Saturday, January 31, 2009

Lonely Winter

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on paper, 8" x 10"

I went to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH yesterday. I hadn't visited the museum in a while and it was really nice to see some paintings I consider "old friends." Among these was a large forest scene by Neil Welliver. "Blue Pool", a monster of a canvas at 96" x 96", was the first Welliver I remember seeing and the piece that made me want to become a painter. The woods is horribly complicated visually-there are sticks and leaves and weeds all over the place- but he knew how to capture it without simplifying it beyond recognition.

I don't paint like Neil Welliver, but I am drawn to the same natural subjects. He made me see that it is possible to recreate the woods on a flat surface with paint.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Other Golden Swimming Phelps-SOLD

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 6" x 8"

If "Long Distance Canine Swimming" were an Olympic event, this dog would be a gold medalist several times over. Winnie is over twelve years old now, but she was still "going the distance" in the ocean last fall. Who needs a ball when you can just swim for the pure joy of it?

This painting has SOLD!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Afternoon Shadows

copyright 2009
oil on canvas, 8" x 6"

I still have snowy woods on the brain and dripping from the brush. This is another picture of my backyard. I plan to try this same view again soon.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cloudy Day at the Beach Access

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 6" x 8"

I have painted this rock formation many, many times. This is my latest plein air attempt from last summer. Painting outside in overcast weather may seem like a weird thing to do, but that day the temperature was mild and the air was bugless-welcome and refreshing changes during the muggy season.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Snow Deposit

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 5" x 7"

How long will the snow bank in my driveway fascinate me? Maybe until all the snow melts in the spring. Painters can be obsessive. Plus, the subject will continually change-a sculpture that morphs as the sun selectively melts parts of it, the temperatures drop and freezing occurs again and then more snow piles on top. It all amounts to endless projects for me....


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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Something Bigger

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 9" x 12"

On November 4, 2008, my husband and I voted and then climbed nearby Mount Monadnock. It was something we had planned to do for years and the weather was perfect. There is nothing like standing on a mountaintop to put life in perspective.

Mount Monadnock has been painted by many artists, including my favorite, Charles Woodbury. I painted this a few weeks after that day and have many more ideas from that hike. Any work inspired by this outing could be titled "Something Bigger."


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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Rocky Road

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 5" x 7"

Today's offering was inspired by some memories of driving around New Hampshire in the winter. One of my favorite things about this state is the ubiquitous rock formations. It is a pity I can't drive and paint at the same time...


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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Snowbank

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 5" x 7"

Painting this snowbank in my driveway was so much fun! The experience served to remind me that anything can be a great subject for a painting. I hope there will be more pieces like this!

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Fallen Giant

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 5" x 7"

This is another scene from my yard. More sunlight filtering through the trees and shining off the surface of the snow. By the time we moved here, this tree had already crashed to the ground. Now, it serves as a fun obstacle for the dogs to run under, over and on. Not to mention a perfect subject for a painting.


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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Three Kings

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 11" x 14"

These trees in my front yard stand defiant against the cold, snow, and approaching shadows like true sentinels. The pink color of their deciduous counterparts behind the dark greens made this particular scene exciting to paint.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Light on the Trail

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on board, 3.75" x 6"

I saw this while cross-country skiing last week-bright sunlight striking the snow on the top of a hill. I thought it was a nice reward for a strenuous climb!



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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Winter Stonewall

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 5" x 7"


More snow leads to more paintings. Not only am I painting the woods outside my house, I have also been inspired by the scenery I see when I cross-country ski up north. I may not be able to paint while I ski, but I can still soak in the beauty.


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Monday, January 5, 2009

Buddy System-SOLD

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 5" x 7"

This is one of my three golden retrievers, Winnie, and her "cousin", my sister's dog, Striper. As you can see, they are pretty good friends and they are both water CRAZY. On occasion, they have chosen swimming over eating!


This painting has SOLD!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Slanting Shadows - SOLD!

Copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 5" x 7"


Happy New Year! I celebrated by cross country skiing on the glorious snow that is still here. Today, I painted the colorful shadows as they scatter through the trees.




This Painting has SOLD!