On my way into BJ's yesterday for just a few things... ha ha who am I kidding.
In front of me was a bin of watermelons. I looked closely and notice the pink ribbon logo. So upon investigation I found the website below is a sponsor of Breast Cancer Awareness.. makes sense... think pink... watermelon... that's today's inspiration.
This painting wil be on display and available for purchase at our ART GATHERING Friday night at Main Street Cafe in Cheshire, CT
Hope you can join us!
Well my first art opening is coming up this Friday at the Main Street Caffe in Cheshire and I'm a bit nervous. I sent out the invites, posted it on Facebook and started to panic that I didn't have enough artwork to show. I know silly me... but this is how my mind works. I got up at 3:30am headed for the refrigerator and there was a fresh package of strawberries just screaming out "paint me, paint me!"
Really? It's the middle of the night should everyone be sleeping?
Well... needless to say.... I wash the strawberries arranged them on the new pink striped kitchen towel Veronica and I picked out at Ikea on Friday night... and the rest was history.
I'll be bringing this painting to the show on Friday even if the paint doesn't dry in time... how much fresher can it be off the easel....;)
Hope you can join us... it's from 5-7pm
209 W. Main Street, Cheshire CT
It's a little tricky to find but look for the clock out front that says "Coffee" on it ...
by the way... Main Street Cafe not only has great food and coffee but the gifts - jewelry, scarfs, coffee mugs are worth checking out!
Hope to see you there!
A fantastic Event last night at the United Cerebral Palsy Charity Golf Event!
I regret not taking a few photos so you'll just have to take my word for it.. the place (Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT- click on the link for website)
was filled with golfers, friends, family, volunteers and golf enthusiasts!
Thank you Gary and Kendra Montano for the invitation and honor to be apart of a wonderful event for a good cause. One painting was raffled off and the other was in a silent auction.
All in all, it was a lot of work in a short period of time but I'm so glad I had a chance to participate in a very worthy cause and enjoy a wonderful evening with my family.
Thanks to my Dad, step-mom Carol, Aunt Cathy,Kendra and Gary!
A marvelous Saturday morning at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford... so incredible beautiful!
I joined up with the CT Plein Air Painters Society for a Paint Out here in West Hartford. I met Carol, Judith and Liz from the group.
It was so hard to decide which place to choose every where you turned... another amazing vignette waiting to be painted! It was like a symphony of colors playing so gracefully in the bright sunlight.
Since I didn't have an umbrella with me I chose a shady spot across the road way. The Tunnel of rose trellis' spoked off the center gazebo from 4 sides. I stopped counting at 25 but there must have been close to 50 volunteer gardeners carefully pruning and attending to all the rose bushes.
Getting acclimated to the bright light of the outdoors.. this painting appears heavily saturated and dark... I'll need to do a few adjustments in my studio. I'll post a few more photos of the park soon.
18th Hole Grassy HIll CC, oil on canvas 16 x 20, commissioned for silent auction UCPA Tournament 2012
Here's the two paintings that were picked to be in the silent auction and raffle for this year's 22nd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit UCPA of Southern Connecticut at Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT. I put the final touches on this painting this morning. The frames arrived yesterday... just in time.
Now all I need to do is wait for the paint to dry, frame and package them for Monday's event. And, as a special surprise I was invited to attend the banquet dinner Monday evening! I feel honored to join in on this event... yet a little nervous... those stupid thoughts always race through my head... 'what if no one bids on it?"... I know this is very common among artists when it comes time for a gallery opening or reception. No matter how long an artist has been working at their profession, when it comes down to the wire whether it's unveiling a commissioned piece or presenting a body of work at a gallery, I don't think that twinge of doubt every really disappears. I wonder why? If you have any insights or comments please feel free to share them. Or if you know of a truly confident artist that never experiences "doubt"... let me know... I would love to have a conversation with... him or her....
p.s. I'll let you know how the silent auction and banquet go... until then.... maybe I'll paint something with a little less green :)
I just picked up several posters and flyers from Sue at The Artists' Loft tonight. The posters are very eye-catching and colorful! I can't wait to cruise around town (North Haven, Cheshire and Wallingford) to hang them up!
Please make your calendars and join us
for A DAY of ART-FILLED FUN!
ART FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER
SATURDAY AUG. 18TH. 2012
at The Artists' Loft
145 Chimney Hill Road Wallingford, CT
If you know of any locations that would be willing to display our posters for the next 2 months please let me know. Community bulletin boards are great, such as the ones at the Post Office, churches and grocery stores. We welcome ideas and suggestions to promote this DAY of ART-FILLED FUN!
Last week I was commissioned to paint 2 paintings of the Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange CT for a silent auction fundraiser. Wow! How exciting... now where do I start? First I had to wait for the rain to clear and the sun to shine. That didn't happen until Wednesday afternoon. Allsion, my step daughter and I headed down around 4pm to snap a few shots of the golf course. It was a beautiful afternoon and the clouds were white and puffy.
The next few days I spent sketching and painting small color studies. A total of 6 all together. See paintings below. I'm waiting for approval on which two will be chosen so I can paint those on a larger canvas. I'll post both of them when I'm finished. These small 9 x 12 studies are available for purchase... see my shop page.
Yesterday I went to visit my mom and her friend Ralph in Old Saybrook, CT. They rented a summer cottage for a week and it was such a delight to visit. The weather was perfect the sky was clear with white puffy clouds.
The house was sweet. Exactly my mom's style and the front porch was filled with sunshine.... a wonderful place to curl up with a good book, a cup of tea or take a nice nap.
We took a ride down the street to Fenwick Golf Course what a beautiful place. Wild flowers were growing along the parimeter of the property and the views from the golf course of the waterways was just spectacular. I hope to paint a few of the scenes I shot with my camera.
We stopped for a few minutes at the local beach, grabbed a few chairs and this is where I had some time to sketch the picture below.
Back to the house for lunch and off to pick up Allison at school. What a wonderful day with my mom and Ralph.
After doing a little research on the internet to find golf course paintings to inspire me and not having much luck... I hopped on over to a familiar site ... Kathy Cousart's Fine Art website. Kathy is an amazing painter. She loves to paint Georgia bull dogs, golf courses, animals still life and much more. Here's her website if you want to check out her work.http://www.kathycousart.com. I admire Kathy's work tremendously, her loose brushwork, and sophisticated color palettes make viewing her work a delight.
One particular painting that grabbed my attention was Idle Hour. This painting inspired me to get out my paints and brushes, mix a few colors.... see what happens.... I know the colors are a bit strong but it was enough to get me in the mood to think green.
It took us a little while to get our act together but we were finally able to hang my artwork up at Main Street Caffe in Cheshire CT.
If you're in the area please stop in and check it out. Let me know what you think?
While your there I highly recommend the wraps or salads. The food is very good and the service is great!
Much thanks to Linda the owner of Main Street Caffe for her patience and support.
I'll keep you posted when we'll have the Opening...
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