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.
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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.
How many options are there with a photo reference such as this? So many I still haven’t exhausted the possibilites and I have done at least 12 paintings of all sizes to try to capture the essence of this scene. So much to work with. So much to leave out. The trick is which is which. And that is the most fun and challenging. Some landscape images thrill me, others do not. I use my sketchbook to work on figuring this out. Lots and lots of pages. Each one getting closer to what my sensibilities say is right. Yours, and any artist’s will be different. Isn’t that great? Visit my website to see more www.anntrainordomingue.com or email me at email@example.com to receive my newsletter.
This is what I saw when arriving at the Phoenix Hill Farm on a gorgeous fall day here in New Hampshire. The textures, color, building forms, wildlife, compositional possibilities stared me in the face as I roamed the property to find a spot to settle down to begin the process of Continue reading
Isn’t there so much to love about this overcast view? Neutral greys of the sky and reflections on the water are what forms the foundation of this scene. The tree trunks and foliage interrupt the Continue reading
Ahhh, beautiful. One of those images we see regularly across any body of water here in NH. Late afternoon, low sun in the sky, shining through misty moisture-laden air. Continue reading
What a powerful symbol of freedom three colors have become. Even as a bunting and not a flag they still are seen as the American color palette. America will never be a perfect symbol of freedom. But I believe our heart is always in the right place Continue reading
Visiting family in Fort Collins, Colorado usually brings some kind of unusual happening. This cowboy was guiding some cattle down the road to another pasture. Not a usual sight Continue reading
So here’s how it all begins. A beautiful view from a tropical island accented with a cool rum drink, a fresh sketchbook, well-used color palette, and the thought that this no-holes-barred way of interpreting what is in front of me is about to begin anew. Continue reading
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
To most this is a window. To an artist it frames the landscape in ways that you might not have considered. A single pane window offers a broad view taking in the entire landscape. Segmenting it into 4 sections creates a simple way to check the viability of a single composition–a handy ready-made composition tool. Combine two side by side or vertically and you have a simple way to find a strong design option. Try it–you’ll like what it can do for refreshing your tried and true compositions.
Ok. I admit it. Sparkling, colorful sweets call out to me at any pastry shop. And this one in Boston near the statehouse was screaming–you must at least take a photo if you’re not going to take me home to gobble me up. I find these simply irresistible Continue reading
Up for Air
This perfect summer day included a patient grandchild who willingly sank below the surface to help make a cool photo. I loved the way the water glistened over her skin while her dark hair delineated beautiful facial features. Timing was everything–many clicks later–as water holds still for no one. The pool provided the expected blues while Emily’s skin provided a subtle warm golden tan, a complimentary color for the blue. The dark accents of her facial Continue reading
How could I just walk by and NOT take a quick snapshot of this cute Italian guy? (Don’t you agree Jade and Gracie?) He could wind up in one of my paintings someday. I see an angled composition with flattened shapes and crisp color.
You just have to love small digital cameras–especially for taking photos of interesting people without disturbing or interrupting the moment. Continue reading
You might think this tree trunk is blocking the view of this antique colonial home in the village of Goffstown, NH. But the way I see it, it has created bold abstract forms contrasting against the bright whites of the white clapboards. And this stark color change from white to dark gray called out to me to take a closer look. Continue reading