Some really good news!! I applied for acceptance to the Pastel Society of America. While I hadn’t high hopes, I did it because a fellow artist kept after me to apply. I was accepted as an Associate Member which exceeded my expectations, I had expected to be rejected, honestly. so this is great and in another few years, I will try for Signature status. I will be initiated this month!!
It has been a busy summer. I have been getting ready for my Body of Work Show this month in Portsmouth at the Lincoln Levy Gallery. I will have 7 paintings around the theme of Morning in New England. Most of these are studio paintings done from my plein air week in Maine last September. It has also been busy because I entered and have been accepted into the Connecticut Pastel Society National Juried exhibit. “Spicket River in Spring” will show there. “The Play of Morning Light” was accepted into the Pastel Society of New Hampshire Show coming up and I will also have a small plein air in the NW Barrett Gallery in Portsmouth. All of this activity is this month!! I have submitted an image to Art in Maine and that was also accepted,
My deposit for the Carsten Amsterdam trip is in and my air line ticket is purchased. I am so excited about this upcoming trip. Meanwhile I am off to Maine today to start 10 days of painting. 7 plein air days and 3 in a workshop with Doug Dawson, an amazing colorist.
I have selected my image for oil painting in Florida this winter and have completed one small study. it will look like an abstract painting, it will be large and very colorful. Hopefully my sister will hang it in her living room. More on what it actually is once it is finished.
The trip of a lifetime but I hope not the last international travel to paint in pastel! I went with Robert Carsten to Tuscany. We painted the Tuscan landscape for a week. You have to paint fast and thus loose in order to cope with the changing weather conditions. I enjoyed it very much and will be showing two of those paintings at the Southern Vermont Art Center. They organized the trip and will show two paintings of each artist in the show show starting July 9th, 2017.
Four of us went on to Florence for three days. We toured the famous museums there and then on to Rome where we had only two days. We visited the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican museum.
Next year Robert will go to Amsterdam and I hope to be able to join the trip.
Dec. 2016 to March 2017
This winter in Florida I painted in oils again. Two large paintings resulted. A portrait of a Roseate Spoonbill and a large landscape of a northern Florida River at Dawn. I continue to refine my skills in oil painting, but to be honest pastel is my first love.
Surprising news, I entered two images in the Connecticut Pastel Society Juried Member Show and one was accepted!! It is called ” A Shady Spot in Albuquerque”. I had entered this show last year and didn’t get in. The CPS has a lot of well known, very successful pastelists in it so I am very excited to have been accepted to the show.
I painted quite a bit while we were in FL. I completed a 30 by 40 inch oil painting. It was a challenge to paint this big. I had never done that before, but I chose it. I have also been working in charcoal which is a medium I love because it is so forgiving. I will be posting some of these images very soon. Now is the season for shows and galleries. I have entered paintings in 2 exhibits so far this spring. Also I am planning to take more images up to Boothbay Regional Art Foundation for the series of summer show.
Keith and Stacy, her dad and me. at the show. We are preparing for the artist reception on the 12th of December. I hung 20 paintings, Keith hung 15. He usually paints larger than I do. We had a small but nice turnout for the reception. Oh, and I only was juried in to one show. The one in Maine.
I hung 2 of my paintings in the Lincoln Levy Gallery of the NHAA a week ago. This is the first time I have hung in the gallery. We’ll see what comes of that. Meanwhile my friend Keith and I have decided to do our own show in November at the Atkinson Library. That is the next town over. We will hang our exhibit November third and are planning an artist reception later in the month.
A friend and I spent a week plein air painting in Maine. We had a wonderful time focusing on our work despite three days of fog.
This year I sold three paintings. Two of them to friends; Lighthouse on a Rosy Morning and Baike’s Barn. Then I sold one at the Boothbay Regional Art Association Gallery; Still Life with Lemons. Very exciting!
I have submitted paintings to three juried shows this fall, CPS, PSNH and Art in Maine. Hopefully I’ll get juried in to at least one of them.
Recently I was juried into the NH Artist Association and will be able to have paintings in the gallery in Portsmouth in the spring.
I currently have 2 paintings in juried shows. One in NH in the NH Pastel Society Annual National Juried show which ends December 1st. The other is in Boothbay Maine. The show is called Art in Maine. That show ends mid December.
In the spring I will have 2 paintings in the Boothbay Regional Art Gallery for sale.