Monday, July 30, 2012

Beach Inspiration

A visit to Flying Point Beach is essential for recharging the creative batteries.

View toward Watermill

Not a surfing day, but just right for a dip.

Don't forget the ice cream!
Beach inspiration. Inspiration to paint, perhaps something like this:
Blue Umbrellas Study by Paul Rafferty
photo: Grenning Gallery
What is inspiring you this week?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Catch of the Day (Hint, NOT pollock)

If you happen to shop at The Clamman in Southampton, you are already familar with this wonderful painting by Southampton artist, Paton Miller. His paintings have been on display in The New Paradise Cafe and currently in the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse. The Interior Design firm Mabley Handler use two large paintings by Miller in their dining room. 

There are some better photos of the room here on the blog. Designers & home builders get together every summer to create the show house as a fundraiser for the Southampton Hospital. To get more information about the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse HERE and for more about Paton Miller, there is an article here: Artists Among Us

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thinking about Pollock 2

photo from here

I visited the Pollock-Krasner House soon after the release of the movie Pollock with Ed Harris as Pollock and Marcia Gay Harden as Lee Kranser. (Pollock Trailer here) The House was filled with prop art - reproductions of Pollock and Krasner pieces used in the movie. Art that as originals would be too valuable to secure in a location off in the community of the Springs in East Hampton.  See the house here. The docent that guided us around the interior of the house said that Ed Harris stayed the night to get in character. An article in a recent Hampons Magazine describes Marcia Gay Harden preparing in a similar way. Article here  If you love the art process and are in the Hamptons, this is a must.
photo by Arnold Newman (1949)

The exhibit currently at the Pollock-Krasner House is called, "The Persistence of Pollock". I haven't viewed it in person yet, but was amused to see this piece playing on Jackson's last name.

Ray Johnson, Jackson Pollock (Recipes), 1973. Collage. Lent by Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Which got me thinking about the Paton Miller painting on the entrance wall of The Clamman in Southampton. To be continued....

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Thinking about Pollock

I'm finally reading "Jackson Pollock An American Saga" by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.  Highly recommended reading if you'd like to get into the spirit of Jackson Pollock's centenary. Pollock was born January 28, 1912, but who wants to celebrate in the Hampton's in January when you can do it in July! This past weekend I stopped in to check out the ArtHamptons show at Nova's Ark in Watermill. Peter Max's portrait of Jackson Pollock and a replica of the floor of Pollock's studio greeted art lovers at the entrance of the show.

There were 77 galleries from around the world exhibiting visual art in various mediums.

Most of the art was a bit out of my range.

More art will be on display in Bridgehamptom this coming weekend at the ArtMRKT Hamptons show.
ArtHamptons artMRKT Hamptons

Monday, July 9, 2012

Still Life and not so still..... Life

When summer finally arrives, every farm stand beckons like a gigantic still life arrangement begging to be painted. The rows of fruit and vegetables, flowers and farm equipment all pull the eye. I love to visit them! A classic and favorite farm stand is North Sea Farms on Noyac Road in Southampton. Run by 80ish year old "Tate" King and his son Richard, the farm has "a little bit of everything" and all of it wonderful. They grow their own fresh produce in the summer and carry their own fresh eggs and poultry year round.

The chicken coop, with all of the hens peering out to see their visitors, is the first thing you see. For a special treat, children adore going around back to visit the menagerie. This weekend, I went back to visit my favorite menagerie member, the gorgeous peacock. Mr. Peacock was hiding out under a tarp trying to stay cool in the 90+ degree heat.

Winter painting projects are often the still life. These arrangements of inanimate objects often remain in the studio for weeks. Painters of items that can spoil know to paint those subjects first "before they go bad". A small challenge if you think about conditions that plein air painters cope with: wind, weather and light changes.

I was happy to paint my Peacock Glass not having to worry about fruit spoilage, but what would it have been like to try and capture the beauty of Mr. Peacock live? I watched him pace under the shade of the tarpaulin. He lifted a leg and I pictured East Hampton painter Beth Rundquist's  glorious peacock painting.

Truly an inspiration!
Peacock 22 x 60 oil on canvas Beth Rundquist
More: Beth Rundquist  North Sea Farms Tate King

Tell me about your favorite farm stand.
Is there an east end artist that inspires you?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A lifetime of learning to see

I mostly see the world in paparazzi-photo-like flashes. In the rush to get on to the next task, I often observe my surroundings in quick snippets with only the destination or "to do" list in mind. Every once in awhile though, a particular sight or vista will freeze me in my tracks. A "wow" and a few deep breaths later, I am saving a mental picture or taking out the phone camera. I love art that captures this beauty and will probably be in a lifetime quest to try and figure it out.
There have been many fantastic artists working and living in the Hamptons over the years. In September of 2002, my husband and I took a plein air workshop with Casimir Rutkowski in Montauk. We had seen the class advertised in the East Hampton Star. Around a dozen painters met up in one of the Park parking lots in Montauk and followed Casmir down the Ranch Road to the bluffs and beach overlooking the ocean. We were to the east of Eothen, Andy Warhol's former Estate. The Estate was still for sale at that time and a parcel of land had been donated to the Nature Conservancy. We were on that land, within sight of the Warhol cottages.

Casimir Rutkowski was an East End artist from the 1970s until his death in 2005. It was wonderful to paint with him in a favorite painting spot. We all set up our easels and began to paint, with Casimir bouncing from one student to the next offering advice and encouragement. I asked, "How do you decide what beautiful view to paint?" Casimir proceeded to draw with his pencil on the back of my canvas with cerebral commentary regarding the energy of the object and space.

I proceeded to squint and dab, staring at the ocean until I started seeing little stars. Thankfully I brought a hat and a bottle of water! Here was my first plein air attempt. Thank you, bless you, Casimir!
Below is a photo of Casimir's painting of Shad Bluff Montauk - inspiration!
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