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Break in the Clouds

"Break in the Clouds", oil on canvas

When I started this painting I planned to do a bright sunny day with a late summer field looking beyond to Lake Champlain.  I took several photos of the area while visiting Vermont recently, many showing clouds.  I began by painting my entire canvas red.  Once dry I started at the top with a light blue.  The phone rang; it was a telemarketer.  After hanging up, I returned to the painting, but was still focused on the phone call, I mistakenly picked up yellow on the side and added it to the sky without thinking.  OOPS!  It was green.  I left for a few minutes to simmer down and when I returned I decided I liked it better.  The painting quickly turned into a stormy day using some of the same cloud shapes from my photos.  Go figure.  

You can see this work up close and personal at the Newfane Heritage Festival in Newfane, Vermont.  The show will run on October 11th and 12th on the town  green from 10 am to 4 pm both days. The show is open to the public and music is provided.  Come early, there's lots to see. I am directly in front of the Congregational Church.  While visiting try some of their  warm apple crisp with ice cream! 

Hope to see you there,

Sheila Psaledas

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Size Isn't always Important


"Yellow and White"     Oil/panel


      I sat on a lawn chair at the back of my tent listening to the young couple talking about one of my oil paintings.  They had recently moved into a new house and were looking for some original artwork to fill the spaces. Their earlier house had cheap prints  from department stores on the walls, many were quite old; these were gifts from relatives or friends.  Some of the prints had faded over the years and were ready to go. The man of the house wanted to fill up the large wall  space over the couch, and said he loved "Forsythia", but the woman was thinking of the budget that comes with a new house and all the necessary expenses.  They wanted a paintings with yellowish warm colors to work with the muted purple on the walls.  They even brought along a paint color chart of their wall color from the hardware store-"these people are organized", I thought. As it happened they also liked some of the small oils like "Yellow and White"; the more they discussed their choices the harder it was to reach an agreement.  It looked like they might not buy a painting at all because they couldn't afford  a big one and felt a smaller one wouldn't take up enough space.

     Here's where I got into the conversation because I can appreciate both views. My comments were as follows:

  •  Think about whether it is important to get a large painting like "Forsythia" now or a few small ones to take care of smaller walls here and there.
  • If the wall space above the couch is your first priority but your budget won't allow it, then perhaps you can buy it on the lay-a-way plan (pay me smaller installments each month until paid off (6 months is the deadline for last payments), then come pick it up or I'll ship it to you.
  • If small works are stopping you because of their size, remember, size isn't everything.  (That usually produces a double take or a chuckle from them).
  • Buying two or three smaller pieces with harmonizing themes and colors can fill up the same space a larger painting would, or add colorful touches at small locations around a room.
  • Often the cost of 3 smaller works will be less than the cost of a larger painting.

     These choices seemed to satisfy them. They bought 3 small works with reds and oranges for the dining area, and they'll decide on what to place in the living room later.


     Next time you are looking for original art for your place remember, small paintings can fit your decorating plans and budget.

Visit to see many small paintings-and some large ones too!

Best regards,


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Art by the Brook announces Spring Preview

"Birches and Rocks", original watercolor by Sheila Psaledas



 Art by the Brook Studio announces Spring Art Preview


March 29, 2013

Hillsborough, NH – Locally owned Art by the Brook Studio (formerly Modes of Expression) announced today that it will run a Spring Art Preview and watercolor sale effective May 5th through June 1st. Artist Sheila Psaledas will provide private or group open studio shows by appointment at Art by the Brook, 738 Beard Road in Hillsborough, N.H.   

Art by the Brook Studio opened its first Open Studio show in November of 2011 and is owned by Sheila Psaledas. Visitors from New England and beyond find just what they need in original paintings, giclee prints, and greeting cards at Art by the Brook Studio. Many have scheduled private studio previews at this location over the past 5 years.  Psaledas also holds Open Studios as a member of NH Open Doors Weekend, held each November, and visited by many who take advantage of products made by New Hampshire artists and crafts people in NH.

Art by the Brook Studio will also have a 50% savings watercolor sale during its Spring Preview. The painting , "Birches and Rocks", watercolor is one of several selected works included in this special sale.

 Psaledas is known for her colorful paintings of New England landscapes and has received many art awards of excellence at local and regional outdoor shows throughout the area. Those interested in buying fine art to grace the home, office or for gifts will enjoy the E-Z Lay-A-Way plan for purchasing fine art. MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Personalized Previews are also available for those looking for color coordinated  paintings with  home and office decor. You can customize your preview when you contact the artist for your studio visit. Each Open Studio Preview features refreshments, music and a free gift to those attending.

For more information, please visit

To schedule an Open Studio Preview please contact the artist through the website or telephone information below. You can learn more about the artist and her work by visiting the contact link on her website:


Art by the Brook Studio,

738 Beard Rd.

Hillsborough, NH 03244

Office: Tel. 603-478-0922 from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.


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When Your Heart Sings

Green Barn

          I paint every day, as many artists do, sometimes outdoors on location but more often than not, I paint in the studio.  Working entirely from source material can often leave me with an unfulfilled feeling, especially if I have doggedly followed the photo sources while painting. I usually try to paint an hour or two on location, quickly setting the composition, adding loose areas of color to represent the mood and time of day.  Back at the studio I often begin with the photos I took while at the location, and then tuck them out of sight, away from my eyes to present my feelings of the subject purely.  When the colors, composition and other elements are all flowing together the time in the studio seems to fly.  Spending time in the moment, creating a painting with my inner being makes my heart sing.  Many of us engage in activities  we love whether it is art, music, sports, or any hobby that erases time. There is no time other than the present, and when you are in the moment enjoying what you most want to do, your heart sings.

         "Green Barn", oil on canvas is simply one of my paintings that made my heart sing in its creation.  what makes your heart sing?  Follow that path.


Sheila Psaledas

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Autumn Attraction

"Autumn Attraction"

Beautiful autumn foliage attracts many "Leaf Peepers" to New England each fall.  I couldn't resist getting out during an afternoon this autumn to capture the color of these two sugar maples.  Be sure to stop by my Open Studio on November 3rd to see it in person.  Visit my events page to get all of the details.


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Do Your Paintings Match the Couch?

New Hampshire apple trees in early autumn

"Apple Trees"            Oil/panel


          People buy art for different reasons. some are attracted to certain colors, some to the subject, but many tell me they are emotionally stirred by the works they buy, while others say they are simply matching colors in the room or a couch.

           At an outdoor show this summer, I overheard two women discussing a smaller painting of mine at length.  The person shopping for art liked my works and her friend was helping her find the right painting for her wall.  The  woman liked the subject, thought that it would go well on a narrow side wall in her living room, and felt the colors would work with the room.  After much discussion her friend said she wasn't sure the painting would match the couch fabric.  ("Ouch!", I thought.)  I asked what colors were the most dominant in the room.  She said the walls were all white, but the couch had a brocade type fabric with many bright colors.  I went out on a limb and asked if one of the brocade colors was also in my painting.  Yes, the owner of the couch said there was teal in the brocade, and the blue-green in the painting looked like a match to her.  I asked, "Does it really need to match the couch perfectly, especially if the painting will hang on an opposite wall?"  She agreed and said she thought it would work just fine.  I let her know that if she decided it wouldn't work she could ship the painting back to me within two weeks, as long as it came back to me in the same condition she bought it, and I would refund her money.  She bought the painting.

          Unfortunately I do not have a photo of the one she bought, but  thought you'd like to see one that received many favorable comments this summer.  "Apple Trees" shows a favorite time of the year in New Hampshire, when the apples are ripe and ready to pick. Fall visitors to the orchards spend a weekend day with the family or friends picking apples for pies, jelly, or my favorite Apple Crisp!!

"Apple Trees", original oil on panel,  is available by clicking here.  Also archival giclee prints can be purchased at this site.


Sheila Psaledas


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Fish Shacks

Visit New England

          Every day I look at my FASO statistics to see who is looking at my site.  I don't see any personal information on my visitors; just their town and state shown on  a map. This shows which regions of the world they are from, and what paintings they like to browse at 'Landscapes of New England'.  Recently I noticed visitors were from  Australia, Canada, China, Korea, and many from all over the U.S.!  Many were first time visitors.  I love to have many people, especially new visitors, look at my works.  "Fish Shacks", oil on panel has had a lot of viewers.  I often wonder if those who viewed it are connected to the place.  Perhaps they were born there, visited, or perhaps they have family members who live there.  Maybe they miss New England and would like to return someday.

          Are you a former New Englander, or someone who likes to visit New England?  Let me know. I'd love to hear from you!


Order prints of "Fish Shacks" here.

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Paying it Forward


All artists should consider doing this:  Each year I find a way to 'give it back' to a community based organization.  I think this is important.  My attitude is that I have been very fortunate this year. I have sold many works this year and had many people tell me they love my newsletters, blogs, and truly enjoy my paintings.  I believe that I am blessed and want others to feel the same.  In the past I have helped groups like Kiwanis, Lions Club, senior community groups, Farmsteads of New England, CASA, and more. Recently I finished a watercolor of the Fellows Farm in Windham, NH.  When I learned that the farm is to be demolished or sold for parts, I contacted the historic committee for that town and offered to produce prints of the painting.  I will donate a portion of the sales of the prints to the town for either saving the building, or if not feasible,then to apply the funds toward a community project of their choice.

     I am sure other community projects will come my way this year and I usually do more than one per year. Sometimes I donate a painting, sometimes a portion of sales-either way I feel good aobut my efforts.  It's a small gift from me but perhaps others may have a better life because of it. You can read the article in the Eagle tribune/Derry News on Psaledas


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Memories of Childhood Days

 "Boscawen Barn" Watercolor

I'd like to spend a few moments commenting about the watercolor, "Boscawen Barn".  The compositional elements I am using in this picture help to make it a success.  I took some photos of the scene on a damp winter day in Boscawen, New Hampshire.  The day reminded me of long ago winter days in New Hampshire when I was a child.  I can remember one such day during February vacation spent with my siblings at a local farmer's field tobogganing with my brothers and sister. The day was damp and cloudy, but we were told to "go outside and play"; there were no computers, and television was off-limits for many daytime hours. Plus, my mother wanted us outside in the fresh air and out of her hair while she got work done inside.

I remember the mile or so hike to the field. I also reminisce about the damp heat in my mittens and the smell of the scarf's wet wool around my mouth and nose, my younger brother's lament about it being his turn to bring the toboggan back up the hill, and Jon's agreement to help him get it back up. Now I recall their stolen trip down the hill without me, (I wasn't quick enough to catch onto their trickery), but while they are descending in laughter, the silent moments of daydreaming broken by the "Cherooo" of the cardinal's cry. Visit my newsletter page to read more about "Boscawen Barn".


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