Song writing

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I haven’t posted anything in so long. I’ve been sketching, but not so much probably because I’ve been concentrating on guitar and piano practice. In April I signed up for a songwriting workshop that proved to be so much fun. I have a finished song, although there is always room to tweak and change things…it is my song. The workshop was held at the Ugly Dog Bookstore in Attleboro and taught by Gay Barbosa, a very talented musician and singer, songwriter.

The title is “Ants.” It’s about the ants that invade my kitchen in early spring. I’m working on a few drawings to go with the song…I dream of a children’s book with the song printed in the back with a cd for kids to sing along. Here are a few drawings of those pesky ants that I’m working on…

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Note to Photography Professor…sorry I centered everything!

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walker farm

Lone pumpkin @ Walker’s Farmstand.

indigo water

The color of the water and the foliage was stunning to my eyes.

 

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A portion of a horseshoe crab that I pinched so I could draw from life later.

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Seagull running with the tide.

by the hay pile

Four horses soaking in the sun and snacking on a haypile.

beach

Sea and sand…the tide comes in and erases any evidence of visitors.

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A barnacle encrusted shell looking quite beautiful with all it’s lovely texture. I was happily surprised at the little star reflections glowing from the seaweed.

Sketching

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I have followed the daily painting and sketches of two artists, Margaret and Elizabeth for some time now, always saying to myself…I should do that. I finally brought my sketch pad out with me. Last night I went to Capron Park in Attleboro to hear Super Chief Trio. Here are my sketches. I cannot tell you how many times people moved or where blocked by others. I felt like a spy and wondered if people were suspicious of my bright blue pad and scribbling pencil.  

   

Landscape Painting

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This painting is my first attempt at painting with acrylics on canvas. I started it last year at the Attleboro Museum with Lisa Granata. I just finished it at Lugar’s Art Studio with guidance from Nancy Lugar. I added the leaves on the trees, horses in the background, and repainted some of the hills. The area in the front is too dark, but I’m not changing it…time to move on. I actually looks much lighter outdoors. My next painting will be a misty forest scene in oil. 

 

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Garden ProwlerThis is little guy was so much fun to make. I love going to Mudstone Studio in Warren, RI on their open studio days. Yes he is a strange looking rabbit. I opted to give his a ‘human’ nose. Can’t wait to glaze him and have him prowling in my garden.

Rabbit glazed and in the garden covered with fallen Mimosa leaves.

Rabbit glazed and in the garden covered with fallen Mimosa leaves.

recent artwork

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I have been dabbling in a few mediums; colored pencils as I try to capture tomatoes on my deck before Mr. Chipmunk eats them, a mountain/water scene using oil paint, and a Montana valley with wild mustangs in the distance. I am learning to accept mistakes as a stepping stone in learning how to draw and paint. Perfectionism held me back in the past. I would do something that didn’t look right and stop, unable to finish. Now I plow ahead and just try to learn from these mistakes. You’ve got to make some ugly art in the beginning.

Recent work

 

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Odie, the Boston Terrier/Pug Boy

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I started this drawing at the Attleboro Museum class in the spring. Then it sat around for months as I was unsure about how to blend the colored pencils to get depth to the subject. Fortunately I recently found a studio, Lugar Learning Center in Seekonk where I am getting some great tips and tricks as well as specific instruction to help me complete this project. Odie is well on his way.

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