Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Painting Trip Update

I am in New York now, on my way back to Mexico.
The painting trip was great. It was so much fun to get together with so many painters and hang out for more than a week. We did a lot of painting and had a lot of laughs.
There are a lot of things to post, but I only have a photo of this painting so far.
I painted this from the cemetery on Monhegan Island. I really liked the way the buildings were arranged and the light. Great light out there on Monhegan.

"Monhegan Houses", 8" x 10" oil on linen, Frank Gardner © 2008
Private Collection

Here is a photo of most of the painting group getting ready to boat ride back from Monhegan Island.
Back row standing left to right: Jeff Bonasia, Paul Schulenburg, Eric Merrell, Casey Baugh, Jeremy Lipking, Logan Hagege, Ernesto Nemesio, Glenn Dean,
front row left to right: Frank Gardner, Eric ?
Missing from photo: Peter Kalill, Colin Page, Jerome Greene.

I'll have another post about the trip soon.
If you are interested in reading more, Colin Page has posted a little about the trip on his Journal.


Anonymous said...

OH MY OH YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And, oh, I LOVE the way you laid down the paint in this painting, too! I'll look at it some more, but I was just so excited I had to write a YAY and a HELLO first.
Am skippingly happy!!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Fantastic work...I can feel the light and the sense of place. Those painting trips are so valuable!

Anonymous said...

I just want to point out that Pete and I were missing from this photo because we were PAINTINTG!I don't know what Jerome was up to, but we were working at the time.

It was alot of fun and I'm already looking forward to doing another one sometime.


Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

great light in this painting, the view looks like it was amazing too! sounds like you had a great trip, had to be a blast with so many artists all together. i don't think i've ever done anything like that!

Anonymous said...

Hey man, I don't see a single female in this picture!
Looks like you guys had a blast.
I just came home from my first lesson with Eric Merrell. I learned a bunch.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Solveg, Thanks for the warm welcome back.

Thanks Theresa. Painting trips like this are a big energy boost as well as learning experience. And fun to boot.

Colin, Actually, you guys were probably hustling down to the boat by this point. Jerome must have been in the store getting a coffee.
Yeah, I had a blast.

Hi Christine. It WAS great fun.

Hi Silvina. er.. umm...no, it was just a guy trip this time.
Eris is very cool. I can't wait to see what you pick up from him. Did you see his paintings from the trip?

Marian Fortunati said...

Sounds like you all had a ball. Can't wait to see more of your paintings and hear about (some) of your adventures!!
Bet your family will be happy when you return!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Eric showed me his paintings from the trip. Great light there. Did you know this guy makes the custom frames for each of his paintings? He carves and gold or silver leafs them. Each one is a unique handcrafted work of art in its own right. I'm totally amazed.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back home and wow, didn't we all appreciate your " ghost posts " while you were away!

Great to see the contrast of cool NE light against the hot glow of Mexico and you nailed it in this one.

Seems that workshop collective would have made a fantastic documentary for people interested in plein air painting and how it happens.

Looking forward to photos- don't be stingy with us!

You must have lots of catching up to do and 900 emails. And family.
We're patient....

Ambera said...

Gorgeous painting. Very interesting to see a new area explored in your style: looks like it was a great trip!!

Anonymous said...

Like the painting and SO envious of the trip.

Anonymous said...

Cool painting. Loving the lighting, especially in the top left of the scene.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Marian. I'll be sure to get the paintings up once I get home and settled. I got a lot done. Some are good, some are not so hot, and some may benefit from a few touches in the studio.
Yes, we will all be happy to see each other.

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Frank Gardner said...

Yes Silvina, Eric was talking about his frames. Very cool.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Bonnie.
Actually, Jeremy was taking a bit of footage on his HD camera and may end up editing some sort of documentary from the trip.
I won't be stingy, I'll post some more soon.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Ambera. Yes, it was.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks onpainting.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Alexandre.

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

I"m in love with that painting! It is so calming.. and the light! Oh the light is wonderful!

It's great to see that picture. I see you.. Hi there! :o)
It really sounds like you had a wonderful time. To paint all day and then go back home to admire all of the group paintings and talk about art and life.. well that's just pretty darn good! :o)

Paula Villanova said...

What a difference the light can make. I have been to Mexico but not Monhegan but it is on my list. You definitely conveyed the difference in the light of each place. Beautiful painting.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Alicia.
It was a good time.

Hi Paula. Yeah, the light makes all the difference in the world. It took me a day or two to get used to the light up there.
Monhegan was great. It was my first time too, but I'll be going back.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Love the Monhegan one.
The composition of the houses is well done. It's hard to get them all in so well from up there.
I have still never done a nocturne but I'm inspired by yours, to try.
I love the shed. Looks like moonlight.
Nice job.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Mary. I sketched in the perspective on all of those houses first thing. It was important to get all of that right before I started to lay in the color.
Then went for the light.
I hope to see a nocturne from you one of these days.