Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Art in the Park-August 9th
Mill Creek at Noon
20" X 16" Oil on Canvas
I have been out of commission for almost a month because of complications involving my opera project here in Maine. It is subsiding now, but at its height I had a phone call every 20 minutes or so and it was impossible to get anything related to painting done. So I'm happy to be back and will catch up with blogging over the next few days.
I've also been trying to get ready for my first outdoor show of the year. It's called "Art in the Park" and it this Saturday, August 9th. The park in question is Mill Creek Park, a lovely park in the center of this part of South Portland. I did the painting above in June and it shows the centerpiece of the park--a Japanese style bridge that passes over a pond. The gazebo on the right back is the site of summer evening band concerts. The pond has a nice fountain, lily pads and ducks that the kids love to feed. There are also beautiful gardens there, including a fantastic rose garden that I envy, never having been successful at growing roses on my own in this climate.
On Saturday, there will be nearly 200 artists located around the park in what is typically a fun, and often successful show. My location will be ideal, just at the right of this bridge, under the trees, next to the water. I have priced my work based on my own opinion of its value and with the economy in consideration. For the first time I am offering most of what I show in nice frames, not the usual "studio" frames I make from lattice. I hope it makes a difference. I plan to show about 40 pieces, most of them completed in the last year. My next big show is September 1st in Fort Williams park, the location of the famous Portland headlight. That is also a great show.
Bonnie and I will head to San Miguel de Allende Mexico, by way of Ann Arbor, Michigan in late September. The Michigan stop is to spend a football weekend at my alma mater, the University of Michigan, where they will be playing Wisconsin in a potentially big game. Ann Arbor is a fabulous place with all kinds of things to do--concerts, lectures, museums--and great restaurants of all kinds. It is always a fun time for us.
We'll spend two months in Mexico where I plan to paint my brains out and to get together to paint with Frank Gardner who lives there and has off and I been my valuable mentor and always my friend. I'll also venture out on my own and with others whom I have met over the 6 years we have been going there. I love the place and we'd live there if it weren't for my wonderful family all located in the northeast.
In April, we will go to China for two weeks. We decided to take advantage of the chance to go then because as we get older, no telling if we would ever have another chance. We want to travel as long as we can. I can't tell you how much we get out of it! And...plenty of good painting ideas come from it.
I'll be more consistent with blogging now and I hope you'll stay with me.