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Friday, May 29, 2015

Glassfest Debrief

The new addition for Glassfest

Glassfest was a big success last weekend, on many levels.  The weather was picture perfect and the crowds were large and enthusiastic.

Thank you to everyone who stopped in to say hello and to see what was going on in my studio.

I especially appreciated the comments from people who have been looking at the work in the windows when they walk by, running errands, or going to dinner or the movies nearby.  

I didn't realize that so many people were looking at the work in the windows when I am not here.

And good news, my back wall of paintings is filling up.  What a good feeling after it being so spotty all winter long.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

"Red Figure on Beach" Oil Painting

" Red Figure on Beach"
14 x 18 Oil

Framed another painting this week.   It is a 14 x 18 oil of a subject I had been wanting to revisit, and finally got around to doing over the winter.

The original version of this painting was 16 x 20 and painted back in late 90's when I was first taking painting classes with Marty Poole at 171 Cedar Arts Center.

I remember how excited I was to have created a painting which had a mood.  Up until then, most of our paintings had been subjects he had chosen, but this particular session we brought in our own subject matter.  In my case, I brought in a photo of a women in red I had passed on a beach in Maine.

It makes a difference.  I learned that the more you can relate to the subject, the more you will enjoy the painting experience.

Back then, I put it in the student show under the title, "Solitude", which I have since learned is one of the most overused, most generic titles for a painting.
The original is on the left and the new one is on the right

So, the new one's title---until I come up with something better--- is "Red Figure on Beach."

The new one is brighter and has a cloud formation in the distance. The figure is moving into the light. Overall less stormy.  Probably says something about my outlook these days.  


Monday, May 18, 2015

"Out to Dry"

"Out to Dry"
8 x 10 Oil

Re-framed this older painting entitled "Out to Dry."  This year I am trying out new looks for my work.

It is interesting to see how different frames bring out different aspects of the work.  In this case, the black frame brings out the rhythm of the laundry hung out to dry on the porch.
Here is how it was framed before.  And it picks up more of the farmhouse.

I am learning that everyone has different decorating tastes, and that sometimes they like a painting, but not the frame.    So, I will be offering collectors a choice of frame as much as I can.


Friday, May 15, 2015

"Cindy's View" Landscape

"Cindy's View"
12 x 16 Oil
On Hold

This week I received a delivery of frames as part of getting ready for Glassfest which is a 4 day festival taking place here in Corning over the Memorial Day weekend, May 21 - 25, 2015.  

I consulted my frame advisor (thank you, Ellen!) and selected a warm silver one for this 12 x 16 oil landscape.  It is a view of Keuka lake which I painted at the end of last summer.  That's when the grapes will be harvested, golden rod is in bloom, and there are hay bales in the fields.  And it is still humid.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Pink Fog" Landscape Painting

"Pink Fog"
6 x 10 Oil

This is a small painting --- 6 inches tall by 10 inches wide.  Last fall, I was ready to toss it, but this spring I decided to try again, after getting input from the Whine & Critique group and others.

After many iterations, I decided to make the red barn the focal point, even though the pink morning fog was what originally attracted me to the subject.

In our area, we often have morning fog over the lakes and the rivers but then it burns off as the sun rises and the day gets warmer.