With winter approaching, summer feels far in the past, and too far off in the future. Having completed a commission and a new piece for a new gallery, felt it was time to do a summer piece, which prompted this quick sketch of a scene I encountered a summer or two ago in Provincetown. “Beach Day” will be underway soon, on a large 52 x 52 canvas. If you can’t have a beach day, might as well paint one.
The Powers Gallery in Acton, MA, recently placed several pieces in beautiful homes in Boston’s western suburbs, Concord and Carlisle. I don’t often see where a painting ends up hanging, but it’s always a treat when I do.
“Sound View” now hangs in this beautiful Concord, Massachusetts home.
Another view of “Sound View”
“Distant Hill” in it’s new home in Carlisle, MA
If you’re in the Boston area, stop by the Powers Gallery in Acton. Best gallery in Boston!
As a parent, kids can be tricky. In fact, very tricky. They test us, playing mind games that they, along with their pre-teen and teen friends, conspire to catch us up on ourselves, to get us to bring them places, get them stuff, and agree to things we might otherwise not agree to.
But as tricky as they can be to parent, as little humans, they are equally tricky to paint. Their proportions aren’t what your mind thinks they should be, and you have to measure and re-measure relationships between head height/body height. I think the average adult head:body ratio height something like is 6:1. In kids it’s 3: or 4:1.
This piece (work-in-progress) of my daughter Lily when she was about 5, descending a boardwalk to the beach on the Cape, has provided considerable challenges, and good learning opportunities. We’ll see where it goes. She’s almost 13 now, much taller, has a more realistic head:body height ratio, and is less tricky to paint, But no less tricky to parent…
The Drawing Room Room Gallery’s “Summer Show” continues through
September 17 in Cos Cob, CT, with closing reception Saturday, August 7, 2013.
To preview work at show, follow link or click image:
To inquire, contact Jill Kralovenec at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Drawing Room Art Gallery
5 Suburban Avenue, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Having loved the work of Andrew Wyeth as a kid (and still), his 1965 painting, “Weatherside” has fueled inspiration for many pieces, partly due to the Olsen house being very similar to the house I grew up in outside Boston, but also for the simplicity of the composition, dominant presence of the main house, and unmistakeable Wyeth light and shadow.
On a recent drive through a rural Massachusetts town, I came across an old, abandoned house that immediately conjured up “Weatherside.” A quick photo with the iPhone, then a couple charcoal sketches to edit out clutter and define the light, and the resulting “Foreside II” is complete and at Banks Gallery in New London, NH.
To inquire about “Foreside II” contact The Banks Gallery in New London, NH at 603-526-2128