|"Reveil, Boulevard Clichy," Anders Zorn, 1892, watercolor. Private collection. On view at the National Academy Museum, NYC through May 18, 2014|
|One of Zorn's early oils, of his wife, Emma. Love that newspaper/composition!|
Plus there was a little bit of wandering around Central Park thrown in. Thinking about what I might paint on another day-or-two trip.
Inspiration was found aplenty.
Zorn IS a master ... too little known among his contemporaries of John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla. All three were so ridiculously amazing.
At the National Academy
|Anders Zorn's oil painting, "Margit"|
His watercolors were unbelievable ... as in, I can't imagine a human being able to paint them in this fairly unforgiving medium. Large, saturated, complex, complicated subjects and compositions ... incredible.
He's also a master at placing the figure in space. Then you'll look at his backgrounds, and there's seemingly nothing to it. I LOVE that when it happens. And when you recognize that almost nothing is better than sweating the small stuff for a week.
Pretty amazing, right?
Right around the corner is the Great Falls Studio Art on the Green, an outdoor arts festival on May 31 and June 1 in Great Falls, VA ... and Mountain Maryland Plein Air. Lots to look forward to!
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May 27-May 31: Mountain Maryland Plein Air I join 29 other artists juried from around the country to capture Cumberland MD and surrounding areas in this plein air competition and exhibition. Second time around.
May 31 & June 1: Great Falls Studios Spring Outdoor Art on the Green Festival Two days with my work under a tent in the Great Falls Village Centre, corner of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. Husband Randy will hold down “the Fort” on Saturday while I finish up at Mountain Maryland and then I hope to see you on Sunday, June 1!
March 5 - December: Richeson75 Still Life and Floral 2014 Two of my paintings: "Honey Bunny" and "Garden Girl" were chosen as finalists in this online competition and exhibition. 75 total works were selected for this exhibition from entries/artists worldwide. See the exhibit at http://richeson75.com/stilllife/index.html
Paint with Me in Italy: August 3 to 10, 2014. For more info, itinerary and links to register, see the classes page on my web site. Great folks are signing up to join me on this wonderful adventure. I hope you can, too!