Open Studio 2013, Ann Trainor Domingue– messy, uncommon, friendly, contemporary painter

Open Studio 2013 Ann Trainor Domingue

Saturday and Sunday, November 2 & 3, 10am-4pm. Details on flier.

Memorial Bridge in the Abstract

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Last week I was visiting the NH Art Association Levy Gallery on State Street in Portsmouth and walked down to the waterfront to check out the progress on the deconstruction of the Memorial Bridge built in 1923. I was treated to a gorgeous view with late afternoon light perfectly illuminating a variety of metal surfaces. The round flower-like shapes of the fly-wheels–I’m guessing at what these are actual called–were not something I have seen before. Certainly not Continue reading

Blending In to Stand Out

Here’s a wonderful example of an analogous color scheme and a great example of camouflage in nature. Analogous colors are those that are found right next to each other on a color wheel, or are very similar in color and tonality such as the leaves and Thomas’ fur. The warm tones of the oak and maple leaves match his burnt sienna-colored fur very well. His darker fur and nose direct your eye toward these areas because they are different tones and color than the rest of the photo–and his face is the real area of interest–as most portraits are. The soft greens at the left side help to bring some variation in the overall color palette yet does not detract from the main area of focus.

There are plenty of examples in nature–and hunters experience this natural camouflage on every outing making it pretty tough to get their prey in the rich textures and colors of the woods. (As an animal lover, I’d rather hunt with a camera.) But I appreciate the challenge of hunting and the skills it takes to be successful. Fishing has the same camouflage effect–every try to find a fish in a stream? The sunlight and shadows as well as ripples all contribute to the complexities of light and form–making it a close to perfect camouflage.

And Thomas, he’s an excellent dog, well-behaved and a very patient model.

 

Abstract Red Sox

Not the best seats

From deep right field

Home runs are found here–at our favorite major league baseball stadium, Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. They can also be found by artists who see the world around them in a different perspective.

One beautiful summer day while watching a game at Fenway, I thought I’d take a few snapshots of the view from my right field seat–one of those seats that face straight ahead toward left field so you have a sore neck at the end of Continue reading