The most important consideration when you begin a painting is composition or design.
I was most interested in the shapes of the piers and the shapes of the reflections in the water. There was another boat docked across from this one and after struggling with it, I just eliminated it. Problem solved, and the composition is stronger without it anyway. Think about things like that when you are composing your picture.
What a beautiful summer it has been! Hopefully, it will continue for quite some time. We aren't ready to make the transition.
Also, stay tuned for information about my color mixing workshop!
I painted two in a row of this view from our little cottage on the Bay of Fundy.
I love the simple shapes and composition as the tide rapidly returns, erasing the sandbars.
You'll notice a slightly warmer tone when I post the second one as the light was changing more toward the "golden hour".
I have been traveling and visiting friends and family this summer. I've visited Monhegan Island, Block Island, Provincetown and of course, I love spending the summer in my backyard oasis here in Marshfield by the sea, watching my birds and bunnies and hanging out in my pool :D
I was painting on Monhegan at the beginning of June with my cohorts Bobbi Heath and Carol Douglas. While waiting for the ferry we decided to try and slam another painting in. This has remained two thirds completed until last week when I got serious about finishing it. I probably had FOF, which is painter lingo for, "fear of finishing", just one of the many phobias affecting most of us painters. A whole post could be written on artist's phobias and maybe I will, but, that's for later. I have two more very good starts from that trip to finish up and you will, hopefully see them soon. I the meantime, Don and I are back in glorious Parrsboro.
Summer Skies is the June theme for the Girls Just Wanna Paint and this is a stand in for the one that got away ;)
I spent a few days last week on Block Island with my brother. We didn't bring a car so I just wandered around the main drag near the ferry landing enjoying the old hotels and the plethora of boaters in for the July 4th Celebration.
There are beautiful old hotels on the Island and the weather was superb. I didn't bring all my gear but I found a shady spot and did a sketch of the Surf Hotel.
the architecture is very Edward Hopper
This little shop is a must see. Everything is handmade and Jan, the artist, is a bubbling fountain of creativity.
South East Lighthouse
More paintings on the way of this beautiful place.
I spent last week exploring and painting on Monhegan Island with fellow artists Bobbi Heath and Carol Douglas. I painted this from my perch on the 4th floor balcony of the Monhegan House. It was a gray day with intermittent sun and clouds mixed with sprinkles and downpours. Such is island weather.
We frequently encountered Karl Nestleberger's Uber golf cart service with Anne Nestleberger, Jack Haran and friends aboard.
This was the loaded topic for this months Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge and the possible paintings depicting such, were like a roulette wheel going around and around in my head. Finally, I pulled it out at the last minute after procrastinating over, what women want. They wanna paint! This woman wanted to paint these beautiful sunflowers in her periwinkle blue, faux McCoy pitcher! So, she did. Our meeting tonight ran from laughter to tears and back to laughter. Some of us are bearing up under loss and some of us are struggling with life's randomness and inexplicable path. We all agreed that this group friendship, begun around our painting, is an anchor and that we feel safe and loved and supported by one another, and that that, is really what women want.
I am surprised and so very pleased to be awarded the Roz Farbush Memorial Prize for Color at the North River Arts annual Festival of the Arts!
Roz was an icon in our artistic community, known for her bold and colorful paintings. I was fortunate to make her acquaintance through two of my "besties", Kelley MacDonald and Paula Villanova, who invited me to be part of a girlfriend painting outing, which became known as "the Jeep Trip", to Provincetown and continues to this day.
I confess that we trespassed to paint Edward Hopper's house in Truro and I probably could not find it again but, it was one of our great adventures!
We took a trip through Gettysburg last week on our return from our winter in Naples. The Gettysburg Military Park includes a fantastic museum and a most unexpected and spectacular treat, the Cyclorama, which is a 377' by 42' high, painting of the battlefield mounted in a circular venue with a sound system and light show. The Cyclorama on Tremont Street in Boston was the original venue for this painting! We did a self guided tour of the battlefield using a CD we bought in the visitors' center which gave us the option to visit at our own pace. I can only say that if you haven't visited, you must. The experience was moving and beautiful beyond anything I had imagined.It's cliche but just being there is a sobering experience. We arrived to perfect spring weather and this past Sunday I set up this bouquet of tulips on my deck and painted some post worthy work for the first time in weeks. In order to get these pinks and purples I had to go into my (can't live without) stable of "reds". They are Grumbacher Thalo Red Rose, Grumbacher Thalo Violet and Winsor Newton Permanent (Quinacridone) Rose. You must have at least one of these colors to make a real pink. The painting sabbatical is over ;)
February's topic for Girls Just Wanna Paint was palette. I came across some paintings by Paul Klee and I liked the way he broke the subject up in different colors and this is the result. This is the Boston skyline as seen from I-93 or in local parlance The Southeast Expressway. The tall building is the Prudential Center and I don't know the name of the building with the "crown". I call it the Party Hat building after a review I read on its architecture after it was built. It looks quite festive.
My studio is located in the Sandpaper Factory and I've long thought of doing a painting of the hallway which has sawtooth skylights on the roof which are just fabulous to look at as well as being functional. Such a great abstract subject. As you walk down this hallway the lights in my studio are visible over the drywall so I called this painting, "Studio Lights". The Girls Just Wanna Paint subject this month is "the golden mean" which is a mathematical something or other which I don't understand well enough to define it, nor do I know whether this painting is an example of it. Check out the Girls'paintings to see how everyone handled it.
This is just one of many sweet little harbors tucked away all over the coast of Maine. I would have liked the tide to be lower because I think that makes the painting more interesting, but you get what you get.
I am planning a return to my Monhegan "garret" in early June!
This collage is my take on "Chair" for the Girls Just Wanna Paintchallenge. I thought I was on this but after several attempts I resorted to cutting out the chair working with the stamps again. I love working with the sheet music. My New Years resolution is to not procrastinate. We'll see how that goes as it's in my DNA.
This commission had to be painted from a photo, of course, but there are many pitfalls in that and it takes some knowledge to find a way around them. The original photo gives me enough information in the dog's face but the glare on his body erases his chocolate brown markings. What I ended up doing was to just fill in what I knew to be there. Don and I are packing for our annual trek to Naples, Florida on January 8th. I like to take this last day of the year to thank all of you for your visits and comments. They are much appreciated! Happy New Year everyone!