For the painting, “At Sea,” I used some more fluid watercolor techniques. My aim was to capture the free-flowing nature of the water. Sailboats are one of my favorite subjects.
I first rode in one back when I was an exchange student in Sweden during my junior year at high school. My sponsor had a 30+ foot sailboat. (Naive me didn’t have a clue about how long it was.) It was an exhilarating feeling to be moving so fast, so quietly. I’ve loved sailboats ever since.
This paintings may mark one of the last miniatures that I’ll be doing. I’m finding that I’m more drawn to doing larger works. A few may turn up, but that part of my art may also be at sea. Hope you like it.
“Sunset Cruise” carries a poignant meaning for me. Being a boater is one of the most delightful things I’ve ever done. I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the water after we purchased our first boat.
This time of year, there’s always a bit of a tug-of-war between my husband and me. I like to keep the boat in the water as long as possible, way into the fall. Fall color cruise, anyone? My husband, on the other, likes to get it out early, way before the snow flies. I’ll give him that much. Nonetheless, it’s still a sad day when the boat comes off the water for another winter. I hope you enjoy this last bit of warm weather magic.
“In Flight” also speaks to the dreamy feeling I’m after for my work as I wrote the other day. I’m letting the paints decide where they want to go. The scene for this miniature landscape painting is from Door County, Wisconsin, one of my favorite places in the world.
It is early morning. Steam is coming off the water, blurring the landscape edges. Fall is fast on the heels of the waning summer. A few ducks take to the skies to begin their journey for the day. Undoubtedly, it’ll include plenty of stops for food to fuel up for the long migration.
I’ve painted this scene before, albeit, with a brighter palette. The muted tones suited the subject—and the mood I wanted to capture. Hope you like it.