Friday, August 31, 2007

Jack In The Pulpit Berries


The brilliant red berries of Jack In The Pulpit are a startling contrast to the overwhelming green of August.
Found in the shade of wooded areas, these berries are best left untouched.
- Nancy Boudreau

4 5/8" x 6 1/4" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Nectarine


Grown in the US and deliciously sweet. . .
- Nancy Boudreau

5 1/8" x 6" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sweetpeas


Along the roadsides Sweetpeas and Phlox are making their last bow before the end of the season.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 5 1/2" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

6 Carlton


Another painting from the house with the lovely gardens. This one's for you Cathy.
- Nancy Boudreau

Monday, August 27, 2007

Cathys Garden


I had a wonderful day painting in my friend's garden, full of all kinds of flowering perennials, ornamental foliage and stonework. Thanks Cathy and Jeff, for sharing your peaceful home.
- Nancy Boudreau

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ponds


A humid, overcast day on Spring Lake Farm painting two small ponds, the ponds separated by a causeway full of Queen Anne's Lace. A cloud of gnats were plaguing me while I worked, so many that they were audible. A passerby stopped to talk and noted that there was a Daddy-Long-Legs on my hat. Well of course, what Daddy-Long-Legs could resist such a feast of fine fat gnats?
- Nancy Boudreau

4 3/4" x 6 1/4" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Coffee with MAJ


I'm thinking of friends and my wonderful visit with the Morrisons yesterday. How refreshing it was to draw with Tommy and read to Lilly. Dinner with the family, heartwarming and relaxing. I'm rejuvenated.
- Nancy Boudreau

4 3/4" x 6 1/2" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Friday, August 24, 2007

Butter and Eggs


One of the wildflowers that brighten our roadsides, Butter and Eggs look like a miniature version of Snapdragons.
- Nancy Boudreau

5 1/4" x 6" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Monday, August 20, 2007

Goldenrod


Early in the morning I came upon a small stand of goldenrod full of sleeping bumblebees, as if a magic spell had been cast on them.
- Nancy Boudreau

4 1/2" x 6 1/2" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hanson Farm


A cool mid-August day with high, thin clouds. A far field of dried grass shining behind tree trunks in shadow. The sound of crickets in the clover.

- Nancy Boudreau

4 3/4" x 6 1/2" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Friday Night


11:30 pm, I wake to the crack, crash, and thud of a large tree falling, shaking the entire house. The utility lines have been torn off the building, the live,severed power line tangled in the limbs. The driveway is blocked with an electrified mess, leaving no way off the property. Somehow, the phone line still works. Calls to the fire department and power company bring help in minutes. Crews work through the night, and twelve hours later, it's as if there had never been a problem: lines are up and running and the driveway is cleared. I am so tired. . . though I can say "I have power," I certainly don't have much energy.

- Nancy Boudreau

7 3/4" x 7 3/4" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Rachael's Painting


This painting is one of the few done in the 1980's, a larger work on canvas, about 24" x 48". Rachael is a cockatoo I once lived with, who when given the chance to fly away, tried to fly through the painting instead of the open window which it was hanging right next to. I post the painting now as a friend was asking about it recently.

Johnnycake Lodge


Hidden in the woods on Lake Waramaug, Johnnycake Lodge, so secluded that during the hours it took to paint this, deer came by to watch me. First a four-point buck in velvet, then a doe and spotted fawn. The fawn was curious enough to come within a couple of feet. So funny that it would want to see what I was doing, just like any curious person.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Spring Lake Farm


Spring Lake Farm, a perfect gentleman's farm, every foot of it carefully tended and artfully groomed. The road through Spring Lake Farm is walked and ridden by many people who travel far to drink in it's restorative beauty and peace.

- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 5 7/8" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Thistles


Backlit by the rising sun, the spines of thistles are haloed in light, floating on a bed of Queen Anne's Lace.

- Nancy Boudreau

4 3/4" x 6 1/2" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Flocks Gathering


A clear day up in the fields, cool and dry with a steady light wind. Small flocks of birds flying from field to hedgerow treetop reminded me of the larger flocks that we'll soon see gathering, preparing for migration.
- Nancy Boudreau

4 3/4" x 7" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Friday, August 10, 2007

Welcome


Painting inside on a rainy day, looking out the front door.
The aroma of wild blueberry muffins baking in the oven and a fresh pot of coffee brewing. Wouldn't it be nice to see a friend coming up the steps?
- Nancy Boudreau

5 1/8" x 5 3/4" acrylic painting on matte board

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Acoustic Guitar


A Lowden O25c guitar, a fine instrument handmade in Ireland
and one of the love's of my life.
- Nancy Boudreau

5 1/8" x 5 3/4" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Queen Anne's Lace Field


Low clouds threatening rain, the white Queen Anne's Lace outlining the curve of a field
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- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 5 3/4" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Monday, August 6, 2007

One Tree


Just after sunrise. One tree stands at the edge of the lower field, on the edge of a head-high border of grass. Between the
distant hills fog pools in the valleys.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 6 1/2" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Lower Field


A very humid, hazy August day, no clouds, no breeze. . . the fields are full of clover and Queen Anne's Lace. A border of dry grass to my right, taller than my head. Swallows, goldfinches, monarch and tiger-swallowtail butterflies are everywhere.
- Nancy Boudreau

4 3/4" x 6 1/2" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Hedgerow


In the shade of the hedgerows in a lower field where the grass was wet I came upon a coyote. A handsome beast with dark tipped fur, healthy, assured, and in no rush. It rose up from where it had been lying, curious to get a good look at me. The unfamiliar sound of the wooden paintbox thumping against my shoulder as I carried it, must have caught it's attention. It was a very hot day, the air humid and still.
- Nancy Boudreau

5 3/4" x 5 1/4" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Friday, August 3, 2007

Young Apples


Growing in the hedgerow of Hadlow Farm are apple trees heavy with ripening fruit. Today, in early August, the apples are still tight woody knots of pale green. Only a few fruits on the outer branches, exposed to the sun all day long, are beginning to blush and soften.
- Nancy Boudreau


5 3/4" x 5 1/4" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Thursday, August 2, 2007

GumBalls

Happy birthday Kristina.

Who hasn't heard "don't play with your food!" Well, I suppose gumballs aren't actually food, but they are fun to play with. A painting for the child in all of us.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 6 3/4" acrylic painting on matte board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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