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SEASONAL NOTES Fall 2014

Posted on: September 3rd, 2014

Sunset From the Studio

Sunset From the Studio

This July, our gardens were part of the local Secret Garden Tour and we welcomed a large group of appreciative gardeners. A week later we hosted another Open Studio here and had a crowd of friends and patrons visit us. These events took a great deal of preparation and I have not painted much over the last several months. I’ve had time to relax a bit and am now ready to get back to painting.

I hope to paint more figures and flowers. Here is a color sketch I’ve begun, to work out an idea for a larger painting. This is painted on Plate Finish heavyweight Strathmore Illustration board. The surface did not allow lifting as it should and it created a granular texture. Sometimes that happens on this surface and it can be frustrating. When I do the final painting I’ll want a board that provides lifting. Despite this glitch, I was able to paint on it anyway with a decent result and it is letting me work out the composition and colors. I’ve used Fr. Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Coral, Burnt Umber and Raw Umber, Winsor Violet and a bit of Cerulean.

 

Pay attention to edges; hard edges stop movement and soft ones create movement and flow through the painting. I chose to lose the edges where shadows of different objects melt together; such as where this fellow’s right shoe seems to merge with the shadow of his bag on the ground. I did this in the shadows on his pants too, blending them together. Look for places in your own paintings where this treatment of edges might improve your results.

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NEWS FALL 2014

OPEN STUDIO: July 20TH

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RECEIVING THE REALISM IN NATURE AWARD AT VIEW ARTS CENTER; OLD FORGE, NY IN AUGUST

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JURIED EXHIBITIONS

 

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HIBISCUS
December
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Open; National Arts Club, NYC

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IRIS
October-November
Mississippi 29th Grand National
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Symphony
October
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society 68th Aqueous Open Exhibition, PA
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Dancing Water
October
Montana Watercolor Society 32nd Annual National; Bigfork Art &Cultural Center, Mt
BEST IN SHOW GOLD MEDALLION AWARD
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Morning Vision
September – October
Audubon Artists 72nd Annual Exhibition: Salmagundi Club, NYC
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Story Time
September – October
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL 41ST ANNUAL; Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

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SPANISH MOOD
September
Allied Artists Of America Inc. 100th Annual; Salmagundi Club, NYC
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River Reverie
Aug-October
Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors;
Old Forge, NY: Received: REALISM IN NATURE Award
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INCLUSION IN
THE 2014 & 2015 EDITIONS OF MARQUIS “WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA” 68th & 69th editions