Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays

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

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

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"

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Practicing brushstrokes ...

Yellow Tulip, 8" x 6", Oil on canvas, © 2014, Nancy Van Blaricom

While going through a box of props I found a bouquet of silk tulips that I had stored away. I decided I'd like to use one of them, just one single flower, to practice some brush work.  Thinking about using the whole bouquet just seemed too overwhelming at this time so I cut one tulip and began to paint this lone flower.

Although it wasn't a real flower or a whole bouquet I loved working on this painting.

By using the single tulip I was able to concentrate on how my brush was being loaded & where to place each stroke.  Also I took my time and attempted to look for warm and cool areas, soft and hard areas, contrasts in value - dark/light.

This was such fun to work on I just may be encouraged to see what else is in my prop box in the way of flowers….. maybe.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September's magic ....

Last Monday I took my camera on our walk and snapped a few photos of some colorful signs of autumn I am seeing here in the Northwest.

One lone maple leaf laying in the street.  Beautiful colors on a wet street.  Signs that it rained last night while I was sleeping.

A small maple in amongst the dry grasses with all the leaves turning beautiful gold, yellow and orange.  

Looking into the green trees and huckleberry bushes you notice the gold leaves as the start their journey for the winter months.

My last photo was one I took while we were off on our boat this last week.  Plenty of seals were sunbathing on the beach as we went by.  A beautiful array of colors as the morning sun warmed the seals and the trees.

I love how my surroundings are changing slowly to fall.  How about you?