Category Archives: New Work

Long Awaited

Long Awaited Arrived at LAst © SMedyn 2015

Long Awaited  $600 framed

Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord

I enjoyed making a commission for the year of the wood sheep so much that I decided to a do a second variation on the theme.

I love seeing the little lamb arriving in an airy basket. Babies bring such joy.

I recently received an Assets for Artists grant via Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. Today I attended a fabulous workshop they offered. I am developing a new business plan. I am energized and eager to tackle new projects and will be doing so with the support of this grant.

Our skies have been fabulous recently and I am gratefully admiring each evenings sunset.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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Gyre

Gyre

It is wonderful to see the clouds recede. One can see the sun, the sky and the reflections that occur as night begins. I wanted to make a painting that captured the beauty the setting sun.

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Cyprium

Cyprium,

CYPRIUM     SOLD

MIXED MEDIA    6″ X 6″

“Cyprium aes” is the Latin root word for copper meaning Cyprus Metal. I would love to go to Cyprus and see the ancient site of Amathous which has an Apollo Temple. Amathus was founded around 1050BC. Pretty Cool.  Yes, I also want to see the Tomb of the Kings. Really, I want to see every site that is open there. On my bucket list.

I once worked with a child who was from Cyprus  at Shriners Burn Hospital in Boston, MA. The family taught me a number of recipes, one of which is for goat that we still love to make. I know, many of you will cringe at the thought of eating goat, but this is a most fabulous and easy recipe and I am going to share it.

GOAT IN A BAG

2 pounds goat cut in chunks

1 pound feta cut in 1/2 inch cubes

1/2 cup Greek olives

Place all in a heavy paper bag (no writing on it)  or parchment (preferable). Tightly close and bake at 250 degrees for 3 hours.

And as for SNOW,  it has snowed 19 out of 23 days in snowy New England. We have a snow depth of 3 feet and an accumulation of about 70 inches so far in Rhode Island. Boston, MA is just a foot away from reaching its all time record having already received 95.7 inches of snow.  I have turned to ignoring the weather. It helps me stay cheery.

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Egg Case

Egg case
Egg Case  $25

6″ x 6″ Watercolor

I have been ill with bronchitis and laryngitis and haven’t been able to paint. I did this small work of a sponge and seaweed that I found after a recent storm.

The sponge had egg cases attached to it. They had already frozen and started to become concave, but it was interesting to see how life goes on even in the cold under waters of the Atlantic in New England.

Here is a photo where you can see the egg cases.IMG_9508

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Orchestration

Orchestration or heathers

Orchestration  $50.00

Mixed Media 6″ x 6″

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Confluence

Storm

Confluence $50

Mixed Media 6″ x 6″

Coriolis effect. Amphidromic point. Cotidal lines.

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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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