Friday, February 15, 2019

Two Art Shows - Six Works

Two Art Show Openings with my Art
Saturday February 16, 2019

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11th Annual Undressed
at the f8 Gallery
February 16-19, 2019, 11 am - 5 pm
5 Spring Street, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
(house on the right up the hill from Dock Square,
opposite the left turn to the post office)


Artist's reception Saturday,
February 16th, 5-8 pm

f8 Gallery's Facebook page HERE.
 
I have these four works in this show.
 

Model Mary Study 4
10" x 7" (w x h), 2018, $190
 

Side View Sitting Study
5" x 7" (w x h), 2018, $115
 

Morning Sitting Study 1
5" x 7" (w x h), 2018, $115
 

Contemplative Pose Study
7" x 5" (w x h), 2018, $115
 
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Third Annual
"What's Nude in
Boothbay Harbor?"

A Celebration of the Human Form
Paintings, Paper works, Photography and Sculpture

February 14 - 23, 2019
Sponsored by the Boothbay Harbor Region
Chamber of Commerce & Boothbay Region Art Foundation
Gallery location: Boothbay Region Art Foundation
1 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
 
Opening Reception Saturday,
February 16th from 4-6 pm

 
I have these two works in this show.

Back Study 3
8" x 10" (w x h), framed 12" x 15", 2018, $195

Standing Rebekah Triptych
3 at 5" x 7" (w x h), framed, 17.5" x 9.5", 2018, $285

Winter Pair Comice Bosc

Winter Pair Comice Bosc
on fresh snow behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Feb 14, 2019, painted on February 14 and 15, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including sales tax + shipping $185

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ocean Drive, Ocean Driving 2

Ocean Drive,
Ocean Driving Study 2
after a storm, along Ocean Drive at Blowing Cave
in Kennebunkport, Maine on Feb 8, 2019,
painted on February 11, 2019, 12" x 9",
Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, wax resist paraffin, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $240.00 USD



White Ships
John Singer Sargent, (1856 - 1925)
Watercolor with wax resist, 1908


I learned the wax resist splash technique from observing this John Singer Sargent watercolor, White Ships, in person at the MFA Boston show in 2014. He used it to get a reflection highlight on the side of the schooner's hull, seen in a detailed closer look. Museum visits are always learning time. I leaned in to the note on the wall and read:

"In this scintillating view of the harbor in Majorca, one of the latest works included in his 1909 exhibition, Sargent used a small amount of clear wax on the right side of the larger boat in order to repel the blue washes, creating sparking highlights. Sargent's use of this wax resist technique increased significantly over time; this is the only watercolor from the 1908 Brooklyn purchase in which wax resist is found, while most of Boston's watercolors acquired in 1940, contain wax."

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ocean Drive, Ocean Driving 1

Ocean Drive,
Ocean Driving Study 1
after a storm, along Ocean Drive at Blowing Cave
in Kennebunkport, Maine on Feb 8, 2019,
painted on February 11, 2019, 8" x 8",
Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light
fastness and permanence, wax resist paraffin, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb.
Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $180.00 USD



I was pleasantly stunned when this watercolor in twenty-four hours got more likes and comments on Facebook, mostly in the Watercolor Sketchers group, than any other painting I've ever posted, 169 likes/loves and counting; with 8 comments on my blog and Facebook.

Wow! Love all the layers! -Kara de Rooij
I love the style! -Sara Frame
Loving it!?? -Diana Ling
Splendid!!! -Michele GH
THIS is totally gorgeous. -Imogen Whyte
I love your style. Very nice. - Jillian Miew Chun Lim
Beautiful! -Sveinn Runar Sigurdsson
This is a beauty!!! -Martine Paquet

You never know. One thing that really worked for me was the movement in the composition; it takes you eye from the cloud in the top left on a journey down to the surfing splash in the bottom right. The next painting, Study 2, obviously is the second study I did of this scene, loose but not as loose, a bit more pictorial with less movement. I like loose and fresh.
 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Artists of New England Podcast Interview


Artists of New England Podcast Interview


On the evening of January 28, 2019, I was interviewed at the Ceres Gallery, 23 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH,  for the Artists of New England Podcast.


The interview was hosted by Laura Cassinari King about my watercolor art and my children's books. You can listen to it on the Artists of New England Podcasts web site HERE or on Soundcloud HERE, Episode 33.


The time flew by, didn't seem like almost an hour.

Woods Catch Winter's...

Woods Catch
Winter's Sunset Glow
behind my home in Shapleigh, Maine
on Feb 1, 2019, painted on Feb 4, 2019
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press fine grain 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, including tax + shipping, $155