Posted by: janamatusz | October 30, 2016

2016 Part Four: PAC and Owl’s Head

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Look for these at the Little Pictures Show at the Providence Art Club.

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Maine pier.

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Camden from afar.

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Fall color from Mt. Megunticook.

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Quarry exploring.

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Quarry reflections.

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Green quarry water.

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Quarry landscape.

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Quarry walls with color.

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Quarry walls.

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Yum! Pancakes at the Owl’s Head General Store.

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!

Posted by: janamatusz | October 29, 2016

2016 Part Three: Cape Ann

September 2016 brought yet another change of scenery. Thanks to the Goetemann Artist Residency awarded by the Rocky Neck Art Colony, I had the opportunity to paint on Cape Ann, Massachusetts for a whole month. What a treat! What a challenge! I had made day trips to paint on Cape Ann many years ago, and had found the rocky coast and quarries very inspiring. Now I had a chance to explore and paint intensely, morning through evening, and without the long commute!

I stayed on Rocky Neck, a peninsula across from the main waterfront of Gloucester, in a studio apartment. I gave an introductory presentation of my work at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck, and had a closing conversation at the studio apartment at the end of my stay. I enjoyed meeting everyone at the RNAC, and especially appreciated the generous help and kindness of my advisers, Nadine, Kristie, and Kathy. (Thank you!)

There were so many possible directions for me to go with my work, and I was as curious as anyone to see what I would come up with. Would I do trucks again? There were some pretty awesome trucks here. Or the large fishing boats, trucks of the sea, in Gloucester harbor? Townscapes? Street views? The buildings were so New England, so stunning in the late summer light. It was all very inspiring, and all so very tempting. But the rocks, the strong granite coast and the gorgeous quarry walls captivated me again, and I ended up doing mostly rock paintings. And I loved it.

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Gloucester morning.

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Boat and sky shapes.

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Seaside houses.

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Gloucester fishing boat.

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Rockport Motif No. 1, catching the light.

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Gloucester madonna.

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Colorful flowers.

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Gloucester Joan of Arc.

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Tempting fire truck.

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Schooner Arabelle.

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Breakwater progression.

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Overgrown quarry.

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Painting on the coast.

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Inviting quarry pool.

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Froggy friend.

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Geese reflections.

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Green heron.

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Quarry gulls.

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Quarry water – ocean water! There are very few places like Halibut Point.

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Quarry rock faces and water.

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Quarry with teens.

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Quarry painting spot.

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Quarry swimmers.

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Quarry stones.

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Sunset from Eastern Point.

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Painting rocks, it really does.

What a joy to spend a whole month focusing on my work, building on the experiences day after day, feeling the momentum and improvement with each painting. Thank you, Rocky Neck Art Colony, for the incredible gift of time.

More to come…

 

Posted by: janamatusz | October 28, 2016

2016 Part Two: The Catskills

Whoa! Something new in July 2016! Thanks to a residency at the Platte Clove cabin, provided by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, I had a chance to explore a whole new landscape. Each of the selected artists had a residency alone at the cabin for one week.

The Catskills, in New York State, are dense and rugged. Dark, scary! Think Rip van Winkle. The high waterfalls and cliffs are awe inspiring, and the colors are very different from Acadia. There are no ocean colors, no gulls, no shimmering coastlines. The tree cover is thick. The rocks are dark colored and mostly sedimentary shale, often beautifully carved by water. Very different from the airy, light, warm granite coasts of Acadia. I had to adjust my palette, and look for different kinds of compositions.

It was a very dry summer, so the waterfalls were reduced to a trickle. I had a sunny week, excellent for hiking and exploring and painting on site.

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2016 Platte Clove Artists.

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The Red Cabin.

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Cabin interior.

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Cabin kitchen.

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Platte Clove Falls.

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Dark forest.

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Falls just below the cabin.

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Rocky stream.

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Beautiful rocks and water.

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At the top of Platte Clove Falls.

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The Catskills – amazing vistas after dark hikes.

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At the top of Kaaterskill Falls.

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Kaaterskill Upper Falls. Yikes. See how small those people are?

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Kaaterskill Lower and Upper Falls.

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At the base of the trail.

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A different drama and beauty.

I was so grateful for the chance to paint in a new place. Many many thanks to Katie and everyone at CCCD. I loved the rustic cabin, the closeness to nature, the break from television and internet. It was only a week, but it was a productive one. I’d love to do it again.

Admittedly, I was happy to come back to civilization, home, running water, bathroom… When Marta first saw the paintings, she thought they looked dark and muddy. Later, when she had seen my photos, she said the paintings were perfect.

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Top of Bridal Veil Falls

 

More to come…

Posted by: janamatusz | October 27, 2016

2016 Part One: Acadia

It’s been a busy and productive year. So busy I haven’t had a chance to write in this blog! Here are some comments and photos from the past year, in incremental posts. Eventually I’ll update the website too, to share paintings from 2016. I’ll start at the beginning with painting time in Acadia National Park. Parts Two, Three, and Four are coming very soon.

Going way back to February 2016, I loved taking part in the Acadia Winter Festival at Schoodic Institute. I gave a small workshop on extreme weather plein air painting, and again had a chance to put some of the helpful tips into practice myself. Alas, there wasn’t much snow this year, but I searched out whatever ice remained through the odd blasts of storm and high surf. It’s not easy to paint when the thermometer reads 19F degrees , but I managed to stay relatively comfortable, thanks to many layers!

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Chilly outdoor studio!

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Icy tide line, and a painting.

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Soft winter colors.

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More winter colors. The water is an amazing green.

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Where’s Waldo/Jana? (Photo by Renata Moise, who painted with me at the extreme weather plein air workshop.)

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Winter branches.

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Big splashes at Schoodic Point.

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High surf looking toward Little Moose Island.

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Icy coast.

Enough cold photos! Brrrr!

In June 2016 (MUCH warmer than February!) I was back at Schoodic for the third annual Acadia Artist Retreat. What a joy! We had a terrific group of 12 artists, from as far away as Ohio, Canada, and Bermuda. We all learned from each other, and got a lot of good artwork done, including some lovingly attentive nature studies (and even some figure drawing!) I loved the discovery, by one of our participants Liz, that in a duck’s beak “was a whole landscape.” And I really appreciated the enthusiasm of the artists who were excited by the new perspectives and enjoyment of the world that art was bringing to them.

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Gorgeous Schoodic!

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Happy watercolorist.

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Artists on Little Moose Island.

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I love love love the rocks.

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Plein air in comfort!

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Sharing after meals.

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Kate at the Touch Tank.

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Ying and nature.

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Artist Retreat final review of work.

I’m looking forward to the next Acadia Artist Retreat, which will be in June 2017. I’ll post an alert when the dates are set, as I think the places will fill quickly. Acadia is clearly a stunning, inspiring place to paint, and the Acadia Artist Retreat provided excellent meals, support and camaraderie. A big thank you to Kate and staff at Schoodic and Acadia National Park for such a wonderful program.

I continued on in Maine for another couple weeks, painting on Mt. Desert. I stayed right by some paths on the “Quiet Side,” and enjoyed hiking and heading out to paint right from my cabin. I even tried some smaller format paintings this time. I was pleased to be in Bar Harbor for exhibitions at the Argosy Gallery and for this year’s “Art on Deck” Father’s Day reception at Galyn’s. Thanks to everyone!

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June morning light.

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Quiet side daisies.

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Spring color.

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Feathered friend

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Fun at Bubble Rock.

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Handsome gull.

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Osprey on the hunt.

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A moment at top of Perpendicular Trail.

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A breakfast favorite.

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Yawning baby loon.

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Grateful. Grateful.

Most of all, I was grateful to be in Acadia, a place where I am spiritually uplifted, close to nature, and totally at home.

More posts to follow…

Posted by: janamatusz | November 26, 2015

Thankful for every moment in Maine

I’m feeling especially thankful at this Thanksgiving time for so many things. I feel very blessed to have wonderful people in my life, and to have a full schedule of enriching experiences and opportunities for drawing and painting, both close to home and far away.

In late October I helped out with the second annual Acadia Artist Retreat. (And I’m looking forward to the next one which is scheduled for June 6-12, 2016! Save the date!) The Schoodic Peninsula is breathtaking in any season…

 

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I enjoyed the fall colors, and as always, felt restored and calmed by the closeness to nature. The Park holdings on the Schoodic peninsula have expanded tremendously with the addition of the new Schoodic Woods campground and bicycle trails, and there’s a lot of new territory to explore. The artists at the retreat had infinite good options for painting opportunities!

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I saw some old and new nature friends, and especially enjoyed the dark of night and pre-dawn. The stars on a clear night, with the Milky Way stunningly visible, are awe-inspiring and profoundly humbling.

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It is always incredibly inspiring to paint in Acadia (even if it was a bit chilly in October!) And there were some days of high surf, which added to the intensity and excitement of being out on the rocks.

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I’m very thankful for time in Acadia. Thank you thank you thank you…

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Posted by: janamatusz | July 25, 2015

March…April…MAINE! Part 2 (and some June too!)

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What a joy to paint in Acadia, no matter how cold or challenging the weather is! I watched the seasons turn, saw the snow slowly melt from paths, and welcomed the opening blossoms and the opening storefronts as winter turned to spring and spring turned to summer. Of course there were many non-painting days and trips back to Boston, and of course I had my share of paint-overs. But it was wonderful to focus and to build on the previous day’s work, and to witness and record some of the beauty of Acadia. (Did I mention that I love it there?)

To see a selection of the paintings I completed, please visit my website where I have posted some of my favorites:

http://janamatusz.com/2015PAINTINGS.html

Since the paintings are posted there, I’ll post mostly photos here so I can share some of the visual delights of being in Acadia for such an extended period.

It’s always fine to see my nature friends,

happy raccoon

squirrel

porcupine

Yes, that’s a sleepy porcupine!

pileated woodpecker

And yes, that’s a pileated woodpecker.

junco

osprey

yellow

warbler

chickadee

and to see the new blossoms and bees and insects emerge after a long winter.

crocuses

daffodil

bee by lupin

lupins

bee on blossoms

monarch

But what I especially love is the amazing Maine landscape — the foggy inlets, the rocky coast, the still forests, the great vistas. Anytime you need to calm and center yourself, there’s nothing like a little Acadiation Therapy! I loved having time to read, (especially works by my new favorite nature author, Bernd Heinrich) and time to be alone in nature. Lonely? Sure, I missed home. It’s not easy to be away. But it only made me ever more grateful for dear friends and people who care for me. Thank you, all of you. You know who you are.

fog

swh fog

coastal cliffs

cliff chasm

overlook

Aside from one painting (“Avenging Hawk”) I did in the Dorr Museum at the College of the Atlantic,

Avenging Hawk

all my paintings were done en plein air, outdoors in the cold and wind, where I could work directly from observation and capture something about the experience of being here. It was the landscape which inspired me, and I fell in love with the amazing Acadia rocks all over again.

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facing west site

perpendicular start site

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Now that I have varnished, photographed, and framed the Acadia paintings, I can look forward to my next paintings.

Yes, of course that includes some more painting in Acadia at the second annual Schoodic Artist Retreat. It’s scheduled for October 18-25. The fall colors should be terrific again. If you are an artist and want to do some work in a truly inspiring setting, check out the details here:

http://www.schoodicinstitute.org/event/2015-artist-retreat-at-schoodic-institute/

See you there?

P.S. This has nothing to do with Acadia, but I had to share the delight of seeing “Cloud Gate” by Anish Kapoor in Chicago while on a road trip. Fantastic public sculpture — my favorite, I think. Go experience it in person if you can!

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cloud gate chicago fun

Posted by: janamatusz | April 25, 2015

March…April…MAINE! Part 1

First, a little catch-up. Last October’s first annual Acadia Artist Retreat at Schoodic Institute was awesome. (This year, there will be another retreat, so mark your calendars for October 17-24, 2015!) This special program offers a wonderful opportunity to do your artwork in one of the most beautiful corners of Acadia with other nature-inspired artists. Here are some photos from October 2014:

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And some paintings from the retreat. It is always a joy to paint at Schoodic.

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Since Acadia is my favorite place to paint at any time of year, I’m back! I’ll have an extended painting sojourn this time of almost three months.

Of course, Mount Desert Island in March and early April was pretty dreary, cold, gray, and snowy. The park roads were closed, most trails were inaccessible. The record snows of this winter were taking a long time to melt, and even as late as April 9 there were another 2 inches of snow.

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But the bare winter trees allowed for certain views which are hidden in summer. There are also plenty of friends around if you pay attention!

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Whenever there was a moment of that special late winter light, I tried to get out there and capture some of it!

(swharborwaters)

(stripes)

(swharborhouses)

 

(doublydetermined)

(houseshadows)

Slowly but surely, the snow is melting. The season is changing, and I’m delighted to witness the new spring coming.

(mansethouses)

(raintomorrow)

I’m looking forward to May, and to painting up a storm!

Posted by: janamatusz | September 12, 2014

Painting on Appledore, Isles of Shoals

Appledore Dock

Appledore Dock

I had been keen to paint on the Isles of Shoals for some time. This group of islands, 6 miles or so off the coast of New Hampshire, has a long, storied history and is renowned for its connections to art and for its beautiful rocks. Aside from a short visit to Star Island, I had never had the opportunity to work on the Isles of Shoals.

This changed in August, when I had a terrific work week at the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore, (which is officially in Maine). Another painter and I were happy explorers, eager painters, and well-fed guests. Thank you, to Executive Director Jennifer Seavey, and to all the terrific, fascinating people on the SML team for making it such a great visit for us.

Here are some photos from Appledore, including some birds from the banding station. (Thank you, David Holmes, for sharing and showing me how you capture and band and check the birds. Fascinating!)

Rocky Appledore Coast

Rocky Appledore Coast

 

from Celia Thaxter's garden

from Celia Thaxter’s garden

 

Bird banders at work

Bird banders at work

 

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Here are some of my paintings from Appledore.

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Appledore! A great place to paint. Let me add poison ivy to my list of “plein airritations”  :-(  but the rash will go, the paintings will live on!

Posted by: janamatusz | June 27, 2014

A short return visit to Bermuda!

Hard-A-Lee

Ahhhhh…. It was such a pleasure to return to the island of turquoise waters, white roofs, colorful flowers, kiskadees, tree frogs, and the kindest people on the planet. It was wonderful to see so many friends again. (It was very hard to believe it had been three years since my 2011 Masterworks residency.)

Many thanks to the organizers of the Arts Project for inviting me to teach some workshops! Emma, Martine, and Helen did a wonderful job, and their concept is very compelling. Bermuda, always a destination for excellent recreation, can also be a destination for cultural exchange and education. St. George’s in particular has so much to offer. I wish the Arts Project much success, and look forward to visiting again. Here is a link to the Arts Project Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ArtsProjectStGeorgeBermuda?ref=hl

I came primarily to teach, but I was happy to do some painting too. Two weeks was such a short time — I’ll just have to return again since there is so much more I’d like to paint! Here are some paintings and photographs to share some of Bermuda’s unique beauty:

viewfrombellavista

 

oneway

 

turquoisewater

 

roofworker

 

whiteroofs

 

lizard

 

bermudablossoms

Warmest thanks to all my dear Bermuda friends, including the latest Masterworks Artist in Residence, Kal, whose political cartoons will be the talk of the island!

It’s back to New England for a bit now. I’m looking forward to doing some painting in the Portsmouth/Kittery area again, and to some more time in Maine. If you are an artist interested in an Acadia Artist Retreat (October 6-12), please check out this program on Schoodic. I’m very pleased to be included as one of the program leaders:

ACADIA_ARTIST_RETREAT.pdf

It will be a beautiful time to be in Acadia…

Posted by: janamatusz | May 16, 2014

Tra-la! May in Acadia.

I had a special visual treat during this short stay at Schoodic: baby foxes!

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The only thing cuter than a fox baby is TWO fox babies…

 

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or better yet, THREE!

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I worked on an unusual project this time, working with some taxidermy specimens from the Acadia curatorial collection. Many thanks to Kate and the staff at Acadia for arranging for them to migrate to my studio classroom on Schoodic!

Janaandcompany

 

snowyowl

 

shortearedowl

 

Schoodic in May is beautiful. Cool, pleasant, open and airy since the undergrowth has not yet filled in, and still free of mosquitoes. Also, delightfully deserted for the most part. Did I mention I love it here?

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schoodicshadows

 

birchbark

 

yellowbird

 

noisysquirrel

 

sunlitpath

 

bunny

 

whimbrels

 

rockyschoodicpath

 

viewofmdi

 

I’m looking forward to returning soon. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work in Acadia.

Next stop, Bermuda for a return visit!

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