Friday, May 22, 2009

Today we are launching our new website that can be found at - - which includes the photography of my husband and also my paintings & illustrations. This website will grow quickly since much of our finished work is not there yet. As you will see, Autumn River Designs is a joint venture - two artists, husband and wife - working separately in their own mediums, but also collaborating intimately on most projects. My husband Frank's second love is photography (he says I'm #1) capturing both nature and machinery and I am happiest with a brush in my hand. So whether working on a still life or a Christmas card, I know this is how my life is supposed to be, and I am either painting something new or planning the next one.

Please check out our 'About Us' page on the new site to read more of why we do what we do, and I hope you enjoy this new adventure along with us.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Balancing Act #1

I will be painting a version of this still life arrangement again. After photographing from several different angles, I came up with a couple of views that I just have to do. The colors in the white pitcher were amazing. I picked up green, blue, pink and purple. I want to try this in Pastel to see how it will work. The pitcher came from Manchester, Vermont. We got it (actually we have two) on our honeymoon, at a cooking store who's name escapes me. One now has a chip but I still use them for my half and half in my coffee. An ordinary everyday object, yet also a little reminder of Manchester and North Hero, Vermont & many years of pleasant memories.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Quiet Please

Quiet Please - Here is the full size completed painting of Pewter, after beating on his brothers, sound asleep resting up for another round. This is an 8" x 10" oil painting. Pewter is painted fairly tightly, however I kept the cushions loose, you can see the brush work. Since the subject was the cat I wanted to keep the focus there. By leaving the background loose, without as much detail, the eye is directed towards the more finished object.