Here is one good reason why I like working with acrylic paints–they are forgiving. Especially when one idea seemed like a good one until a night’s sleep refocused my aesthetic and I wonder just who thought that color combo was a good idea. I am thankful that I get a second chance–with every single piece of artwork I do. I am never afraid to scrub out, gesso over, tear up, use for collage, cut up for use as mini paintings, or plain just get rid of bad painting. Sounds crazy to some of you but if you are an artist, I recommend you give this a try. You never know what you’ll find the second time around. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Sketch-crawl-sort of like bar-hopping without the beer but with a pen. Here is a an example of something I find fun to do–other artists are frightened by the notion of sketching people in action in public–I’ve been there, too, I have to admit. But I love the freshness of the results–even the inexact faces and body motions that I continue to give it a try. These vignettes were done directly from life as I wandered around the fairgrounds at the League of NH Craftsmen Fair in Newbury, New Hampshire on August 8th, 2013. The place was bustling with artistic activity and visitors watching with great interest as the craftspeople demonstrated their art. Very inspiring. I moved quickly from location to location and in an hour had enough vignettes on the page to begin the process of painting.
(Note: The NH Art Association (NHAA) and League of NH Craftsmen committees decided to end the many year association with the NHAA. No longer is the tent filled with original artwork and photographs a part of the Fair experience. We had so many people come up to us when we were demonstrating for the day to ask us “Where are the artists? Where are the paintings? I came here specifically to see that part of the show.” Wow. There were some very disappointed people sad to say. We lost count after 50–and it was only the early afternoon, of one day. Hope NHAA and the League will rethink their decision–there are many of us artists who were counting on participating and obviously the Fair had more of a following than it thought.) Please contact either organization if you’d like to see the artists back at Sunapee. Thank you. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Scouting out a location in a busy city such as Boston can be an intimidating process. The sheer number of possibilities for making a painting can be overwhelming to evaluate. Choosing just the right location–one with a good view, open space for setting up equipment, safe from traffic, animals, and other oddities is not easy. We found this location on a scouting trip taken with my daughter, Katie Trainor, who lives in Boston and works at Francesca’s Coffee Café on Tremont Street, right around the corner from Union Street Park. Perfect. Her knowledge of the area and my preferences was invaluable to selecting this spot. Just enough area to setup, a beautiful spring day at the pocket park, and of course, proximity to a bathroom :). Sidewalk location was just right to allow me to set up and allow neighbors to get by–and chat. A win for all. The Copley Society of Art PaintOut was one week after the Boston bombing at the Marathon so the city was still reeling. Good to know this event and sale of my painting helped a little to add to the Boston Strong fundraising effort.