Thursday, May 26, 2011

The rosebush and redwood tree

Starting an open air painting (or at least open door-it was raining for several days). I'm using a lot of medium so it's pretty shiny at this point.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Boston Fire pushes Childe into art

How the Universe works:
Childe Hassam (1859-1939) is a favorite painter of many Americans.
How was it that he became a painter?
His father did quite well in business and had a teasure trove of antiques
but the Boston fire of 1873 wiped him out and he had to sell his antiques. So because of the fire and because he had to sell his antiques he sent his son Childe out to work doing accounting. One more step - since Childe had difficuty with numbers and was spending time at work drawing - his employer told him to go become an artist.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Acrylic Seascape 2 feet x 3 feet

Very busy with things other than painting lately. Had one sheet of hardboard left so I primed the surface with blues and darks. Then I started to see a painting with rocks and water. So I added to it little by little enhancing what I visualized -- and will stop at this point. It's a bit like furniture store art but I haven't had time to think what I really want to paint and didn't want to not paint in the meantime --so this one fulfilled that purpose. (to not paint is to pain)