November of an Election year

November: I have added new paintings under my tab for "paintings." I now live with an unstructured schedule, apportioning parts of the day to household adjustments and then time to painting.

I joined the Conshohoken paint out. http://www.whitemarsharts.org/  Pennsylvania's unique architecture and lush beauty were great subjects for this May gathering. Al Gury, chair of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art,  was the judge. His books are an inspiration. Alla Prima or Color for Painters are excellent references.  

I usually camp on Cape Cod at North of Highland campground, next to the National Seashore in Truro. My intention had been to take a class with Don Beal http://donaldbeal.macmate.me,  whose work I have admired. Since Don's class did not fill up, I chose a day of painting with a very energetic Mary.  http://www.marygiammarino.com/  We worked all day painting rapidly with a 1 /12 inch spackling knife.  No details, color and bold form. 

John MacDonald  http://jmacdonald.com/ held a workshop in Haverhill NH at the Gibson House http://www.gibsonhousebb.com/  A beautiful place to stay in Haverhill, NH. John is a generous, thorough, thoughtful teacher. This three day workshop was packed with lots of new information. I learned such a radically new approach I am still incorporating it into my work.

I am using a spackling knife and start on a tonal understudy. I have gone back to black gesso but I still like a canvas support. I may do the whole with the spackling knife or a palette knife but I also use a brush.

Red River Theatre http://www.redrivertheatres.org/ hosts art shows in the lobby of this small independent movie theatre. It is an opportunity to show work in a popular environment. In July, I showed paintings I have done from 2009-2016 of Concord, by the river. Since my work has changed over those years, the show looked like the work of many painters.  

 

 

     

  Concord from the river

Concord from the river

 another view of Concord by the river

another view of Concord by the river

  Dunes in Ptown with Mary Giammarino

Dunes in Ptown with Mary Giammarino

  Connecticut river valley in Haverhill, NH with John MacDonald

Connecticut river valley in Haverhill, NH with John MacDonald