What one does on a plein air painting retreat!
I almost have the feeling that he would set about to paint something and honestly not know how he was going to pull it off. I don’t think he had any doubt in his ability to pull it off, it’s more that he was unafraid of different techniques and even rather unconventional points of view- odd angles, even including rather odd items or compositional elements. His unique perspective makes his work feel fresh to me.
This is a quick blog entry here, to post pics of some recent pieces and
that is shockingly NOT SOLD that should be! Look below!!
Several of the newbies make good pairings..
September Pastoral l (Trees), 20"x16" oil on panel $2400 framed
September Pastoral ll(Path), 16"x12" oil on panel $1400 framed
Snapdragons, Peaches, Pear, 16"x12" oil on panel $1400 framed
The Grassy Slope, 8"x10" oil on panel, $800 framed
Summer Pastoral with Grazing Cows, 12"x16" oil on panel, $1300 framed
Hill in High Summer, 13"x14" oil on paper, $250 unframed
First Light Over the Lake, 9"x12" oil on paper, $200 unframed
if you'd like to ask about any painting above! Already have a Thimgan? Collector's discount honored.
Maybe I shouldn't tell -in case I can get it back- but
IT'S A PAINTED BOX
that I did last year, it's only $300 and it's
for keeping cell phone chargers and other oft used ugly items. The box is available at the Water Street Gallery. Tell them you saw it on my blog if you buy it:).
I think I'm still working on this piece. I want to work in the foreground especially. I'll re post an image when it's truly done. I'd love to sell this one before I invest in the frame. There are so many choices. The one I like the best is a heavy, antique style gold. It looks like a 200 year old painting in it, but that's not everyone's taste!
A plein air piece from last Friday.
Peonies with Green Glass and Apricots, 20x16 in. oil on panel, on hold
Beach Box Pastoral
1st painting of the trip, the view from the window
I am really late in blog posting....I am going to start where I left off and add a few more as I get to it. This summer was a whirlwind of travel, house buying, Chicken Pox, and dachshund woes. There was a lot of change in a small space of time- a lot of "living".
My family and I went to Montefiascone in May for me to learn and enjoy a residency with Artegiro Contemporary Fine Art. Our hosts and friends, Damien and Renata Summo-O'Connell and their dear children, were gracious to help with settling us in and supporting the project.
Montefiascone is on a hill, a mountain. The weather changes often and quickly. Sometimes the clouds were far above you, and sometimes below you. The people of Montefiascone are justifiably proud of their town. We stayed right next to the Cathedral-the Cattedrale di Santa Margherita ( which has the 3rd largest dome in Italy) and just below the breathtaking view from the Rock of The Popes. This tiny town had Slow Food member eateries and a wonderful enoteca called "Volo di Vino".
Returning to Italy after a few years absence was exciting. I'm always surprised that my Italian (such as it is) hasn't shriveled completely in the meantime. I'm also surprised at how much pleasure I get from working on the language. I feel actually exhilarated when I am able to communicate successfully and build relationships- to understand and be understood! I was happy to trade the initial shock of being in a different country for the slower, comfortable feeling of returning "home" in a way. After living in Italy- part of me changed forever and not a day goes by that I don't think about it. I think everyone who has spent a decent amount of time in another country has that same feeling.
This little painting is just under 8x10in. and is painted near the center of town.
Outside Regula's stone studio
One of the definite highlights of the trip were all the wonderful people I met. The studio was out of a dream-complete with artists in and out and a talented sculptor owner-Adrianna. She gave me roses from her garden which I painted one rainy day.
Angelo, a photographer,
, took me on more than 1 memorable excursion, patiently hearing me out in Italian. Simone and Gabriele are the owners of Volo di Vino and a talented duo of taste and writing. Quinto gave us a book he's written about figures in a fresco in one of the ancient churches and enriched our experience. Not to mention sculptor, Regula Zwicky, who inspired me, Rosanna, who invited me to her home and took me landscape painting in a nut tree grove, and Renata, my dear host, who is always an inspiration and herself an aesthete and cultural artist.
Painting Yindi in the studio
The night view from my window