Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Gray Day to Spend Painting Inside

That's Ellie May watching from the studio window
this morning as I walked down the path to work
in the studio with
her and also give her breakfast!

I love seeing her in the window watching
over things

Been working for days on a portrait of this beautiful
from New York and it is finally taking shape.
Much subtlety is involved to capture the essence of
this loving pet. Hoping to finish it soon.


Kim said...

I'm looking forward to seeing it completed :)

Kim x

quiltcat said...

What a sweet studio guardian she is. Very interesting shingles and windows...somehow i know that's Maine that i'm looking at. We had a grey drizzly day here, too.

Nan and =^..^= said...

kim, I hope I can finish it today!

quiltcat, Ellie May sure is a sweet studio guardian... When I'm in the house and happen to look out of a window at the same time she is in her studio window ...I can wave to her and she nods with recognition as though she understands I'll be over shortly.
The shingles around the window are a made up design for D, my husband built it as well as our house with my help as the shoveler of tons sand and gravel and helper with handing him things, ( I'm not good with saws and hammers!) We started the house in the mid 1980's and it's still a work in progress.
Have you been to Maine?

quiltcat said...

Yes i've been to Maine :). My parents discovered Quisisana on Lake Kezar (near Center Lovell...with the White Mountains as backdrop) after my sister and i left home and it turned out to be a nice place for a grown up family vacation. The cottage they rented was too small for all 4 of us to be there all week, so my sister and i would split the week and overlap for a day or two in the middle. I spent my other half week in Bath or vicinity on the coast.

quiltcat said...

Oh, and i'm really impressed that your husband designed and the two of you built the house and studio! What i can see of the studio looks like a quote of the vernacular architecture (oooh don't that sound high falutin') with its shingles and gingerbread type trim.

Nan and =^..^= said...

I've heard of Quisisana for my Aunt and Uncle went there many years ago.
They loved it! The Bath area is very nice!
We are down in southern Maine about 3 miles from the coast.

It's still amazing to me that we built our own house and studio...I kept a photo record of the process so we could remember all the steps involved and how it took shape. It looks as though it has been here forever now, but in the beginning it resembled a little house on the prairie. My husband also has a green thumb and planted all of the trees and created perennial gardens everywhere. The wild critters and birds can find refuge here!