Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Plein Air Egypt Beach

The weather was perfect for a return to Egypt Beach in East Hampton. Egypt Beach lies at the edge of the historic Maidstone Club, once the club of artist Frederick Childe Hassam (1859 - 1935) and the subject of numerous of his paintings. 
Childe Hassam had a home just up the road on Egypt Lane from 1919 until his death in 1935, the book, "Childe Hassam American Impressionist" by H. Barbara Weinberg describes his idylic life:
He enjoyed East Hampton's social and recreational activities, especially the genteel Maidstone Club, founded in 1891, where he swam every day and on whose course at the end of Egypt Lane he played golf. "I belong to the Golf Club, swim and paint when I feel like it," As an obituary notice stated, "He lived with gusto, smoked a pipe, played golf, kept a good cellar, buffeted the East Hampton surf with a great, bronzed body, and worked joyously until his last illnesss." 
The Dome Green (Maidstone) by Frederick Childe Hassam, 1923
8" x 21" oil on wood panel
View of the Maidstone Club. 
Dune Hazard No. 2 1922 by Frederick Childe Hassam
22" x 44" oil on canvas
Hugh chose a view of both land and sea.
Egypt Beach (in process) by Hugh Gallagher
10" x 20" oil on canvas board
East Course, Maidstone Club by Childe Hassam, 1926
7.9" x 10 3/4" oil on board
View of Maidstone from the beach entry path.
I chose the beach path view. 
Egypt Beach by Gail Gallagher
9" x 12" oil on canvas board
While we were painting, Durell Godfrey, photographer and writer for the East Hampton Star happened by. 
Sandals left on the sand at the beach entry. 
"Married" pairs piled together. 
Uncle Benny's Dune by Childe Hassam, 1925
21 1/4" x 30" oil on panel
Old Beach Lane, surfboard in the back.
On the Links by Childe Hassam, 1926
oil on canvas board 10 1/4" x 12 3/4"
Clicking photos on the fly.
Mixed Foursome by Childe Hassam, 1923
oil on canvas 27 1/4" x 44 1/4 " 
Beneath the old trees on Dunemere, just another couple of daubers on the road to town after a day of plein air painting the Hamptons.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer Drifts Away on the Fog

More beach exploring in East Hampton.
Homes along Egypt Beach, above, a smudge on the horizon.
We continued along Further Lane looking for roads towards the ocean.
Two Mile Hollow Beach.
A lone surfer.
Another potential plein air painting spot.
In downtown East Hampton, we stopped by Wallace Gallery. Terry Wallace always has something beautiful on display. One painting that caught my eye was this painting by Caroline Stehlin, a student of William Merritt Chase, Henry Twachtman and Charles Woodbury.
The Orchard, Southampton, 1899 by Caroline Stehlin (1877-1928)
oil on canvas 13" x 20"
Wallace Gallery had a previous show of her works.
I will have to go back and ask Terry if he has more of Stehlin's work.
by Caroline Stehlin 1910
oil on canvas 13" x 20"
image via
I found the painting above on the web.
Another gem.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hamptons International Film Festival Sweepstakes

Enter between September 6 and September 24 for your chance to win an exclusive trip to HIFF 2014 (October 9-13)! You and your guest will receive the following:
  • Two (2) Founders Passes to HIFF 2014, which includes entry to screenings, parties, panels and more
  • Delta Airlines coach roundtrip flights for two (2) to New York City
  • A three-night stay at the luxury hotel and official Festival headquarters, c/o The Maidstone
  • A four-day car rental, courtesy of Enterprise 
  • Ground transportation airport transfers, courtesy of Hampton Jitney
  • An official Festival poster, pictured above, featuring artwork from local artist Brendan O’Connell
  • Click HERE to go to the HIFF site to register.
The HIFF site is just starting to post films that will be in this year's Festival on their web site. I was looking to see if the new movie "Mr Turner" about English artist JMW Turner was going to be shown. No word yet, but keeping my fingers and toes crossed. 
While looking around their website, I discovered that HIFF is having a sweepstakes to win a trip to the Film Festival. Click over to their site to enter. I have seen nothing about this in the local papers, so the odds may be better than the average to win. Good luck and see you there!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Return to Short Beach

It was a gorgeous day with a sky full of paintable clouds. We packed up the easels and revisted Short Beach.  Hugh had been dreaming of a painting of a particular view there. It was sketched out and ready to commit to canvas. I hoped to describe the beautiful view with paint.
When I set up my easel, I was between Hugh and the water line. While painting the tide came in and I started getting wet. Learning!
I chose the eminently paintable sailboat.

oil 9" x 12" by Gail Gallagher

oil 10"x 20" by Hugh Gallagher
Such a lovely day.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


We visited Guild Hall for their current exhibition, Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944 - 1952. The exhibit explores the work that Motherwell did in East Hampton and his contribution to the Abstract Expresionist movement within the East End artist community. My favorite piece in the show was "The Red Skirt". The lucious paint draws you from across the room. Much better than this photo indicates. The show runs until 10/13.
The Red Skirt, 1947 by Robert Motherwell
oil on composition board 48" x 24"
Whitney Museum collection image via
We drove from Guild Hall over to Egypt Beach to scout painting locations. After September 15th you don't need a town permit. Yessss.
Next stop was to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill to see the William Glackens exhibition.

William Glackens is most commonly known as one of the members of the early 20th century painting school know as the Eight or the Ashcan School. Glackens began his artistic life as an illustrator. Images of New York City scenes with humorously observed renderings of street life are a glimpse into what life was like in the early 20th century.
Far from the Fresh Air Farm: The Crowded City Street, with Its Dangers and Temptations, Is a Pitiful Makeshift Playground for Children,
by William Glackens 1911 Crayon heightened with watercolor on paper
24 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.
Nova Southeastern University Museum of Art via
Glackens travelled to Paris many times and the influence of the Impressionists is obvious. A room full of brilliant portraits and still life paintings show Glackens as our American Renoir.
The Artists Daughter in Chinese Costume, 1918
by William Glackens
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
image via
Cape Cod Pier, 1908 by William Glackens Oil on canvas 26 x 32 inches
Collection of Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University via
The Little Pier,1914 by William Glackens Oil on Canvas 25 x 30 inches.
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia and Merion, PA via
The Glackens show is at the Parrish until October 13th after which it travels to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia beginning November 8th and running until February 2nd. Go here for the NY Times review The Beauty of the Everyday which includes more images of his amazing work. I may go again.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Choose Something Like A Star

photo by Robert Llewellyn via
O Star (the fairest one in sight),
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud—
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.
Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to be wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.
Say something to us we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says, 'I burn.'
But say with what degree of heat.
Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.
Use language we can comprehend.
Tell us what elements you blend.
It gives us strangely little aid,
But does tell something in the end.
And steadfast as Keats' Eremite,
Not even stooping from its sphere,
It asks a little of us here.
It asks of us a certain height,
So when at times the mob is swayed
To carry praise or blame too far,
We may choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid.
"Choose Something Like a Star" by Robert Frost, from Collected Poems, Prose and Plays. © The Library of America, 1995.
I subscribe to The Writer's Almanac podcasts. This Friday, as Garrison Keillor began reading the Robert Frost poem, "Choose Something Like a Star" I was transported back to my freshman year at St. Olaf College. As a member of the all women Manitou Singers, we learned the Randall Thompson setting of the Frost verse. I recall tears coming to my eyes as we all sang, Say something! and it says 'I burn'. All of us, newly departed from our homes, beginning our independent lives, burning with fear and excitement. Today, as dusk falls earlier, the remembrance of that younger fear and anticipation is a poignant reminder. Change of season or changes in life. All can be met with joy rather than dread. We may choose something like a star, to stay our minds on and be staid.

Choose Something Like A Star
by the Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College
Sigrid Johnson Conductor available on iTunes here

Monday, September 8, 2014

Wedding Weekend

A special event at Lincoln Center. 
No, not Fashion Week.
A family wedding.
The reception attire is Indian Formal. 
The saris are stunningly beautiful.
So romantic!
Wreaths of white roses float upon the reflecting pool.
A violin and cello duo serenade. 
The bride and groom under a canopy of white. 
Our church the whole of Lincoln Center.
Family, friends and tourists hold their breath in awe.
Vows to love always are exchanged.
We parade over 65th street to the reception.
Guests disappear and reappear in brilliant costume.
The banquet room doors open to reveal candlelit tables.
Let the feasting and dancing begin!
The women are princesses.
The bride, our fairy queen.
A magical evening.