There is an entrance to the Southampton Historical Museum on main street in Southampton that also doubles as an outdoor dining area for Sant Abroeus Ristorante. In the summer, Hamptonites enjoying their al fresco luncheon may intimidate you from entering the museum this way. Ignore this. In fact, you may see a famous face halfway down the passageway. Stare the maitre de in the eye, smile and say, "I'm going to the museum" and walk on through. This is a public space.
Samuel L. Parrish purchased the mansion in 1899. A New York City lawyer, he summered here with his family until his death in 1932. He is the founder of the Parrish Art Museum. The original Grosvenor Atterbury designed art museum building is situated just down the street. It was built to house Parrish's own extensive art collection.
In the front parlor, paintings of local landscapes by Pat Garrity.
Artist studios fascinate me. A home offers a look into private life. A studio offers a glimpse into an artist's creative life. I always look forward to a chance to visit an artist in their studio. Studio images offer clues to the artist's methods and interests.A favorite book on this topic is Studios by the Sea, a 2002 book by Bob Colacello and Jonathan Becker featuring East End artists from Southampton to Montauk.
The photograph below of Robert Dash from Studios by the Sea gives a glimpse into the studio that Dash inhabited within his intricately composed garden. The garden, Madoo, is open to the public, a living growing tribute to Robert Dash's creativity. Madoo is currently open Fridays and Saturdays. Check their web site for special events.
William Merritt Chase had the best of both worlds. Summer in Shinnecock and a winter studio which doubled as a salon on Manhattan's 10th street. Photos and William Merritt Chase’s own paintings attest to its opulence.
Hugh and I are fortunate to have a painting studio which we share. The wooden easels are near each other in the center of the room. Everything else rotates around them. On the wooden easel above, is a painting of short beach that Hugh is working on. On the easel below, my Potato Fields currently hanging in the Guild Hall show next to a sailboat plein air from last summer.
Across from my wooden easel is a metal easel and still life set up area. Two stools on top of each other bring set ups to eye level. The arrangement below has been in progress this winter.
I took a break to paint a view of the right hand corner of the set up for the Springs Mystery Art sale.
Apple for an Art Teacher by Gail Gallagher
oil on canvas 5" x 7"
My winter months are spent painting indoors and dreaming of studio projects. Once summer arrives all is forgotten as I carry the easel outdoors to paint en plein air.
I bought some lovely beach plum jam last summer. While enjoying it I thought, "It would be nice to make my own beach plum jam. I'll have to remember to look for the plum blossoms in the spring, so I know where to find beach plums." I spotted the telltale white blossoms along Long Beach this weekend.
There are clumps of white blossoms.
Look here for a beach plum harvest.
Beach Plum prunus maritima
Beach plum jam recipe by Justine Hand at Gardenista here