Saturday, September 8, 2012

Olive Day Art Show

Olive Day 2012 has come and gone.  We didn't have one last year, because Irene had ripped up our town and while that Sat. after Labor Day was clear, there was no way an event like Olive Day could be held. Olive Day is a Democratic fundraiser for their party and it's an annual event that started in '75.

 Our art group has had an art show twice before and I volunteered to manage it this time. First I had to get my DH involved, getting the snow fence at our town garage and then erecting it around some trees.

 Then a few raindrops fell not long after my friend, Carol, and I finished hanging the paintings on the snow fence. We took them all down and covered them up with plastic!  I waited an hour and then re-hung them.  We had a lot of lookers and tons of my relatives stopping by which is always great!  My cousins, cousin's kids, second cousins, a bunch of one removed cousins,  parents, brother, nephew and great-nephew all stopped to chat!

The day was spent trying to keep the wind from blowing the fence over and a couple of times the paintings landed on the ground.  A storm was brewing, but we hung in there until 3PM.  I hope I convinced a few new people to join our painting group which starts up on Monday. 

I was pleased to sell one of my paintings, but I would have loved it if a bunch of paintings had sold that belonged to some of my worthy friends.

The McDaniel Road Barn hung in my kitchen for over a year.  It now has a new home in a guest bedroom of the wonderful lady who purchased it!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Painting Mohonk

I thought someone might be interested in this.  Not sure exactly who, but maybe someone out there in the great World Wide Web! LOL.  Remember when we used to call it that? Way back in the 90s?

Anyway, I just started a new painting using a photo for reference.  The photo was taken at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz last week.  Evening was upon us, but there was enough light to take a few photos down by the lake.  My friend took a lot more and they are spectacular!  What great subject matter, huh?

So this canvas is 12 x 16, gallery wrapped, gessoed and toned with raw umber.  I did a
sketch with vine charcoal and using thinned raw umber I did a line and mass in underpainting.

 This phase allows you to make changes to the composition very easily.  I want the little gazebo that is the Mohonk trademark to be the focal point, so I started the color layer in that area.  My plan is to finish that part in great detail and then give less attention to the other areas as I paint outward.  At least that's my plan!  We'll see.  My mind knows what I want to do, but getting my hands to do it is another thing!  I'll post the progress. Stay tuned...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Leaping Trout Art Project 2012

Wow!  There are 35 different fish sculpture/paintings hanging all over our area!  I picked up a brochure that features the Leaping Trout trail at Brio's last night.

Directions are given in the map to each business where a certain fish is hanging.  You can bid online at website.  This is a fundraiser for the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited.   My rainbow trout can be seen at Tiso's in Mt. Tremper on Rt. 212.  That's just down the road from where my husband, Ed, grew up at the Rainbow Lodge.

Here's the link to my fish:  It's 36" long.  Oil on aluminum. I primed it first with automotive primer, painted it with artist quality oil paints and  I left parts of the aluminum visible on the under belly to give it some sparkle.  It was finished with oil painting varnish.  It should be hung indoors even though it looks like a sign!

Todd Spire did a great job setting up the web site and the photos of the artwork are amazing. So much better than I usually do! Higher a professional!  Here's a link to his business if you need help with web design, etc.

At the end of the fishing season, the artwork will be gathered for a group show at The Arts Upstairs on Main St. in Phoenicia.  They'll be exhibited there all winter and in the spring of 2013 the art will be auctioned off.  As I said, you can bid online if you can't attend the physical auction.
Trout Unlimited's mission is to conserve, protect and restore our cold water resources which benefits our native trout and the drinking water.
My father in law, Dick Kahil, was one of the charter members of Trout Unlimited, but I believe it was a different chapter than the Ashokan-Pepacton.  They held their first meetings at the Rainbow Lodge. Ed was just a kid and when he first heard of Trout Unlimited, he was overjoyed because he thought it meant there was no limit on how many fish you could keep!  No, he's not an outlaw, but he loves nothing better than a trout dinner that he caught himself.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bridge to Morgan Island

Bridge to Morgan Island
5 x 7
Oil on board

Painted plein air from our spot on Kring State Park on the St. Lawrence River at 1000 Islands.
Morgan Island is a day use island where shore dinners are served by fishing guides.
We like to ride our bikes over this little bridge and around the island.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Leaping Trout 2012

I tried to post this photo and write about it at least a month ago.  I have no idea what happened.  I think I closed the window before I was finished and lost the whole thing!  Trying again....

This is my submission for Trout Unlimited's fundraiser "The Leaping Trout Project 2012".  My friends,  Ed & Lois Ostapczuk, asked me if I wanted to paint a fish for this year's display. 

I was given a fish "blank".  That is a fish cut out of aluminum about 3 feet long I think. I didn't measure it.  I primed it with automotive paint and then using my regular oil paints, I did my best interpretation of a rainbow trout. I used a real mounted rainbow trout that my husband caught a long time ago.  I went through our collection of trout books that belonged to his dad, Dick Kahil.  I wanted to paint mine in a realistic style.  After it was dry, I sealed it with a couple coats of retouch varnish. 
Hopefully, whomever buys it will hang it inside.  Although it looks like a sign, it wouldn't do well outside.

All the trout paintings submitted by local artists will be hung all over this general area.  In the fall there will be an auction and they'll be sold with the proceeds going to Trout Unlimited.

Friday, February 3, 2012

After The Storm

Another, UFO, finished! I started this oil painting more than a year ago. I was working from a photo of my parents' log home after a snow storm. I had to change the composition up a bit since the horses were not in the best spot for a painting. I put down my brush and never finished the scene because I wasn't sure how to approach putting the horses in. In the photo, they were pure silhouettes. So, a couple of weeks ago, I held my breath and popped those two mares in the field without over thinking it! I feel nostalgic towards this painting. The horses are Olive and April. My dad bought Olive for me back in 1970 and April was a Morgan horse my mom raised from the time the horse was one year old.
April died suddenly a little over a year ago. She was 29. I think Olive lived to be almost 40. Two good horses.
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Maier Home

This is the second painting I did of the Maier home in West Shokan. I tried to show how it looks in autumn. I'll always remember Marcel sitting on that front porch watching people come and go. Sometimes there would be deer under the apple tree.
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Long Time

It's been too long since I posted anything on this blog! I had intended to awhile ago, but two of the paintings I finished were gifts for people and I didn't want to spoil any surprises!

A good friend asked me to do them for each of her children. The house belonged to their grandparents.  I didn't want to paint them the same, so I chose two different views and different seasons. Both are 8 x 10, stretched canvas and framed in black. The one above is the summer view.