A Colorful Summer

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Work in Progress on Easel and View of Highland Lighthouse

Summer on Cape Cod is always colorful. From the selections of ice cream, the beach umbrellas, the kayaks on top of the cars going over the bridges, and the towels on the beaches there is color. But, this year Cape Cod Life Magazine wrote, “It’s going to be a colorful summer.” Plein Air Painters would paint, demonstate, and exhibit their interpretations inspired by Edward Hopper in “After Hopper” events hosted by Addison Art Gallery.

Plein air painters were at Highland Lighthouse which is located in Truro in the Cape Cod National Seashore. I was one of the artists who demonstrated my painting techniques in pastel near the lighthouse and the Truro History Museum.

In describing Hopper’s work Dicum of the New York Times wrote, “Isolated buildings in broad vistas are meditations on form and color that steer toward the abstract while remaining figurative.” Keeping this in mind, I set up my easel, so that the lighthouse was viewed at a distance. It was also convenient for transporting my set-up.

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Assorted Pastels

There were many specific questions about materials and types of pastels and paper supports. I welcomed the discussion and enjoyed sharing my passion for pastel.

Technical notes: Assorted pastels – Terri Ludwig, Sennelier, Unison, Rembrandt, and Conte Pastel Pencils on Sennelier La Carte pastel card.

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The Summer of 1973

Painting 1973

Painting 1973


Has it really been 40 years since the summer of 1973? What were you doing then?
I was taking an oil painting class offered by the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts at Tufts University. The professor made an interesting assemblage of found objects on the front table and it was the subject of one of the paintings. In the background we listened to the proceedings of the Watergate Hearings. No classical music for painting in “the zone”. It was the sound of the DNC, John Dean, and details of the break-in. It was not the “Sounds of Silence”. It was the Summer of our Discontent, the resignation of Richard Nixon, and the oil embargo.
That summer also was a time of change for me. Although, I had taken studio art and art history during college, nineteen seventy three was the year that I decided to change the course from classroom teaching to focus on Art Education and become an art teacher. It was a good decision and one that I have enjoyed over the years.