October 21st: Studio Set-Up
Setting up my studio was effortless!
The taboret (a small portable stand for holding supplies) on the far right is furnished with a glass palette (for mixing paint). A table for my computer and an amazing easel plus a stool makes for a great working environment. I am working from high-resolution photographs of subjects that I am photographing here in Gloucester with a Canon digital SLR. I view the photos on my iMac which I brought from my Maryland studio.
October 22nd: Gallery Talk
The gallery talk took place on Tuesday, October 22 at Arts On Main Gallery in Gloucester, VA.
I shared about my path as an artist from my interest in art as a young girl to my areas of concentrated study with my amazing teachers. I have been teaching for over 10 years at an art center in Annapolis as well as my studio. And, I also travel outside of Maryland for workshops. My foremost interest is in portrait and figure work, which keeps me busy and doing what I love.
October 23 – Sketches of Gardener at Goshen Farm
These rough charcoal sketches show my process of working out the design ideas from the images that I select. The gardener is shown in three different photographs. I like the one where it shows him taking the cart back to the garden shed. It tells a clear story. The top right design presents the gardener in a more contemplative state. As he gazes down the lane he surveys the work that is required to keep the garden healthy. The bottom right is the same image which was cropped and the perspective was changed to fit into a more vertical format.
I chose the image of the gardener in his more contemplative state. The size is 12″ tall by 16″ wide and is oil paint on linen. This is my initial lay-in of paint. I am blocking in colors using the most basic abstract patterns. The decision to include the large crepe myrtle tree to the gardener’s right has not been decided. I like how the painting looks without it — giving the garden a more expansive feel. If I included the tree, it would act as a boundary and nestle the gardener within the scene.
This palette includes: French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean, Turquoise Blue, Cobalt Blue, Veridian, Permanent Green Light, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Orange, Scarlet Lake, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Deep, Permanent Rose, Permanent Magenta, Caput Mortem Violet, Indian Red, Yellow Ochre, Purple Madder Deep, Titanium White
The Artist in Residence (AiR) Program is generously sponsored in part by the Cook Foundation.