Saturday, July 28, 2012

From the Studio: Photo of the Week, plus update ...

Bare naked panels - Oh My! 7.27.2012.


As you can see
I've been fast at work
in the wood-shop making a number
of new panels for future works which includes 
both binoculars and plein-air pieces.
(total count: 12 - at the moment).

I've given myself some serious mission(s).

The Main Mission:
Create a solid body of work for an inventory
to expand my gallery representation;
mainly Marine Art Galleries.


The Side Mission:
The Binoculars Series
will be getting a slight
makeover in appearance.


Mind you,
both of these missions
have always been
an underlying goal of mine,
but somehow along the way
my supply of mdo becomes limited
my inventory of work
is either not up to my standards
I simply don't have enough work to spare.

No more, I say!

So, during the past few months
I've been diligently at acquiring
new and good reference material
specifically for the Binoculars Series,
and acquiring more mdo board,
which should help keep me busy in the studio,
creating a solid body of work for a while
i.e., inventory!

In the meantime,
I will try my very best
not to get ahead of myself
with grandiose ideas.

No, I will try with all of my might
to focus on creating some 'major' works
and having a good time in the studio.

So, stay tuned for more!

Cheers, ~ Polly ~

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Plein-air efforts of the day.

The Green Challenge continues ...

'Garden Shed' (Plein-air). 12" x 18". Oil on Canvas. 2012. ©


Our cute little garden tool shed/garage
makes for good subject matter anytime of day.

It also lends itself for good drawing practice
and not to mention, it too, is green!

In addition to facing
the same exact challenges
as the day before,
one more challange
was added to the mix;
an oppressive heat!

Despite it all
I set out once again
on the 'Green Challenge'.

Once the piece dries a bit more,
I'll go back into it
and tweak a couple details
on the garden shed.

I must be nuts!

Cheers, ~ Polly ~

Monday, July 16, 2012

Plein-air efforts of the morning. (The Green Challenge)

The plein-air efforts of the morning.

'Honey Locust' 16" x 36". Oil on Canvas. 2012.


Today's plein-air efforts
were challenging for a few reasons.

1. I'm still rusty at plein-air painting.

2. Green - is not my strong point.

3. Trees and woods are also not
a strong point of mine.


4. I painted on canvas,
not my favourite surface
to paint on - anymore.

None-the-less with all those
challenges stacked against me
it gave me all the more reason to try it! 

There are a few more canvases
kicking around the studio
which I intend to use
as I attempt (again) to become less rusty
at a favourite past time!

Stay tuned for more!!

Cheers, ~ Polly ~

Wednesday, July 11, 2012



is a highlight 
if, not the 
Summer highlight event
for Connecticut and
OpSail is always
scheduled in and around
the 4th of July.

This year's event was held
July 6-9, 2012.

Each year
celebrated vessels
from around the country
and the World
are selected to take part
in this great event and
journey hundreds
if, not thousands of miles
just to be a part
this traditional event.


There was some pre-OpSail activity
on Friday before the official parade and event(s).

Off in the distance,
US Coast Guard Cutter 'Eagle'
makes the trek to Niantic Bay,
arriving for OpSail2012CT.

An early OpSail arrival,
the Delaware Oyster Schooner, A.J. Meerwald,
takes a day sail out on Long Island Sound.

Another early arrival,
U.S. Coast Guard ship, the ice breaking tug Morro Bay.

Two unidentified Schooners cruising the Sound,
before joining the OpSail festivities.


OpSail - 2012 - CT
Official Parade.

US Coast Guard Cutter 'Eagle' leading the parade.

US Coast Guard Cutter 'Eagle' and American Flag.

USS Carter Hall, an amphibious dock landing ship.

Three-masted square rig tall ship, Cisne Branco, from Brazil

Auxiliary schooner, Brilliant, Mystic, CT.

The mist on Long Island Sound was fairly thick
and grew thicker as the parade of tall ships and other vessels
made their way slowly into New London harbour.


Heading home or bound somewhere else.

Topsail Schooner, Amistad.

The Amistad's is currently
missing her top masts and yard,
because she is undergoing maintenance
at the Mystic Seaport, where she was built.

A.J. Meerwald, heading out.

Gaff rigged topsail schooner, Wolf,
Flagship of the Conch Republic and Florida Keys.


In the wake of OpSail2012CT,
I am certainly looking forward to
spending heaps of time in the studio!

So, pleased stay tuned for what's to come!!

Cheers, ~ Polly ~

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Artistic Wisdom of Chuck Close.

I celebrate
the 4th of July
with the Artistic Wisdom
of renowned and celebrated
American Artist,
Chuck Close.

Oil on canvas. 102" x 86"
Private Collection, New York.


Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt onto a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of Life experience.

~ Chuck Close.