Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Mohonk Preserve Now Carries my Greeting Cards!!!!

News Flash - The Mohonk Preserve Visitor center in New Paltz, NY now carries my greeting cards! I did a set of 4 of my watercolor paintings of places on the Mohonk Preserve for them. Included are views of Bonticou Crag, Pitch Pines on the Milbrook Ridge Trail, A view of Clove Valley from the Undivided Lot trail and a winter view of the Coxing Kill just downstream from Split Rock. They are $4./each. Stop in and check them out. You can also buy cards from me directly too.  Leave me a message below or contact me via my website  www.mirafink.com contact page.

Here are the Preserve Paintings on the new Greeting Cards:

Bonticou Crag in Fall, Mohonk Preserve

Pitch Pines on Millbrook Ridge Trail, Mohonk Preserve

View of Clove Valley from The Undivided Lot Trail, Mohonk Preserve

Winter Stream, Coxing Kill, Mohonk Preserve

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Student Show at Duck Pond Gallery a Huge Success!


Here's some of the artists who exhibited at the show. Some took my watercolor class and some took my Art Play class. 

Anita and Josh with Anita's art in the background.

A close up of some of the artists

Carolyn and her art
(wish there weren't so many reflections)

Amy K. and Jim and Amy's Fish painting

Amy M. and her art to her left. It is a collage print she did in Art Play class.

John and his painting, wish that there weren't so many reflections in this one too. 

Here is Jane and her daughter who is the subject of the painting between them.

Deb and her Sandpiper monoprint.  This was one of the projects she did in Art Play class. 

Thanks to everyone who came to the opening and contributed food and helped hang the show etc... If you haven't seen the show yet it will be up till April 26th at the Duck Pond Gallery, Town of Esopus library in Port Ewen, NY call 338-5580 for more info.

Want to be part of the next one? Take a class!!  Art Play class starts tonight at 6:30pm call 845-338-6503 to register. The next watercolor class starts April 26th. Register at the library. We will painting outdoors, weather permitting.  For more info go to classes at mirafink.com

Friday, April 4, 2014

Opening Reception for Student Show Tomorrow Apr. 5th!!!


"Kayaking at Paradox Lake" by Mira Fink  
Today is hanging day for our student show at the Duck Pond Gallery at the Town of Esopus Library.  We are putting up about 45 pieces of really excellent artwork by my Watercolor and Mixed Media Art Play students.  These are adult students who have taken classes in the last three years at any of the places that I have been teaching including the Esopus Library (Port Ewen, NY), The Art Society of Kingston, Family Traditions (in Stone Ridge, NY) and Woodland Pond Senior Residence in New Paltz, NY. Here are a few examples of the quality work you will see if you come to the reception which is April 5th 5-8pm at the Esopus Library's Duck Pond Gallery. Esopus Library 
 
Shorebird by Deb Welsch

Carousel by Jane Birmingham

Trees by Kristine Logan

Winter Meadow by Maggie MacDowell


Interested in taking a class? Sign up soon! The next Art Play class starts next Wed. April 9th at Family Traditions.  Call 845-338-6503 to register. Next Watercolor class starts Apr. 26th at the library.  For more info on classes and the show visit MiraFink.Com go to the classes or exhibits link. See ya at the show!!  I will post pictures after the opening.  


 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

“Stream with Snowy Branch” Watercolor Process Demo By Mira Fink



I was inspired to do this painting during a winter walk on an exceedingly cold day.  I was out to find some comfort in nature, as my mother had died recently and I was feeling so sad.  I took many photographs of this stream, but chose only a few to paint.  The reason I chose this one was that I loved the snow covered branch hanging over the stream and the way the light was hitting some of the trees making them so bright, while other trees were deep in shadow.  It was almost like a heavenly light.  Here’s the photo I took that day; it was too cold to do any sketches on location. 



Back in the studio, I drew a value sketch first on drawing paper to understand the composition and make any adjustments and then drew with pencil again lightly on my watercolor block.  Did you notice I added a third tree branch on the right tree?

                
                                                    Value Drawing in my sketchbook                        

Next, I wet the paper and put in the first washes of the sky, the trees in the sun light and the stream.  I dropped in the color quickly while the paper was still wet in order to let the colors blend together.  I am careful to paint around the areas which I want to stay very light or white. 

First Wet on Wet Washes

Then I added some of the background trees on top of the light colored background.  I am having fun now exaggerating colors and letting colors blend while wet. The tree trunks have combinations of red, blues and browns.  I am working on the branch in front at the same time so that it relates color wise to the rest of the painting. 

        

                                      
Above, I have added more trees in the background and some shore details.  

Now, after spending a few hours shoveling a few feet of snow, it is time to get back to this painting and finish it.  I spend some time looking at the painting and thinking about what has to happen to make it work.  The stream needs to go all the way back.  Everything needs to get darker and some detail and subtle washes need to be added to the icy areas on the sides of the stream to distinguish them from the snow covered shore.  The background trees need just a little more definition. One challenge will be to maintain the color and brightness of the stream while adding some darker shadows. 

Here’s the finished painting.  I like the warm glow in the background trees and the colors in the stream. 
"Stream with Snowy Branch" 9x12 watercolor - will frame to 16x20
Hope you enjoyed this demonstration. To see more of my work go to my webpage www.mirafink.com or visit my blog mirafink.blogspot.com 

Friday, February 7, 2014

How do you connect with nature?

How do we connect with nature? For me it is as simple as going outdoors and reveling in it's beauty, letting my senses become alert to the sounds, the smells, the sight of the light, the colors around me.  And because I am an artist,  trying to capture some of that energy to take home.  My inspiration comes from that first moment of awe, when I see something that strikes me as beautiful.  And then I need to paint it. 

Well, perhaps not that simple, because in order to appreciate nature, we have to really be in it, not just outdoors with all the voices in our head; the lists of things to do, revisiting conversations with people where we second guess our words.   Focused internally on our worries, we can be out in nature and notice nothing. 

I am going to share a new painting and how my connecting with nature inspires my works of art. I welcome your thoughts on this subject.   
"Autumn View from Mohonk Mt. House Carriageway"
16x20 watercolor

I caught sight of this breathtaking vista while walking on a Carriage Road at the Mohonk Mountain House resort in New Paltz, N.Y. I immediately was drawn to paint it.  I loved the bright yellow tree and the flaming reds that the Blueberry leaves turn in the Fall.  I wanted to capture the white rocks, contrasting with the dark green Pines and the sense of being on top of the world looking way out into the distance.   I was on a hike with a friend that day, so had to settle for taking photos instead of painting on location.  It is that first glance at something striking, that catching of my breath that is the impetus for me to paint.  To capture a piece of this in a painting is like taking home a part of nature, an attempt to recreate that moment of joy.  

This painting derived from that moment; the memory of it preserved with the photos taken that day.   For one reason or another, it did not get painted in the Fall.  Instead, the drawing has been on my watercolor block for months awaiting the next stage.  Last week I finally picked it up and started it, which is is how I found myself today reliving fall in the dead of winter.  I hope you enjoyed  "Autumn View from Mohonk Carriageway".  

To see more of my paintings or purchase originals, prints or cards, visit my website at   www.mirafink.com

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Greeting Cards Now Available!!!!

 





  New Paltz Sunflowers

I am excited to be finally doing something that I have wanted to do since I was a child!  I am now making professionally printed greeting cards of my art and selling them in stores and on line.  This first series features watercolor landscapes of some of my favorite places in Ulster County.   

   Minnewaska Fall Cliff
 
 Sky Lake, Mohonk
                                                                                                                           
 



 
 
Black Creek, Winter
Snowy Rail Trail View
Shawangunk Winter Rocks
Consider buying some cards to send to family and friends for the holidays or for birthdays or other occasions.  Cards are 5.5 by 4.25 and cost $4.00/ each and can be ordered directly from me by ordering them on my website www.mirafink.com or Mira Fink Fine Art facebook page or in any of the following local stores; Gray Owl Gallery (Water Street Market, New Paltz, NY), Family Traditions (Stone Ridge, NY), Mohonk Mountain House Gift Shop (New Paltz, NY) and Rx Pharmacy (High Falls, NY)   If you are ordering directly indicate which images you would like and how many of each.  Buy 6 and get a discount! 

Gray Owl Gallery is selling the original paintings of some of these images as well as giclee prints.  See: www.grayowlgallery.com

This weekend is the last chance to see my show with Staats Fasoldt at Family Traditions.  Paintings, prints and driftwood art are also available there for purchase. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Watercolors on Exhibit

Hello Friends and Fans,

My art is showing in two galleries this month.  The above painting of Bonticou Crag (in New Paltz, NY) is part of a two person exhibit of watercolors with Staats Fasoldt at the Family Traditions Gallery and Gift Shop in Stone Ridge, NY.  It is one of three paintings of one of my favorite hiking locations in the New Paltz area.  Bonticou Crag looks out over the Catskills and can be accessed from Spring Farm at the Mohonk Preserve by carriage trails or for those that are sure of foot, by scrambling up the rocks.  The view is stupendous. I am trying to capture the feeling of being on top of world here and in this painting the lovely red the blueberry leaves turn in fall. 

I have 19 paintings in the show and it opened on Saturday to a packed house.  Thanks all who came to the opening.  It will be up till Dec. 15th. For more info go to www.familytraditionsstoneridge.com
Family Traditions is a really cool place that has all kinds of interesting multicultural gifts and books and art.  It is also where my Art Play for Adult classes happen.  More about that in future posts. 

For those closer to New Paltz, NY the Gray Owl Gallery in New Paltz's Water Street Market is carrying about ten of my paintings, landscapes of the Hudson Valley and my Fall leaf portraits.    Both locations are also selling my prints and new greeting cards.  More about that in my next post.... www.Grayowlgallery.com for more info on that show entitled "Hues and Views of the Hudson Valley"

Can barely keep up with all the newness in my life!!  Did I mention I am now a full time artist and freelance art teacher and no longer working in the schools?