I'm gearing up for the 10th Annual Acton Open Studio event next Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19, 12 — 5PM. Here's a 16" x 16" oil of the side of my barn-turned-garage. "Wired", Oil on museum-grade wood panel, 16" x 16"
Who goes to Martha's Vineyard and comes home with images like this? Here's another painting, in progress, from our recent vacation on the island. Since it was after Labor Day, this Visitor's Center in Aquinnah was closed. Thus, I was able to only see into the tiny house through the screen door. This forced me to either go back another time, or take a giant leap into mystery and abstraction. This piece is almost finished. Oil on wood panel.
My summer vacations are over for this year, and Real Life has begun again. Teaching school takes a lot of time but I am managing to squeeze in a little weekend time in the studio. Here's a pastel I finished this morning, from a house we stayed in, on Martha's Vineyard.
Though I'm not too fond of what follows it, I do love Fall, and look forward to its arrival in just a few weeks. Cooler temperatures allow for more activity — not that I've had an idle summer, by any means! I've spent time this year in Florida, Georgia, Santorini, Cape Cod, Maine, and Plum Island. I've taken hundreds of reference photos that will come in handy when I'm hibernating in the studio this winter. Here's one, in progress, from sunny Santorini, Greece. Oil on wood panel.
I just changed the photos on my Facebook page. The little profile picture is the subject of today's blog. After a recent visit to the historic canals in Lowell, MA and the mills that have long stood beside the waterways, I made an oil painting of a scene there that caught my eye. Later, after taking a casual photo of that painting and trying to figure out what I liked and didn't like about the way it turned out, I cropped out this small section from the lower right-hand corner of the painting (using Photoshop). If it were on canvas and not a cradled wood panel, I'd probably get out the scissors and toss all but this little piece. What I WILL do, is use this as as a starting point for a completely new painting. Ahhh, the never-ending journey of an artist!
When I was young and single, I moved into a cute apartment in Boston that included the requisite studio space, AND a garage for my Honda Civic! I think I paid around $250 a month for these luxurious digs. This was the only garage I ever had until a couple of years ago, when my husband of 30+ years saw my frustration at having to scrape the ice & snow off my car day after day, all winter. Not wanting to suffer the embarrassment and loneliness of my moving to a warmer climate without him, he transformed one of our barns into a single-car garage for me. I see and appreciate it daily from my studio. Here's this afternoon's quick sketch, in pastel.
Here's a pastel of a little outdoor cafe in the town of Oia, Santorini. What a place to watch the sun set over the sea! Most places aren't this colorful — a lot of buildings are whitewashed, just like in the pictures you see. But this setup caught my eye and I knew it would turn into a painting or two. Chairs in Oia, pastel on paper, 12 x 12. Contact me for pricing.
Well, I'm off to the volcanic island of Santorini for a few days. Haven't been back in 16 years. Last time, the World Cup was going on and the US was in it, and we were the only ones around who gave a hoot. Probably, a painting or two will materialize from this trip. Such a beautiful place!
This morning I painted a stone bridge in Andover, MA, as part of a Wet Paint event. The works will be auctioned off at a gala event next Friday, June 6, 2014. Here's my pastel, 16" x 20, framed (frame not shown). For info on the auction:essexartcenter.org