Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Work - Binoculars #176.

Binoculars #176 / View from Eastern Point - Summer Sailing Lessons.
7 1/2" x 60" . Oil on mdo board. 2013. Copyright.
 Available at Susan Powell Fine Art
Detail from: Binoculars #176 /2013.
Yesterday kicked off the first day of Spring here in New England
and already I am longing for the lovely warm and long days of Summer!
One of my favourite things to see along the Connecticut shoreline
during the Summer is the classic sight of 'Sailing Lessons'!
I love watching the first time sailors, who are often young,
 test out their newly learned knowledge and skills by
prepping their designated boats, putting on their life-jackets 
and then launching their boat into ideal waters with the
aid of their sailing instructor and having ideal winds 
as they tack back and forth across the water.
Observing from a distance you can just sense the exhilaration
and excitement as they dance in and out of each others wakes.
What also excited me about this piece was the
opportunity to put some colour theory into play;
a warm blue verses a cool blue which can be seen
in the spinnaker sail and surrounding sky and water.
One other thing that garnered my attention to this scene was the
light / shadow play between the spinnaker's shadow and the sunlit sail.
So, as the young sailors test their sailing skills in this piece
I am also testing my artistic skills at colour theory.
Please stayed tuned for more what's new from the studio!
Cheers, ~ Polly ~

Sunday, March 17, 2013

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

Photo of the Week: On the Easel: Binoculars #176 - almost finished.

Detail from: Binoculars #176 - Summer Sailing Lessons.
Binoculars #176 / View from Eastern Point - Summer Sailing Lessons.
7 1/2" x 60". Oil on mdo board. 2013. Copyright.
Reserved for Susan Powell Fine Art
Time for an update from the studio, goodness it's been a while!
Since the blog post, which was a 'plein-air efforts' post, I haven't done
any plein-air painting and that's mainly due to the weather.
And that should rarely ever be an excuse for any plein-air painter,
but there are times when it can be rather difficult to muster the motivation
let alone find the inspiration where everything is a drab gray-ish brown,
and the sky is nothing, but a gray-ish white blanket, and it's cold outside.
So with the weather being as it has been for the last month
I've put myself back in the studio by working on a new batch of Binoculars
paintings for the nice set of gallery representation that I now have (and
also for inventory ... which is always a great challenge for me).
It is quite the contrast from last October where for a very short while,
I had no physical gallery representation what-so-ever. 
Among having the Sylvan Gallery (again) and Trade Winds Gallery (new),
 Susan Powell Fine Art of Madison CT, now represents my work as well.
It's also that time of year for Marine artists to give it their best shot
at trying for the prestigious honour of the 'Signature Membership' of the 
which I will be attempting to do again this year.
So, even though it may be quiet from time to time here on the blog
rest assured there is always something brewing in the studio!
And speaking of which, I'm super excited about the next
'Artist on Artist' interview for next month!
Please stay tuned for more what's new from the studio!
Cheers, ~ Polly ~