Thursday, March 18, 2010
SeARTS loan program at the Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester, MA. They chose Central Park (here on the left). This painting is done with watercolor, gesso and graphite on 300 lb paper. The frame size is 36 x 28. And Westside (shown below) is also the same frame size (only reversed to 28 x 36) and the same media. These were painted last summer while I was in Maine thinking of other places I have lived. Both will hang all year at the stately club house of the golf course.
For eighteen years New York City was my home. I spent lots of days, all four seasons, enjoying the magic of Central Park and lived in different areas of the city with my favorite place to inhabit being the upper west side. Like memories of my former city life, the email brought a good feeling last night. No matter where we are in our careers, a note of acceptance of our art is always a good feeling.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Yesterday I went south to pick up my paintings at the RIWS juried floral show. Happy to reclaim them as it has been a month since I last saw them and I still feel they are strong works. (This is a rare feeling for me when it comes to my work.) These are paintings that resulted from a time of patience and exploration. Last night I was reading Wolf Kahn's America, An Artist's Travels by Wolf Kahn. (Highly recommended!) He writes about seeing a portrait painting, admitting not his strong suit, he had painted several years earlier and was happy to see it again painted so freely. It is good to like one's work in retrospect and one must learn not to judge oneself harshly while working.