These are the first six paintings of my Sanctuary Project. Last year I painted at an orchard everyday and I found it to be a pleasant experience. I was considering where to repeat the process when Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA asked if I would like to show my work at the center. Yes, of course!! I love the sanctuary and now I get to spend lots of time there with special purpose. There will be more paintings to come along!!! My show will be in August, 2016.
This is a new process for me! I am getting ready for a trip to Europe and I wanted to travel light with my painting gear.
At first I wasn't totally happy with the results. Some of the paintings felt lackluster. Then I decided to gesso the canvas sheets with a gesso tinted a light yellow ochre.
I did like the results. The paintings were dry to the touch the very next day, and they were supple.
More about my tripod setup in the next entry!!
I didn't know what this experience would be. I painted the 30x40 canvas with yellow ochre first, thinking that dealing with white would be just that much more of a challenge.
On the Ferry Ride Home 2015,
On the ferry ride home last year from Martha's Vineyard, we crossed the water at the golden time of day. The sun was doing it's spectacular thing and the world was glowing.
We passed several sailboats making their way back to Vineyard Haven. We also passed a beautiful schooner. I snapped pictures in rapid succession and two of those photos found their way into two of my 18x20 paintings.
My next endeavor is to take these paintings or similar to a larger size. The canvas is 20 by 40 and it will be my first really large painting. I am not sure whether I shall proceed from my original photograph or use the paintings as a guide. Perhaps I will try both!!
Contemporary Impressionism & New England Fine Art by Susan Barocas
Another piece of exciting news ... I was contacted by a gallery in New York City, somewhere south of Houston St. I am one of five artists they are presenting to a well known city hospital. The hospital will choose three artists to do a commission of 10 to 15 paintings, to be installed in April. I am obsessively checking my email. If I am chosen, I need to hop to it!!!
I had registered for the 30 paintings - 30 days challenge, and failed miserably. On the brighter side, I spent a week in Boynton Beach, Florida, and discovered how lovely the coast is. I managed three paintings, one of which I offered to my host, and the others came home with me. I may edit them a bit, but here they are as it.
I was quite inventive, I think, about setting up my painting equipment so that I could easily take it on the plane. Flying from Hartford to West Palm Beach was pretty easy. I played around with a small tripod so that I could clip my panel and palette to it. I sent my paints ahead so that I didn't have any issues at the security check. I also sent my panels ahead because they are annoyingly heavy. Finally, I developed a way to send my wet paintings home by mail. Perfect!!
I'll give the details in the next post! Brilliant.
Contemporary Impressionism & New England Fine Art by Susan Barocas
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This will be the second painting outing of my project to Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton MA. Some of the scenes will be painted at various times of day and weather. I am also curious as to how the nature of my paintings will evolve.
I am getting ready to be out there by 10AM today and 9AM tomorrow.
Look for an update to this post when I share what I have accomplished later today!!
See you then.
September 1, Day 1
I am involved in a marketing class for artists which I will talk about later. I feel that a number of ideas are coming together for me, and that this class will be the experience that will pull it together. The first part will be to create a cohesive body of work. I had several ideas and then after a visit to Park Hill Orchard my project materialized in my head.
I will come back to edit this post for a week's time period and log my progress and my thoughts.
Here are some of the scenes that inspired me to spend the month of September here.
For today, Tuesday, it was so hot in the sun, and I am recovering from a terrible case of poison ivy in which my left eye was puffed up and swollen. I could barely see. And then of course there is the itching. So, to say I was uncomfortable would be unnecessary.
But still, the best shadows of the scene I had picked were visible right out in the noon day sun. I painted quickly and deliberately. I like the result of this first painting - Haystack 1 11x14 oil on board. To be continued!