Went to Daniel Chester French's(Lincoln memorial) house the other day to paint and found this chair sitting in the sun on the back porch...thought of all the important artists who had probably sat there at one time or another...Berkshire hills in the distance...last of the warm sunlight of the summer...made me want to paint it....oil on canvas 36x36"
I had to walk down the 138(as I recall) steps to get to this vantage point...usually painted from the top it was good to try this view...the wind was blowing and my kind husband was willing to help me carry my gear down and back up....the canvas alone was like a sail in the wind...it was a beautiful sunny morning...no one around, the waves were crashing in, the air smelled of the sea and the golden rod was blooming...oil on linen 32x45 "
Out to the island last week to get some work done...a beautiful time spent in the front bedroom watching the sunrise and the light pour in from the windows facing the town... I was as happy as a clam painting to my heart's delight...I kept thinking about the great American artist and freind, Sperry Andrews, who had painted in this house for years and years...this is the first of eleven studies I did that week ...oil on canvas 30x40 "
Up in Lenox Ma. there is a beautiful old estate by the name of Wheatleigh...now used as an exclusive hotel... fortunately I know the landscaper and he welcomed us there to paint...the grounds are quite wonderful, which were originally designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead ( Central Park fame ) and as you can see there is a very good view of the Berkshire hills ...a great summer sky... more to come...oil on canvas 30x40"
Picked this bouquet at home from the gardens and brought them to the studio... I adore the lilies...and this vase of my grandmother's (actually an Italian pitcher) is also really nice...sitting on the old stool was the perfect spot for a morning of painting bliss....30x30" oil on canvas....sorry so busy with all the summer work could not blog for ???