Sunday, August 13, 2017

Haan Mansion Museum Reception, August 4, 2017

Two of my plein air oil paintings were accepted into the juried show, The Many Faces of Indiana Art, held at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art in Lafayette, Indiana.


"Blizzard Snow, January 3, 2013", plein air oil on panel, 18" x 24", by Charlene Marsh
 
 "Blizzard Snow" in the museum, in a bedroom.
 
Me with the painting, "Blizzard Snow", in a bedroom of the Haan Mansion Museum.  Don't you just love the early 20th century wallpaper?

 "Spring in the Forest, April 19, 2017", plein air oil on panel, 16" x 12", by Charlene Marsh

 










"Spring in the Forest" (far right) hanging in the "billiards room" with quilts on display on the pool table in the middle of the room.

 










The Mansion was originally the State of Connecticut building at the 1904 Saint Louis World's Fair and was designed to be dismantled and moved after the Fair.  Mr. and Mrs. William Potter moved the mansion to Lafayette, Indiana and lived in it until Bob and Ellie Haan bought it in 1982.  The Haans lived in the mansion until 2015 when they donated the home to the museum and opened it to the public.

 










This is the second floor where you can see and hear down to the first floor from the balcony.  Mrs. Haan commented that it was a great home to raise a family in and everyone was able to feel connected throughout the home due to the open balcony.  The chandelier is original to the mansion.  The Haans were careful to maintain the mansion in it's original form.

Mr. and Mrs. Haan love and collect early, historic Indiana art and the walls are filled with fabulous T.C. Steeles, Otto Starks, Ada and Adolph Schultzs, Otis Adams, Will Vawters and more from the Hoosier Group of artists.  They also collect American ceramics, sculpture, and Renaissance Revival furniture from 1860-1890 which all filled their home and, now, museum.  The collections are fabulous and worth a trip from anywhere.

Bob Haan (left) and Ellie Haan (next to him, right) address the crowd assembled for the reception on August 4, 2017.  Mr. Haan had a short essay questioning the meaning and differences between "art" and "craft" before going around and introducing the exhibiting artists.
 Me with some fabulous paintings and furniture!
 Local artist, Dan Annarino, studying one of the paintings on exhibit.
Painter and Sculptor, Jeff Klinker(right), in a spirited discussion with visitors during the reception. 
A lovely evening in an incredible museum.  Visit HaanMuseum.org for more information and to plan your visit.

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Cheers,

Charlene

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Monroe Lake Paynetown Beach Painting Demo, 080517 12x12 #2


This is the second painting I did as part of my Arts in the Parks painting demonstration project at Monroe Lake Paynetown beach on August 5, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  The second painting ran over the time slot but I wanted to finish the painting so kept working.  You can read about the first painting HERE.

I started with an initial sketch using a brush dipped in cold pressed linseed oil and the magenta pigment which is a transparent color.
Then I blocked in the dark line of trees.  I mixed the sandy color using Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light and Medium and Titanium White.  I also mixed a violet, the complementary color of yellow, using Primary Red-Magenta and Cerulean Blue, and used the violet to tone down the sand color and add shadows.

 


Then I added the sky and water.  Once the ground was painted in, I dashed in the tents and people on the beach.


You can see the rich glow on the parchment paper palette.  Most paper palettes are made with a waxy paper that just doesn't work for me.  Scrapping the palette with my palette knives eventually leads to bits of wax coming off into the paint.  UGH!

The final painting:
"Monroe Lake Paynetown Beach, August 5, 2017", plein air oil on panel, 12" x 12", c. 2017, by Charlene Marsh.

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Cheers,

Charlene

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monroe Lake Paynetown Painting Demonstration, 080517 12x16 #1


This painting demo at Monroe Lake Paynetown beach six miles from Bloomington, Indiana was sponsored and funded by the Indiana Arts Commission and held in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the property as part of the "Arts in the Parks" program.  

I arrived at the Paynetown beach around 11:30 a.m. and scoped out the area and decided where to set up for my demo.  The best vantage point was up at the Nature and Activity Center overlooking the beach with the trees on the opposite side.  The location would also be a high traffic area for maximum exposure and, as an added bonus, there were some benches nearby for visitors to sit on.  However, several visitors who came just for the demo brought their own folding chairs. 
I set up some of the plein air gear like my backpack, wet panel carriers, and tubes of paint on a table for visitors to study.  I also had a couple of cards so visitors could see some finished paintings.
I got set up and started the first painting, a 12" x 16", promptly at 1:00 p.m. starting with the initial sketch using a brush dipped in oil and a bit of pigment.  Then I started painting in the dark values before blocking in the sandy beach, lake, and sky.
 
After the basics were blocked in, I started popping in the tents and people that populated the beach and frolicked in the water.
Some of the visitors who came out for the demo.
The painting with the scene in the background.

Dr. Tony Lubarsky and me at the end of the demo.  

Tony sent me this photo and the action shot of me painting(above) with the following note:  

"Twenty years ago you were my first oil instructor. I was the only one using palette knife because you said we can use anything we wanted. I loved palette knife painting. But then you watched me for a while and said: Tony, no body paints straight from the tube! I was mixing right on the canvas."  

Ha!  When I got his note, I remembered that conversation.  I'm real big on mixing beautiful colors using complementary color systems so I was no doubt cringing with all the "tube colors"  going straight on the canvas.  
"Monroe Lake Paynetown Beach, August 5, 2017", plein air oil painting on panel, 12" x 16", c. 2017 by Charlene Marsh.

Stay tuned for the second painting I did as part of the demo.

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Cheers,

Charlene

Monday, July 31, 2017

Geneva Art Fair 2017

I've done the Geneva Art Fair in Geneva, Illinois, in Chicagoland, held July 22-23, several times and returned again in 2017.  This is a lovely show in a beautiful village along the Fox River, west of Chicago, that only allows original artworks to be exhibited and sold -- no reproductions permitted.  This juried show is very high quality with many exhibitors coming from all over the country to participate.  One lady near me came from Toronto, Canada.  The steady crowd is sophisticated and interested in fine art.

The show is put on by the Chamber of Commerce and promoter, Erin Melloy, oversees the event.  She does a great job!  Everyone has a roomy booth space with a walkway on each side large enough to hang artwork on the outer walls. 
I had painted some new small paintings that I display on mini easels on a pedestal in the booth that were very popular with young and old alike.  I also had the new "homeless shelter dog portraits" which were very popular as well with many people wanting their own pet's portrait painted. 
The weather was wonderful all weekend until the very last hour on Sunday.   While it was hot (hey, it is, after all, July!) the rain that threatened held off for most of the weekend.  But at 4 p.m. Sunday, black storm clouds roiled in and let loose a deluge of rain.  The rain came so hard and so fast, that I was quickly ankle deep in water in my booth.  I ended up kicking off my nice sandals and just going barefoot.  I'm surprised I didn't see any fish swimming around my feet!

The wind was so strong that part of the display for a landscaping company in the intersection blew over.  Packing up "wet" means getting everything out on Monday to wash and dry.  And I mean everything.  I even unpacked tubs of gear to make sure everything was dried out.  Luckily, the paintings came through unscathed.

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Cheers,

Charlene

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Starve Hollow Beach Demo vs2, 071517 12x12

I am still at the Starve Hollow State Recreational Area demonstrating my plein air painting techniques on the beach.  This is the second painting in my demo.  The day warmed up quite nicely and more people came out to the beach.  Campers in the park hiked and biked over.

I already did one painting, a 12" x 16" but there is still a bit of time left to do a second one. 
So I got set up with a new, pre-tinted panel and decided to focus on a blue tent set up on the beach with some people lounging underneath.  I first blocked in the dark green of the trees at the edge of the beach and water.
 I also blocked in the dark figures under the canopy before painting in the blue tent and the cerulean sky.
Then I added the sandy beach and the water reflecting the blue of the sky.  This beach goer stopped by to check the progress.
Her brother joined her to see the painting.  I fine tuned the figures  and the kids recognized themselves in the painting.  After I was done painting, I packed up my painting gear and went for a swim.  The water was absolutely perfect!  I swam the length of the beach (in the deep end) and turned around and swam back.   Probably a good half mile or so.  I have a dive mask with my eyeglasses prescription which really helps.

Here is the finished painting:
"Starve Hollow Beach, July 15, 2017, #2", plein air oil painting, 12" x 12", by Charlene Marsh.

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Cheers,

Charlene

Starve Hollow Beach Demo vs1, 071517 12x16

This is the first of two painting demos at the Starve Hollow State Recreation Area on July 15, 2017 as part of the Arts in the Parks project grant I received from the Indiana Arts Commission in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources. I made the delightful drive south, down State Road 135, a windy, hilly, wooded route, that demanded a speed limit of 45 mph.  From my house just west of Nashville about five miles, to the Starve Hollow SRA, the drive took about one hour. 
I arrived at the park around 11:30 a.m. and scoped out the park and beach.  I had been hiking in the park about twenty years ago and remember some beautiful vistas along the trails although the property manager informed me later that no vistas are being maintained along the trails at this time.  However, Skyline Drive has some great vistas.  I didn't remember the beach and was pleasantly surprised to see the huge, sweeping sandy beach maybe 1/4 mile long.  The day started off cool, in the sixties, but warmed up nicely as the day progressed.
 
The beach was spacious to say the least and I loved the shade trees that bordered it.  A large swim area was roped off and marked with buoys.  At the deep end, the water was a about four feet deep, still shallow enough to touch the ground.
I commandeered a picnic table to stash my gear and set up my easel and pochade in a shady spot with a great view.  I started blocking in the dark greens of the distant shoreline first.
 Then I added the sky using the same colors reflected in the water as well.
A gentleman, his girlfriend, and her son were enjoying the beach with their two fur friends, a chihuahua and a pit bull puppy.
I mixed up a sand color using Cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Red and a touch of violet mixed from the blues and reds to block in the beach.  I started adding in the people on the beach with quick gestural movements.  I use palettes knives 99% of the time but used some brushes to capture the gestures of some the fast moving people.
A vacationing family who was camping in the park over the weekend, stopped to check out the painting.  Most visitors were from Seymour, Columbus, and Indianapolis.
This young lady was delighted to see herself in the painting, digging in the sand.
Here's a picture of the painting and the beach when I finished it up.  Because the beach is so big, it looks like there aren't that many people in attendance but that is a deceiving perception.  There were lots of people coming and going!  Here's the finished painting:











"Starve Hollow SRA Beach", plein air oil painting on panel, 12" x 16", by Charlene Marsh.

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Happy Trails.

Cheers,

Charlene