Painting the bifold doors is giving me a chance to get a new take on an old scene. The original of this scene was an 8×10 that’s found another home, and it’s turning into even more fun now that my little dirt road is looking like big sky country ( about 4 feet by 3 ft so far).
For the past few months I’ve been playing with oil, and because of work and family, most of the work has been done in my ‘studio’ or on the roadside very close to home. None of the spots in my show are famous (except for the Battenkill River), but they pull me back again and again, and the ritual of visiting these places in my very small world has been at once soothing and inspiring.
I’m including a list of the pieces hanging at the Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington, VT below, and you can see a quick video tour on my Facebook page.
There will be no artist reception because the theatre schedule is quite booked this month. They are open between 10AM and 5PM during the week and for their scheduled evening events. They are holding their annual Gala on the 17th of November at 6:00PM, and , if you are in Bennington, it’s a wonderful chance to look at oil paintings and the many other items they’ll have up for bid to support the theatre and the work it does. December 7-8 they are performing a play called the “Curious Savage”, and in between those dates they will be hosting a number of plays and gatherings.
If you are not in the Bennington area but are interested in purchasing any pieces on the list, you can contact Jana at 802.447.0564
So my show is hung – more on that later- and between classes and work, I haven’t painted more than a few strokes in a few days. I’m heading into a week of cleaning and Thanksgiving preparations, and I’ll do some writing , but I’m also looking for new ways to play.
Anticipating a bigger crowd this year, I did a little bit of rearranging of the living room so that we could pull out our antique dining room table that has been mothballed while the boys were still in their soccer-in-the-house-phases. I was pretty pleased with the results, but as you can see from the picture above , our open floor plan, which is usually perfect for a very casual lifestyle, makes it hard to really dress up the layout for dinner.
If only I had some way to divide the spaces, I have been thinking. The only obvious way was to build or move a wall, but that might result in the Big Guy choosing to spend Thanksgiving somewhere else. I knew I needed a temporary wall, and Pinterest came to the rescue with a few ideas for folding screens and carefully situation plans. There were some fairly simple screens, and there were others that were decorated with Georgian style paintings. Can you guess which ones I decided I could make myself?
Yep, you can,
And as luck would have it we have a pair of unused doors from when we first built the house. The Big Guy listened to my plan with the tolerant (even encouraging) smile that all men who have been married successfully for two decades have learned, and I dragged my new “canvas” back to my studio.
Because the only answer to what could possibly be better than a blank canvas is a lot bigger one.
Thing2’s chorus teacher, apparently mindful of the potential impact of current events on his students, shared with them a song that had been discovered in the barracks at one of the concentration camps after World War II. I’m printing it up for my bulletin board: