It was an unseasonably 77° today - so, Brie and I took two walks (her idea), and also caught up over dinner with some of our favorite village people - it was a full day, but never too busy for painting. . . .
This is a 4x4" painting. I did a 6x6" today too, but this was my warm up.
I thought I'd show it because I've been warming up lately with these little maple panels which are about an inch thick - they are a beautiful board to work on. The only problem with these boards is, Brie, the dog, really likes them too. However, she likes to eat them. . .
NFS - one of the corners is a little damaged - SOMEONE (who will remain nameless) got a hold of it. . . I'm not taking it personally though.
If you look at a famous painting in person you really like during the afternoon, it's really hard to paint when you get home.
I don't remember ever liking this painting as much as I did today, naturally I forget who it's by, and the title - I thought I knew, but I just looked for it online and I'm wrong. But I think my taste has changed - although I promise I will never, ever get tired of the sculpture of a BLT by Oldenburg. NEVER.
I cannot wait to paint outside again - I'm going to take full advantage until winter sets in. Which leads us to wonder, why'd I paint indoors on a day like today? Er, um, okay, Friday, I seize the day Friday!
Other News: Children's Book Illustrator Timothy Basil Ering (Frog Belly Rat Bone) at the MFA on Oct 24 & 27 sharing his inspiration and technique!
I'm turning into a tough cookie (oooh, there's that word again, I do love cookies).
Twice this week I have painted outside. I think today it was only 46° when we started. I wore a kayaking shirt, a turtleneck wool sweater, a fleece, a wool blazer and a gortex water/wind proof coat and a scarf. I could barely move my arms.
I wore the same ensemble hours later walking the dog - and promptly had three of the five layers wrapped around my waist by the halfway mark. . . apparently, it had warmed up.
It's one of those days, in which I really want to try this painting again.
When I squint the values are this dark, but as a result it is taking on more of a metal look rather than glass - when I paint something right away for a second time, I feel like I know what to do - and now, as I post this, I'm looking over my shoulder, at the lit up still life squinting - going Ah-HA, now I get it!
This begs the question, if you step in it is it yours?
I guess the Farmers Market yesterday made me want to paint chickens today, it's the first thing I thought of this morning to paint. This image is one of many on loan from a very generous woman I met when I first started this, she sent me beautiful photos of chickens and gave me permission to paint from them. These chickens go back generations in her husband's family in Italy. I painted my first one, 'Alfresco' at the beginning of September.
The Arts Walk today was perfect! The best fall day so far this year. I am so happy to have been a part of it. Many thanks to LP of White Magdelena for everything she did and for having me. . .
And to all who came out today, I enjoyed meeting many new people and reconnecting with others!
Lastly, to all those who helped to plan and coordinate this event, it was particularly festive!
It was indeed cold at the Farmers Market (on the water, I might add), but luckily Redeye Roasters was there to keep me warm. I've wanted to paint at the market since it started in the spring, so I'm glad I did - I think I could paint these tents a lot.
Tomorrow is the Hingham Arts Walk - 12-5 - I'll be at 60 South Street. . . get your map here (or at Noble's Camera tomorrow. . .)
Went scavenging through what's left of the garden. . . came up w/these green tomatoes. And then I decided to use this weird plate- it is rounded on the sides but it's still kind of square - which is why it looks the way it does.
I'll be painting at the Farmer's Market tomorrow (Saturday) at ten at the Hingham Beach.
And Sunday is the Hingham Arts Walk - 12-5 - I'll be at White Magdelena, 60 South Street, there's about 50 artists on display and other activities too - a good way to spend the day!
Local Betty has a great write up about planning one's route for the Hingham Arts Walk - here's a little excerpt, just in case you were wondering about it being kid friendly - oh, it is!
"Kids with you? Don't let that change your plans too much. Do go to the Community Center where you'll find artisans and craftspeople with kid-inspiring 'art to touch' like woodcrafts and mosaics. The South Shore Arts Center is hosting Allison Collins in an art quilt hands-on project. Let them make a square and be part of art-in-progress. While you immerse them in creativity, stop into shops in the Square to see the work of Susan Ahearn, Gary Nisbet,Franny Andahazy and Tina Watson [to name just a few more] right there. Easy Peasy.
See kids art on display. Brigham's, Carolann's and The Old Ship Meeting House will have student art exhibits to inspire; they're sure to recognize the work of a few friends and neighbors. The new Skate Shop on North Street will feature the art of talented students at Hingham High School too.
Find hands-on activities. At the Old Ship Church, grab a viewfinder and sketch a view of America's only surviving colonial meetinghouse. Enter the contest- your child's sketch [and maybe yours!] could be selected to be the cover of an Old Ship notecard. "
I got to paint at Page's today - a table FULL of leeks and onions grown by one of the other lovely painters. Check out Page's Studio during the Hingham Arts Walk too this Sunday.
Other News: does anyone else have to hospital roll their animal to make the bed? Just a hypothetical question of course, no one fuzzy around here would be so ill behaved she refuses to get up when asked.
What good would painting every day be if I didn't try something the next day I wished I had done differently the day before.
Thank you everyone for commenting on yesterday's post and giving me a new perspective for looking at that painting. It made me feel better and made trying it again a fun challenge instead of an effort.
So, here it is with the different background color, just in case. In real life the cloth is a different blue than the inside of the bowl and I still have yet to mix the right color of the cloth. And I'm not sure why I insisted yesterday on making the cloth turquoise, but maybe that's for tomorrow's psychoanalysis?
So I had a little problem here w/the blogging - I post the same day I make it - but the email that goes to everyone's email goes a day later automatically.
So, if I post the next day before noon, then you'd get two images in one email and so, I thought I'd delay the post until tonight, but then I messed something up - somehow - and well, the pictures didn't come through - so here it is. . .take two - I apologize everyone. Thank you for your patience.
Maybe the top lime could be warmer - I played around with it a little and then figured, there's always tomorrow.
I just stuck the cookie right in my mouth this time, bypassed the still life setup all together - who would I be fooling really if I put it there, fussed with it, danced around the idea that it was really there for the sake of the still life and I would never think of eating it?
Good News; Duane Keiser has just completed Oddment painting #207 - Brie, the dog/art collector, is eagerly awaiting her Oddment, #308 - so, with 101 more until ours, er, um, hers, you know what that means. . .
Plenty of time to play my favorite game, Guess Brie's Oddment - since it doesn't exist yet we have no idea what it will be - (for Oddment defined, scroll down. . .)
I love Duane Keiser's work and can't wait to find out the subject of our Oddment. I hope it's not a bug - Brie's now wishing it'll be a painting of the cute little Cockapoo up the hill.
Back to today's painting; I chose this setup because of the playful polk-a-dot fabric. And when I finished I realized, I forgot to put the dots in - all work no play - so I put them in.
More still; This little pink flower is pretty much the only thing left in the front yard now. . .
An Oddment is "a remanant or part of something, typically leftover from a larger piece." And DK is creating 1000 of these little paintings!
When you hang out in other people's kitchens, do you wind up staring (longingly) at little still lifes they've set up and they don't even know it? Or is that just me?
I promise, I won't start bringing extra big pocketbooks around and loading them up with other people's vegetables and ceramics and then denying all accusations once they appear as still lifes here. . . but if I lick them, doesn't that make them mine?