Friday, November 22, 2013


As I was looking back over yesterday's post, I realized that I had missed Hans' second lovely painting -- his quickie worked in just about 30 minutes, I think. It looked so perfect that I passed right over it when I was cropping and sizing, so it was not included in the processed images that I uploaded. Sorry Hans. But now you get your own little solo show! Well deserved...


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Griswold House -- 21 November 2013

We were six -- Patty, Hans, Jay, Sally, Pam R, and me. An absolutely beautiful morning -- yes, nippy at 9:30, but sunny and windless. Those of us who painted in the sun painted bare-handed and by noon, I was hot inside my winter layers, except for one set of toes that got a little cool. What a treat it was to have so much company.

Patty, who painted from her car, was the first to leave - for an appointment. She claimed to have nothing to show, but it was great to have her back out with us. Pam also left early, as usual. The rest of us worked until about 12:30, which gave Hans time to get in a second painting.

We're off next week for the holiday, so our next potential paint-out is December 5. We'll see...

Enjoy the Shoreline Arts Trail this weekend! Also LAA's opening tomorrow (Friday) night 5-7 PM for their Deck the Walls holiday show and the special solo show by Christopher Zhang.


Photos from Griswold House

Griswold House -- 21 November 2013

Confirming Griswold House

Pretty nippy out there, but with sun and without much breeze, it's ON.  I'm trying to get there by 9:30, but not for sure.  See you there.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Call to Paint -- Thursday, 21 November 2013 -- 10 AM

Greetings to All,

Thursday is looking good, with mostly sunshine, not much breeze, and highs in the mid-40's. I'm thinking Griswold House in Guilford, and I have an email inquiry out for approval to paint there. If the approval does not come through, I'll post an alternate site -- probably Guilford Docks. Please check the blog before you go to be sure of the location.

Paintings of this historic property would be good for either our Hyland House exhibit or for a special summer-long exhibit that I believe may be in the works for 2014 at Griswold House. So this is a chance to get a jump on next season, as well as to just go out and have a great morning of painting.

Directions below.

I hope to see you there.


THOMAS GRISWOLD HOUSE,  171 Boston Street, Guilford

From I-95, take Exit 59 – Goose Lane. Turn south on Goose Lane. Go straight across Route 1 onto Soundview Road, and at the stop sign turn right (west) on Boston Street. After about 0.6 mile, the Griswold House will be on your left.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Demo - Forwarded from Tom Mayer

Hi Everyone,
Prize winning painter Jackie Jones White from Glastonbury will be doing a free oil painting demo Wed. Nov. 20 at the Orchards of Southington.   The Orchards is located at 34 Hobart street, off North Main.  The demo follows a brief members' meeting at 6:30 P.M. The public is invited to attend.  

Friday, November 15, 2013

Pleasant Point Trains - 14 November 2013

Jay, Sally, Judy and I met at 10 AM at the Tilcon (trap rock) rail yard on Pleasant Point Road in Branford -- which I call the Pleasant Point trains. But on my way, I went to check out the Trolley Trail, which can be accessed down a short, steep trail section about a mile further out the road. From the trail you can see the Tilcon distribution facility in Pine Orchard, and in one of the photos, you can see the tops of a train on its way there, across the marshes. Eastward on the trail, there are outlooks back toward Stony Creek. I'm including these photos in case they may inspire you for painting there.

Back at the trains, while the others were setting up and starting to sketch and paint, I again spent a lot of time roaming around for some good reference photos. Silvia, who lives just a few doors down, came to say hello and offer the use of her bathroom, should we need it, but she was not inspired to paint trains.

With our layers of clothes, sheltered from the wind by the trees, and with the sun on our backs we were snug and warm until around Noon, when the sun went behind some trees. Sally invited us back to her condo for her homemade black bean soup (accompanied by some good bread that Jay brought) and Sally's signature brownies for dessert. We also enjoyed browsing Sally's prolific collection of her paintings, including many nice bird illustrations and seascapes, and we perused some new art books, including the Splash Retrospective and an excellent Ian Roberts treatise on composition. Then we watched a couple of Castagnet video demos.

A great morning of art in good company.

Let's hope for another good Thursday next week. I'll try to get us out to the east next time or Guilford. We'll decide that after we see a near-term forecast.

Photos of the trains.



 Photos from Trolley Trail