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And now, to wrap up 2016 to date…
When I’m not off painting someplace far away, it’s always a pleasure to join fellow artists at the Providence Art Club for figure drawing and portrait sessions. I have enjoyed being a member for a couple of years now, and I treasure the camaraderie and community of artists at the Club. It is absolutely worth the trip to Rhode Island to enjoy a meal or a class at the Art Club. There is no other place like it.
It was a special treat to paint some small portraits in Kate Huntington’s classes in Spring, 2016. I put a few of the portraits together in a grid and exhibited them as a single piece:
And figure drawing, well, that I could do several times a week! (And sometimes I do! Not only in Providence, but also in Kittery, Cambridge, Bar Harbor when I’m there, and other places.) I absolutely love figure drawing and will be showing some of my work at the Providence Art Club in May.
A small group of us from Providence figure drawing got together to rent a place in Owl’s Head, Maine for two weeks in October. I had painted there in 2008, so I felt the same deja vu I did in Cape Ann, knowing that I had been here, painted here before. The quarries were more overgrown, but still beautiful. This was the first time I tried a group art trip like this. I was a little burnt out from my intense period of painting on Cape Ann, but I still enjoyed being in Maine, painting the quarries, and having good conversations and hikes with friends.
I also had a chance to do some small still lifes, which were very enjoyable to paint. The still lifes are the start of an “SOS” series: “Something of Something,” you know, like “A Mug of Coffee,” “A Glass of Milk,” etc.
So now I’m busy sealing, varnishing, and framing paintings. It’s nice to be back home after all the painting trips this summer. I’m grateful this month to be celebrating 30 years with my life partner, and hoping for many more years together. I’m very grateful to everyone who supports and takes an interest in my artwork, and I’ll keep on painting like there’s no tomorrow…
More to come in 2017!