One more from the parade. These gals were fun to paint. Strictly segregated, though- I didn't see any of these colonial women playing the drums. I guess that's a man's job....
On another night- Friday night is the opening of Artists for Save the Bay. Over 50 artists will be participating. Tickets for the opening are $30.00; otherwise the show can be seen during business hours thru August.
This past Wednesday I took my little painting group to Ocean Drive in Newport. It was a beautiful day, which has been rare lately. Here are 2 of my students slaving away at their easels. Below is a painting I did after class was over. I loved the colors and the reflections in the water. Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
We went to the Gaspee Days parade this past weekend, for the first time ever. The Gaspee was a British ship burned to the waterline by early American colonists. Rhode Islanders claim that this is where the American Revolution really started, not at that little dustup in Lexington shortly after.
I'm teaching painting to a little group in Newport and we met for the first time on Wednesday. Unfortunately the weather has been very gray lately. These yellow and blue boats provided a little bit of color on an otherwise drab day. The weatherman says the sun will appear next week, yahoo!
The peonies bloom for such a short amount of time, and every year I try to get at least one painting of them. Painting white flowers never seems to get easier. It's always a struggle mixing the right values and colors to define the shape. This is a study for a larger piece.
We took a spur of the moment trip to Brooklyn this weekend to see the Gustave Caillebotte show at the Brooklyn Art Museum. A good show, although I wish there had been more work. We also went to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens right next door, which was absolutely beautiful. One of the nicest botanic gardens I've ever been to. The rose garden was huge and in full bloom, well worth the trip.
Ann and I went to Jamestown again this past Tuesday, this time to Fort Getty, which is more of a campground than a park. The gentleman at the guard house didn't charge us when we told him we just wanted to paint and would only be there a couple of hours. The beach roses on the dunes are in full bloom, it was quite lovely, even though it did rain a bit while I was painting this, and several busloads of schoolkids were there doing science lessons on the beach.
On the 6PM news last night the weatherman promised a lovely sunset so I tossed my gear in the car and headed for the water. I ended up being intrigued by the colors in these boats instead and missed the sunset altogether.