Sunday, December 20, 2009
I've been pretty busy lately and feeling like I want to blog, but haven't had time. Here is a photo of "Slumdog" - the neighborhood - from the air as we flew out of Mumbai and on to Chennai. Amazing isn't it? How it butts right up against those gleaming white highrises.
February 19, 2010.
Ray Hassard and I will be wowing our audience with
tales from our recent trip to India at the
February Meeting of the Cincinnati Art Club.
Here's the blurb that I hope will appear in the art club newsletter, The Dragonfly:
"Just back from their third painting trip to India in six years, this intrepid duo will again delight audiences with tales of their adventures in their own inimitable style. A seven week trip in a foreign land offers its own rewards and frustrations, and preferring a bit more adventure, this duo never takes the “luxury route”.
Their Indian adventure involved more than a tour bus and the Golden Triangle. It was an intimate road lined with cherished friends and friendly people, con men, holy men, beautiful women, beggars, babies, actors, monsoon rains, mountain leeches, elephants, bats, and so much more. Sanity came in the form of teaching a workshop at Adobe Industries in Delhi, and then, it was right back on the road for an unexpected “awakening” in the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges River. With time on their side, these artists covered over 4400 miles, revisiting some of their favorite haunts in the south and exploring new locations in both south, central and northern India. And, this crazy pair, tried to paint it all, everywhere they went.
So, if you are someone that says, I NEVER want to go to India, or are afraid to go to India, or want to go but for some reason can’t, this is the lecture you want to attend. Using slides of memorable sights and encounters, as well as some of the art they produced on site, you will come away from this evening with an understanding of the fortitude it takes to travel and paint in this developing third world country. If you attended their previous talks, you know to expect a most enjoyable evening's entertainment. If you missed previous occasions, you're in for a treat."
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
ABOVE: first morning, me drawing.
ABOVE: Parsi Omelette, Toast Butter Jam and a Malarone pill, for malaria! The omelette is yummy! The jam tastes like spreadable strawberry Jello. Top it all off with a Masala Chai, tea laced with spices and hot milk. We hold the sugar and add our own since the Indians make it SOOOO sweet.
Way better than Starbucks ever dreamed or made.
RIGHT: My handsome husband, easy traveler, Martin, also know as "Sherpa Extraordinaire". He dreamed of going to India long before I ever did. 2007 was his first trip, my second. Well, Martin had forgotten to bring a hat, so Ray loaned "the sherpa" the Ohio Plein Air Society golf cap. I'd recently given the cap to Ray, since it's always been too large for me.
Seemed funny to see Martin in a cap like that, but the sun in India is brutal on the eyes, even early in the AM. Too bright not to have a hat to shield a foreigner's eyes.
LEFT: Martin's Baked Beans on Toast. Looks like a rich sauce, maybe they added a little spice and parsley or coriander leaves ? I didn't taste them. I only know he ate them happily.
We arrived at the airport in Mumbai around 10:00 PM on September 10, 2009. A car from the Hotel Harbour View was waiting to take us to the hotel just down the street from the Taj Hotel and the Gateway of India. After checking in, we headed to the rooftop bar and restaurant. This was my third time in India, and coming back to this rooftop is always like coming home.
Twas the night before Natalie's 10th birthday. Granddad was busy, Mommy was busy, Natalie was playing a game on the net. I was bored. Remembering I had brought my drawing materials, and "Eh. Voila!" A quick sketch: "Natalie, Age 9" Conte Crayon on Strathmore 400 Series Drawing paper.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
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Wednesday, September 02, 2009
The slide show is a little over 4 minutes long. Nice music to accompany the slide show.
Here's the link to the site if you are a plein air painter and would like to join!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I posted this photo of Edie Dean from my Blackberry phone. On our way to Brewster, New York, suddenly we were caught in accident traffic which stalled our progress for over an hour. "We should get out our easels and paint," I said. No sooner said, the traffic started to move. But only a little. A a dead standstill, I asked Edie to get out of the car and do "a demo" for the pleasure of all the folks who were stuck with us.
The things we do to entertain ourselves!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Mr. Roland Jorn is the maple syrup king of Door County.
10" x 12" Oil on RayMar Panel.
This painting was sold Sunday afternoon at the gallery.
Started this painting on Thursday morning at 8:00 AM. Next day at noon we had to turn in all of our work for the Gala Preview. Three to four paintings would hang on the wall, and at least two in reserve in the back room to hang when paintings sold.
Well . . . the cows hadn't cooperated earlier in the week, so this was one last chance to look for them. I only had an hour to paint this morning since I was required to paint from 10:00AM - 3:00 PM at a designated location. These weren't the cows that I went looking for, but they were cooperative cows just by being there. Mr. Jorn said, "These are the stupidest bunch of cows ever." My friend, Jon Browning, also says that cows are stupid. Who knows. I just know that they are curious, and the moment that you find a bunch you want to paint, you stop, and get out of your vehicle, and they all get up out of their reclining positions and come forward and block the view of them that you wanted to paint. (Kind of like painting in China, or India.) Now you have to wait for them to realize that you are going to paint, get bored and go away and be the cows that you wanted to paint in the beginning.
Jeez, they are stupid. They could have just stayed lying down and looking good, and that would have made it easier on all of us. But no, once they are up and wandering off, they just keep moving. So . . . I feel fortunate that I could get a painting of them at all before they walked over the hill at the back of the painting.
I took a workshop with Ken Auster who said that if you paint a group of anything, you only had to make one of the things look like it was, whether it be a person or cows, or whatever, and the viewers mind would fill in the rest. It's a good thing to remember. What I hate about this photo image of my painting is that you really can't see the true colors in this painting. The cow colors look pretty good, but the rest of the field and trees just don't represent the colors of this painting. So take it for what it is and know that it had more greens and violets, pale oranges, even if it was a misty kind of morning after a night of rain.
Monday, August 17, 2009
But, you can't trust a cow. They didn't show.
Since the cows failed me, Plan B was to head to Gill's Rock, a working fishing village at the very north end of the peninsula that is Door County. To get there I passed through Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, and on the downhill approach into Ephraim, Eagle Harbor looked pretty good. As I drove past the parking lot for Ephraim's beach, I saw open parking spots. I pulled in. Other artists had the same idea. Mary Ann was painting on the side of the road as I came down the hill, and on the beach were Debra Groesser and John Stewart Pryce. I got out, made the commitment to paint, and from where I was, there was also shade.
Standing where the parking lot and the beach come together, next to the opening in the hedge where folks come and go - and steps from my SUV - I had a wonderful view of the beach, the wetlands, and the harbor in the distance. Not many folks were on the beach yet, and it was fairly quiet.
Here's the photo of my painting on the easel once I decided I had nothing left to say with my brush. I'm glad I thought to take the photo since I didn't take photos of my work later.
Talking about what I had to say, it is the most important thing that an artist can ask themselves before they paint. What I wanted to talk about in my painting was the most distinctive feature of the harbor view, the church steeples nestled into the hillside in back of the marina. Just knowing that helped me figured out the composition and also to simplify all of the stuff one sees out there.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
sunset on Wednesday night at Anderson Dock in Ephraim.
8" x 10" Oil on RayMar Panel
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I am not a fast or accurate texter, but in preparation for my upcoming 7 weeks of painting through India, I have set up my Blackberry so I can post directly to my blog. It will mostly be a photo and a little text.
But, longer emails will be sent to those who wish to receive them, but most likely without photos. If you would like to receive those emails from India, usually one a week, please send me your email address and I will add you to that contact list. firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also investigating other ways of posting to my blog and it goes to all who receive my email newletter.
Friday, August 14, 2009
12" x 9" Oil on RayMar Panel, wearing Black Hackman Frame
This is one of those paintings that people just loved.
The drama of the light, enhanced by a fine black Hackman Frame.
I could have sold it at least 10 times.
10" x 12" Oil on RayMar Panel. Copyright 2009
For some reason, they don't stamp the panels for the competition until Noon on Sunday. First thing you do is get stamped and what else? Go paint, of course! Mary Ann and I had discovered this spot either Sunday morning, or the day before. In addition to hay bales, this property had an extensive garden filled with glorious delphinium in many shades of blue, bird houses, statues, and a bunch of colorful stuff for painting! Inside the 100 year old barn - which a few years back had taken a direct hit from a tornado but has now been rebuilt - is an antique shop. We stopped for the hay bales (and a bathroom), and also to ask if we could paint at this site. While the antique shop sits on the original barn floor, the rest of this complex structure consists of rooms to rent!
On the opening night, artists have their best three or four paintings on the wall for sale. The gallery is all ablaze with flowers and a wonderful buffet of food, with outdoor and indoor bars, and music. The Palette Sponsors have first chance to buy the paintings in one of two ways. The artists price is displayed on the tags on the wall. During the first hour of the Gala, a buyer can purchase a painting directly for an additional 15% over the listed price simply by writing their name on the sheet. If a buyer really wants a certain painting, that is the time to buy it. After that first hour, a silent auction begins, and continues for two hours, with each of four sections of the paintings closing in 15 minute increments during the last hour.
I sold the two paintings at the bottom during the opening minutes of the Gala Preview and was fortunate to meet the folks that bought them.
As I mentioned, I've just come back from Ontario, Canada. When we are there, we always visit the Gallery Indigena which features mostly sculpture by Inuit Artists, but also paintings, prints, and carved masks - in addition to cards, jewelry, moccasins, etc. This year there were many carvings of these stone piles, and I found a small card talking about the meaning. Evidently they represent "man". In the long lonely distances one must travel in the north, to place one of these tells someone that you are on the right path, that someone has been here before you. I small pocket token of this symbol could be carried for healing properties. I find them charming, and a bit mysterious. It was nice to see a few of these stone structures in gardens as we walked around in Stratford. Here is the gallery website address: http://www.galleryindigena.com/ - I haven't even visited it yet. I usually come home with a small carving that was talking to me. This year there were three asking to come and enrich my life. I couldn't decide, and so saved the money for India.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Artists Shelby Keefe, Jack Wahl, myself, Frankie Johnson.Below is another of my favorite paintings,
this one by Frankie Johnson.
I spent many a childhood hour in our Montmorency cherry tree with my sister Rhonda. We picked cherries for our grandmother, who would later turn these into pies. This painting held a lot of memories for me. I should have bought it.
Just another wacky group photo. We were all ready to let our hair down a little. The awards had been announced, paintings were selling, and we were ready to spend some time together before the next mornings quick paint and live auction.
Front row: Shawn Cornell, Mary Ann Davis, Sterling Hoffmann.
I can't say how good it felt to deliver it, get all of the paper work done, and get it on the wall. Whew! It was a long week, grueling at times, but I was pleased with the work I had done.
Now, if only I'd gotten decent photos of it.
At left is Doug Swinton, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and on the right is John Stewart Price, from Ontario. I think it is safe to say that Doug was a real treat for anyone that met him. He was always quick with a joke told with a great Calgary accent, eh?
Here is the photo of the cherry tree painting.
Tom was last year's first place winner, and was certainly a favorite with the locals. His painting of the blue truck was my favorite by him. Gosh one would think I was in love with car paintings, but when they are painted as well as these two artists did them, who could resist. Below the truck is the painting that Tom did when we all got together to paint sunset.
From St. Louis, Shawn is pictured here with his wife, Elizabeth (r) and (l) is Diane Miller.
Diane and her husband, Bill, were the host family for the Cornell's, and were also my host family two years ago.
Unfortunately, somehow, I missed getting Shawn's work at the Gala in any of my photos. He had a wonderful large painting of a cherry tree. The cherries were late this year and on the trees during the competition. I do have some nice photos of Shawn and his quick paint that I will post later.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Okay, Contestant #1: the Black Rubber Band Necklace. You'll just have to visualize it.
Contestant Number 3: the bow tie necklace made by featured artist Sterling Hoffmann. What this model doesn't know . . . she is wearing the necklace upside down. Who wins?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The best thing about doing an event of this kind is meeting and getting know other artists from around the country. The artists in this blog entry are not the only great artists who were at Door County this year, they are just the ones I have some photos of.
Here's Bill Schneider. I know mostly from Oil Painters of America,
and had just seen him in May at the OPA national in Santa Fe.
He's painting at sunset at the Meet the Artists Night.
Shelby Keefe from Wisconsin, multi-tasking during
the Meet the Artists event.
This was Shelby's 3rd year in the Door County Festival!
Next up is John Stewart Price from Ontario.
I met John this day painting at Fine Line Designs Gallery and
was always happy to spent time with this artist from Canada.
He was someone I felt I known for a long time, a hell of a nice guy.
I first met him on Facebook. We had a little Puerto Rican connection.
It was certainly a thrill to meet a young artist that paints as well as he does. I did overhear him say with no pride,
"I do know how to paint."
And . . . he does.
Here he is wowing the crowd who've watched him work.
I joined this group of folks, and met him in person for
the first time shortly after this was taken.
Tom has the ability to make you feel you're his friend from
the second you meet him.
He's a ball of energy with a winning smile and smiling Irish eyes!
Here he is at the start of a painting he completed on the grounds
of the Woodward Gallery - I think.
Tom is coming to teach a workshop and jury the
Ohio Plein Air Competition in September, but
I'll be in India painting.
Next is Kathie Wheeler from Wisconsin.
I first met her at a dinner given by Diane and Bill Miller.
Kathie was quiet. It was hard to tell if she was tired, shy, or both.
I did rib her a little during dinner, called her "the chosen one" - hey,
I'd just seen the new Harry Potter movie and love Snape.
So why the chosen one?
Cause she won her spot in the Door Co. Festival.
Artists can register to paint the quick paint,
even if they aren't one of the festival artists.
The winner of that competition becomes part of next year's Festival.
Congrats Kathie, I enjoyed meeting you and watching the
the bidding war over your quick paint.
This lovely young lady is Kami Polzin from Minnesota.
I met Kami in May at the OPA National Exhbition in Santa Fe.
It is always a pleasure to see Kami.
She is a friendly person and a solid artist.
We are wondering where we might next meet.
This one is me, working on a painting that didn't make it.
An old car - it's sitting in those trees.
There is something voodoo about going to the Door for me,
I always seem to forget my painting hat. So I have to stop at a truck stop to
see what they have. This one was too big, but the brim was good against the sun.
This is almost a photo of Lori Beringer.
It's the painting she was working on at the Meet the Artists Night.
I loved her palette, each and every time I saw it.
And . . . Debra Groesser from Nebraska.
What a sweet lady, and a dynamite painter!
Her husband was also a great guy and a wonderful support system
for her during the week. They were a good team.
So just a sampling of the wonderful artists I met and painted with last week.