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I saw this cairn in the middle of a gentle stream while hiking in central Vermont. It made me think about the passing of time and those who have departed.
The light was fleeting and intense after a refreshing winter rain at the First Colony Marina. There were unusual clouds with sun rays trying to peek through.
This painting is a bit of a departure for me--an experiment. I researched how grapevines flowered, and discovered they have tiny little buds that turn into individual grapes. This is a close up of what will become a bunch of grapes with the main stalk to the left. It almost looks like a molecule or an atom. It was fun to paint.
This small painting of grapes uses the same palette as the Flowering Grapevine (above), and they actually look nice hanging side by side. I may frame them as a diptych.
There is nothing better in life than good food and a glass of wine. While painting this, I imagined how relaxing it is to wine and dine, especially with good friends. At those times, everything seems just a little bit brighter. My palette veered into saturated colors, which I consider an expression of happiness and pleasant memories.
The southern shore of Lake Memphremagog is in Newport, Vermont. One of the U.S. borders with Canada is about halfway across this 30 mile lake. It's a beautiful lake that traverses two countries, languages, and cultures.
I painted this image a second time, a little larger. I really like getting lost in the colors of the sky and the water. It is a beautiful spot.
I painted this beach scene from North Carolina quickly, trying to capture the movement of the wind and surf. It's funny how painting can transport you to another place and time. I remember being really cold!
We rarely get snow in Tidewater Virginia; in fact, we haven't had any in several years. But when there is snow, it is magical, and creates entrancing light on the creek behind our house. Our neighbor's dock was a nice red accent in this scene.
There are many marshlands in Tidewater Virginia. They change throughout the seasons. This is late spring/early summer with green grasses starting to yellow. The sunlight illuminates them. I liked the low perspective of this image.
Virginia mountains are sometimes an impossible blue. It almost seems unreal, but that's how I remember them. The red-tailed hawk was soaring below us. I like to imagine this kind of joyful freedom.
Another sunset at the First Colony Marina, this one with a higher tide with pinks and oranges.
I was trying to paint an unusual view of grapevines in the spring for the Spring Reflections show at the Williamsburg Winery. I remembered how Georgia O'Keeffe would sometimes paint Jimson Weed with a sky background, so I gave it a shot. I like the vibrant colors.