Sunday, November 15, 2009

WINTRY ROADS



Don't hate me, but I love the winter! Especially after a huge snowfall. I make sure I have plenty of food, wine and wood for the fire so I can hunker down and enjoy the scenery. I grab my camera and go out for a long walk. It's so quiet with very little traffic on the roads. This week's Photo Sunday challenge is "Road", so I thought I'd begin the season early with these photos.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

AUTUMN ROAD


I also did this painting while at Wayland. It's from a photo taken of the road in front of our land in Vermont.

AUTUMN INSPIRATION



After getting my photos printed from a fabulous weekend in Wayland, I was immediately inspired to begin painting. "Reflections in Green" was done while at Wayland, and "Golden Larches" was completed yesterday.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

FALL FOLIAGE IN WAYLAND, NY




Last weekend, my two best friends and I spent a glorious weekend in Wayland, NY, at our house. We went up to paint and had a wonderful time -- good food, ample uninterrupted painting time, some wine, and beautiful walks to take pictures of the foliage. The foliage was a little past peak, but it was still magnificent when the sunlit hit it. Here are just a few of the photos that I took.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

MY FAVORITE TREE


This is a pastel painting of a beautiful tree by the pond on our land in NY. The view is from the house. I love the sweeping branches of this pine and its perfect shape.

Monday, October 12, 2009

LEAF PEEPING IN NH






Yesterday, Bob and I went "leaf peeping" in NH. We traveled many country roads and ended up at Mount Sunapee, where we took the chair lift to the top of the mountain. The foliage wasn't at its peak yet, but it sure was beautiful. There was still a lot of color. Here are some pictures.

Monday, September 21, 2009

THE BEACH ROAD



Today was a perfect day for photos. The tide was high so all the little rivers would be there along the beach road. And the sky was so very blue. I just had to go out and take pictures.

TIDAL SHIMMER


I haven't posted a painting in quite awhile. There is a beautiful spot over a bridge on the way to Scituate. When the tide is high, all the rivulets show up. When out with some friends one day on a picture-taking expedition, we got lucky and were on the bridge at high tide. This is a pastel painting of the scene before us that day. The grasses were a little wet and shimmered a bit in the sunlight.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

FRUIT



Some friends and I went out to take pictures the other day. It was such a nice afternoon. We went to a farm stand and took lots of pictures of the fruits and vegetables. They were displayed so nicely for us.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WHALE WATCH 8/2009





Went on a whale watch yesterday. The weather was perfect. We saw a mother, her calf and a third whale all traveling together. We followed and watched them for quite a long time. It was wonderful!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

EGRET


A while ago, I came upon this beautiful egret. He wasn't frightened away by me and posed for me for about an hour.

Monday, July 27, 2009

MAC AND DUFFY



My brother-in-law has these two adorable Westies, Mac and Duffy. They are inseparable and are looking eager to get a treat.

That's Duffy on the top. He was enjoying the view of Canandaigua Lake from the beautiful grounds at the Mees Observatory. I called his name, and he turned to look at me. I love this photo.

RAINDROPS ON THE PINES


In NY after a good rain storm, I went out to take some pictures and took this one of the raindrops on the pine needles.

PIANO


Last week, we vacationed at our home in NY. On the way, we stopped overnight at the Mees Observatory in Canandaigua, where there is a very large telescope. My daughter has learned to use it to give presentations and was able to reserve the house and the telescope for a night. We saw many things in the sky -- nebula, star clusters, etc. -- and were very impressed with her expertise in using the telescope. Anyway, this piano was in the house, and the morning light was illuminating it beautifully. The light coming in through the window made the exposure tricky, but I think it turned out OK.

Friday, July 24, 2009

"SHADOW" FOR PHOTO FRIDAY



While on vacation, Andy (our dog) was sitting in the shadow of the picnic bench while watching the kids play in the yard. And I really like the shadow play on the red kayak. I couldn't decide which photo to submit, so I'm submitting both. Hope that's OK.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

SCENES FROM SCITUATE



The same day I went to Scituate. The frayed rope was taken at The Millwharf restaurant. It's part of a fence around the parking lot and always has a lot of character. I took the photo of the plant on the rocks by the Scituate lighthouse.

BEACH ROSES




Went to the beach last week to take pictures of the beach roses. They were in bloom and at their peak.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

ACCORDIAN PLAYER


This man was very entertaining as he played for the many people who were enjoying a Lilac Festival on a beautiful spring day in Rochester, NY.

Friday, June 12, 2009

I REMEMBER YOU!


Photo Friday is looking for a "monochrome" photo this week. When walking through the woods where my husband grew up, we came upon this old rusted tricycle. My husband gasped and said, "I remember you!" and had no idea how the tricycle ended up there. I thought it was pretty amazing and took this photo.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

YELLOW ROSES


In my watercolor class, we painted white irises. After class, I wanted to paint some more, so I stopped at the store looking for white flowers. The best I could find were these beautiful very pale yellow roses. I painted them yesterday and took photos of them today so that I can try painting them again (my first attempt was OK, but I want to do better). Anyway, I thought I'd share this photo with you. They really are so pretty.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

THE BAY AND THE OCEAN


This is a view of the beach road that leads to the Gurnet from the hill where the Duxbury lighthouse sits. You can see Duxbury Bay on the left and the ocean on the right.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

THE GURNET



Took a walk to the Duxbury lighthouse on this, the first 80 degree day of the season. It was so beautiful there, and the walk along the beach was delightful. To get to the lighthouse, we had to go through the Gurnet, a private community. We had to park outside and walk in to the lighthouse. Everyone was opening their houses up for the season, and there were some really nice gardens.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

DUNE FENCES IN APRIL




On the same day that I took all the daffodil photos, I also braved the winds and went to the beach. I started taking a watercolor class recently, and we did a lesson on dunes. I realized that I needed some new photo references, so off I went to the beach.

DAFFODILS



I grabbed my camera last week on a beautiful, but windy, day. I wanted to see if the daffodils along the fence at the golf course were in bloom yet. Although not all of them had bloomed yet, many had and were at their peak of beauty. I took many, many photos of them. Here are a couple of them.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

ANDY


Here is a photo of my dog when he was just a puppy. Andy is a mini long-haired dachshund who has brought us 8 years of amusement. He is the perfect family dog. Isn't he cute?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

BROKEN DUNE FENCE


This dune fence has seen better days. There is still something beautifully peaceful about the fences, even when they are in a deteriorating state. It has probably been repaired by now. I took this photo last summer.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

NORTH RIVER


Bob and I went for a very nice walk at the Norris Reservation in Norwell. This is a view of the North River taken through the window of some kind of empty house, perhaps a boat house.

TULIP TREE


Can you believe the perfect shape of this tree, which can be seen from Powder Point Avenue. It stands alone and, although beautiful in the spring and summer, it is most noticeable when all the leaves have fallen, revealing its shape. It think it's a tulip tree.