Friday, April 27, 2012

Artist Creative Search

In my February 16, 2012 post I introduced you to Hank Blaustein from Brooklyn, NY. Hank is an illustrator who loves to draw. While I was  visiting with Hank, he reminded me of Jim Tinguely, an artist from the Newburyport area. Hank and Jim are both driven to draw. Their interest started at a young age and the joy of creating a drawing continues to thrill them.

Last week Jim invited us to his home to see some of his work. I chose to look at his oil paintings on paper and couldn't resist getting some for my collection. I chose the following:

This painting is a study of loose brush strokes strategically placed to portray the soul of the model. What confidence Jim shows in his placement of strokes and use of colors.

This painting is in a frame made by Jim. Besides painting Jim loves to make things from wood. He also does woodblock prints and he is currently experimenting with different methods to get a unique look of his own. There are small stars placed as accents on the frame that are not clearly visible but distinguish a Jim Tinguely frame.

This painting has so much character. The hat and blue scarf nicely outline the face.

Each of these paintings makes me smile every time I look at them. I'm so happy with my choices, what do you think? 

My thanks to Jim for inviting us (myself and my husband Dick) to his home and giving me a glimpse into his life of an artist's creative exploration. 


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dennis Sheehan Class April 12, 2012

It was obvious by the number of unfinished paintings in the studio that Dennis had been working hard all month and was carefully choosing the best paintings to complete for Gallery shows. It's always a special treat to be allowed into his studio and be able to look around and see so many wonderful landscapes. Mixed in with the landscapes, there is an occasional still life or a marsh scene with wonderful figures waiting to be completed, allowing them to come to life.

Dennis Sheehan easel

Here is a small peak at Dennis's painting setup.                    

The class demo was a repaint of an old painting that wasn't up to Dennis's high standards. The repaint consisted of sanding down the canvas and painting over the entire canvas with a completely different scene.

Dennis Sheehan demo painting

A quick try in a frame to add more to the final touch of orange/pink sunset hint.

Framed demo by Dennis Sheehan

Many new students have been coming to class, and this month we enjoyed having a graphic artist from Connecticut. Laurie drove 2 1/2 hours to join the class for the day. She had been wanting to experience being taught by Dennis and said at the end of the day she was very happy that she had come and hoped to  return.

Newburyport Art Association

Very nice Spring Show at the Newburyport Art Association, stop in if you get a chance. You will see one of my paintings downstairs. The Japanese Iris are from our garden and each year inspire me to paint overlooking the garden to capture the delicacy and beauty of these iris.

Japanese Iris

The Regional Juried Show will be on display in May 11, 2012 - June 9. 2012. I'm happy to say that my tonalist style painting was accepted in the show. 


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Show

The Newburyport Ten Plein Air Painters is starting the 2012 season with a Spring show at Angles & Art in Haverhill, MA The show started April 2nd and goes until May 31st. The Newburyport Ten is a fun group of artists who enjoy painting together on Thursday mornings. A reception will be held at Angles & Art April 20, 2012 from 6-9 pm. If you live in the is area I hope you will be able to join us for the reception.

If you are interested in painting with the group send me your name and email and I will have you added to the distribution list.

That's me kneeling in the front.

Below are some of the paintings Harmke, Angles & Art owner, chose from my studio for the show.