Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Old Man-finished

"The Old Man and the Sea", (2014), Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, pastel and graphite on paper

“The Old Man and the Sea”, (2014), Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, pastel and graphite on paper

So, my Christmas started with the completion of this, which each of my siblings will receive in print form for birthday presents. I will also be taking commission orders for portraits.

Tonight’s Challenge: The Old Man and the Sea

And, part of the Challenge is to make sure that I post everything everywhere on social media. 🙂

When I was working on getting my printer working the other day, I chose this image to print. It’s a great one to work from for tonight’s challenge.

A self-portrait is the ultimate challenge. A family member comes in at a close 2nd.

The old man is my father.

The Old Man and the Sea, 2014, pastel. in progress

The Old Man and the Sea, 2014, pastel. in progress

 

“Challenges”

I have offered myself up this new challenge of melding realism and abstraction. That will be ongoing.

Today, I decided to up-the-ante with a continual calendar of personal challenges, both art and personal, for 2015. Not big resolutions, but daily or weekly goals.

I have never been a great watercolor landscape painter, but there is no time like the present to practice.

"Quechee Gorge", 2014, watercolor on Arches, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

“Quechee Gorge”, 2014, watercolor on Arches, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

I also added to, and finished “Dinner for Two”.

"Dinner for Two", 2014, watercolor, oil and chalk pastel, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

“Dinner for Two”, 2014, watercolor, oil and chalk pastel, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

“Dinner for Two”

In my quest to assimilate the two rather disparate parts of my art portfolio. I can see things in life that might be well described this way, as well…

"Dinner for Two", watercolor and oil pastel, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

“Dinner for Two”, watercolor and oil pastel,
(c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Wanderlust and Pink

"Wanderlust and Growing Pains", 2014 (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Mixed media on paper.

“Wanderlust and Growing Pains”, 2014 (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Mixed media on paper.

"Pink Shimmer and Glue", 2014. Mixed media on paper (c)daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

“Pink Shimmer and Glue”, 2014. Mixed media on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

The latest concept is to try to marry my rendering skills, and my abstract sensibilities into a concept as to how we really don’t look at everything, and when we do, it is not for very long. An eighties concept called this cognitive overload. We are well beyond that. Our brains see it, and file it, but without all of the details. (And, in the meantime, someone is arguing with their “significant other”/mother/child on their cell phone, and you just remembered that deal on Groupon, that just expired)

It’s not the happy world of Monet and Matisse, where busy meant a slight blur. This is my depiction of daily reality.

Examples for classes

I am now contracted to teach 3 adult education classes. I have on occasion sold classes without good examples for advertising. So, this week I played with doing a self-portrait in pastel. I know how, just haven’t in…probably 20 years. The first wasn’t a failure-actually a good drawing-but the face was me at 19.

Selfie in Pastel, 11" x 15", pastel on Rives BFK

Selfie in Pastel, 11″ x 15″,
pastel on Rives BFK

I finished this today. More like it. I will be teaching several classes in the southern Maine and New Hampshire area, from watercolor, plein air, mixed media, and pastel portraits.

“Tis the season!

Blackdird Dtudio with my small watercolors  and one of my smaller realistic pieces.

Blackbird Studio with my small watercolors and one of my smaller realistic pieces.

A group from the Blackbird Studio show including my Mongelati series in the corner

A group from the Blackbird Studio show including my Mongelati series in the corner

I stopped by Blackbird Studio today because a good friend wanted to check out the new show-and show her support by making a few small purchases.

As we sat drinking our beverages and gossiping in the gallery, the light snow fell softly outside. We watched it through the window, rimmed with a pine cone swag, as the fire crackled in the wood stove.

Yes, a very different kind of gallery and Christmas shopping sort of experience.

As Steffanie was about to leave, I was going to make an exit as well, but a car pulled into the lot, so I decided to stick around. A family had driven from Canterbury, New Hampshire-quite a hike from North Berwick, Maine, to visit.

I hope more people like them take the time to pay a visit as well.

Challenges, timelines and pure exhaustion

Thanksgiving week was all about prep for Red Saturday, the Berwick Art Association art fair and the hanging of the Sole City show. And, to make all of that happen, I took the end of my vacation time to make sure it did.

Now, in the meantime I met a very nice man online who lives an hour away…oh yeah, and did I mention the snowstorm that arrived on Thanksgiving Eve…I think by now you are getting the point. The vacation time was not a guarantee that I would see the Escher show at the Currier with George, make lots of wonderful product that would sell, and actually have a day or two to goof off.

Actually the part that DID happen was making lots of good product. All of that product will go to Blackbird Studios on Saturday. (When I define something as “product”, I am talking about wares other than pure fine art.) I finished a number of hand-beaded purses this last week.

Blue brocade bag, hand-beaded embellishments, satin lining

Blue brocade bag, hand-beaded embellishments, satin lining

The wear-and-tear of an art fair is tiring at best. Ten hours and the boiler in the building was out. Back to the snowstorm that made it impossible for a lot of this area to cook on Thanksgiving…so they had their turkey when we had our fair.

The snowstorm kept me from physically meeting my friend, much less seeing the exhibit.

Sunday, I felt like I had worked. But, the car  needed to be unloaded and reloaded to hang the Sole City show, the gem of the year.

Monday, that show went up-and quickly! Joanne, who arranges their shows, was a tremendous help and I am so excited to see all of this work up together. By late Monday afternoon, I felt like that milestone birthday I am approaching is real.

Sole City, hallway looking east

Sole City, hallway looking east

And, I am gearing up for my 2nd show as the Show Coordinator of the BAA-that opening is on Friday.

Erin Duquette thinks I have five clones, and I want to find one for a back massage.

Happy art making!

Sole City Dance Show, through December

The Main Wall with Me

The Main Wall with Me

There are a total of 19 pieces included in this show in Somersworth, New Hampshire. Through December.

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