Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ADIRONDACKS - September 12th-19th

Last week I took a trip to the Adirondacks to paint with Donald Jurney. I've traveled with Donald in the past, in Vermont, Scotland, and Holland, and his workshops are always great fun, as well as being an inspiring learning experience.  I came home with eight sketches to finish, and a library of ideas (not photographs!) to develop over the winter months.  

After a rainy and cloudy beginning, the weather turned gloriously perfect for the following seven days of the nine day workshop. Donald had scouted out a variety of painting locations around Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, and Paul Smith's, and provided a large map of the area with the chosen locations identified on the map These sites provided a variety of challenges for the group of eleven experienced painters, and included deep forest interiors, roaring waterfalls, tranquil ponds and streams, and even the top of Whiteface Mountain, accessed by an auto road and an elevator rising to the summit.   

Donald's workshop style is to demonstrate his approach sequentially, explaining the process and answering questions as he works. He begins with a grisaille in burnt umber and ultramarine blue, balancing warm and cool tones  while developing the value range. To capture light and depth in the painting, the early stages are accomplished in transparent color only. It's a joy and a revelation to watch this man paint, and the conversation is always peppered with his irrepressible and good-natured humor.  

The days were full and demanding, with plenty of time to paint.  We began each day at 9 on location and worked until 4, and often much later, with Donald making the rounds to offer critiques and suggestions throughout the day. After a week of this, a few things begin to sink in, reinforced through constant practice and application.  The camaraderie and support of the group adds to the fun, and we learn much from each other. 

The benefits of a workshop are numerous - among them, the opportunity to stretch one's skills, try new techniques, and get out of one's comfort zone with the support of a master artist, as well as enjoy the company of other artists and the pleasure and focus of painting every day, outdoors. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Exhibit Opening at the Lakes Gallery

I am pleased and honored to be included in a show of contemporary landscapes at the Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin, in Meredith, New Hampshire.  A wine and cheese reception will be held on October 30th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm in conjunction with the Hermit Woods Winery around the corner. Please come meet the artists!
Follow this link to preview some of the paintings in the show: http://thelakesgallery.com

Whisper of Fall   24 x 20 inches, oil on linen

Monday, June 30, 2014

Many thanks to all who contributed!

The Raffle for the painting "Perspective" was won on Saturday June 21 by Claudia Duchene, parent of Madeleine Duchene, High Mowing Class of 2012.
Thank you to all who bought tickets - over $6000 was raised!
More details here: http://fryefield.highmowing.org/news/perspective-raffle-winner

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Shows (bring May flow'rs?)

And, at ART 3 in Manchester, Opening April 24th:

My new painting, "Field with Pines, at Sunset" is featured in the show:

Monday, March 3, 2014

In Support of Farm and Forest Conservation


oil on linen, 18 x 54 inches

I feel deeply connected to this place. As an artist, I know it to be one of the most stunning views in southern New Hampshire. As a resident of Wilton, New Hampshire, I understand the critical importance of land conservation in protecting beauty, nature, and quality of life, and appreciate the value of land that has been farmed continuously for seven generations. And as a parent of two High Mowing School alumnae, this place holds precious memories for my family, too.

I have donated this painting to High Mowing School as a contribution to the fund-raising effort to conserve and purchase 154 acres of open farmland and forest on Abbot Hill in Wilton, to protect this land from development and keep it open to public access forever.

Buy a Raffle Ticket to Win this Painting

This painting will be the prize in a raffle to benefit the conservation project, with tickets available for $50 each, offered by High Mowing School. More information about the raffle is available here: www.fryefield.highmowing.org/perspective

Raffle tickets may be purchased securely online here: https://www.highmowing.org/page.cfm?p=1124

Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase through local businesses in the area, after April 8th.
Or, you may enter by contacting Kathy Boss, kboss@highmowing.org, or by writing or calling Kathy at High Mowing School, 222 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton, NH 03086, 603-654-9408, ext. 105.

The drawing for the winner of the painting will take place at High Mowing School on June 21st, 2014. You do not need to be present to win.

Many of you supported my fundraiser for Lincoln in the fall of 2012, and this is another opportunity to support local farms and farmers in southern New Hampshire. If this conservation effort is successful, Lincoln will soon be mowing these fields!

Thank you for joining me in supporting this important conservation effort. And, please consider making a donation to the fund to conserve this land: http://fryefield.highmowing.org/donate

For more information about this project, please visit the project's website: www.fryefield.highmowing.org

The title of this painting is inspired by the opening lines of Beulah Emmet's book, From Farm to School:

"Not too far, not too high--but high enough for breadth of view and far enough for perspective on a busy world and a frantic struggle to get somewhere. Far enough and high enough to lead to a finding of values and goals, enhanced by the beauty of nature and the swing of the sun, moon and stars over the endless quiet of the hills."

Another artist, another time - Chauncey Ryder

The Frye farm is just up the hill from the historic home of artist Chauncey Ryder. In 1910, he and his wife bought a house and three acres in Wilton, and for the rest of their lives divided their time between Wilton and New York City, traveling and painting throughout New England until Chauncey's death in 1949. He was attracted to the hill farms and back byways of the disappearing agricultural past, painting crumbling stone walls and young, expressively rendered trees in moody, tonalist landscapes. I've chosen a few of his paintings which show the openness of the landscape as it appeared 70-100 years ago:

Wilton, New Hampshire, oil on canvas by Chauncey Ryder
This may very well be a painting of the Frye farmland, a five-minute walk from Ryder's house
The Hill Road, oil on canvas by Chauncey Ryder
The title doesn't indicate the location, but this could be the back road leading down to
Gage Road fromHigh Mowing. There were fewer trees then, but the lay of the land seems
a good match…. Even if it isn't, the back road probably looked much like this in the past.
The Brick House, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, oil on canvas by Chauncey Ryder

Temple Mountain, oil on canvas by Chauncey Ryder

One hundred years from now, how will this land appear?

By placing this land under conservation easement, it will remain as it is, an asset to this area forever.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Another Opening, Another Show….

"Winter Visions", a juried group show at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, will include my painting "Fading Light", on exhibit until March 13th. The reception was February 27th, but I was not able to attend. Please stop in and see the show (and let me know how it looks)! 
Fading Light, oil on linen, 30 x 40 inches

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Oil Painting Demonstration, Sunday July 21, in Boston

I will be giving a painting demonstration at the Copley Society of Art, 158 Newbury Street, Boston, this
Sunday, July 21st, from 1-3 PM.

I will be showing examples of works in progress, and using drawings and plein air oils I will demonstrate how I use these sources to develop detail and color, employing a multi-layered approach to complete a painting. Please join me!

The event is free of charge, and light refreshments will be served.

More information can be found here:http://www.copleysociety.org/events/lectures.html