Watercolor Wednesday

Pheasant, Watercolor on Yupo paper

Pheasant, Watercolor on Yupo paper

This is a project I started years ago and finally picked up again. As I mention often, I am trying to loosen up with my painting and Yupo paper is the perfect thing to do that with. Since it’s technically not paper, but rather a sheet of plastic, it’s impossible to get the paint to stay where you want it. Or to even stick at times. It definitely requires a lot patience for it to dry between sessions but oh so worth it. I love the results and hope to play around more with it.

100 Day Project – Hand Lettering – Week 2

Here’s a roundup on week 2 of my 100 day challenge. You can follow my journey on Twitter or Instagram @sculptedpaper, or check my weekly roundup here.

 

Watercolor Wednesday

IMG_4300I recently spent three weeks in Seattle dog-sitting for my son. I wisely brought my watercolors with me. One of the highlights of my occasional trips to Seattle is a visit to Pike Place Market. It’ such a feast for the eyes (but hard on the nose.) This time I was able to wander at will, without certain male family members whining about the shops I wanted to visit. I also treated myself to an inexpensive bouquet of flowers.

Pike Place FlowersHere it is. Ten bucks! It made an inspiring subject, except it took me a few days to get to it, and it wilted some. No worries. I did my sketch in brown colored pencil which helped cut back on pencil smear. And because it’s brown it melds into the background so a win/win as far as I’m concerned.

100 Day Project – Hand Lettering – Week 4

Here’s my week 4 roundup. I joined a couple lettering challenges for August in which the illustrator in me couldn’t resist illustrating as well as lettering. I’m not sure what I was thinking signing up for two! You can follow my journey on Twitter or Instagram @sculptedpaper, or check my weekly roundup here.

100 Day Project – Hand Lettering – Week 3

I’m a little late with my week 3 contributions to my 100 day challenge of hand lettering but here they are. You can follow my journey on Twitter or Instagram @sculptedpaper, or check my weekly roundup here.

Watercolor Wednesday

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

This is a photo of Mt. Rainier I took last November while visiting my oldest son in Seattle. Having driven up Mt. Washington before, it took a little convincing from my sister-in-law before I would attempt such foolishness again. The roads up Mt. Washington are steep and narrow with no guard rails. When you reach the summit, you’re faced with a placard of how many deaths have occurred on the mountain, many by cars going off the road. So yeah, not a fan of the idea. But the roads up Mt. Rainier were less stressful, and we had a wonderful day.

Mt. Rainier Watercolor

Mt. Rainier Watercolor

Here’s what I did in watercolor class with this image. Still working on trying to keep things fresh and not overdone.

Watercolor Wednesday

Maine Lighthouse

Maine Lighthouse

My youngest son is an up-and-coming photographer and will be attending photography school in the fall. You can see more of his work here.

In his quest to fill his portfolio, we’ve been going on day trips to beautiful locations across New England. One day found us scouring the Maine coastline for lighthouses. I can’t remember the name for this one but I’m sure my Maine friends will enlighten me. This is my photo, not his, and it seemed like a natural for watercolor class.

Maine Lighthouse Watercolor

Maine Lighthouse Watercolor

Here are my results. Again I struggled with being a control freak. It took all my powers of self-persuasion to not go back in and overwork the sky and water. Those were done in one shot. Not so with the rest, but I at least think I captured a good sense of light.

 

Exhibit – Cats in Hats

Go Cat, Go!

Go Cat, Go!

I am extremely honored to be included in an upcoming Cats in Hats Exhibition to be hosted by the Springfield Museums at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts (Springfield, MA) from October 4, 2016-April 30, 2017, timed to coincide with the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

Can I tell you how much this exhibit means to me?

I don’t recall my mother reading to me as a child. It’s not that she couldn’t read, she just didn’t like to. She didn’t enjoy it. But she did the next best thing. In kindergarten she signed me up for the Dr. Seuss Book Club. Every month I looked forward to those two books that arrived in the mail . This was my introduction to literature; it ignited my passion for reading and art. In fact, I don’t recall reading any other books as a child, except my Dr. Seuss Book Club books.

The Great Catsby

The Great Catsby

Here’s a sneak peak at the two piece I’ll be exhibiting. You’ll have to go to the museum to see the whole image!

Opening Reception for artists, their guests, and museum members will be on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 5-7. Museum will provide refreshments.

The museum will also be holding a Dr. Seuss Birthday event on March 4, 2017. Check the museum website for more details later.

Cats in Hats Exhibit

October 4, 2016–April 30, 2017
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Sunday: 11–5
Monday–Saturday: 10–5

100 Day Project – Hand Lettering – Week 1

Like many of my artist and illustrator friends, I’ve taken up the 100 Day Project. I was particularly inspired by Shirley Ng-Benitez’s sweet sketches and Sarah Lynne Reul’s funny sketches on photographs.

I would love to be better at hand lettering so that’s what I chose. You can follow my journey on Twitter or Instagram @sculptedpaper, or I’ll post a weekly roundup here.

Do you have a 100 Day Project you’re working on? If so, post it in the comments.

Following in Hannah Duston’s Footsteps: Reexamining the Evidence

Historical New Hampshire, Vol. 69, No 1, Summer 2015

Historical New Hampshire, Vol. 69, No 1, Summer 2015

I am happy to announce that my non-fiction article, “Following in Hannah Duston’s Footsteps: Reexamining the Evidence” will appear in Historical New Hampshire’s Summer 2015 issue. Included are many of my ‘finds’ that that I’ve researched over the past ten years (for my middle grade novel Look One Way, Paddle Another), new information that put the events in context and questions old beliefs. I look at the evidence for the timeline and disprove dates long held dear, reimagine her trip north and the location of the massacre, and dispute the claim that the bounty had expired!  If you’re interested in Hannah Duston or just a New England History groupie, I hope you’ll take a look.

Hannah Duston was kidnapped from Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1697 by Indians, her baby killed, and she was marched north through New Hampshire for 150 miles before she (and two other captives) killed ten of her captors (two men, two women and six children). She and her compatriots, returned home with scalps in hand and allegedly collected a ‘bounty’. (Honest. I can’t make this stuff up.) To find out which parts of the legend are true, you’ll have to read my article.