Plein air sessions and the Tuesday group at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell have allowed for working through a number of studies, both indoors and out. The process of selecting a subject, composing a frame, sketching, preparing a palette and then actually painting within a 3 or so hour period has been challenging, and a little frenetic at times. There always seems to be a need to finish up in the studio. Some say the results are more "authentic." I'm not sure about that, but it is a real change of pace. On another note, we took in the latest set of shows at the Farnsworth. The Four in Maine: Drawings show was outstanding. It runs through Sept 11, so if you are up in Rockland, check it out.
"Mates", Joe Godleski, Soft Block Print, Artist Proof
Between outdoor painting sessions, I went to work on a soft block print of a pair of mallards I snapped in our community pond earlier this spring. I've spotted the male several times since but the female was not by his side, probably nesting away from view. The artist proof is shown above. As usual, the print will be available in an edition of 25.