Thursday, July 27, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017
I was honored to be commissioned as the onsite painter for last weekend's Star Barn Raising Festival.
The Star Barn is a significantly historic barn, built in 1860, that sat along rt.283 between Harrisburg and Lancaster. It has long been a favorite site for painters, photographers, and lovers of nostalgia. The barn was purchased by a private owner last year and has been moved, along with it's outbuildings, piece by piece, to it's new location in Elizabethtown where it will be preserved as a venue for weddings and events.
I was asked to create 2 paintings, both 24x36, depicting certain actions in the reconstruction. I kept thinking that the original barn raising may have had a few sketch artists, as not everyone had a camera back then.
The festival was well attended and I was able to talk to many people about my painting. I was surprised that so many people relate to this barn in a personal way.
At one point, an Amish teen boy (maybe 13) stood and watched me paint for about a half hour. He asked a lot of questions about what I was doing and seemed very interested that I was painting just from observation - what I was seeing. I thought that was a neat moment - art bringing together 2 very different people.
painting #1 showing some of the outbuildings and the raising of the bents
painting #2 captured the lowering of the cupola into the structure by crane
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Last week I painted in Cumberland, MD for the Mountain Maryland plein air event. It was my first time visiting this area. I loved the steep hilly town and the rural outlying areas. Much of this rural area is economically depressed which is sad to see, but makes for great painting subjects. I had the opportunity to paint in an abandoned silk mill in Lanaconing which closed in 1957 and was left intact.
"1937 McCormick Deering"
"Lonaconing Silk Mill"
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I had a great time last week as a participant in the Finger Lakes Plein Air event in Canandaigua, NY.
I really stretched myself by working a bit larger than I usually do in plein air, choosing unusual subject matter, and did some hiking into a gorge to find a secluded waterfall.
I was delighted to receive an Honorable Mention Award for my painting of the campfire which I did for fun one night with no intention of entering into the competition.
Honorable Mention Award
"Across The Lake"
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Friday, March 31, 2017
Here are some paintings from a recent trip to Texas. I went with 5 other artists and we stayed on a ranch an hour and a half West of Austin, near Llano. It was beautiful landscape, much different from what I see and paint around Pennsylvania.
Blue Bonnets and Prickly Pear
Blue Bonnet Road
Backlit Prickly Pear
Down At The Creek
Misty Morning Mesquite
Home On The Range
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
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.