Paint with me Saturday

I just got back from Saturday morning painting at the library. I will be there each weekend in August while my art is on display there.  Come paint with me,  children and adults welcome.  http://citruslibraries.evanced.info/msignup/Events

 

 

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Postcards from Maine on Display in August

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I am showing my postcard paintings and other watercolors from nature at the Lakes Region Library of Inverness, Florida for the month of August. This show has many plein aire pieces from our summer visit to family in Maine.

Some of the paintings were sent to Florida friends and borrowed back for the show.

Anyone wishing to paint with me can join a “Postcards from Florida” free mini class outside the library from 9 to 10 am on Saturdays during August.

Mini Plein Aire Projects

Here are some of the paintings from my portable watercolor kit while on vacation in Maine.  Come by the Lakes Region Library (Inverness,  Florida) on Saturday mornings in August 9 am to 10 to paint your own “Postcard from Florida”.

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Belfast Chalk Walk

We are having a blast visiting art destinations in Maine.  Today I participated in the first annual Chalk Walk in Belfast.IMG_20170624_145355 On the way there we crested one of those hill tops and had a stunning view laid out in front of us, inspiring a quick pull over to sketch it.

When we got to Belfast, Bridget from Waterfall Arts got me settled under a tree with a lovely view of Penobscot Bay behind me. IMG_20170624_153529.jpg

I used some of the wet blending techniques the kids and I  tried out last year,  and stained some of the tiny florets in the foreground with my ever-present watercolor paints and a water brush. At one point I pulled out one of Tom Seymour’s foraging books for a quick color reference. download_20170624_182700

My son and I  wandered over to Dave’s Ice Cream and enjoyed the soda shop sweetness while my patch dried for the next layer.  The children’s sidewalk art was a real treat,  as well as meeting the other artists of all ages. It was leisurely and fun.

Mary Jean Crowe, artist, draws part of her painting, Eve's Garden, at the Belfast Chalk Walk 2017
Mary Jean Crowe, excerpt from “Eve’s Garden”  http://mjvianocrowe.net/mixed-media-the-feminine-divine/758

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Mike “Fletch” Fletcher

This is my finished chalk drawing of a hilltop on Route 137 near Freedom,  Maine. If I had my father’s Maine Map and Gazetteer mind,  I could tell you where for sure.  IMG_20170626_072939

Read more at the following links:

http://m.penbaypilot.com/article/pavement-picassos-belfast-s-chalk-walk-leaves-waterfront-sidewalk-brighter-ever/88289 The Pen Bay Pilot

https://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/skies-clear-for-belfasts-first-chalk-walk/1664007 The Republican Journal

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Make something beautiful this week!

Outdoor Fun

We are having a great time with family in Maine. The weather has been very favorable.  Every other day we run into another family member or friend in these tiny woodland towns.  We have had some fun with these unplanned reunions. This week we went to my Dad’s church with him and my stepmom for Father’s Day. Yesterday we went to the Common Ground Fairground for Farm & Homestead Day. IMG_20170618_125401We watched a blacksmith at work and got a paper-making lesson.  We had delicious fresh made and foraged food. Sweet clover is really a wood sorrel,  and the heart shaped leaves are sweet and sour yummy.  My grown son learned how to use a scythe to cut hay, and we watched a window glazing lesson. Today he is out on Grampy’s woodlot with an axe. IMG_20170618_145953

I have been painting every day.  If you would like a painted postcard from Maine,  email your address to Lucy.artlover@gmail.com

Happy summer!

 

Visiting The Frugal Crafter’s Blog

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Inspired by Lindsay at The Frugal Crafter, blue skies and birch paint-along:  https://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/lets-paint-blue-skies-and-birch-trees-today/

Sometimes I overcome painter’s block by taking a walk outdoors,  looking at snapshots from previous outings,  revisit a sketch, or finish a painting that was not sparking properly at first go.  Lately a purse sized portable set has been easy for short sketches and cards.  Today I tried another fun video paint-along/tutorial from The Frugal Crafter. Thank you for posting Lindsay!

https://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/lets-paint-blue-skies-and-birch-trees-today/

Another try it from The Frugal Crafter, watercolor teacup tutorial (around here it is renamed,  “Moxie after Midnight”).  https://youtu.be/M1EGRDF3Qso  Though lacking a Naples yellow,  or the decadent pies,  it was still fun to keep my brushes busy until I have more time on the weekend.  This is the last week of school,  and the kids are so very excited!

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My Moxie Babies

My babies are now officially grown.  Both had milestone birthdays this week (18th and 24th) so today’s mini painting is from my Maine Moxie and was critiqued by the younger (who has renamed himself in my phone as “the Moxiest”). It reminds me of my oldest sitting on “mermaid rock” when she was little.

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Enjoy the very merry month of May,  celebrate every day,  as we do.

Fun to be Done

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Now that I have graduated with my Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences at UT Tyler, there is much more energy to fill up my sketchbooks. For my trip to Maine I am trying out portable painting options and experimenting with ideas from my notebooks.

https://visualfling.com/sketchbook/

I am excited to go to Maine,  despite the long drive. I look forward to the reward of seeing my father,  who was so moved with pride and love when he told me that I  am the first in our family to graduate from university, for I know I could not have done it without his example and encouragement.

Crissy’s Front Walk – Iris

 

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The beautiful things Kathy and I see on the way to Ladies’ Bible study. (We are using a series by Nancy Guthrie showing Jesus in the Old Testament. http://www.nancyguthrie.com/book-dvd-list)

There are some more sketches (mostly 6×9″) on the sketchbook page.  I have been trying out three new portable boxes of paints- Yaka White Nights, Daniel Smith,  and Prima Confections Tropicals. https://visualfling.com/sketchbook

 

Writing a Song

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For music theory class In the final week before graduation at UT Tyler,  I completed this songwriting project. If you fall asleep in the first minute,  I succeeded! To get full credit for public performance of the lullaby I wrote,  the instructor asks for at least 5 comments on the YouTube video at https://youtu.be/Ve3c2M4JF3M .

Praise God for surrounding me with the love and encouragement of family and friends, that will listen to over 2,000 rough drafts of a work-in-progress song until it is finally finished!

Please enjoy the lullaby.

My dog loved it.

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Backdoor Garden

Trying out some portable paints, sketchbooks, and water brushes for our summer travels, I am attracted to April flowers. My neighbors are probably just wondering why we put off mowing.

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Pale Violets in the Leaf Litter,  White Nights watercolors, Bee Creative 8×8″ marker paper book (smooth paper,  and I like the hard covers on this book)