Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pearl Lake Lupines, Lisbon, New Hampshire

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

In hopes of an early lupine bloom in the White Mountains, I joined the NH Plein Air painting group for an adventure last week. After enjoying (and painting) some mountain vistas and eating lunch at the famous Polly's Pancakes in Sugar Hill, we finally found a bunch of blossoms in nearby Lisbon, on the shore of Pearl Lake. There will hopefully be another excursion into the mountains to paint these beautiful flowers, but at least I was able to "pick" a few already!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hiking Mount Monadnock is a First Prize Winner and SOLD

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
white-line relief woodblock print
inked with watercolor on paper, 11" x 8.5"

I discovered yesterday that this print won first place in the Monadnock State Park category in the New Hampshire State Parks Art Contest! The parks department is going to use this image in their promotional materials. Soon, they will post the winning entries in all categories on nhstateparks.org. (They aren't there yet, trust me...)

This piece was inspired by a fond memory of enjoying a wonderful hike with Mark. I recall warm sunshine flooding the forest air as I hiked up the moutain on a clear autumn day. As I climbed, I was afforded the comfort and welcoming intimacy of the earthy grays and greens of the pine trees, rocks and shrubs. In contrast to this closeness, frequent gaps in the branches exposed great wide views of the distant red and purple country under an endless blue sky. Surrounded by the mountain trail, I became part of the mountain. Gazing out from Mount Monadnock, I drew on its strength to face the wider world.

This print has SOLD!

*but there are more impressions from this block available...
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