Friday, September 19, 2014

Back to Life Drawing..


Life drawing has started back up.  It was great to see my artists friends again and also to have a new model.  We start off doing a series of 5 minute drawings, then two 15 minute or three 10 minute poses.  After a short break and deliberations about what sort of pose would be good, the model holds a pose for 2 hours (with some breaks).  Often they are reclining poses which aren't my favorite.  This pose was great:  the hands and the tilt of the head enticed me to do more of a portrait.

oil on canvas   copyright 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GIRLFRIENDS

"Girlfriends" by Stephanie Berry
This might be 3 sisters for all I know but related or not I'm sure they were also friends.  Trio portraits seem to be a favorite.

24x20" oil on linen      copyright 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

CHIMNEY POND

"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

Friday, August 15, 2014

RASPBERRY PATCH

"Raspberry Patch" by Stephanie Berry
The raspberry patch at our house didn't do so well this year.  Maybe because it is swallowed up in weeds:  jewel weed, Queen Anne's Lace, quack grass and the vine with the little purple flowers and red berries not to mention a big spread of unruly Bee Balm.  I think we need to pull the whole mess up and start over.

16x12"  oil on linen        copyright 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014

THE FAMILY

"The Family" by Stephanie Berry
Once again, another painting from an archive of our friend's family photos.  The cool thing about this photo is it was taken in front of a big house that used to be next door to us.  It burned down, sad to say, as I've seen other photos of the house and it was lovely.

20x24 oil on linen     copyright 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

CHURCH WINDOW

"Church Window" by Stephanie Berry
Gardens and paintings have the same dilemma.  At what point do you stop working on a painting?  When do you leave it alone?  With a garden, when do you deadhead a plant that is still blooming but is looking ratty and past-prime?  What still adds interest or starts to detract?  My shasta daisies are going by but from a distance still add a punch of white.  The flax has mostly gone to seed and has lost its freshness.  I kept messing with this painting but being away for a week and now viewing it with fresh eyes makes me want to stop.  Any opinions?

24x12" oil on linen      copyright 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PORTLAND HEADLIGHT

"Portland Headlight" by Stephanie Berry
I hadn't worked on this size canvas for a while and thought the change would be good.  We got to Portland Headlight earlier this month--one of the favorite places to take out-of-state visitors.  What a beautiful spot!  It was a hot day but there was the nice ocean breeze there.

24x12" oil on linen     copyright 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

TRIXY ON THE FARM POND

"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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

THE BOWIE FARM sold

"The Bowie Farm" by Stephanie Berry
Location, location, location!  Most of the recent farm series I've painted were done from old family photos that were largely taken in this barnyard.  This aerial view was from around 1960 when a trio of old elm trees still stood in the yard.

24x30" oil on linen   copyright 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

When It All Comes Together!




Taking a break outside Kimball Street Studios during the LA Art Walk
My solo exhibit "A Look Back" is now up and can be viewed at Kimball St. Studios in Lewiston.  I was surprised to see how much better everything looked when it was expertly hung in a beautiful space with good lighting.  If I've counted right 63 paintings got hung.  The folks from the art walk Friday night seemed to enjoy my exhibit and many commented on renewed memories after seeing a certain painting or two.  The show will be up until late July.


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.




More Art.....


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A LOOK BACK


Friday night is looking like a perfect night to enjoy the Lewiston Auburn Art Walk.  I'll have an exhibit in Kimball St. Studio.  I'm calling it "A Look Back" as the 16 recent paintings I've done are a series of looking back through one family's photos plus a few from my own family's photos.  All totaled I should have 40 to 50 paintings exhibited.  It will be fun to see the series hanging together in one place.

Monday, June 23, 2014

ENCORE sold

"Encore" by Stephanie Berry
I don't find dandelions to be the hardest weeds to get rid of in the garden.  The seed heads are pretty but I do try to eliminate them before they get to this stage.

16x12" oil on linen      copyright 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HARVESTING THE OATS sold

"Harvesting the Oats" by Stephanie Berry
This painting took a lot of work and I'm still not fully satisfied with it.  In person the field does not look so greeny-gold but I can't seem to adjust it.  I'll try getting a different photo of it later.  This was many years ago but not so far back.  I can't imagine the amount of work harvesting oats in this fashion must have been and with a team of horses no less!  It was a family project with all the family guys pitching in.

24x30" oil on linen     copyright 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SIX BUTTONS

"Six Buttons" by Stephanie Berry
When I started this painting the canvas felt SO small.  It got approached in an unconventional way for me but I'm pretty happy with the results.  Again, this is one in the series I'm doing from a friend's old family photos.  He doesn't know who this is or the date but I love the saddle shoes with crew socks and the jacket with the big buttons.  It looks too cold for bare legs but I'm sure this was a hardy lady.

16x12" oil on linen      copyright 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

DANDELIONS

"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

Friday, May 30, 2014

PHILIP and FRIENDS

"Philip and Friends" by Stephanie Berry
This painting got started and finished before two others that have been challenging me for a  l   o   n  g  time. One I may give up on but the other is almost there.  This is shot of Philip as a young man with the family dog and kitten.  There was a lot going on in the background that I left out as I felt it didn't add to the "story."  This is one in a series of a local family who farmed the land for decades.  More to come...

Tonight is the opening at River Arts for their "Down on the Farm" exhibit.  I have "The Cows Come Home" in this show.  Stop in if you're driving along Route 1 in Damariscotta!

PS I edited the title of this as the young man was not Frank as I supposed.  He's maybe Philip.??

20x24" oil on linen     copyright 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

PAINTING FROM LIFE

"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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CAT IN THE HAT

"Cat in the Hat" by Stephanie Berry
I battled with this painting.  I had a "finished" painting with all the details and it was so boring.  So it got a loose attack of "unrelated" color.  It may get altered a bit more but to me it now has more the feel of a sunny summer day of a time gone by; a woman holding a well-loved cat not only on her lap but in her hat.  It was real once but is a fading memory now.

24x20" oil on linen      copyright 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

THE BOYS

"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

Sunday, March 30, 2014

SWEET ONIONS

"Sweet Onions" by Stephanie Berry
Onions have been a running theme lately.  Maybe because our kitchen is NEVER without them.  I always feel I can identify with the complaints of the Israelites wandering in the desert having to eat food without onions, leeks or garlic (Numbers 11:5).  That would get to me too.  I'm looking forward to fresh chives, one of the first plants to appear in the spring in our frozen, snowy state.

11x14" oil and cold wax medium on linen      copyright 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

THE CANAL

"The Canal" by Stephanie Berry
In nearby Lewiston is a long canal that often gets drained to a low level.  This is a view of that looking towards one of the old mills.

12x24" oil and cold wax on linen      copyright 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

FLIP SIDE OF SHELL and PINK SHELL

"Flip Side of Shell" by Stephanie Berry

"Pink Shell" by Stephanie Berry
Here's more of the scallop shells done with some cold wax medium.

both 6x6" oil and cold wax on linen     copyright 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

THE COWS COME HOME

"The Cows Come Home" by Stephanie Berry
I'm informed the cows don't always care to come home voluntarily.  When our kids were young we bought milk from this farm.  It came in gallon glass bottles and the cream rose to the top.  Something our kids will probably tell their kids..."back in the day...."

24x30" oil and cold wax on linen     copyright 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

PINEAPPLE

"Pineapple" by Stephanie Berry
14x11" oil and cold wax medium on linen   copyright 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

ALIKE BUT DIFFERENT

"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


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

LITTLE SISTERS

"Little Sisters" by Stephanie Berry
This is a painting of my mother-in-law and her 2 sisters.  I LOVE the photo of them that I used as reference for this painting.  I did the sweaters green and the shed siding red originally but my husband was pretty sure the siding was green so I reversed them which improved things.  Sweet little girls--now lovely ladies!

24x20" oil on linen     copyright 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

More On the Wall




We visited my brother recently.  He bought the 3 shell paintings above before Christmas and it was my first time seeing them on the wall.  They keep with the ocean theme of the "Carlsbad Beach" I did a long time ago which hangs above the beds.  It's satisfying to see one's work hanging in someone else's home especially when they work so well in the room.  While we were there I snapped a photo of the painting below that hung in our home growing up that my brother now has hanging in his kitchen.  It's a terrific painting and I feel it's influenced my love of texture in a painting.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

YELLOW SCALLOP SHELL

"Yellow Scallop Shell" by Stephanie Berry

I'm still painting the scallop "dishes".  This one had a golden color to it.  More to come.

6x6" oil and cold wax on RayMar panel    copyright 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

ALLIUM FAMILY

"Allium Family" by Stephanie Berry
I have a case of cabin fever.  The winter just goes on and on and on......Oh well, the days are getting longer.
11x14" oil and cold wax medium on linen      copyright 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

TRIPLETS

"Triplets" by Stephanie Berry

Between some bigger paintings I did a few still lifes.  This includes cold wax medium.  I'm still working on figuring out it's properties.

11x14" oil and cold wax on linen    copyright 2014