_Here is the first in a series of three wine paintings.  Each will be 24"x8" oil on canvas.  I finished this one yesterday and started on the second, a white wine painting.

Prussian blue is appearing heavily in these paintings - it, along with composition, size, and subject matter, will hold the three together as a series. 

Of course, I never just use the prussian blue from the tube unaltered.  The bluish green is prussian with varying amounts of yellow ochre; the purplish color is prussian with alizarin crimson.

Wine is in my brain right now because I've been approached by a new winery wanting me to do some large panels for their tasting room.  Figured I'd better start small to get my sea legs.

This series will be available at Williams McCall Gallery in South Beach and will make their premier at the "Meet the Artist" reception at the gallery on April 20 from 5-8pm.  Hope to see you there.
 

Changes

03/09/2012

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My, my - what a year this has been so far!  I've signed on with two new galleries in south Florida and have been working my tail off this winter to supply them.  I usually take a break from painting in the winter but not this year.

As to my painting life, I always keep a keen eye on my goals:

1. Become a "better" painter;
2. Increase my collector base;
3. Get my work out in the world.

I opened the brick and mortar gallery in Provincetown 3 seasons ago and what a great ride that has been.  I've painted and sold hundreds of paintings to collectors worldwide.  I've met thousands of wonderful people.  For all of this I am deeply thankful.

And now, it's time to make a change.  I've decided to close the Ptown gallery.   This was a tough decision since it has been  a truly wonderful experience for me.  One thing I've learned is that you can do "anything" but you can't do "everything".  This is merely the next step toward my goals and I welcome it with open arms. 

I continue to paint and you will always be able to come to Abling Gallery online to see and purchase my work as well as Williams McCall Gallery in South Beach Miami and Studio E Gallery in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  And there's so much more in the works, but that will be the subject of another announcement at a later date!

My heartfelt thanks to all who had any hand in making the gallery a success,
specifically, Birdie for providing me the space and always lending support and encouragement, and to Vicky for her endless hours of work on doing whatever I needed.  And mostly, to all of you who came to the gallery, purchased a painting, or just stopped in to see what was on the easel and offered your love and encouragement.  Aren't I the lucky girl!!!
 
 
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 As you can see from my last post, I'm clearly going through my yellow phase and loving it.

This one I finished just last Friday; it's 48"x48" oil on canvas.  I started sketching it the Monday before and finally started the painting on Tuesday.  For the next three days I put in very long hours.  Painting takes stamina when working on a large canvas.

The city is loosely based on the skyline of Miami.  I say "loosely" because I never feel compelled to render all the buildings or place them where they actually appear.  It's that artistic license thing. 

The composition is based on a crucifix with the front boat being the vertical of the cross and the city the horizontal.  It's pretty standard as paintings go and I also used it in the painting before this (see last blog post).  The red appears at the intersection of the cross and serves the focal point.

The yellow is a mixture of hansa orange, cadmium yellow orange, cadmium yellow medium, raw umber, and varying degrees of green gold.  I wanted it warm on the top of the painting and warm in the front center and then cooler on the sides and as you approach the skyline.  In the actual painting it's a bit more obvious than in this photo.

This one is yet to be named and is hanging on the wall of my condo drying.  It will first be shown at Williams McCall Gallery in South Beach on February 10.

 
 
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This is my latest painting - just finished last Friday.  It is 36"x12" and doesn't have a title yet. I used a color palette that is quite different for me. I've painted alot of blue water in recent weeks so I needed to break out, and I think I did.  It was challenging.

Although the boat is in the foreground and seems to be the focal point, I actually wanted the city to be which is the reason for the red.  I like the abstract quality of the cityscape.  As always, it was all done with a palette knife.

I may do a series with the same composition and different color schemes.  That may be the plan and I never quite know until I start.  As I always say, "No start, No art", so I'd better get on it.

We had a great opening in Coconut Grove this past weekend.  I've never shown in south Florida and all was perfect.  I'll post some photos of it soon.

January is paint, paint, paint for me again in anticipation of the opening of the Williams McCall gallery in South Beach.  Details to follow.

I'm now also represented by Studio E Gallery in Palm Beach Gardens.

South Florida has been good to me this so far this year.  Alot of changes and alot staying the same - I like that.

You can go to http://coconutgrovegrapevine.blogspot.com/ to see a review of the Coconut Grove opening.



 
 
This is my studio this morning.  I have several canvases ready to paint and am trying to decide where to start.
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I will probably stare at this a bit longer and then decide that the only way to proceed is just to jump in with both feet and high anticipation.

That excitement created by beginning a new painting is what pulls me through the inevitable frustration that comes later. 

Sometimes the frustration is simple to alleviate -if I don't like one color then I change it even if that means scraping off a bunch of paint and making a mess of my surroundings.

The more serious frustration is caused when I don't like the composition, and the painting then is a complete do over.  That is why I am so very careful in the beginning to make sure that the composition is sound before I proceed with applying layer upon layer of paint and time.

Well, I guess no one is going to do this except me - I will report back.


 
 
It's been over a month since I've posted on this blog, and what a month it's been!  A vacation to Brussels and Paris (wonderful), the seasonal move to Fort Lauderdale (ahhhh), and now trying to get my head back into painting (effort).

The space where I paint has changed - I don't have my gallery to paint in for the winter and am trying to acclimate to painting in a corner of my small condo living room.  I painted here last year and know I will become accustomed to the tight workspace - paint on the floor and walls and all over me and the dog. 

I have a big season quickly approaching and need to paint, paint, paint.  The Williams McCall Gallery in South Beach Miami will be representing me this year and I'm excited about the possibilities.  The gallery will be opening late January/ early February and will represent several Provincetown artists whose work I greatly admire.  I will post the season schedule when it becomes available.

I will post soon the first in a series of red wine paintings... she is almost finished.
 
 
A friend is learning to paint and I've been encouraging her to paint more loosely.  She wants to make sure all of the curves are just perfect and that the apple looks totally like an apple.  I say, "No, just suggest an apple;  let the viewer fill it in.  There's enough there to know it's an apple." 

She finally said to me the other day, "I'm not at the same place as you and maybe I need to know I can make it look exactly like an apple,"  and then I remembered.  I remembered when I first started painting.  Having no background in painting or drawing, I painstakingly drew and redrew, connected all the lines, and made sure my angles were spot on.  I was not
pleased with the results most of the time and yet I knew that I needed to go through this stage before I could get to the next.

Here is what I know is true for me:  I had to believe I could do it perfectly before I could accept that "perfect" was not really my goal.  I had to know I could paint that headlight perfectly in a technical sense before I would trust myself to paint it the way I really saw it. 

Sometimes you really do have to go through steps one and two to get to three; and sometimes you don't

 
 
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My newest, "Who would you invite?" 36"x36" oil on canvas.  My third day of working on this and I believe it is finally finished.  I have been known to revisit a painting and it is not often.  This is wet, wet, wet.  I love the composition and it feels so much like a party, hence, the title.  I kept thinking that it was too dark and now I look at it and don't think so at all.  It feels bright and festive. 

I think this will be my last painting for a few weeks.  I'm off to Europe for a little vacation and then to Florida for the winter.  I will be painting up a storm this winter since I'm being picked up by the new Williams McCall gallery in South Beach.  I'm excited about all the possibilities. 

 
 
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I've just completed my newest painting - surprise, surprise it's a cosmo, 24"x8" oil on canvas!! 

This is one of those paintings that I wasn't sure was finished until I came back the next day.  Am I ever glad I left the red accents and the green in the glass.  I think it adds to the abstract quality.

The color of the shaker was a little departure for me.  I generally paint shakers gray tending toward blue; this one is gray tending toward green.  I like how it works with the pink of the cosmo.

I just hung this in the gallery today; it will be on the website tomorrow.

Next up: a 36"x36" red wine painting.

 
 
I've attached a slideshow of my most recent painting.  It's 6"x36" oil on canvas.  I had a little trouble deciding on the background color and I think the dark works.  It's a mixture of prussian blue, ultramarine, a touch of alizarin and an even smaller touch of cerulean blue.  I tried a lighter background and it took away from the bottle.  This was one of those paintings where it was mostly finished in a couple of days.  It took an additional 4-5 days of staring at it and messing with until I was happy.  This painting is sold.