Sunday, June 19, 2011

Christmas in June?

I painted this still life back in December, and was pretty happy with it; but it's kind of a 'seasonal' piece, I suppose.  Perhaps it will remind you of Christmas ( and cool weather).  

I'm always pleased to hear comments and questions about my work, so feel free to email me (, or comment on the blog. 

I'm referencing, on the side area, the Art Schools where I plan to teach (oil painting) this September. Please contact them , or me, if you have any questions about my classes.  I'd love to have you join us.  My studio class begins Sept 13th, and the plein air class, approx. mid-September. 

I'm reminded that I previously hinted at a little plein air story, and promised to post the painting....

A few weeks ago, I was painting a scene of Marietta Square, (plein air),  and I noticed a young couple had walked over to enjoy the fountain. (It's a favorite spot for children, friends, occasions, picture taking, etc). As I was painting away , and trying to mentally block them out of my view, I noticed that the man suddenly and formally proposed (marriage) to the young woman, (followed by squeals of delight and a lttle nervous clapping from the other passers by).   .... kinda different to be involved in someone elses personal moments, but a happy thing to witness nonetheless. After a few minutes I noticed the man's parents joined the couple for some congratulations on the occasion.  They all chatted for quite awhile and eventually took off. Then, as i was finishing up my painting, the mother serrupticiously came over to me and inquired about where she might purchase my painting;  (presumably as a memento gift to the couple to mark the occasion).  Great, I thought, a nice cap to an interesting afternoon. But, alas, she didnt contact me as expected. (yet).  Well....just a simple story with a pretty weak ending, but i promised  to post the little painting, and to tell you about it. Indeed, you often witness interesting things when plein air painting; you kind of merge into the background of a place, become invisisble in a way, and even though you're intensely observing your painting, it seems you end up experiencing and observing a whole range of activities around you.  

Happy days to you


1 comment:

  1. John, your story about the above painting is so sweet and l enjoyed how you explained how you felt as you witnessed this special event. What a beautiful painting too!!