Saturday, April 26, 2014
oil 8x8 NFS
before any editing took place - work to do on snout
The story that goes along with this painting begins in about 1942, when I was only 2 years old. My brother Hugh got to start his days lugging a five gallon pail of slop to the pig pen where a chap just like this elegant Berkshire pig awaited the chance to slip out of the pen when the gate swung open.
Periodically through the day, the event would repeat. Mother would have to race down the street to the school principal's office to get Hugh released to come home and capture the critter. Now Hugh's daughter Margie owns the farm that has been in the family since 1798 and she raises Berkshires in addition to 100+ organically fed dairy cows. Well, Hugh is about to turn 80, so we are amassing some gifties we think will please his lordship. He doesn't look at Facebook, so I feel safe in sharing this with you. Shhh! please don't give it away! There is a lot more painting and story-telling to this effort. I will show bit by bit for the next 10 days or so. Much more work to be done!
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my blog! I know I missed a few posts this winter and I will spare you the silly reasons why.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Clockwise from left: Urban Forms: Erie Basin Brooklyn, 24 x 18
Down Under the Braga Bridge On-Ramp, 20 x 16
Urban Landscape III (deconstruction of Weybosset overpass) 16 x 12
all oil on linen
Hope Gallery · Bristol, Rhode Island · through May 3
Thursday, April 3, 2014
My entry: Net Gain
A new old twist for me -- a throwback style. I unleashed my imagination and maybe should have restrained it. Surf and turf might be served on a platter, decorated with surf and turf motifs-- hens, a cow, rows of fresh caught fish shown in a catch of the day shop in Thunderbolt, Georgia, an interesting waterfront neighborhood in Savannah. For five years wanted to paint those fish and my Virgo mind went straight to the photos (always know what's buried in the clutter)! Then I added the handles of repurposed 3/8"dock line, newly whipped cut ends by Yours Truly with nostalgia sailing days, added brass-ring bolts and tapped in securely with tiny brass escutcheon pins. It's a pretend platter as I wouldn't want to eat from a platter of unfinished acrylic paint. I plan to varnish it with food-safe Varnish in three weeks. So if you want to purchase this painting that finishing trick comes with the purchase. Please contact me if so.
If you're near Westport MA Saturday-Sunday 10-4, head on out to this surprising show at 1710 Main Road, Westport- less than a mile from Westport River Harbor. I'd love to hear your comments!