Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Best of Show!!!

OMG! me?

'Eastern Horizon' took home the big prize at the Vermont Pastel Society Juried Show today at Arabella Gallery in Windsor, VT.  There are plenty of very good pastel paintings in this show, but it was my lucky day. Sean Dye, judge of awards, liked mine best. Thank you. Thank you.



This show will be open through October 5...11-6...closed Mondays. All paintings are for sale.




Thursday, September 04, 2014

Two Exhibits Opening

Two of my pastel paintings have been juried in to each show:

Eastern Horizon and North End Market are hanging in the Vermont Pastel Society annual juried show at Arabella Gallery in Windsor VT.



Exhuberant Garden (above) and Vermont Garden Triptych (below) are in Manchester,VT. at Southern Vermont Art Center National Open 2014.




Details are in sidebar under Exhibits and Events...or contact me.

Hope you can catch one of them. I will attend both openings and would love to see someone there I know.

Please look at Rodrica Tilley Gallery of available Paintings

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tent Living


My daughter and son-in-law are building a cute small house this summer in Central Vermont. This is where they live until the house is closed in. It is a pretty comfy abode actually. I'm visiting this day and was not too useful at the building site. So I did a watercolor sketch of the tent in the landscape.



Please look at Rodrica Tilley Gallery of available Paintings when you have time.
You can see the building project progress here

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bennington Museum

The promise of seeing some Alice Neel paintings got my husband and me to Bennington for the afternoon. We had never been to the Bennington Museum at 75 Main Street. There were wonderful surprises waiting for us.


Alice Neel/Erastus Salisbury Field:  Painting the People 
is a very special exhibit which you can see until November 2, 2014. I did not know how interesting the comparison of two American artists painting people 100 years apart would be. The similarities and differences in style - of brushwork, attitude and fashion - made for a fascinating exhibition. I think I'll go again...I do love Alice Neel paintings and there were some gems there. 

The other surprises? Many, many Grandma Moses canvasses; I find these charming, intriguing and quaint in small doses. And who doesn't like Bennington potters?


But I LOVE Rockwell Kent and there were three of them on display from their permanent collection. Unfortunately, his paintings, seem to suffer in photographs. The way to appreciate Kent's paintings seems to be in person. Luckily they keep turning up in my New England museum travels and are always a happy occasion.

And lastly, George Aiken Wildflower Trail...a work in progress...outside on the pine knoll on the museum grounds. This is exactly what we are trying to do on our own wooded acreage; remove invasives and restore native plants, adding some seating to appreciate the beauty.

Hope you get to go to the Bennington Museum this summer or fall. They make it easy...open daily.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The North Wing Opens

Adjoining space has been added to my studio - almost doubling the area! Now I can store my paintings and actually display some. This is very exciting news for me and I look forward to an Open Studio Event in the future...in the meantime you are cordially invited to visit.(by appointment 'cause I'm not here all the time..but close-by, usually) Loads of free parking ;-) and new paintings.




 















The front door of the (3 acres under roof) building at 22 Browne Court that houses my studio and many other diverse businesses. Oh, there's my assistant (husband) now, moving yet another painting.









Please look at Rodrica Tilley Gallery of available Paintings

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A New Hampshire Barn...and...


One of the few plein air paintings I've done since my Mojave trip in the spring. One of my fellow life drawing classmates invited artists to his wonderful historic property; full of gardens, architecture and a view of Mt. Monadnock. Hope he asks us back again because all I got done was one corner of his barn...Ken's Barn 12 x 12 pastel...available for purchase.

Speaking of which...the other new thing is a blog of all my paintings for sale currently. Some have been in storage too long. Some have been greatly reduced. Some not much. This will change as new ones are posted.

So, besides, drive paintings here and there, weed the garden and buy more plants that's about my summer so far. There has been much contemplation in the garden, too. What about you?

"The feeling of being present is most alive in this painting.  I can feel the scene and almost smell it."

 One of the eloquent readers of this blog sent that comment to my email regarding this painting. Thank you, thank you. I love hearing from you all.
       


Thursday, July 03, 2014

Three Lady Emma Hamilton Roses

An 8 x 10 inch painting of three of my roses...blooming now. This pastel painting and several others are taking a road trip down to Butternut Gallery in Montrose, PA. They are big, medium and small garden paintings...all reasonably priced. Hope you will stop in to see them during summer /fall. Call for hours: 570-278-4711.

I like roses with scent. Do you? Why bother with unscented ones? Yes, yes, they may stand up to the rain ...not turn all brown like some of my old-fashioned Albas. And, yes, they may bloom all summer. Who cares if they don't have a sweet perfume? Many of the best things in life are fleeting...home-made cupcakes, good-behaviour from dogs and heirloom roses.When the roses are taking a break and some of their foliage is shabby, look elsewhere (breaking waves, lilies, a good novel).

BTW, Lady Emma Hamilton is one of the hardier David Austin roses. It is not floppy, it re-blooms, it has dark foliage and few thorns and a color that belongs here in the Green Mtns. What's not to love?  I would describe the fragrance as "tea". David Austin says, "the flowers have a strong, delicious, fruity fragrance with hints of pear, grape and citrus fruits" . 

Always interested in your news.

You are probably wondering who was Lady Emma Hamilton.