Saturday, December 3, 2011


I have started posting the snow sculptures from last year as a Snow Scuplture page (clickhere).

 I will continue updating it as time goes on...

I'd better start thinking about how to pile the snow this year...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I forgot to post my Pumpkin Carvings

Autumn has always been the smell of burning jack-o-lanterns in my house.

As we all enjoy our Thanksgiving festivities, I just wanted to show off the carving I did for Halloween.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Featured Artist Shows in the future?

Winter Sunset Watercolor
  We are making space at the store, where - in the future - we would like to feature artists in a smaller show within our show.

Wintertree in snow Oil

Cold Morning in the sunroom in Rutland

 Right now we need to show art in these new places in the store, so you can see what it might look like.


These are some of the artworks (of mine) that are on display at the store. (

Sunday, November 20, 2011


I keep wondering if I should paint this one large area (poorly framed in) behind my woodstove before the Open studio tour. It used to be an old bulliten board I think only it's been painted white.

I'll have to take a photo of the wall so you can see what I mean.

I figured the best thing I could really do it try to make it look like a window... so
I took this photo Monday, from the kitchen.
Right now the trees are so full you can't really see much of anything...
just a blur of green and a glimpse of the river.
No, I am not getting completely distracted from the upcoming Plein air festival...
I'm still thinking about it.
This was first posted in July of 2011...
Obviously I didn't get around to painting it, there was so much else to do!
Now: 11-20-11
I am finally showing you the photos of the space that I am considering painting.
I've actually spent some time smmothing out the surface a bit.
(I think it used to be a bulletin board.)
I definately want to make a long panoramic landscape on this surface.
To this end I have been practicing my panoramic photography
 I don't claim to really be good at it...all I need is an image worth painting.

(too much?) painting...

I think I finished this one,
although I wanted it to be soft,
like the original photo
...not sure what happened.

Funny thing is,
I found this photo that I took of this painting before I put the leaves in and I like it MUCH better!!!

Still painting the big square canvas

(see previous post)
I'm not posting a picture yet,
since I think I am struggling with the buildings.
 The buildings are begining to come out of the snow.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I used all the Small canvases...

So I am painting a winter farm landscape - on a 36" Square canvas.

(I don't know what else I could have been saving it for..)

Monday, November 14, 2011

I sure like having so much paint

When I have so many colors at my disposal, I can paint multiple pieces...
Here is one that I suppose has a bit of a cliche in it, but I like it anyway.
I called it the heart of the forest
I am scraping down  to find wet paint, but I am still painting with the same pallete that I mixed during the Fall Foliage Open Studio.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Starting another Oil Painting

Painting a sky first.
I really wish I had taken a photo of this when it was just sky.
I always seem to like the skies best for some strange reason.
I actually left it as sky only- on the canvas - for several days...I didn't want to mess up the sky.

Finally I got up my courage and have been adding muddy 'ol earth ever since...
It's ok.
Maybe I should paint a whole series of just skies?
Look at all the scrumptious PAINT!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Here is another painting,

although it was not begun recently, it has been completed recently...

Some yellow paint addes to spark the light in the foreground...It's called "Lakeside".

I was not quite satisfied with it, which is why it was not shown during my last open studio.
It's better now!
Maybe it will be shown in the next show.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A record of the paintings...

Autumn in my Backyard
Morning Sky

I figured I would post photos of the other major pieces of art that I sold during the Open Studio Tour, and maybe this time I can get the photos to come out alright!?
I think it's a bonus when the art that sells is the art you really like.

In a way it is sad, because I can't keep them anymore, but like a child who is grown and flown: that was the idea to begin with, you can't regret it...

Monday, October 17, 2011

A painting is finished

This painting:
called "A break in the storm"
was completed right ater the Open Studio Tour!
Visitors to my studio saw it nearly done, but I darkened the shadows and lightened the highlights- a Lot!

I mixed a huge batch of Oil paint, so lets see how many paintings I can get done while the paint is still wet enough to use!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Well, the Open Studio Tour is over.
The weather was discouraging at best.
It was of course fine for me, since I got to sit by the woodstove all day, and the house was quite cozy...
But not the best day for a drive in the mountains.
THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who took the long haul all the way out to my isolated environs, to see my work! I am so grateful...this kept me sane, during two fairly long days of waiting.

 And A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Folks who supported my creative endeavors by purchasing paintings, prints, and cards....without you, I would have probably decided art is just not my gig was one of those weekends.

These two photos are pictures of twop of the painting that sold during the weekend:

(though for the life of me, I cannot get them to load vertically!!! So turn your head to the right>>>  ;)

This year, despite the economy, and the poor weather, I still did manage to do a bit better than break even!

Still sort of recovering from all that sick I had going on...
this seems to be taking longer than usual... but I am definately making real progress!

Now I am ready to paint, since I did mix a huge batch of oil paints this past weekend...I also finally finished the painting that was on the easxle during the Open Studio Tour... and I have just started a new Canvas...

I also have plans to make some holiday ornaments for he store's Gift Show!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Leaves are NEAR Peak..

Or maybe perfectly at peak...where I live.
Someone at my work didn't believe me since everything in town is all green..

but there's the proof! The color up in my neck of the woods is Phenominal!!!
Just in time for Open Studio!
(I've been sick for several days..but I am much better now, and ready for a bout of ART!)

I looked around the house...
It seems I have - prepared for Open Studio:

Framed artwork:
40 Oil Paintings
4 Acrylics
5 Watercolors
10 Monoprints
2 Blockprints
1 Collage
 As well as 6 Sculptures

13 unframed monoprints and multiple prints and Cards.

Here I sit, the signs are up, and I'm going to mix some OIL Paint!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Is art useless?

Coin Bear (useful) Sculpture-Chelsea
Oscar Wilde  again:
"We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it.
The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admire it intensely.
All art is quite useless."

Personally I disagree. -c

Any opinions?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Over 250 Maps distributed!

Over 250 Maps distributed!
A busy weekend.
I finished all 3 bears with multiple clear coats,
I finished off 3 painted flower pots, and put mums in them for those who are looking for
a decorative piece of art with a bit of fall life.
...and I disdtributed the rest of my big box of maps from Eden to Stowe!
I know there is still more to do...
but I'm getting there!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What is the Old Belvidere Schoolhouse Studio?

Belvidere Vermont Autumn
 Well, ultimately it's my home.
For this weekend only I am opening the groundfloor to the public to take a look at all of my art in one place, and to get to see some of the processes used to creat it.

But why drive this far North?

The road to get there in the Autumn is IDEAL!

 This is it! The Old Belvidere Schoolhouse
North past Tallman's ABC store in Autumn

 Someone at work said it must be lovely...

and, yes,

 in a word it is lovely.
 There is a river,
Oil Painting: River in My Backyard
This painting resides in Colorado
(normal summer water levels depicted)
(Which is an incredible solace, and so very nice ...when it's not angry.)

The North Branch of The Lamoille, spring 2011
at this point the water is a little higher than during
Hrricane Irene.
Behind my house

Yes, I Know she needs paint,
I have scraped and primed
below the windows of the first floor.

I guess it depends on your point of view.
Some would call it a money pit, my Father calls it my albatross....

I've been working at the store a lot lately,
 & I've been very inspired by my customers, with no time to act on it.
I've even managed to have a 24 hour flu, or food poisoning (one or the other)
during one of my precious few Sunday's off, so it was spent trying to burn off a fever.
There is still so much to do for Open Studio!
100 Maps are distributed...
I have somehow managed to nearly finish 3 separate bear sculptures, although admittedly, they were half done already. I just need to do some retouch & clear coating.
I have promised myself
that by the time the signs are out, and the doors are open,
I will have mixed a big and brand new batch of oil paint, and I'll be painting during the show.
But until then I will try to update more about the ongoing art projects...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

What's in the Map?

 If you did go to the Vermont Crafts Council's website showing the Foliage Open Studio Map link in my previous post, you will have seen that Chittenden county has tons of artists, but my county, Lamoille, is grouped together with three others, because there are only 4 artists listed here.

I know there are more artists in this area, and I thought of inviting some of them, but decided to try it by myself first - and start learning how to do it right, before I complicate it further.
I am lucky to have heard many stories of Open Studio expiriences, because of my work at Artists' Mediums Inc., but there is still an awful lot I need to do.

Difficult, because I am working open to close Fri., Sat., & Mon.then normal hours Tues through Saturday.
So sunday is my big day to get alot done.

 I am getting one thing done...
Perhaps showing images of my art could be the best way to find folks who'd like it.
For this reason, I am Making inserts / invites to put in the copies of Foliage Open Studio Maps that I now need to distribute all over. (and Lamolle is a BIG AREA.) I guess my work is cut out for me!

Here is what it says:
You are invited to the Old Belvidere Schoolhouse Foliage Open studio,

Oct. 1st and 2nd, 10-5 and see how this kind of art is made.


Chelsea Lindner Belvidere VT. Studio 109
Artist: Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, Prints, & Sculptures.
Since I can't arrange the photos the way I did in Word, here are the (photos) I inserted in one row in order.
(on the flier, they are smaller, and similar in size)


By the way, and just for the record: My word program tired to change my spelling for the flier,
the suggestion : "see how this kind of art are made."
(Another reason I am still being draggged, kicking and screaming, into the technological age.)
I'd better get back to stuffing maps...

Foliage Open Studio Maps!

We have the Vermont Crafts Council Foliage Open Studio Map at the Store- at Artists' Mediums Inc. in Williston Vermont now too!!!

So please feel free to stop by and pick up your copy, so you can take the tour!
Meet your nieghbors, who might just be creative people...find the artists in YOUR area, even if you can't visit mine.
But just in case:

(My Old Belvidere Schoolhouse is Studio 109.)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

More Quotes

The Entwife, Oil, by Chelsea
Oscar Wilde also said
"Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.
When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself."

Friday, September 2, 2011

Here is the actual Listing

109. Old Belvidere Schoolhouse Studio - Chelsea Lindner - Oil, watercolor, landscapes, prints, sculpture. 3721 Vt Rte 109, Belvidere Center, VT 05442. (802) 644-8061. From Rte 15 in Jeffersonville, turn onto 108, travel 0.4 mile and turn right onto Rte 109 N. Follow Rte 109 for 11.1 miles. Find us at the corner of Bog Rd and Rte 109 in the old Belvidere Schoolhouse.

I've been getting ready,
There are over 50 oils, several Watercolors (they are mostly, but not all landscapes)
I only said prints, even though I do Blockprints and Monoprints...
I have some sculptures in progress that I'm going to try to finish this month...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fall Foliage Open Studio Maps!

Fall Open Studio Maps are available now!
(click here to see a copy!)
My studio Number should be easy to remember, since it is 109, and I live on route 109!
Here's the page I am actually on:

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ways to help with the flooding in Vermont

Sunday we were hit with the edge of Hurricane/Tropical storm Irene,
My commute Monday -chels
and Though I lost power and phone for a while, it was hardley an inconvienience for me...
so many others are not so lucky!
Several towns are still unaccessable, and many are still without power.

There are lots of ways to help:

Today, (wed. Aug 31st) a family in Pittsfield reported that they bought the last loaf of bread at the market. IF YOU ARE IN OR AROUND RUTLAND, PLEASE DROP OFF SUPPLIES AT Restoring Rutland ~ 34 STRONGS AVENUE FROM 9AM-9PM. These supplies will be delivered to Mendon, Killington, and Pittsfield. Families are eager to get more water, baby food and formula, diapers, dog food, cleaning supplies, etc. Any help is appreciated. Thank you all.

You can also help through the Red cross:

Another way to help:
Vermont's Largest Hunger-Relief Organization - Vermont Foodbank

In the meanwhile, craft artists should contact Cerf+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) for immediate help.
and for recovery advice:

Thank you to Martha Fitch at the Vermont Crafts council for the reminder of the words of another Vermonter in the year after the 1927 flood:

"I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont." President Calvin Coolidge.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


In the intro to The Picture of Dorian Grey written by Oscar Wilde, he says

"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.
This is a fault.
Silent Seclusion, Watercolor, Chelsea
Those who find beautiful meaning in beautiful things are the cultivated.
For these there is hope.

They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty."

(I guess I aspire to that. -c)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Two more framed works

Raspberry Leaf
3 Grape Leaves on White
Two of the monoprints were good enough to frame for the Open Studio Exhibit.
This brings the total number of pieces of art for display and sale at this show up to 64!!
...getting there.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monoprints Everywhere!

This week I have printed over 60 monoprints.
This means I will have approximately 6-12 that are good enough to frame or sell if I am lucky...
and a bunch of scraps I can recycle into business cards I think...

Just didn't want to let the week go by without posting that I AM working on art!
..more soon!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Well, I know I haven't written for a bit, but I have done some art since the Plein air Fest...

Grape leaf

mostly monoprints. Here's a sneak peek at one of them...

I have several more to do tonight.
It looks easy, but for every 12-20 I print, there are only (usually) about 2 or 3 worth framing...
(That uses a lot of really nice paper, and so my note paper pile is looking really cool!)

One from my last session was really nice, and I have already framed it.
The catalog of art is coming along as well... up to 50 peices of art so far for the Open Studio show.

We pick up the maps for Open Studio Thurs Aug 18th, so I should be able to provide a link to the maps soon.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Photos from the Plein air Festival

I Am Posting these Photos again, because now I have the correct spelling of the names of the fabulous organizers who made this whole event possible.
The Plein air Festival was wonderful!                                          
 I had a GREAT time and was impressed by the magnificent work done by all the organizers, and volunteers!


 Gorgeous weather, friendly people...
I was also quite humbled by the talented people, that I was blessed to spend the day with!


I think many one of us would gladly do it again.
Thank you to The Organizers: Barbara Greene, Emilie G Alexander, and Jane Morgan, everyone who participated, everyone who came to view the art, and of course The Emille Gruppe Gallery, The Barber Farm, well as all the volunteers & sponsors!
I learned a LOT!