Tag Archives | interiors

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Watercolor: Reading Room (an interior with books and a sleeping dog)

Spring Inspiration in the Studio I see Spring coming in the translucent, slightly longer daylight outside. We’ve had such a mild winter, I shouldn’t long for warmer weather, but I sure love the lilac leaf buds and rose limbs sprouting from naked branches in our garden. Spring is associated with cleaning, and renewal and the dispersion and sowing of new things. There are changes afoot in my little world, and the coming months will be a full basket of planning, and To-Do’s. Working Small when Time is Short The pace has been a little crazy, and bulging days usually inspire tiny art-making for me, so I’m working on a little copper-plate …[Continue reading]

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Mixed Media (watercolor & colored pencil): Cabin Getaway

Cabin Getaway 8×3.5 Watercolor &  Colored Pencil   Family History as Inspiration There’s a small, barely map-worthy lake in the Connecticut town I grew up in.  I didn’t spend time there as a kid, but later, after moving to California and exploring my family’s history & genealogy,  I discovered photos of sailing and family gatherings from the late 1930’s on the lake. With a little research, I found that my grandfather and one of his brothers purchased/built side-by-side cabins on the lake, and most of the nine siblings enjoyed summers boating, swimming and barbecuing on the water with their families, until all the …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Artist’s Model

Collagraphs are Fun The plate for this collagraph (see process shots below) was made from mat board and construction paper – and it was printed in a small edition of 5, intaglio style. If you’d like to see a tutorial video on making one of these collagraphs, visit my youtube channel. Lots of Options This is print #1 and #2. (above)  You can see how altering the treatment of the window view and the art on the wall changes the overall look of the final collagraph.  The first print is Urban and the second is a seaside location. She’s on vacation. 🙂 This …[Continue reading]

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Watercolor: Orange Chair

Orange Chair 10×21 Watercolor SoldThis is an older watercolor (and as such, I see *all* the things I’d do differently now, so that means I’m growing, right?)  The subject originally was less about the empty chair, and more of a nod towards the little parade of antique shoes on the sill behind it. My paternal Grandparents were both Italian immigrants, and they opened a shoe store shortly after they were married in the late 1920’s. Since my grandfather had 8 siblings, Del Pesco Shoes was run like any family business in a small New England town; everyone, including the kids, the wives and …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Morocco

Morocco 6.8 x 4.7 Collagraph with Watercolor SoldAvailable in my Etsy Shop.Another matboard and paper collagraph, using the same methods as in previous pieces here, and here.  The reference photo was snapped in a suburb of Los Angeles – at the Brand Library in Glendale. The beautiful, Moroccan architecture of the building stands out against the oak tree and scrub hillside it’s nestled against. Building the plate   The substrate is a scrap piece of matboard, and in the photo above, I’m cutting and adhering kid-grade construction paper in layers with Gloss Medium Varnish. This will dry hard and a little slick, making the whole plate feel like plastic, so …[Continue reading]

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Watercolor: Reflections & Shadows (& Helping Japan on DPW)

Reflections & Shadows 13.25 x 7.25 Watercolor on Plate Finish Bristol paper This painting is available in my Etsy Shop.  Sold What Inspires? I started this watercolor at my friend JMC’s house during an art-day last week, and finished it in the studio yesterday. The reference photo was taken in the 80’s, and I’ve been reflecting a lot lately about that period of time in my life, and the meandering path my siblings and I took since then; college, the exploration of youth, good friends and where they are now, family members that have passed on, and others that are getting fragile with …[Continue reading]

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Watercolor of Sunlit Rooms and Daily Paintworks Monthly Art Challenge

Study for Den 8 x 6 Watercolor on Strathmore 300 Bristol Available in a Fund Raising Auction to help the people of Japan at the Daily Paintworks Challenge here. Sold I am very fortunate to belong to a collective of artists who are all incredibly accomplished painters: Daily Paintworks. Take a look at the web site to see what I mean about the talent. Pretty nice work, eh? All the members are very present on the internet, and many of them exhibit in galleries, teach workshops, travel to shows and juggle multiple hats in their art careers. One of the things the group …[Continue reading]