Still Life with Jug

As most of you know who follow this blog, I mostly paint landscapes, and have a particular love for this area and the Hudson River School Painters. But every once in a while, I really get an itch to do something different, and often it is a still life that seems to be calling to me. Yesterday was one of those days, and here is the result of that calling. ~Rita

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Still Life with Jug, oil pastel

Unexpected Guests…

Saturday, while the weather was nice,  I went to a new spot to paint outside… a water canal park which is part of the Hudson River Canal System.  There is lots of water, and marshy areas that are really beautiful. As I was walking along the path to set up my easel there was a four-foot  heron who decided to walk a few feet in front of me on the path. Surprisingly he was not afraid of me, and we walked “together” for quite a way.  As I watched him   I thought what a wonderful unexpected guest!  But as my day went on, I  was quickly  reminded that all guests aren’t created equal….

After I set up my easel and started painting in the late afternoon sun, I was attacked by a swarm of gnats! And when I say swarm, I mean swarm.  They were getting on the painting, in my hair, and biting my arms.  And, guess who forgot to pack the bug spray?  Needless to say, the session was cut short, and the painting finished in the studio. Here is  my painting, Canal Park, which  holds memories of two of the most unexpected of  guests.  ~Rita

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Canal Park, 8×10 oil pastel

Round Lake Preserve

I went out for a short hike yesterday, to find a new preserve that had opened up nearby. Most of the trails are currently under construction  and not open for public use, and consequently  there really wasn’t much to see.  However there was one spot…. a boardwalk that opened into to the lake, which was surrounded by a spread of dense water lilies, quietly floating  in the late afternoon sun. It was really quite a sight.  As I looked at the lily pads and the glistening reflections on the water, I thought what a  silent, peaceful sanctuary that I have stumbled upon.  ~Rita

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Round Lake Preserve, 5×7 oil pastel

Allen’s Sunflowers

It is that time of year when the summer tourists begin to fade from here, and like a bear that has been in hibernation I begin to emerge. Every year I wait for this time, when the area quiets down, and you can grab a cup of coffee in town without waiting in a line. There is a good thing about hibernation though and that is   that since I don’t go out much I get to spend a lot of time in my studio painting!  Here is my latest.  ~Rita

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Allen’s Sunflowers, 8×10 oil pastel

Summer’s End

Can it be true?  It was June just yesterday!  Well, it has been a beautiful summer in the Northeast.  Fall is going to be BUSY!  Lots of shows everywhere including two that Rita and I will both be participating in next month.  We will post more about it later but we will both be in the Landscapes for Landsakes fundraiser as well as in the TRASK fundraising event in the Canfeld Casino.  Hopefully I am not being premature since we haven’t submitted our pieces for the latter event yet ; ).  The little pastel below was accepted into the prestigious Connecticut Pastel Society’s annual national juried show “Renaissance in Pastel”.  It will be held at the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich CT from October 7th through November 12th.  Hope you can make it!  In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful late summer days   — Eden

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Moonrise, Pastel on Paper, 9 x 12

Thermostat Wars…

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Winter Sun, 8×10 oil pastel

Yes, I know it is June, and I am not sure what is going on in your home, but this time of year typically starts the thermostat wars in my house. I am always way too hot, and my husband is always cold. The thermostat is constantly in flux, with each of us pretending to get up to do something and quickly bumping up or down the dial as nonchalantly as possible. I have a feeling this happens in more homes than I can imagine. In any case, although it is June, and my mind should be on the beautiful summer season, when I sat down to paint the other day, this is where my palette took me.  And if you lived in my house, it would be no surprise why.  ~Rita

IAPS Show NYC

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I am pleased to announce that my pastel painting “Times Square Glow” was selected for the International Association of Pastel Society’s annual show.  The prestigious IAPS exhibit is currently on view at The Salmagundi Club in New York City and is open to the public until Sunday, June 18th.  The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue which is 12th street and 5th.  Stop by if you are in the NYC area!  -Eden