It’s been quite a while and I have a great way to break the ice!
My most recent group show was at the Saint Cathrine of Bologna 16th Annual Photo, Art and Poetry Exhibition in Ringwood, New Jersey. The show fundraises for private schooling for children in the area. This particular exhibition is very popular in Ringwood and this year there were many fabulous artists out there with skills and creativity to boot. The artwork in all media goes up for several awards given out before the show’s weekend-long reception. The judging is done by other talented artist who participate annually for the event.
I want to celebrate for this year’s opening that my Ironworks 1 piece won “Best in Show” in all categories!
It was an honor to be recognized, especially considering all the talent I saw at the exhibition. The show was a roaring success in fundraising as well. My thanks to the judges and the inspiring vision of so many artists whose work was shown this year!
This piece was done in the winter months. I was driving by the water preserve in Ringwood and had to stop. There were so many colors due to the sun illuminating everything in contrast with the cool snow and ice. There doesn’t seem to be as many winterscapes out there but they are so fun to work with. They have a different feel to them as compared to grassy scenes during the warmer months but they are beautiful in their own right. It’s refreshing.
I worked on this painting for quite a while; taking my time with it. There were a lot of technical issues that I had to fix throughout the process and I must admit that drawing and painting something so man-made really taught me a lot about structure and perspective. As challenging, and at times grueling, as this piece sometimes was all in all I really enjoyed it and intend to make more paintings like this one.
This was part of an old rusted watermill. It was painted from a photo taken by Dana Damiani at the Long Pond Ironworks in Ringwood, New Jersey. It was commissioned as a 36″x42″ piece. I don’t think any smaller size would have done it justice.
A funny little note: during the two days that this was painted, a tractor was driven over the pathway; flattening the long grass. So the original shape of the pathway changed toward the end. You can see the difference between the second and third photos. One of the many challenges of painting plein air.
This was done at Bencista Pensione in Italy.
These past few weeks, I’ve finished a new oil painting done at the Lattimore Atelier in Cornwall. The original set up was intuitive. I knew I wanted to paint sunflowers and I wanted an element of Autumn somewhere in there. After I finished the painting, I realized all seasons seemed to be represented. So I thought I’d appropriately name it as we are also going through a seasonal change in the Hudson Valley. Loving every second of it.
I hope you enjoy the piece!
‘Changing of the Seasons’, oil on canvas, 9 x 12″ 2013