Join us for her presentation at the Wilton Library
Monday, March 24 at 6:00.
Having lived on Cape Cod, I have concentrated on marine painting for the past decade. I would like to paint a different landscape. My main goal would be to explore doing this in a rural location and an environment that provides the privacy and solitude necessary to my painting process. Drawing and painting will comprise the major body of my work. I look forward to painting woodland and field landscapes. Although the "sky" is an important focus for me, I would like to practice on newer subject matter, such as tree and brush forms, fields, forest spaces, and freshwater estuaries. The surrounding landscape of the Weir Farm and nearby locations will be different from my coastal surroundings, and just as challenging. I think it will also help me to compare the flora and light encountered between coastal landscapes and interior landscapes. Another goal would be to copy a work by J. Alden Weir. But, (as required by the Musee d'Orsay) my copy will differ in dimensions from the original painting. The original artist & date would be acknowledged in the provenance on the reverse side of the canvas. For me, the "copyist" exercise is a very helpful learning experience. I have done it in Paris and in Florence. (Is no wonder that for centuries it was used almost exclusively, as a teaching method for aspiring artists?) There is much to be learned from a master artist's choices...why, where, and when certain strokes & marks were made on thecanvas. Being able to "temporarily live" in the same location that Alden Weir lived would add that elusive effect of "coming from the heart". More so, decisions of hue, value, perspective, shape, etc. by the original artist provide further information. All these may offer choices and solutions for my own painting questions. Lasty, I plan on keeping a daily journal of sketches and notes that will complement my painting at the residency. I hope to complete 5 - 9 paintings, including the "copyist" piece. On SIte Reading: I hope to complete Two books which I hope to read during my residency are: The Story of the Armory Show, by Milton Browne, and the recently published Glittering Images: A Journey through Art from Egypt to StarWars, by Camille Paglia.
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