On Saturday I did a 3 hour demonstration painting at Smith Custom Framing, where I have a featured exhibit through the month of February. I chose to paint the piano in the gallery. It was fun to observe all the reflections in the shiny black surface and translate them to paint. That is the reflection of my drop cloth and legs in the front of the piano.
Here is another painting from Wayne Plein Air, painted on an overcast morning at Philadelphia's famous Boathouse Row. This piece sold at the preview party but is still on exhibit - along with my other paintings from the week - at Wayne Art Center, through June 23.
Last week I participated in Paint Snow Hill, held in the charming town of Snow Hill, MD on the Eastern Shore. It was a great event and fantastic area to paint with endless subject matter. I found myself drawn to the many forgotten and decaying structures which conjured up feelings of sadness - but also mystery, and spoke to the power of time and nature over things of man. I was honored to receive Artist's Choice for Best Body of Work as voted by my peers.
I had a nice visit to the Brandywine Museum yesterday, followed by a painting session along the muddy creek. I think I was inspired after seeing the Andrew Wyeth paintings - his strong light/dark contrasts and muted colors.
It was a bitter cold night last night, but I am happy I braved the weather to attend Carlisle Arts Center's opening of the "Yellow" show. I am honored that juror and Messiah College Art Department Chair Brenton Good chose my painting for First Place!
I painted this en plein air in a friend's garden on a much warmer day.
The "Yellow" show will be on display through March 12.
Two of my most recent pieces, painted in the week following snowstorm "Jonas" which dumped a record breaking 29" of snow on our area. Now, one week later, most of this snow has melted so I am happy that I was able to capture it.
These paintings are now available at Art & Soul Gallery, Lemoyne. Art & Soul is located above the West Shore Farmer's Market and is open on Friday and Saturday or by appointment.
I've been trying to push through the winter doldrums and find some motivation. Painting with friends always seems to get me going, so today I went to my friend Cecelia's studio and we painted still lives together. What fun!
Finally added some finishing touches to this painting which was started a few months ago in Shipoke along the river. I've just delivered it and 2 other works to Gallery @ 2nd where it will be part of the multi-artist 'Burg Exhibit which opens with a public reception on January 14 and runs until March 2.
Yesterday I painted live during a wedding ceremony along the Yellow Breeches at Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, PA. It was a commission request from the bride and groom who wanted a plein air painter to capture the setting of their special day.
This is the second time I have painted as part of a wedding. I feel I am a bit more comfortable with it but there are certainly challenges with each situation. The biggest challenge is time. I arrived 2 hours early to set up and paint the entire background. I only had about 30 minutes to quickly paint in the figures and a suggestion of a guest audience. Here is the painting just before the figures arrived...
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Perfect early fall weather for the Harvest of the Arts/Antique Auto Show in Carlisle today, I had so much fun painting the gorgeous curves and creamy color of this vintage Jaguar. It was purchased wet off the easel. Great day!
Last week I participated in the plein air event on Chincoteague Island for the 5th year. I love this place and always find new things to paint. This scene across the channel is one that I've thought about painting for years. It is my favorite part of the drive to the island - the road that crosses the marshy channel from the main land to Chincoteague. There are not many places to pull off on the road but I had someone drop me off there for a few hours so I could paint this.
If you are heading out this Sunday, the 13th for Gallery Walk in Harrisburg you will see my work in 4 different locations. I have 2 paintings at the Art Association of Harrisburg as part of their "Structures" show, 5 new paintings at Gallery @ Second in their upstairs gallery, 2 paintings at City House Bed & Breakfast as part of an exhibit of the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters, and 10 paintings uptown at the Manor on Front along with pieces from other local artists. It is a great opportunity to see some of the new things I have been working on!
I took a drive to the South side of Chambersburg today to seek out this sunflower field which a friend alerted me to. I was delighted to find a massive field with thousands of yellow heads. Most were just past their prime but it still was well worth the trip!
Last week I did this mural for a customer in Florida - a tree mural in soft neutrals and metallics - as a backdrop for their 3 sculptures. I am very happy with how this turned out and how the tree creates an environment for the figures, suggesting a conversation. They compliment each other.
I did this painting on location at the Star Barn a few weeks ago. Many artists have painted this local icon, but I wanted to try my own rendition. The barn will soon be moved to a private location and I wanted to paint it in it's original home. Perhaps I will attempt another painting here before the barn is dismantled.
I am happy that this painting sold at the Saturday night Art Association Soiree.
I will be one of the featured artists in the August 8 "soiree", a garden party benefitting the Art Association of Harrisburg and held at the Huck residence, 86 Foxfire Lane, Lewisberry. I'll be showing my newest paintings - many of which I've posted here. Tickets are available in advance through the Art Association, or at the door. www.artassocofhbg.com
On Thursday I painted in the little town of Boiling Springs. I thought perhaps I'd do a street scene, or one of the charming houses - but sometimes I find the space in between the buildings more interesting than the buildings themselves.
I found this pink house in Liverpool. I was attracted to the strong sunlight on the house and the variations in pinks - including the reflected glow under the porch roof. The entire time I was painting I had that John Mellencamp song going through my head "Ain't that America...little pink houses for you and me". With the sunflowers, the flag, this seemed like the quintessential small town charmer.
Yesterday's rain left us with a pleasant Sunday - cool and low humidity - and also a lot of water! The birds enjoyed splashing around in these puddles as much as I enjoyed painting them. They were putting on a show for me!