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Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. It's a journal of sorts. It gives me a place to show my work-in-progress for my painting and photography. Comments are welcome --- add one at the end of an entry or email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Keuka Lake with Wild Sweet Peas" Oil Painting

"Keuka Lake with Wild Sweet Peas"
8x10 Oil
AVAILABLE

Completed this painting last week, and tried some new techniques, like using an old fan brush to create the grasses, plus utilizing more detail in the foreground.

This is a popular view of Keuka Lake from the west side.  There was a big swath of wild sweet peas growing near the road this time when we stopped by.

BHB

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

"Layers" Make-up Painting

"Layers"
16x20" Make-up Painting

Finished framing the last of the 4 newer make-up paintings with the new, dark-chocolate-brown mat format.

Unfortunately, they are very difficult to photograph well. Especially with an iPhone.  :)

FYI-- there is separate tab for make-up paintings on my website.  I have now completed 8 and have started a new one this week.

Here is the link to see all eight:   http://barbarahallblumer.blogspot.com/p/make-up-paintings.html

BHB

Saturday, September 3, 2016

"Potting Shed" Oil Painting

"Potting Shed"
6x9 Oil
SOLD

I am enjoying being in "Back to School" mode, i.e., getting my studio in order to begin some new projects this fall, as well as reviewing "what I did on my vacation."

One of the fun things I did this summer was go to back to the peony farm with another painter friend who had never been.  She painted the barn and rows of peonies, as I have done in the past, but I looked for something else.

It took me a while to decide, but I eventually chose this potting shed. I liked the door within a door view, and the rhythm of the green vines against the hard lines of the roof.

Since it took me while to decide, I had little time to paint.  It was really hot and I was very uncomfortable.  The wind blew my umbrella away and flipped my paints onto the ground.  My painting was out of control, even though I had used a limited palette of colors.

So I took my "start" home and stuck it in the freezer.  The whole painting.  It is only 6x9 inches, so it fit just fine.

A month or more later, I took it out and finished it based on the photos I had taken and what I could remember from being there.

I really enjoyed painting from memory and purposely left it very loose.  So I salvaged what I had started.  I had almost thrown it away.

I concluded from this experience that I am no longer cut out to be a plein air painter.  I don't enjoy dragging my easel and the paints and supports and all of the gear to the site.  Then, fighting the elements.

But I really enjoyed going to the peony farm for inspiration.  I took lots of photos, and next time I will go and sketch, instead of trying to do an oil painting.

I have been joking that I was going to name this painting:  "The last time I went out to paint en plein air."  Instead, I have settled on "Potting Shed."

BHB




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Old Barn" Make-up Painting

"Old Barn"
16x20" Make-up Painting
SOLD

I recently framed this make-up painting.   (I am showing it before I put the glass in to avoid glare.)

It is of a very old barn in the area which belongs to elderly Mr. Scudder.  He asked me if I was with the "tax department" when he drove up in his pick-up and saw me taking photos of it from the road from many angles.  I said,  "No, I was just admiring his barn, and I hoped to make a painting of it."  I liked the way the light was hitting on the fence overgrown with vines.  He then told me a neighbor stores his hay in it, but otherwise it isn't used for much.  And that he was born up the road.  I think he said he was 92. And that "he can still get around on a tractor."

Today a very nice couple came in and picked it out to take home.

BHB


Saturday, May 21, 2016

"Farm Field View" Oil Painting

"Farm Field View"
8x10  Oil

Completed this study after I returned from Peter Fiore's landscape workshop, to practice some of the techniques we learned about conveying space, and applying paint.

Peter is a very nice, very interesting, very successful painter about my age, i.e., 60.  We both have an interest in photography, including street photography, so that was an added plus for me.  He and his wife, Barbara, who is also an artist, run very successful workshops about 4 times a year, in charming Milford, PA. Where PA/ NJ/NY intersect, near Port Jervis.

Highly recommend their workshops.  Peter Fiore Landscape Painting:  Beyond the Photograph

I chose his workshop because he uses lots of color, which I like to do, and because he paints from images which he collects in the field, which I also prefer.  A painter friend of mine, Ileen Kaplan, had taken the course.  He has painters who take the workshop repeated times, so you know it is good.

BHB

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"Firefly Summer" Little World Oil Painting

"Firefly Summer"
Little World No. 5
AVAILABLE

My most recent Little World, entitled "Firefly Summer," comes with a special thank-you to my art buddy, Anne Jennings Paris, who shared a photo of herself, in 1975, and stories of that summer, as the inspiration for this little 1.5 inch oil painting.

BHB


Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Writing Nook" Little World No. 4 Oil Painting

"Writing Nook"
Little World No. 4
AVAILABLE

The weather has finally warmed up here and people are out and about.  I am enjoying being in my studio and painting again.

Here is my latest little world oil painting.  The round painting is 1.5 inches and it is mounted to a collage of expired money from my international travels and origami paper.

I have another one in the works which I hope to post soon.

BHB

Thursday, December 31, 2015

"Quiet River" Oil Painting

"Quiet River"
12 x 24 inch Oil

This is my last painting of 2015.  I completed it a few weeks ago--- just before taking time off for the holidays. I had almost forgotten about it which is the sign of a good mental vacation.

It is a bigger painting but not too big  --- 12 x 24 inches.  I enjoyed the enlongated horizontal format which I think supports the feeling of being on the river at sunset.  

Now looking forward to 2016 and trying out some new ideas which have been percolating...

Happy New Year!

BHB

Friday, December 4, 2015

Art Sparkle for the Holidays

This Saturday night will be Sparkle on Market Street.  An annual holiday event on the first Saturday of December.


Here's what will be new in my studio.

For the holidays, I will be framing my frameable notecards in 8x10 frame.  $45 each.

Just finished framing "Middle C" for someone
I got this idea from a client who came back and told me she had framed 3 of them and hung them together.  I am using the leftover frames from my digital painting display a few years ago.  I will be framing them until the frames are all gone.  First come first served.


You pick your favorite image from the notecards and I will frame it for you.

And here are the latest paintings


"Pink Road" 8x10 Oil
"Winter Mist" 12 x16 Oil

"Old Scudder Barn" 8x10 Oil

Please stop in to see me if you are on the street!

BHB





Friday, November 13, 2015

River Reflections

"River Reflections"
8x10 Oil

Here is another one of my studies/experiments.

It was an effort to paint in a soft, loose way --- leaving clear brushstrokes and sticking to a calm color palette to match the calmness of the river.  It happens to be our Chemung river, but could be anywhere.

BHB




Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Guggenheim was Inspiring

Inside the Guggenheim

Finally made it to the Guggenheim museum in New York City, and it was so much better than I thought it would be.
Lo Strappo by Alberto Burri

We saw a very interesting exhibit: a retrospective of Alberto Burri's work.  He was a pioneer in modern art, the first to make assemblages and to work with mixed materials. He was greatly affected by WW2. His show is from Oct 9, 2015 until January 6, 2016.

But it was the building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright--- and how it flows --- that was delightful.

We wound our way up the spiral path learning about Burri's work, and taking side trips into the collections of Impressionist and Modern art in the side rooms.

You could tell from the upbeat talking going on that people were really enjoying themselves.  It was a wonderful place for people watching.

I am starting to keep track of what I find inspiring as part of working my way through Chris Orwig's new book, The Creative Fight.

But more on that later.  I really was surprised by the Guggenheim.  I thought it would be old-fashioned. Because it was built in 1959 and made of concrete.  Clearly, I was wrong.

BHB



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"Spooky Rockwell Study"


"Spooky Rockwell Study"
8x10 Oil
SOLD

The Rockwell Museum is a landmark in our town.  It is the Old City Hall.   A friend of mine captured it at night with a spooky sky, using her cell phone after dinner one evening.

I used her photo so that I could try a night painting where the light comes from sources like street lamps and/or the moon.  Plus I have never painted a complicated building like the Rockwell.
After a hour or so.  I used a bright teal-toned panel.  

The painting is intended to be very loose.  I completed it over a day or two.  I played with creating the spooky sky. It was fun.  Like a big puzzle to solve.

The painting holds together pretty well.  Now I am considering whether or not to paint a larger version.

I definitely enjoyed painting a night painting, and will be looking for more night subjects to paint.

BHB

(click here to read about the building's history:  http://rockwellmuseum.org/visit/cornings-old-city-hall/)



Friday, October 16, 2015

New Addition to The Studio


New Addition to the Studio

Another week in the studio has flown by.  I happy to say that several paintings have now found new homes.  And I have wrapped up all of my responsibilities from the Wineglass Marathon.  

And it is was a good week because I found this armoire at a barn sale. The owner (who is a printmaker) had purchased it in Wales, shipped it back to the US, and is no longer using it.  

I have zero storage in my studio, so I am thrilled to have a solution for my camera equipment, canvases and bulky items. Plus I now have a place to hang my coat, just in time for winter.

Today it was delivered and it fits perfectly in the alcove.  Seems meant to be!  

BHB

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Post Marathon Thoughts

Wineglass Marathon 2015 posters

What a wonderful event!  The weather was beautiful on race day.  The people who came to town to run the race were enthusiastic and lots of fun to talk to.

My original painting and posters on display in my studio window

I signed posters for runners and supporters from all over the US --- Connecticut, Colorado, Texas, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania -- to name a few.
Click on the photo to see the poster up close

In case you still want one, and want me to sign it --- just let me know.  Email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.

I would be happy to coordinate with the Wineglass Marathon office to buy one for you  (they are $10 plus tax) and then ship it to you in its mailing tube.  The post office charges $2.75 for first class shipping. So, all in all it would be about $14.

It really made me feel good to hear how many people liked the painting which became this year's poster.

It was inspiring to be around the runners and to hear their stories leading up to and after the race.

BHB



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Profusion" Oil Painting

"Profusion"
20 x 24 inches
Oil
So here is how the big floral painting looks now that it is completed and framed.  It is large: 20 x 24 inches.   The title is "Profusion."
I was channeling Klimt's landscapes and the peony farm near Hall, New York.  The flower gardens there are in front of an old red barn.  But I was making it up, i.e, thinking about music compositions as I did.  The sunflower is the soloist.  And the other groups of flowers are the various sections of instruments in the symphony.
I utilized the pink background whenever possible --- letting it peek through. When needed, I bought some flowers from the farmer's market one week (for the white ones) and sunflowers from Wegman's another week.
Here it is in the window so that people walking by can see it.  It is a cheerful painting.

BHB

Friday, September 4, 2015

Wineglass Marathon Poster 2015

Mock-up of what the poster might look like--
Wineglass Marathon Poster prototype

The Wineglass Marathon organizers have chosen one of my paintings to be on this year's poster.  The race is in its 34th year.  It is a very successful, sold-out event which takes place this year on Oct 4, 2015 here in Corning.

This is the second year of their producing a poster to go along with the event, and I am very pleased that they thought of me and my work.

Exciting!

BHB


Monday, August 31, 2015

Back in Business

I happy to report that my windows have been replaced and that my studio is now open again.
Starting last Wednesday at 5am, the crew took out the incorrectly tinted glass.
You can really see how dark it was when the tinted glass in leaning up against the other side of my studio where there is clear glass.
The new glass is very heavy.  Double paned, UV coated.  Weighs 265 lbs.  This time it is see-through.  I started to feel better as soon as they started putting in the new clear glass.  The tinted glass had really been wearing me down.  

On the second day it was a 7am start to replace the glass on the other side.
As you can see, it now easy to see outside from the inside and the light for painting and viewing art is great.  
I had to remove everything from my windows, so it gave me an excuse to clean and rearrange while they worked.

The third day it was a 10am start, just to do the clean up, i.e., to reinstall the carpet and wash the windows while I put everything back in the windows.
I also prepped a new large 36x48 canvas to start painting in the window.  It is toned gray.  The other painting-- the one on my easel--- is one I started but stopped during the "dark" period ---but got out again to try to finish before the summer profusion of flowers is over.
And bought a nice bouquet of sunflowers to mark the new beginning.

BHB






Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Radio Flyer" Oil Painting

"Radio Flyer"
8x10 Oil

My landlord has reassured me that new windows are on order to fix the incorrectly tinted glass on the one side of my studio, but I will be lucky if I am back in business by the end of the month.
So, I decided to paint under the fluorescent light on the "good" side of my studio and see what happened.

"Radio Flyer " is a quick and loose painting which I sketched on Tuesday afternoon and completed on Wednesday.

I have been feeling nostalgic lately.  I used a photo I took at the 1000 Islands where my husband's family has a cottage.  There are signs of play all over the front yards there.  Usually left like this when they've gone inside to take a break.

It felt good to have something new to put in the window.  (When the painting dries, I will frame it. )

BHB

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Studio Disruption

Last Friday at 5 a.m.

No, a car didn't crash through my window.  No, I wasn't broken into.  No it wasn't vandalism.  But yes it is a problem.

What should have been a non-event for my studio became a fiasco last Friday.
There was quite a commotion going on outside until about 2 p.m.  

My landlord ordered new, improved glass for my windows.  The idea was that it would be safer --- because it would be safety glass if it ever did break --- and it would be more efficient ---because it would be thicker and double-paned --- and it would be UV blocking---which would protect the shop displays from fading as well as be energy efficient.  All good things! 
You can no longer see in my studio on the side where I paint
(Until it gets fixed) 

Unfortunately, unknown to me, the project specified a bronzed tint for the glass.  So, it changes the light inside, as if you are wearing sunglasses, and I need natural light to paint.  

And from the outside you can't see what I am doing, nor what is in the windows. Essentially, it is privacy glass.  The opposite of what is needed on a storefront.  The sunnier it is, the more reflective the glass becomes.  Hard to show artwork in those conditions, much less paint.
I still have one good display window (on the left) while I wait for new glass, but half is in the dark (on the right).

With the help of many advocates of the merchants on the street, the project got stopped.  So, at least only half of my windows are "in the dark."

Yesterday, I was reassured that everything than can be done will be done to see that clear glass is put in my windows as soon as possible.

So, if you were wondering what was happening, that is the scoop.  

BHB

Friday, July 17, 2015

Accidental Prints of My Oil Paintings

4x6 Inkjet Print 
of Heather Basket

So, this week I thought I'd share something which has gotten me excited even though I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet.

These are four examples of what happens when I print images of my oil paintings on the wrong side of the photo paper.  It happened when I was teaching myself how to photograph and print reference copies of my paintings.
This is what I got the first time I put in the paper in upside down by mistake.  (Kodak 4x6 Paper)

The ink sits on the surface in puddles because it doesn't have an emulsion to sink into, and so it creates an almost batik-like design.
I liked it so much that I tried a different landscape, and watched excitedly as it came out of the printer, just like I used to do when watching a Polaroid print emerge.

And the exciting part is I don't know how it is going to turn out.
"Heather Basket"
before
The photo of a painting goes from this to this.
after
It takes DAYS for the ink to dry, and they must be kept flat.

The prints drying on top of my printer under a warm lamp (top view)

I scanned them into my computer today to load them up into this post, and learned that they look better as prints than as scans.  Something gets lost in translation, but I still think they have potential.
Here's one of the painting called Boots.

BHB