spring equinox

March 22, 2013 § 3 Comments


Kathryn’s Bouquet

The calendar states that it’s officially Spring but here in New England it feels like winter with endless snow storms and freezing temperatures.  Perhaps that’s why I kept finding myself looking at this small 12″ x 16″ painting that has been kicking around my studio for awhile.  It’s a simple piece inspired by a bouquet that a friend had picked from her garden in Wellfleet, MA.  I was also giving it a second look after getting the announcement for a Jane Freilicher exhibit that’s coming up at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York.  Her pieces resonate with me in there simplicity of subjects and painting techniques.

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden was created as a companion to the Octopus’s Garden.  The painting was inspired by both the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Myakka River State Park in Florida.  Warm weather will be here soon…

floating in florida

January 22, 2013 § 4 Comments

Florida mangroves

Florida mangroves created on a mini ipad.

A simple trip to Florida is my cure for the wintertime blues.  Creating art while traveling can be challenging between schlepping art materials and setting up.  With the arrival of a new year I’ve been sketching on my ipad mini and exploring it’s capabilities and finding simple ways to express my thoughts visually.  The portability and instant gratification is addicting.

Placida Florida Art Fair

Placida Florida Art Fair

Although Art Basel it is Not-on specified Saturdays spend a sunny morning at the Placida Art Fair located in a lazy fishing village on the southwest coast of Florida.   While there check out Joe’s Orchids-he’s truly a botanical artist and very generous with tips on growing orchids and bromeliads.

Joe's Orchids in Placida Florida Fishing Village.

Joe’s Orchids in the Placida Fishing Village.

After getting your fill of the Placida Fishing Village have lunch or dinner at the Fishery Restaurant.   It’s a local favorite that serves up tasty local seafood dishes with just the right amount of down home Floridian atmosphere.  Get a table by the window and watch the sun set on another fine day in Florida.

Sunset on Venice Beach, FL.

There it goes- another fine day in Florida…

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autumn inspirations

October 24, 2012 § 5 Comments

Recent monotype entitled ‘house in the woods’.

Fall in New England is at it’s peak and the colors this year have been outstanding.  Years ago I loved to drive the back roads of Vermont and witness the pastoral beauty of the autumn landscapes.  Now I’m just as content to find nature changing in little micro-landscapes that pop up everywhere in between the pavement and telephone poles.  It’s encouraging to see well tended, tiny pocket gardens and or an occasional reckless vine that positions itself just perfectly along a tree trunk and make a striking statement visually.

my deck

At this point I’m not sure if my deck is starting to look like my artwork or perhaps it’s the inspiration for it.  It was so monochromatically green all summer and now each leave is rebelling in there own way.

autumn pickings

Gardens have been the inspiration for many artists and one of my personal favorites is Paul Klee.  Recently I took the MBTA to Boston College McMullen Museum to see the Paul Klee Philosophical Vision:  From Nature to Art.  It’s worth the trip to see so many of Klee’s piece’s in one exhibit.  It ranges from sketches to painting and reveals his process for creativity.

It must have been so difficult for Paul Klee to be a Jew in Germany during the early 1930s.  Recently I read In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson that focuses on the rise of Hitler as it unfolded.  The book is the true story about an American diplomat and his family living in Berlin starting in 1933 and really gives insight into what it was like during this tumultuous period in history.  Like all of Larson’s books I was unable to put it down…  There are sketches in the exhibit that Klee created during this very troublesome time in his life and the book enabled me to understand his circumstances a bit more clearly.

summer explorations…

August 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Monotype:  Blue Garden #2  image area: 18″ x 24″  paper size:  22″ x 30″

Summer is breezing by in New England and it’s a mad scramble to get it all in by mid-September.  For the past couple of weeks I’ve been traversing from Maine to Cape Cod in search of inspiration and enjoyment.  While visiting friends in East Boothbay Maine for a traditional Down East Lobster Bake with all the fixings I was able to enjoy some of the local sites.  A visit with Corinne McIntyre, a local artist, at her studio and gallery, I got a good education in how to forge a sustainable career in the arts which is entirely different than my own.  If you’re ever in the the area it’s definitely worth stopping at the Ocean Point Studio to peruse her artwork and visit with Corinne.

water lily

Water lily at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

While traversing in the Boothbay area the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has an exceptional display of gardening integrated with the natural surroundings and art pieces.  For those who appreciate art and nature this spot is not to be missed.

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