I have to say that it isn't feeling much like spring these days. I have been in VT for the past 10 days and I am watching the snow falling outside the window. We are at 1,500 feet, the snow was sticking this morning but now it has warmed up to 39 degrees and what was on the ground has melted but Mount Mansfield is under cloud cover and I am sure they are getting accumulating snow. It will be beautiful with the emerging leaves, green grass, and snow covered mountain when it finally clears. I am ready for some sun and some warmth.
I joined Daily Paintworks about a month ago www.dailypaintworks.com. I often had people asking where they could purchase paintings so I thought I would give it a try, it would give people an easy venue to see and purchase my small paintings and it would hopefully give me some more exposure and incentive to paint more and post the paintings. I have always been inspired by the artists who paint and post daily and create an impressive painting each time. One reason I had wanted to join was to encourage me to paint more frequently and to see my progress as the months progressed but I am realizing it is a challenge for me to make that commitment at this point. The two weeks I am in Vermont I am caring for my mother and the other two weeks at home I am trying to play catch up. I need painting to remain a creative outlet and to not be pressured by it. At this point my intention is to paint and post when I can and to hopefully do some more plain air painting when I am in Maine.
I signed up for two workshops this summer, the first with Mark Boedges for a 3 day workshop in June and then with Tim Horn in Maine in September for 5 days. I Think it has been four years since my last workshop and I know I will really benefit from time with both of these amazing artists.
The following is the link to my gallery at Daily Paintworks:
David Marine has done a wonderful job with this site and in one month it has more than paid for itself for the year.
Below are a few small paintings I have done since joining.
It's been eight months since I have shared anything. Obviously blogging is not my forte! I've still been spending a lot of time with my mother in Vermont but I am currently in Maine for the week. One thing I always look forward when I am able to get home is getting together with friends to paint outside. I don't really get a chance to paint plein air when I am Vermont. I tend to work mostly from photographs so I can be accesible, so having the luxury of time when I am home I always try to get outside to paint at least once. We had a beautiful day yesterday, 60 degrees, intermittent clouds and sun and little wind. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find anyone to paint with me so my most faithful painting companion, Maury, and I headed to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth for a few hours. Two lights is a great location to paint, easy access, rugged coastline, dog friendly, bathrooms.... I was really hoping to have some color left. There aren't many trees along the coast at the park but there was a lot of bittersweet and all of the Rosa Rugosa foliage had turned yellow, so there was a nice autumnal feel. I never quite get anything finished in the first outing but was happy with the painting I walked away with.
A few weeks ago I moved to Stowe, VT to help my elderly mother who is now suffering from Dementia. It's been an abrupt transition from working endlessly to get ready for my show to moving at a much slower pace. The days are spent cooking meals, going for walks, doing errands... A lot of repetition in activities and conversation. It's a horrible disease and one I honestly never thought my very sharp intelligent mother would be dealing with. I have been unsure how much painting and photography I will be able to accomplish during this transition. I started doing some smaller 6" x 6" pieces. A size I have never really tackled before. It's turned out to be a really rewarding exercise. I take my mom for drives, I snap some photos with my phone and then I work from those photos to do a small study. It's great because she is part of the experience and they don't take too long. I am then able to share the finished product with her, sometimes the same day that we shot the photos. She is always so enthusiastic with the finished product ( she has always been one of my biggest supporters! ). Here are some paintings from the first couple of weeks. And yes the coastal image was not from Vermont, It was one I had on my phone and always had the desire to paint.
I can't thank everyone enough for coming out to the opening reception of my show on Thursday night. It was a huge success, great turnout, great venue and many red dots. Thank you again to Kathy Townsend for providing her incredible venue and to MECA for their unwavering support and dedication to their Continuing Studies students. The collaboration between Kathy and the MECA Continuing Studies staff made this show possible and I am very grateful. The show will be up until the first week in May so please stop by. Just call Kathy at 207-842-9200 to make sure someone is in the office. The address is: 553 Shore Road - Cape Elizabeth, ME (www.townsendre.com) And a huge Thank You to all of you who purchased a painting. I hope they bring you many years of enjoyment!!
.Excited about my first solo show. Hoping you can join me on February 25th between 5:30-7:30 at Townsend Real Estate & Art Gallery in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Townsend Real Estate & Art Gallery has partnered with Maine College of Art to showcase the work of their Continuing Studies students. Kathy Townsend acknowledges the value art plays in our community and the natural relationship between art and real estate. She has provided an amazing venue to show our work and allowed artists the opportunity to have their work seen by her real estate clients, Maine designers and art collectors. These shows exhibit the work of both new and emerging artists as well as established artists who have furthered their learning and growth through MECA's continuing Studies program. A percentage of all proceeds form the sales of the gallery's paintings will go to support MECA's scholarship program, The show is currently hanging and will be up through the first week of May. I hope you can stop by.