Last weekend was Open Doors New Hampshire as well as something called “ArtWalk” in Nashua and “Art in Action” in Londonderry. If you had the energy (I didn’t), you could have spent all weekend touring artists’ studios and watching demonstrations by artists and crafts people. As part of this pretty big deal, the NH Women’s Caucus for Art held its annual, tenth anniversary, 6×6 exhibit and sale as part of Nashua’s ArtWalk. It was great timing for the WCA (of which I serve as Treasurer) because the visibility brought in lots of new membership applications. Sales of our 6×6’s were brisk too– on Saturday. I suspect, although I haven’t got proof positive, that the higher Saturday sales reflect the fact that our artists were buying each other’s works. (No one appreciates your work as much as your own people do.) See the incriminating photograph on the blog of Kathryn Antyr of our president possibly red-dotting the panels that she wanted to take home.
Two weeks ago I made a prediction regarding which of my panels would be the first to sell, and I got many, many responses (by email and by blog comment) from my readers who agreed with me. I predicted that my first sale would be this image of the lounging alley cat, titled “At Home”.
Au contraire. My first sale was the “Snaggle-Toothed Cat”, Grace, the one I painted many months ago to amuse myself while gallery-sitting.
Apparently one of the artists from a neighboring studio fell head over heels in love with the snaggle-toothed kitty. I know from my own experience that when love happens, it happens. There’s no explaining it.
The next to go was the portrait of my friend’s deceased akita, Nora.
I heard, in fact, that more than one person wanted to buy the Akita, but then they both thought the Akita was a polar bear. I guess polar bears are popular. Coca-Cola knows what it is doing.
I had to get much of the above information on Sunday, after the fact, because on Saturday I was busy learning how to get luminosity in my paintings. It was one of the series of single-topic landscape workshops, offered by Peter Granucci through the New Hampshire Plein Air group. We began Saturday by studying paintings by masters such as Kensett, trying to figure out how they achieved luminosity, then we tried to achieve it in our own painting. Our first exercise was a new painting from a projected photograph:
This exercise illustrates many of the attributes of a luminous painting–high key (meaning mostly very light); complementary colors (purples and yellows are the preferred set of complements); small areas of dark contrast; one lightest spot that seems to pour luminosity all over the scene.
Our second exercise was to work on one of our already “finished” paintings, trying to add more luminosity to it. I chose to work on “Spectator, Mt. Washington Bike Race”:
I had already been pretty happy with my Spectator, but Peter saw potential for more luminosity. I lightened the background mountains, added the light source, and changed my white highlights to pale yellow. The result:
Is this better? It looks darker rather than lighter. Must be the lighting when I photographed it.,
Aline Lotter is currently exhibiting:
at the Gallery at 100 Market Street in Portsmouth; at the Sage Gallery in Manchester; at the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett; at the Red Jacket Inn in North Conway; at the Rockport Art Association Gallery in Rockport, Massachusetts.
[The Manchester Artists Association Gallery is now officially closed. But the MAA itself is as active and vibrant as ever.]
Link to website: www.paintingsbyaline.com