Saturday, October 22, 2016

Video end of the rink - wall - mirror ball

October 21, 2016
Mirror Ball
This week I concentrated on the mirror ball.  This photo was taken with the UV lights on.  The next thing will be the beams coming off the mirror ball and I found my laser level and aimed it at the wall and that will be a good way to draw my lines.  After that, I'll hit the yellow outlines here and there on the silhouettes and do a little other touch up and I'll be moving on the THE BIG EXCITING SIDE WALL!!!!  Still trying for a xmas deadline, what do you think?  Will I make it?
Stapleton Kearns
Next weekend I'll be working for three days in a workshop in Lyme CT, plein air with Stape.  This will be a challenge, watch it snow or something.  :)
Other art this week
Yesterday I made my annual pilgrimage to Cyclorama's 20th Anniversary Boston International Fine Arts Show, pretty much an annual affair for me and my friend Ed Lemay--then we had dinner at MFA and saw the current exhibit and this morning I went to the church where I used to paint portraits twice a month.  I'll be rejoining the group in November.

I also sat for my portrait this week with the wonderful Mark Hayden C.M.  It looks fantastic already!  Mark painted a portrait of my husband, George, that I appreciate every day.  I thought it would be good to have the set to pass down to Mr. Marc. In the meantime, it will be good company for George :)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Video end wall, last week and this week

After taking a break in the progress, I was hard at work last week and was able to finish the lower portions of the end wall where the video screens are.  This week coming, I'll work on the top section.
Here are some photos, realize that some are taken with white lights and then with UV lights.
The light you see is not a light it's the paint under UV light.

First past of the end wall in progress under both white and UV lights

Finished section, you can't see the yellow for some reason, my phone doesn't take great photos.

This is how it looks under white light.

This is how it looks under UV light. It looks better in person.  You still can't see the yellow.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kim English Workshop, end of September 2016

I'll be attending the week-long workshop in Gloucester, Ma. with Kim English.  It promises to be a grueling art boot camp.  Why do I do this to myself?  Anyway, to get the gory details, go to my adventures blog.

Otherwise, the current news is that I'm still working on the mural at the rink, and expect to be finished now around Christmas, let's hope.  I haven't been there much lately because of all my travels, but last Sunday I was there for 5 hours and got a little bit done.  I took some photos and will post them soon.   

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Home Again

My 2-week painting vacation in Italy is over and I'm already gearing up for a workshop coming up this coming Monday in Gloucester, MA with Kim English.

You can read about my Italy trip and see pictures on my Adventures blog.  I'll be adding some content and more photos soon.  I posted to this blog with my iPad while I was there and it is an app that does not have the full capacity to edit that the desktop version has.  I like to edit photos before posting and I also like to vary the text.  I was in the Venice area of Italy while a nearby city was hit with an earthquake. I know the area and realized how extensive the damage was.

Kim English is a favorite of mine, and from what I understand, we will be doing a lot of figure work.  He usually has figures in the landscape.

What I should be doing is working on my murals at the rink.  I started that project when it was too cold to put paint on the walls, and it looks like I'll be finishing under the same conditions.  :(

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Leaving soon for Italy

I'm getting pretty excited about my upcoming art trip to Italy.  I'll be blogging on my adventures blog:  I haven't blogged for so long, I hope I can remember how.
The adventure starts Monday, the 22nd, at Logan Airport.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy New Year Art Friends

Wow, I know, you haven't heard from me in a long time.  I am fine but just not producing many finished paintings.  Nothing to talk about I guess you would say--except "Hello" to all of you, and I'm happy thinking that I'll soon be blogging again.

I am heading to Italy again this year and my side-kick, Carol, isn't going because of a different trip to Europe with her family---SO there is one (female) spot left IN CASE YOU WANT TO GO.
Painting in Veneto, Italy, Trip #1 Aug 24 - Sept 6, 2016
The area we will be staying at is about an hour from Venice, and for the first time, not in the mountains.  I'll be pleased to answer any questions you may have about the details of this trip by email.  Margaret's trips are the most amazing, totally well-planned and inexpensive, all inclusive (mostly, except sometimes the wine).  We usually paint every other day and tour the rest of the time.  I have blogged about all my trips with her, either on this blog or my adventures blog in case you want to look back to find those postings.  There is some instruction or you can be on your own.

Update:  I am still preparing to start my mural project which, so far, is going ok.  I'll start to blog about it once it gets underway.  I'm not sure whether I should think of it as "daily" art or an art "adventure".  Any comments on that?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Art is my Joy

This excellent article (part of it anyway) by Michael Britton today at
had a very nice explanation of why a painting grabs us--well, me anyway.

I love his expression "It's as fresh as home baked cookies".  And
his reference to "It is like a dance".
Cookies and dancing, two of my other favorite things!  Life is good.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Rockport Art Association and Cape Ann Museum, a big art day!

Rockport Art Association

Yesterday I had a great time attending a walk and talk of the Women Artists of New England Show at Rockport MA by the popular art author, Judy Curtis, whose catalog accompanies this show.  Judy is excellent at doing these narrations involving art shows and there will be a power-point lecture on Nov. 6th at 7 as well.  Her famous husband, David P. Curtis, was on-hand to fill in a few points, between them, they have an amazing knowledge which they thankfully share. Over 60 historic women artists and almost 40 contemporary women artists from NAWA (National Association for Women Artists) complete this exhibit.  (Photos below)

There were two other shows up at RAA at this time also:  Paul Ciaramitaro's exciting and almost sold out show see gulls and the New England Chapter of NAWA.

Cape Ann Museum

After a lunch at the delicious mediterranean restaurant, Azorean, with my friend and prize-winning artist, Karen Berger, we headed off to see the Vincent, Weaver & Gorvett Exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum.  Jeff is on  my very short list of favorite artists, and Gorvett's woodblocks and prints are so beautiful that I want to try doing it.  Yup, I just have to live to be 100 to fit everything into my life that I want to do! (Photos below)

Show at Cape Ann Museum
I tried to capture the actual shaving off of the wood and the depth of the cut
Side view of the entire woodblock
See the actual cuts and carvings
Straight on view of the entire wood block
The print itself (under glass with glare, sorry)

Jeff Weaver
Jeff gets the color and light with lose brush strokes and lots of texture and impasto

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Garin Baker, Nationally Recognized Muralist Extraordinairre

This morning I luckily happened upon Garin's newsletter which led me to his blog about magnificent murals he did recently with alkyd oils for the large scale Public Art Mural project for the New Ballou High School in Washington, DC. They are masterpieces of work in every sense of the word. How he completed this enormous project in such a relatively short time astonishes me.  

Here is a link to his blog page that details the project with wonderful pictures of the 6 murals.

The full story of this amazing and profound legacy was documented and featured in a wonderfully produced Garden Thieves Pictures titled, "Ballou A Documentary Film", created by Michael Patrei. 

Here is more information about how he created another mural.

And another!
The paint I used on this project was a Benjamin Moore product called Impervo, Oil Based Alkyd Enamels , Very durable with light fast colors with a polyurethane binder, gloss finish. in a wide range of mixable colors.
This paint is used commonly by exterior sign painters also sometimes applied to US Navy ships and industrial machinery.
The colors I choose range from black to white and cools to warms similar to an impressionist plein air painters palette from light to dark and warm to cool.

And yet ANOTHER!! and the video!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Best Article Ever on the subject of Gallery Representation

Gallery-Artist Relationship- Excellent Article

Excellent article by Chris Sapier.  Scott Jones serves as the General Manager of Legacy Galleries (Scottsdale, AZ, Jackson, WY and Bozeman MT), among the foremost of representational fine art galleries in the country, shares with OPA members some of his insights into the gallery- artist relationship. Scott spoke on this topic at the Portrait Society of America’s annual conference in Atlanta last April.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Just still getting ready....(mural)

I'm still shopping for supplies for the mural.  I went today to buy some spray guns and didn't get them yet because of confusion about nozzle sizes of the smaller guns.  The ones that looked right said you shouldn't use latex.  I have to go online and do some more research.
I heard back by email from my idle for rink murals, Jody Barrio, and he said that I did pick out the right compressor and now I have to go get that.  It weighs 150 lbs. so I'll need the right car, not the Mercedes!  He gave me good ideas about what to use to cut out stencils.
I got the go-ahead on the drawing for the mural so I can move forward.
Next will be, once all is in place equipment-wise, to practice with the guns and various paints.

In the meantime, I'm working on two portraits from photos and that is taking forever.  It's easier from life.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Boston Public Library - The Sargent Paintings

This week I had the opportunity to attend a private tour and lecture of the Sargent Murals at the BPL.  For years I heard about and read about these paintings.  I finally got to see them and under special circumstances as David P. Curtis and Judith Curtis were the presenters.  Video link - Murals.

David is another of my excellent art teachers who promotes plein air painting on Cape Ann, and Judy is his wife and a knowledgeable art historian and writer who has written many books.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The First Operations--famous paintings

I saw a really wonderful movie this week:  The Physician.
Watch trailer here:
See photos at bottom of page.

In the movie there was a scene, which is only too quickly and not very well captured here in the trailer, of what signified the first time a living person was cut open to perform an operation--it was rather beautifully done in the movie.  The scene was special to me for a couple of reasons.  In my early art training I was privileged to learn a lot about the artist Thomas Eakins and his techniques.  Eakins painted the famous critically acclaimed painting "The Gross Clinic" which memorialized the rather gory operation and "The Agnew Clinic".  He painted 2 famous paintings about operations.

That art education was at the hands of Joel Babb.  Joel Babb, some 130 years after Eakins, was commissioned to paint "First Successful Organ Transplant", 1996, oil on linen, 70x88" and "Coronary Bypass Operation at Brigham and Women's", Boston 2010, oil on linen, 40x70".  He painted 2 paintings about operations as well.  

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Odds and Ends

Just a note to let you know I'm still being busy with things in process.  
Rink outside wall:  I had to repaint a gallon of paint as one of the gallons wasn't the right color, slightly darker, so that had to be redone.
Portraits:  I started on one of two portraits that have been commissioned and worked on it twice so far.  It takes twice as long to paint a portrait from a photo than it does from life.  I worked with Mark Hayden on Thursday and I also attended the Haverhill Art Association, twice a month, portrait painting session last Saturday and did a fair job.  I've been away from portraits for a while and I'm feeling very rusty.
Volunteer:  I've done some art association volunteering lately. I like doing that.
Demo:  Today I'll go to the Buttonwoods Museum for a demo by Allan Bull.
Big Mural Project:  I'm busy purchasing supplies and equipment and designing the mural.  I got a fair start yesterday on the drawing (working on scale on paper not on the actual wall)  but it will take a while.  Along with the design and composition aspect, working in a different medium (airbrush and spray guns) the process or procedure is different and will take some planning.  Stencils have to be made for some other areas of the rink as well as some for this wall, and the layering aspect is something that takes thought.  I had a phone conversation with the famous mural artist, Jody Barrio, I can't believe he called me in response to an email I sent and talked about equipment, etc.  He is totally amazing!
Teaching:  I'm still working with a student who is coming along very well and she makes me shift gears to think about other aspects of painting.
Small works:  I've painted two small flower paintings, both 8x8".  One is a field of hollyhocks, I like hollyhocks.
Magazines:  Of course, I've read a lot as usual.  I spend a lot of time either reading books, magazines or things on-line about art, and watching videos to learn more about airbrush and airbrush equipment.
Time:  When I do get started painting the mural, it will be during the night.  I'm not looking forward to cleaning up after a long night of painting, where you have to take the equipment outside and hose it down, etc.  It makes a huge mess.  It's getting cold outside now in the mornings.
I'll work on this one again tomorrow.

Wild Hollyhocks in a Field

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Rink Walls

Here are pictures of the rink improvements I've done over the past couple of weeks.  
The men's and ladies' rooms were painted as well a light gray with dark gray trim.

Front wall being scraped, wire brushed and primed and weeded.
Front wall final paint job.
Taken from other end, sun was too strong.
Street side inside wall, before.  Light purple mountains were done over
and horizon line moved down and changed to a different green color.
Same wall as above-redesigned blue mountains.  Blacklight and iridescent paint to be added later.
Back side inside wall, before.  Wood was added to existing wall mural because of breaks in plaster.  
Same wall as above-background blue painted over all except extreme top area.
Gold Medal Skater Cliff  helped--pictured with me.
 Marc refinished the main floor and the ladies, mens, snack bar, and skateroom floors.  New stalls were added to the bathrooms and a beautiful black granite countertop with silver faucets was installed in the ladies room.  Next, new showcases for the sales area and always more new sound and lighting.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rink renovation, murals, etc.

It's now close to the end of our 2-week renovation where the floor is resurfaced and lots of other things are done, things that take time and cannot be accomplished during the regular weekly schedule of public and private sessions.  I've been putting in very long days, you have no idea, but proof of this is that I just fell asleep in front of my computer.!!
Tomorrow night we re-open but there is plenty more to do.  I'll post pictures over the weekend when I have a little time.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Student and Gift

I worked with my art student this week for two days (make up dates) and we worked on 8x8s as a gift to the person who does our facials who is getting married.  We agreed to do a flower painting, and it was this cosmetologist who introduced us years ago, so it will be special to her.
Bee Balm,
8x8, oil on stretched canvas with deep stretchers

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cooper Portrait

Went to the Bradford Church Haverhill Art Association portrait session this morning.  Cooper was the model and all the same people were painting there today that were there the last time I was there, and that was a long time now, maybe a year.  It's been a while for me now since I did a portrait, but I enjoyed the 2 hours and even though I forgot most of my paint colors, I had a good time.  I have two portraits to paint and I'm going to make a good effort this week to get them started.  Here's Cooper:

Trip to Monhegan

What a great time I had.  There is something incredibly different and peaceful about that place.

I drove up, met the boat with just the right amount of time left to park the car and grab a tea.  The one-hour boat trip was fine, open water so nothing to see, there were probably as many dogs as there were people on board, strange.  Upon landing, the various hotels' pickup trucks loaded up the luggage and took it to the hotel.  I slowly walked (there are only dirt roads there and no cars except absolute necessities) into the village, had a crab roll at the fish pier, ventured up to my room where my bags were waiting, separated out the art supplies and hit the road to paint the wreck.  It was a perfect day but slightly more windy than was comfortable in that my eyes were getting wind-burned.  Lots of people came and went and the painting progressed well.  For now I'm finished with it, but it will need a few touch ups.

 Dinner was expensive and the portions were as small as an appetizer, so I ordered an actual appetizer for dessert.  I turned in early, reading up on more airbrush information.  The decor was monastic but having the windows open made for a comfortable night's sleep.  I went down early for breakfast that was good and free--perfectly cooked bacon which I never eat anymore, and I met an artist in the lobby who has been staying there every summer for about 25 years, and we had a nice chat about the Art Students League in NY and about my upcoming project at the rink.  I set off right away up the hill to the lighthouse.  It is a very steep hill and I went up there a few times during the day.  It was a foggy day so all I could do on my lighthouse painting was correct the drawing a bit and repaint the lighthouse.  Met lots more people.  It opened at 11:30 and I went into the Lighthouse Museum and also saw the exhibit of Lemar Dodd whose work was very high end, a great show.
 I had set up my painting of the big panorama of the island, the third painting I brought along to do some improvements on, but the fog was so thick I could only see the foreground area.  I never did see the accompanying island across the straight or the horizon line to be sure.  I decided to go down for lunch and wandered around the entire village and up the adjacent hill, visiting here and there, into galleries, shops, and ran into an artist I had met earlier on the trip who had work in a gallery by the fish pier.  We goes up for a month every summer and a gallery goes with the room she rents.  Sweet deal!  I got a chowder and ate it with her while we chatted.  You won't believe this, but the fog cleared while I was having lunch, then it rolled in again when I got back up the hill to my painting!  Well, I worked on the foreground that coincidently never had any attention on my previous visit, but the painting will have to wait for, yet, another visit to get anyway near completion.
 I folded my tents, as they say, and went to the hotel to repack my gear for the trip home.  The boat trip was totally fogged in, we couldn't even see the rest of the boat, but I was traveling with a couple of women I had met in the village and we just joked and laughed all the way back to Port Clyde.  I drove home for three hours in the dense fog and in the dark and when I got to the Massachusetts border the fog lifted and the thought occurred to me that it must be like having cataract surgery because everything was so clear all of a sudden.

So I finally painted because I felt like it, and tomorrow morning I'll go paint a portrait at the Church in Bradford with the Haverhill artists and Mark Hayden and Mimi.  I might have chosen to go to the Greenbelt with David Curtis except that rain in predicted.  If you are still reading this very long story you must realize by now that it is the longest post I've ever written and I promise to be quicker or shorter next time! :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Monhegan Island - painting trip

So the last time I was there was 2009 and I started a painting of "The Wreck".  I like it a lot and hope that I won't wreck it myself when I take it back there to try to complete it.  I'll travel up there tomorrow morning and get the 10:30 boat to the island.  The weather looks good, cloudy but that's ok, and it's warm - 80s in the day, 60s at night.  When I return, I'll let you know how it went and post a pic.
Now I'm getting my stuff together for the 3-hour drive up there in the a.m.

The Great Jeff Weaver - Demo

Sunday at the North Shore Art Association, Jeff Weaver did a demo as a fundraiser for their restoration fund.  It was full of information, working on three canvases during a one-hour demo, he was animated and entertaining and funny.  He is totally one of my favs.  I should make a list I guess.  I did capture a couple of nice videos, one is great but it's too long to download (for now anyway) so here is a short one:  :)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Two Show Openings

I watched more airbrush videos today and then traveled to Ogunquit and Newburyport for show openings.
 Black Bear Fine Art
Upstairs in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, ME
Artist Talk & Refreshments 
Band of Brushes, Through Our Eyes
August 11-23, 2015, Newburyport Art Association
2015 bob front card (1)I used to belong to this plein air group so it was very nice to see a lot of familiar faces and their work. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Art New England Magazine

The celebration party last night for the Art New England Magazine was a very nice affair.  I had the opportunity to meet and talk with the new executive director of the Rockport Art Association, Abby Battis.  The people from the magazine were there and introduced themselves and asked people to come forward to talk about what they were doing or mention upcoming events.  It was truly a breath of fresh air as many people spoke up and one couple had flown up here from Florida to attend.  There was a wine table, a chocolate table, and a very delicious hor d'oeuvres table.  I met and talked with some very interesting people and many people swapped cards.  I do subscribe to that magazine, but was able to pick up a couple of issues that I didn't remember having.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The New Clark Museum, Williamstown, MA

I very much enjoyed my visit yesterday to the new Clark to see the Van Gogh and the rest of the museum.    Whistler's Mother is another exhibit currently there. Many argue that the new architecture doesn't please them, but I liked it and it feels like you are 'one' with the landscape-another wonderful feature of the site.  There are hiking trails as well and I'd recommend that you bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery.

Still reading up on the airbrush technique that I'm pretty sure I'll use for my next mural at the rink. 

Tonight I'm visiting the Newburyport Art Association's shows on my way to the Rockport Art Association for a reception celebrating the new issue of Art New England Magazine at 6 p.m.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Video Tutorials and research on Airbrush Techniques

I've spent the entire day watching and learning and taking notes about airbrush painting in preparation for doing a mural at the skating rink.  The first wall will be about 16' tall and 160' long.  The design elements will be a space theme with black light and flourescent paint.  I think I will truly enjoy this adventure.  There is a lot of expense with equipment, paint, etc., but I'm thinking it will work up faster than the regular paint brush techniques I've used in the past.  Only time will tell, and I'll be talking about it as I progress.

A couple of days ago I went into Boston's MFA and saw the extensive Hokusai exhibition.  Talk about prolific, he was amazing, what a fantastic draftsman.  He worked in ink and various water paints on many surfaces and did woodblock prints.  In one day he painted a banner 6 stories high using 14 gallons of paint.  He could work big and tiny.  It is mind boggling, be sure to look him up!

This week coming up, I'm going out toWilliamsburg MA (western Massachusetts) to see the much talked about Van Gogh exhibit at the Clark, staying overnight.

Did I mention that I just returned from Santa Fe, New Mexico and Scottsdale, AZ and saw some very exciting art.  If I'm not motivated now, I'll never be!