Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Night Roses


Sweetly scented
Flirtatious dance
The brush traces their petal steps
Painting the buds that have opened
Before dawn


- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Two Acorns


It's a big year for acorns, here in western Connecticut. The wild beasties that feast on them should be having a grand Thanksgiving.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Injury


A dark accident
Faster than thought
With no intention
Of bloodletting

-Nancy Boudreau

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View from the Comer


Sweetcake Mountain Preserve, in New Fairfield, is a small parcel belonging to the New Fairfield Land Trust. The highlight of the Preserve is a place known as the Comer, a high stone ridge overlooking Candlewood Lake. This painting is only a small piece of the broad panoramic view that can be seen from the Comer.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Rosebuds


There's a rosebush on the south side of the house that continues to sporadically flower, despite cold, aphids and neglect. Can we too, like the rosebush, flourish despite adversity, if situated in the right place?
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Searching


The first six months of painting are over. It was a time of tremendous creativity, inside and out. The vigor of the seasons, spring and summer were so easy to portray. Six months ago the trees outside my window looked almost as they do today, somewhat bare with little bits of color - green then, yellow now. The days are short and getting shorter. It's getting colder and more difficult to be optimistic as we're all reminded of the end of things comfortable and bright.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gotta Play More


This painting has been hanging around begging to be finished for some time, for better or worse.
- Nancy Boudreau

7 1/2" x 7 1/2" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Red Maple Seeds


Some kids call these "helicopters" for the way the seeds twirl as they fall to the ground.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Sunday, October 21, 2007

View from The Lookout


Getting to The Lookout is a fair hike with some climbing, but the south facing view down the length of Candlewood Lake is well worth the effort. There's lots of good company at the top too!
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Beach Combing


I have been beach combing,
Up and down the length of my days,
Collecting small treasures,
To share with you.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Little Monstera


This is an offspring of the plant that was painted yesterday, one of many, many progeny. There is no plant with quite so much life in it as the Monstera deliciosa.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Monstera deliciosa


Monstera deliciosa is a houseplant that spends the summer outdoors, thriving on fresh rainwater and a bit of dappled sunshine. Now that the evening temperatures are below 40˚F, the monstera and all the other houseplants have been brought inside, where their greenery can cheer us through the gray months ahead.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Carnival Squash


It's that time of year when funny-looking squashes and gourds begin to appear in the markets. This hybrid acorn squash was in a bin full of wildly marked individuals, there were no two alike.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Found Art


I found this nut, which had been stolen from my drawing table, in a mouse midden, extensively gnawed. This shell, so hard that I would have needed a hammer to open it, had been worked over by the mice so that the only thing left was a delicately sculpted abstract form.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Squantz Pond


Surrounded by summer homes and parks, Squantz Pond is a weekend destination for many people. Now in the autumn, the parks and woods are quiet, a perfect place for a peaceful walk.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Windfall Pears


Dare I make a pie? With bits of crystalized ginger and dates. . . honey and butter. A cup of hot coffee. A quiet weekend afternoon chat with a friend. . .
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Acorn and Black Walnut


A staple foods for many kinds of wild animals in Connecticut, acorns and black walnuts are plentiful this year.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Field of Black-Eyed Susan


My gaiters were yellow with pollen after walking through this field of Black-Eyed Susan and dried grasses. Part of the Naromi Land Trust, the field is in it's first autumn after being seeded this spring with native wild grasses and flowers.
- Nancy Boudreau


5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Windfall Golden Apples


Little gems, though bumpy and marked, these windfall apples made yet another delicious pie.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Oriental Bittersweet


These are the colors of autumn brightened by the less-than-welcome invader "Celastrus orbiculatus" - Oriental Bittersweet. Round leaves and dense clusters of fruit growing close on the vine are telltale signs that this is the Asian variety of Bittersweet.
- Nancy Boudreau

5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Apple Pie


Remember the "Windfall Apples" painting from last week? More than just good to look at, they made a tasty pie. Perhaps we could call it Mahatma Apple Pie, being that the usual array of spices have been replaced with Indian flavors of jaggery and garam masala.
- Nancy Boudreau


5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Dahlia


This may be a dahlia "Clair Obscure." Received from a friend October 2nd, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, what could have been more fitting than a floral mandala? It is a sublime expression of the beauty of peace.
- Nancy Boudreau


5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Nicks Gift


What is
this mystery plant with the beautiful flowers and amazing leaves? The leaves have soft bristles like an african violet, the undersides are a deep purple. The firecracker shaped flowers have no scent and emanate from the stem in groups of six.
- Nancy Boudreau


5" x 7" acrylic painting on gessoed mat board
signed, dated and comments on the back

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