I was so pleased and honored! They printed 1000 of the cards and all of their departments used this card to send season's greetings to all sorts of people. My studio mate told me she even saw one in the window of her neighborhood's Councilwoman's office (of course, she felt I was infringing on her geographical territory, but that's another story).
Filtering by Tag: Prospect Park
For me, the Park is a significant source of inspiration, respite and recreation. September's tornado wreaked large amounts of damage in Brooklyn. Particularly hard hit were the plantings and grand old trees in Prospect Park. From now until December 31, 2010, I will donate 10% of sales of the six paintings I have of the Park to the Prospect Park Alliance. For more info about the paintings visit my website. Or, contact me. Three paintings (Autumn Walk, Park Trees Along West Drive, Shady Path) are on view at 7th Avenue Wine and Liquor, 88 7th Ave (betw Union and Berkeley Pl). They have a nice selection of wines and liquors, too!
This summer I decided to try doing some loose, relaxed oil sketches of scenes that strike me in some way as nice, and maybe possibilities for bigger, more finished paintings. These are all 9x12 inches mostly on archival plein air painting panels from ArtBoards, a Brooklyn-based company. I'll be adding them to my website soon - they'll be well-priced, so stay tuned! I painted these in the Catskill Mountains:
And these I did in my neighoborhood in Brooklyn:
The forecast was for partly cloudy in the morning and then threats of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon (so, what's new?!). My first instinct was to head down Union Street and capture the pretty flowerpots adorning the stoop of one particular brownstone, but then I remembered that I left my Julian half-easel at my studio. So, I grabbed my pochade box and headed out to Prospect Park for the morning to see what I could see (I need somewhere to sit if I'm going to use my pochade box). Lots of greens, a cool breeze in the shade and not too many people about. Perfect! I settled on this scene:
There was an empty park bench in the shade. Here's my setup with the view in the background:
And, here's a closer view of the painting and palette. I may make this a habit for the rest of the summer!
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I've finished this painting, "Sledding Home in Prospect Park" and am starting another snowy scene in Prospect Park painting, which I'll add to "Works in Progress" later. Painting snow was something I've been wanting to do for a long time and I thought it was going to be kind a fight, in the way I took on painting water as a challenge. But, it turned out to be a more enjoyable learning experience. Now, I'm packing up for a trip out West and am taking my new pochade box with me. I can't wait to try it out. Somehow I never got around to testing it out at home, so we'll see how it works on the road! Hoping to catch some nice snowy mountain scenes in the next couple of weeks. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!
While I miss painting outside and the thrill of capturing light and color on-site, there are some niceties with painting in my studio. As I've been working on the painting of the Carroll Gardens street scene (see Works in Progress, and below), I've been able to play around with color combinations at my leisure - which is helpful because the church's stone facade in the late afternoon light has an incredible variety of hues...
And, I've finally started a snowy scene of Prospect Park... I'll be posting updates in Works in Progress. It was a lot of fun to recreate the shimmery snow as the sun came out. It took some playing around with surprising color combinations to get the shadows and sunlit areas right. A little more refinement to be done here. I've gotten a couple of references to Monet by studio-mates and neighbors who've seen this painting so far! Sounds good to me!!
Thanks to the blogger at http://ayearinthepark.typepad.com, I remain inspired by Prospect Park and its excellent masquerade as a country escape (although the classic street lamp is a dead give-away).
Yesterday I started this commissioned painting of a farmhouse in NJ. It was an amazing place to spend the afternoon with bullfrogs croaking in the pond behind me and a light breeze keeping everything nice and cool (and pushed a couple of bugs and small leaf bits into the painting... will get those out later when the paint is a little more dry). Must return here to fix the dimensions of the house and put light onto the house. The roof color came out too white, and will need adjustment.
And, today I went back to work on this painting of a path near the 3rd Street entrance at Prospect Park. Really an excuse to spend the morning at a gorgeous, relatively quiet location (except when I was wrapping up, a school group descended and what a raucous group of middle-schoolers they were!). Will need to go back to fill in tree branches and highlights on leaves, maybe put some people in... not sure yet.