Saturday, October 29, 2011

Autumn Tree Study

étude d'arbre d'automne, 12x16, acrylic on linen panel, Jan Blencowe, copyright 2011

Here is the finished version of my autumn tree study from last week. Of course today the woods outside my studio window look totally different covered in snow! This is the first October snowstorm I can remember, though my son tells me that it snowed in October in 1987. We were without power, phone, cable and internet for about eight hours today. I am so glad that we bought a generator just before Hurricane Irene.

Anyway, now that things are back to normal (except for the fact that it is still snowing and it's not even Halloween yet!) we can turn our attention to the new painting. This study was meant to cover a few technical problems. Specifically, creating believable distance in a short space with many saplings, underbrush and tree trunks crowding the viewers field of vision, just as it would be if you were walking in the woods, well drawn tree limbs including ones that are foreshortened, controlled use of texture and brush work for the underbrush and the leaf litter on the floor of the woods, the selective use of hard and soft edges to create a strong sense of realism and a careful use of tone and color to capture the feel of autumn in the woods without being garrish.

I was really quite enjoyable working on a study, taking time to specifically tackle a set of painting challenges without worrying about completing a "finished" painting.

Yesterday, I accompanied two friends, Claudia Post and Bivenne Staiger, to the National Arts Club in New Yourk City for the Catharine Lorrilard Wolfe Arts Club Awards Dinner. Both Claudia and Bivenne were in the show and it was a wonderful opportunity to attend an event in an historic and artistically important place.

 Bivenne, Claudia and myself

 Inside the National Arts Club

 Enjoying the wine! I was not driving!

Claudia Post, her Portrait of Lillian, and me.

I'm also delighted to tell you that all three of us were elected to membership in the Salmagundi Club in New York City!  Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. Housed in an historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, New York City. The Club owns a collection of over 1,500 works of art spanning its 140 year history. Its members have included important American artists such as Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth and Childe Hassam. Today the Club builds on this legacy by providing a center for the resurgence of representational art in America.

Many exciting things are about to happen in the coming year and I am looking forward to each new experience!

1 comment:

pamandherart said...

Jan, I have been following your work over the past several months. It is truly wonderful. You have an extraordinary ability to convey a mood in a powerful, yet simplified way. You have achieved what so many of us wish to to as well, but we may never match your standard! Wonderful stuff.
P.S we don't yet have your winter storm in my part of Canada...Ottawa Valley......wondering if this winter will be a repeat of last for your part of the Country! I like snow!