My Iconic women series continues to inspire me. For a Pen Women show entitled “Creative Women” I created a collage of 25 individual portraits, each painted separately and then added to a backing sheet. It made for an interesting set of juxtapositions and conversations. The Show ended last Friday but the painting sold and has now gone to a new home. Time to think about what to do for this coming March.
Invitation For Ridgefield, March 2018
100 Iconic Women - well only 65 of them, to be honest, had a second showing this year in Ridgefield, CT. Part of March as Women's History Month, my work was shown at the Ridgefield Public Library. It was so great to see them all hang together and of course it was interesting to see who was most popular. No prizes for guessing RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsberg) although Iris Apfel put in a strong showing. Also interesting were some of the comments in the guest book, both positive and negative. I guess that's what the makes the project so fascinating.
Beginning in late Summer of 2016 I started a personal project - painting an "Iconic Woman" in 30 minutes or less. I had originally planned to do about 30 and then move onto another theme but gradually the project expanded until I ended up doing a 100 portraits. With the election of 2016 unfolding as the background it became a very timely and instructive exercise. I posted my progress on Instagram and was amazed by the passionate response. Suggestions and comments poured in and I was frequently told I should be going for a 1000. So it is very exciting to have a first exhibition of my 100 Iconic Women, opening on February 12th of this year, at Workpoint, in Stamford.
Manhattan Skyline. Looking across the Sound from Greenwich Point. Rough waters after the thunderstorms last night. Acrylic on wood panel. This piece is destined for a show in Stamford opening in early September.
My 6th visit to the South West and I am still (even more) obsessed with the forms and colors of the landscape. Now that I am back in the studio it's time to start organizing my images and ideas as I am working towards a new map/landscape show for the Fall.
Just having fun. Working on the outline of a map for some Wolf and LRRH stories that I am writing. Part of a 30 minute "Paint everyday" challenge that I am doing with a group of friends. Here is an overview of The Wood where the Wolf and his friends live.
Working on a map/personal history to include scenes from childhood for a friend. Beginning with a view of Clifton and Hotwells and then moving into Jacob's Wells swimming pool where we learnt to swim. Onto our school and then moving into adulthood.
Enchanted Castle. Acrylic on wood panel. 8" x 8".
Getting ready to reopen my Etsy shop on January 4th. This is one of the new paintings that will be going in. Of course, it's rather like Hogwarts, you have to be in exactly the right place at the right time to find this secret location.
Thinking about a possible new map of the Treme in New Orleans. New Orleans is the map maker's ideal location. Interesting shapes, lots of water and more history than could ever be squeezed into a single image. This past November I did an amazing walking tour of the Treme, ending with a Second Line. A procession in honor of the Jazz musician Kenneth Dykes. All maps begin with the research so here is a pen and ink drawing. A possible starting point for the map.
So over the Thanksgiving break my wonderful son David spent hours helping me redo my website and getting me set up with an Etsy store. This was one of the items I posted. A watercolor study of a friend's fabulous Maine Coon.
Beginning a series of pet portraits. Petey, the French Bull dog. A quick pencil sketch
Impossible to believe that it is that time already but the annual student show is only 11 days away. It promises to be the best yet. The Artists' Opening is Sunday, November 22nd, from 2 to 4 pm, at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich. 130 Bible Street, Cos Cob, CT 06807. Wonderful artwork not to mention cards, calendars and needle felted creations, all by my amazing students. All welcome, so please stop by if you can.