Christmas certainly has a way throwing a monkey wrench into your plans. Last week was a busy one, and the time I spent in the studio produced mostly wipers. I made up for it over the weekend, though.
This painting is from a photo I took the last time I was in New York. And by the way, I've passed the one year mark as a blogger! I'm so glad I've been doing this- when you spend most of your time alone in your studio, having the world see and comment on your work is really a trip. Happy holidays to all.
We slept on our friends' boat one night and it rained heavily most of the night. The next morning I woke up to see the sun streaming across the landscape with the storm clouds still passing through. I grabbed my camera and took a bunch of photos before the sun could get swallowed up by the clouds that were left.
Pawtuxet is a quaint little village south of Providence. A river runs through it, with a waterfall (which disappears at high tide), ending in a very protected cove at the edge of Narragansett Bay. This painting is from a photo I took last summer.
I was asked how I can fit so much in such a small space. I guess it's my background as a greeting card illustrator. I spent about 10 years painting everything from Christmas trees to witches to teddy bears, and they were all painted same size, i.e., approx. 5" x 7". Above are a couple of examples of my work. Not everything was so detailed; a lot of my pieces were much simpler. They were all painted with gouache. You just need a good pair of glasses and brushes with a good point to them.(:
Last week was so busy, between teaching, Thanksgiving, and getting ready for the Foundry Artists show, I didn't have much time to paint. Hope to do better this week.
If you're in the Providence area, the Foundry Artist show opens Thursday night and is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for 2 weekends. There's a link on the sidebar. Come check it out. I'll be there the last couple of hours every day of the first weekend.
I've been tagged by Kelley MacDonald, aka Betty Crocker Jr. This means I'm supposed to tell 7 interesting facts about myself and then tag 7 other bloggers. It seems like all I ever do is paint, so coming up with 7 things worth posting is difficult. Here goes:
1. I used to work as an in-house greeting card artist and probably hold the world's record for most greeting card illustrations done in the shortest time (20 in one week). (They were all loose watercolors)
2. Some years ago, Chicago started a fad by creating large fiberglas cows and having artists paint them, then display them around the city. In Providence, home of Hasbro toys, this morphed into large fiberglas Potatoheads. I am responsible for creating Edgar Allen Poe-tatohead, delightfully illustrated (if I do say so myself) with images from his short stories. Poe lived in Providence for a while, so I thought it was appropriate.
3. I'm the middle of 5 kids, and since I 'm sure none of my siblings read this blog, I think it's safe to say I was my parents' favorite.
4. Next June we'll celebrate the 25th anniversary of our wedding and first and only house purchase.
5. I've traveled to roughly half of the lower 48 states, missing the deep South and midwest.
6. Foreign countries I've been in- Mexico, Canada, England, France, and Russia.
7. Next trip, right after Christmas- Washington D.C. (We'll be home long before the inauguration.)
I have a mini rosebush that I bought at the supermarket last year, to use in a painting. It made it through last winter indoors, spent the summer outside, and is now inside again. I pruned it pretty heavily, because it had gotten leggy, and figured I might as well do a painting of the flowers that I cut off.
If you want to paint landscapes, you're constantly on the lookout for places to paint. There are certain requirements- first, of course, there has to be a view worth painting. Second, a place to park your car. It's good if it's not very far from your house. And, it should be legal for you to be there.
I found this place to paint the other day which fit my requirements except I'm sure I was on private property, but I have a feeling no one will bother me if I go back there to paint.
I went out painting the other day with a friend to Osamequin, a nature preserve a couple of miles from my house. Now that the leaves and marsh grasses have turned color, it's really beautiful. I did another little painting that I'll post tomorrow. I'm planning to go back later this week but with the rain and wind we're having right now there may not be any leaves left on the trees...
The Hot Club, a casual, laid-back bar on the waterfront in Providence, derives its name not from the qualities of its clientele or staff but from the fact that it actually used to be a boiler room. The wall of windows on the west side allows the late afternoon light to come streaming in.
I've missed painting people so I figured I'd do a few restaurant/bar scenes. I tried and tried to get a good photo of this. I've found that paintings that are dark are often the hardest to photograph because no matter how you try to angle it, the light always seems to bounce off the dark areas, causing flares of light where they don't belong. Scanning works best but this was too wet.
I painted this on the last day of my trip, on the porch, because it was raining. We were supposed to leave that day but couldn't because the ferries weren't running. If you're familiar with Block Island, below is a photo of the breakwater at Old Harbor near Ballard's. Not a good day to be out on the water.
Another of the Victorian-era hotels. I painted this in the late afternoon. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me. As the sun set, a rosy pink-purple shadow started at the base of the building and, within what seemed like a minute, covered the entire thing. Now I know how I'd like to paint it if I go back again.