This is the third painting that I've completed of this scene of a marsh that I drive by often. I'm fascinated with the withered trees that have witnessed many years and must have many stories to tell. I think of them as old souls.
Early winter has it's unique beauty. This is a scene from Acadia, a park close to home. The intertwined branches seemed to frame the water and vegetation. Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36.
This painting kind of flowed out of my arm today. As artists we all get stuck at times. Nature never runs out of inspiration and I never get tired of painting nature.
In Search Of
2023 Fountain Street Gallery Associate Member Annual Group Show
Exhibition dates: 1/19–2/26, 2023
Reception date: First Friday, February 3, 2023
This painting titled A Murder of Crows in a Cornfield, Diptych, will be featured in the 2023 Fountain Street Group Show in Boston, MA, called In Search Of. This painting is painted in oil on copper and measures 24 x 50 inches.
Below, is the official postcard image for the show.
My painting called "First Blush" was installed at a Boston law firm. This is my first experience leasing a painting to own. The painting is bringing nature to this corporate setting.
Experimenting with Copper
Experimentation is a key ingedient to continuing to create new work. I've been wanting to try painting on copper for many years. As my first attempt i dove into painting this very large triptych. I found the copper very agreeable to oil paint. I left much of the copper showong as part of the design. I had to be very selctive with my brush strokes because there's is no going back. The painting is called, Tempest and the size including the frame is 50 x 82 inches.
Paintings Finding the Perfect Home
It's always rewarding when a painting is placed in a perfect environment. It's like the painting has gone home to where it belongs. Sometimes it takes years to find the right home and sometimes it happens right away. This painting was recently sold. It's called The Cement Bridge, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches.
I'm very excited that my Painting called Capture of Autumn was selected to be included in this national exhibit.
The Stamford Art Association has presented the Faber Birren Color Award Exhibit at its Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin Street, Stamford CT since 1980. The exhibit honors Faber Birren, world renowned color theorist and former Stamford, CT resident. He wrote extensively on color and published 40 books and over 250 articles on the subject. His color theory work was used by the Nave and the Walt Disney Company. This competition is the only artistic event devoted exclusively to the use of color. The jurors for this exhibit are usually chosen from major NYC museums and organizations such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, and Southeby's.
Faber Birren, one of the most prominent scholars in the field of the theory of color, spent most of his career studying the influence of color on art, the workplace, and human psychology. His work, which was donated to Yale University’s Art and Architecture Library, is now referred to as Birren color theory.
In 1934 he established his own company and worked as an industrial color consultant, advising clients on the psychological effects of color on safety, employee morale, productivity and sales. His recommendations included changing wall and interior colors to reduce visual fatigue, and using bright colors on machinery to reduce accidents. DuPont, Monsanto, and General Electric were among his clients as well as the military.
The Faber Birren Color Award Exhibit pulls in artists internationally and is held for 6 weeks in September and October annually. 40 artists are selected by the juror and their work is displayed at the Townhouse Gallery. Cash awards are funded by his family and friends to honor Diane Etienne Faxon, who helped create the exhibit.
Exhibit Dates: September 18-January 2, 2022
Location: Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and Online
Reception: Thursday October 7, 2021, 5:30-7:30
- Through my paintings, I have become attentive to the splendid drama of my everyday world. How the wind can create a ripple in a pond, a flock of birds descending on a field, or how sunlight can illuminate the side of a building are small miracles that happen all around us. Instead of seeking out subject matter to paint, I simply pay attention to the nuances in my surroundings. My goal is to turn what may be considered mundane or ordinary into the sublime.