I've finished one last 10 inch by 10 inch for 2010 - "Red-winged Blackbird." Alex and I were returning from the Wolfe Neck Arts Festival in June, when we saw the water lily pond roadside with lilies in bloom. I hopped out to take some snaps and Mr. Blackbird just sat and posed as I clicked away. In painting the scene, the lily pond was a bit more intricate than Mr. Blackbird, but hopefully the juxtaposition works. As a sidenote, we found Jack's Relish at Wolfe Neck. I bought a jar of Blueberry Blast - a blueberry jam with harbonero pepper sauce mixed in, excellent on cream cheese and crackers - yahoo!! Alex bought a relish that she claims was the best ever, and has long since been finished off.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This past Saturday, my neighbor and studio mate, Alan Mast, and I attended on all day workshop at the Maine College of Art (MECA) on Image Transfer and Copies led by Jill Dalton. We spent the day being instructed in, trying out and mostly bungling mechanisms for transferring images from paper copies to various surfaces via oils and artist mediums. The jury is out on whether any of the techniques will prove useful in further work. More experimentation is needed. The image above on the left is a transfer where the inkjet photocopy bled and produced the weird ghostly effect - interesting?? I don't know. Perhaps the highlight of the day was when Alan and I visited the June Fitzpatrick Gallery next to MECA after the workshop was over and viewed the art on display there. The quality and crispness of the work were striking after a day of struggling in the workshop. Noa Warren's pieces (one is shown above on the right) were especially noteworthy, and required a detailed explanation by the gallery manager as to how they were produced - Belgian linen, multiple coats of clear acrylic, pencil drawing of mesh-like image, precise exacto knife work on the drawing and filling in the knife notches with acrylic paint to give the illusion of a folded mesh embedded in clear plastic. No fumbling or bumbling there.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I've completed two more 10 by 10 inch paintings. The flower is entitled "Summer Snow," a type of Japanese Tree Lilac that Alex and I saw at the Coastal Botanical Gardens earlier this year. I really enjoy using the water-mixable oil paints to get the colors to work with and flow into each other on the canvas. The other painting is "The Harp," a scene from the warmup for a MidCoast Symphony performance.
On another note, the Brunswick Art Walk this past Friday was quite busy for my studio mate, Alan Mast, and myself. We had a solid number of visitors and much enjoyable discussion. It was quite energizing.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Alex and I had a whirlwind Fourth of July holiday weekend in New York City. Click here for pics of our NYC trip. It was exhausting and exhilirating. It left us grateful to be able to return home to Maine. We arrived Saturday afternoon and careened via cab directly to the Metropolitan Art Museum. The Met is huge and confusing. We think we caught everything we wanted to, skipping Picasso and Tut's funeral (not big fans) which were elbow-to-elbow, but doing the Rooftop Garden's installation, the Women's fashion exhibit, the Arms and Armor collection and the standing galleries of 19th and 20th century art. We walked around Times Square which was not-quite-a-mosh-pit and one of NYC's finest pointed us to a Two Brothers pizza two blocks off the main drag for $1 a slice pie - outstanding. On Sunday morning, I took a walk to the Hell's Kitchen flea market - not exactly hopping. Then we went to the Times Square Church - an experience to be sure; the choir rocked. Then we were off to MOMA which was 5 floors well organized. The Women's photography show was very compelling. Concept art seemed the focus for other exhibits - to me, kind of scratchy and not very warm. Then it was fireworks cruise time on the Spirit of New York - singing wait staff, endless buffet, endless DJ, DHS everywhere, cruise up the Hudson and back and twenty minutes of Macy's fireworks from 5 barges. On Monday morning, we found a Gourmet Deli and had them fix us a cheese sub which we ate on the way out of the city - the best sub in years. NYC - nice to visit, plenty left over to see next time.