Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cave Creek

I am planning on going back to Cave Creek in March to watch spring make it's debut. This painting is of the creek in February, after heavy rains and the accompanying flood. The water level is back to normal, flanking banks slick with mud, clogged with shredded and pulverized debris.
- Nancy Boudreau

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Strong Coffee

What better way to start a cold, wet, winter morning than with a cup of strong coffee?
- Nancy Boudreau


This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Manana Island

Nope, not gonna look out the window and see the snow falling, no way. This one's for me! Remembering one of the most beautiful sights in my life: driving north on Kalanianaole Highway on Oahu and seeing Manana and Kaohikaipu Islands from Makapu'U Beach for the first time..
- Nancy Boudreau

From a photo taken during my first visit to Hawaii, in February 2008, this painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Cains Cross


I have been walking through the woods lately, searching for color in a landscape of white snow, blue shadows, gray vertical tree trunks, under a ceiling of neutral gray or celestial blue, depending on the weather.

On this day, in a cold valley, I found the color I was looking for in the eddy of a stream. Late afternoon bronze and brass on the water's surface, caught my eye, and eerily, the mysterious shadows of a cross, floating below the substantial weight of fallen crossed trunks, snow laden. The symbol of the cross, wherever it is appears, is profound, weighted with feeling.

It just so happens that the trail that runs along this stream, is commemorated to George C. Cain, a fire fighter who gave his life on September 11th, 2001 in the demise of the World Trade Center. I suppose it is the hand of Mother Nature who laid these trees down, creating her own tribute to a good man.

- Nancy Boudreau

Below I include a picture of the art studio, where the painting was created, working from a photo taken during a recent hike in Walter G Merritt Park, aka Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area, in Patterson, New York.

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saguaro Blooms

Crowned by flowers, the saguaro carries it's blooms high enough that only those with wings, ladder or telephoto lens can get a close up view. Beginning as Shrek-like knobs, these protuberances erupt into lush white flowers, an amazing adornment and lovely lure for birds and bats.
- Nancy Boudreau

Below, I include a photo of the art studio, where the painting was created, working from photos taken during a trip last May to Phoenix, Arizona.


This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Prickly Pear Flowers

In April the prickly pear cactus blooms. The rains this year should bring generous displays of yellow and orange flowers and later, the pears. . .
- Nancy Boudreau

Here I include a photo of the art studio, where the painting was created, working from photos taken during a recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona.

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mother Nature's Jewelry Case

The snow is falling this morning. Large flakes catch light from the studio, falling softly in the blackness outside my window. I'm compelled to record yesterday's walk down the fire trail at Pine Hill in Pootatuck Forest, New Fairfield, Connecticut. Reflections in a trail-side stream, as it pools in steps downward. Skirts of ice, thick enough to support a dog's weight, line the edges of the stream. The same ice would collapse under a hiker's boot, sending him home with wet legs. This stream, this is a necklace of brightly undulating liquid color, strung down the hillside, nestled in cotton-white, makes me think that I am walking through Mother Nature's jewelry case.
- Nancy Boudreau

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Saguaro Spines

Is there anything in the desert, other than the sun, that commands as much respect as the saguaro? "Mighty" is the word that comes to mind, considering the stature, the weight, the armament, the capcity for survival. This is a painting of the spines and folds of a sagaruo's accordian pleated surface. Frequent rains have filled many cactus this year, expanding their folds. The weight of a saguaro increases greatly with such water storage.
- Nancy Boudreau

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Jewel of the Creek

Nestled under the shadows of Cottonwood trees in the subdued pallet of Tonto National Forest's lanscape is the Jewel of the Creek. She gleams there, sapphire, a celestial blue wedged between mundane earthtones, a bit of heaven in which to dabble one's dusty toes.
- Nancy Boudreau

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Clouds Over Spur Cross

Clouds over Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area cast deep blue-violet shadows accentuating the contours of distant heights. The saguaro studded hills are what qualify this wilderness to be called a forest, the Tonto National Forest. Standing here on the trails of the Desert Foothills Land Trust in Cave Creek, it's easy to appreciate the beauty of this corner of the Sonoran Desert.
- Nancy Boudreau

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Cave Creek Clouds

Clouds over Cave Creek, Arizona in winter, a week after heavy rains had caused the creek to rise as much as twelve feet above normal. Trees, cactus, grass and rocks were torn up and washed downstream, leaving rafts of shredded debris to be caught up in the sturdy branches of cottonwood trees ten feet off the ground - tinder for future fire. This scene is along the trails of Jewel of the Creek, part of the Desert Foothills Land Trust, just south of Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. - Nancy Boudreau

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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