Christmas at the Beach: Christmas 2023
Hard Day's Night(Christmas 2022)
Lewes Style Christmas Klompen
Because of an unexpected set of circumstances my husband and I found ourselves transplanted to Delaware. We are now living in the first town of the first state. And for our “first” Christmas here we decided to take in all the charm that Lewes has to offer by going to the Christmas tour of homes and Christmas parade. While wandering the streets of downtown Lewes we came across this window in a home on Shipcarpenter Square. What fascinated me about this picture was the variety of wooden textures. The contrast of the shingles, shutters, and wooden shoes provided a perfect exercise in the elements of wood. That combined with the fact that I too am of Dutch heritage led me to paint this particular window.
Home For The Holidays
Our Historical Society is located in downtown Lewes. One year as part of the tour of homes this particular house was dressed for the holidays, cake in the window included. The setting reminded me of the warmth of the holidays and the blessings that family and home brings.
At a recent work shop that I took with Alexis Lavine she challenged us to make a Vignette.
I had taken several photos at the Lewes Christmas tour of homes and was able to combine the best of these images to make my 2019 Christmas Card with some sage advice from Alexis.
James was born into our family in 2018
and I had the honor of babysitting him
for 3 weeks. Give an artist too much time
and they might just turn out a painting!
Cardinals can be quite shy and elusive. I was able to
get this photograph of a bird in Cape Henlopen State
Park but it needed some artistic enhancement.
Part of the problem that I have with painting is my obsession with detail. This in turn can sometimes make a single painting take many months to do. In an effort to have a bit of fun, It was more whimsical than many that I typically do and was a much needed relief from months of concentration.
Being self taught I never had the luxury of being educated to paint. I always had to work at being a nurse. So since my retirement I have decided to treat myself to one workshop a year. This year I took a workshop with Tom Lynch. His style is so different than mine and so is his palette. I decided to use the colors that he introduced me to do this painting.
For Christmas this year I wanted to paint our Christmas card. During a meeting of the Delaware Watercolor Society we’d been given a demonstration of a “salt” technique with watercolor paint. I decided to try this for the background of this painting and felt that it gave it a nice texture which helped make the image of the bird “pop”.