Sunday, June 13, 2021

Open Studio and Sale

 

"That's Just Peachy", Oil On Canvas, 14x11"


Hi Friends, I can't believe I'm about to say this:  We're having an Open Studio at Prism Workspaces!  Over 35 artists will open their doors on June 25th from 5-8pm.  If you're in the Denver area, I hope you'll come by to see what everyone's been working on this past year, and I'd love to see you there! If you plan to attend, please drop me a line so I can look for you.

As part of this Open Studio Event, I'll be offering some paintings for sale at greatly reduced prices. "Just Peachy" is part of this sale.  This painting was framed in a rather formal frame, so I think it wasn't showing at its best.  It's been set free now, and I think it's a good example of my impressionist style. Send me an email if you'd like me to put it aside for you.


I'll be posting some other paintings as part of this sale over the next week or so, so please keep an eye out for fresh art.

As always, thanks so much for your interest in my art!


Thursday, May 20, 2021





 "Strolling Chefs", Oil on Gessoed Panel, 9" x 12"The Broadmoor Gallery, Colorado Springs





Dear Friends,



The past few months have been a time of intense, nose-to-the-grindstone work. Nearly every day, I shut my studio door, put on my headphones, and start to paint. Some days, I've felt that I've made some progress, and on others, I could swear that I've taken several steps back. All told, it's been a time of growth and discovery.

And now it's time to emerge from my hermitage, and share some of the work I've been toiling over. I've been invited to participate in two artist exhibitions this summer:


August 7, The J.Petter Galleries, Saugatuck/Douglas Michigan, 4-7pm

July 10-11, The Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 10-4pm



I'll be bringing along my easel and paints to each of these exhibitions, painting whatever is in sight. I love participating in these exhibitions, to talk with artists and art lovers and to enjoy the beautiful galleries.

If you're in the area, I would LOVE to see you there!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

A Short Video About A Big Painting (Sunset, 6 feet x 5 feet)


Hello Friends, 

I've been hard at work this month painting a very large commission piece for some lovely clients here in Denver.  Along the way, I took some video of my process and created this short video for you to see the behind-the-scenes action.  I hope you enjoy this little video!



"Skylight Over Colorado", Oil on Canvas, 72" x 60"





A toast to the finish!

I discovered that I enjoyed this process immensely- if you or someone you know would like a commission piece, please let me know!



Thursday, December 24, 2020

Seasons Greetings

"White Peonies", 20" x 16" Oil on Board
The Hildt Gallery, Chicago



Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings To You!

I hope that this message finds you healthy and well.  Here in Denver at Chez Feldman, we are patiently awaiting the arrival of the vaccine and a new year.  

Life in this downtown high-rise has whittled down to the basics over the last year.  I'm so fortunate to have an art studio nearby. I close the door, put on my headphones, and delve into my painting.  Here's a photo of my studio setup:



I've been painting still lifes and flowers lately, since portraits and landscapes are off the table for a bit.  I've been enjoying focusing in on flowers, really concentrating on how the petals turn, and how light sometimes passes right through them.  I have flowers delivered to me from a local florist, and I can spend hours photographing them, in the hopes that one of the photos will be good enough to paint.

Here is a recent photo I took in my studio. This one has definite possibilities!

I do miss painting people though.  I recently found a box of portrait sketches that I did from life over the years, and couldn't resist putting these old friends up on my studio wall.  




Do you recognize me with my complete pandemic hair?  I grabbed this opportunity to stop coloring it!  I feel quite liberated, truthfully.

A Seasons Greetings note would be incomplete without a blurb about the family!  John and I are happily adjusted to our lives here in Denver, both of us busily pursuing our work.  Daughter Emily and son-in-law Doug have bought a house just outside of Boston.  Josh is visiting us now from DC, where he moved with girlfriend Dylan for her once in a lifetime job with the federal government.  Jordie is in Steamboat, in property management, and we're lucky to be close enough to see him now and then.

I cannot thank you enough for your support through the years, and especially this one.  Let us toast the end of 2020, and ring in new beginnings in 2021!

All the best,

Ann











 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Hope


 "Hope",  20" x 20", Oil on Canvas
The Mary Williams Gallery, Boulder, Colorado


Friends, as I painted this floral over the last month, I had plenty of time to contemplate the whirlwind of emotions that are swirling around us all.  The feeling that stuck with me as I painted was hope- hope that we will soon be with family and friends sharing carefree days again.

Several people have told me that they would be interested in prints of my work, so I've started to set that process up!  This painting will be available as a print soon, so if you'd be interested, please let me know.  I'm still trying to decide what the best format would be.  The cheapest option (while maintaining the highest quality) would be a gyclee print on high quality paper, ready to be framed.  I can also have prints made on canvas, ready to pop into a frame and hung.  If you have an opinion on any of this, I'd love to hear from you!


It's snowing today in Denver, which is the best news possible for putting out the fires raging all through the state.  Everything is cancelled, so I'll light my new cedar and evergreen candle and hunker down inside.  I hope you're having a beautiful fall wherever you are!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Sunshine On A Saturday


Sunshine On A Saturday
36" x 48", Oil on Canvas


Where would I be without my studio to retreat to, to delve into my paint, and get lost in deep concentration? This imposed quiet time has forced me to slow way down and see things in a new way.  

I think my new T-shirt sums up this year pretty well:


I hope that your coping mechanisms are working for YOU!  

 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

"Sunday Morning, Bird's Eye View"

"Sunday Morning, Bird's Eye View"
36x48 inches, Oil on Canvas
The Petter Gallery


I just got word that this rather ginormous painting has safely made it to the Petter Gallery in Saugatuck, Michigan.  After I painted it, I took the canvas off of the stretcher bars, rolled it up, and trusted my friends at UPS to treat it kindly on its journey to Michigan.  I always have an uneasy feeling when I send a painting off into the stratosphere, especially one that I spent about a month working on.

It has arrived and been stretched and framed by my good friends at Petter.  I can rest easy now and concentrate on the paintings in my studio yet to be launched!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Peony Contemplation

 "Peony Contemplation", 14" x 11", Oil on Panel




Why do artists paint what they paint?  

For me, I've been contemplating the beautiful, simple things that are usually right in front of me, and I feel grateful for the hours of quiet concentration they give me.  Do you love peonies as much as I do?  The way they catch the light, the subtle color shifts, and transparent petals keep me transfixed for hours.

For this painting, I took a lovely old panel that I had gessoed thickly with a palette knife many months ago.  I had started painting on it back then, but that painting never really got off the ground. A week ago, I took sand paper to it, and to my surprise, some lovely shapes and colors emerged from underneath!  I very slowly built up the peony shapes on top of all this lovely found texture, and was careful not to completely cover up what was already happening.


These peonies were my escape for several days.  I feel uplifted after my time with them.

We're all looking for ways to run away without leaving home these days!  For my son, it's sitting for hours, composing the perfect software code.  For my friend, it's baking loaf after loaf of bread, in search of the perfect flour.  What's your escape without leaving home?


















Sunday, May 10, 2020

First Bloom

"First Bloom", 12"x12", oil on panel


I love spring for many reasons- not the least of which is the first bloom of peonies.  Today is Mother's Day in the U.S., and wherever you are, I hope that you're feeling some extra love today!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Steamboat Snow


11" x 14", Oil on Panel

How many weeks have we been under this "shelter in place" order?  I've honestly lost track.  I do know that it's necessary to find some means of escape- if only in my mind.  I love going back through my photos and finding great memories, especially of the outdoors!  As I painted this one, I thought about how the air felt that day (bracingly cold), and how the snow crunched underfoot.



I have to admit that even in this very difficult and sometimes scary time, there have been some silver linings.  Perhaps you've found a few too?  I'd love to hear about them.  John snapped this photo of me (I had no idea- look at that concentration!) on our pandemic walk in the neighborhood.  Note the facemask and my Lockdown Locks of untouched hair! 

I hope you are well my dear friends. Let's keep looking for those silver linings.


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Red Flowers

"Red Flowers (A Gift From A Friend)"
6x6", Oil on Panel

I feel very fortunate that I came through the Corona virus unscathed.  My symptoms were mild enough to stay at home, but it was not a fun time!  A lovely friend dropped some flowers at my doorstep, and they brought a smile every day while they lasted.  I used them to inspire this tiny painting, and now they will live on!  Please stay well my friends!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

An Avocado

"An Avocado",  8x8", Oil on Gesso Board
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My friends, I hope you are all staying safe and well during this pandemic. While we're staying close to home, my attention is turning to the objects that we see everyday, but are quite interesting in their own right. I painted this avocado quickly before it was plopped into our salad. 

Monday, February 3, 2020

A New Orientation

"Round and Round and Round", 36" x 48"
Oil on Canvas

Here is a piece I just finished for the Petter Gallery in Saugatuck, Michigan. I treated this painting as an abstract piece, playing with colorful fabrics and round objects until I found a composition that rang true.  I painted it with this vertical orientation, and I liked the result enough to hang it outside my studio door when it was finished.  

Here's a reason I love working in a space with lots of creative people:  Richard, an artist and new friend from across the hall, said, "Wait a minute, let's see what happens when we turn it on its side".  


Well, I'll be!  I think I might prefer it with this horizontal orientation.  Now I've got to figure out a way to sign this painting which will allow it to be hung either way! 

Do you have a preferred orientation for this piece? 

Friday, December 20, 2019

How To Start A Floral Painting In Oil


"Ranunculus (Because I Love Saying Ranunculus)"
Oil on Gessoboard, 14x11"
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Sometimes, it's interesting to "peek under the hood" to see how a new painting is developed.  Floral paintings especially can be full of complicated details that can force us to become overly tight and detail oriented when setting them up.  My goal is to allow my flowers to appear energetic, as if a breeze is coming through the painting.  To achieve this feeling, my layers underneath have to be loose and free flowing.


Here's my first wash, on the first day of painting.  Using Raw Umber mixed with Gamsol, I tone the board, then go in with a brush and more Raw Umber to put in the darker areas, and I use a cotton cloth to lift the lighter sections.  At this point, I can see if I like the overall composition and the flow of the painting to be.


Using my underpainting as my guide, I'm ready to go in with color.  You can see that I've tried to remain true to my underpainting, matching darker color in the dark areas and light color in the sunlit parts.


Day 3, I'm continuing to add detail and finish the background color.  


Day 4, it's time to add the vase, stems, and other small details to finish the painting.

It's fun for me to share my painting process with you- I hope you enjoyed seeing it!


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Peonies, and a New Studio


"Early Spring, New Harmony", 9x12", Oil on Board
The J. Petter Galleries

I love to paint white things, especially flowers, and try to find all the hidden colors within. Many glazes of purple, green, and gold were used in this painting. In fact, I don't believe that there is a single passage in this one that is truly pure white, yet I think that the flowers read as white in the end.  

Beginning in December, I'll be moving to my new studio space in Prism Workspaces, here in Denver, and I couldn't be happier.  This group of buildings is filled with artists and creatives who will inspire and motivate me.  If you're in the Denver area this week, I hope you'll stop in to see the Open Studio Event this Friday.  All the studios will be open, and there will be art for viewing and for sale.  Here's the information:




Friday, November 1, 2019

Because We Still Need Notecards!

Thanks to the Internet, we stay in touch with friends and family with the click of a button.  Our thoughts disappear into the Cloud, or wherever these things go when we're done reading them.  I believe that we still need notecards, at least when we want to share something heartfelt and meaningful. Or when we want to give someone a gift they can't find just anywhere- a box of notecards can be the perfect thing.

So I've produced a new batch!  Each box of 10 cards has two of each of the paintings you see below.  Please send me an email if you'd like to purchase.  Here's the price: 1 box: $23.00 plus $7.00 shipping and handling.  2 or more boxes: $23.00 per box, $10.00 shipping and handling.

The cards just arrived from the printer, and they look great if I may say so! I hope you have many notecard-worthy moments this year!












Monday, October 21, 2019

Monet At The Denver Art Museum

The Boulevard des Capucines, 1873-74
Claude Monet

What a treat to visit the Denver Art Museum yesterday to see the Monet exhibit, "The Truth of Nature".  It is a wonderful show, with room upon room filled with his plein air paintings and landscapes.  The show begins with some caricatures he drew as a teenager, and continues all the way through to his abstracted water lily paintings from his garden in Giverney toward the end of his life.






The exhibition guides pointed out that Monet became more interested in describing atmosphere rather than reality as he progressed through life.  And it was interesting to note how frustrated he often became as he chased the light for his paintings.  

"Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment."


The exhibition will be here until February.  I hope that you'll have a chance to come and see it!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Plein Air Ain't Easy (Continued)

 Edge of Sarvis Creek, Steamboat (photo)

Plein Air paintings are a lot like pancakes: you have to throw out the first one or two before you can start to hit your stride.  I painted for hours trying to perfect my painting on my previous blog post, and I didn't love it in the end.  I put it aside and started adding color to my other outdoor sketches, and this time, I was happier in half the time!  In the future, I'll toss out the first "pancake" a lot sooner, and get to the good stuff.

Monochrome Study, Creek's Edge, oil on gesso board

I painted in monochrome the entire time I was outside in Steamboat.  There's a ton of color out there, so I wanted to keep things simple and focus on value (lightness and darkness).


"Creek's Edge", Oil on Gessoboard, 10 x 8"

When I got back to the studio, I added color to my sketch, trying to stay true to my value areas, so if you converted this to black and white, it would look pretty much the same as my original monochrome. You can see that I played around with the color, too.  I don't like a whole lot of green in my paintings.


Monochrome Study, "The Stand", oil on gesso board 


"The Stand", Oil on Gesso Board, 10 x 8"

Another monochrome study, and a version with color.  I may actually start to enjoy this process!  Time to pack up and head out again!


Friday, October 11, 2019

Plein Air Ain't Easy



Photo of Sarvis Creek, Steamboat Springs


Artists in Colorado paint outside.  It's an unspoken rule.  And nothing is more beautiful than Steamboat Springs in the fall, with the Aspens in full glory and the misty mountains in the background.  I packed up my equipment and headed out.  But first, I thought I'd take a workshop with Dave Santillanes, one of the best landscape painters working today.  

My time with Dave in Steamboat was well spent.  He showed us how he creates atmosphere with value and color, which was a huge revelation for an indoor painter like me.  Then we went out into the field to watch him paint his "sketches" which he then brings into his studio to create larger, more finished pieces.  It was a complete eye-opener for me.

I decided to keep my outdoor sketches monochrome, working only with value to create atmosphere.  To a newbie like me, adding color this early in the game could result in disaster.


Monochrome Study, Sarvis Creek, oil on panel

It was a dry, windy day, and the cowboys were transporting horses on the road at my back.  They apologized every time they passed by, but I was happy to see them.  There's about a pound of sand and grit mixed into the paint on this one.

Color Study, Sarvis Creek, oil on panel


I took the study back to the studio and added color on top of it.  Dave encouraged us to change color and composition however we want in order to tell a story.  With this one, I emphasized the warm color in the background to suggest an early morning scene.

Well, it's a start.  If I want to do plain air well, I will have to paint many many more.