Sunday, September 7, 2008

Welcome to My Blog

"First to go", watercolor sketch in Moleskine W/C sketchbook

We are already beginning to show signs of color in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The first plant to turn are the forest ferns, which look like a blaze of fire on the forest floor. This was painted this morning using my little Cotman watercolor field kit and Niji waterbrushes. This little path leads into the forest behind our home and circles the lake.

For an introduction, I have always enjoyed reading blogs of other artists, but have been a bit shy about posting my own. I thought this would be a great way to show my friends and readers what I have been doing.

I enjoy painting plein aire and am currently in love with painting in my little moleskine watercolor sketchbook. I also paint in oils and pastels. Sometimes I even bring my acrylics out in the daylight...but I usually work in acrylics in my studio. I try to do some art each day, even if it is just a sketch from my window.

Before living in the country, I was a total city person. Loved going to coffee shops and museums. Ok...I still love those things, but there was the lure of being able to see things that I could never see in the city...deer grooming their fawns, bears with their cubs, even little things like the habits of chipmunks as they procure our sunflower seeds for the winter.

I hope you enjoy reading of my adventures in art and nature.


22 comments:

Karen Winters said...

Congratulations on your new blog and plein air adventures. I hope it's a very rewarding journey for you!

Karen
http://www.karensblog.com

Anita Davies said...

Welcome to the wonderful land of blogging!
Great start. What a beautiful place you live in and you've captured it so well.
Thanks for the link to my blog

Gammie said...

Beautiful start to your blog and such a lovely forest.

Jeanne
http://gammiebrat.blogspot.com/

Luba said...

Your painting is beautiful! I look foward to seeing more of your art.

Windsong said...

Love your new blog, Nancy! Your painting, too!

Barbara Weeks said...

Welcome! You are certainly off to a beautiful start!

Jenny said...

Welcome to blogging! I love your first image, and I appreciate your minimalist approach to plein air. Many use the same "equipment" with wonderful results.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Sandy said...

Wonderful first post and you are off to a great start!

freebird said...

It's great you are trying out a blog of your own. Love your painting of the ferns in the woods.

Brenda Y said...

Terrific blog! A beautiful painting and terrific narrative of your very own backyard (I'm green with envy!)

Monette Satterfield said...

Lovely blog! You've done a wonderful job setting it up; I hope the process is rewardng for you.

Your woods sketch is very pretty. We really don't have fall color here so I'm always envious this time of year of those who do.

katequicksilvr said...

Welcome aboard, Nancy, you'll have fun! Looks good...

Deb said...

Beautiful sketch! Looking forward to more.

kazumiwannabe said...

Nice painting, of a beautiful place!

Nina Johansson said...

Great new post, I´m looking forward to seeing more! You´ll enjoy blogging, I can assure you!

Ann said...

Lovely painting and great start to your blog!I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Deborah said...

Great to see some fall colors. I'm in So Califonia so not much color change here. Congrats on your blog, it looks great. Can't wait to see more of your work.

Donn said...

Very good start on your new blog. Lovely painting. Yes, the country has its beauty but can be a bit away from necessities. Hope to see more here.

Nancy said...

Thank you all so much for your comments! I really appreciate your support...you guys are what motivated me to get my b*^% in gear!

Thank you again!

John said...

Beauty is the sister of peace. Thank you for adding yours to the blogging world.

Sherry said...

Thank you for stopping by my late b(l)oomer blog! It's fun to find fellow Wisconsinites online. Also, I hope you enjoy your blogging experience. I've met all sorts of nice people this way.

Sherry

PastelGuy said...

Great layout to a great blog! I wish you the best of success. Fall is certainly one of my favorite times to get out and paint the country side! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Matt
http://matthewweld.blogspot.com
www.matthewweld.com