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Flight

Flight

Flight   SOLD

Mixed Media 6″ x 6″

Do you know the movie “I Know Where I’m Going” starring Wendy Hiller?

This is what my painting reminds me of – the famous scene of the dark whirlpool pulling the boat deeper toward the vortex.

Hiller, as Joan, is on her way to the fictitious isle of Kiloran to marry a rich industrialist. She ends up having to wait out a storm on the Isle of Mull,  incidentally one of my favorite places, and the easiest way to get to the beautiful  isles of Iona and Staffa. We once had a boat trip similar to the one shown in this movie on our way to see the basalt walled Fingal’s Cave.  Mendelssohn wrote a wonderful overture Fingal’s Cave Overture (The Hebrides). Click on the link if you would like to hear the Gary Schneider conducting while viewing some incredible photos of Fingal’s Cave.

Another quick segue here. This summer we saw the Turner exhibit  at the Peabody Essex Museum. There was a wonderful painting in the exhibit entitled Fingal’s Cave. We were so disappointed that the curator stated that this was a “fictitious cave”. We were compelled to write comments to request the error be corrected. People take the written word as fact and it is important for museums to provide accurate information

Anyway, back to the story. Hiller as Joan meets a naval captain who woes her. He is also going to Kiloran and is the true owner of the island and estate that Joan’s finance claims is his. While Joan finagles a way over to the isle of Kiloran, her suitor hops into the boat and they set off straight into the Corryvreckan Whirlpool. The scene is outrageous and you think they are all going into the vortex but at the last-minute the fisherman gets the engine started and off they go. And of course Joan marries the suitor over the rich industrialist.

Back to the painting. I was trying to create a type of vortex and when I added bronze gouache, I saw that I had an image taking flight.  Having wings is a good way to stay out of a whirlpool.

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Clash

Clash

Clash   $50

Mixed Media 6″ x 6″

Symbols banging, waves crashing, engines revving, pans dropping. Clash, bang, boom.

It is day 4 of Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 and I am working hard to figure things out when making abstract paintings.

There is so much freedom, but the whole needs to synthesize drawing you in and evoking feeling. Today I worked on creating energy in my painting. Can you feel it?

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Flow

sea flow

Flow

Mixed Media 6″ x 6″  SOLD

I am enjoying working and reworking a surface without getting caught up in the fine detail of my usual work. I do find that I am spending more time on my abstracts than I thought as I like to impregnate the image with color. This painting changes color in sunlight as you will see below, but best to keep paintings away from direct sunlight.

The image in the center is a piece of sponge that washed ashore after a particularly strong storm. I was able to collect several pieces that I am using for inspiration.

sea flow lightshine

The lovely cobalt blue gouache and deep purple watercolors do not show up as well in the sunlight. The acrylic gold and bronze are painted over the watercolor and gouache and then worked by removing the metallic paint with a cloth or paper towel to get more texture on the surface.

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Space Dance

Inner space

Space Dance

 Mixed Media   6″ x 6″   SOLD

I always loved painting with metallics. For this painting I used bronze and dark gold acrylics and liquid watercolors.

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Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow SMedyn©

 

Ebb and Flow

Watercolor 10″ x 8″ on 3/4″  Cradle board  $50.00

Happy New Year! 2014 was a year of transition as I fully moved my practice to the south shore of Massachusetts.  Winter and Spring were long and cool. Summer was filed with swimming, fishing and plenty of good eats from the sea. Before I knew it, fall was upon us and it was time to make our trek to Bennington for parents weekend (always a delight mixed with a hint of envy). Sunsets have been dramatic year round. The light is wonderful in this area. We have been blessed with good health, loving family and friends and  good food.  Arthur and Bitsy have been steadfast companions.

I am again participating in Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 challenge for the month of January. Nearly 1000 artists are participating from around the globe.I am moving outside my comfort zone to explore some more abstract paintings. It is time to challenge myself with some thing different, but I am continuing to make a sea series in watercolor.

Thank you everyone who was filled my blog over the past several years. I am so thankful for your support and comments. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015!

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Owling

Owling ©2014

$300 Framed in a maple frame. $25.00 shipping Framed size 21″ by 17″

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A slight but pleasant departure for me. I loved making this. When we were in Munich for an exhibit I was in, we stayed at a lovely small palace turned into a very pleasant hotel called Hotel Opera. The inner courtyard was where one had a hearty breakfast served on fine china.

While waiting for our food I drew part of a design from the sugar bowl. I never thought I would use it as inspiration for one of my paintings. When I needed to make a piece for a bird show, I thought how nice it would be to insert 3 little birds and some flowers into the sketch and work on designing a painting.

I enjoy the symmetry of this piece and have used the design for working on some “Crazy Pants” I am developing.

OWL PANTS FRONT

 

OWL PANTS BACK

 

And since tis the season, I wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. I am so appreciative of my blog followers and  want you to know that your support has been a wonderful gift to me.

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Hail The Mighty Snail

Hail The Mighty Snail

12″ by 9″ Ink and Watercolor $300

I do wonder what it would be like to move like a snail and carry my house on my back. Simplifying seems a good way to go. So cheers to the small but mighty snail.

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Who Designed Your Clothes?

Who Designed Your Clothes?, 12"x9",  Ink and Watercolor, $400

Framed Ink and Watercolor 12″ x 9″  $400

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Thanksgiving week.

We had so much fun this holiday. Our son brought home a  college friend from Santa Fe who partook of our typical thanksgiving meal which consists of fish and some type of mollusk. This years it was clams and cod topped off by 3 different pies~pumpkin, lemon meringue and apple.

I am so excited to announce that I have officially started a Facebook page and would love if you hop and over and give it a like. The link is here and if you just click on it, you will be taken to the page where I hope you give it a great big LIKE!

On a super happy note, I have 7 paintings going to new homes this week. 3 paintings have gone to Boston area collectors  and one to someone in Asheville, NC.  I will be shipping 3 paintings to Montreal once I can package them all! That makes for quite a wonderful week for any artist! I feel very blessed.

I only wish that my mom could travel and were able to spend the holiday with us but she is approaching 88 and travel is not easy for her.

Here’s to December!

Let it bring us much cheer and opportunities to connect with family and friends.

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Ptarmigan

I  made this very royal looking ptarmigan who is wearing some very gorgeous feathers. This is another 8″ by 8″ Ink and Watercolor on aqua board, for sale for $150 . Sorry the photo is at an angle, but you get the idea!

And if you would like to learn about the ptarmigan you can click here. There are some fabulous photos online of the ptarmigan in Iceland and Alaska, but they are all copyrighted, thus I can’t show you the resemblance.

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Partridge in Therapy

PARTRIDGE IN THERAPY!

This gilded partridge was inspired by a magazine cover. My partridge  looks as though he might have a hard time flying. He might need therapy to deal with this!  This is an  8″ by 8″ Ink and Watercolor on Aqua board. Sold.

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