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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Marblehead, Ohio~~Lakeside

Lake Erie Through the Trees
Oil on Panel  2010
6 x 8

This is the view I painted last Sunday morning at the Marblehead Peninsula during the Ohio Plein Air Society Paintout.  As mentioned in the last post, it took me a while to get in my groove, and I'm not sure if I ever really did.  I loosened up by the time I got to this painting, (after a good night's sleep which helped the head cold turn the corner), but not to where I wanted to be. 
Oh well.  C'est la vie. 
It was still beneficial practice learning to paint the colors of Lake Erie and so great to be with other painters.

HW Farber asked me what cornhole is in reference to the last post.  Ahhh. Cornhole.  How to explain it.  For those of you who don't know what it is and those of you who do and would like some mild enternainment courtesy of my brother then you might like to visit here
I'm not entirely sure where the game started, maybe southern Ohio.  Very popular on college campuses, tailgating parties and parties in general.  It is lots of fun, even the atheletically challenged (me) can play.  It's just tossing a bean bag at a board with a hole in it. 1 point if the bag lands on the board, 3 for getting it in the hole.  Play usually goes to 21.
Enjoy the video!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Phew! It's been a long time!

Looking Toward Kelley's Island from Marblehead
Sept. 2010 Oil on Panel
6 x 8

It seems like ages since the last post, well...it has been a long time!  So much has been goin' on that I don't know where to start. 
In my little art world...I've taken a show down and put another one up.  The new show is at our local hospital; Geauga County Hospital.  The show is a part of what is called Art in the Mart which is a partnership between the Geauga Council for Arts and Culture and the hospital, along with a few other locations in the county.  The set up at the hospital is great.  The show space is in a main hallway, it is well lit and the hanging apparatus worked beautifully.  The show went up like a breeze thanks to the wonderful help from the maintenance staff at the hospital.  Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera the day the show was hung, I'll get back over there soon, take some pics to share here.  I think it looks great!
I spent this past weekend at the Marblehead Peninsula on Lake Erie where I participated in a Paint Out sponsored by the Ohio Plein Air Society.  I arrived tired and with a head cold.  The first day of painting generated some ho-hum results.  The painting above is the third of the day, I was getting into my groove.  The challenge was working with a new color pallette, Lake Erie isn't my normal subject matter!  But the colors of the water were beautiful....grey greens, orangey yellows, it was fun just to mix the colors, put them down, then look up and see something new, something that had changed.
Sunday morning, I was rested and produced a better painting.  No picture right now, but will take one soon.
OPAS does a great job sponsoring the paintouts.  Lots of recognition for the artists who attended, about 50 or more.  Monetary awards with a nice awards ceremony. I met and re-met a number of other painters. People attended from all over the state and even neighboring states.  Its reassuring to meet others like me! (us!)  Just hangin' out talking paint, easels, pochade boxes, admiring various paintings, you know--art stuff.
On the home front, we had our annual party, which entails lots of prep, lots of people, a cornhole tournament, yummy food (last year it was a pig roast), and lots and lots of fun.  This year we turned it into a fundraiser for St. Augustine's Church  which is the church my parents belonged to and several of my siblings are members.  The church is known for its outstanding service to the people of Cleveland.  They run a hunger center, minister to the deaf community, among countless other services to help people.  I'm happy to say we had a great turnout, we threw a raffle into the mix, charged an entry fee, had live music and raised a nice donation for St. Augustine's.

Okay, enough!

Pics of more paintings next time!