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Oh Christmas Tree...

by swiftriverarts , December 24, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Jackie Griswold, photography

The new growth on the old pine tree is a bright green contrasted with the darker green. This was taken last spring when trees were just beginning to bud. And now the image is being used in my Christmas card. To everyone on Artid, I wish the happiest of holiday seasons, and joy and creativity in the new year… Continue reading… 0 comments

This gorgeous photo was taken in late August at Brenton Point in Newport, RI. I am fortunate to have a sister-in-law who lives in Newport, so I can visit whenever I want. I'm here this weekend to go to the International Boat Show so that I look at sailboats I can't afford to buy :>) and imagine my life living on a sailboat, painting full time. Thanks for looking… Continue reading… 0 comments

Newport Sunset

by swiftriverarts , August 26, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: photography

I spend as much time as I can in Newport, thanks to the generosity of my sister-in-law who lives there. This is a Newport sunset, taken at Brenton Point. It was a magical sunset that I watched and photographed for about a half hour. When I'm not painting, I'm often taking photographs and observing the world around me. I'll be adding some other photos to my gallery at www.artid.com/swiftriverarts within the next couple days. Thanks for reading 0 comments

Girl at the Beach

by swiftriverarts , July 12, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: acrylic, painting techniques, photography

Recently I was near the ocean, and saw a little girl standing on the grass looking out over the water. It was such a sweet, innocent scene, so I snapped a photo. While I was working on the painting, my beautiful niece, Avery Rose saw it, and decided I was painting a picture of her at the beach. How could I tell her it wasn't her? So "Girl at the Beach" will be going into the private collection of Miss Avery Rose. Avery has an eye for detail. I had layered on drops of paint to simulate the texture of curly hair, and she immediately figured out how I'd done it. I'm trying out new painting techniques and loving the flexibility of acrylic paint… Continue reading… 0 comments

Newport Lawn Chairs #2

by swiftriverarts , July 10, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: photography

Framed between two ancient, giant trees, the lawn chairs sit on the lawn of one of the grand old homes in Newport, RI. I took this photo back in May, on the weekend I took about 500 pictures! It was a beautiful weekend and I walked for several hours. I loved the way the chairs looked, set out very precisely on a huge lawn, a couple hundred yards away from the big house. They are set out on that lawn every year, and this year I just "saw" them differently. They look a bit lonely, and in all the years I've seen them sitting there, I've never seen anyone sitting in them… Continue reading… 0 comments

Purple Clematis

by swiftriverarts , July 9, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: photography

Set in the morning shadow, this lovely purple bloom waits for the sun. I came across this beautiful clematis vine on an early morning walk in Forest Park in Springfield, MA. I just thought the interplay of the vivid purple set against the green leaves, and the shadows was stunning, and was thrilled when the photo came out as lovely as the flower in real life. Recently I was asked to frame an 8 _ 10 print of this photo. I used a loden green mat and a pale lavender wood frame - it was gorgeous! My camera is in the repair shop and I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms...so I've been painting, and painting...and painting. When my camera gets back, I'll take photos of the new paintings and post them… Continue reading… 0 comments

I recently took my niece Avery (see previous blog entry) to visit the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. I had my camera with me because I wanted to take some photos of the architecture of the buildings in the Quadrangle where the museum sits. She wanted to take photos of various paintings, and it was fascinating to observe her as she was deciding which paintings to photograph. She took photos of paintings that had sailboats in them for Uncle Art, my husband, who loves sailing. She took photos of a few abstract paintings because she knows I like abstract art. She even took a photo of a nude woman because she was so surprised that there would be a painting of a nude woman in a museum… Continue reading… 0 comments

Avery Rose

by swiftriverarts , July 3, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Museum of Fine Arts, photography

This is a photo of my beautiful niece, Avery Rose. Wish I could say I took the photo, but it was taken by my talented nephew Matt (www.saypickles.com) who is a professionally trained photographer. Avery is 6 - I've mentioned her a couple times in this blog. From the time she was about 2 she was beading along with me, her mom and my other sister; she loves to paint and draw. She and I spend a lot of time together. A couple weeks ago we went to the Springfield (MA) Museum of Fine Arts. Avery must have taken 100 photographs of paintings, and it was fascinating to watch what she thought worthy of photography. That same day she spotted a 3' x 6' piece of plywood my husband had set aside while he was cleaning out the basement… Continue reading… 2 comments

Yellow Indian Paintbrush

by swiftriverarts , June 26, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: photography

I love wildflowers - this yellow Indian Paintbrush blooms on the side of a hill near my home. The simple beauty of this flower calms my soul. My photographs are available as matted prints in various sizes, and as photo greeting cards… Continue reading… 0 comments

Bleeding Hearts

by swiftriverarts , June 21, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: photography

I love the look of the pink bleeding hearts contrasted with the purple chives in the background. I enjoy taking pictures, which I often then use as a starting place for a painting. Both photography and painting allow me to use my creative eye, allowing me to get lost in the flow. Available as a 5 _ 7 matted print, as an 8 _ 10 matted print, or as a greeting card… Continue reading… 0 comments