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“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

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“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.

“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.

Workshops set to begin at Blackbird Studio and Gallery, North Berwick, Maine

"The Cobweb", watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

“The Cobweb”, watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

Painting Realism in Watercolor, I

Daryl-Ann Hurst, instructor, at Blackbird Studio and Gallery

 

Every realist painter I have ever known who has not been given instruction on how to make watercolors behave “the way they want them to” has become frustrated  with the “mind-of-its-own” quality of the medium. The paint runs and puddles, and leaves weird marks that its opaque cousins don’t.  It behaves very differently when you work on a wet surface or a dry surface.

I can’t teach patience, but I can give you the fundamentals of how to control the medium. Most of the two sessions of these workshops  will involve layering thin paint over thin paint, on a wet surface. I will teach techniques for correcting mistakes, developing highlights, and creating deep, rich large expanses of flat color. We will work from a very simple still life.

All supplies will be provided. The class will meet on two consecutive Tuesdays, September 23 and September 30, from 6-8 pm. The price for both classes is $45 per person, and is due at on the first night. The class size is limited, so please sign up early!

I have been showing my work for nearly 40 years nationally, and was recently asked to contribute an oil painting to the Rochester Museum of Fine Art. I was also given the Artistic Achievement Award in the Visual Arts for my 2014 show at the Rochester Library, in Rochester, NH. I am primarily an abstract painter, but I am classically trained and can work in a realistic style, as well. My “Woven Tribute” is on display at Blackbird this month.

Let’s make some art!! The Blackbird Studio and Gallery is located at 387  Somersworth Road, North Berwick-right across the road from Noble High School.

We are also planning other workshops, so please stay tuned. Also please like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdnorthberwick?ref=br_tf

For further information: artinsmallplaces@gmail.com and type “Blackbird class info” in the subject box. The class is almost full!

Workshops set to begin at Blackbird Studio and Gallery, North Berwick, Maine

"The Cobweb", watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

“The Cobweb”, watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

Painting Realism in Watercolor, I

Daryl-Ann Hurst, instructor, at Blackbird Studio and Gallery

 

Every realist painter I have ever known who has not been given instruction on how to make watercolors behave “the way they want them to” has become frustrated  with the “mind-of-its-own” quality of the medium. The paint runs and puddles, and leaves weird marks that its opaque cousins don’t.  It behaves very differently when you work on a wet surface or a dry surface.

I can’t teach patience, but I can give you the fundamentals of how to control the medium. Most of the two sessions of these workshops  will involve layering thin paint over thin paint, on a wet surface. I will teach techniques for correcting mistakes, developing highlights, and creating deep, rich large expanses of flat color. We will work from a very simple still life.

All supplies will be provided. The class will meet on two consecutive Tuesdays, September 23 and September 30, from 6-8 pm. The price for both classes is $45 per person, and is due at on the first night. The class size is limited, so please sign up early!

I have been showing my work for nearly 40 years nationally, and was recently asked to contribute an oil painting to the Rochester Museum of Fine Art. I was also given the Artistic Achievement Award in the Visual Arts for my 2014 show at the Rochester Library, in Rochester, NH. I am primarily an abstract painter, but I am classically trained and can work in a realistic style, as well. My “Woven Tribute” is on display at Blackbird this month.

Let’s make some art!! The Blackbird Studio and Gallery is located at 387  Somersworth Road, North Berwick-right across the road from Noble High School.

We are also planning other workshops, so please stay tuned. Also please like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdnorthberwick?ref=br_tf

For further information: artinsmallplaces@gmail.com and type “Blackbird class info” in the subject box.

“Fire Dancer” (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

This painting is being reviewed by the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon, for its permanent collection.

"Fire Dancer", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, watercolor, acrylic, oil pastel.

“Fire Dancer”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, watercolor, acrylic, oil pastel.

“Clear As Rain”, group show, Kittery Art Association

I included two very new larger watercolors in this show that have been very well-received. I wish I had a dollar for every time I said “thank you” last night for praise! Feels great!

"Anget", 2014, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. Watercolor, oil pastel on paper. 34"h x 28"w.

“Anget”, 2014, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. Watercolor, oil pastel on paper. 34″h x 28″w.

Exercises

So, in my search for my perfect mode of expression for my ever-changing and expanding universe-all right, a crock, but you get where I am going… I am playing with lots of different ideas. Some are so banal they are giggle-worthy and gag-producing, but they are being entertained, nonetheless. As I drain the mental colander, and sift out the lumps, it’ll be interesting to see where this goes. The collages are part of the process. I am also doing some random drawing and painting exercises to refresh rendering skills, etc.

"Horse Bank" Watercolor, watercolor pencil 7"x7"

“Horse Bank” Watercolor, watercolor pencil 7″x7″

"Clam Shell 2", watercolor and watercolor pencil, 7"x7"

“Clam Shell 2″, watercolor and watercolor pencil, 7″x7”

More imp muse

I woke up today with a cold-a cold that has been harboring in my head and chest (more in my throat, than anywhere) for more than a week. But, I am not feeling poorly, just sniffly, and there a many images that I want to make or mat, and frame for upcoming shows.

Since I have released this crazy little bastard, I am having fun seeing where it will take me. Some of the images will be serious, and the imp(ulse) made me find my AMC maps because I needed a topo for “Respect”.

"Respect", 2013, photo, acrylic, marker on paper

“Respect”, 2013, photo, acrylic, marker on paper

I can’t seem to enlarge this-but it is an homage to my mother earth, and respect when I hike her. My brother, the Northern Harrier is with me. The additional elements are mostly about topography maps.