Saturday, July 30, 2016

Out With A Boom

Today is the last day to catch "America Through  Artists' Eyes" and it looks like it might end with a bit of a boom. The weather is calling for thunder-boomers this afternoon. All we can do is hope they come early, end quickly or maybe by pass us this once. 

Rain or shine we will be open noon to 8 and closing reception is 4-8. The American Kestrel is done and ready for the silent auction. If you are interested in bidding on this piece but can not make it to the show send me an email at
The starting bid is $100.00 and 50% will go to the National Park Setvice.

Come on by #NOMAgallery 437 N Market St., #Frederick #MD we will there 4-8! 

Friday, July 29, 2016

A Little Foggy

It is foggy on a couple different levels. The heat and rain left a bit of fog here in the valley of Middletown, MD. Just finished my first cup of coffee and still feeling a little foggy. 

We are in Maryland for the final weekend of the "America Through Artists' Eyes" show at #NOMAgallery. After a little food and more coffee plan to finish up the demo piece from last weekend. Come on by help us say goodbye to the end of July and fair well to Find Your Park. Open Friday 4-8, Saturday noon-8 with closing reception 4-8.

437 N Market St., #Frederick #MD

Thursday, July 28, 2016

What's New

The weekend is coming up fast. This month has been pretty busy and the new month is just a few days away. Trying to think about what new works I will put in #NOMA gallery as the "#America Through #Artists' Eyes" comes to a close on Saturday, July 30th.

August at #NOMAgallery is a group show. An early celebration of being open a year. The gallery started showing work in August of last year but the official grand opening was not until October. See how fast time flies. Along with new work for the group show, I needed to find a couple works that will go in the Salon Show at TAG (The Artists' Gallery) just down the street from NOMA on Market. I have several works that are sitting and waiting to hear if they got into other shows but until I hear they just have to sit there.

New for this weekend: closing reception at NOMA gallery, Saturday, July 30th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. The gallery is open Friday 4-8 and Saturday opens at noon. This is the last weekend for the show. Some special things for Saturdays closing reception. A Silent Auction, one of the works from the demonstrations this month at the gallery will be up for auction. It is unframed and 50% of the winning price will go towards the National Parks Service. Since, this show has been about Finding Your Park and the inspiration of the Parks in our works, I thought it would be good to give back a little to the Parks. There will still be the Green Dot Special, if you buy one of my new works off the wall, you can pick something with a Green Dot for Free - Buy One Get One! There are prices on these unframed items and you can just buy them. And lastly, a box with some reduce my inventory specials. They are reduced in price but if the price is still too high for you, make me an offer. You never know what great deals are to be had!

Lots of new things happening this weekend, closing one show, and two new shows for August.  I hope you will stop by NOMA Saturday for the closing reception. If you let me know you saw this you can either get 10% off your purchase of one of my works, donate that 10% to NPS or pick one of the Green Dot pieces as my gift. See more new stuff!

#NOMAgallery 437 N. Market St., Frederick, MD

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Balance Of Green

Tomorrow, July 28th is World Nature Conservation Day. Everyday has its own special unofficial holiday. It is also Buffalo Soldiers Day. The last week in July is National Moth Week and the month of July observations are, to list a few: World Watercolor Month, Anti-Boredom Month, Cultral Arts and Independent Retailers. 

How do all of these things tie together and relate to green? To start off with World Nature Conservation, living green, trying to take care of our planet. Having green places to go, like our National Parks. #NPS

If you are bored, would like to see some watercolor in the form of mixed medium, take in some culture and support a local retailer. I have the place for you this weekend! 

Come over to #NOMA gallery, 437 N. Market St., #Frederick, #MD from 4-8 Saturday, July 30th and help us close the "#America Through #Artists Eyes" show.

I know I am being a bit over the top but it is the end of July. The year is over half way done. Summer is coming to a close as schools are about to start. Our show featured parks from around the country. Have you found your park yet? There is still time.

Grand Tetons Spring - watercolor and pastel
Acadia, watercolor, pastel and ink

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


The majority of people think of a "weekend" as starting Friday and ending Sunday night to start the work week on Monday. Artists, not so much, we often work on the weekend and create our own days to relax somewhere in the middle of the traditional work week. Relax may indicate that the artist is sitting around watching t.v. or maybe reading a book. Well, for me a day to relax would be one in my studio painting. Hoping that day will be tomorrow.

Today, well, today is computer, paperwork, packing art to ship day. I was in Maryland this weekend, staying with friends Eric & Lori at their organic farm. They have a tasting room under construction, for their craft cider and wine! Pretty exciting! I create the art work for the cider labels and 3 new ciders are coming out in the near future. If you are interested in cider check them out on FB or at Willow Oak Craft Cider & Wine

We had them doing a tasting of their ciders at the opening reception at NOMA gallery "America Through Artists' Eyes" show. I was working at NOMA over the "weekend" and will be back up at the gallery on Saturday. The show is coming to a close, Saturday, July 30th from 4-8 will be the closing reception. The gallery is located at the corner of 5th and Market, in historic downtown Frederick, MD. If you have not been to Frederick, come visit this lovely town, filled with art galleries, foodie restaurants, and history. Come for the day or plan a "weekend" get away!

For more information on NOMA here is the web site:
437 N. Market St., Frederick, MD

Still hanging at NOMA, Acadia!

SOLD - shipping to new owner in Washington, D.C. this week!

Friday, July 22, 2016

And Flowers In My Room

When I drive up from Southern VA to Middletown/Frederick MD I generally stay with my friends Eric & Lori. This weekend is no exception. 

In the spring, summer and even into the fall there are flowers growing on their organic farm. How nice to have flowers in my room.

I am doing a private art lesson first thing in the morning. I will be at NOMA gallery all afternoon and visiting with friends in the evening. When I get back to my room there will be lovely flowers to greet me at the end of the day. Who could ask for anything more?

Off The Wall

"America Through Artists' Eyes" is still up at #NOMA #gallery: 437 N. Market St., #Frederick, #MD. Plus, this Saturday and Sunday we will have some RED HOT deals to go along with the summer heat! I am bringing in some extra prints, unframed originals and additional framed works that will be Off The Wall for sale.

As a bonus to those who have already purchased one of the new pieces on the wall there is a Green Dot Special. With the sale of one of my framed works from the show you can select one of the works with a green dot. Some are reproductions, prints on canvas, original pastels, watercolors or graphite pieces. They are unframed, most are un-matted and a few are hand pulled prints on paper.

Come on buy get a great deal on art this weekend: Saturday July 23rd from 12-4 and Sunday, 24th from 12-4. I will be doing a demonstration with soft pastels and it might just go on sale at the closing reception on the 30th from 4-8. Think of it as Christmas in July!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Walk Through The Met

Last weekend Rick and I took a trip up to New York City. We saw a couple plays, had some lovely meals, meandered through Central Park, went to the 911 Memorial/Museum and walked through the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met is a bit overwhelming, even with a map. We started at the top and worked our way down for lunch at the restaurant with a nice view of the park. After which we continued back up again to see a few more things before calling it a day.

When I go through a museum I am looking at the art with different views. I look for things as a teacher, what would be a good example of a specific technique? I look at pastels to share this medium that has been used for so many years and is still so beautiful. I look at prints and drawings, just because they are still one of my favorites. I love the nature of the simple line, the elegance of it, nothing to hide behind, just pure skill in the drawn image. Printmaking has that same feel for me, Something in the linear, attracts me, plus the lack of color or limited palette pulls me closer to look at what may not be seen from a distance.

Rick ask me about inspiration from what I viewed. I do get inspired to paint but not necessarily to try to paint as these masters have done but the energy that it gives me just to keep painting. As I looked at the works, my technique is nothing new, they were using pastels, charcoals and oils hundreds of years ago. I can only take these technical ideas of mine and create the images that please me and hope that you enjoy them too.

Here are a few images that I enjoyed from the Met.
Degas pastel 1854 - 1917
Degas worked in pastel, charcoal, paint and sculpture

 Conte crayon drawing technique
 This is not a style in which I would work but the drapery  and the hands are just to beautiful not to study.

Detail of hands and drapery 
Turner, oil painting, abstraction of form through day light, evening light and/or fog is what draws me to his works 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Where's Your Sketchbook?

I try to always have a sketchbook in my purse, backpack or pocket. They are different sizes very, very small 2x3" to 5x7" for travel journals. Most of my travel sketches are on the move or done in short periods of time. 

My preferred drawing tool is a pencil, I like mechanical  pencils for travel as they don't need a sharpener or eraser. But, I generally will have a pen or two along. 

Travel journals are documenting moments and memories. Sometimes on road trips while I am watching the scenery go by I do a compalation of scenes. The rolling hills, trees along the highway and the road. 

While waiting for the train the scene from the station or the collection of people waiting for their train to be called. While on the train I did do a scene as it was flying by of no one place but several similar buildings. 

These quick sketches are not meant as fine art. I generally don't show them but they are practice for me to keep drawing, to look, observe and quickly record a moment. Sometimes these images might lead to photos and a work created in the studio. 

So, where is your journal, sketchbook? It only takes a few moments to put down a few lines.
Central Park N.Y.
Along 81 South VA
Waiting at Penn Station N.Y.
Between New Jersey and PA

Friday, July 15, 2016

No Words

911 There are no words that express the power of emotions felt when you go to the Memorial and Museum. Here are a few photos.
This flag was there and has been repaired with other flags from all 50 states.
A photo of the photograph that haunts us all.
Twisted metal 

The last stairway
The support wall that still holds back the river.
The Memorial: flowing water contained within an empty space. Surrounded by the names of those lost with a reflection on the water below the names of the sky, trees and buildings above. No words can truly tell you how this will make you react for me it brought back where I was when I heard the news. It has me thinking about our country and our strength as a nation. It has me worried about our future. 

There is one tree within the memorial that was not damaged when the buildings came down. It is protected with a small fence around it within the park. The men and women in blue are happy to point it out to you. The symbol of the tree is a powerful one. I will revisit the tree again in another blog post.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Working On A Train

Trying to do some step by step sketches for a power point that will go out to students. I am doing this on a train. It is interesting working with the rhythm of the tracks and the sway of the train. 

The assignment for summer is features: eyes, nose and mouth. Not just humans but animals too. Working with a dog moving on to cheetah next follow by an owl. We have already covered human eyes. With the animals I am combining eyes and noses along with direction of fur. These are not full drawings but sketches for practice. Learning to look at the big shapes, moving to the darks and then mid tones with details.

Guess it is a good thing I don't get motion sickness. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Take Two

Sometimes it only takes two minutes to do a little sketch. I am a big believer in the strength of drawing. If you draw a little everyday or at least every week, you will improve.

Here are a few sketches I did while waiting in a parking lot and driving down the highway. 

The trees were done in about 2 minutes, the highway may be about 10 minutes. They are a combination of gesture and contour techniques. My personal style of scribble. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The UN Week

We UN-loaded  my car last night. Today I will start to UN-pack art and supplies. Currently these things are spread across three rooms. Rick looked at it last night and was amazed that it all fit in my car. With his help he brought up the work that was installed at NOMA gallery. Plus, he brought back art that was at the gallery. Thank you to Kathy Bush for keeping new works flowing each month. She is the other half of the two woman show at NOMA, "America Through Artists' Eyes". 

I know there is going to be a day off sometime soon but today is not that day. UN-packed the suitcases and laundry was actually started last night. 

My head is full of ideas for new works and workshops for next year at Common Ground on the Hill. In between loads and boxes I will make notes so as not to forget! Laundry is calling and coffee is almost gone, here we go!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Week Of Techniques

The week really has just flown by, last Sunday I was on the road heading to Westminster to hang the first art show and set up for classes. 

It has been a week filled with technical information. I will be at #NOMA gallery today doing a step by step using a reductive process to start a charcoal and or pastel. The "and" part instead of just "or" is because you can combine the two which is what I will do today.

The basic technique is toning paper, using a kneaded eraser and pulling some of the pastel off to create light areas. The mid-tone has been established with the toning. Adding back into the work with charcoal or pastel to finish the details.

Here are a few pictures of a barn owl done in this style.

Located at the corner of 5th and Market.
437 N Market St., #Frederick #MD

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Here We Go

Or come or here is where we are??? Coming - going been a bit busy. Took down the show at Rice gallery, hung the student show, reception for the students last night and the show came down. What a day! 

Heading to Middletown shortly to get ready for this evenings activities. First Saturday Art Walk in Frederick & opening reception for "America Through Artists Eyes". Hope to see you all there starts at 5 goes till 9! 

My good friends Eric & Lori Rice will be there with Willow Oaks Craft Cider for your tasting pleasure. Along with music on the streets of Frederick. 

Kathy Bush & I are the featured artists in the front gallery and the group show is displayed in the second room. The show runs through July will demonstrations going on throughout the month.

My students works
My friend Jeanean Songco Martin shares the classroom with me. She taught drawing in the morning.
Good-bye, Common Ground on the Hill till next year!
Hello NOMA gallery in Frederick, MD
437 N Market St

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