Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ohhh, goodie

Oh goodie, look what came in the mail today?
I have way too many art books, but, with all the rave reviews Carol Marine is receiving on her book I just had to have it. It looks amazing ...


Monday, January 19, 2015

:: January ::

January is more than half over and although I've been working pretty hard on a large project I'm not quiet ready to share it with you.  So instead I'll share a few value studies I've been working on.  I guess I'll never become an expert at getting my values correct unless I do more studies like these.

The top photo was done in oil and I got out my value scale and really looked at a photo, numbering them as I saw them.  The second photo, the pencil sketch, I was feeling pretty good about until I compared it to the more accurate oil study.  I think it might be hard to tell these are from the same reference source.

All in all, I'm hoping to do more of these studies and see if I can't improve my value handling better. 

What about you, do you ever do value studies?


4 Value Oil Sketch - Nancy Van Blaricom
4" x 6"  value oil sketch on gessoed paper

Pencil value sketch - Nancy Van Blaricom
2" x 2.5" pencil value sketch

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays



Black Cap Chickadee Graphite on paper © Nancy Van Blaricom
Black Cap Chickadee, 3.5" x 6", Graphite ©2014, Nancy Van Blaricom

Friday, December 05, 2014

:: December Happenings ::

 Last Saturday … the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, the annual Holiday House Bazaar once again opened the doors to start off the Holiday season.  This is usually the only event I participate during the year and its always something I look forward to.  I love that old friends drop by and I have the opportunity to make new friends.  Such fun !

This year the traffic seemed steady from the time the doors opened and vendors were kept busy until the doors closed.  Aside from all the many items for sale the community hall (where the bazaar takes place)  had a small menu where you were able to buy some soups, sandwiches, salads and coffee.

The fun day was topped off when the two paintings  below sold.
The top painting has always been a favorite.  This is a very poor photo, but even so, I love the light on the water.

The one thing that I wanted to capture when I painted the two paintings below was the light.  Finding a way to paint how I saw a particular moment.  Was it a cool day or was it a warm day, where was the sun at?  Was the wind blowing … all things that make a painting memorable to me.

Hope your December is going as well as mine is ….

Mail Call, 8"x 10" oil, © Nancy Van Blaricom
SOLD

Early Morning Light, 8" x 10"  oil, © Nancy Van Blaricom
SOLD

My booth is up on a stage where I can look down on a number of different vendors and customers.
A good time was had by all.  :-)



Monday, November 17, 2014

~ Book Review ~


Recently I downloaded The Art Forger on my Kindle to read on our travels. I normally prefer a good ol' paper book to hold in my hands but the Kindle served both an internet issue and being able to pack more than one book for the trip.



The book (novel) is based on a real art heist where a $500 million dollar worth of art was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990.

The main character, Claire Roth, is a professional artist who makes a living painting reproductions of famous paintings.  Very soon into the book Claire is asked by an art dealer to make a forgery of one of the Edgar Degas paintings that was stolen from the Gardner Museum. Claire knows this is not right, but, she is offered as part payment her own art show which is something she has longed for so decides to forge the painting.

I enjoyed the book mostly because it shares artistic details which, for me, made it an interesting read.  Also it's a bit of a mystery as well as a love story.  You also read about Isabella Stewart Gardner and her numerous artist friends of the 1800's.

If you haven't read this book yet and you enjoy reading novels about art you might think of picking this one up.


Monday, November 10, 2014

~ Photos of Fall & East Coast Travel ~

Hi everyone,

Recently we took a journey to the East coast and saw some amazing scenes of fall colors and I thought I'd share just a few of the photos I took.  Although I think we may have just missed the most vivid colors of the season it was still remarkable.

In no particular order:
This first photo is of the beautiful Acadia National Park.  Acadia was first established in February 1919.


I have heard of Acadia National Park for many years and finally was able to see it for myself.  There was artistic inspiration at every turn.  If you haven't been able to see it for yourself make sure and put in on your Must See List.


Pretty colors were to be seen in Bar Harbor also.  Can you believe I didn't hear one local person say Ba  Haba while I was there?



Halifax showed color at every turn.


In each town we visited we enjoyed many local displays of color.  This street scene in particular caught my eye as it was staged with urns, pumpkins, colorful fall mums and then the added touch of the bicycle. Isn't it pretty?

There was beautiful scenery everywhere we looked. Although I still have many photos to go through  I just wanted to share a few before I get busy with other things and this season turns to gray and wet winter weather.

Enjoy !

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Cloud Studies #16, #17 & #18 & 19


I'm looking forward to attaching 16 or so of the cloud studies to a hard support and framing them altogether as one large study.  I'll keep you posted.

~ Cloud Studies #16, 17, 18 & 19 , each are on
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"