Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer Paintings


"Grass Lake"


June and July in Review

As we are slightly past the midway point for Summer I thought I would take some time to look over a few of the paintings I had created in the past few weeks.
The unique thing about this group of paintings is that they were each begun as a demo piece either for a class that I was teaching, or a demonstration of painting in a public setting.

Back in early June I was visiting friends who were staying on Blind Bay along the St. Lawrence River. On the day I was visiting the weather was less than perfect, intermittent rain fell for a good part of the afternoon. Not too great for kayaking, but I could see a painting coming to life. The soft rain and heavy skies created this dreamy setting, tucked away from the River in a world of its own. I took a few reference photos and a few days later while I was working at Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay I began the painting. As customers came into the store they would stop, watch my progress and make comments (mostly favorable!). I finished the painting later in my studio at camp.



"Rainy Day, Blind Bay"

"Rising" was painted during Arts on Genesee, an outdoor Fine Art and Craft show. I blogged about painting that piece a few weeks ago.
http://joanapplebaumart.blogspot.com/2017/07/rising-watercolor-this-is-new-image.html


"Rising"

In July I taught three 2-day workshops at the Thousand Islands Arts Center in Clayton. The first workshop, Foliage & Flowers left me with the beginnings of a really nice floral watercolor. I haven't finished it yet--it's next on my list. I also taught a class titled Creating Atmosphere in Your Watercolors. The small painting below "Sentry"came out of that class. We were working with heavy overcast skies and misty effects. I had really just meant to paint a sky but somehow a dreamy landform and a heron emerged from a puddle of Payne's Gray, Yellow Ocher and Cerulean Blue. The stark simplicity of the painting really appeals to me.



"Sentry"





"Grass Lake"
At the end of July I taught an Acrylic Painting class, concentrating on landscape. "Grass Lake" was under-painted on Monday, painted on Tuesday in class as a demonstration, finished that night in my studio at camp and sold on Wednesday. How's that for fast work???


Our first painting in the acrylic landscape class dealt with daytime light. Our second painting, done from our imaginations was a sunset painting. Skies and water come alive with color as the land becomes a silhouette.



"North Country Sunset"
So it seems that one of the perks of teaching and demonstrating is the opportunity to create a painting --maybe. Some of the pieces that I began as a demo for class turned out well. Others are opportunities for later. I have a couple of beach scenes and the afore mentioned floral painting to return to and perhaps a painting will emerge. Or perhaps these demos will become "studies" for a larger, more developed painting. And some demos just don't make it as paintings at all. All part of the learning process.

This coming week I will be detouring into "Painting on Silk", which is very much like watercolor. We'll see where the demos lead.


Monday, July 10, 2017

From Out of a Sloppy Wet Watercolor A Heron Rises


"Rising" watercolor


This is a new image, which I had started at Arts on Genesee at May Memorial back in June. 

I like painting when I am at a show, especially outdoor shows, because it engages the customers in conversation.

For this painting I had this idea of a heron rising from a swampy area, similar to the one at the end of our lake. I often see heron flying to and from that spot. I also wanted a moon rise, or sunset depending on how the viewer interprets the painting. So I lightly sketched the heron and then looked around for a large circle to trace. I ended up in the kitchen at May Memorial tracing a large platter for my moon/sun.
Then I headed back outside to my display and began a sloppy, drippy watercolor wash in orange-y yellow colors on the top, blues toward the bottom. There were a few people gathered around to see what I would do next. I had no idea.


Now What????

Then I laid crumpled plastic wrap over the wet paint to add texture by giving the paint places to pool into darker values.
Later I removed the wrap and was satisfied with the texture. I added a bit of extra color in some places to accentuate the irregular pattern. 

Finishing

The swampy areas were made the next day. I was working under a nice shady tree, listening to the musical entertainment and letting blues, greens and Payne's Gray run down my wet paper as I held the painting upside down. Wherever the colors ran into the orange areas, trees and tree stumps were formed. Little bits of some type of plant life was falling from the tree I was under, maybe a few bugs too--they all became part of the painting.
I finished the painting at home in my studio last week, no bugs or plant life in there, just two nosey cats looking at a picture of a bird. Yum.

"Rising" is the 5th in an ongoing series of Heron images.
"Early Riser" watercolor

"Heron" fabric dye and paint on silk



"Keeping a Lookout" watercolor

"Night Flight" watercolor



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Painting on Silk class at Sackets Harbor Arts Center




"Goldfish"

I'll be teaching a Painting on Silk Class for the Arts Association of Northern New York (AANNY) at The Sackets Harbor Arts Center August 11 & 12, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm for Adults and Teens 13+

Cost is $65 for AANNY members, $75 non-members

Call the Sackets Harbor Arts Center for registration details 315 646-3502.


Learn the art of painting on silk, using vibrant Dyna-flow colors. Students will begin on the first day with simple designs on silk hoops, learning to use Gutta Resist, and techniques for seamless blending of color. A few “Special Effects” will be covered as well. On the second day students will learn to set the color and remove the Gutta and in most cases have time do another painting.

The Sackets Harbor Arts Center is located at 119 Main St. in scenic Sackets Harbor. The Arts Center is a great place to take a class and the little town of Sackets Harbor is chock full of great restaurants.

So c'mon and make a day of it!

Hope to see you there!



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Singer Castle

"Singer Castle"

Stormy Weather

Well I had a bit of a disappointment this week to learn that the June 29 Arts Showcase at Singer Castle on Dark Island in the Thousand Islands had to be canceled due to low ticket sales and the threat of an impending thunder storm. It seems that this summer we have a daily thunder storm---sometimes two or three each day and that can't be helped. So far our Summer 2017 has been cold and wet, with stormy weather and high waters wreaking havoc with everyone's vacation plans.

I was really excited to be part of this new venture for Singer Castle. The Arts Showcase consisted of a Dinner Cruise, a tour of the castle and an evening of art and music at the castle, and it is a shame that had to be canceled.

Logistics

I think I was really intrigued by figuring out the logistics of what to bring to the showcase and how to get it there. I knew the artists would be traveling by boat from Chippewa Bay and since I've made that trip before, I knew the boat was not very large. My husband had worked on a structural repair at the castle and I accompanied him several times to the castle during the course of the work. So I did have some knowledge of the size of the boat. And I knew that the Bay could be choppy, so the artwork would need to be covered. It was also important to consider the weight of the artwork--it's a long walk from the boathouse to the castle when you are carrying paintings.


"Singer Castle-Tower View"

Narrowing down the choices

So I narrowed down the choices to three original paintings, each shown here. Two views of the castle, and one painting from the grounds of the castle. I also had several unframed prints and Singer Castle greeting cards, all set to go in a lightweight waterproof container ( you can tell that I used to go camping!!!)

But alas the event was canceled and I started to think about how much fun I had just planning how to move things about in an efficient way. It reminded me of the many years I spent working in After School programs in some of the most at-risk schools in Syracuse. I had to transport a lot of art supplies and only wanted to make one trip in and one trip out of the school especially on those days when police tape surrounded the adjacent buildings--- Yikes!!!! Or the years I spent teaching outdoor art camps for the YMCA. Art supplies, bug spray, first aid kits, sneakers, emergency contact information for every camper---the list went on and on--and all fit in a lightweight waterproof container!

So now I have a few paintings framed, prints and cards packaged and ready to go. There is always a possibility that there will be a time later this Summer when they can fit in another showcase-there are  quite a few with different artists already scheduled, so it might be hard to fit us all in. If they do, I've worked out all the logistics and I'm ready to go. 


"Best Seat in the House" from the grounds of Singer Castle, sunset over Canada.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Windy Hill Studio Newsletter



I'm sliding the Windy Hill Studio SPRING Newsletter in before the calendar officially says Summer. 

What can I say--it's been a busy Spring!

If you would like to receive the email version just leave a note in the comments section. Thanks!



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What Happens When Creative Women Inspire and Collaborate


What happens when creative women inspire and collaborate? 

Painted Sounds! 

Inspiration  

On March 16, 2017 several members of the CNY Branch of the National League of American Pen Women met and shared poetry and art with the intention of inspiring each other. Our goal was to create a new piece of art or poem based on a piece another artist or poet had shared. We had two months to create the new piece or pieces. It was great fun to share our words and images, but even nicer to see another Penwomen's eyes light up when they responded to something that lit the spark of creativity in their souls.


Unveiling!

On May 18, 4:30 pm at the Genesee Grande we will be unveiling new work inspired by our fellow artists and writers. You are welcome to join The CNY Branch NLAPW at our reception and have the option to stay for dinner (buffet menu and prices are on poster below). 

If you are interested in being a part of our celebration please RSVP to Janet Fagal 315 685-0429 or email jfagal@gmail.com by May 11.
I hope to see you there! And if you are there I hope you will be inspired!



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We're baaaack...............


Arts on Genesee is back! And you'll find me there with paintings, prints, cards, silk scarves, alcohol ink designs, tote bags and what ever else I can whip up in Windy Hill Studio between now and then!

Hope to see you there!