Saturday, June 23, 2018

All Systems are Go! NOT!!!


Greetings from Windy Hill Studio North!

Well it is getting closer to the end of June. We've been here at camp since June 4 and we're still working on getting our systems up and running. Internet is spotty to non-existent. We seem to be in a low spot here--not to mention that we are in the middle of nowhere surrounded by huge trees! I'm using my phone as a hot spot but it really doesn't seem to pull in much wifi!

It's an interesting transition when the place to "get away from it all" becomes a work space as well as a retreat. When the systems we are used to for communication break down we are a bit lost. I rely on the internet for promoting my artwork and communicating with friends and family who are far away. To be honest I haven't completely lost the internet, but it just seems that I have stepped back in time to a place where communication moves much slower. And everything takes two or three extra steps.

Well, we hope to have our internet issues resolved by early July--maybe. Fingers crossed!
Until then I'll leave you with some Moons in June. (I just wanted something to rhyme.)

Goodnight from the lake!






Sunday, June 3, 2018

And We're on the Road Again...............



And it's back to camp-----

Well we had no sooner settled ourselves in Lewes Delaware, unpacked most of the boxes, arranged furniture, hung paintings and put the studio together--and it was time to hit the road again. We're heading north tomorrow to spend the summer at camp. The lake and surrounding areas like the Thousand Islands provide an unending source of inspiration for an artist, so as you can well imagine I am looking forward to getting back to Grass Lake. BUT my studio space is considerably smaller. It's actually half of a bedroom. I'm definitely squeezed for space in Windy Hill Studio North, but at least I can take a nap in the studio! I do have a good work table, small drafting table, easel, storage, a place to sit and read a book and a brand new sound system which I can't wait to try.

Acrylic paints are stored in the handy over-the-door storage bag.
The bag used to belong to my sons and was at one time stuffed with a bunch of Boy Scout stuff.


Under counter storage comes in handy for keeping clutter out of the way.


Yes, I still have a quiet spot for reading.

I'm going to miss my big studio, but the scenery at camp is worth the inconvenience of the smaller space. The lake has provided me with inspirations for many paintings over the years.

I'm hoping for another great summer on the lake!




Monday, May 28, 2018

Back in business at Windy Hill Studio!


I'm back in business at Windy Hill Studio! 


After several weeks of packing, relocating to Lewes Delaware, unpacking, setting up a new home and new studio I am finally back to work in the studio and boy does it feel good! I have work space, storage space and my computer too. 



My new studio feels a little bit like the old one--the cabinets came from the studio in East Syracuse. But the space is very different. I have much more natural lighting thanks to two large windows at one end of the studio. And I have two countertops, instead of one to work on. Both were made from doors  approx 7 feet tall by 30 inches wide, polyurethaned with several coats to create a nice smooth work surface, which cleans very easily.




My husband built a storage system underneath the countertop at the far end of the room. He also added overhead lighting since that end of the room is the farthest away from the windows. 

I have some overhead cabinets which house assorted art supplies and one monster cabinet way at the end of the room (next to the door to Narnia--okay--it's the attic--more storage!!!). Also room for my bookcase, CD's (yes I still have CD's). There are still a few containers full of "Stuff' which needs to find a home in the cabinets.



  


My computer Big Mac is located near the windows and as you can see I have my painting of the Green Beer Parade on Tipp Hill displayed as a reminder of home. There's even a spot for cat-napping down by the windows. Tony and Amy keep my company while they catch a few zzz's. 

Ok, that's all for now. I'll keep you posted on progress in the new studio! 



Heading North

I'm just here for another week and then I head up to camp to get Windy Hill Studio North in shape. A

considerably smaller space, but I still get a lot done. Of course the inspiration is endless!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Windy Hill Studio on the Move!

Low Tide, Henlopen State Park

Just a short post today to let you know that

Windy Hill Studio has moved!

That's right. WINDY HILL STUDIO has moved to Lewes, Delaware, just minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast.

My studio is nearly complete--I'm just waiting for the movers to bring in my storage cabinets tomorrow. The new space has lots of natural light, so I'm really loving it! And my furry studio assistants are loving to too!




Although my primary residence will be in Delaware, you can still find my artwork up in the Thousand Islands Region because I will still be spending summers at camp in the North Country. So look for my paintings, at Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay and River Muse in Clayton.

Floating Dream
Summer Afternoon in the Narrows


I feel so lucky to live in two extraordinary places, so full of natural beauty, so inspirational to paint!



Monday, April 23, 2018

Gearing Up for the Season

"Dawning"


Another Summer on The River


I've been gearing up for another summer on The St. Lawrence River. When I say summer I use the term loosely. The season on the River runs from May till about mid-October-- Columbus Day on one side of the River, Thanksgiving on the other side.


In my last post I blogged about RiverMuse, the new gallery opening in Clayton. This post is devoted to Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay. Over the last few years Bay House has established itself as a unique gift shop/gallery located right in the heart of Alexandria Bay. At Bay House you can find one-of-a-kind items, works of art, fine crafts including pottery, stunning hand-made jewelry and some delectable treats like chocolates.

Sunken Rock Lighthouse


Paintings, Prints, Cards and Scarves

At Bay House, I will have an assortment of small paintings, prints, cards and hand-painted silk scarves. The images will be primarily nature inspired with an emphasis on The St. Lawrence River and the Indian River Lakes scenery.

Detail of "Poppy!" scarf


We've Moved!

Yes, we've moved, but just a few doors down. So this year you will still find us in the heart of Alexandria Bay, but in a different building. I hope you will stop in to see Bay House Artisans in our new location, and perhaps come home with a lovely gift for someone special--could be you!





Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A New Venue!

"Early Morning Visitor"

New Venue

I'm very pleased to announce that I will be participating in a new venue in Clayton this summer. River Muse, Art Gallery & Studio will open its doors on May 5 for a soft opening. The gallery located at 229 John St. will feature artists and craftspeople from the Thousand Islands and surrounding areas. 

On Memorial Day Weekend River Muse will hold its Grand Opening. Artists from Northern NY and Southern Ontario will be featuring their work, and musical performances, raffles and family fun activities are all planned. You can find more details by clicking on the link below.

I'll be showing some of my newer pieces, mostly watercolor at the beginning and as the season goes on I'l have some acrylic paintings and a few of my paintings on silk. Subject matter will be nature inspired,--lots of Thousand Islands scenes like the ones shown here.

I hope you'll stop in when you are up on The River.

And where else am I showing?

For those of you who are used to seeing my paintings, prints, silk scarves and cards at Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay--I'll be there too. Each venue will have different pieces so if you don't see what you like at one place then visit the other! And you'll also find my work at the Sackets Harbor Arts Center.


"Through the Trees' view from Singer Castle

"Rainy Day, Blind Bay"