Even I wasn't sure until last night if I was going to continue the dog theme, but yes, THREE dogs in today's painting. (I'm sure I won't be doing one with four.)
RE my painting giveaway- today is my 395th post. But, since we'll be out of town between Christmas and New Years, my 400th won't happen until January. So if you want a chance to win one of my little paintings (I'll be giving the winner a choice), subscribe to my blog before January 15th.( Apologies to anyone who already subscribes- I'll try to come up with something for you later. I'll take suggestions.)
On another note- my 400th blog post is coming up! OMG, I can't believe it. So, I've decided to give away one of my little (6x6, 6x8) paintings to a new subscriber. So, if you've been thinking of subscribing to this blog but haven't yet, now is the time. Anyone who subscribes between now and January 15 will be eligible.
I actually finished this painting a couple of months ago, but wasn't that happy with it- the bottom part of it seemed dead to me. Then I was looking at it yesterday and thought maybe if I cropped a couple of inches off the bottom it might be improved. Not a big difference, I know, but if you have an opinion about which looks better, let me know.
I've always liked the pale pastel colors of these cups and have wanted to paint them for a while. It was actually harder than I thought it would be, to get the right shapes of the cups and handles and the gradations of color.
Better late than never! Here's a photo of opening night (Thursday) at the Foundry Artists Holiday Sale. Lots of shoppers, great food and music.
To see a 360 degree shot of my booth (minus 3 paintings that sold) and surroundings, done by Ed Huff of Rhody 360, go here. You'll need Flash to view these.
Or to see the band, go here. Or another view of the show here.
The show is in the Pawtucket Armory, an old building gradually undergoing restoration (you'll notice the peeling paint on the walls). Every year that I've been in this show I've been fascinated at how, in the course of 3 days, this cavernous dark place sprouts booths filled with light and beautiful things, like magic mushrooms. Maybe next year we'll have a time-lapse video on YouTube...
John Ratzenberger was back in Providence and I got together with him to give him the painting he commissioned. He kindly consented to have his picture taken with me. Not everyday that I get to rub elbows with TV stars!
Well , the holidays really have a way of interfering with normal everyday life. Most of the time I'm pretty disciplined about working, but once in a while I just can't face going into the studio just to paint a few tedious details to finish a painting. I think this one is done, although the photo could be better.
I see this house on the east side of Providence when I go to my teaching job on Tuesdays, and it always intrigues me. I guess because it faces east and I love the tree shadow, no matter the season, but autumn yellow looks especially good against the pale green.
This bandshell is a Rhode Island icon, and I've seen so many paintings and photos of it that I really had no desire to paint it myself. This particular morning, though, the light was nice, I was with some friends, and, mostly, the parking lot was just a few steps away.
The Blackstone River valley in Rhode Island and Massachusetts is the birthplace of the industrial age in America. This mill is a remnant of that birth.
On another note, the Foundry show opens in just a couple of weeks! I can't believe it's almost here. I've been busily framing lots of little pictures to sell, along with my floral notecards and my book. Put it on your calendar if you're in the area. It's open the first two weekends in December. Opening night is Thursday, Dec. 3.
Anne and I went painting at Roger Williams Park in Providence the other day, and I found this little red tree shedding its leaves in the Japanese Garden. It's actually on a little island in a lagoon, connected by a bridge to another island. I left the bridge out- it would have been in the background on the left- because it just would have pulled attention away from the tree. Someday, though, I would like to do a painting that includes one or more of the bridges, and the water lilies that are there in the summer.
From a trip to New York in the recent past. This will also be at the Copley Society for their Holiday show.
On another note- I was looking at Mike Rooney's blog a few weeks ago. He made a nifty little rack to hold wet painting panels from pegboard and dowels, which I figured was something I could use and maybe I'd make one. Then I was in my kitchen the other day and had a little brainstorm- a dish drainer does the same thing perfectly!
I borrowed a bunch of things from my friend Linda because I was bored with my stuff, then proceeded to spend way too much time painting them. I've been working on this, off and on, for about 2 weeks, and am SO glad I can finally dismantle the still life and paint something new.
This is actually a painting I did a while ago- I've got lots of paintings underway but nothing quite finished to post today. On another note, yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting John Ratzenberger, known to most people as Cliff the postman on the TV show Cheers. He was in Providence, stopped into JRS Fine Art, saw my work and liked it. Long story short, he's commissioned a (little) painting from me- yay!
These little 5" x 5" paintings will be available at the Copley Society of Art in Boston early in December. Copley has a group of beginning collectors called "the circle"; they have a party for them where they are invited to jump in and get their feet wet as collectors by buying these little unframed paintings for $200.00. Last year it was a sellout!
This is kind of an odd composition, split almost down the middle by a beam, but I felt that the brightness of the windows across the back, plus the light on the wall on the far left, gave it a strong enough horizontal to compensate, and to keep your eye moving around. Maybe it's too busy, though. I'd welcome any opinion you might have.
I love painting that hydrangea blue- and since we're going to two wedding receptions this weekend, the title seemed appropriate. The opening at Harbor Fine Art last night went very well- a good crowd and tons of great food and wine. I brought my camera and meant to take pics to post, but got too busy talking and completely forgot. Two paintings sold before the opening- it's so nice to start off with a couple of red dots!