Friday, December 11, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
It does sum up my feeling about what is happening over here.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
I want to thank all the 49 participants again and I am looking forward to starting the next group around Thanksgiving in the Hilltowns.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
None the less, I am asking those of you who have not been to please come and look at the 49 portraits I totally enjoyed making this past year in the Hilltowns of Massachusetts. Again I want to thank the participants. I will continue the series the last week of November.
Monday, October 19, 2015
We are just back in the Netherlands after 16 wonderfully exceptional fall-color days with our kids. This show was a high point for me. along with seeing Cooper, of course.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Herman and I are building up to coming to the Hilltowns and organizing, framing and hanging the exhibit for the grand opening, 9 October. Everyone is invited. 7 p.m., Cummington, Community House.
Monday, September 14, 2015
In 1990 I made this portrait of an engaging 2 1/2 year old. The parents have it hanging in their bedroom.
This past summer in Cummington, Ma, I was emailed from the father of this charmer asking me if I could make a pastel of her now, 25 years later. She is 27 and our conversation gave me the needed inspiration. I am now working hard to give them a pendant.
This is satisfying work to be sure.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
I haven't figured out yet how to get photos of work from my iPad onto the Blog while traveling. They are on my Facebook page. This morning Ron Scott and I had a "Breakfast at Nancy's" painting session here at the old Streeter farmhouse. Ron is a real Hilltown artist. He fashioned the bird house for tree swallows I couldn't resist buying. Jack of All Trades as one has to be to survive here. It feels good to get going again on this portrait series here in America. There are so many people who have contributed to the cultural community and are so worthy of a conversation-painting session.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Because I am not so handy with moving files about, I had to take a picture from the screen of the website page. I hope those reading DuTch will go to the website for the information or to www.Noordenaren.nl . Those thankfully following this Blog in America will have to book a flight and will certainly enjoy being in Holland at this time of the year. Forty sites in the region will be open for viewing art. You can bike over the dikes between them.We will have live music Sunday and Monday afternoons from the Brothers Kuyken. Everyone is welcome.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Herman is doing his best to get the gardens ready for the Art Open House happening the last weekend in May. The Wysteria is especially full, scented and nuanced with soft lilac and blue colors. Also the Camasia is at its peak. A few waterlelies have reached the surface of the bassins. It is all one very colorful blast of life here. Paintings are hanging inside and outside. Everyone is welcome to visit us on this little island.
Friday, May 8, 2015
This series of paintings of the Card Players has a long history. On the back of one of the six canvases is the date 1989! and I keep changing them as the fellows get older. The style gets looser and I loose the intention of making a likeness. Instead I want the light flooding over the "player's field" (our kitchen table) and the intensity of the game to be the subject. Who is bluffing whom? They are character studies in van Gogh colors. The Potato Eaters painted by van Gogh in the 1880's in the south of Holland was my initial inspiration although those colors are muted. That light pouring over a table where something very Dutch is happening. Here it is also about winning money.
I have put the canvases away for the summer and will get them out in October when these outdoor hard- working men take their places here again on Friday evenings. They have been doing this for 40 years. No one would think of missing the gathering.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
This morning, a beautiful spring May Saturday, I was taking my breakfast out to the greenhouse to eat with Herman and I saw that shots of the house might be nice to put on the Blog. So, I started in the serra (entry way going from the workshop to the interior of the house), the bathroom (I love looking at art in the bathroom!), a corner of the kitchen and then a corner of the living room (somehow the black TV screen helps the composition.
I hope you enjoy being in Holland.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Late last summer when I returned from America, these Fabiola waterlilies were still blooming and defying the end of long light and warmth. Rusts, oranges, ochres were a bit foreign to me. I saw how very beautiful they are and how tiny gold fish give sparkle to the water.
I am still adding and deleting here in my living room studio. flecks of light and then some deep shadows. Monet is always my master.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
When I am painting, I get into the revolving forms, the salty olives and ochres, and the lingering deep reds going to black. I put a black turpentine "glaze" over the right side. Why disobey the rules? seems like I love doing that. In this case, I suspect it will cracklelei - the effect being dried creasing of paint. Who knows how it will go? like these beautiful flowers, they evolve their very own way which is unpredictable and fragile. like life to me.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Around Easter I posted the first version of these anemones. I looked at the painting for some days and decided to go on. Meanwhile the flowers had made their own decisions= those long sensuous stems and green ruffs were falling down. I wanted that effect of change and no definite still life.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Why do I keep painting since 1994 on these six paintings (two are elsewhere)? I love to paint this subject and I am not satisfied. I want psychological intensity as well as good painting.
thank you for looking. The photo is a bit bleeched out.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
My son Craig Johns came to join the family group for 7 years and is still part of it even though now living in the Hilltowns of Massachusetts with his own family.
I painted anyone who came over the bridge then.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Herman's sister Wil brought me this bunch of flowers whose name I do not know. The buds start out white-cinnabaar green and unfold into such diverse shades of pink, mauve, lilac and even red.
I couldn't help think of Claude Monet's burst of apple blossoms and Vincent van Gogh's birthday present to his new-born nephew Vincent= almond tree blossoms on a rich blue sky painted while he was in the Saint- Rémy hospital. These two are my heros and they must have been totally involved in the spaces between the throbbing flowers as well as the blooms.
It's all about the movement of growth and joy of spring.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
To view this please go to Facebook. I can't get the way to Get i Pad photos on the Blog. This awkward Jeanne- system will last until I am back on my MAC in the Netherlands in te beginning of February. Thank you for your patience. Happy New Year.