Monday, June 26, 2017

That Signature Look

Hugh and I will be out and about and sometimes observe someone dressed creatively. We may comment on that person "wearing their signature look". The tone of comment usually laced with irony. I have now become someone to be commented upon in this way. Yes, THAT person. I have taken to finding ways to wear my "designs" as often as possible, appropriate or not. I am enamored with the idea that I can place my paintings and photos on clothing, bags, phone covers, pillows among other things.  I am gripped with an insanity of creativity.  This week I wore leggings emblazoned with a repeat pattern of my photo of Farm Stand Flowers to the office. A contrast to my little black dress.
Farm Stand Flower, Stargazer, Rainbow Heart and Shell Collection 
Cinema and Rainbow Beach bags, Shell Collection scarf and top

My exploration of art e-commerce began on Redbubble with the Seashell dress. Redbubble is an international company based in Melbourne, Australia and San Francisco USA. I found the site very easy to use. To begin a design, you upload an image and it appears on every product that they offer. The artist then goes through each item and decides what works and what doesn't. I am still learning technical things about image sizing, but my initial experiments are coming out better than I expected. The quality is good and the prices are reasonable. For example the leggings are $49, the A-Line dress is $65 and the scarves which are 55 inches square, are $35. The company often offers 20% off and purchases of more than one of something get discounted. Items are made to order so delivery takes a few weeks. If you have any questions, let me know! 

Redbubble also manufactures art reproductions on canvas. I've just received my first canvas print. I'll show you how that came out soon. Stay tuned for more product research. At this stage, I'm my own best customer.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Plein Air Wooley Pond

Wooley Pond is a beloved spot.
The air was still as we began, reflections on the water inspired. As the day wore on the wind came up and the umbrellas came down. Luckily we had some shade nearby.
I hadn't painted boats for a while.  White highlights straight from the tube didn't look right. I mixed in small amounts of cadmium yellow light and that helped. I still need to play around with it. Deciding on color combinations improve with practice. More painting and practicing. All the while enjoying the pretty day.
Hugh's (it's not done!) painting
My (it's not done!) painting
Afterwards we went into Southampton for dinner at Red Bar. On the way, a brief shower and double rainbow. 
A perfect day.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Child's Play in Bridgehampton

The Thirty Squared group show recently opened at the Children's Museum of the East End. I had never been to CMEE, so didn't know what to expect. The museum is amazing! I am honored to have my Rainbow Beach painting hanging in this astonishing space along with the work of east end artists who I admire. Thanks to Kimberly Goff of Elaine Benson Gallery for curating and coordinating a wonderful show. Thanks to Steve Long the Museum Director, Paul Johnson for publicity and the lovely staff at the Children's Museum for being our gracious hosts.
l'art de douleur by Keith Mantell
Oil on Linen, 8" x 10"
Bird Dream by Kimberly Goff
Mixed Media on canvas, 12" x 12"
I spy a rainbow beach...
oil on panel
Cherries and Stripes by Pamela Thomson
oil 5" x 7"
Reaching for the Sun by Barbara Newell Jones
Farm Stand play
Red Barn by Aubrey Grainger
oil 8" x 8"
Firefighter play
Eastern Color, mini by Eleen Dawn Skretch
oil on wood, 4" x 6"
Seafaring play
Out Fishing by Susan D'Alessio
oil on linen 12" x 16"
Don't Let Them Bite by Dana Little Brown
24" x 36"
Mermaid dress-up 
Mermaids by Dana Little Brown
Pirate dress-up
How Can I Reduce My Carbon Footprint by Pat Hadley
Owain introducing himself to me as, "Kimberley's lesser half." 
photo by Pat Hadley
Flowers by Pat Hadley
A math and probabilty infused mini golf course
Family fun on the 9 hole miniature golf course.
Thirty percent of art sale proceeds are being donated to the museum. Visit this great museum and see our show!
Sunday – Monday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm