Stapleton Kearns is a New Hampshire painter well known to other local painters. He was new to me because I'm new to New Hampshire. Lots of my friends in the Nashua Breakfast Club recommended the demo, so I went on a VERY cold night almost a month ago and managed to snag a front row seat.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Wild and Woolly!
The value sketch for my first "marsh" painting.
I'm not sure I captured that the marsh/lake was frozen and covered with ice and snow. Suggestions welcome. I am pleased that it looks fairly "cold" though.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
.Actually, we have plenty of space... it's just that a lot of it is in the wrong place.
At 2:30 this afternoon the outside temperature was 26. I think that means it was in the 30's in my basement art studio. I was too lazy to check. That also means I haven't been "at the easel" all week... except for the easel at my friend's instructional studio class.
At least I made some progress there! The town scape is looking more plausible, but still funky.
And I don't really feel like working with pastels (which are upstairs in the warm cozy eat-in-kitchen/dining area).
So maybe I'll invest in an indoor-outdoor carpet or tarp and heave the big easel upstairs...
OR (This would be a BIG project)
Make my tiny upstairs guest room/office into an art studio. Might have to put my yarn stash in closed containers, though. Yarn and oil paint do NOT mix.
Downsizing is better in theory than reality. At least if you are a crafty artist hoarder.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Remember when you were little and took music lessons? And hoped that you could do a week's worth of practicing the day before (or the day OF) your lesson? Well, with the Olympics on TV, it turns out I've reverted to that same procedure when it comes to my studio painting time. Drat.
Well, at least I got some painting done today.
I corrected some of the color fields in my Mama and Lambie sheep, although as always, when I see it on screen, I can see plenty of places where they still need some help!
I also got out what I thought was a totally failed pair of paintings I started several years ago. Since working with the Perspective Policewoman Paula M, I could see where I had gone astray. Really astray.
I mixed up some "street" colored paint and at least got these houses relatively lined up, and then re-roofed most of them.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Having learned the limits of our walking and viewing attention spans, after a full day of Model Railroad Expo, we explored a bit more of Springfield.
The street lights on Memorial Bridge still seemed to have illuminated celestial halos. They were very attractive.
It took us a while to find the Springfield Museums quad, even with the GPS. Springfield is the second largest city in Massachusetts after Boston. One of its founding family had a strong sense of community and civic pride and deeded a large parcel of land for cultural organizations: The Museum of Springfield History, an Art Museum, A Seuss memorial plaza and another building for special exhibits.
If you click on the image below and embiggen it, you can get a brief history of the museum. I'm glad I took this picture BEFORE I went in to look at the forgeries because it was all covered with snow by the time I came out.
Theodore Geisel was one of several well known artists who spent a long time in Springfield. Below is a bronze statue of The Lorax. Horton, the Who, the Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two were nearby..
I don't remember which book the fanciful shrine/pagoda represented.
Each room had a theme. There were American Paintings, Impressionist Paintings, and so on. I wasn't famiiar with Dwight Tryon, but I liked his impression of an October Sunset.I couldn't decide whether the Lady or the Cat looked crabbier. The overall image struck me funny.
There was quite an impressive collection of relatively modern work. The room is apparently often used for lectures and demonstrations. Some of the artists were "old favorites" even if I wasn't familiar with these particular paintings, and others were new.
Seeing paintings is person is SO informative. Below is Helen Frankenthaler's "Cave." It was HUGE. Even if you see it in a giant coffee table book, it's not the same as having it fill your entire field of vision.