Summer News!!

**Great Art News Update**

 

I'm very excited to announce that I will be showing my work at a local studio in the heart of Portsmouth this summer!

 

Through July (and tentatively at least the first week or so in August) I will be working and showing at Studio51Ceres, 51 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH, with the hosting studio artists Judy Gordon Schubert and Christy Hegarty. It will be a great change from my studio on Sagamore Creek - I'll be downtown amongst the bustle of summer tourism and a very different kind of energy. Plus a view of the tug boats and ships!

Please come visit me and the studio artists to see beautiful work both in progress and on show.

Upcoming events

This is the busy season for artists - plein air painting is everywhere on the seacoast (so many paint-worthy places to set up shop!) - and a lot of shows on the docket. 

I had two paintings on show in the Robert Lincoln Levy gallery this month in downtown Portsmouth (May). Coming up: My painting, "Cream Peonies" will be one of 126 watercolor paintings from all over the globe to be featured in the watercolor journal "SPLASH 19". 

"Cream Peonies" - watercolor

"Cream Peonies" - watercolor

The month of June-July, "Hydrangeas in Glass" will be on show at The Beauty of New Hampshire | The Fells Historic Estate, Newbury, NH | May 26th - Jul. 9th. This is a gorgeous estate and gallery - a great destination for a day trip, check out there website here: https://thefells.org/.

I will be showing "Black Tulips" and "Purple Hydrangeas and Plums" at the upcoming Women's Caucus for the Arts (WCA/NH) Inspiration show "Works we love and why they are special" at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth, NH, from June 6 - August 24. 

"Black Tulips" - watercolor

"Black Tulips" - watercolor

"Purple Hydrangeas & Plums" - watercolor

"Purple Hydrangeas & Plums" - watercolor

Throughout July and August I will look towards showing at the Sheafe Gallery at Prescott Park in Portsmouth. I always love this venue right on the water in a 200 year old warehouse that once made large ropes for seafaring ships.

In September-October I will have a one-person show of work at the Concord, NH Chamber of Commerce.

I've started a Facebook page for NH watercolor painters with the future intent of creating a NH watercolor society, and we are looking at showing a few of our collected works at Breaking New Grounds cafe in Portsmouth. A small, but very busy venue in the summer months especially, so a good choice for our first foray as a group! 

 

Tess

I love everything about horses from an artist's point of view. Tess is my cousin, Janet's horse - a beautiful Morgan with a peaceful demeanor. Her quiet, sweet presence shows in her soft brown eyes, captured here in watercolor. 

Tess in the works

Tess in the works

Tess in full

Tess in full

Newburyport Art Association "8 Cubed" Show

I'm entered in an art show in Newburyport, MA where the artwork had to be created on 8x8 stretched canvases. Any medium is accepted. This meant for me that my watercolor paper had to be adhered to the canvas and painted on in that form and shape. These pieces can't be framed (which works well for oil and acrylics, but not so much for pastel and watercolor). I found that working outside my usual routine of painting on paper and framing under glass, I could paint on the canvas, spray the work with an archival protective coat and have my work ready for the wall without frame and glass.

These are the two works I'm submitting today. The archival coating has not affected the color of the work. I'm really quite happy with the new option.

Working Side by Side

Starting fresh today with a body of new work. Keeping it interesting with two works at once! --- A portrait and a small still life. 

First up, a portrait of our handsome neighbordoodle. Working to showcase his sweet disposition and good looks shining through the curls. It starts with the eyes...


Also on this bleak April morning (with threats of more snow), I'm working on a small still life featuring my favorite of my still life glassware favs, a peach-colored Hungarian glass surrounded by the blossoms of a blue/purple hyacinth. At least the fragrance of the flower brings the promise of spring if the weather outside my window doesn't....

Including my crazy palette

Including my crazy palette

.....and a close up.

.....and a close up.

"Water & Light"

"Water & Light" is now displayed in the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, at the New Hampshire Art Association in Portsmouth, NH. The show features my latest work and the extraordinary digital b&w photographs of my friend, photographer Michael Sterling. Combining my colorful watercolor still life paintings with Michael Sterling's stark and striking black and white digital photographs made for a compelling show! I was so proud to hang my work next to Michael's.

The long view of the East Gallery

The long view of the East Gallery

Reception night: Here is my favorite art lover of the evening, taking a closer look: 

Matt M. taking in Cream Peonies & Silver

Matt M. taking in Cream Peonies & Silver

A corner of the gallery

A corner of the gallery

Michael and me after an exceptional night!

Michael and me after an exceptional night!