Thursday, October 17, 2013

Trying to get back to a more normal life. Linda Young, watercolor artist

The summer months flew by with several workshops, a vacation with my husband and two dogs plus the weeks I spent plein air painting.  I'm not complaining, but I'm glad it's all behind me now so I can work on completing the paintings begun in that time period. I just seemed to be spinning my paint brush and not getting much accomplished. Lord knows, the housework ceased during that time and the dust bunnies just kept growing around my house!

These are some paintings I had done and the time frame for them.

Early September in Cape Cod:  Eight paintings started, six will be framed.
On a day when the rains threatened and high winds prevailed, Claire B Carnell, Bill Andrews and I could find no shadows anywhere and found ourselves on a shoreline by a windmill.  Climbing the stairs down to the shore to get out of the wind and get a better view, we didn't seem to find anything to paint except a dead blue crab!  So,  the three of us gathered around the deceased blue crab and decided to paint it because it's colors had not diminished from it's shell. I'm not going to say which one of us arranged it's claws as if it were alive!
Here's the blue crab brought to life on watercolor paper:

Mid September at Harvest of the Arts:  Carlisle
Having had to work in the morning this day, I arrived at the event at 3:00 pm.  I only had two hours to paint before the festivity was over so I set up next to the former home of the "Farmer's Trust Bank" in the alley across from the old courthouse.  As I painted, I enjoyed listening to the US Army Rock Band play great licks of old hits and new.
Here's the Old Courthouse view from the alley painted with mixed media:
First week in October:  Three days at Longwood Gardens
In a plein air workshop with new plein air artists as well as seasoned ones, I didn't get much accomplished the first day.  The stink bugs were crawling all over everyone and everything.
Here's what I did before the bugs got the best of me and I quit:
Longwood near the fountain:

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Gallery sitting at Gallery 2318 for the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters.
Here's a view of what I think is "the pump house" for the swimming pool behind the gallery in the courtyard.

October 15  And finally, a painting that is comprised from a photo of a barn from the paint out at the town of Lisburn,   I've added a farm scene with rolling hills and even a dog in it's house.  This is one painting that to me was like a collage of "things" you'd see on a farm; my brush kept inventing each time I dipped into the paint!

THE END....for now!

Linda Young Watercolors,
P O Box 914
Carlisle, Pa.  17013


Cecelia Lyden said...

Blue crab story is humorous--I can picture the 3 of you huddled around that dead creature, bringing it back to life in your works.

Sue Marrazzo said...

What a light and upbeat post, Linda : )

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

It may have seemed like a whirlwind, but what a treasure trove of paintings you have created, Linda!

Linda Young said...

Cecelia, you'd have laughed to see us surrounding that crab. Thank you Sue for your lovely comment. Claire, you made the adventure in the Cape a more enjoyable one to say the least! Thank you all.

Mary Beth Brath said...

Lovely post Linda. So fun to follow your journey this way.