|"Ten Peaches" by Stephanie Berry|
30x20" oil on linen copyright 2014
|"Ten Peaches" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Chimney Pond" by Stephanie Berry|
Many years ago we used to hike a lot. If you live in Maine and hike you have to climb Mt. Katahdin at least once. We did the Chimney Pond Trail that starts from the Roaring Brook Campground. By the time you reach this pond you are at 2,914 feet elevation. And you still have the toughest part of the hike ahead of you. This is one of the most rugged spots I've ever been; all rocks and fearful ledges. Maybe some day we'll go back and do the Knife's Edge, which looks like the scariest trail evah!
30x40" oil on linen copyright 2014
|"Raspberry Patch" by Stephanie Berry|
|"The Family" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Church Window" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Portland Headlight" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Trixy on the Farm Pond" by Stephanie Berry|
Here's another in my series of our neighbors' vintage photos. He finally appears in one of the 18 paintings I've done so far. He's the young boy shielding his eyes against the bright sun. His older cousin sits at the front while his siblings balance out the boat. This brings back memories of my own childhood when we too had a small pond and a little boat to float about in. Our boat lacked a name however!
20x30" oil on linen copyright 2013
|"The Bowie Farm" by Stephanie Berry|
|Taking a break outside Kimball Street Studios during the LA Art Walk|
|Kevin hanging the farm series. I was amazed by his talent for doing this and you couldn't meet a nicer guy.|
|One wall space hung!|
|I'm talking with Mary Callahan, co-owner of the gallery.|
|"Encore" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Harvesting the Oats" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Six Buttons" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Dandelions" by Stephanie Berry|
It's that time of year when fields and lawns of yellow turn to a light cloud of dandelion fluff. (not sure why blogger makes these colors so vivid--can't seem to adjust to the true colors which aren't this blue and purple)
14x11 oil on linen copyright 2014
|"Philip and Friends" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Joel" by Stephanie Berry|
I know I've been MIA from my blog for a month or so. Sometimes life just gets in the way of painting. Everything from being away to having visitors, spring yardwork, working extra hours and computer issues have occupied my time. I'm hoping to get back on track. (Did I say that last post?) As all Mainers know summer is fleeting here and any nice day needs to be appreciated to the fullest. So IF we get some nice days I probably won't be inside painting.
I did make it to life drawing a few times this spring. This is my setup for painting there. I clip a canvas panel or sheet of canvas to my drawing board. It makes for easy transport of a wet painting. For our last session of the season Joel was our model. I was okay with this portrait of him. Painting from life is more fun and stays looser than using a reference.
20x16" oil on masonite copyright 2014
|"Cat in the Hat" by Stephanie Berry|
|"The Boys" by Stephanie Berry|
I'm not sure what year this would have been but I love the combo of the knickers and blousy white shirts with the ties. Looks like they're dressed up except for the bare feet.
24x20" oil on linen copyright 2014
|"Sweet Onions" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Flip Side of Shell" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Pink Shell" by Stephanie Berry|
|"The Cows Come Home" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Alike But Different" by Stephanie Berry|
Here's another still life with some cold wax medium used. I find I like this 11x14" canvas size for simple still lifes. Sometimes, as hard as I try, I can't get a very good photo of a painting--this being one.
14x11" oil and cold wax on linen copyright 2014
|"Little Sisters" by Stephanie Berry|
|"Allium Family" by Stephanie Berry|