Well, I dusted off my plein air supplies and finally got out there to paint! With the recent big move, two busy kiddos & summer vacations, it had been a long time. It was super hot but great to get out there again. You can see my work at several upcoming shows, details below.
I am participating in a "en plein air" art show to benefit the Contoocook Lake Area Preservation Association (CLAPA). The reception is Saturday, August 22nd, 4pm - 7pm at the Jaffrey Beach. This week, local landowners on Contoocook Lake are opening up their properties for artists to come and paint the local beauty on location. We will be showcasing our work at this reception and a percentage of the sale price will benefit CLAPA.
Next up, Art in the Park at Ashuelot River Park in Keene, NH. September 5th & 6th, 10am to 4pm.
I had a bit of time to paint while on vacation in Maine and did a few local scenes in watercolor. I seem to keep going back to this scene at the height of land. The classic car was an imagined touch...I'd love to have one some day.
By the time I was in high school, I was serious about art.
I took every class offered at school, after school classes with private instructors, and in my last year the senior studies class at Massachusetts College of Art.
me, circa 1985
Boston was about an hour from my home in southern New Hampshire and I managed to convince my parents that it would be a good idea for them to spend 6 Saturdays in a row trekking me and a girlfriend down there.
I don’t remember much about the classes. Other than that I really liked them, and that we tried a bit of everything—painting, drawing, printmaking; using lots of different materials from paints, chalk, inks, charcoal and even sculpture out of found objects.
What I do remember is the steam roller.
We were coming out of class on one Saturday and walked out onto a small side street adjacent to the school. There was a bit of commotion so we stopped to check it out.
A bunch of art students were working on a giant printmaking project. Some were laying out huge sheets of paper on the street, others were busy applying some kind of paint to large, textured surfaces. After a bit, the two were layed on top of one another and the steam roller was fired up and driven over the whole concoction--the coolest printing process I'd ever witnessed.
Now, I’d taken advanced print making in high school, and even fancied myself as a bit cutting edge making fish prints from whole, dead fish I’d procured from the fish market.
But this…THIS WAS SO COOL…this was so PUNK ROCK! I was entranced. The girls in their funky, black, art student clothes were actually driving a steam roller. They were allowed to do this!
If this is how you got to spend a Saturday here at MassArt then this was the school for me.
I've been spending some time in Maine with my hubby and 2 little charges...canoeing, mountain climbing and just soaking in the beauty of the western mountains. This scene is one of my favorite places, height of the land on route 17 between Rumford and Oquossoc. We've been busy getting ready for the art show on Saturday...the gardens look wonderful, the weather is great, hope to see you!
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