|Sketch of Sage I scanned and colored in Photoshop|
Tarot Card CollectiveThe Tarot Card Project is a group of 22 artists in Lowell, collected together by fantastic local artist Denise Warren. Each of us picked a tarot card from the deck of Major Arcana cards (I think this is like the royalty cards in a regular deck of cards) and are reinterpreting it in our own style and medium. On Halloween, the paintings will all be in a one-night show at Brian's Ivy Hall in Lowell.
I picked the High Priestess card and spent the first 2 weeks in August finishing the sketch and transferring it to an 18"x24" canvas. Then, daunted by the size and amount of work left to do, I went on a week vacation to Maine.
Monhegan Island, MaineFor the past 3 years, Joe and I have gone to Monhegan Island in the late summer with the goals of painting outside and relaxing. This year was the best in terms of both, and we painted and sketched every day on the island, stopping to take in art and nature, sunsets and siestas. Here are my two favorite images from our trip. It took a few days to build up the painting/seeing outside muscle again, the first few images I did were really practice pieces. One of the best things about painting outside is the chance to be outside and focused on something, while also watching everything that goes on. (On Monhegan, that means watching butterflies come and go, a mid-size rodent creep through the garden, and the tide come in or go out).
The week in Maine made me really appreciate what an artist residency could be like; the time away from distractions and outside made things very clear and simple.