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Broken legs, and other travesties

One never expects a broken leg to be garnered at an opening reception. But, along with other “life” highlights, that’s where I have been. I also took a 2nd part-time job as a custom framer-haven’t done that in a few days either.
But, I have painted, and a lot! I am watching a real evolution in my style and palette. I have gotten very comfortable with a more AE application and I am not sure where some of this palette is coming from!

When Life Gives You Lemons, in progress, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. 12"x12", oil, MM on linoleum tile.

When Life Gives You Lemons, in progress, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. 12″x12″, oil, MM on linoleum tile.

I am further exploring the whole elimination of the grid by totally reworking the last of the Art in Small Places pieces that had the 16-square grid. “Genuine” is one of those. “Predisposed” (below) is another.
Predisposed, 2013 (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, watercolor, gel medium, acrylic, oil pastel. 6"x6".
“With Regards to the History” also accomplishes the dissemination of the grid.
"With Regards to the History", 2013, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Watercolor, acrylic, oil pastel, marker, 6"x6".

Come and see the show….

Diane-framedstairway w/ Elaine Menzela

14 of the 16 of this group-created this-an awesome piece

14 of the 16 of this group-created this-an awesome piece

The opening reception is this Sunday, at the Kittery Art Association, 4-6. Come and see the show!!




Seacoast Moderns: Karen Camlin

The Seacoast Moderns is a group that had been formed within the Kittery Art Association in 2010. I am the present managing member.

We have two large group shows coming up, and I am doing the social media promotion. This site now has a number of followers, so I’d rather use it, that the group’s blog.

As members send me images and their bio information, I will post and make comments where appropriate.

Karen has been with the group longer than I and I have seen a variety of mediums used by her.  Here is one image that will be displayed in the upcoming shows, as well as her statement and bio.

"Between to Points", 2013 @Karen Camlin. Acrylic and graphite on paper.

“Between to Points”, 2013 @Karen Camlin. Acrylic and graphite on paper.

Artist’s Statement

 K. Harvey Camlin

(Karen Camlin)

 The art I create is varied in subject, medium, form and style. There was a time I wondered if I should be narrowing and refining my work to one medium, one form, one consistent style. This became less of a concern once I recognized that the body of my work shared, and referred to, my interest in capturing the surface quality of my subjects. These subjects range from those objects that can be seen to those subjects originating in my mind’s eye.

I no longer worry about narrowing my venues for expression. I enjoy building the skills and experience to work in several mediums, often combining these.

I work with the mediums that can best express my subjects. I work in forms and styles that can best convey my meaning. For me limiting my work to one specific medium, to one specific style, is equivalent to speaking with a limited vocabulary. For me this is what being an artist involves – the search for the best way to share what I see and what I want to say.

Karen studied art education at the University of Southern Maine

in Portland, and visual design (graphics) at Southeastern

Massachusetts University (now UMASS, Dartmouth). She has taken

numerous courses and workshops, with examples listed here:

greater Boston, Massachusetts area including the Harvard University

Extension School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; southern Maine

including Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, Heartwood College

of Art, Kennebunk, Maine, Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, Maine; and at

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine. Karen lives

in Wells and teaches art full-time in MSAD #35, South Berwick/Eliot,


Karen’s work has been included in juried art shows in Massachusetts,

galleries in Massachusetts and Vermont, and represented in the

catalog of an international distributor, C.R. Fine Arts, Boston.

K. Harvey Camlin, the signature Karen often uses in her artwork,

refers to those names used over time in her personal life and

professional work.

Karen is a member of the Seacoast Moderns group and the Kittery

Art Association. Her work has been included in member shows of

these groups, and in exhibits of artwork by seacoast teachers at the

Kittery Art Association and in exhibits of artwork by faculty members

of Wells-Ogunquit C.S.D. and MSAD #35. Most recently, Karen’s

work has been shown in group exhibits at the Portsmouth Public

Library and Maine College of Art.

Karen’s work ranges in style from illustrative to graphic, with

abstraction being a current interest. She works in several mediums

often combining these for what they may do best to convey her


For more information about work shown here, or for prices, please

contact Karen at

More to come and I will bring Karen back to show you entirety of this series later in the month.


I am still baffled as to how this media business works, so please bear with me. I can see that I will need to play a bit to figure it out.

The piece at hand, or hopefully at hand is small (10″x 10″), designed to fit into a frame that I already have. ” The Art in Small Places” series pieces will, in some cases be getting their frames removed and recycled.

“Food, Inc” and “King Corn” give pretty glaring depictions of how our food supply starts on the farm. I have been baking my own bread for some time, and I am not a fan of most processed food, so high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and corn fillers are not a concern. When I have corn chips, cereal and the like I have been justifying it somehow. And, then I started researching this piece. Seeing the pictures of lab rats with the huge tumors might just change your mind. I have even started buying more grass-fed beef, but this gets really expensive.  It is incredibly good, and I can taste the difference!

I also think that the horrific conditions that “big farm” poultry are raised in can’t be benefiting the quality of the meat. Human physiology changes when under stress, so why wouldn’t chickens? I am also a lover of all things winged and furry, and though I may not be a vegetarian, profit over decent conditions for what will eventually be dinner doesn’t sit well.

The election, and submerging myself into social issues again has sprouted a different form of art, and a different reason for creating it that I want to explore. Every day I encounter a new reason to want to present an injustice.

Consolidation under one roof. Reposted: October 15, 2012 from Artists Against Romney, my other active site

Consolidation under one roof

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This will be the last post here.

You are all welcome  to join me at “artinsmallplaces”, where I will be posting new art and the rants of the day. Since I returned home at the end of last month, I have set my sights on making more money off my photography, and preparing new work for upcoming commitments.

I will leave this blog with this:

"Red, White and...Who?', 2012

It is ready to drop into a shadowbox frame. Mixed-media including a flag pin in the middle of Mitty’s forehead. Can’t say he isn’t patriotic.

And, to add to what I left there, here’s the newest, just barely past conception. (No abortion jokes, please 😉 )

These new works are part of a new direction as I try to meld political ideals and visual art ideas and diversify the materials used. I am calling this new body “Points of Skew”.

The upcoming show at the Rice Library will look a lot like the shows of the past year. I now have the 5 pieces from The Gallery at 100 Market-that show came down Saturday. I may bring home the two unframed canvases (12″x12″) that Malynda has at the Gatehouse to accompany them.

The show that will go up Caffe Kilim will be political. The owners love work that breeds conversation. It’s not a big space, but I still have work to do. (I have some old work that can be used, if necessary.) That show will open the 1st of December.


new work, as promised

Sublime, almost done

These are the last of the 12″x12″ gallery wraps from the last Blick order. “Sublime” and “Nod to Surrealism” were intended for Tamworth, but I just couldn’t get them there. So, they will either make it into Portsmouth, Kittery or Rochester.

All of these have a certain amount of metallic pigment incorporated into them. With the inability to apply acrylics back over oils, I was on a mission this week to find an oil-based copper, gold and silver. Michael’s had gold and Renaissance gold. Windsor-Newton makes them. I could not find anything by Googling, which is weird. Now that I have a manufacturer, I was able to locate the product on Blick’s site.

Well, onto the two 2-foot squares. They are gessoed-just need to be sanded, and away we go!

Nod to Surreal

Regal, in progress

Ore, on progress. The major reason for the hunt for metallic oil based paint yesterday