Sunday, November 6, 2022
Thursday, August 25, 2022
I've had two paintings accepted by the jurors for this year's Small Stones Festival of the Arts, in Grafton, Massachusetts. "Freeman Farm in the Afternoon" and "Daffodil Waltz" were selected to be shown in the exhibition, and also will be included in the hardcover exhibition catalog. Jurors of selection and awards for the 2022 festival's fine art painting category are JoEllen Reinhardt, Susan Termyn, and William Pope.
Both paintings will be on exhibit in the Great Hall at One Grafton Common, beginning with the Opening ceremony on October 14, and continuing through October 23, 2022.
Saturday, August 6, 2022
|#1 Composition sketch|
|#2 Blocking in more color|
|#3 Panel at the end of the first day|
On Friday morning, I heightened the contrast in the upper third of the image, laying on more Ultramarine Dark blended with Viridian and Alizarin Crimson. To make the "canopy of foliage" effect more pronounced, I eliminated most of the small bits of blue sky which were, in reality, were peeking through the leaves.
|#4 Dreadful details|
He was (and is) clear that there is no room for fussy, extraneous details in a truthful painting. Despite this strong, and repeated, admonition from one of today's most accomplished painters, I somehow felt it necessary to add a fence to the background, showing it receding from right to left hoping –– incorrectly –– that it would "add something" to the painting. Not for the first time am I grateful that one of the properties of oil paint is its capacity to allow for corrections and "do-overs (unlike transparent watercolor, which is still my medium-of-choice). Here (#4) the painting shows the offending fence, as well as some additional and pointlessly inaccurate, dabs of white on tree trunks and elsewhere (what was I thinking??). The finished panel is shown below after being corrected.
A simple, and I hope truthful, rendition of a cool, urban oasis on very hot day in August.
|"Leafy Glade, August"|
oil on linen panel. 10" x 8"
Available at my Daily Paintworks Gallery, here.
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
After having spent many decades painting in transparent watercolor, this summer I was intrigued with the idea of working once again in oils. I had originally learned the rudiments of oil painting from my grandmother who, herself a painter, generously supplied me with materials, opportunity, and encouragement. Off and on I dabbled for several years, until other interests diverted my attention once I hit adolescence. Art school would have given me an even more solid grounding in this medium, and others, if I had remained for the entire three-year program, but I left after one year.
Fast-forward to June 2022, when I responded to a Facebook notice about a plein air workshop in Maine. As I added a collection of oil paints, bristle brushes, and gum spirits of turpentine to my studio supplies, and purchased a French easel, I looked ahead with enthusiasm (and trepidation) to the challenge of jump-starting my lagging creative impulses.It was great to meet other artists in such a relaxed atmosphere, and to be in a gorgeous, secluded location, Andover, Maine (near Sunday River). The experience turned out to be a HUGE uphill climb for me in terms of being comfortable with oils, which have virtually nothing in common with watercolors (except for sharing the names of some pigments...). However, I hope I persevered...
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Mary Adeline Benson, age 20
Not sure why I find it so satisfying to paint sheep. These are two studies I retrieved from a box of unfinished work in need of attention. Sometimes quick sketches can be saved, but there's no guarantee. These two provided an hour or so of welcome diversion in my air-conditioned studio during a hot and humid holiday afternoon.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
The Tenth Annual One: A Members' Exhibition runs from Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, August 21, 2022, at ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland St. Worcester MA. A public reception for the The Tenth Annual One: A Members' Exhibition is on Friday, July 15, 2022, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
$500 in prizes will be awarded by Karl Cole, Art Historian and Curator of Images of Davis Publications and Co-Curator of the Davis Art Gallery, and will be announced at the reception.
Free and open to the public.
My entry to the Member exhibition this year is a transparent watercolor, "Alabaster Vase" (previously titled "Ivory Vase"). It is available for purchase through ArtsWorcester.
Transparent watercolor, 11" x 14" matted & framed
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Thrilled to learn that my watercolor, "Peony Awakening," was juried into the upcoming show, "The National" opens July 11 and runs through August 13 at the Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable, MA, 3480 Route 6A (Main Street) Barnstable, MA Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (508) 362-2909
Monday, June 13, 2022
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Saturday, October 16, 2021
In addition, two more of my watercolors "Feeling Cheerful" and "Sunlight & Shadow," can be seen here, in the online gallery posted by the Small Stones Festival.