Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Honestly, I spent most of the time running between Whalehead Road and Home Depot, ruing the math skills that I never quite mastered.
It wasn't until I'd brought the second load of stuff back that I realized I was mixing up linear feet and square feet. I'm not sure this explains completely why I needed four times the amount I first bought, but to my addled brain, it does.
The studio is much different now that it's insulated. It's very quiet. The air is soft. It's somewhat warmer - not completely warmer, because we did what you are supposed to do and didn't run the insulation down to the soffit vents, and so the cold air is still coming in. It's warmer, though - because the warm air isn't escaping, I guess.
One reason I delayed insulating for so long is that I liked being surrounded by wood. I was heading toward drywall in my thoughts - and resisting it - when a friend suggested going to a lumberyard and buying cheap unfinished planking. I like it!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday in Scotland. Oil on canvas, 20x20Hi, everyone!
if you are interested in buying this painting
I gave myself a vacation last week. Didja miss me?
I realized that I've painted and posted nearly daily for well more than a year, without a meaningful, intentional break. What kind of a boss would ask this of an employee?
So while the weather was horrible and rainy and cold, and the studio was unheated and uninsulated, and while I was tired and running back and forth to NY and worrying about the house closing that never happened, I gave myself a vacation.
I painted some, and enjoyed it. I saw family and friends. I went out to dinner and out to lunch. I read books and magazines and catalogs, I watched TV, I slept late, cooked, spent time with Peter, did a bunch of long-neglected chores, began to understand and look for used RVs, and I relaxed. What fun!
Now I'm back, I'm posting, and I have a few really interesting paintings to show you. This one, I painted in a gale, on a hillside overlooking a vineyard in Scotland, Conn. It's more ambitious than most of my paintings, and I like it. I used a brush and a palette knife, and am finding that sometimes, I like the way they work together.
Thank you, all who called and emailed to make sure I was OK. And to all, thank you for reading.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Newfoundland. Oil on canvas, 12x12. Contact Center Framing & Art in West Hartford, Conn., for price and shipping information.
I met this Newfoundland a week or so ago in West Hartford Center, walking down La Salle Road. The dog was walking, that is, all 130 or so pounds of him. His human, a woman who probably weighed 90 pounds, was being walked along with him.
My mother was walking one of her black Labs when he took off and yanked her. She smashed onto the curb and broke her kneecap.
I trembled a little when I saw this birdlike woman with this giant dog.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
... are the luckiest people in the world...
I spent Saturday standing on the sidewalk in front of Center Framing & Art in West Hartford, painting dogs and talking to people who love dogs. It was a great day - but I'm beat. I'm planning on going in to the house and sleeping like a dog.
I was joined, early on, by my brother Rand and his daughter Larkin. Rand was the one who connected me with Center Framing, and I am eternally grateful, and today was an excellent example of why. I painted, I talked with dozens of people, and they couldn't have been friendlier or more supportive. And they all love dogs.
Of course, I worry somewhat that I'll end up categorized as a dog painter, but you know, if that's the downside of success, I'll take it.
So Rand and Larkin brought me a picture of Bert, their now-aged bulldog, and Rand suggested I try the minimal approach, since these days, Bert is very white in the face. I don't think I'd have gotten that idea by myself. Making these minimal paintings always sets up a little whir of nerves in me - as Rand pointed out, one wrong stroke and you're doomed.
But who's to say this stroke or that one is wrong?
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Rain, Route 2
Oil on canvas, 11x14
Oil on canvas, 11x14
If you enlarge this one, you can see four dogs, one with a Frisbee and three thinking about getting it away from him.
That's Jojo sniffing in the background, while this dog with really spooky eyes tries to stare me down.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Howl. Oil on canvas, 11x14
if you are interested in buying this painting
Dogs, dogs and more dogs. Twenty-three dog paintings by yours truly fill the window of Center Framing & Art, 56 LaSalle Road, West Hartford Center.
In the torrential rain this morning, I set off for West Hartford with two wet dog paintings and two dry ones. I had to howl with glee when I saw the window of the Center Framing & Art. There were my paintings, nearly two dozen of them, bright and cheerful and fun, engaging and happy and exuberant. I sat in the car, waiting for the store to open, and watched as person after person - some with dogs on leashes - stopped abruptly on their walks to stare at the paintings.
Sandy, who owns the store, was as thrilled as I was. And she was happy with my new paintings, too, though she kept the giant German shepherd, and not my painting of Kaja. No matter. I love that painting.
She and Mike, who works in the store, rearranged everything in the window to include the new piece, and got fairly well covered in blue paint from the still very wet shepherd. Then she asked me if I'd like to paint until it began raining (it was dry in West Hartford at that point), and I said sure.
So I set up, and dawdled over a painting of a dog that I had on my phone. Passerby after passerby after passerby was stopped by the window. Many of them talked with me. Many discussed commissions. Many went into the store. They all loved the paintings.
Nothing sold today, but no matter. These paintings will sell, I know it. And I had a great day of sustaining enthusiasm, happy engagement and the fellowship of other dog lovers.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Kaja. Oil on stretched canvas, 24x24. Contact Sandy at Center Framing & Art in West Hartford for price and delivery information.
Giant. Oil on stretched canvas, 24x36. Contact Sandy at Center Framing & Art for pricing and delivery information.
It was only with the exercise of the utmost discipline that I managed to keep myself from going to West Hartford Center this morning and watching as the hired, professional window dresser arranged my 21 dog paintings in the front window of Center Framing & Art.
Instead, I took a couple dogs to the vet, spent an frightening amount of money on shots and tests, went to Ledyard town hall and registered them, came home and fed everyone, then checked my cell phone and found a message from Sandy, who owns Center Framing.
The paintings had been up in the window for an hour and a half, and 30 people had already come in to the gallery, wanting to know how much they were, when they would be for sale, and how they could get me to paint their dogs.
Yippee! This is just tremendously exciting, marvelously invigorating, wildly affirmative.
Of course, none of it has translated into one red cent yet, but it will. I know it will.
And on top of all this, Sandy wanted more paintings. So I made two more, this huge German shepherd, and then my lovely red dog, Kaja.
She is doing well, and that's the best news of all, really. She's more active, clearly happy and interested - and no more seizures or strokes.
I will bring these two paintings to Sandy tomorrow, and I'll take some photos of the display and post them here. Exciting!
Thank you, as always, for reading.