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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Museum Notetaker for Little Gems

Museum Notetaker
8 x 6 Oil on Canvasboard

Today I am dropping off this painting at West End Gallery, here in Corning, for their upcoming show, called Little Gems, which opens February 3rd.  Everything in the show has to be small, under 14 inches total, width and height combined.

As background, I saw this woman taking notes at the Tate Britain museum in London last March.  I thought it would be interesting to paint her, and her clothing, as well as the younger woman in the background.

They are having a shared experience in the museum even though they are absorbed in their own thoughts, i.e., they are connected to each other without knowing each other.
Subtle relationships happen in public spaces, like museums and libraries.  And I find them very interesting.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Gift of a Quote

Received this quote today as a gift and thought I would share it.

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.  - Émile Zola

Emile Zola was a French writer, important in the naturalism literary movement, born in 1940, and died in 1902.   

Friday, January 13, 2012

"Winter Barn" Landscape Oil Painting

"Winter Barn"
8 x 10 Oil on Panel

Seems appropriate to post this painting today as we are finally getting our first real snowfall of the year.  I finished it earlier this week after working on it on and off last year.  The reference photo was taken last year about the same time last year when I was driving around the back roads.  It was late in the day, as the sun began to go behind the hills.  I was looking for something to paint with snow, because I haven't really painted snow before.  Not sure I captured the actual feeling of being there, but I am satisfied for now.  Time for this painting to find a new home.