American Flatbreads in Waitsfield, Vermont Painting this memorable business property was a delight as it brings so much pleasure to all the guests for dinners on Fridays & Saturdays. There are also incredible gardens and 100 feet of stacked wood stored for the clay hearth ovens!
Hildene was Robert Todd Lincoln's home around the turn of the century that has a splendid garden planted by his daughter. Last year they had artists come to the grounds to paint and exhibit during the summer.
The Shelburne Coach Barn is a magnificent building as are the grounds on Lake Champlain. Our VT Pastel Society had their meeting here following a plein air outing. Only two of us painted, as others felt it was too cold. Working in plein air is not for sissies!
My digital camera pooped out, and I sent it to be cleaned, overhauled, whatever and should be back in 2 weeks. Meanwhile I'll post paintings from my archives not posted and catch up with new paintings when I can photograph again.
I watched Kinny hang this line of laundry as I was painting the one I'll post tomorrow of her house and part of the garden. I was an invited artist to participate in the annual Artist in the Garden Tour for the VT Arts Festivel over 2 days. The first day it was drizzling rain early in the day, and overcast for the rest of the day.
Every now and then making a painting that goes outside of the box seems like a good idea. Sometimes working within the frame can be limiting. Mixing it up. I made portable "shrines" for Bread & Puppet's Cheap Art during one week years ago, that incorporated mixed media collapsible "installations". They were immediate to make and fun. This mixed media simply incorporated a landscape "emerging+" I should more of these.
11" x 14" Oil This was an older river study using a fisherman from photo inserted into my painting. Thought I'd put my moving water pictures together. I've always wanted to incorporate figures more in settings of nature (think Luncheon on the Grass!) I'm always pushing my limits of knowledge when painting and approaches in general to my studio work.
Here's a source I have found interesting as well.
Has anyone ever read Richard Diebenkorn's notes to himself on beginning a painting?
1. Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion. 2. The pretty, initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued, except as a stimulus for further moves. 3. Do search. But in order to find other than what is searched for. 4. Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable. 5. Do not discover a subject of any kind. 6. Somehow do not be bored but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential. 7. Mistakes cannot be erased but they move you from your present position. 8. Keep thinking about Polyanna. 9. Tolerate chaos. 10. Be careful only in a perverse way.