I painted this piece en plein air in two sessions with finishing details in the studio.
One of my favorite places to paint is on the Guilford Green in Guilford, CT. It's truly a classic New England town setting with churches, the library, town hall and quaint shops that line the parameter of the large grassy green.
There are several restaurants in the area that offer outdoor seating and a really cool hardware store that has everything in it! I've seen folks gathering on the grass of the green for their book clubs meetings or discussion groups, parents bring their kids to ride their bikes around and even yoga classes on the green.
It was early on Wednesday morning in July I was out with the Madison Art Society Plein air painters for our weekly paint out. I walked all around until I found this spot. I just love the way the trees cast an interesting shape shadow on the yellow Mix Design Storefront. And the peak through to the red barn like gallery in the back, which is now BSK designs.
As the morning moved on toward noon time more folks were out strolling around. I would quickly pull out my camera and snap some shots for reference photos. I also loved the way the red door, red barn and the red heart signs on the lawn lead the eye around the piece. But my favorite part of the painting, are the two golden retriever dogs.
I love to add pups into the painting along with their owners. It just brings such joy when a piece like this comes together with the structure of the architecture, the light, shadows and the details of people and their pets.
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Here's a few additional photos of the painting in a frame and in an interior
Upcoming Show News!!
Sooooo excited to announce an upcoming Show!!
Finally! After so many months of shows cancelled, events postpones and this restriction or that restriction we have the green light to have an ART SHOW! Whoa!
As you can see I'm super excited because I've been painting along with the Madison Art Society plein air painters the past few months and we've been working hard to continue to paint scenes of our beautiful Connecticut. We meet up every week on Wednesday mornings at different locations and paint together.
Now we have a wonderful opportunity to show our work at Friends and Company restaurant establishment in Madison.
The show will start September 9th and run until October 19th -
And.... we're organizing a Sunday Afternoon Paint Out Reception on the grounds of Friends and Company. Restaurants are require to take reservations because they are only allowed half capacity because of the Covid restrictions but Friends and Company has a beautiful patio with umbrellas for shade. It's best to make reservations early.
I'll share more details in the upcoming posts and in my newsletter - if you're not on the newsletter - click here to join - stay in the loop!
Thanks so much for being apart of this art journey - I hope it inspires you -
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Linda S. Marino Art
Branford, CT 06405
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