Monday, July 30, 2007
I wanted to take a workshop a couple of summers ago with Charles Sovek whose paintings I admire but unfortunately, I was on a lengthy waiting list and did not get into this popular class. I booked a room anyway in the event that a place in the workshop opened up (or I could find out where they were and I could kind of paint nearby) but because it didn't, I painted anyway, and in this case, John's, a restaurant on the pier (wharf?) was the subject. I was sorry to learn that Mr. Sovek passed away recently, but he leaves behind a legacy of beautiful paintings. I purchased his book, "Catching Light in Your Paintings" which is a nice way to view his work and read about his thoughts on technique.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
The first painting I ever did in Mexico. San Miguel de Allende is truly a visual feast and the people were very tolerant of us setting up our easels on the streets. One woman approached Kelley and I one day to see if she could sit for us. (for a fee of course) She did not speak English, I did not speak Spanish, and I was a little skeptical, however, she did sit for us. When Ros joined us, she knew who she was because she offered to sit for her too in the past! Turns out, she appears in the Parroquia scene of "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" as an extra! I no longer have that painting...I'll have to catch her again on my next trip.
I'm really not pulling out the dregs here; I've been going through my old files of my work and came across this painting from about 3 cats ago (!) that was damaged in my basement where it somehow made it's way to the floor. (You can see the damage at the bottom). I tried my hand at restoration by attaching canvas to the back, re-gessoing the bottom, and repainting. It came out pretty good and now sits in a friend's vacation home on Cape Cod. If I can find a picture of the restored piece, I'll post it.
My son brought his girlfriend home to meet us last fall so of course, what's the first thing I ask her? Would you mind sitting for a painting? She was a good sport about it and sat for Kelley and I. We did not do her justice as she is much prettier than this painting...what do you think Patty, would you mind sitting for us again?
Monday, July 23, 2007
A day of painting with Ros in Mattapan last summer. I tend to paint some pretty mundane subjects but these houses are all over Boston in varying designs and states of repair. Some are being restored beautifully, others are simply proudly standing and housing their inhabitants. Based upon their solid construction, they probably will continue to do so for many years to come. (Although the porch on this one appeared a bit saggy...)
I had a difficult time trying to make this painting do what I wanted it to do...but it was fun to paint anyway...a few others really liked it as well (including the new owners of the place-they wanted to know if I was planning on selling it but I kept it at that point)..I ended up parting
with it last fall at my Open Studios. I hope she is still enjoying it. I would like to try this building again.
Another painting done on location with the 3 Amigos...Southie is a great painting locale. A guy walked out of this house and wanted to know why I was painting that house...this happened to me while painting a house in Mattapan also. A valid question I guess, but they just appealed to me for some reason.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I am excited to be building this new blog of my work. Because I am new to this process, I need to make digital images of more of my work, but I just so happened to have the following already to go. Some of the following pieces are very old, but that's ok, my later stuff will be up soon.
My friend Kelley and I decided to travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to paint with Ros, and this beautiful town put me on visual overload. The Parroquia, a Catholic church right off the Jardin beckoned, but it was so ornate, I decided to do a small segment of it, looking upward.
Another early painting from the mid 90's while on a "Painting Safari" with a group of painting students and our teacher Ros. My friend Kelley was a part of this group as well, and we have continued to paint with Ros over the years as a friend.