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Art New England – my extended stay week

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:

PostcardsFromVermontI 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.


A Painting a Day Experience and Observations

Yes, it was, . . . a very worthwhile experience and exercise. Alas, at this point in my life, it can’t continue. The next time I’m on vacation, I might revisit the exercise.

I saw painting-a-day online sites and read of a pottery instructor’s experience in Art & Fear.

In  Perfection in Part 1, Chapter 3,  Bayles and Orland tell the tale of the pottery instructor who at the beginning of the term, told a class that half would be graded on quantity- measured by weight on a scale! and half by quality – a single piece, if perfect, would achieve a top grade.  When it came time to grade the class, the instructor discovered that the students who produced the most work were also the students who produced the best work.  Producing “piles of work” allows one to make mistakes and learn from them. Seriously, read Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland – very insightful.

Transitioning from my previous “client-imposed deadline” life as an illustrator to that of an independent painter, requires rethinking my own work habits and productivity.

Realistically I hope to update my blog weekly. Saturday is painting day. I’ll be studying with Christopher Chippendale on Saturday morning, and will be on the streets of Boston painting in the afternoon. Happy New Year everyone!

Green Ball Earring

And my earring – perfect for school Holiday Concerts – on a piece of marble. This too is an oil painting on stretched canvas, 8 inches square.

Glass Candy

One of the Venetian glass candies, a gift from Eddie. It looks festive while being a challenge – painting glass. An oil painting on stretched canvas, 8 inches square, I’ve worked on this for several days, wiping the candy down to nothing several times.

Wet Paint Solution

As my daily paintings accumulated this month, I had to face up to my storage crisis and find a solution. I discovered one set of drying rack plans on Wet Canvas – but I knew the time it would take was too valuable. The answer arrived in the mail – the IKEA catalog.

Here is the Gorm shelf systems wine storage unit –

and here is my do it myself IKEA construction –

Drying Rack

Drying Rack in placeI plan to wire vertical supports for the larger spaces. If that doesn’t work, maybe pieces of lattice attached with my staple gun. One of the high shelves fits the 8 inch square paintings perfectly. I’ve been using a lot of those in this painting a day exercise.

One of the good things about using IKEA shelves, in addition to the speed of assembly, is that I don’t have sawdust in a studio that is already filled with paintings of various degrees of wetness.

Artists in Germany have found other ways to use these GORM shelves –

Almond and Filberts 12.26

5 in square oil painting on gessoed paper. A good day to work on the subtleties of nuts. 🙂

Orange and Nuts on Christmas Eve

Painting nuts is challenging, subtle color mixing and how to suggest differences without getting too fussy.   I’ll be doing more and Merry Christmas all!

What’s on the nightstand?

The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels. Tao Te Ching translated by Stephen Mitchell
June 2018
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