Here are two other paintings using the orange dessert plates as a major part of the design.
I have had many people ask how I am able to paint glass. My answer always goes back to my favorite quote from Monet....
Quote: Claude Monet, French,
1840-1926 “When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before
you. Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong pink, here a
streak of yellow, and paint it just as you see it looks to you, the exact color
and shape, until it gives your own naïve impression before you.”
May 2020 is the month that five friends are supposed to have an exhibit
at Gallery Uptown in Grand Haven. As things look today, it might not
happen. I would like to share this painting with you, and tell you about
our little challenge. We got together last November, to select five
different items to use in a still-life challenge. The items selected
were: the mid-century coffee pot, white cup, bananas, red flower, and
two fabrics...the polka dotted and the stripped. We each had to create a work of art using these five items, plus whatever else we wanted to add.
As we get closer to May, we will learn if the show will go on, or if it
is cancelled! The opening is scheduled for the first Friday of May. You
will enjoying seeing all five solutions to the challenge, hanging
together, along with several other recent works by each of us.
"FRESH FROM THE STUDIO" artists: Margaret Benefiel, Jan McLaughlin,
Nancy Clouse, Rosemary Hayes, Marilyn Ryan, and Sandy Meyer.
Completed today, Oct. 18, 2019
ABUNDANCE....watercolor 13" x 13" square
Each time I start a painting, I look for something in the subject or the
process that will be a challenge. With this one the biggest challenge was
working on hot press paper. I usually use Fabriano soft press, which allows for
layer of washes. Hot press does not allow much of that at all! After a few
layers, you start to lift off what went before....frustrating! You get to a
point where "it is what it is!" Leave it and on to the next
annual Grand Haven ArtWalk, Sept. 17 – Oct. 7
ArtWalk is an annual collaboration of artists, local businesses and members of
the lakeshore community in a collective celebration of art. Artists from the
local area and beyond participate in an art competition in the following
categories: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture(3D) and mixed media.
Public voting on
ArtWalk pieces begins at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and ends at noon on
Tuesday, October 1.