The art of almost
The art of almost, Oil on Canvas 27.5 x 39.5 inches (70 x 100cm) $3400 (€3,000)
I’ve been holding on to this painting for almost a year now. It was one of a few that I held back in my own collection of favourites but in the end I decided bring it to the states. It’s a view of a drawing room in a large Georgian home in Dublin.
News from the other side of the pond
If you follow me on Facebook you will have been getting news and photos of my New England trip. I’m home now and re-emerging from jet lag to consider all that happened, which is no mean feat. I packed a lot into 10 days. I met some wonderful people and I have to say I was treated like royalty. It will take a while to fully appreciate all that this trip has meant and the possibilities that it has thrown up.
The Art Complex, Duxbury
We were based at The Art Complex, Duxbury. Our home was in the Alden Studio Gallery (below), set just to the side of the main building (above). It housed a gallery, a large studio workshop, store rooms, kitchen and artist accommodation, which we didn’t avail of during this visit.
We were thrilled with the response to the show and being a brand new environment for my work I was even more thrilled with the red dots. More than a welcome bonus! We had a steady flow of folks and had a great time meeting everyone, having to throw the last people out an hour after it finished, always a good sign in my book. :-)
Here I am with my friend and ‘wing woman’ Naomi Varian, whose duties on this trip included, treasurer, navigator, roadie, photographer and chief negotiator!
The calm before the storm.
And this is Sally Dean Mello who was curator to the show and my host at The Art Complex. An amazing artist and a now my good friend.
Next up the Artist’s talks…
First down to Rhode Island. Providence Art Club is home to the oldest art studio in the US (circa 1700’s) and it is still one of the most vibrant and sought after today with 650 members.
We were bowled over by the new and old parts of it’s buildings and I was thrilled and a little taken a back with a big turn out for the talk.
The second talk was up in Boston. The Cambridge Art Association is another established art community set just steps away from Harvard Square.
Of course we Europeans can think of America as being young but Boston and New England has many amazingly old buildings.
During our trip we also managed to visit some galleries on Newbury Street and spent an afternoon in the beautiful Boston Museum of Fine Art. The Americas Collection is a must with it’s Sargent and Tiffany pieces being among my favourites and the Robert and Jane Burke Gallery (Gallery 336) is a treat not to be missed.
Now before you start feeling bad for all the hard work we were doing, let me mention the R&R we managed to squeeze in the shape of a lunar eclipse at the beach..
And a dinner party held in our honour by our other generous hosts, the lovely Michelle and Rooster Conway.
Not to mention the best handmade danish ice cream in the state :-)
A major part of the trip was the workshops. First off, a one day workshop about the business of making a living from art.
And after that, a weekend painting workshop. We had a really fantastic group of artists join us from up and down the country.
We laughed and learned together and at the end I was truly sorry to say good bye.
While in New England also I got a chance to visit a number of homes both of the historic kind and the more lived in kind. I took hundreds of reference photos which I can work from at home in my studio. So watch this space for some future US work!