In 2000 I wrote, illustrated and published a book about the seventeenth century Cavalier, Henry Norwood. Norwood visited the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia in 1650 and wrote about his adventures in a short broadsheet ‘A Voyage to Virginia’. I was fascinated by the tale of his exploits so researched his life and times and the probable route of his travels.
In the process I drew pen and ink maps of the various areas he traveled and illustrations to go with the book. The first printing of ‘Cavalier’s Adventure; the Story of Henry Norwood’ sold out and was picked up by Heritage Press who sold it for several years.
Recently I decided it was time to revive ‘Cavalier’s Adventure’ as an e-book so I set aside my watercolors for a while and revisited my ‘old friend’ Henry Norwood. I feel I have come to know this interesting character again in formatting the e-book.
Now ‘Cavalier’s Adventure’ is available as a download for the Kindle (and Kindle apps for PC and iPad) at $1.99.
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SPECIAL NOTICE: Download the book FREE from March 20-24, 2013!
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Recently I delivered art to a brand new gallery space that opens in March; the Ocean City Center for the Arts. I have been a member of the Art League of Ocean City for years and taught watercolor workshops when they were in their old building. I was really excited to see the new space, it has been long in coming and many dedicated people put a lot of careful planning, donations and hard work into this wonderful space. The ribbon cutting ceremony and first art show reception will be held Friday, March 1.
This is probably the best designed art space I have ever seen. The gallery area is lofty and spacious with lots of light and even a colorful chandelier. A balcony area allows for two separate shows at once. There is room for sculpture and a gift shop. I am looking forward to seeing my art displayed with all the other talented area artists in this gallery (and some of my paintings are in the gift shop too).
Two large classrooms have bright windows with views of the marsh, demonstration mirrors and even built in technology. They have a dedicated pottery studio and individual studio spaces for working artists upstairs. A kitchen, offices, storage and library space are well organized. This whole building will be buzzing with working artists, students and visitors and is sure to be the pride of Ocean City.
The Ribbon Cutting ceremony will be Friday March 1 at 4:30, followed by the first art show and reception. Saturday March 2 there is an Open House from 11 to 4 where you can participate in hands on art projects and sign up for classes. The Ocean City Center for the Arts is at 502 94th Street in Ocean City, MD and their web site is artleagueofoceancity.org
It may only be February but I’m ready for spring! This week I began working on a spring painting in watercolor because there isn’t anything better than moving bright colors around while painting flowers.
I started with the crocuses that are in one corner of the composition. While looking through my files of early spring photographs for potential subjects to paint I realized that some of the photos were taken about this time of year. Glancing out the window from my seat at the computer I was delighted to realize there were several dozen little blue crocuses blooming in the front yard!
They weren’t the larger spring crocuses I eventually painted but it was immensely satisfying to discover the first of spring’s flowers returning already.
Besides the purple and white crocuses, this composition will include a pot of pansies, white narcissus, a vintage gardening trowel and a robin.