Unwind 14 x 20 Watercolor on paper (sold)
The reference for this was snapped surreptitiously with a cell phone about four years ago, and I’ve used the image to make collographs and a few other things that are still in process. I love the geometric composition of squares around the room, and the curvy, zig-zag of light slumber on my favorite model on the couch. I started this watercolor as a demo piece at the San Diego Artwalk in April (see the easel set up in front of my booth in the image below). I set it aside till I moved my art table into my son’s room a few weeks ago. The light in there, and the comfy atmosphere felt just right prop it on the easel and finish it. I’ve got a few more final touches, but it’s pretty close.
Last March, I started a series on the art I’ve collected online. The piece above hangs in my studio. I met Pennsylvania Adrienne Trafford online in 2005, while we were selling art on Ebay, and we could have been co-presidents of a Mutual Admiration Society. If I was having a bummer day, I could count of Adrienne for an eyeful of artful inspiration, and a boost to the ego in compliments & encouragement. We are Klimt and Mucha fans, so it’s always fun to share new art with some of those influences – subtle or not – when we find it on the net. Adrienne has a shop on Etsy here, and a blog with a Zazzle shop here. If you’re in New England, and near Reading, Pennsylvania, swing by her brick & mortar studio at Gogglworks to say hello in person.
(Clockwise from top left)Early Blossoms, Strength & Contained, Watercolor on Paper by Adrienne Trafford
Do not be a tourist painter. The casual tourist landscape painter will paint in Italy or Holland. If he is a Long Islander, his things will look like good old Long Island no matter where he goes! If you stay at home & say something about your own period, life & environs, your art will be a sincere effort. Paint Long Island & say more about it than any other man, and you will be a great artist. Your own period will be just as picturesque to posterity as the 17th c. is to you. ~John E. Carlson