. Joe is celebrating the publication of his fifth book "What Keeps You Going" and has already received positive feedback from readers. I'm very proud of him. Some people don't know what to do when they retire, but that has not been a problem for either of us! Joe set up his books in our dining room upstairs and was happy with his sales too. (My studio is on the ground level of our house, a raised ranch. This is my old bookkeeping office.)
Monday, September 17, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
This is a beautiful pond to walk around (takes about 1 hour 20 minutes) and is part of the watershed area that feeds into Manchester's water supply. I like the idea of making a small watercolor sketch first to see if I really want to spend the time on a bigger painting and I think I will do that again.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Meanwhile I started back in school to review Spanish. I haven't studied the language or used it in over 20 years so I am hoping to wake up my memory cells. I still read and understand the written language fairly well, but need to work on my speaking skills and understanding of the oral language. The state of New Hampshire has a senior waiver program for those over 65 and I am taking advantage of it. I only have to pay the registration fees and book fee. Since I am auditing, I do not have to pay for the credits. The class is small and I hope we will move through some of the boring grammar quickly. This is at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Here are some of the steps along the way.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Below is my first original idea, just sketched on newsprint. I was thinking about my family and how we passed on our love of music from generation to generation. My father used to listen to classical music and opera on WQXR radio in NY during my childhood. We also had a record player and I took classical piano lessons.
I added more information, music notes and some of my thoughts on sketch #2, which was done on white sketch paper.
I wasn't happy with sketch #2 so I started a new sketch #3 with more changes. I wanted to keep the curves and flow.
I took out the castanets and maracas (I might put them in again on the final, I am undecided). I added some color notes. I moved the clarinet and saxophone down a little. This is the design I am working from for the painting. You can see the shapes better in my outline sketch done in ink on tracing paper at the top of the post.
The underpainting is done and I hope to start my actual painting today. This will be an acrylic painting on canvas mounted on board.