Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time to Paint the Leaves--Again
Each year at this time I find myself painting leaves and wondering why I am so drawn to this subject. What is it that compels me to capture them on canvas or on paper. Even as I look around my house and notice that leaves seem to be integrated into my decor, I still question why I want to paint them every year. Well obviously I really like leaves.
But is there another reason why I year after year I paint the leaves? Aside from their interesting shapes and glorious fall colors is there another reason why?
"Falling Leaves" watercolor
"Fall Fantasy" hand-painted silk
"Up with the Birds" watercolor
The Last Transition
And then there is always the last transition--from life to death. For me leaves represent that transition as they turn colors, then fall to the ground and slowly decay leaving a delicate network of lines to hold together the last little bits of leaf.
Painting the leaves is just another way to remind myself of how fragile this life is, and sometimes how short it can be. Painting the leaves is a reminder that nothing lasts forever. We are here for a while and then fade away and become part of the earth.
But even in that transition there is a beauty. Just like the leaves, a delicate network of lines holds us together until the final release.
But until that time I'll just keep painting the leaves!
"Fall Leaves" food coloring (yup!) and metallic paint
Monday, September 10, 2018
FROM WINDY HILL STUDIO NORTH
One month from now I'll be back in Lewes, Delaware till next summer. It's been great spending the summer at camp here in the North Country.
In preparation for moving I need to start pulling my artwork out of the galleries here so---You will not find my work at River Muse in Clayton until next Spring/Summer. A big thank you to all who stopped by the gallery and bought art from this talented group of local artists and artisans.
My artwork will still be available at Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay till the first week in October. Original paintings, prints, cards and the latest Fall Scarves (leaf patterns) will be in the shop till just before I leave for Lewes. Bay House is another fabulous collection of local artists and artisans. We sure do have a lot of talent in the North Country!
And as always you can find my artwork on my website
Joan Applebaum's Windy Hill Studio
Look for me on FB and on Instagram at joan.applebaum
Joan Applebaum's Windy Hill Studio
Look for me on FB and on Instagram at joan.applebaum
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Look for Windy Hill Studio at the 36th Annual Thousand Islands Arts and Crafts Show and Sale this weekend August 25 and 26 at the Cerow Recreation Park in Clayton.
Original paintings in acrylic and watercolor, prints, cards, hand-painted silk scarves and more!
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, August 4, 2018
But I felt like it needed something else. Like maybe a clear focal point. The weeds seemed to be the focal point, but I felt that the sky provided a space to hold another shape or two-- or more (remember, I'm working with silhouettes). So I added the outline of five birds in flight. And then a sun or moon shape coming up (or down) over the horizon. One more layer of vegetation in the foreground created more of a sense of depth to the final piece.
The title "Up With the Birds" now leaves no doubt as to the time of day and identity of the round shape on the horizon.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018
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 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.|
Monday, May 28, 2018
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!
Sunday, May 13, 2018
|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.
|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
Another Summer on The River
|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|
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!