Smugglers Notch Shadows, 2012

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Libby Davidson paints at Smugglers Notch, VT

Wednesday and Friday October 24 & 26, 2012: Sunny and 60 degrees - a gorgeous day to be up in the notch! Painted with Jacquie and Mary. While the sun was out, the shadows of trees on a large boulder caught my eye, so I worked up a vertical composition, keeping in mind what Lisa Beach had recently taught me about division of space and making shapes interesting. The sun did go behind clouds for one long stretch, though, making it hard to paint any shadows! I didn't start painting until 11 am, stopping at 12:40 in order to leave by 1 pm. 

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Sun comes out, shadows reappearing for 'Smuggler Notch Shadows'

Returned on Friday. Even more amazing weather: sunny, absolutely still and pushing 70 degrees! The odd thing is that everywhere else it was super windy and cloudy, so we were in exactly the right spot for ideal weather.  I was able to paint from 10:30 to 2:40, with sun most of the time, so I could really take my time with it while working on the challenges of shadows, trees, moss on rocks, and cliffs in the background. For a small painting (7.5" x 10"), there was a lot going on! 

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'Smugglers Notch Shadows' in progress, by Libby Davidson, $280 framed
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'Smugglers Notch Shadows', more progress, by Libby Davidson
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'Smugglers Notch Shadows' finished, with real shadows, by Libby Davidson, $280 framed

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Emily's Bridge 2012

 

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Libby Davidson paints Emily's Bridge in Stowe, VT

Tuesday - Thursday, October 9th & 11th, 2012:  Mary, Jacquie and I were ready to return to Emily's Bridge in Stowe, Vermont. We had painted the bridge in October 2011 and had sold paintings right off our easels! Of course we were hoping for a repeat performance. On Tues, I arrived at 10:45 am and left at 1 pm. This was just enough time to sketch out my vertical composition - no small feat when it comes to drawing a covered bridge, getting the perspective right while coming up with an interesting composition. Although I love detail in my drawings and illustrations, I'm not the most patient person when it comes to painting. My sketches for paintings are usually very minimal so I can dive right into the paint. Covered bridges are another matter. If the drawing is slightly off, the whole painting will be affected. Actually, I was surprised at how much I achieved that first day and that I had time to splash some color down.

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Libby Davidson puts finishing touches on 'Emily's Bridge 2012'

 

One big difference from last year's Emily's Bridge painting was the addition of Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Gold and Cerulean Blue to my palette. I am in the midst of shifting my palette over to all Holbein watercolors, as I like the way the paint handles. I was pleased with the way these were mixing, especially with the autumn colors. Foliage was past peak here in Stowe, but we had enough clues of leaves still left to be able to create the "peak foliage" look! Another difference from last year was the weather. Cold, cloudy and breezy this year, which kept us shivering. Tourists came by and we shared our business cards with them, but most just hopped out of their cars long enough to take a few photos and hop back in. I couldn't blame them! Last year it was quite a bit warmer, with little wind...just the kind of day to linger and talk to artists and purchase a painting to take home from VT.

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'Emily's Bridge 2012' by Libby Davidson, $150 unmatted

 

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Sun finally comes out at Emily's Bridge

Thursday's weather was exactly the same: cold, cloudy, breezy. We were still shivering. Patches of blue sky never revealed the sun until right at the end of our painting session, at which point we scrambled to take a few photos for reference for our paintings! Arrived at 11:30 but was able to stay til 3 pm. I really needed that time to relax and finish my painting. The highlight of both days: Fresh, hot cider doughnuts from Cold Hollow Cider Mill!

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VT Plein Air Octoberfest 2012 - Day 2

 Friday September 28th, 2012: The second day of the VT Plein Air Octoberfest hosted by Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe, VT... The day started out cloudy and breezy with a forecast of certain rain. Very different from Day 1's beautifully clear skies and warm temps. Today was a good day to wear all your layers in order to go out painting. My plan was to return to Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT, but this time focus on the gardens.

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Head for cover!

Although it was late in the season, the gardeners had done a wonderful job of trimming so the gardens still looked great and the frost had not yet hit hard. I started a vertical watercolor looking across the flower beds toward sunflowers and amaranths, with mountains in the distance. It wasn't long before I saw wisps of light cloud spray on those mountains. Rain!

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A lovely place to paint

Quickly I looked around. A hoop house was nearby that could serve as good rain cover. I grabbed my painting and paper supplies and brought them under cover, dashing out again to retrieve my easel. With the rain coming down harder, I decided the carry the easel to the hoop house without disassembling it. Once landed, I could see it was just in time as the rain and wind picked up outside. I was snug and relatively warm now under cover. It was about 11:30 am.

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Room with a view...

The hoop house turned out to be very pleasant, with a few plants and flowers underfoot, but ample floor space for easels. The view out one end was a beautifully colorful composition of garden paths, flowers and a trellis strewn with vines. This could work! I quickly called Mary Krause, who was in her car thinking she had to head home. There was no cover where she was painting and she didn't want oil paints all over her car interior. I convinced her to join me in the hoop house there at Trapp.

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Mary Krause puts on finishing touches
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Detail 1 of 'View from the Greenhouse', by Libby Davidson

 

When Mary arrived with water droplets on her oil painting in progress, I was glad I had remembered my blow dryer! We found an outlet in the garden employees building right next door. It worked great, and I ended up using it later on my own watercolor painting as everything became very damp. At one point, one of the staff dashed out into the gardens for about 5 minutes to collect flowers in a basket, so I quickly included her in the painting, just for fun! The rain did not let up at all.

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Detail 2 of 'View from the Greenhouse' by Libby Davidson
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'View from the Greenhouse' by Libby Davidson, 16 x 19, $695

From then on, it was a race against time to finish our paintings by 2:00 pm and frame them right there on the gravel floor by 2:30 in order to report back to Galleria Fine Arte by 3 pm so they could be hung in time for the 4 pm reception! Talk about a close call! I settled on the title "View from the Greenhouse" for my 11 x 14" watercolor. Matted with archival matboard and framed using uv protection glass in a dark wood frame with classic lines, the outer dimension is 16 x 19". Availabe for sale at $695.

 

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"50" Painting Project to Launch in October

   My husband Rich turned 50 this May, prompting me to think of how I might celebrate my own 50th, come 2013. The result?  An ambitious goal to complete fifty plein air paintings in the year leading up to my 50th birthday and then the traveling exhibit called simply "50" will be shown at local galleries and venues during my 50th year, 2013-14. During the year of painting, I'll be inviting friends and family to join me on location to paint and sketch alongside me or simply keep me company while I capture the landscapes in watercolors. I'll begin this adventure this October 2012, producing roughly a painting a week til next October 2013.

   I'm excited to embark on this journey, which will continue to encourage me out of doors with my watercolors to paint en plein air. I hope to share the journey with all of you here on my blog and to get into a regular rhythm with the seasons, sharing photos of my artwork in process. I find it interesting to watch other artists paint, to see what materials they use and how they approach the empty canvas or paper. How long does it take them to finish? What time of day is it? And especially with plein air painters, what is the weather like that day? These are the things I hope to share with you here as I venture forth.

    My goal is to begin sharing photos of my current paintings in process soon, ahead of the October to October "50" Painting Project. If you'd like to receive an email reminder each time I update my blog, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

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VT Plein Air Octoberfest Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2011

     The new Galleria Fine Arte , at 1971 Guptil Road, Waterbury Center, VT, is hosting the Vermont Plein Air Octoberfest Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2011, coinciding with the VT Fall Open Studio Weekend happening across the state. I will be joining other local and regional artists to paint in the Stowe area Friday, Sept 30 and Saturday, Oct 1. Several of us will be set up outside the Trapp Family Lodge Bakery for both Friday and Saturday, so come see what we're up to! We'll be showing all our created pieces collectively at a reception Sunday Oct 2 from 5 to 7 pm at the Galleria Fine Arte. All paintings (watercolors, pastels and oils) will be framed and ready for sale. The exhibit will stay up for the month of October.

     I'm planning to paint on location outside the Trapp Family Lodge Bakery from 9 am til 5 pm both Friday and Saturday, creating watercolors (11 x 14" framed) of the incredible surrounding vistas. We'll be checking into the Galleria Fine Arte each morning around 8 am to have our paper and canvases stamped before heading out of doors to paint. The artists will join up again at the gallery around 5:30 or 6 pm each day for a light dinner to exchange stories from the day.

     Visit the Galleria Fine Arte Friday Sept 30 and Saturday Oct 1 to find a listing of where each of the artists plan to be painting for the day. Watch the progress of each piece being completed and see how each artist captures the VT landscape in their own unique style.

     Painting "en plein air" (out of doors) challenges us as artists, and the artwork generated often has more energy, capturing that exact moment in time more effectively than art created in the studio. Come meet us as we paint on Friday and Saturday at the Trapp Family Lodge Bakery, and at the reception Sunday Oct 2 from 5 to 7 pm at the Galleria Fine Arte, 1971 Guptil Road (a right-hand turn off of Route 100 heading north toward Stowe off of I-89) in Waterbury Center, VT.

     Catch the excitement of Plein Air painting!

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Libby Davidson's Painting Blog

I am currently entering blogs from my 50 Project back in 2013-2014 as a way of sharing photos and journal entries of my plein air watercolor painting experiences. Lots of stories in the field through all seasons and all sorts of weather here in Vermont beyond. Hoping to get caught up to share more recent paintings.

If you have interest in viewing or purchasing my paintings, please email or call me. I plan to add a gallery section to this site soon to make it easier for you to see the many paintings I have available for sale.

Thank you!

Libby Davidson

libby@starflowerstudio.com