Thursday, September 29, 2016

Last Week of Residency!

Monday was the last sunny day forecasted 
for my last week here! 
 so I spent the day taking reference photos
of the Gloucester I have discovered 
for future paintings.

This is a favorite.     

That purple building with church spire.
So Gloucester.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Residency Show Opens on Saturday!

The Charles Fine Art Gallery 
196 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 

October 1 - 8 
Opening reception Saturday Oct 1
 4 - 8 pm 

Featuring plein air studies, gouache sketches, 
works in progress 
and finished pieces completed this summer. 

9 x 9 gouache sketch

I can't believe how quickly this month is flying by.
It's been an inspirational whirlwind. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Two Day Workshop in Rockport

After finishing up a two day workshop 
I am energized and inspired. 

Presenting "the basics" of painting to 
14 artists of different levels and backgrounds
for two days in that magical environment
 was just the grounding I needed.

Designing with Three Values

Painting Upside down 
(from photos) exercise 

Limited Stroke exercise 
(I did this in 14 strokes) 

Painting from Photos demo...

I have 10 more days left in my residency 
and I want to make every minute count. 
The weather is heavenly and I haven't even begun to 
explore all the amazing subject matter up here! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Touching up Plein Air Pieces

I spent today in the studio, 
touching up plein air pieces that were in my car. 

9 x 12 oil 

This happened on Saturday late afternoon.  
This is the view from my driveway 
so I opened the back of my car, 
set up, and started painting. 

plein air study for "Invitation"

I'd forgotten how inspiring it is to paint
 outside in the moment. 

I was in heaven. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Gouache Studies

I've done a few quick gouache studies 
from images I took during the day,
at my kitchen table at night. 

It's relaxing, liberating, and so fun. 
Who knew? 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Residency Update

I've been in Gloucester for a week now and all is going well.  
I'm keeping a detailed "journal" of this experience to be published later, 
so I won't be blogging much.

I couldn't begin to show you all that I'm experiencing and doing!
That said, here is a small study I did plein air in the harbor. 

 9 x 9 on carton board 

Having this time to discover, reflect, and just "be" is invaluable. 
I am so grateful for this opportunity! 

There is one spot open in my two day Expressive Painting workshop
 next week at the Rockport Art Association. 
(Thur.  Fri. Sept 22, 23 
9 - 3pm) 

I you are interested, you just need to give them a call. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Whoop Whoop!

My painting was accepted to the 
open competition at Concord Art! 
(September 15 - October 20)
I've entered that show numerous times
and have never been accepted. 
This is encouraging!  

"Color Matters"
20 x 20 oil 

Opening reception Thursday (9/15)
 6 - 8 pm.
Hope to see you there! 

I'm on day four of the residency in Gloucester
and I could never begin to tell you everything 
that has happened so far. 
I'm inspired, energized, and incredibly grateful. 
It looks like I won't be blogging much while here. 
There is just way too much to see and do! 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Off on an Art Adventure!

I'm off tomorrow to do an artist residency in
Gloucester, MA for a month!
I was awarded this amazing opportunity through the 
Copley Society of Art Residency Fellowship
at the Cape Ann Museum and I'm very grateful.

I also thank my incredible family and friends
for all their help and support in this endeavor.
Right now, I have no expectations, agenda, or plan
and look forward seeing where it takes me.

Not sure how much blogging I will do.....
Stay tuned. 

"Artist-in-residence programs exist to invite artists
academicians, curators, and all manner of creative people 
for a time and space away from their usual environment and obligations. 
They provide a time of reflection, research, presentation and/or production. 
They also allow an individual to explore his/her practice within another community; 
meeting new people, using new materials, experiencing life in a new location. 
Art residencies emphasize the importance of meaningful and multi-layered 
cultural exchange and immersion into another culture."

 I think missing this sweet girl is going to be
the hardest part!


Back to School!

I'm excited to report that
I'll be teaching a two day Expressive Painting workshop 
at the Rockport Art Association
Sept. 22, 23
9 - 3 pm 

For those on the South Shore,
I'll be teaching a 6 week Expressive Painting class at 
North River Arts Society 
Thursdays Oct 13 - Nov 17 
2:00 pm - 5:00pm.

"Learn how to create more expressive (less representational) paintings by balancing close observation with invention. We’ll learn how to see the big shapes and let go of detail. There will be an emphasis on creating strong composition, correct values and accurate color. Through a series of quick exercises, demos and critiques, we will discover how to create “loose” paintings that are, in fact, highly organized and carefully planned. Students will work from simple still life set-ups and photographs (supplied by the students). We will be using a limited palette and large brushes. This class is geared for painters who are interested in “shaking things up.” Nancy uses oils, however other painting mediums are welcome."

Hope you can join us!