Here during an exceptionally snowy February in Boston I’m working on still life paintings.
Charlestown’s City Square was alive with art on Sunday, September 7 for the annual Art in the Park hosted by the Artists Group of Charlestown. Lots of thanks to Eddy Lehar for all his help both with heavy lifting and sales while I was taking down the show at the Arboretum! A very successful day.
A bitter sweet day – the 2 LOOKING @ 4 exhibit at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum had to come down. The past 2 years have been a wonderful experience, an endlessly intriguing place to explore and paint, and a wonderful group of people.
Thanks so much to the terrific staff who made it possible: Brett McNeilly is a power house, especially when it comes to hanging a show! and Maggie was so helpful at our presentation.
Another wonderful aspect of the day was sending paintings off to their new homes; to my collectors, may your paintings bring many years of joy.
Kathy and I are grateful.
Its been a whirl-wind summer – and I’ve been a little slow to share. Here are the photos from July 18. 19 and 20, when I painted the whaler, Charles W. Morgan as she visited the Charlestown Navy Yard/ the Boston National Historical Park.
5 painters were privileged to paint at this event – many thanks to the National Park Service for welcoming us to this wonderful painting opportunity. Everyone we meet at the Navy Yard was so positive and helpful, it was truly a unique and fun experience.
Over the 6 years of landscape painting, I’ve explored different limited palettes – but not lately. I wanted to see if I could make Venetian Red look like vermilion. No such luck – give me Cad scarlet any day! I set up the red still life ( it was rearranged again after the photo but before the painting to take advantage of available natural light on both the still life and my panels.) These are painted on 9×12 carton sheets from Judson’s. This project would have worked better – and been less time-consuming had I simplified the shapes more – dang that ribbon! The color I felt that I was missing the most when working with the earth colors was, to my surprise, Indian Yellow. So useful!
The different palettes are:
#1. Christopher Chippendale’s Ltd
Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cerulean Blue, Paynes Grey, Venetian Red
#2. Earth Tones (via Kelley H)
English red, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Earth green, or Verde Antico, Ultramarine blue, King’s Blue, Burnt Umber, Raw umber, Ivory Black, Titanium White
#3. Stanley Bielen
White (Stanley uses Flake white & PermAlba which is a titanium and zinc mix, I used titanium white), Cadmium yellow light, Cadmium yellow medium, Cadmium yellow deep, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Red Light, Venetian Red, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cold Black, Ivory Black
#4. Kevin McPherson Ltd (via Harold)
Titanium White, Cadmium Light, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo green (I used Williamsburg Phthalo Green-Yellowish) Ultramarine Blue
#5. My usual – thanks to Catherine Kehoe, Emily Eveleth, George Nick and Claire Sherman
Titanium white, Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Indian Yellow ,Cadmium Scarlet, Persian Rose, (occasionally quinacridone magenta, etc) Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Phthalo Green-yellowish (replaced Viridian, Prussian Green, or Sap Green,) Cadmium Green Pale, Cobalt Teal, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue
. . . and then I painted these with palette #3 (top) and #5 (bottom).
This year I stayed a second week at Bennington to work independently. I arrived both with an exercise or two to develop and an openness to the other possibilities of the week. I feel that all the fabulous teachers that I’ve encountered are still not playing nicely in my mind. I do want to work on integrating those influences.
Here’s the overview of the work that I showed on Friday evening:
I started the mornings with a quick 6×6 stretched linen “Postcard from Vermont” and 4 of the 5 were keepers, I consider that an excellent percentage. This past week was mostly all about grey skies with a little drizzle except on Friday when I needed to find a bit of shade in the birches – ah, dappled sunshine on the grass! These will be available at Art in the Park in September.