Monday, June 27, 2016

Mission Accomplished

Two days of gorgeous weather at the Thames River Arts & Crafts Show in New London, CT. The grassy lawns of Mitchell College with their view of the river was a beautiful spot. Jaden Events really put their hearts into every aspect of the show, filling the venue with an eclectic range of high-quality, sincere artisans. Visitors were really impressed and everyone apparently had a relaxed, peaceful, happy, entertaining time of it all. 

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the raffle, which was a highlight of each day. On Saturday, "Is That You On Bantam River?" went to the winner Reverend John Burger of Bristol, Rhode Island. Sunday afternoon "Goose Island September Sunset" was won by John Bale of Old Mystic, Connecticut. Congratulations to you both! And thanks again to everyone who bought tickets and contributed to the fun.

Most of all, many big thanks to my handsome helper Eric, who sat with me those two days and helped me pack up when it was time to go. You were a life saver, and full of wisdom too!

Congratulations Shelley and family, on a show well run!




Sunday, June 12, 2016

Single Daylily


This is "Single Daylily", a small painting composed of layer upon layer of color and gel medium. Luscious and luminous, with a surface like a quiet lake, the painting rests on a block of panels with colored edges. A pleasure to hold, it feels weighty and substantial.

Thank you Donna B for contributing this gorgeous gold-leaf covered wood frame. The painting wears it like a crown. The black velvet backing is an especially nice touch.

Come see this work of mine and many others on the 25th and 26th of June, in New London,  on the Mitchell College campus, at the Thames River Arts and Crafts Show.







Saturday, June 11, 2016

Printastic to the Rescue


A big thanks to the good work by Printastic, who created my banner for the Thames River Arts & Crafts Show in New London. Super heavy-duty construction, made exactly to order with a turnaround time perfect for this anxious artist. Two weeks to go and lots more to do! Thanks Printastic - for making me look so good!

The Thames River Arts & Crafts Show will be June 25th and 26th on the Mitchell College campus in New London, Connecticut. Please come and enjoy a beautiful weekend by the Long Island Sound. You'll find me under the big blue banner!
 - Nancy Boudreau

Friday, May 20, 2016

June Roadside



"June Roadside"

Spindle leggéd mowers
cruise the woodland
denuding the understory
but steer clear of roadside hedgerows
where orange lilies
like warning flags
wave at passing vehicles.

- Nancy Boudreau


This is a painted 4" x 6" view of a roadside in New Milford, Connecticut, in June. Orange daylilies bloom on the sunny side and are reflected in a muddy puddle left by a recent passing thundershower. These wild orange daylilies are one of the few flowers not eaten by deer. To celebrate that fact, I suggest we start referring to them as "deer lilies".


Text and images © 2016 Nancy A. Boudreau. All rights reserved. Permission required for publication. Images available for licensing.
nboudreau.com







Thursday, May 19, 2016

Marsh Marigold



Earliest spring
when woods are still 
the color of deer
not gray, not brown,
when only the barberry dare to suggest
pinprick green.
Rivulets chortle through throats
of groggy skunk cabbage
and the detrius of glaciers gone.
Spring passes through lightly,
carelessly dropping her 
crown of gold and green 
at the edge of a vernal pond.

 - Nancy Boudreau


This is a quickly painted 4" x 6" view of the Silvermine area in New Canaan, Connecticut, in early spring. The marsh marigolds are "homebodies". They don't wander or spread far from where you might be lucky enough to find them. But they are enduring, returning every year to flourish for a brief time with gusto.






Text and images © 2016 Nancy A. Boudreau. All rights reserved. Permission required for publication. Images available for licensing. 

nboudreau.com


Friday, April 29, 2016

Yellow Tree Peony


This is a 4" x 6" painting of a tree peony from the artist's garden. Handwritten on the back of the painting are her words:

"Yellow Tree Peony"

This orange confetti tassel
skirted with lemon meringue flounces
is a precious gift of life
from a good friend I've never met.

Her generous spirit reappears
each spring briefly
buoyed on woody stems
nestled in emerald foliage
incredibly, eternally, ephemeral beauty.

— Nancy Boudreau


Text and images © 2016, Nancy A. Boudreau. All rights reserved. Permission required for publication. Images availably for licensing. nboudreau.com.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Field In Connecticut



This is a 4" x 6" painting of a field full of blue flowered Cow Vetch growing on Fairfield Hills in Newtown, Connecticut. The following poem by the artist is handwritten and signed on the back of the artwork.

"A Field In Connecticut"

I saw you in the grass
of a fur-smooth field
basking in a bowl of sun
rimmed by verdant woodlands
blue eyes twinkling
delighted to hear bobolinks again.
I was with you.

 — Nancy Boudreau

Text and images © 2016 Nancy A. Boudreau. All rights reserved. Permission required for publication. Images available for licensing through nboudreau.com       

Saturday, April 23, 2016

White Iris - Power of Surrender


This is a 4" x 6" painting of white iris flowers from the artist's studio garden in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Painted on a 1/2" thick panel, it is ready to hang, unframed. The following poem by the artist is handwritten on the back of the artwork:


"White Iris - Power of Surrender"

Knobby rhizome - Artist sits
lies in rocky sand - at blank easel with unmixed palette

with a mandate to produce
something from nothing
surrender fear
open to what is

a dearth of nutrients - lack of resource
a long wait - interminable isolation
finally a little rain - glimmer of inspiration
a bit of sun, warmth - a positive comment, encouragement
a rootlet, a shoot - a brush stroke, two colors blend
a stalk, leaves - an outline, contrast
rising above the earth - a composition forms
bud unfurls - canvas fills
petals spread, relax - brushes laid down, hands rest
open wide to gather - stand back to bask in
wild breezes, suns rays - the whole view

and gather appreciative passersby.

 - Nancy Boudreau

Text and images © 2016 Nancy A. Boudreau. All rights reserved. Permission required for publication. Images available for licensing through nboudreau.com

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tulips in a Crystal Vase



"Tulips in a Crystal Vase"

This is a digital drawing done on my old Kindle Fire using a Sketchbook Mobile appYou can have a small print or greeting cards made from this artwork by contacting me at nb@nboudreau.com.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Offerings" Etsy Shop New Icon



Etsy has prompted it's shop owners to join in a re-design, asking us to produce new mastheads, photos, and icons for our businesses. To that end, I offer you this morning my first attempt at an icon. It's a bit busy, but it incorporates the two directions I've been pulled in lately: painting and coloring books.

The uncolored version of this line drawing is offered for digital download through my Etsy shop, for your own coloring pleasure - only .99¢



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Coloring As Unusual as April Snow



"What's On The Roof?"

A nonsensical abstract to color upon, appropriate for equally nonsensical weather such as an April ice storm.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Eggs Nest with a little color



. . . and a sample of what "Eggs Nest" might look like when you start applying color.

Print your finished art on professional quality paper or canvas with 


Monday, March 21, 2016

Eggs Nest Coloring



"Eggs Nest"

Okay, now it's your turn to color eggs. . . click for an instant download of the image.

This reminds me of one of my favorite brunch restaurants, The Eggs Nest, in High Falls, New York. Ya gotta go there at least once.



Friday, March 18, 2016

Plastic Easter Eggs


One sleeve of twelve plastic eggs
crinkling cellophane, metallic sheen
six colors: pale yellow, gold, spring green, teal blue, violet, magenta
I must have them.
                     - NB
   
This is a 5" x 7" acrylic painting on cradled panel with layers and layers of clear self-leveling gloss gel medium to enhance that irresistibly slick and delicious eye candy. For auction on EBay



Sunday, March 13, 2016

Like coloring Easter eggs. . . on another planet



"Easter Octopus"

The abstracts I love the best are like road trips with no destination. By the end of the journey I arrive home with a neat package of adventures.

Color away!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

What's the Color of Your Coffee?



"Good Morning Coffee" or "Dizzy Diner"

Does that pattern in the tabletop look familiar? Mid-Century, when black and white televisions and boomerangs were the newest thing. 

A line drawing is like a musical score - a theme for artists to fill out with their own colorful jazz. Sort of like "Oh yah, I recognize that. It's Georgia doing 'Dizzy Diner'"


For an instant download of the line drawing, visit my Etsy shop.

Better yet, after you finish coloring on your pad or tablet, get a professional quality print of the art with GicléeOne. Makes a sweet one-of-a-kind gift.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

More Coloring Nonsense



"Green Olives with Pimentos"

A suggestion. . . this coloring page is just for fun.




TIP: after coloring your jpg, have it professionally printed on high-quality paperstock by GicléeOne, who can also frame it for you.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Deconstruction - coloring for artists



"Deconstruction"

Floating geometrics, remind me of construction debris and office papers tumbling through the sky. Color it your own, for a framable collaboration.


A peek at my first test drive, coloring on an old Kindle Fire, using Sketchbook Mobile:
I'd love to see your interpretation! 
Email it to me at nb@nboudreau.com. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sleepy Time Coloring



"Quilt"

Hand drawn in Photoshop, and available as a downloadable file for your coloring pleasure through my Etsy shop.


Hmmmm. Started this one and not quite liking the color scheme. 
But that can be changed easily.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Coloring for Big Kids



"Galactic Confetti"

Coloring for big kids who know how to laugh. Available in tablet form (with no prescription) for those who prefer touchscreen finger painting.


(All images copyrighted, so play nice. No bullies or cheats allowed on these monkey bars)

Ooooh, liking this one. . . a sample coloring from my old Kindle Fire.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Try Coloring This



"Tattooed Universe"

For your personal coloring pleasure. . . and I'd love to see the results.

Available as a JPG file for immediate download through Etsy
(All images copyrighted, so play nice. No bullies or cheats allowed on these monkey bars)

Though it's not finished, this is my favorite drawing for coloring so far.
Bet it would look great as an enlarged print on good paper stock.

Send me your version at nb@nboudreau.com



Monday, February 22, 2016

My contribution to the Coloring Craze


"Batik"

Are you ready? 
Here come a series of black and white drawings 
for your coloring pleasure.

I've been uploading these to my Kindle Fire and using the Sketchbook Mobile app to color them in. Touchscreen "finger painting" is a great way to pass time in a waiting room or airport lounge. Check upcoming blog posts for new images and tips on how to get these onto your own tablet.  


(All images copyrighted, so play nice. No bullies or cheats allowed on these monkey bars)

Monday, February 15, 2016


Friends and Aficionados!
I'd like you to know how much I appreciate that Rich Correale of GicléeOneis hard at work making my kayaking paintings available as premium quality prints. 
How else could I affordably share those beautiful visual experiences with everyone?

Please do Richard the honor of visiting his website 
and treating yourself to the fountain of inspiration you'll find there:



Thursday, January 21, 2016

AZ Hiking Sketchbook 2015

Friday, January 8, 2016

Back to Cave Creek


This is the last page the Arizona travel sketchbook. Returning to Cave Creek after a week in Sedona, for a walk up the trails through Spur Cross.

If you love to run, as I used to, and would like to support the town of Cave Creek in preserving their open space from urban expansion, you might consider participating in the Cave Creek Trail Run on March 26th.