Thursday, September 26, 2013

The lighthouse and the artist

Monhegan Lighthouse & Artist working, photo by Harvey Spears

I arrived early one August morning on Lighthouse Hill and I was painting before the fog even began to lift while wishing for a sunny day. The lighthouse was not my subject, instead I was painting the white, red-roofed buildings to my left, and the large rowboat beside them.
Completely in my zone, I was not even aware of people coming and going at the scene. Later in the day I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful photographer who had been capturing images in various spots on the island, including some of me at the easel. 
 I hope you will visit Harvey's website and his wonderful blog.

click to see website (amazing photos)

click to visit blog (Mr. Spears is also a good writer)

Soon I hope to post the painting I was working on, but it needs a little more work!
By the way, the sun eventually came out.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Painting Large

French Countryside, 30 x 24" oil on canvas, ©2013, Fay Terry

Will be available framed at One Eleven Main, Aberdeen, NC

There are certain travel scenes that I have fallen in love with and this is one of those that I can't seem to get enough of. It was painted from a photo I took on a trip three years ago.  I have painted it several times, each one different from the others.

I will be taking new paintings to OEM this week and if you live nearby, I hope you will visit and take a look. I have been hard at work at my easel, mostly working on large paintings. I know that Betsy, Erin, and Julie have also been working to bring lots of fun, beautiful, and unique items into the store. There is always a tempting array of gifts, clothing, art, and home decor.
The colors above, especially the blues and purples, are a tiny bit more subdued than they appear in the photo.  The afternoon light has changed and I may have to find a new spot outdoors to photograph paintings.
Thanks for viewing my art and following my blog!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bald Head Island Light

Old Baldy, 5 x 7 " oil on gessobord panel, ©2013, Fay Terry


This is a painting I did while I was on Bald Head Island. We had wonderful weather and I worked on lots of new paintings. This is one of my favorites because I have been planning to paint "Old Baldy" for quite a while and finally got around to it.  I am very pleased with the way it came out. I used Prussian blue in the sky which I consider to be a warmer blue than Ultramarine which I often use. It was also a good time to see the marsh grasses showing some fall color.

The Bald Head Island Light is the oldest standing lighthouse in North Carolina. It was built in 1817 so it will be having a 200th birthday soon. It is a hundred and ten feet tall and has five foot thick walls. It was built with red brick and then coated with stucco which was originally white. The stucco has been repaired many times giving it a charming patchwork look.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Island Mermaid

Monhegan Mermaid, 8 x 8 " oil on panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

$125 with free shipping

This is one of my favorite sights on Monhegan Island, and we walked past it several times each day.
This painting was so much fun to paint, I had never painted a mermaid until now and I think I will look for others to paint, especially if they are on signs. The seagull above her and the entire sign look as if they were hand carved. It is very old so it would be interesting to know its history.

Thanks for looking at my art! It is always great to hear from you.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cape Cod Flowers

I painted this from a photo I recently took in my cousin Mary's yard. She has the most beautiful flowers. We had such a great time together on the Cape.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Guarding The Dock

Gull In The Sun, 5 x 7 " oil on panel

$90 plus shipping

This is one of the many seagulls I photographed. They never seem to stay in one spot long enough to paint. They were all quite plump but that may just be in preparation for the long cold days ahead.

Thanks for following my painting journey and for all the nice comments you send me!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cool Spot For Painting

Camden Afternoon, 5 x 7 " oil on panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

$100, includes shipping

While I was in Camden, Maine, I walked to the top of Mount Battie one morning to look down at the view of Camden Harbor. It was beautiful but shrouded in a light fog and it was very cold. I decided not to set up my easel and paint.  After lunch, the sun came out and I found this pretty area just south of town on the way to Rockland. The shadows on the sand were particularly nice and the lush foliage made the whole scene soft and summery.

Below is a photo of Camden Harbor (as seen without the fog) from Mount Battie.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Magical Island

Overcast Day, Monhegan Island, 9 x 12, oil on gessobord panel, ©2013, Fay Terry

$200 includes shipping
special pricing 

This painting was painted on one of our last days on Monhegan Island, ten miles off the coast of Maine. 
We had some sparkling sunny days, but on this particular morning there was not a speck of sun until I was almost finished with this painting.
There were at least a dozen artists  painting from the hill looking toward the ocean and we were all working on different views below us. It was an amazing place to paint, very quiet and contemplative, but fun talking "after work" to many other artists. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Look Who's Back!

Raccoon Beach View, 8 x 10 " oil on archival panel, Fay Terry,©2013

*special price, 50% off
makes it $125, if purchased by September 8th
click to purchase

I am happy to be home after my fabulous painting adventures in Maine.  I learned so much and made some wonderful new painting buddies along with visiting friends and family between workshops and travel days.
This is a painting I did on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. 

I am selling this peaceful painting at a special price in my "Home Sweet Home" celebration so act quickly if you love it!