Love Kitchen 22 x 13.5 Watercolor on Strathmore plate finish bristol
I had so much fun painting this… It was full of lessons about dry brush & washes used together, and the particulars inherent in each method. There was also a whole bushel of things I need to practice more often. The exercise of painting is a free teacher; the brushes and pigments and paper are the artists’ most accessible instructors. Don’t you think?
I’ve always loved genre scenes, and when my friend CD posted a photo of his wife and child baking, I couldn’t type fast enough to ask permission to paint it. The back-lit figures, windows, and interior geometry are reminiscent of some of my favorite paintings by DeCamp, Chase, Whistler, and Wyeth. Trying to paint anything close to what they accomplished on canvas and paper is a sound lesson in humility. It’s also very motivating; it makes me try harder, practice more and stay the course. Reach for it, focus & learn to really see, and move the brushes in new ways to convey the effects I’m looking for.
Love Kitchen and about 20 other watercolors will be exhibited in Pasadena, CA at Gale’s Restaurant, a Northern Italian eatery where many of my friends and I love to dine – because the food & atmosphere are wonderful, and Gale mounts beautiful art exhibits throughout the premises every month. Going there is a triple whammy of cuisine, camaraderie and eye-candy.
I’ll be exhibiting with the lovely and talented Laura Wambsgans, and if you’ve never seen her work in person, I encourage you to come to the show; her work is lovely on line, but it’s downright stellar in person. The artists’ reception is this Sunday from 4-6:00pm, and the restaurant will be open for dinner afterwards, so come and join us, and stay to eat afterwards!
Just before a show, there’s a whole lotta framing to do. This is a sample of what that marathon process looks like in the Art-Dressing-Room (otherwise known as the garage, where my poor husband stands, blinking and staring at yet another scope-creep of my art supplies and art-prepping & making spaces all over the house.)
Upon Duveneck’s return to Cincinnati in 1873, an exhibition of a group of his portraits from Munich attracted little or no attention. In 1875, he had a one man show in Boston which received excellent criticism, and the entire collection was sold. Nobody was more amazed than Duveneck himself. If he’d been intent on business, he would have stayed in Boston where he had many offers, but he returned to the artists’ life in Munich with his friend William Merritt Chase. The two of them traveled to Venice where they experienced alternating prosperity and hardships, most of the time managing to survive on practically nothing. By 1878, Duveneck was back in Munich, and Chase returned to America where he became involved with the Art Student’s League, which had just been formed. Chase said teaching was the only professional work he found to be profitable. ~N. Heermann, 1918