Thursday, 31 July 2008

The Potting Shed

9"X6" Watercolour on paper

Here is a multi-purpose building, potting shed with attached raised bed. The orange buckets on the far side are to catch the runoff water, this is then used to water other parts of the garden. I have almost run out of Pennsylvania sketches now. I have a few more from the baseball games and I may do a couple from my photographs.I seem to be developing an affinity for sheds, this has become one of my favourite blogs.

I must build up another reserve because I am going away again at the end of the month.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Green Road

6"X9" Watercolour on paper

This is the road down to the orchard, not graveled yet. Everything is green in Pennsylvania, it seems, especially this year. This was probably about 7:00 am. It was nice to get up and paint before the day got too hot.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Waiting for the Muskrat

4"X3" Marker on paper

Star is part pitbull part something else. She was the runt of the litter and was hand-raised. She has intact ears and tail and, as my kids said, she's just like a normal dog except with twice as much muscle. She is fortunate to live on six lightly wooded acres with lots of entertainment for an energetic two-year-old. I have never really known a pitbull before, Star is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met. She spends hours digging under the shooting hut which sits on the bank of the creek, it is expected to cave in any day. One day she might actually catch it, muskrat, chipmunk, frog, whatever it is that lives down there.

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Monday, 28 July 2008

Foot Bridge

6"X4" Watercolour & WC pencil on paper

Well I am back, after a week of driving all over Western Pennsylvania. The boys were playing in the Freeport International Baseball Invitational and the games were scattered all over, many were an hour's drive apart ("just down the road"). Still the weather mostly stayed pretty fair and I got to spend some time with my very good friend. I didn't do as much painting as I would have liked but I did do some watercolour sketches and a few tone-studies in marker. I may post some of these studies, or I may wait until I have done something more with them, I took lots of photos too.

Here is a watercolour sketch of the little plank bridge that crosses the creek between the house and the orchard where we stayed.

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Sunday, 27 July 2008

Mixed Bunch

5"X7" Oil on Board

This is a bunch of flowers I bought at the market. Mostly sunflowers but also a sort of huge thistle thing which is, well a huge thistle thing I guess.

This painting is SOLD

Saturday, 26 July 2008


5"X7" Oil on board

Also known as Hortensia apparently. There are 70-75 species of flowering plants in this genus and they are native to Asia and North and South America. See Wikipedia for more information.

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Friday, 25 July 2008

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

1st base


5"X8" Marker on paper

The first of three of these I did at a tournament last weekend. I think this is Rob. This seems to be the only life studies I do these days, watching baseball games. I may come back with som more from Pittsburgh.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008



5"X7" WC pencil on paper

These little riders on their diminutive mounts have found a shady spot to wait on a steaming hot day. They called it the "Niagara Equestrian Festival". It would have been a humble gymkhana when I was growing up.

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Monday, 21 July 2008

Apricot ACEO

3.5"X2.5" Oil on paper

Monday's Apricot

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Sunday, 20 July 2008

Yellow Roses

5"X7" Oil on board

Because I am going to be away for a week, I am going to take advantage of Blospot's new capacity to queue up posts, and post a week's worth here before I go. I don't suppose I will have much to say about them though. I will be painting and drawing while I am away, I hope, so there should be some Pennsylvania posts when I get back.

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Saturday, 19 July 2008

Three Apricots


5"X7" Oil on board

a.k.a.Prunus armeniaca

The Apricot was first cultivated in India (By Sangram Keshari Sahu- a renowned farmer of Andhara Pradesh) in about 3000 BC.[4] (how on earth do they know this?)

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Friday, 18 July 2008


7.5"X5" Marker on paper

a.k.a.Hemerocallis fulva. I was under the impression that they were indigenous to this part of the world, but apparently they are an invasive species and originate in Asia. Daylilies are everywhere at this time of year and grow by the side of the road and on abandoned lots. Hey, they even grow in my garden!

I used markers and highlighters again for this one

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Thursday, 17 July 2008

Two Barns

5"X7" WC Pencil on paper

One of the problems with living in the flatlands is that it is hard to get up high enough to get any kind of view.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Raspberry ACEO

3.5"X2.5" Oil on Paper

Painting fruit feels a little like shooting ducks in a barrel compared to most other things, like flowers for instance. Simple shapes, doesn't move around or change before your eyes, nice colours and you have the satisfaction of eating it when you are through.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2008



5.5"X4" Marker on paper

I have been playing with these value studies using copic markers in greyscale and then adding some touches of colour with common or garden highlighters. They are interesting because they force me to think about light and shade completely separately from colour. They are also very quick and portable.

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Monday, 14 July 2008

Shed with Hollyhocks


5"X7" Watercolour pencil on paper

I have always loved hollyhocks especially the way that they seem to continue to flourish even after the buildings they surround have fallen into ruin. This is one such, I pass it every day on my way to work.

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Cherry ACEO

3.5"X2.5" Oil on paper

I have taken to doing a card, sized painting as well as a 5X7 whenever I have my oils out. I am still in the process of banking as many of these as I can because I am going away next week and I want to have a week's worth to post before I go.

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Saturday, 12 July 2008

Three Cherries

5"X7" Oil on board

I love Cherry season, these are the all-popular Bing cherries.
Wikipedia has this to say about the mighty Bing.

"Bing is a cultivar of cherry that originated in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in what is now Milwaukie, Oregon. Bing remains a major cultivar in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The cultivar was developed in the 1870s by Oregon horticulturalist Seth Lewelling and his Manchurian Chinese foreman Ah Bing, for whom the cultivar is named."

..and WiseGeek says...

"Studies performed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2003 show preliminary evidence that Bing cherries help reduce toxins from the body and are a great anti-inflammatory food. The cherries were tested both for their effectiveness in treating arthritis and gout, and the research study concluded that positive results might be gained from eating a daily supply of fresh Bing cherries."

Hmmm, too bad they are only available in June and July


Friday, 11 July 2008

Noon on the Common 6

4"X3" Watercolour on paper

It is pretty obvious how I spend my lunch-hours.

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Thursday, 10 July 2008


6"X4" Watercolour on paper

Last weekend I had to drive the boys to Stratford for a baseball game. There wasn't enough time to see a show unfortunately, but I did go and sit by the river for a while (playing hooky from my maternal duty to watch my children play ball). This is a charming spot, not that overrun with tourists, although the ducks are pretty thick under foot. I managed to paint this one while I was there. I may do some more later from the photos I took.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Noon on the Common 5


6"X4" Watercolour on paper

Yet another Niagara-on-the-Lake view. I really have to try to travel a little further afield on my lunch-hours.

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Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Under the Skyway

5"X7" Pencil on paper

If you don't cross the canal by way of one of the lift bridges, you have to go under it via one of the tunnels or take the "Garden City Skyway". Here I am under the Skyway, heading towards the Homer bridge.

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Monday, 7 July 2008

More Waterlilies


4"X3" Felt-tip on paper

Not much to say really, more experiments with markers and highlighters.

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Sunday, 6 July 2008

Clematis ACEO

3.5"X2.5" Oil on paper

Here we have the clematis again. I really should try to paint it from the front but that would involve sitting in the middle of my front yard in the blazing sun, so I probably won't

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Saturday, 5 July 2008


5"X7" Oil on board

Now that I have managed to get a little bit ahead, I am not necessarily posting the same day that I am painting, even though I am still doing something every day. This is much less stressful and it will also allow me to queue up a weeks worth when I go away later this month. Of course I will try to paint while I am away too, so that I will have something to post when I get back.

This one was actually done last weekend. They are climbing on the porch so I painted in comfort but could only show them from behind.

This painting can be purchased in my Etsy shop

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Friday, 4 July 2008


6"X4" Felt-tip on paper

Here is a quick sketch done by the pond in the secret garden at the theatre. I used Copic markers for the black and grey and highlighters which I happened to have in my purse for the colour.

This is the six month anniversary of my daily paintings. If you would like to view them all in one place, the image below links to my Picassa gallery. I should probably should make an attempt to develop a more recognizable style, but I am having too much fun experimenting.

Sarah Lynch

Thursday, 3 July 2008


5"X7" WC pencil on paper

Only a few miles downriver (North) of Niagara Falls there is the famous whirlpool. There is a cable car ride one can take across it but few people are aware that you can actually go down into the gorge to the little beach. It is a very steep path and my leg muscles didn't recover for a couple of days, but it is a very lovely spot. It isn't quite as deserted as this looks, there were probably twenty other people down there that day, several of them fishing

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Freesia ACEO 2

3.5"X2.5" Oil on paper
This is the last of the freesias (until next time anyway). I don't think I will be getting to the market this Saturday as I have to take the boys to a baseball game in Stratford, so I will have tofind something else to paint next week.

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Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Freesia ACEO 1

3.5"X2.5" Oil on paper

Still with the freesias, this is another wet-in-wet. They are starting to fade a little today.

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