Monday, September 15, 2014

Call to Paint -- Thursday, 18 October 2014 - 9 AM

Hans has invited us to paint at his home on the Sachem's Head peninsula in Guilford while Dorothea is away this time. This is a beautiful spot with something for everyone -- sun, shade, water, architecture, gardens, boats... There is no lack of inspiration here.

Bring your lunch to eat on the patio after the wrap up. Hans will have lemon iced tea to share around. I will not be able to stay for lunch, and I will be looking for a volunteer to shoot the photos, as I need to leave by 10:30.

If you're on the regular painters list, you will receive an email with directions. If you don't get that email by Tuesday, or if you still have questions, check with me.

NOTE:  There will be parking space both in the driveway and on the street, but it is important to be mindful of yellow markings on the street, where you should not park. Also, if you get out of your car on the side away from the street, watch out for possible poison ivy.

I hope to see you there.


Down by the Riverside -- 2014

Six CTSA painters joined 28 other artists to paint the festival on Saturday -- Cheryl, Jeannette, Keiko (and her friend Valerie), Elena, Julia, and me. It was fun to run into artists whom we knew from other contexts and to meet artists whose names or work we recognized. The sight lines were better this year, and it was good of the Coast Guard Academy to stage a set of sailboat races right near where we were painting.

The festival was lively, with good music by a variety of local groups who rotated through the day, lots of activities for children, and tents for artisans. The lunch provided free of charge to artists was just right, with plenty of choices offered by festival workers who came around to take our orders.

Although it was cool and breezy, and although the forecast said it would rain at least by 2 PM, I stayed until 2 and then shopped on the way home, and the rain held off until I had my groceries inside my front door. Cheryl left early, as she had come without her new puppy Molly. Jeannette, Keiko and Valerie, and Julie left around the same time I did, but Elena was immersed in her painting of the living statue and it didn't look like she would be leaving any time soon.

I painted more 5x7" sketches, like I did on the Hammonasset Greenway paint-out, but with less success, so I'll be working in studio to put together a couple of paintings for the exhibit in October.

Riverside Park

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chaffinch Island -- September 2014

I had a feeling we were going to be a small group today. The sky looked iffy, there was a brisk breeze, and my several queries earlier in the week did not evoke a lot of enthusiasm. So I was pleased to have the company of five souls -- Patty (who I did not discover until wrap-up time, Betsey, back from her workshop with Ted Nuttall (how bad could I get his name last time!?)(when you're not sure, check it!), Bob, Tom, and Julie (or Julia?), out with us for the first time (I met her at the Greenway paint-out last Saturday.)

It was a beautiful morning, in spite of the threatening sky. The breeze (wind) kept the bugs away, and it was cool enough for long sleeves for those who painted directly in the wind. Since I had not thought to check the tides, and since someone had suggested we might want to leave before the high tide, we decided to close down at 11.

Instead of painting on the back side of  a painting that I started at Chaffinch Island last year, I decided to see if I could rescue it. Julie(a) worked a color sketch in her sketchbook before starting her painting. As usual, Tom was the lone oil painter.

Alas, the time flew by. I shot three frames of the group, starting the first one without announcing it. I loved Bob's strut when he realized what was happening, and since everyone was relaxed, that was the keeper.

We did not see Hans today, but he has invited us to paint at his home in Sachem's Head next Thursday. We will not be painting at Birbarie Marine, which was on the original schedule. I'll send directions by direct email to everyone on our regular painters list.

If you signed up for the Riverside paint-out on Saturday, maybe we could get together for lunch around noon. If you don't have my cell #, let me know.

Chaffinch Island

Monday, September 8, 2014

Call to Paint -- Thursday, 11 September 2014 -- 8 AM

For those of you who are not doing the Riverside Festival paint-out on Saturday ( or even if you are) I have scheduled Chaffinch Island in Guilford for Thursday. I plan to be there at least for part of the morning, and if the forecast for Saturday holds, I may just stay the whole morning anticipating a Saturday rain-out. Plan to bring lunch.

See the blog Directions page if needed.

I hope to see you there.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Addendum -- 1) Artists' Retreat 2) Next Week 3) Down by the Riverside Festival and Exhibit 4) MAS/Greenway Trail Paint-Out

It's me again.

Over lunch today, we talked about the Artists' Retreat in planning for the first week of May, 2015. If you didn't get a chance to look at that in detail before, check out the blog post from August 20.  I think we are up to about 8 who are either planning on it or interested but not ready to commit. That's a good start toward our minimum of 10, but I'm looking for 20, so I'll be extending the invitation beyond CTSA.

I mistakenly said that we would be painting at Birbarie Marine next Thursday. Instead, I actually have Chaffinch Island on the schedule. Next Saturday also is the date of  New London's Down by the Riverside Festival. If you have not registered for that event, you still can participate, but you might have to bring your own lunch. Let me know if you want to come, and I'll see if I can get you added to the lunch list. It looks like there are about 30 artists signed up for the festival, including six of us from CTSA. That's pretty good, but there's plenty of room for more! It's a lot of fun.

Finally,several of us who are members of Madison Art Society will be painting as part of an organized MAS/Greenway Trails event this Saturday on the new section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail at Hammonassett. The paint-out is scheduled for 8:30 to about Noon and will be followed by a wet paint sale and mum sale from 1 to 2 PM. A percentage of our sales will benefit the Greenway Trail. If you're a MAS member, think about coming to paint. If not, you might want to join the trail hike or come to the sale to support the Greenway Trail.


Clinton Town Beach -- 4 September 2014

Well, it was like Old Home Week today in Clinton! An even dozen artists spread out across the extensive real estate at Clinton Town Beach.  And, what surprises! -- Bob Van M, who has not been painting with us regularly this summer, pulled up to the curb with none other than Gayle, who has been very active professionally but had not painted out with us since his wife Jeanne died several years ago. Welcome back, Gayle. We're hoping you keep coming. Then I discovered Pam R, who has decided Maine will not be her new home -- so she is back permanently (whatever that means!) It's great to have you back, Pam. And finally, as we were starting our wrap-up, I got another surprise, although she had told me she would be joining us -- Jane B, with whom I (and Hans, Judy, and Cheryl) had done the David Dewey workshop last year. Jane lives in Clinton.

Sally, Bob, Gayle, Terry, Kay, Jay, and I set up under the trees on the near side of the bridge. Hans (two paintings in his little sketchbook) and Pam worked in a patch of Fragmites shade by the kayak racks. Tom painted in full sun on the far side of the bridge before the parking lots, Jane worked a sketch and then a painting on the other end of the beach, and Veronica, who came late, started her painting on the west side of the inlet, next to the parking lots. I seem to have missed Bob's painting, which I guess he did not bring for the wrap-up.

Those of us who painted in the little park under the trees enjoyed a perfect little sea breeze that came up mid-morning, just in time to encourage Sally to stay through the wrap-up. I finally persuaded Tom to use my umbrella, which was just sitting in my car, as I did not need it.

We missed regulars - Betsey, who was at a Tom Nuttle workshop at Landgrove this week, and Judy, who was traveling. Kay reports that Kaleigh has begun to settle in to her new Vista residence. It takes time, Kaleigh. Hang in there. You can do this!

I'll post an addendum, as I'm not finished, but I think I should quit for now...

Clinton Town Beach