Summer 2019 has been busy. I was honored to be the featured artist at Marti's On Main Gallery in Albion for the month of June (where I had 45 pieces on display), and began that month also volunteering at the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival in Canandaigua and participating for the second year running in the Community Paint Out associated with that event, doing well enough to earn an Honorable Mention for my piece "Paean to Pan" (below.) Additionally that same month, I had works on display in the Burne Gallery at the MAG, and in the Brockport Artists' Guild annual show at the Seymour Library in Brockport. To add to the calendar of events for summer, I initiated a plein air event in my home community we've called "Paint the Point," inviting artists to come to Point Breeze to paint during August and early September, with works completed during that time to be displayed and for sale at the Black North Inn in September and October. That effort has been generously supported by the Oak Orchard Neighborhood Association, Orleans Tourism, the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce, the Black North Inn itself, and GO ART!, the Genesee- Orleans Regional Arts Council, where I am currently a Board member. Also associated with GO ART! is a planned Open Studio Tour for artists in Genesee and Orleans Counties in September, in which I plan to participate and which the Gallery Committee I chair for that GO ART! helped plan. I was also able to participate in the juror's follow-up workshop subsequent to the FLPA Festival, and to spend some time visiting with artists in Canandaigua participating in their Golden Palette and Waterfront Art Festivals in July. Late summer sees us taking in the National Watercolor show in the Adirondacks as well.
Weathered - This watercolor sketch was the last thing I did on the day I visited Anthony Road this year. The sun had shifted to the other side of the shed, and the afternoon was wearing on (time for lunch). (8 X 10)
The Launch that Faced 1000 Ships - Painting with Juror Hiu Lai Chong after the Plein Art Festival in Canandaigua at the Yacht Club there, I was fascinated by this boat launch/lift I'd never seen before. It was interesting to see it in use! I started the painting on location and touched it up in the studio afterwards. (Oil 8 X 10)
Buoys - This plein air is from the Canandaigua Yacht Club, where the Hiu Lai Chong took her workshop class after the FLPA Festival. I tried to focus in closely on patterns of light and dark and to celebrate the colorful kayaks and buoys stacked on the dockside racks. (Oil, 8 X 10)
Paean to Pan - This was my entry in the Community Paint Out that is part of the annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival. Area artists not juried into the main competition are invited to a two-hour exercise in plein air that is jurored separately. This piece won an Honorable Mention. I loved finding the iconic stone sculpture hidden in the woods at Sonnenberg's Rock Garden. (Oil 8 X 10)
Stone Arch, Sonnenberg - (Oil, 11 X 14) This piece was also completed en plein air after the Community Paint Out, during the same afternoon in June. While there was only time to complete one piece for the judging, there was a whole afternoon left to paint!