Sunday, March 19, 2017

Amagansett Flowers by Beth

I have longed to visit the lovely flower shop on Main Street in Amagansett. Flowers by Beth has been on Maine Street since last May, this was my first chance to visit. The shop is full of inspiration for an artist that loves to paint the still life. Beth offers unusual vases and vessels which offer stand alone beauty or can be filled with floral offerings.

The shop is filled with lovelies.
I couldn't resist the little blue and silver vase.
Love the array of unusual and antique glass.
I left with a bouquet of peony and sweet pea.
255 Main Street
Amagansett, NY 11930

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Latest Obsessions

I am obsessed with my latest still life, a 16" x 20" painting of a pail of shells laying on a rainbow striped towel. I am enjoying the challenge of a larger work after the fun 6" x 6" shell portraits. This painting includes my lovely sea shells on a multi colored background. I am not close to being done yet, but I'm loving it so far and wanted to share.
I began reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series last month. The first book was originally published in 1990.The good part about waiting until now to read it? You don't have to wait until the next book comes out. I binge read all eight e-books. Yup, novels that took Gabaldon years to write, consumed in a month. Definite guilty pleasure reading! History, romance, science fiction, suspense. As I was approaching the end of the eighth book I was looking forward to seeing how it all would end. Bad news/Good news : there is another book in the works! There is also a series on Starz. Dare I watch? 
Claire and Jamie
Outlander series on Starz
Another page turner, Breaking Van Gogh by James Ottar Grundvig describes his research into the provenance and authenticity of one of the Metropolitan Museum's prized Van Gogh paintings. I am intrigued by the lack of press amongst the art community regarding this book. Gerundig makes some serious allegations. The book reads like a detective novel. It will be interesting to see what happens next.
I am in the midst of reading The Forger's Spell by Edward Dolnick about a artist/forger that created and made a bundle selling a "lost trove" of Vermeer paintings. Among his swindled customers, Hermann Goering. His fraud was only uncovered after the war when the Allies began investigating the Nazi's art looting. 
My latest painting, Outlander and books on art fraud. We have snow covered daffodils outside. What are your latest obsessions?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Wooley Pond

One lone fishing boat. Temperature cool, angle of light hinting at spring. Feathery puffs of white float on still water. 
I stood at the water's edge.
I am either a swan magnate or they are used to being fed.
I need to paint here again.
Wooley Pond by Gail Gallagher

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Exploring Montauk

We've had beautiful mild weather days.
Perfect weather for a field trip to Montauk.
We parked in the last space at the old East Deck lot at Ditch Plains. The East Deck is gone, the plan to build a bigger hotel scrapped. The empty dune where it once was, for now, pristine. It won't be long till someone takes advantage of this spot. Perfect beach days are year round here.
Back on Montauk Highway, we drove north to Lake Montauk. 
Lake Montauk is harbor to a large commercial and sport fishing fleet. 
Coast Guard Station on Star Island.
There wasn't always a harbor here. In the 1920s developers blasted through the narrow northern strip of land bordering the lake, opening a permanent channel to Block Island Sound. The lake was dredged and the Montauk Yacht Club was established on Star Island. Star Island is also the home of the U.S. Coast Guard Station and numerous boat moorings.
We were looking for plein air painting inspiration.
There is plenty.
Beautiful rugged ships.
I imagined myself in one of the ships sailing out past the lighthouse.
The lighthouse stands at the furthest end of Montauk and Long Island.
Hugh on the beach at "The End"