Monday, September 15, 2014

sunset over newport harbor

"Sunset Over Newport Harbor" is a brand new 30"x40" painting I finished last week. 

I took this photograph of Newport Harbor Light on Goat Island last year on our ferry ride back from Block Island, after hurting my back and having to scrap our plans of sailing Mike's boat home. At the time I was so disappointed that we didn't sail back, but entering the harbor right at sunset on the ferry (versus after dark in the sailboat) allowed me to get this perfect photograph. Large paintings like this require an immense amount of paper material to create all their layers, so for about three months I've been setting aside material for this one - a 1970's nautical map of Narragansett Bay, fish encyclopedias, letters to and from Newport, marine newspapers and some perfectly patina'ed book pages - and it all came together pretty perfectly. It's available in my shop and is on display at the SoWa Market every Sunday if you'd like to come give it a look in person.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

30x30 project, a year later

Happy September! Around this time last year I was finishing up my 30x30 Project in my old South Boston studio… I challenged myself to create 30 small, intricately layered paintings in 30 days. Here are all 30 lined up to be titled and signed before getting matted. 

Day 11, above, was created towards the end of August when the days were still hot but the nights began getting cooler and longer and I wrote this poem about the wistfulness and wilds of a summer's end… it seems perfectly fitting to share today after a weekend that gave me both a slight sunburn and a campfire scented sweater.

This project was demanding and challenging in a good way and helped me work on budgeting time and deadlines (a sorely needed skill in my life and business) and ended up looking pretty cool all together. All but three of the original paintings have sold and I've made a select few available as paper prints. I'm getting the urge to start another big personal project but am not sure exactly what to do… a little book/published sketchbook? Maybe some sort of wearable art? Suggestions are welcome!

Monday, September 1, 2014

late august sail

Sometime last week I was writing the date on a customs form and it hit me… somehow it is already the end of August! Um, how did that happen? Determined to soak up the last few bits of summer Mike and I rode down to Jamestown, Rhode Island on Friday for a quick day and night on his sailboat. We sailed under the Pell Bridge and up Narraggansett Bay to Potter Cove, our favorite little spot to anchor overnight. 

Mike's boat is 26 feet and can fit about eight people sailing and sleep up to five (or six when we have an adventurous friend willing to rig a hammock up to the mast) but this time it was just us. After securing the boat to a mooring we stretched our legs, shared a few beers and cooked up dinner on the boat grill as the sun set. 

We were treated to a really incredible sunset… the sky was a vibrant purple, and a beautiful pink glow surrounded us while we made dinner, with a nice slice of moon rising over the water and even a few shooting stars thanks to the lack of light pollution. We sailed back the next morning, met up with Mike's family for some food and kayaking and then made our way back to Boston that night. This trip got me thinking about all the other things I want to do before the days get shorter and the nights get colder… collecting driftwood on Plum Island, wandering up the Maine coast for a few days, wandering around Boston, river kayaking... I just found out that there is camping on the tip of Cape Cod, so maybe we can even squeeze that in? So much left to do :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

the silent shore

Summer has absolutely flown by this year and I have so much to share with you! I've been totally consumed with finishing up this big commission - my largest painting ever and quite a challenge to wrap up and ship! I breathed a big sigh of relief after dropping it off to be crated and freighted out to Minneapolis, and resolved to spend a few days solely catch up on important life stuff like organizing my studio, editing photos, sharing new work I've made on the side and laying in the sun doing absolutely nothing.

Here is a piece I finished earlier this month, an ode to the dusky rose hues creeping up on us slightly earlier each warm summer evening…

"The Silent Shore" (2014)
12"x36" mixed media painting on canvas

As usual it's impossible to convey the amount of layers and textures in this piece and how the gentle purples and blues fade into the rough "rocks" of nails, screws, dyed cardboard and paper, but here are some of the details…