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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Where the art lives

Packing up and revisiting the paint racks... Is this normal to have so much art... and so little space?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The HFAA water works exhibit

The Home Farm Artists Association along with Fence Post Productions presented the 2017 annual group art show along the theme of "Water Works". A small reception was held at 11 am July 5th, and the show will be up through the rest of the summer. Make sure to sign the guest book if you get there!
where does our water come from?

 I printed canvas cards of a spigot as party favors. Most people don't even think about the finite supply or source of their water. The spigot faucet is where water comes from! We hung streamers from my brothers boat like a waterfall effect. The boat, an acorn skiff, was a home school project Willy undertook between the ages of 14 and 16.

 Michael G exhibited a work that had previously shown at the Akin Museum, an iceberg relic. It served as a commentary on water in it's solid form.
Gellatly work to the left, Gardner Grossi giving tour to an art patron
painting of Kylie G in front of pond

 Ian S. focused on the significance of water to the basic needs of life. He and Natalie created a series of planet paintings to highlight the search for water in outer space. "Water is the stuf(f) of Life"
 My father, Julian S, featured a series of small watercolors, just a sampling of the many he has painted at Schoodic point in Maine. This coast has been a source of endless fascination and painterly challenge for him. Framed above his postcards is a painting of a lighthouse by my sister Suzy B.
 The entryway was hung with watercolors from our archive. Works by Joan Bowers in Cambridge, Gwen Strauss in Cape Cod, Michael Gellatly, Erin Haab , and Pa at the pond, Kate Long in the weeds, (and more) demonstrated the perfect nature of watercolors as a medium to capture natural scenes of water. Natalie's gouche of a Koi and an oil painting by Claude Marks of the Venice shore were also represented.
 Natalie outdid herself with this scene inspired by the fourth of July- "A night of Fire and Water", acrylic on paper.
 Willy submitted two photos digitally manipulated along the theme. Using his wife as his muse, Willy cleverly titled his art Water Closet and Water Table. They require deep looking.

We had a fun time preparing the space, cleaning and curating the submissions.

There is more work... by artists Susan Hennelly, Jo Davidson, Gardner Grossi and Laurent Davidson.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

HFAA kids painting

hands on project!

hard at work, deep in concentration

Natalie's studio space

Ian's outside spray table

a Galaxy by Ian

Continuing in the tradition of the Home Farm Artists Association, my niece and nephew found plenty of time to paint while visiting the farm. When I look back on the time we were all in the barn and recall the humming industry, I am tickled pink. Some might have thought that I was "baby sitting", but actually I was just enjoying their company. I worked on my own paintings in the loft and would catch up with them on breaks. My two rules were to cap the paints tight and rinse the brushes in water. So inspired- we came up with an idea for an exhibition! (more on that later)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cider House lounge

A fun and out of the way place to cool off with my dad in the early evening! He continually inspires me with his projects. This year's cider is very smooth and mellow. Makes us mellow too!

Friday, July 7, 2017

What a little paint will do

Nothing says "relax" like an afternoon at the swimming pond.
...but before we can get that underway, there is work to do to fix up the cabana, re-float the dock, hook up the fountains, mow the edges, and rake the weeds. This year my youngest son, my niece and my nephew were able to help out in the traditional clean up. We totally repainted the turkey-house-turned-pond-bathing-suit-changing cabana.
Cabana after this winter

Cabana after paint job

Adding the details

Niece with her double color flower stencil

nephew with his spray technique

I am glad to see the next generation of Strauss's learn the skill of making a silk purse out of a sow's ear! It's amazing what a little paint can do.