The psychologist Abraham Maslow used to write about "Peak Experiences" (http://www.timlebon.com/PeakExperiences.html
). There is no better way to increase the probability of having a peak experience than by taking a vigorous hike up a mountain on a sunny fall day! I had a chance to hike up Saddleback in Rangeley one morning this week and I can report that in the western mountains of Maine the colors this year are spectacular. It was definitely a peak experience!
Last fall I did some paintings of river rocks. On one of the paintings I laid some real leaves on the painting and then took a photo of the composite. I really liked the result and I have since used the image on my trivets, placemats and coasters.
So today I went back and took a look at some of my other fall paintings. Here's a few examples of a watercolor painting of a bed of leaves ....photographed with one or more "real" leaves laying on top of the painting. Finding the real leaves sort of reminds me of the "Where's Waldo" books! Just click on the images below for a closer view.
If you have a chance to take a "leaf peeking" drive up to the White Mountains this Columbus Day weekend please stop by the Castleberry Fall Craft Fair in Lincoln, NH! Hope to see you there! (http://www.castleberryfairs.com/index.php
As summers go, this has been a good one. I've finally moved into my camp in Rangeley and am starting to feel settled in. My goal was to create a home and a painting studio with plenty of light and some extra storage space that would make the comings and goings to the art & craft shows a little easier. Its starting to come together and it feels good!
The Summer Shows
Its been crazy trying to get the house and studio finished and do summer shows all over New England. Everything is just a lot further away when you start out this far up in Maine! And one of my biggest concerns has been whether I will hit a moose on the drive back to Rangeley!
Common Ground Fair, Unity Maine
The Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine was certainly one of the highlights of the summer shows. There is so much to learn about living a more organic and natural lifestyle and the Common Ground Fair helps to keep you informed and up to date. The show was also a feast for the eyes and the spirit and made me feel right at home. I'm hoping to go back again next summer....and bring more Sunflower Trivets!
I finally got the garden in, sang in the community chorus, had a chance to do a little reading by the lake, do some fishing, play golf, photograph a moose across the street from the camp and spend some good quality time with family and friends.
All in all its been a good summer.
Its time now to take the plants off the wood stove, stoke the fire and get to work! And now that the studio is ready I hope to get back to a growing list of paintings for the winter market in Florida and the spring in Maine. I plan to be working on coconut palms, herons, tropical fish, & loons. Can't wait to get started. Dj
I was recently looking through an old photo album that my father gave me years ago....mostly black & white family photos from the 1950's. Most photos from the 1950's and even the early 1960's were in black and white. But our memories still seem to carry these images in color. So I decided to do a water "color" painting of the old black & white photo of the Seven Cousins. Since our family is Swedish I decided to brighten up the dark background in the style of Carl Larsson, a late 19th and early 20th Century Swedish artist.
I think it might also be fun to take a color photo and bring it "back to the '1950's".... maybe as a black and white water"color" painting!