I use to forget to sign paintings. Took a few times when customers and I had to go through a lot to get their original painting signed for me to remember. At the moment I can think of one in New Jersey, one on Martha’s Vineyard and this one where a sheep painting was bought in Woodstock CT and went to a home on the northern coast of Maine. We ended up meeting half way and in a restaurant parking lot I got the job done….and now I try hard not to forget to sign my paintings!
Ah, feeling relieved that as of tonight I have finished the paintings that were ordered for holiday surprises, the last to be picked up in the nick of time – tomorrow morning. I can’t post any of these paintings of course until after Christmas so thought I would add this piglet that I painted earlier this year.
Sometimes names for my paintings announce themselves to me…sometimes I struggle and have a lot of thinking to do before a name comes about. This painting of a Boer goat was easy, the whole time I was painting her I felt as if she was saying “Don’t Forget the Goats.” Taking reference photos last fall in a barn that had quite a few animals including a llama, two steers, donkeys, pigs, and chickens I met this goat. Somehow the goats were not high on my list until I realized this girl was spending an awfully long time up like this waiting for her turn to be photographed.
With Rick joining me working in the studio he has gotten these (and other prints of paintings) ready for the fall festivals. They can be hung or on a shelf and are printed with pigmented inks on museum quality paper. … Continue reading
Georgie and I changed our paintings yesterday at The Marina. Thank you Kate and the Marina for your generosity and appreciating our work.
Rainy weekend but visitors came out for the Manchester Art Festival. I stayed in the studio painting while Rick kept our booth dry and met folks. Made a lot of progress on commissions and getting ready for next weekend. We’ll be at Weston Craft Show, hopefully no rain but rain or shine the leaves here are beautiful this year. And although fall seemed to come too fast it is to be appreciated!
Pieces of work in progress.
New painting I have been working on…a hawk although I am not sure what kind it is.
Next show I will be at is a show in Stockbridge MA, August 17th and 18th.
Just got back from setting up my booth in Bennington. Luckily the heavy rain held off until the tent was up. The town has been very welcoming to us for this festival so I am looking forward to it. The Chamber of Commerce gave us welcoming bags which included a gift from Bennington Potters, a bluebird of happiness pot. Very sweet indeed.
Below is a new painting of a hawk that I should have ready to hang tomorrow.
Open Studios, South Newfane, VT - Rock River Artists, July 20th and 21st, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Working on organizing my studio…hope to see you here next weekend!
Last weekend I showed my work at a new show in Norwalk, Connecticut. The setting was lovely and the quality of the exhibitors’ work was very high. I am happy to report that several of my animals have moved on to new homes, a few of which are below. Festival went so well that it will be happening again next June.
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital – In the halls and the new Center for Wound Healing at our Brattleboro hospital I have been curating the art of local artists. Please do stop by and take a look. I hang a complete new show every six months and occasionally change hang new work. Our theme is land, wildlife and people of Southern Vermont and surrounding areas.
Bella, the holstein below was hanging there but I just exchanged with other paintings so I could bring this one to the Norwalk Art Festival.
A large chicken feed bag painting by artist Robin Stronk and two barns by artist Marjorie Sayer.
The Marina Restaurant – I stopped by and hung new work at The Marina. I usually get there before it is open for the day but I am always impressed with what a wonderful spot for a restaurant it is. The river, boats, decks, and such a feeling of relaxing…I hope we get to be customers soon! Below is a photograph of my new paintings hanging there.
This coming weekend I will be in Norwalk CT for an arts festival. The first year for this 75 juried artists show in Matthew’s Park. Hosted by The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Stepping Stones Museum, Mathews Mansion Museum, NicaPhoto, and The Norwalk Parks Department – I am looking forward to it.
New painting just drying…might name Three Little Pigs!
May 17th and 18th, Sudbury MA
Very happy to be at the Guilford Vermont Welcome Center this month. Friend and artist Georgie and I are exhibiting together and I love how our work looks next to each other. Georgie’s webpage is http://rockriverartists.com/gr/georgie.htm to see more of her work.
Trying out new ideas on how to show paintings on my website. Technology remains a challenge for me but I always jump in and try again. Sorry if I might have taken down a photograph that you stopped by to see. Please do email me and I will try to email it to you.
Working on this website daily so it should be changing often. I will hope to keep up this blog with what’s happening in my busy show season ahead.
Now to take a walk with my dogs in the mud. (Surprisingly I must say it hasn’t been a very bad year for mud. Yeah!)
It was a wonderful surprise to find that writer Christine Chitnis included my work in a recent entry on her blog. A few years ago she had stopped into my studio and took photos (above studio photo was one) that were included in her book Markets of New England . On Christine’s blog I discovered that not only do I admire her ability to write with ease and grace she also has a talent for photography. Reading her blog and enjoying her beautiful photos I found to be restful and reflective. I will definitely become a regular to her blog.
Last weekend at the Woodstock Art Festival Christine and her family visited and I was honored that a cow painting went home to Rhode Island with them. The photo below is included on Christine’s blog. Fun for me to see paintings after they head to new home. Keeping in touch with folks after they have seen or purchased by work is really a bonus to my work.