Saturday, February 15, 2020

Wilton Studio Visit, RV Show, Driving to Punta Gorda

The Highlight of this trip is the Wilton Studio Visit!
My day yesterday (Valentine's Day) was amazing.  I did a couple of very different things.  I toured maybe 60 RVs from tiny to gigantic.  It was lots of fun to see them and it took maybe 2 hours.  I was with my son, Marc, and Kim, Cameron,and Kim's mom, Cheryl.
After that I went to visit John Wilton's studio as he graciously invited me to see it.  This put my head in a tailspin.  It was a nor'easter of an experience.  Both the building itself and the contents were very exciting to see.  The building is like something I have been thinking and dreaming about for a long time, pretty much exactly.  He built most of it himself after the drawings were done and a company constructed the main framework.  He did the walls and all the rest.  It has a bathroom in one corner and otherwise is open space. Any divisions of space are painting racks on wheels or the like. There may be one small column of wall space where the utilities are probably housed.  It has a polished or painted cement floor.  The dimensions are 40x80'. There are clerestory windows the length of the building in the roof, as you can see in the photos, and windows on the ends of the building, one being north light.
He invited me to roam around and see whatever I wanted to see and volunteered to answer any questions I might have had.  We did have a conversation about both his building and his art and he was very forthcoming and I enjoyed meeting him very much .Link to John Wilton's art. and a  Link To John Wilton's studio and works on his walls. If you go here, it is an article followed by photos, after the first several photos, other artists are featured.
He is a prolific artist who works in many mediums, or maybe all mediums!  His work, for the most part is very large and he has done many public works, like murals, civic buildings, utility boxes, sculptures, too many to name but you can reference his web page or do a google search.  I'll post some photos here.



Thursday, February 13, 2020

Lace Cap Hydrangia

I've had a great visit with Marc, Kim and Cameron in Sanford FL and will be leaving tomorrow for Punta Gorda FL to visit my friend Judy.  I contacted the artist whose studio I mentioned as being my dream studio and he invited me to see it tomorrow afternoon.  I'm psyched.  Not only is his studio fantastic but his work is also.  He is famous around here.
This plein air painting was painted in a friend's yard in the late afternoon and not a sunny day.  
I remember when my aunt got a lace cap hydrangea--it was the first time I ever saw one, how gorgeous they are. Flowers and people--all different from one another.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

White Hibiscus and New Gallery Opening Info

White Hibiscus Painting
Painted in a friend's garden while standing in the shade with the bush catching the sun, I was especially struck by the beautiful blue color of the sky.  I'm trying to get a better photo without a blue cast, the white looks much white in person.
If you go to this link, you can see it with a magnifying feature and observe that the brush strokes are nice and noticeable.  I always like to do this since it's so hard to really see these paintings online.
New Gallery Opening
If you live in my area, please come to this new gallery opening in Newburyport MA.  There are 26 artists' work to see and refreshments will be available.  Come meet the artists and be one of the first to see this new gallery in beautiful Newburyport.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Deland, Port Orange, The Villages

I visited the second Deland Art Museum (one is dedicated to special exhibits) and The Hand Museum at Stetson College in Deland, and two artists on the art walk in East Volusia County.
At the Deland museum I spoke with the receptionist who gave me very good information about the area and the art scene in general which led me to see the incredible art studio of John Wilton ( who has the studio that I dream about having.  First photo below.
At the Hand Museum I saw an exhibit that was nicely displayed where they took part of the artists design and manipulated it to make a large background, part of which was flat paper and another part was printed on fabric and hung to look like a curtain.  Second photo below.
Also at the Hand I was very happy to see, touch, etc. a handmade Camera Obscrua.  This is something I have always wanted to make and experience, so now I have experienced it.  Third and fourth photo below.
At the studio of Carol Land ( I was very impressed with her mixed media and collages.
At the Villages I visited with friend, Vickie, and we traveled around in a golf cart.  She is an excellent golf cart driver. The Villages is nothing like I expected, much better, and as she says, the locals say it's like living in a bubble--which seems true.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Field of Daisies

More daisies!  Can you ever have enough?   What do daisies say to you?  I say they are happy flowers. 
There is something about them that I never get tired of.
This 6x6" oil painting on panel board will bring cheer to any room!

My Gallery News!

The latest news is that I'm in a gallery in Newburyport starting March 5th.  There will be a reception and I'll be sure to let you know when that will be.  It's called the Pleasant Street Gallery.  It's new and there are 26 of us as members of the co-op.
Yesterday I went to Deland, FL and it is a gorgeous town.  I'm heading up there again today.  Big weekend coming up, I'll be going to an art walk in the Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach area on Saturday and I'll be with Vickie at the Villages on Sunday for an Art Festival.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Standing Tall

Since this blog is my art report, which could be confused with my art adventures blog, (even I get mixed up) I want to report that I'm enjoying the warm weather this month in Florida and going to see art galleries and festivals, shows, etc.  I'm using my ancient laptop to do my computer work and it is telling me that its too old for some of the processes I'm doing.  Always something!  I visited downtown Sanford yesterday and a gallery there is preparing to do a mural this month on their side wall that faces an ally.  I'm heading over to the other side of the state next week, but I may return to this area for the last week of the month and see how they are coming along. p.s.  I haven't painted anything yet :(
This 6x6" oil painting on masonite board will look great on a shelf or table with an easel stand.
I have painted a few little gem paintings lately that have the blue and yellow or blue and white color combination. Initially I got interested in painting flowers because I love COLOR and flower paintings are the most colorful thing to paint for intense clean color.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Fort Myers Palm Tree

I spent a day taking photos, it was so much fun.  I love trees of all types but these are fascinating.  I remember the people I was with at the time, it was a very good day.  

This 8x10" (oil on canvas on gatorbord) painting has much more beautiful color than the picture portrays.  
It has a despoke solid maple urethaned floating frame, the outside dimensions of this artwork are 10x12". 
Gatorbord is a special type of backing that is very strong but light weight then canvas is attached it that backing.  The weight of the frame is 1.6 lbs so the shipping costs would be more.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Florida the Beautiful

This is my favorite of all the palm trees I've painted, it really is beautiful. It is a realistic version with a lot of coconuts and a lot of variety in color and brush strokes. The colors are very vibrant--more vibrant that they look here.  
You can almost smell the beach and hear the lapping waves and the bird calls! :)

Wild Orange Daylily, 6x6" oil on masonite

I love day lilies. I have all kinds and colors in my garden. Last summer I was painting in my garden and this view caught my eye with the river and the woods in the background. 
Even though blue and orange are compliments, the sky and water were a very light gray, and it gives it the wilderness look I like.
I then made a giclee of this and painted the water and sky blue on the giclee to see how I would like it, 
and I'm so glad that I left this original the way it was.

German Mountain Road 6x6" Oil on board

This painting received a "best picks of the day award" on my on-line gallery:  Daily Paintworks!
I painted this for the DPW Challenge, German Mountain Road. I had submitted an earlier version and wanted to re-work it so here it is. This little gem has high contrast and noticeable texture and brushwork.  You can almost smell the air and feel the heat of the sunshine. :)

European Arches

This scene is familiar with many visits and memories of my trips to Europe.  It's 9x12" oil on board and you can see and feel the texture of the canvas.  Sorry about the image, I didn't have it downloaded on my laptop before leaving a couple of days ago for Florida for the month of February.  I had to clip it from another source, not a good one for sure, but you can see it better if you click on the link to the on-line gallery :)

I love outdoor cafes in Europe and all the medieval arches and stone patios, roads, etc.  I also love umbrellas and warm colors, so this charming scene has everything.  I like the jumble of cafe tables and chairs in the foreground and that it doesn't take away from the umbrellas and arches.  I have taken about 10,000 pictures in Europe and will be going back to the Alsace region of France this September (2020) on a painting trip--that region has very German influenced architecture.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Flowers with Orange Stripes

I was showing a friend of mine the various Challenges on the Daily Paintworks page, and we saw this great challenge for stripes, so I LOVE ORANGE and couldn't wait to give it a go. I hope you will love it too.  Besides the flower petals are very dramatic, don't you think? 
And that sliver of light!

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

News this week.

I sold a painting! 
First time in a while since I haven't been doing studio work lately.  It feels good to be back.  I spent a few days updating my inventory lists and trying to match the list with the actual paintings.  
So much to do.  

My work will also be available in a shop in beautiful downtown Newburyport for the summer. 

I'd like to clear out some of my inventory so the paintings on Daily Paintworks will be marked accordingly and lots more will be added to that online gallery site.

John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead, 8x10"

A small group of us painted here at the famous John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead in Haverhill, MA.  He is a renowned American poet. 

This 8x10" painting is available unframed now for $150 including tax.  
Add $50 for frame and $15 for extra shipping.  

Friday, January 24, 2020

Reece's Big Cup Candy Bar, 6x6"

This one really looks good if I do say so myself!  I thought it would be fun to paint everyone's favorite candy bars, so I asked around to see who liked what. Now I have this huge bag of candy bars and I'm working my way through it, painting them that is, and I haven't eaten any yet. 

Click on the link above to see it on Daily Paintworks, 
my on-line gallery, or to purchase it today for only $40!

Reese's Big Cup Candy Bar, 6x6"

This one really looks good if I do say so myself!  I thought it would be fun to paint everyone's favorite candy bars, so I asked around to see who liked what. Now I have this huge bag of candy bars and I'm working my way through it, painting them that is, and I haven't eaten any yet. 

Click on the link above to see it on Daily Paintworks, 
my on-line gallery, or to purchase it today for only $40!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Necco Wafers, 6x6"

Remember Necco Wafers?  

Here is some information about how and why I decided to paint this kind of candy.  I tried to perk up the image with a colorful cascade of stripes because the candy and the packaging of these Necco Wafers is very light, the candy has a delightful sugar haze on each piece and the package is wax paper-like. This is a very old-fashioned candy which I used to get from my grandfather when I was a child. The manufacturer was located in Cambridge near Boston, Massachusetts. I guess I was in a crazy colorful mood when I chose to paint it this way.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

Everyone's favorite--M&M's Candy

Click the link below to see more information
 or to purchase this 6x6" oil-painting-on-board for $50.
This painting has a lot to it, lots of brush strokes
and lots of texture, not to mention, lots of colors!
Can you find the blue one peeking out of the package?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mounds Bar - candy bar series - 6 x 6"

I finally posted to my on-line gallery--Daily Paintworks as a way to get back into my art routine.  I'm a little rusty but it is fun all the same.  I think I have too many blogs and Facebook pages, and, yes, now I'm going to have to have Instagram!  Yesterday I got a new phone and Apple Watch so the learning curve gets steeper every day!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Hi! - I'm back.

 I've been busy.  I completed the wall mentioned in the previous post, and have painted murals in another rink since then.  Here are photos of the finished wall mentioned in the previous post:
Skateland, Bradford MA

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sorolla (a gift) and where I am now on the wall

Here is a beautiful show of paintings of Sorolla which I'm sending as a little Christmas token.

I've stopped for the holidays and my vacation cruise and pushed to leave it in some sort of respectable shape for the customers who come during the Christmas school vacation.  The underpainting, except for the bottom area of the dunes which will have rocks and maybe Martians, is almost done and the UV paint is done on the right end of this section.  I had to put the staging away so some highest points are not completed. I am anxious to return and paint UV on the dragon and paint the flames he's breathing out.  Painting flames with transparent paints is what makes flames look so good, but this UV paint is not transparent which presents some serious challenges.
Progress as of end of December 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Working from right to left on long wall

This week I did a couple more primer coats on the dragon's fire and primed the first couple of things along this long wall.  I wanted to start to paint the UV paint on the dragon's fire but realized just in time that if I did that then the only thing that would show up with the blacklights on during a session this weekend would be the dragon's fire but you wouldn't see where it was coming from, so in order to paint the flames I first need to paint the dragon.  In light of this, I decided to start on the right and move towards the left finishing approximately 30 feet at a time.
Meanwhile Marc worked on the new area for video games and birthdays.  He had to grind the cement where the bench had been (remember from my previous blog that we tore down the bench).  There was a lot of work involved, even putting down the new urethane coating was harder than usual due to it being thicker and harder to apply.  There are UV chips sprinkled on top.
Bench was were the blue is since that section needed two coats of urethane.
This is the finished beautiful new floor with the UV chips in it.
When I came in the next morning after the grinding, there was tons of very fine dust all over the main floor (and everything else most likely) I had to dry mop it twice and wet mop it finally to get it up.
Here you can see the cement dust where I didn't clean it up.
Primer coat is the white in this area.
First thing this morning (Wednesday) I unloaded my carts and reorganized everything.  Over the past 9 months I've worked with these carts and everything was helter skelter.  I managed to return some paints and materials to storage since I'm on the home stretch now and can thin out my inventory.
Beginning to paint with blacklight (UV) paint on the planet.  In this photo both the
white lights and the UV lights are on.

In this photo only the blacklights are on.  My camera doesn't take the best pictures.