Monday, January 31, 2011

Bringing the Children Home

Today I picked up the remnants of a 50-painting show I had at Hamilton House in Providence, RI. HH is run by some very capable people. Anna and Jessica make artist feel welcome and provide any assistance needed in the process of hanging. My paintings included landscape, seascape, and still life, (Oh yes, one portrait -- a self portrait -- was also included.) The paintings enjoyed their cozy spaces on the elegant walls for two months (December and January), and, while sales were few, many got an exposure to a more traditional flavor (mine) of painting compared to what is usually promoted in this city. I recommend this spot as an artist-friendly place to have an exhibit of your work. More on this blog later -- after a couple of snowstorms!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snow Day

Well, it IS January, after all and we have close to 20 inches of snow on the ground. It is a sunny day after the storm, and there is a "window" of time in which to paint before gloves must be used. Usually I find that this window is about an hour and a half -- around 11 AM - 12:30 PM. Even then it may be advisable to turn to pastel or even charcoal sketching to avoid the delay of set-up that oils usually takes me. I must drop off a few paintings before I can enjoy the sunny snow! I Hope, dear reader, that you enjoy this snow day by celebrating with a brush, pencil, or pastel. Next blog, I hope to show you more images.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Before the Latest Storm

Mackerel Cove, 11x14, oil on canvas

The image above does not represent a finished painting. In the autumn I spent time, of course , in Jamestown (RI) painting at my usual "haunts" and Mackerel Cove, which is the Town Beach for Conanicut Island, is one of them. I was particularly intrigued by the late afternoon light, contre jour, and quickly laid in the scene before me. It is indeed a challenge to finish such a painting without losing the freshness of the scene.

Incidentally, as I write this post, we Rhode Islanders are preparing for a "Noreaster" which is expected to dump nearly a foot of snow here tomorrow. So tomorrow would be a good time to revisit these "unfinished" pieces. Perhaps the day after tomorrow -- if not too cold for this painter's fingers-- will allow some plein air work!

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Some Recent (2010) Work

October Trees, 12x12in, Oil on Masonite

Lantern Blooms, 14x18 in, Oil on Canvas

Cedarhurst Farm, 12 x 12in, Oil on Masonite

I have upload three images. These oil paintings are evidence that I am enjoying experiments in employing impressionistic technique. More such experiments are still on view at Hamilton House, 276 Angell Street in Providence, RI until the end of January 2011.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Winter Seascape

Happy New Year, dear reader! Today I went to Newport, but decided first to stop at my favorite spot at Beavertail. The view across to Newport was full of atmosphere and inspired one to step up to the challenge of painting a familiar subject enveloped in a mysterious distant haze. When I finally get around to uploading images, I hope you will enjoy the same feelings that drove me to paint this scene.