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I got up this morning after lying in bed contemplating how this piece was not finished. After dinner, I changed all that!

"Juno with Robins", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mixed media, 12" x 12"

“Juno with Robins”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mixed media, 12″ x 12″

Now. those of you who don’t know what a blizzard “looks” like, have an idea.

I also worked on the two canvases that I have in progress. “Modigliani’s Mistress” is smiling now-sort of. I blocked out more of the ground, and added a second eye to the face, as well.

"Modigliani'a Mistress", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, in progress

“Modigliani’a Mistress”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, in progress (sorry this is slightly out-of-focus)

And, the work that changed the most…

untitled, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, in progress

untitled, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, in progress

These canvases start completely saturated with paint thinner, to enable the wash effects that I work with. This one got its’ third “bath” tonight, got flipped upside down from the last time I worked on it. I added the metallic gold, white, and deepened some of the purple. It important to note here also that the underlying texture is part of my prep process which includes creating that texture with acrylic paint and a palette knife.

I am hoping to have these canvases both finished this week-end, since there is a call for 100 Market Street that I would like to submit something to. If not, not a tragedy!

I did a lot of shoveling this morning, so an early night for me. Enjoy!

Gabe Smith’s “Gray Planet” at the Gafney Library, Sanbornville, New Hampshire

This show exemplifies ALL of the reasons this blog came to exist, all of the reasons that I champion libraries in the area for showing really fine regional work, and finding and seeing work by a total unknown. (In a small place-like Sanbornville.)

Gabe Smith graduated high school in 2010, and is demonstrating in his show at the Gafney called “Gray Planet” sophistication in an art vocabulary that goes far beyond his years on the planet Earth and his scholastic art training.

His theme for his work is both very personal and universal. He has dealt with friends who have committed suicide and acts of self-harm. He approaches this theme with mediums, like motor oil and drywall, which are also very temporary and unstable, things that will chip and eventually fall apart. Much like us “gray people”. His mediums rarely are traditional and he relies on mixed medium, found objects and spray paint.

Gabe Smith at the Gafney

Gabe Smith at the Gafney

He was very gracious and walked through the show with me, explaining the inspiration of some pieces and the collage elements in others. Again, for a first-timer, extremely ready to face this art world.

"Hobo", (c)Gabe Smith

“Hobo”, (c)Gabe Smith

“Hobo” has among it’s materials used, old maps of Maine-they are the hobo’s face.

"Gray Planets" on the mantel, "Space and Stuff", large piece above, all (c) Gabe Smith

“Gray Planets” on the mantel, “Space and Stuff”, large piece above, all (c) Gabe Smith

Now, remind me again-where is this show?

So, Gabe is a multi-talented artist and also performed at the Wakefield Opera House tonight. The opening reception at the library was followed by his performance which I opted out of.

Find Gabe Smith Pop Culture Icon on YouTube, and check out for library and show hours. This show is up until the end of the month.




More art from last night

On to the Kittery Art Association, since I had a meeting of the Seacoast Moderns to attend there.

A drastic difference from 100 Market, not so much in quality of execution, but in depth. “Color Palette” offers a great deal of eye-candy. And, much like the “candy food group” is to the body, there is real no nutritional value  to the brain in this show.

This is another venue where I am a member and regularly show, as well. I joined this art association four years ago to have an outlet, and for many of us, it does provide that in a lovely two-story building on Kittery Point. I couldn’t make the drop-off for this show, since I was hanging the Berwick Art Association show at Sole City, at the same time. There are some very technically skillful members, which was also my “draw”. And, it is not nearly as expensive to be a member as the Ogunquit Art Association or the New Hampshire Art Association-though, they look better on the resume since you are juried into them. KAA has no jury process.

Here are a few of my “picks” from “Color Palette:

"Lost Claw" (c)Cleone Graham, oil on canvas

“Lost Claw” (c)Cleone Graham, oil on canvas

"Chip", (c) Max Johnson, MM

“Chip”, (c) Max Johnson, MM

"Kayax" (c)Jennifer Chamberlain, oil on canvas.

“Kayax” (c)Jennifer Chamberlain, oil on canvas.

As with the Gallery at 100 Market Street, the KAA shows are always very well-hung. Judith Bryant has a remarkable eye for making very diverse work, in medium, theme and quality, work together. And, she has no prior knowledge what she will have to work with until it arrives!

Not as challenging or thought-provoking as the Portsmouth show, but definitely worth the drive to Kittery Point his week-end.

The Kittery Art Association is located at 8 Coleman Avenue, Kittery Point, Maine. They are open from 12-6 on Saturdays and 12-5 on Sundays.



Tibetan Wash

This is Day#6 of 30-Day Painting-a-Day challenge. I am not a formal participant, but this is giving me a bit more steam to delve back into styles and mediums I haven’t worked in a long time, and a little justified experimentation.

I got off to a late start tonight, so this one is smaller than last night’s-5.5″ x 7.5″. It is watercolor and acrylic, and a few MM elements.

"Tibetan Wash" (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, MM on Arches watercolor paper, 5.5" x 7.5"

“Tibetan Wash” (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, MM on Arches watercolor paper, 5.5″ x 7.5″

Mixed precip and hot chocolate

That was Saturday night, and into Sunday. I got stuck in the ice today, after thinking I had moved my car to a “safe place”.

My visual response to the above-and yes, I drank my share of hot chocolate and had stew for lunch!

Mixed Precip and Hot Chocolate, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, acrylic and watercolor on Arches watercolor paper

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.

new website

It’s a really free and no-frills one but easy enough to tear apart and add new work to, replacing older pieces. So, really rotating. This is Casa d’Espirit #2, watercolor, acrylic and oil pastel. The site addy:  Please visit!??????????

latest, and best, I think

I am calling this a self-portrait: it is the voice I finally realized.

"Drama in D Major", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2014. Oil and acrylic on canvas.

“Drama in D Major”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2014. Oil and acrylic on canvas.

Prime. Primal, Primary 1


New work, continued

"Maybe I'm Amazed". MM, 10"x 10", framed, (c) Daryl-Ann Hurst, 2014.

“Maybe I’m Amazed”. MM, 10″x 10″, framed, (c) Daryl-Ann Hurst, 2014.