The new photo of myself which is now on my Artist’s Statement has a red background: the side of a wonderful barn in Ft. Collins, CO. The image which is part of this post is of my painting of it.
The barn painting is actually #2 of a series I’ve begun entitled Monuments. The first is an image of a tall grain elevator in Manitoba, Canada. I’ll be adding it soon to my Northeast painting category.
In order to access the various categories that you see when you click on “Paintings” in the banner, you have to keep your cursor on “Paintings”, even though there’s a funny icon that comes along with it (not very computer literate!) and spool down to the category you want to see. It will then be highlighted. Click on it, and the paintings in the category will come up.
Sorry about this! Will try to have it behave in a more usual way as soon as I can.
I’ve gotten some comments about the series I painted to demonstrate my feelings after having had a mastectomy. Re-reading the introduction to that section I realize that it’s really out of date. I’ll have to change the numbers: my mastectomy was 17 years ago, and so far, thank God, no recurrence.
The first time the series was exhibited, I watched people who were looking at it — most very intently. One gentleman told me that it was one thing to read about the effects of mastectomies on women, but when those effects were illustrated there was a greater impact — because it was easier to understand them in a visual rather than intellectual format.
Time for those resolutions again. Must spend more time with my pastels! Must work, not just enjoy. Work means trial and error, making pictures that aren’t all first-rate, just to get moving and experimenting, shaking out the old stuff in order to renew myself. It’s a difficult thing to do because it means some awful stuff will be done in the name of progress. So I’ll go through it and throw the stuff out afterwards —- or keep it remind myself where I had been! (With luck and perseverance!).
The exhibit with Isabella Jacob at State of the Art Gallery in August was very well received! Information and photos can be seen at the SOAG website (www.SOAG.com).
The exhibit with Lydia Smith Myers in Damariscotta, ME, also received high praises! The oyster portraits were especially enjoyed. Great to have one’s work appreciated by more than one’s immediate family and friends.
I’ll be adding more info as I can — it’s been a very busy couple of months.
I did manage to put a couple of new oyster paintings on the website, but not the identification. Be it known that unless otherwise noted, those oyster portraits are 15″ x 18″, framed in cherry, and are $450, not including shipping.
The exhibit with Isabella Jacob at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY, is going well, and looks great! The exhibit at the Damariscotta River Grill, in Damariscotta, ME, will open on Sept. 17th with a reception on Wednesday, Sept. 18th (4 – 6pm), and runs through Oct. 28th. I’ll have about 15 oyster portraits and about the same amount of paintings of Maine — water, coastline, boats, landscape. There will be at least one other artist exhibiting at the same time. The Grill is a really large place with lots of wall space — and great food.
It’s been a while — busy preparing for two exhibits: one being installed this coming Monday, opening on Wednesday, at the State of the Art Gallery, 120 W. State St., Ithaca, NY. I’m exhibiting with an old friend from Pratt — Isabella Jacob — who creates the most beautiful and powerful ice/water/rock landscapes with mixed media and paint. I’ll be showing new work — oysters of course, and landscapes — in pastel. The show runs from July 31st to September 1st. A video of the show will be available on line at the gallery website: www.soag.org.
The second exhibit will be at the Damariscotta River Grill, in Damariscotta, Maine. It runs from September 18th to October 28th. I’ll be showing all my oyster paintings plus land- and seascapes of the Maine area. The Grill is known for its fine food and impressive exhibitions: the brick walls of both floors are usually adorned with 60 to 80 paintings from 2 or more artists. I’ll be having about 30+ works in the show.
Since I’ve become my own web-master, and haven’t yet mastered how to put new images on the website, the new work will not visible here for a while, I’m sorry to say.
Island Creek, #3
The third painting of an oyster from the Island Creek area of Massachusetts has been added to the “Oyster” gallery. This image shows they way all the oyster pastel paintings have been framed: with black mate and custom-made cherry frames.
More will be added shortly. Enjoy!