Mary Crawford Reining

Continuing my report on my 2-week vacation on Marco Island as the guest of Mary Crawford Reining, here I present for your awe and delight a slideshow of 11 of Mary’s paintings, 10 of which were painted during my stay. Mary is, as I mentioned two weeks ago, really into painting sunsets.  Me, not so much.  While she was working on the sun, sky, clouds, etc., I would be faced in a different direction, painting the effect the light of the setting sun on various objects, like her cat, her mahogany tree, and so on.

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I guess there is one that doesn’t fit into the colorist label, but for the most part, Mary revels in colors of the highest chroma.  She does not gray anything down!

Just to be fair, I added comments to her paintings too, which you can access by clicking on the image.

Mary's Sunset No 1

Mary's Sunset No. 2






Mary's Sunset no. 3

Mary's Twilight Palms








Mary's Esplanade Fountain


Mary's Palms through the Lanai

I included her painting of the Esplanade fountain just because it was there, and why not?  I should have photographed some of her larger opuses as well, but I wasn’t thinking straight.  It was really, really HOT down there, and humid too!  No, one does not retreat into air conditioned interiors.  Especially if one is a painter.  What good is a lanai open to nature if you are going to hunker down in a closed-in building?

Mary's Farmers Market No. 1

Mary's Farmer's Market no. 2

Mary's Corkscrew Swamp

Mary's "Mangos"

Mary's Bridge (Work in Progress)

Two years ago, I posted a lot of bird photos that I captured in SW Florida.  I have a few more of those plus alligators, but another day.  I might have to supplement this post, already in two parts, with a third part, sublime wildlife photos from Marco Island.  But I have that time problem, so don’t hold your breath!

Aline Lotter is currently exhibiting:

at the Gallery at 100 Market Street in Portsmouth; at the Sage Gallery in Manchester; at the Hatfield Gallery in Manchester; at the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett; at the Red Jacket Inn in North Conway; and at her studio by appointment.

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2 responses to “Mary Crawford Reining

  1. My goodness, each week I think ‘can you top this’. Oh, my, yes, you can and did.
    You never cease to amaze me. Have a ball at the workshop. M.


  2. Just realized I made my comment after the Reining paintings which I also loved. I can see why you call her a colorist. Beautiful work. You make a good pair. M.