Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Beach House

"Beach House" by Meg Walsh, oil, 8 x 10 inches (approx.), $750.

Meg Nottingham Walsh is the featured artist at Bishop's Stock in May, so you have one more week to check out her work. Meg is an Easton, Maryland, artist who was recently profiled in The American Scholar (here's a link to that article). She paints with delicate, subtle color, ...except when she's completely intrepid, as in the painting above. Meg's paintings are realistic, but her abstract shapes are so strong and alluring.

Pictured is my absolute favorite painting from the current show. Meg wrote, "I am a sucker for a turquoise house. I printed it on the beach at a plein air event in Norfolk a while back. It got an honorable mention." No wonder! I was initially attracted to shadows cast by the overhang and the mailbox.But after a good long look, I noticed the echo of the mailbox in the window shade and the lovely odd shape of the door frame. Deceptively simple.

More images of Meg's work are up on the Bishop's Stock FaceBook page (HERE). Seeing them in person is always better, though. And, in case you forgot, one of my plein air paintings from Paint Snow Hill is in the group show (and is available) in the back half of the gallery.

Also, if you stop by the gallery this week, it's Wine Down Saturday, which means a 20% discount on mixed cases now through Saturday. Time to stock up for summer!

Plein Air Paintings by Meg Walsh
Showing now through May 31st at Bishop's Stock Gallery
202 West Green Street, Snow Hill, Maryland

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sargy Mann

Sargy Mann: More. Different. Better. Thoughts towards a talk. from Peter Mann Pictures on Vimeo.

Truly I am posting links to these videos and articles for myself, so I can find them easily again later. Bookmarking. But I find the British artist Sargy Mann fascinating. Even as his eyesight diminished and finally failed him completely, Mann continued to develop and excel as a painter. The film above, made by his son Peter, captures his preparations to deliver a TED talk. Sadly, he passed away several months before giving his presentation. The film below, also by Peter, is an incremental look at how Mann made paintings when he was fully blind.

Sargy Mann from Peter Mann Pictures on Vimeo.

And if you're now as enchanted as I am by Mann's analysis and painting, then here is a BBC Magazine article that he wrote called "How a blind painter sees." Enjoy!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

MAPAPA Paint Out at Mattawoman Creek Art Center

This past week was a scorcher, but last night's storms rolled in absolutely perfect weather for today's paint out at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center at Fort Smallwood Park in Marbury, MD. I hadn't been there before. Have you? It's gorgeous--let me show you around.

I crossed the footbridge into the campground for my first painting. That's where I met this little skink sunning itself on a stump.

I painted in the campground for about an hour and then hiked back across the park. I found Barbara Septura seated on some steps watching some fishermen and painting the waterway. And I found Tom Ritchie painting on the other side of the bridge, wondering if he could work his way out of the mess he had made. (Spoiler: he did.) And finally Denise was painting outside the Arts Center, where I decided to start a second painting.

Around noon everyone gathered inside the Arts Center for lunch and to see what everyone else had been working on. I said we should take a group photo for the MAPAPA newsletter, and everyone agreed. So, here we all are:

What a fun day!

P.S. - You guys, I forgot to tell you that I'm on Instagram now! I know I'm so late to the party. But I'm a quick study. Here, have a LINK.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Morning on Church Street

Ann and Randy Coates sent me a photo of my painting they purchased at the Paint Snow Hill Show (bottom) hanging in their kitchen next to a painting by Alison Menke (top). So happy to be in good company in the heart of their home.

I love to see where my paintings end up!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Gone Fishin' is Gone

I know it's teeny, but can you see the red dot on the label right over my purse strap? That means that "Gone Fishin'" sold last night. And although it's intended as a gift, I doubt I will be spoiling the surprise if I thank Doug Fisher here. Thank you, Doug!

Do you know Doug? He is a fine artist in his own right: an expert duck carver. Let me introduce you. If you are near Snow Hill during the week, you can watch him work. Doug spends Tuesdays and Wednesdays carving in Bishop's Stock Fine Art.