Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blue Feather with Nasturtiums painting

 Blue Jay Feather with Nasturtium Leaves, 5 x 7", acrylic on panel, Maud Guilfoyle

I plant nasturtium seeds because of the beautiful leaves as much as for the flowers.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bee Balm, Bergamot from my friend's garden

Bee Balm, love the scent of Bergamot, citrusy and fresh. This is from my friend Shannon's garden. Bee Balm, 12 x 9", acrylic on canvas panel, © Maud Guilfoyle

Monday, July 27, 2015

Artists Are Collectors

Autumn Studio detail, watercolor, 30 x 22', © Maud Guilfoyle
Artists are collectors. Their collections might include tiffany glass, birds' nests, sea shells, fruit, books, pretty leaves and whatever catches their eye.

Just having fun with watercolors and moleskine journal

Tomatillo and Rose of Sharon, watercolor, 6 x 9", © Maud Guilfoyle
Love the delicate nuances of color in the petals of the Rose of Sharon Bud and translucent skin of a Tomatillo. The tomatillo was found in Whole Foods, the Rose of Sharon Bud appeared in my path during my morning walk. Some of my best reference material is in sketchbook studies such as this.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hudson River, Piermont, New York at Sundown

Hudson River Sunset, watercolor, 9 x 6", © Maud Guilfoyle
The light at what Galen Rowell called 'magic hour'. The reflections of the sky and sunset in the water is beautiful.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Artist's Eye

Night Window Still Life, 8 x 10", acrylic on panel © Maud Guilfoyle
The artist's eye ... you never know what will attract it. Three beautiful objects on this window sill and what caught my attention? the tangle of roots of the hyacinth bulb and the way they held the reflected light.

Hudson River, City of Dreams, plein air oil painting

Painting in Piermont, New York. If you walk down the pier you can see Manhattan in the distance around the Palisades that jut out into the river. Glad I painted this yesterday, today it is supposed to reach 100. With the high temperatures, paint starts to drag.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Draw with whatever you have on hand ...

In the chapter Drawing For Painting, Drawing In Life (August, 2015) I show my first rough sketch of the idea for "Whale Dream". I would like to say how organized I am with my sketchbooks, but truth be told, I have a variety of sketchbooks and journals with different sizes and papers scattered around my house in various bags and on different shelves. And, though I encourage my students to always carry a sketchbook with them, at times I find myself drawing on cafe napkins or in my agenda book.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

to draw in life, like a breath


Definition of draw in: to take something such as air into your body. Drawing in Life is part of a collection of images and thoughts I have gathered as an artist and teacher. While drawing, I achieve an elusive state of mindfulness and connection unavailable to me by other means in a busy life. With desire, commitment and time, everyone can draw.
This is the over of my fifth ebook, to be released on kindle August 1, 2015.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Baby rabbit from the Garden

Clover Dreams, acrylic on canvas board, 8 x 10", © Maud Guilfoyle
A friend of mine, Iris Orsini, fosters orphan baby rabbits every summer, helping them become independent. This painting was inspired by her photo on Facebook. 

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.