Saturday, May 30, 2009

Choppy Coast

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

This was painted on site in York, ME. My favorite thing to look at is the rocky coast of New England, therefore it is also one of my favorite things to paint! I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture the changing tides and the water constantly swelling into waves, crashing on the rocks and then sweeping away.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mountain Abstract-SOLD

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
white-line relief woodblock print inked with watercolors
image size: 2.25" x 12"

Last spring, I learned a really exciting printmaking method called "white-line relief." Invented around 1915 in Provincetown, MA, it is different from other relief techniques in a few key ways. Usually, woodblock prints are either made with different blocks for each color and applied in layers or, in the case of reductions, each color is printed and then the same block is recarved between each layer. By contrast, white-line relief blocks are carved and inked with watercolor or printmaking inks using a paintbrush and one "cell" of color is transferred to the paper at a time. The carved lines in the wood prevent the colors from running into each other and gives the technique its name.

I have spent quite a bit of time (when I should have been painting) playing around with these prints. This piece was my absolute first one and while it might be small, I am still pleased with the result. So, keep you eyes out for more white-line reliefs on this blog, since I can't seem to stop making them!

This print has SOLD!

*but there are more impressions from this block available...
contact me! 

Friday, May 22, 2009

New Boston Esker

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

I did this little sketch not too far from my house. I was with a group of painters who live here, and I decided to keep the composition simple and paint a sky study. For the record, this isn't a glacial esker, but one of my painting buddies called it an esker, and that is a good enough origin for the title of a sketch. The clouds raced across the sky, but I was able to "catch" them anyway.

It was nice to get to work as I have been nursing the oldest of my three Golden Retrievers back to health after an illness. The good news is that I have been painting again lately and the great news is that the dog, Winnie, is recovering.

So, here's to new beginnings!


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New Etsy Shop!

Here is the banner from my new Etsy shop! is a great site for buying handmade art and crafts online.

Because of this new venue, I have decided to post paintings here on the blog, including the link to my Etsy shop where that day's offering may be purchased. I have already "moved" some of the paintings and will continue to do so. I will also be posting new material very soon!

In the meantime, visit my new store: