"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
As many of you know, I took the month of August off from blogging, and I'm glad to be back! I didn't realize how much this weekly practice sustains me, and how much I look forward to it. Over the summer, since the kids were out of school, I wasn't able to have much time to myself. The kids were restless to play outside, and I was restless to paint, so, we went on a lot of plein air adventures! I took the kids to beautiful outdoor places, like the river, and set up my easel to paint while they played. Or occasionally I painted in the evening when my husband was home from work, or when I had childcare, or when the kids were in summer camp.
What follows are photos documenting my summer of painting: my golden, hot, dreamy, painterly summer!
(You can see even more photos on my facebook album, "Plein Air Adventures." All these landscapes are for sale, unless it says otherwise. They range between $50-$240, depending on size. They're not on my on-line shop yet, but I'll put them on soon. Meanwhile, you can always send me an email if you're interested.)
One morning, our family drove down to Mueller's General Store, down 611 just south of Easton, PA. My husband took the kids into the restaurant for breakfast, and I walked down to the river and set up my easel. Attention painters: this is a great spot, there is a path down to the river where there is a great scene for painting.
The next day we went camping by the river south of New Hope, PA. I went swimming too!
The kids wanted me to swim, not paint, and kept begging me to jump in the water!
One week in June, the kids were signed up for a nature summer camp at the Giving Pond in Upper Black Eddy. My husband was leading the camp. (He's an environmental educator for the Delaware Canal State Park.) We came early, and I set up my easel in a stunning yellow field of coreopsis flowers.
A series of paintings of this coreopsis field that I did during the three-day summer camp:
Mid-summer, my family drove out to Morris Run, PA to visit my in-laws. I got to see my little nieces, and my brand-new baby nephew. While the kids played happily in my mother-in-law's lush garden, I painted them!
Painting in Lida's garden...
“No one could ever paint
a too wonderful picture
of my heart or God.”
Above: me, the sky, and another small sketch, "Sunset Sketch." 4x5" oil on board
In July, I enrolled my kids at a great summer camp at the Book Garden in Frenchtown, NJ. While they had fun at camp, I went down to the river near the Frenchtown Bridge and The Bridge Cafe. I loved this spot! I painted this view a lot, as you will see.
One day, my friend Adrienne came to paint with me. She is a great artist and friend!
Her website is www.adrienneluntstudios.com.
Above: Adrienne and myself. Just two ladies wearing awesome hats and painting....
Here are some more sketches I did of the river in Frenchtown:
Below: "Sketch of the Giving Pond" 4x8" (Upper Black Eddy, PA)
And so, you can see that I had a full, productive, sun-soaked summer. I painted, I learned stuff, and I had fun!
Thanks for reading! This blog post represents my 1-year anniversary of blogging about art.
A year ago, I wrote MY FIRST POST, Generous Permission. It's kind of neat to go back and re-read it, and review my goals. Since I began this adventure a year ago, I have done so much! In addition to my weekly blogging (47 consecutive weeks without fail, including interviews with artists, essays, poems, and original short stories) I have managed to generate a regular, consistent income through art sales, I have had two art shows (one collaborative, one solo), I have surpassed my goal of 250 people on my email list, and, most recently:
I signed the lease for MY OWN STUDIO in August!!!
I'm very grateful to my supportive family, especially my husband, and my friends, without whom I never could have accomplished so much. I'm also very grateful to the amazing, inspiring artists in my life, the many teachers, mentors, and friends that have given me kind encouragement, critique, and feedback to help me grow.
I feel very lucky to live in Easton, PA, where the arts are held in high esteem, and where artists abound. It's a great place to be an artist!