Category Archives: New England

Painting from Plein Air Drawings, Part 2

The routine: door closed, music cranked up, paint brush moves to the beat. Time flies agreeably as a painting takes shape. Yesterday’s soundtrack: Warren Zevon, Talking Heads and the ever-energetic Rolling Stones. These are places of rich history. The beautiful ruin of an apple-cider mill on … Continue reading

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Studio Paintings from Plein Air Drawings

One sees the prairie in layers: sky, grass, soil. And then there’s the forest, constructed from tall, thin strips: tree stems, stacked stones, waterfalls, a slice of sky at the top. One set of laminations lays out flat, the other stands on … Continue reading

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The Best of 2011, A Motmot’s View

1) Best Rediscovered Antique Food: Apples and Cider. If there’s a characteristic product of New England, it’s not maple syrup, it’s apples and cider. In drawing the ruins of cider mills, I obsess over apples,  modes of milling them for … Continue reading

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The Artist Emerges

After many months, I just looked up and realized just how late it’s gotten- while I was busy, the forest changed from a symphony of green to an arboreal fiesta of reds and yellows. People are stuffed into coats and … Continue reading

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Drawing at the Edge of History

Oh the chimney’s fallen down and the roof’s all caved in Lettin’ in the sunshine and the rain And the only friend I’ve got now is that good old dog of mine And the little old log cabin in the … Continue reading

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Birds and Boulders: new drawings

I’ve been hearing complaints that this hasn’t been a great migrant year (unless you happened to be in Central Park this spring- they had a splendid run) but to my  eyes, it’s been glorious. An hour each morning with binoculars … Continue reading

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A Note on the Fly

Spring arrived sometime yesterday, I think, but it’s flowering nicely and greening right up. The blackflies and mosquitoes got the memo and arrived en masse, as did a goodly number of warblers and other feathered eye candy. I got up … Continue reading

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