I met Lisa at Darn Yarn, Needles & Threads in Harmony, PA. Her shop specializes in American made yarn and supplies for knitting, crocheting, spinning... needs. It is a friendly place where Lisa also offers classes, tips and knowledge of the craft and local community.
I spent some time photographing Lisa and the shop and found I was distracted by all the great conversation. We easily moved from subject to subject covering family, gardening, uni/bicycles, and ideas for future projects. I felt I made a new friend.
Last time I visited, Lisa showed me a new aluminum spinning wheel that is a work of art in itself. It is so beautifully balanced and so lovely to look at. A new "spin" on an old design.
You can follow Lisa on facebook here for shop info and because it is just fun.
I photograph and turn my paintings to black and white to see if the values work. Then I make any final changes if needed. This one is almost done.
17x29 inches watercolor
I also wanted to introduce my "Buy Local, Paint Local" series.
I have been visiting small local businesses, farms... and have met some hard working people with a strong sense of community. They run farms, cider presses, markets, raise chickens, bees, are yarn/weavers, bakers... I interview, photograph, sketch and paint what I find at each location.
These paintings are about people, opportunity and community.
I will include a short story of each painting as I finish.
A quick watercolor study of the landscape on the road from Bakersfield to see the big trees in Sequoia a few weeks ago. We took a short tour of Central California with the boys while visiting them for summer break. It was so dry and dusty, more that I remembered. And the light was so sharp and crisp. I exaggerated the warmth/color of the grasses with the intent of balancing the deep shadows. Too much? What do you think?