Just in time for Fall

I have a fresh batch of leaf-shaped spoon rests and soap dishes in all the hues of Autumn-

Stoneware Red Oak Leaf Spoon Rest with Autumn Scarlet Finish 01 Alas-only one of the Red Oak leaf shaped dishes survived- but the finish on it is perfect.

Stoneware White Oak Leaf Spoon Rest with Autumn Scarlet Finish 01 I love how the Temmoku underglaze interacted with the Satin Matte Red Glaze.The mottled effect is almost a dead ringer for real fallen oak leaves.

Stoneware Sugar Maple Leaf Spoon Rest with Autumn Gold Finish 01 Most of the Sugar Maple trees in the woods behind my parent’s house turn a pale gold mottled with brown and orange similar to the finish on these dishes.

Leaf shaped ceramic spoon rests in all the hues of Autumn from The Farmhouse Atelier 01 Ceramic leaf shaped dishes in shades of Autumn Scarlet, Gold and Celadon Green mottled with brown.

Botanical Study of Wild Ginger

In this nature study painted from memory a clump of Wild Ginger grows in an old tree stump. Note the small, three-pointed, earthy violet flowers blooming at the base of the plant-

full view of woodland scene 23 an original painting on board by mj seal “Woodland Scene XXIII”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 11 1/4″ x 13 1/2″. C. 2017

Study of a Fallen Tree

A nature study of a (well rotted) fallen tree encrusted with Blue-green lichen, vibrant green moss and a variety of wild mushrooms-

full view of woodland scene twenty two an original acrylic painting on board by mj seal “Woodland Scene XXII”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 13″ x 11 1/4″. C. 2017

Lush Mountain

Join us at Muse Vineyards on Sunday the 9th of July from 3-5 PM for the opening reception to “Lush Mountain”. This is an exhibition (my first in quite awhile) of my most recent illustrations. Muse Vineyards is located at 16 Serendipity Lane, Woodstock, VA. They also have a website- www.musevineyards.com. There will be hors d’oeuvres and of course excellent wine.

lush mountain cover pic A detail of a woodland scene in my “Lush Mountain” series

The paintings in “Lush Mountain” contain all the exuberance and vitality of our rich ancient forests. These pieces are painted largely from memory and the little doodles I make in my sketchbook. My illustrations tend to be very busy-much like my subject matter- with many different points of focus. Like a forest the more closely you look the more you see. Each piece is brimming with local flora and fauna. And while my work is very painterly and cartoonish every species readily identifiable. Here’s another sneak peek-

Lush Mountain sneak peek Detail of a botanical study exploding with local flora

And if you can’t make it to the grand opening it will be up on the walls for the month of July.

Heading in a new direction

I’ve been working in in a very impressionistic style with my illustrations for awhile now- and I feel I’ve pushed that as far as I can. On a recent hike in the woods I found I was really liking the quicky, 5 minute sketches I was doing with a marker and wanted to incorporate that into my paintings. Pictured below are two paintings of the base of a White Oak with a large grape vine hanging off of it growing on a limestone outcrop . The first painting is very painterly, the second is much more cartooney with the heavy black outlines. These are both painted from memory like most of my work.

full view of woodland scene ten an original acrylic painting by mj seal “Woodland Scene X” – Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 13 1/2″ x 10 1/2″. C. 2017

full view of woodland scene eleven an original painting on board by mj seal “Woodland Scene XI” -Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 13 1/2″ x 10 1/2″. C. 2017

Note the outlines of Blood Root, May Apple and Fern leaves in Woodland Scene XI

Finally framed

Woodland Scene Illustrations II-IV are finally framed-

full view of woodland scene four an original painting by mj seal in a hand made frame
“Woodland Scene IV”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 14″ x 11″. C. 2017

For this low-key painting I chose a frame I had made from a Dutch-style reverse molding with a distressed black finish and antiqued gold lip.

framed full view of woodland scene three an original painting on board by mj seal
“Woodland Scene II”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 10 1/4″ x 8 3/8″. C. 2017

For this piece I chose a more simple, modern molding profile that I veneered with Wenge wood.

framed full view of woodland scene three an original painting on board by mj seal
“Woodland Scene III”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 10″ x 8″. C. 2017

For this frame I water gilt a rounded oak molding with white gold leaf. It has a nice warm-silvery color which cools down the painting and I love the texture of the wood grain underneath the very thin gold leaf.

Woodland illustrations painted from memory

Yesterday was very productive-

full view of woodland scene five an original painting on board by mj seal
“Woodland Scene V”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 8″ x 10″. C. 2017
full view of woodland scene six an original painting by mj seal
“Woodland Scene VI”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 10″ x 7″. C. 2017

Woodland Scene IV

Rays of sunlight pierce the cooling shade of a group of maples growing on a moss covered stone outcrop in this painting from memory-

full view of woodland scene four an original painting on board by mj seal
“Woodland Scene IV”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on board, 14″ x 11″. C. 2017