Both Sides Now

My pastels are collected on both East and West Coasts now. My goal of showing my work on Cape Cod where I now have a summer studio is now a reality. The Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, MA hosted a Painting Orleans Plein Air event during the week of July 14. Artists painted on location from Main Street down to Nauset Beach. I spotted a beautiful garden at 26 Beach Road and Leila graciously welcomed me to paint it.

Leila's Garden and Easel

Leila’s Garden and Easel


It is always a challenge to capture moments in a painting. Plein air painting can be a quiet respite from our busy world, but even the flowers were changing before me. What a privilege to watch the unfurling of the bud of a red poppy during the time I painted. A close up view of nature doing it’s magic before my eyes. But this quiet reflection was soon interrupted by a rain shower. I am glad I brought my umbrella to cover the pastel. The paintings were to be delivered to the gallery by 2 pm, so it was time to put the pastel under glass and framed in the back of my car.
Framed Painting "Leila's Garden"

Framed Painting
“Leila’s Garden”


The Addison Art Gallery hosted a great reception and sale on June 14th where artists and art collectors admired the work painted for the event.
Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

Addison Art Gallery,
Orleans, MA


My painting was also included in the next show on June 21st which featured paintings done during the Orleans Garden Tour. When I arrived at the reception to show the painting to my daughter who was visitning, I found that it had been SOLD. So, I am collected on both coasts or “Both Sides Now”. And the temporary moments in Leila’s garden are captured in time and enjoyed by an art collector.
"Leila's Garden", pastel, 11x4 “Leila’s Garden”, pastel, 11×14[/captain]

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Rhine River Sketches

I just returned from a river cruise down the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam. At each port a local guide took us on a walking tour on the city. On the third day after the tour of Strasbourg, France in the Alsace region, I found time to get in some sketching. I was able to enjoy a café au lait at a café across from the half-timbered Tanners Building from 1572 in La Petite France section of the city. I sketched most of the details on location with a Micron .005 archival pen and later add watercolor wash using a photo for reference. I loved the charm of this section of the city and hope that shows. Here is the sketch:

Petite France Strasbourg

Petite France
Strasbourg


The next time that I was able to sketch was in Cologne, Germany. After touring the Cologne Cathedral we stopped for lunch at the Kolsch Brauhaus. Generally, I prefer a glass of wine to beer, but decided that I should sample the local speciality. Kolsch is an all barley pale ale which went well with my shrimp salad. I didn’t try the huge sausages that were served on huge wooden planks. My sketch is my view from the outdoor table of the ornate Rathaus framed by the awning and flanked by other buildings. Again, I sketched with my Micron pen and later added the watercolor. The intricate detail of the Rathaus was more than I could attempt during lunch. But, I think I was able to get the essence of the scene. Here is the sketch from Cologne: Prost!
Sion Kolsch Brauhaus Cologne, Germany

Sion Kolsch Brauhaus
Cologne, Germany