recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer (sold)

Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year - it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul.  
Author Unknown

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never to the, in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee.
Emily Dickinson

In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.  
Aldo Leopold

No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.
James Russell Lowell

Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.  A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world.  
Ada Louise Huxtable

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language
Henry James, Jr. 

Niagara Escarpment
oil on canvas
36x36in, 2010



  1. Black-eyed Susans! What a cheerful flower to see in the wild and you have captured their raucous grace. Spring reminds us to be thankful.

  2. Your 'July' is beautiful.I love the carefully rendered chaos of the meadow. Happy summer...

  3. Happy summer to you too Jan. Beautiful paintings both are very lovely. Thank you for the poetry too.

  4. Thanks for sharing those thoughts of Summer! Beautiful painting, too :) Yellow (and green) are definitely the favorite colors of summer.

  5. Hi Jan
    Beautiful summer words and images! Thanks for sharing these. I haave been super busy as well, so haven't been visiting blog land much lately. (I have been having lots of fun with my paint brushes though and getting stressed out about finishing a couple of pictures for the upcoming show July 8)
    I really enjoyed your acrylic with the pinks. I find that if I work fast enough, I can achieve an almost oil painting look, but then as it dries, you can add in some dabs of pure color that really "pop". It really worked in this painting and as you say, so much easier for plein air. Loved the little yellow flowers as well.
    Thanks for your comments on my large "Taxi" painting. I have been going back to it and working on it a bit more and yes, I will be taking it to the show...dry or not!!!
    Be sure to let us know when the documentary comes out. I will definitely want to see it. Your house looks great.

  6. This one too is full of life. Love the looseness.