Thursday, August 29, 2013

Finished: Lunch at the Colonial Inn

Here's the pastel from Sunday's sketch at Concord's Colonial Inn. 
"Lunch at the Colonial Inn", Pastel on paper, 8 x 8.5

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A New Oil Painting

This little oil, finished recently, depicts one of the strangest, most incongruous architectural decisions I've seen in a long time. Let me just say that these are really the colors of this door & trim, and it's a back entryway to a grand old, cream and brown mansion south of Boston.
I'll never know how these paint colors came to be, but what a find for me!

© 2013 catherine f. meeks
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Meetup Groups

Yesterday I painted in Concord, MA with a plein air meetup group. A meetup group isn't a way to find a life/love partner, but a way to meet people whose interests are in line with yours. For painters, it's also a great way to paint outdoors without anxiety about safety. 

In preparation for my upcoming trip to Paris, I decided to design and test a lightweight, easily portable, TSA-safe kit consisting of around 40 Nupastels and a pad of black pastel paper with wax paper interleaves to prevent smudging. I also cut a few sheets of a beautiful fuschia paper to size, and carried that along as well. When I got home, I referred to my notes and ordered a number of pastel colors I'd discovered I was missing.

Here's my one-hour start of Concord's historic Colonial Inn, built in 1716 and used during the Revolution to store arms and provisions. Now it's a popular inn and a great spot for a lovely lunch al fresco.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Showing in Portland on Saturday!

If you're in the Portland, Maine area, please plan to visit my booth at the extraordinary WCSH6 Sidewalk Art Show! I'll be set up on Congress Street between Brown and Preble. Show is open from 9 to 4.