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Rain is Coming

March 8, 2015

Yucatan Rain

Here is a new piece I did since we got back from Celestun, Mexico. This went through a lot of changes before I got it the way I wanted. Stuff happens along the way that you like, but sometimes you have to let that go to achieve your original idea. Sometimes you can go with the flow. I stuck to my idea, and this is it. Loose and colorful.

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September 23rd, Autumnal Equinox

September 24, 2014

 

I have been a little lax lately. You know. Uninspired, confused, or distracted. Even sick. Ugh. Allergies. All of the aforementioned.

But I have recovered, and am excited to be showing at Open Studios this coming weekend.

Here are a couple of new paintings I am starting, and one I recently finished.

Come see what’s going on! Sept. 27 and 28. Newburgh Open Studios Tour. 11:00-5:00 both days. Get your map at Newburgh Art Supply. A free walking tour, 50 artists.

 

 

 

 

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Newburgh Open Studios 2014

September 23, 2014

Here we are, and Open Studios is this weekend. The 27th and 28th of September, 2014. It should be a glorious weekend, with blue skies and about 50 artists participating. It is a wonderful walking tour of artists in our community.

I will be downtown this year, sharing a 2200 sq ft space with another artist, food photographer Ann Stratton. We will be showing on the second floor of Atlas Industries, on Spring Street, in Newburgh, NY.

Pick up your map around 10:00 a.m. or later, Saturday and Sunday morning at Newburgh Art Supply. Michael and Gerardo are the guys who brought us the concept, and made Open Studios happen. This is the fourth year, and I have been in each one. Happily. It is wonderful for all of us to have people organize an event like this. It brings us all together- artists and community. And makes us grow.

The hours are 11:00-5:00 pm both days, unless otherwise indicated on the map.

I hope to see you all there!

 

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Energy of Patterns

July 23, 2014

I just finished this new piece. Interestingly enough, it came to me in a dream. At least the pattern did. The soft green background pattern. I thought I should go with it, and see where it led. The pattern is hand painted in watercolour and gouache on rice paper. The orange lilies and the wren are block prints added over the painted pattern. They were then highlighted with paint. The task then was to finish the piece, making it cohesive to my eye. Something in me reverted back to my work in the 1980’s, when I worked with block prints a lot. I used to add fabric in the mix, but that didn’t work in this case. But in tacking up different fabrics, I discovered what I needed. More hand made papers. With patterns. I found exactly what I was looking for at Manny’s Art Supply in New Paltz. They have the most extensive and beautiful assortment of papers I have found anywhere. At least around here. The polka dots and grass designs provided the perfect contrast to the original painting.

It was about the energy that the initial green C’s presented. The way they went left to right, with subtle variations in color. They directed you away, softly, from the bird, in waves. Gentle waves. The bird’s energy resounds. Such a little bird, with a powerful voice and presence.

This piece took way longer than expected. Way, way longer. It was a good experience.

It measures 2 ft across by 3 ft high.

 

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Art Exhibit Reception May 18, 2014

May 15, 2014

I am showing my paintings at Orange County Community College. The Opening Reception is May 18th, from 1-4 P.M.

My work is in the “Loft Gallery” at Orange Hall.

In the main gallery space, is a group show by the Middletown Arts Group. There is a lot of beautiful work in this year’s show. They will be hosting their reception also, and will have a watercolor demo.

I can watch all the goings on from upstairs! I have about 30 pieces, some new and some from the last couple of years. There is nothing left in my house. That can be a good thing. New inspiration!

Both shows run through June 18th.

Gallery hours in May are: Mon-Thurs  9 a.m.to 8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m- 6p.m.

Gallery hours for June are:  Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Hope to see you at the reception.

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Drawing at a concert

April 9, 2014

This past Sunday,  I attended a Chamber Music concert at a church downtown. I really went because a friend of mine was being honored for her efforts, and they are many, in the community. She is on the Chamber Music Committee, is a Cultural Affairs Director, and works her tail off. A beautiful person inside and out.

As the music began, I realized how stiff it all seemed to me. The church, the pews, the music: Hayden, Beethoven.  I don’t know.  It just wasn’t happening for me.  I started thinking about another friend of mine who hosts Chamber Music at his loft. Right down the street. The setting just seems so much more conducive to the music. Plus, he stirs things up with his musicians, and the music chosen. It can get wild. We sit so close to the musicians that we can hear their breath. We see them sweat, giggle at a mistake, we shake their hands, we chat with them, share drinks later, and sit in uncomfortable folding chairs. We bring homemade cookies, hors de oeuvres, cheap wine, and see great art on the walls and there are tea lights everywhere.  The white paint is peeling, the one light bulb dangles from the ceiling on a long electrical line, and the musicians turn their own pages of music. If they even read it. The musicians are from all over the world, very accomplished, and it is exciting.

Unfortunately, it was not like that sitting in the church. NO excitement at all.

I got bored. And that is not a word I use lightly. I don’t have time to get bored. I don’t enjoy or even entertain the thought of being bored. But I did get bored there. Wow.

So suddenly, as I was looking out at the audience, or really, at the back of everybody’s head, since I was in the back row, I saw something interesting.  A lot of old heads, with wild hair. Women and men. The women, with white hair put up in buns, but with a million hair pins/bobby pins in the back where they couldn’t see, and therefore, who cares?

Men, with sagging jowls, big glasses, unruly mustaches, eyebrows, and crazy head hair became the subjects of my ballpoint pen on the program. I ran out of space!

Now, I am not usually one to do much figure drawing at this time, but I gotta tell you, this was really fun. I may have to get back into drawing people again.  I like the loneliness of paintings without figures, but Sunday changed things for me. Another corner turned?  I don’t know, but it could be a lot of fun. Let’s see what happens.

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Finished the new little piece

March 15, 2014

Here you will see the final iteration of the winter scene of the street light in a blizzard. I worked on it for 2 more sessions.  I only intended to work on it one more time, but then I went back again, and “fixed things”. Well, we all know what that means.

I personally like the first go round the best. Unfinished, true, and spontaneous.

Not that I don’t like the finished version, in fact, I do like it. It’s just that there are things about the sketch that I like better. I need to learn to let go. Be free. Trust myself, and my initial instincts.

What do you think?

 

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Two new paintings, and working on another

March 10, 2014

Night scene in winter: I can’t ever get enough of the night light

 

Next one. Night sky. Above the street lights, street signs, looking up at the important stuff.

 

This is what I am now working on. A redo of a stormy scene that I did on last year’s lightbulb.

It’s not done yet, but will be soon.

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Finally, finished this painting!

February 5, 2014

 

 

I am excited to post this painting, as it has been a long time in the making. I started it sometime in November, and worked on it diligently. But I got sick before Christmas, and just couldn’t get better. The illness kept me from doing much of anything, including painting. After the holidays, forget it. The headaches and ear-aches kept me out of the studio. I couldn’t focus. Couldn’t stay warm. So, I holed up in bed with lots of books, tea, and watched lots of travel shows and the cooking channel. The cats kept me company, and kept me warm. After many trips to the doctor, I hope to be on the mend. I am still dealing with the ear situation, but I am able to paint again. Yay!

So finally, here is the restaurant painting. I am done. I admit, I have said that many times lately, and would then go back and “fix” things. Well, they really needed to be fixed. And I learned a lot along the way. Isn’t that what painting is about?

I am excited about my next piece, which I have been tossing around in my head for a while now. I am doing a night painting over a night painting. It is an older piece that never quite worked. I have to cover dark areas, with new darks, which is challenging. Putting purple over blues, going in with white to establish boundaries.  And letting some of the old colors show through. What fun! I sure did miss being at my easel. And I am happy to be back.

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Swordfish Recipe and a Book

November 14, 2013

A different post for me.

One of my favorite recipes (flavors that I enjoy), and a book I just read.

Recipe first: Swordfish with yams and pea pods.

First, scrub the yams and put in the oven to cook for an hour and a half. Cook at 400 degrees.

Then, rinse the swordfish under cold water, pat dry. About a pound feeds two people.

Put the swordfish on a plate and marinate.

Ingredients for marinade: a good olive oil, hot sauce, Kobe Steak Grill Sauce, kosher salt, black pepper, fresh lemon grass, lemon zest, smoked paprika, tarragon flakes, szechwan seasoning and Mrs. Dash.

On one side of the fish, drizzle the olive oil and two dashes of hot sauce on the fish and gently rub it around to cover fish. Then sprinkle with the szechwan seasoning, paprika, tarragon, pepper and Mrs. Dash. Lightly zest some lemon peel over the fish.

Turn over, and drizzle with olive oil and a little of the Kobe Steak Sauce, and spread gently over the surface. Then sprinkle some kosher salt, grind some pepper, and top with some fresh chopped lemon grass. Cover, and let marinate in the refrigerator for about an hour. Take out and let sit on the counter for about 20 minutes to come up to room temperature.

Meanwhile, rinse and clean the peapods. Just pick off the ends and pull the string from the seam.

When the potatoes are done, turn off oven. Start cooking your fish on the grill, or in a hot pan. If in a pan, put a little canola oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Cook covered for 4-5 minutes, on the Kobe Sauce side first. Flip, and cook another 3 minutes or so, covered for 2 minutes, uncovered for one minute or until fish feels just tender in the middle. Pea pods go in another frying pan with sesame oil and canola oil. Get oil fairly hot, toss in pea pods. Press a clove of garlic and press a small piece of fresh ginger over the pea pods. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Stir often, and only cook for a few minutes. You want them crunchy.

It is a visually beautiful plate, with the seared fish, the bright green pea pods, and the split open orange potato (with a little dab of butter). Pair with a nice red wine, a bright blend or even better, a petite syrah.

 

The book I just finished, is “The Jailing of Cecelia Capture”, by Janet Campbell Hale. The book before that was “Son of a Gun”, a memoir by Justin St. Germain.

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