Wednesday, October 31, 2012

River Gallery Exhibit

First Friday in Brattleboro, Vermont is a wild time: bars, stores and restaurants on Main Street and beyond are displaying new art exhibits; exuberant gangs of thirteen year-olds clog the sidewalks; parents supervise their kids' teams selling baked goods; live music abounds---first Friday of the month-12 times a year! Those who came for Gallery Night duck into art exhibits and are rewarded by seeing original art. 

This year I have been part of a group that meets twice a month at River Gallery School of Art. Independent Study is comprised of 8 artists and Lydia Thomson, artistic director of the school. We discuss our works in progress and offer critique. Our oil paintings and eclectic works on paper are truly worth seeing. Hope you will stop in during November and check out fresh new individual works by:

Jillian Farwell
Basha Freudenberg 
Carol Graham 
Hollie Landfried 
Joan Lovell  
Jennifer Meehl
Isabel Murphy 
Rodrica Tilley

First Friday celebration is 5:30 to 8:30pm Nov. 2nd. The River Gallery is on the second floor of 32 Main Street AND there is an elevator!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Garden Triptych

These three pastel paintings started in the garden on an easel set up in the driveway....en plein air. Then, months later, they moved to the studio to be finished. It was a wonderfully successful garden of annuals with a few exotic tropicals thrown in; castor bean plant,  dahlias, cannas. This little garden was alive with butterflies, bees and hummingbirds all summer. It's all over now; their frost-blackened bodies pushed into my compost bins.  Situated right in the middle of a rather tight driveway, I spent the summer defending my plants' right to exist in proximity to concrete trucks, numerous building crews, weed whacking kamikaze teenagers and the speed-demon UPS man. Survive it did and bloomed brilliantly right up to October 13th....and 27 degrees!

SOLD  10 x 10, 10 x 14, 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4, 25.4 x 35, 25.4 x 25.4cm)

Now I am trying to decide how to frame these three paintings; separately? together? color frame? Some paintings paint themselves...not these 3 and they're not going to jump into stock frames, either.... decisions, decisions, decisions. Any ideas? Tell me what you think...and thanks for looking.

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