My Easels Are Moving! I would like to announce that I will moving on from being Artist-In -Residence at the Whistler House Museum of Art / Lowell Art Association, Inc. to take time to devote to other art venues. I will be there for a few more months and once I move on I will have been there close to two and one half years. It has been a most enjoyable experience being part of such a historic Museum and it has been a privilege to occupy the magnificent third floor north lit studio space! I want to thank executive director Sara Bogosian and and board of directors for the opportunity to be A-I-R. I will always cherish the time I spent there! However I am not going away and I plan to continue to part of the Whistler via the Lowell Art Association. I desire to continue to be part of the vibrant and growing City of Lowell, MA arts community and I am exploring studio options including my old stomping ground Western Avenue Studios. I am also excited about many other things in the works that you will be hearing more about such as having a wall space to exhibit at the The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, an exhibit on Charles St in Boston’s Beacon Hill section and I will become more active in the Cape Ann area this summer having been recently juried in as an artist member at North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester. Again I want to thank everyone affiliated with the Whistler including Brooke Baerman who does an incredible job, to all the docents and volunteers who do so much to make the Whistler a special place!
I had a lot of fun doing an oil painting demonstration at the Chelmsford Library sponsored by the Chelmsford Art Society. We had around fifty people attend. I prefer to not work from photographs so I made up this seascape on my 14 x 18 canvas. I drew from my memories and experiences of frequently painting on the coast. The painting is not quite finished and I will work on it back in my studio. I always enjoy doing these demonstrations!
I had a blast painting at the famous Lowell Folk Festival in July. A few other “Lowell PLEIN Air” painters joined me. I continued on into the night and did a night scene of the festivities outside Cobblestones Restaurant of Lowell.
I attended the “PLEIN AIR” Convention in Tucson Arizona in April. I was able to get some paintings started as well that I will complete back in my studio. It was a great experience painting in the beautiful South West and quite an adventure painting for an entire full day by myself, off a beaten path in Catalina State Park. Once that sun gets close to sunset the desert seemed to come alive and it was time for this New England boy to get out of there!
It was quite a thrill to have noted Artist and teacher David Curtis, (www.davidpcurtis.com) and his wife Judy, a well know author and art historian visit the Whistler House Museum of Art / Lowell Art Association, Inc. I met David four years ago at an art class he was teaching at New Hampshire Institute of Art and I have studied with him periodically ever since. Both David and Judy have been instrumental in my continued development as an artist! What has always been fascinating to myself and other artist who have worked with David is some of the methods, techniques, and philosophy that you learn have a linkage all the way back to the French painters in Paris such as Jean -Leon Gerome. David studied under the famed Boston teacher R. H. Ives Gammell (1893-1981). Gammell studied with William Paxton, Edmond Tarbel and Joseph Decamp among others who had got their training in Paris. David’s father was also a painter and friend of one of my favorites, Aldro Hibbard (1886-1972). The Whistler owns fourteen Hibbards so it was fun to hear Hibbard stories as we toured the collection. As well as an established painter David has been active throughout his career with the North Shore Arts Association, the The Guild of Boston Artists and the Rockport Art Association where is currently president. During their visit we made sure that they toured the beautiful works and studios of the other two artist in the Whistler. Portrait and still life artist Lisa Kovvuri Fine Art and Mary Rose OConnell Fine Art. Mary Rose also studied with David in the past and knows David and Judy well especially through her exhibitions as a juried member at the Rockport Art Association and The North Shore Arts Association
I ventured back to Sugar Hill in early February with a few other Lowell artist to do some PLEIN Air painting. We were hoping to paint snow scenes however there was no snow! Even though there was no snow the views were still spectacular! I got some good starts that I will finish in my studio and I also did some sketching at the Mt Washington Hotel.
I recently have been spending time in my studio finishing up various starts I had started on location this past fall. The first one is a landscape in Sugar Hill NH. The painting was started in the back of the Inn at Sunset Hill. The Inn is a fabulous place to stay with stunning views of the White Mountains. One other is of Pemaquid Light House, Pemaquid Maine and a painting of downtown Portsmouth NH. The last one is a nocturnal of the Camden Hills from North Haven Island Maine.
Sometimes you just have to have some fun with your art work as I have done with this rendition of the Main Gallery at the Museum. The Whistler host their annual Holiday party and main fundraiser each December. This is always a festive event with the historic house fully decorated for the Christmas season!
The foliage and views were spectacular from the Sunset Hill House, A Grand Inn at Sugar Hill NH! The Inn is back in business thanks to the new owners Dick and Sally. They have done a nice job of fixing the place up without loosing its New England charm. I did this quick 6×8 sketch of the birch trees plus I got a good start on a 16×20 that I will compete back in my studio.
I ran into Tom Christiano as he was interviewing people for his local TV show at the Chelmsford Historical Society Farm Fair in early October.