Friday, August 29, 2014

A Compass Rose to Call Your Own

So I was thinking how much fun it would be to create compass roses for people based on themes that resonated with them. Maybe someone is an avid gardener and would love to have a compass rose depicting a rabbit in an herb garden or a bird watcher might enjoy one depicting his favorite bird with elements like eggs and feathers. Compass roses are not just for nautical themes anymore!

We all need to check our bearings at times and be sure we're headed in the right direction. Like a coat of arms or family crest I am now offering to design a compass rose just for you. Maybe a family compass rose that could be used for a family reunion t-shirt or party invitation. The possibilities are endless. In the same way I offer to depict the clouds for specific dates (, I am excited about offering another gift idea that will never be duplicated.

If this peaks anyone's interest, send me an email at  for additional information. (Please put "compass rose" in the subject line.) Here's another example of one of my favorite creatures, steering me in the right direction.

Copyright E.M. Corsa 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Directions

Every so often I feel like I need to reassess, switch directions or perhaps check my compass to be sure I'm heading the right way. Being an artist means being flexible and being able to change things up, offering new work instead of relying on what you've done for years; maybe experiments with different mediums or working with new subject matter. This brings an excitement to clients showing how your work is growing, and it keeps the artist from burning out doing the same thing over and over. So as most of you know, I have changed directions a bit and have been called back to my beloved cloudscapes, offering them as paintings and using them as backdrops for my other subjects. In honor of keeping my eye on the right direction and with the shifting of the seasons, I've begun exploring compass roses. Here's my first compass rose in a new collection.
copyright E.M. Corsa 2014


Monday, August 25, 2014

One More

One more evening offering:
August 25, 2014   7:30 pm   SW

A Lesson Learned

Yesterday the sky was a mass of gray cotton candy in the late afternoon, nothing that peaked my interest. But I continued to watch and eventually the clouds began to shift and twist revealing little patches of blue. So I painted this small patch of sky. I am learning patience every day.

August 24, 2014   5:10 pm   SW

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Sky

Yesterday was the perfect summer day. Bright blue sky with billowing sails that swiftly turned into jagged bed sheets fit for a giant.  
August 23, 2014   9:30 am   W

Friday, August 22, 2014

Star Fisher is finished

Here's Star Fisher, all finished and ready for a home. The painting measures 8 x 10 inches.

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Fame for an Outer Banks Sky

Check this out. My clouds have been posted on the Cloud Appreciation Society site!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Star Fishing

Here's another one of my paintings using a cloud background. This one is small but I think it'll be cool because it's going to go into a mat with two openings. If you look carefully, you'll notice the two sections.

The kingfisher is one of my favorite birds. I thought for a change of pace he might enjoy fishing for stars instead of fish. They may not fill his belly but they will feed his soul.

Here's Step 1.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Southern Skies

I got a call from my friend yesterday afternoon, who was on the road, telling me to glance towards the south. These bulbous monsters had formed and just as quickly, lumbered off to sea. I had to work fast so I decided to just do a quick sketch in my sketchbook. But then I couldn't resist. So I dashed into the hall, grabbed my paints and managed to produce this little painting before the clouds had vacated my space.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Love is in the Air

copyright Linda Crouch 2014
It may be the end of summer, but for some creatures it feels like the first day of spring. Love is in the air, I mean, on the tree, for this Polyphemus Moth, found by my friend Linda Crouch. She was kind enough to share her pic with me.

The Polyphemus Moth has a wingspan of 10 to 15 cm. The host trees for the caterpillar are varied but include oak, willow, maple and birch. The adults do not feed.

I have never seen one of these remarkable creatures in my yard. When the adults emerge from their cocoons in the late afternoon, mating begins immediately. This continues through the early morning hours. So everyone, go out and check your trees. Love can still be found, even on these hot and lazy afternoons.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Like Mother, Like Son

It appears my oldest son Joshua has inherited the cloud appreciation gene. He took this pic yesterday in Florida where he makes his home. Though he's a talented surgeon, both he and my other son Zachary, have numerous talents, and both are great photographers. This makes me think of a beloved song from a favorite movie. I'll let you figure that one out for yourself.

FYI : We are all members of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Yes it's real. I have a badge and everything. Here's the link:

Copyright Joshua G. Corsa 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Blog

For all you cloud lovers, be sure to stop by my new blog,

Monday, August 11, 2014


Star Gazer  is finished. (Inquiries:


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Step 3

Here's Step 3. This is where I've laid in the pencil work. Though time consuming, I think it brings a richness to the piece, something I can't achieve with just watercolor, especially when working on a painted background.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Step 2

Here's the next step. The hare's accessories have now been completed along with a magical pumpkin vine. Hey, it worked for Cinderella after all!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Star Gazer

After lots of company and social events, I have a painting I'm anxious to share with you. I created this piece while thinking about my son who lives in a far away land called Florida. While we are no longer able to share the day and night of his birth, Aug. 12th, during the peak of the Perseid Meteor Showers, I still go out in the evening and watch the heavens weep stars in celebration of his birth. I'm once again going to show this in steps. The background was painted on June 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm facing SW.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Addicted to Clouds

Anyone remember the year I spent painting cloudscapes that culminated in a show at the state aquarium? I still miss the challenge and joy I felt while trying to capture these elusive forms. I skywatch constantly and imagine a brush in my hand, a watercolor block balanced on my knees as I quickly try to make every stroke count since the cloud will escape within a few minutes, never to be seen again, except on my paper.

An artist friend of mine is here now and we spent yesterday talking "shop". Of course we both got around to cloud-speak. After he left I noticed the sky while facing SW about 7:30 pm. It was so soft, the kind of sky that is difficult to capture since there are no hard edges or bold colors. But I darted inside, grabbed my stuff and perched on the deck to give it a try. Like riding a bike, I slipped back into the frantic, controlled pace and managed to capture an impression I find suitable. I'm trying to let go of my "all or nothing" way of thinking; I can still paint my clouds and use some of them as backgrounds for my animals.

It feels good to feed the addiction.

August 5, 2014    7:30 pm    South West

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Already?

It's hard to believe it's August already. This is one of my favorite months as the island will begin to change its personality. Later in the month, sea oats will begin to brown as will the mimosa pods, and the morning light will occasionally flash hints of Autumn. The vibration of the island will also slow as families trade beach time for back to school routines and a different population will ease its way onto our shores; retired folks, people with no concern over school calendars and those who come for the seafood and shopping as much as a stroll on the beach.

This is the time of the Perseid Meteor Showers, peaking around the 12th, the day my oldest son was born. All grown now, we no longer get to celebrate his birth together, but I will go outside and gaze at the sky as the heavens celebrate his birth.

Enjoy this last taste of summer. Suck it dry and can some of it as a reminder of sultry days and starry nights when those bleak days of winter wrap tightly 'round you.