Tuesday, June 30, 2009

fellow artists ~ Terri Wentzell

As I mentioned before, I am going to post about a few artists that inspire me during my move to NH. And did I mention I come from a talented family? Well, I do. It probably goes back to my grandmother who while not an artist, was a very creative person. I was blessed to have her live in our home my entire childhood. She was always making and doing, cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, nature watching, crafting, you name it...it was going on at our house.

But I digress...today I am featuring my mum, Terri Wentzell. An accomplished watercolorist, she is inspired by the lovely landscapes and seascapes of her native state of Maine. Our family hosts an annual art show in August, set in her beautiful gardens at her home in Rangeley, Maine. Check out Terri's website to see more of her work.

Terri Wentzell
"birches at sunset"
watercolor on paper
limited edition giclee prints available

Thursday, June 25, 2009

fellow artists ~ Cindy Wentzell

I will be away from my easel for a couple weeks while the family makes the big move east to NH. In the meantime, I thought I would feature a few other artists whose work I admire. And where else to start other than my talented family?

Cindy Wentzell is my dear friend and sister-in-law. We met as fellow students at Mass Art many moons ago. Over the years, we've shared many laughs, bottles of wine, and creative ventures. We still get together for our "artist weekends" with a few other Mass Art girls, our husbands take the kiddos and we have a grand time painting together.

Cindy is a talented artist with a keen eye for capturing lovely little glimpses of nature. Her pastel paintings are just gorgeous, with vivid colors and texture. Check out more of Cindy's work at her website.

Cindy Wentzell
"Emerald Shade"

Monday, June 22, 2009

home stretch

I can't put it off any longer...time to pack up the studio! I am sad to leave East Aurora. This is a great town and my little family has been really happy here. At left is a painting I did at Knox Farm State Park, one of our favorite places in town and is just down the road from our house. A magical place where we've spent many hours walking through field and wood, bluebird spotting, kite-flying and just soaking up the beauty.

That said, I am looking forward to returning to New Hampshire. I am a New England girl at heart so it feels like going home. I will be much closer to family which my 2 little charges are especially excited about. It's all good...if only I could twitch my nose and get all these boxes packed. More soon and an update about an upcoming show.

Friday, June 19, 2009

sunflowers take 2

I decided to have another go at some sunflowers. I'm pleased with how this one turned out, I like how the purple tones in the pitcher complement the brilliant yellows of the flowers.

"sunflowers II"
oil on canvas ~ 12 x 12 inches

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

peonies on the porch

It's that fleeting time of year again...peony season. I set this still life up on my porch, it will probably be one of my last days to paint before I leave. Packing can wait, peony season is short.

"peonies on the porch"
oil on canvas ~ 12 x 12 inches

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Vidlers is a fantastic, genuine old fashioned five and dime store. Complete with creaky wooden floors, a 10 cent popcorn machine, toys, candy, crafts, housewares, you name it, they've got it. If you're ever out in western NY, don't miss a trip to Vidlers in East Aurora. Shopping there is one of the things I will miss most about NY.

oil on canvas ~ 12 x 12 inches

Sunday, June 14, 2009

poppy field III

"poppy field III"
oil on canvas ~ 9 x 12 inches


Friday, June 12, 2009

poppy field II

"poppy field II"
oil on canvas ~ 9 x 12 inches

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

au revoir

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my Art show in the Garden this past weekend. It was a wonderful show and a great send-off. I will miss western New York!