Sunday, March 29, 2020

One Pear Here

One Pear Here
A Bartlett pear (Pyrus communis)
on fresh snow, plowed, by the driveway
on March 24, 2020, painted March 26, 2020
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, #3 graphite and Uniball waterproof fade proof
ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Saturday, March 28, 2020

One Pear There

One Pear There
A Bartlett pears (Pyrus communis)
on fresh snow, plowed, by the driveway
on March 24, 2020, painted March 26, 2020
5" x 7" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, #3 graphite and Uniball waterproof fade proof
ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $150

Friday, March 27, 2020

One Pair, Two Pears

One Pair, Two Pears
Bartlett pears (Pyrus communis)
on fresh snow, plowed, by the driveway
on March 24, 2020, painted March 26, 2020
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, $300

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Spring Field

Spring Field

ready for the next season
on March 16, 2020, painted March 21, 2020
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, $300


Photographed in this field... 


Reality March 2020
photo and text by Bruce McMillan © 2020

A breeze, cold,
snows departed,
leaving behind
once hidden ochres,
forest leaves grounded,
tangled,

in a field's underbrush,
constrained,
going nowhere,
confined,
yet,
seemingly sailing by.

A field, a world, waits
to spring to life, yet,
life is on hold,
the world's population,
sailing in place,
confined.
 
Strange but True Facts & Deep Thoughts: Flew is the past tense while flu is the present tense.


Prescient Art Quiz

Art Quiz?

Who was the most noted and prescient painter,
who lived from 1882-1967, 
for the year 2020?

prescient (PREH-she-ant) - adjective,
human anticipation of the course of events, foresight.

1a
Study with notes for Morning Sun


1b
Morning Sun
Oil on canvas, 40" x 28" (w x h), 1952
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio


2a
Study for South Carolina Morning
The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina


2b
South Carolina Morning
Oil on canvas, 40" x 30" (w x h), 1955
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

In the spring of 1929, the artist and his wife visited Charleston, South Carolina. He produced eleven paintings, mostly architectural and beach scenes. Their trip occurred during a period of artistic revitalization in the city known as the Charleston Renaissance. They stayed for three weeks and met with the local artists and citizens. While there, the artist visited St. John's Lutheran Church, possibly at the suggestion of the owner of the boardinghouse where they stayed. It became the subject of his only known painting of a church interior. The artist was also interested in the city's unique houses, with their unusual sideways positioning. He and his wife explored the Low country and visited the surrounding, rural areas where he painted isolated cabins and palmetto trees along the coast. During their trip to the surrounding countryside, they encountered a woman who stood in front of her cabin but retreated indoors when her husband came home. Many years later, the artist revisited this chance meeting in the painting South Carolina Morning. It's the only painting in his works that depicts an African American woman.

3a
Notebook Sketch for Office in a Small City
3b
Office in a Small City
Oil on canvas, 40" x 28" (w x h), 1953
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Begun in Cape Cod over the summer
and finished in New York City, it was the
only oil painting the artist produced that year.

4a

Study for City Sunlight

4b

City Sunlight
Oil on canvas, 40" x 28" (w x h), 1954
Smithsonian Institution,
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

5a

Study for Cape Cod Morning
Conté crayon, 1950

5b

Cape Cod Morning
Oil on canvas, 40" x 34", 1950
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Answer: Edward Hopper


Hopper's timeless art, coronavirus stay at home quarantine in 2020, how did he know? The art of prescience.

Read the article, How artist Edward Hopper became the poster boy of quarantine culture, by Lydia Figues at dazeddigital HERE.

 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Two In Two Out

Two In Two Out
at Cape Porpoise Harbor, Kennebunkport, Maine
painted plein air February 26, 2020
8" x 10" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Port View


A Port View
from our Art Group of the view of the coast
in Kennebunkport, Maine, painted on February 26, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam,
and Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness
and permanence, and Prismacolor waterproof fade proof ink on
140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press rough 100%
cotton extra white watercolor paper
framed, $300

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Model Art Group Pose Study 2

Model Art Group Pose Study 2
Rachel at our Art Group on the coast
in Kennebunkport, Maine, painted February 26, 2020
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. Arches cold press rough
100% cotton watercolor paper framed, $300

Model Art Group Pose Study 1

Model Art Group Pose Study 1
Rachel at our Art Group on the coast
in Kennebunkport, Maine, painted February 26, 2020
10" x 8" (w x h), Daniel Smith, Schmincke Horadam, and
Winsor & Newton watercolors, selected for light fastness and
permanence, and Sennelier oil pastels on 140 lb. Arches
cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper,
framed, $300

Monday, March 2, 2020

Lobster Home

Lobster Home
in Cape Porpoise Harbor, Kennebunkport, Maine
painted February 26, 2020
19" x 13" (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, $650