Out of 17 paintings I created in the three day painting marathon event know as Paint Annapolis 2010, these are the two I selected for the exhibition at Maryland Hall for Creative Arts.
The Roxy Music song pretty much sums up how I feel after participating in the plein-air painting competition Paint Annapolis 2010—over the course of three days I produced 17 paintings.
The short time period was jammed with an intensity of painting from sunrise until sunset, meeting exceptionally talented and interesting artists, setting and struggling toward personal challenges and experiencing the emotional highs and lows of the artistic process. The icing on the cake was an opening reception where each of 30 juried artists hung two paintings for a total of 60 works of art.
I received great encouragement and feedback from my fellow painters and the general public, improved my painting and process and ultimately learned more about myself and abilities.
As Bryan Ferry sings:
And the backgrounds fading
Out of focus
Yes the picture changing
And your destination
You don’t know it
I am participating in Paint Annapolis 2010, an action-packed series of plein-air painting days. It is a 3 day plein-air painting competition where 30 juried artists will be painting on location throughout the city of Annapolis.
In addition on Saturday morning there is a Quick Draw competition where artist will be given a limited amount of time to complete a painting, and judging will happen immediately following.
The event culminates in a exhibit of work at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts where each artist will be displaying 2 paintings that they’ve completed during the 3-day course of the competition. The exhibit will be on display through October 24, 2010.
All events are free and open to the public. To learn more visit Paint Annapolis 2010.
The painting above was painted on-location in Praiano, Italy.
Our good friends the Fortiers hosted a weekend bbq and swim party. I dashed off this painting with the able assistance of Joe and Jake Fortier, and Julian Karlic. Thanks guys.
It may sound strange, but I really love traffic. No, not to sit in when you have a really important place to go, but just the graphic nature of the scenes, with cars, lights, signs, etc. Below is a painting made from memory. It’s now hanging in my 8-year old son’s car themed bedroom.
Seaside resorts are more than just beaches and miniature golf. After going to Wildwood for years, it was just recently that I came across this gritty corner where several commercial fishing boats were lined up.
Some friends have asked me to do a commission for the new home they’re building. As a form of “practicing,” I’ve dashed off a handful of warm-up paintings, sorting through various issues in preparation for a larger painting.
A couple of paintings straight off the deck of our condo. Early morn and late evening—either time of day it was beautiful.
We closed out the summer at the seaside town of Wildwood, New Jersey. First evening on the beach for a beautiful sunset. The sun hitting the moistened sand was just amazing.
I’ve driven by this scene numerous times, and this Sunday spent the morning parked on the shoulder of Rt. 152 in Harford County looking north for 2 paintings, and south for another 3 paintings. All in all, this series captures how I felt on-location, with a stormy sky dominating the landscape and about to erupt into a storm.