Messing about with Paint

Being short of boats to mess about in, I have had to make do with paint. When I’m feeling stressed or just want to warm up after not painting for awhile, I’ll often pull out an old painting or a study and rework it.  I don’t feel worried about how it will turn out, since it wasn’t going anywhere to begin with.  Sometimes they turn out:

Sunflower Bouquet in Brown Pot sm Sunflower Bouquet in White Pot sm

(These were originally black and white studies done in a class last winter.)

sometimes I’m not sure:


(a watercolor slightly cropped and matted)

and sometimes they are, in fact, a mess:

Stepping Out paint mess

(This began as a collage of drawings from my Extrapolations class:

Stepping Out Stepping Out washdown

which I painted somewhat like the image on the right (no photo), then altered to the “mess” above.  I really didn’t like it and wiped it back down to the image on the right, which I may or may not play with more sometime. They can’t all turn out.

By the way—this painting was one that I reworked and then modified somewhat after your helpful comments—here’s the modified version:

Eastern Shore Farmstead 8 x 10

And if you haven’t looked at my website in awhile, I’ve been slowly updating it, so it’s worth taking another look.

Artists you may enjoy while I take an unwelcome break

Every time I plan a full schedule of work and classes, or am actually making progress in getting my life organized, something dire happens.  I was excited about three new classes for this fall, classes in media or approaches that are new to me. However, my 90-year-old mother fell about 2 weeks ago and has been in the hospital since her hip surgery, with ever increasing complications.  I haven’t had time to do much work, so until I get my life straightened out again, I thought of the many wonderful artists in the Baltimore area that you might enjoy looking at.  Of course, there are many more than I can list here—Baltimore is full of talent, so here are a few to begin with.

My first class would have been Encaustic, with Lynn Poshepny.  Lynn is a wonderfully enthusiastic and generous artist brimming with new ideas, and I was very sorry to have to give up that class, though I’m hoping to take it in the future. (I am still able to take Extrapolations with Wendy Cohen, whose teaching and ideas have me thinking in new ways about abstract art, and my Printmaking course doesn’t begin for a few more weeks.)

A few weeks ago I was delighted when Craig L. Haupt introduced himself at the opening for Station North’s Salon Show.  His whimsical and inventive work fascinates me and never fails to boost my mood. One of his current projects is “The House that Jack Built,” for which he solicited suggestions from viewers as to what they would like to see included in the work.

Sam Robinson’s interiors, figures, landscapes, and equestrian art are gorgeous as he captures so beautifully the essence of his subjects.  I particularly love the beautiful light in his comfortable, inviting, interiors, and the excitement and action in the racing paintings.  I have to thank Sam as well for some very helpful tips on my own work.

If you love the natural world, you will love Meg Page’s exceptional watercolors, reminiscent of Durer in many ways.

Don’t miss Maxine Taylor‘s abstracts, full of motion and color.  I can spend a great deal of time with each one, looking at the numerous small drawings which are perfectly integrated into the larger painting. Her Baltimore rowhouse paintings are also not to be missed.

A little farther afield, in Philadelphia, is Cynthia Harvey, whose art I stumbled upon on the internet. The forms of her figures are so simple and yet they include all the expression needed to give a complete feel for the figure and the personality behind it.

These are just a tiny sample of all the talent in Baltimore.  I hope to add some more in the future, and also to get back to work myself very soon. For now, I hope you enjoy these artists’ work as much as I do.