Before and after.... irises

Varnish is drying and the tag is ready .... this art is soon headed to the Willow downtown. The "before" was started during a demo at our annual open house this past Mother's Day weekend. The "after" piece was finished this week and actually has many layers of color even though the visual difference seems minimal. During the process I changed my mind several times. At one point, though, I thought I was done. Then a friend, Mary, asked me questions about my painting processes ......for example, how do you know when to stop? And why is this color/technique not like that color/technique. Well.... I thought I was finished, but apparently Mary's questions challenged me... and I did something I don't often do - which is go back to similar colors I had started with. Yup. All that thinkin' and paintin' and then I go back to a place very close to where I had started. And I lived. Usually re-doing makes me crazy, but I learned a ton. Thank you, Mary! So when does one stop a painting? Good question.... I guess when it has gotten to the point when you say to yourself in amazement... "wow". And since I say that several times while I am painting (because I love to watch the color flow from the brush).... that means I have no good answer. :-) So...carry on.


Summer travel gifts?

Are you on the road soon? Or do you need a "thank you" gift? These little treats travel nicely. Just send me an email. Postcard packs of ten with ten envelopes are $10 each. Folded art cards (blank inside) with envelope are $4 each. Gallery by appointment (lots to choose from).... or I can ship.


Art sale to benefit the American Independence Museum today!

Take a look at downtown Exeter today. Artists will be everywhere.... and what a gorgeous day we have! Artists will be painting plein air from about 8am to 4pm today and then taking their works to the (click link) Museum for an artists reception and sale. The reception goes 4 to 6. You will be able to find art created from places around town like beautiful Swasey Parkway, the iconic bandstand, cascading Exeter Falls, stately town hall and more. You may even find a simple little piece just of a flower near the boat house. 30% of sales from the art goes to the Museum. If you see something you like while it is being painted but can't make it to the reception, buy it from the artist there on the spot. 30% still goes to the museum.
I will be on Water Street near the Willow, Stillwells Ice Cream and the boat house (strategically planned so I can get treats at Stillwells and St. Anthony's nearby!) Look for me. I will be the one with paint, a brush, an easel....oh, wait... :-)
Thank you for supporting local art and the American Independence Museum.

UPDATE: The finished piece... now in a happy home. Thank you, all for coming out to the plein air event. See you on the street next year!


Once-a-year Mother's Day Weekend art show... this weekend

Colorful things, round things, shiny things, happy things, food things, garden things, little things, big things, Mom day things... we hope to see you here. We will have Willow Pond Community Farm, Lori Martone Pottery, Deb McLarnon Photography, Gaby Grossman Paintings (celebrating her first time showing at an art show!), Lois Matheson jewelry and hats, Rose Bryant Original Paintings and 500 TINY paintings, Maizie Argondizza Watercolors, Community Artists exhibit, a "Mother's Day Flower Patch" photo-op, art demonstrations, a free painting give-away... plus good friends like you. Hope to see you soon... Friday 1-7 and Saturday 10-4. Click the picture for more information. Have a very Happy Mother's Day!


And the winner is...

This month's winner of the "Nubble Lighthouse" art card (out of several correct answers) is Joanne King. Congratulations, Joanne! Thanks, everyone for chiming in via email and messages. The correct answer to the question "What kind of jar is Lori Martone bringing to Art On Union?" is ... a COMPOST jar. And most certainly her compost jars will make a lovely combo gift when paired with a garden plant from Willow Pond Community Farm. See you in two weeks at Art on Union Street!


Process simplified....

For the students out there..... this is pretty much how a painting goes. First, you determine the "thing" (what or how are you going to paint?) Then you decide your composition (don't over think that part). Then you explore the color (to me, THIS is where you engage and have fun). Then continue to apply paint (don't clean your brush... it is much more exciting that way). Add some details, then decide if you like it. And if you are like me, you will cover half of it up and start again. No worries! No mistakes! Just keep moving. Of course there are many ways to do each part.... but keep practicing. Then, you will look at your work and say "my goodness, I painted that! yay!".


Loving this warm amber and caramel color... by Lois Matheson

Lois is bringing her jewelry and her summer hats to Art on Union Street .... and on Saturday, throughout the day, she will be showing us how she ties-off, wraps wire, measures for size, attaches clasps, chooses the right glass, metal, and beads.... all with those little thing-a-ma-tiny tools she uses. Then she might even do her favorite bird calls. She is just crazy, that Lois.... :-)