Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tail Wagging the Painting

Hatrick helping me paint the ocean
detail of a plein air study

Lately, I have had only new prints to show you. My painting time was limited because of the solo exhibit at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. While I painted less than I normally would in the months leading up to the August show, I did keep painting.

As much as I could, I kept my weekly date with the coast. Sticking to a plan feels good, even if the paintings don’t work out.

I love the ocean and I enjoy attempting to paint moving water from life, but I admit that some days it seemed easier and more responsible to stay home. After all, I had prints that I had to start, finish, frame, photograph, sign, number, etc. And it takes over an hour to get there - wouldn’t that time be better spent in my home studio with zero commute?

Luckily for me, I used one of the top tips for sticking to a long term plan - buddies.

I don’t mean the other painters who occasionally join me, though I love it when they show up. I have a more constant support system and they have little patience with me sticking close to home when there is more fun to be had elsewhere.

Whenever I am in danger of choosing indoor studio time on a beautiful day, I look into the eyes of my two Goldens and know that I have one reasonable option. We have to head for the sea. It is good for all of us.

Do you have buddies that keep you on track?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Where Did the Time Go?

Three prints and a painting hanging in the Washington Printmakers Gallery.

A lot has been happening in and out of the studio over the past few months. I can’t believe summer is nearly at an end. It's a good thing that I love autumn, so I can look forward to crisp weather, changing leaves, and apple cider. I’ve already enjoyed one cider doughnut this year!
Wait!  Summer isn’t quite over yet!  There are still four days to see Plein Air to Print at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Silver Spring, Maryland. The reception at the beginning of the month was a success and I spent some time with a lot of great people - new and "old" friends.

The exhibit was ranked a "Hot Hit" by DC's!

Right now I am preparing for the Londonderry Art on the Common Fair on September 8th from 10 am- 4 pm. This is my first time participating in Art on the Common, but the fair itself is celebrating their 8th anniversary! I will have oil paintings AND prints, so if you couldn’t get down to DC this August to see Plein Air to Print, you can see some of the prints there. Come over and say hi!

September 8th, 10 am - 4 pm

Located on the Town Common
on the corner of Mammoth Road and Pillsbury Road

Rain Date: September 9th, 10 am - 4 pm