Sunday, July 5, 2015

Organizing the Creative Mind

Organizing the creative mind ... journal with you always, you never know when you will be stuck waiting somewhere and you can take the opportunity to write or draw inspirations that pop into mind. I draw in my agenda book if that is what I have. Later I may color pages in with color pencil or watercolor.
Painting Projects, © Maud Guilfoyle

Friday, July 3, 2015

Paint Your Summer Garden With Watercolor Inks


Summer Garden, watercolor inks, 6 x 4", © Maud Guilfoyle
First I drew my garden with a dip crow quill pen, using different colored watercolor inks by Luma. Then I touched the different lines and cross hatches with a refillable brush pen filled with clear water.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Drawing pens - Subtleties of Line vs. Convenience

The roses my grandfather planted in our garden are in full bloom now. The figure in the center is a cherub statue holding a large shell. We fill the shell with water for small birds. Drawing done with watercolor inks and crow quill point pen. Almost forget how sensitive and varied line is with a dip pen. The convenience and portability of drawing pens available now is so seductive! I must admit I do not miss cleaning 6 x 0 extra fine points of technical drawing pens. The dip pens do not have that issue.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Draw With Children and Learn Together

If you are a beginner and you want to teach a child or a group of young students, simply draw and learn together. You will both benefit. Avoid making art a chore, or yet another enrichment to become more competitive in school. Find ways to align the activity of drawing with the child’s interests and show how drawing can enhance their life. 
Knight and Castle, markers, art, Nick Woodward, 1989,
 © Drawing In Life, July 15, 2015, author, Maud Guilfoyle

Monday, June 29, 2015

Art's Power to Enrich Life is Infinite

Toward the end of my mother's life when she became confined physically I made drawings about everyday pleasures from her past to entertain and touch memories close to her heart.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Meadow painted on first day of Summer


Summer Meadow with Road, acrylic on panel, 5 x 7", © Maud Guilfoyle
At one time meadows were present everywhere, in corners of farmland, down a grassy road near a wooded area. With some seeds and benign neglect, this richness could be restored.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Heirloom 8, Blue and White China with Daffodils on Artist's Table



Heirloom #8 with daffodils in Blue and White Pitcher, acrylic on panel, 7 x 5".
This is the eighth in a series of paintings with an heirloom. In this case the heirloom is a blue and white porcelain pitcher with daffodils. The table is in the studio and has paint on it from previous paintings.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Artists' Series and the Road Not Taken

Sketch for Summer Meadow with Full Moon, © Maud Guilfoyle, pen and ink
 ... One of the best things about artist series, whether they are of haystacks, sunflowers or meadows, is that the artist gets to recreate an image as many times as he or she needs to do so to fully explore their initial inspiration.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Artists at Market

Artists at the Market, Trumpet Mushroom, watercolor, 4 x 6", © Maud Guilfoyle​
A universal family lament must be that the beautiful produce an artist brings home is not destined for the dinner plate.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Knowing When a Painting is Finished

Meadow V, detail, © Maud Guilfoyle
Knowing when a painting is finished comes with experience. I feel as though there is a dance between adding one brush stroke too many or missing one brush stroke. detail from Meadow IV, Old Hook Farm.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Artists Tell Their Story


Meadow VI, View of the Palisades on the Hudson River from Wave Hill, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40"

Visual artists often find it so hard to write about their work. In my class Paint and Post at tasoc.org it is so gratifying to see my students find their voice with words as well as with paint. Even realistic art  can be so much more meaningful for viewers when they read the story behind the artwork. I wrote the following about the first in a series of meadow paintings:

Maud has several friends who are beekeepers, gardeners and farmers, and who have made her aware of the disappearance of meadows with their butterflies and bees. 
In September, 2013, while on daily walks in her neighborhood, she was wondering what new painting project to pursue. Over time, she noticed how a neighbor’s front and side yard became overgrown with various plants. After a few weeks, wildflowers began to appear, which in turn attracted butterflies and songbirds.
This became the inspiration for Maud’s first meadow painting that developed into an ongoing series. 

Those who view these paintings are delighted. One person said “It makes me feel so happy”. Another comment was “I remember my grandparents’ farm ... I can hear the insects, birdsong and smell the grasses and flowers.”

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Protect  Artworks on Paper:


Fragrant, Watercolor on paper, 12 x 18", © Maud Guilfolyle
Protect  Artworks on Paper: This includes drawings, watercolors, pastels and prints. It is essential to ensure that all materials in contact with artwork is acid free or archival so that it will not cause yellowing of the paper. If storing the artwork keep it in a dry area, not a damp basement or mildew can form. And last, when you frame and display artwork avoid direct sunlight so that  the lines and colors will not fade. It is possible to ask framers to use polarizing glass in the frame to block a lot of the sun’s rays.  ‘Fragrant’, watercolor, 13 x 20” © Maud Guilfoyle. Every summer I plant a pot of fragrant flowers and herbs to place by my front and back door to sweeten my errands and homecoming. I am especially fond of rose geranium leaves.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Looking at Art: Portraits- Notice the eyes. There are highlights, almost like white commas in each eye in approximately the same place. Also notice if the artist captured the subtle light reflected in the vitreous of the eye. One side of the face may be shaded and show less light here. This more subtle light, beyond the bright highlights, allows the viewer to connect with the soul inside the model and the artist.  detail and painting of ‘Are We the Canary?’.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Paint in the light your painting will be seen


Meadow III, detail acrylic on canas, 30 x 40" © 2014 Maud Guilfoyle

Always try to paint in the same light your painting will be viewed in. If that is not possible, keep checking your painting in natural sunlight and make adjustments.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Draw and paint artists after drawing the model

Artists at Work, watercolor, 8 x 8" © Maud Guilfoyle

     I drew these artists at the Art School at Old Church friday evening with a watercolor brush on stonehenge paper.
     If you are at a long pose session and have already moved around the room for different views of the model, draw the artists. As they draw the model they hold a  pose also. Putting several figures in the picture plane add an interesting flow to your composition.

Open monitored portrait session at the Art School at Old Church

Girl in Green Chair, watercolor, 8 x 8"