Sunday, May 15, 2016
"Cuban East German Side-car" 11" x 14", oil
As the 1950's and 60's cars are so pervasive in Cuba, I thought I should at least paint a couple before I ended my Cuban Series. This East German side-car was just parked on a street full of groceries (as in Europe, side-cars double as a poor man's back seat of a sedan). Then, I wanted to paint a scene with a 1952 Chevy that I just loved. We were waiting for part of our group of painters to tour the cigar factory, so I wandered and found this side street with a great composition and a wonderful old car. The sliding factory door added an abstract element to the texture of decay that pervaded the side street.
"Havana Side Street", 14" x 18", oil
I also entered "The Cuban Lady" in the INDIANA NOW juried exhibition which will be on display all summer at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Lafayette, IN. See Events on my web site for the hours and location of the museum. www.kathrynclarkfineart.com At the Opening, I was very pleased to receive an Honorable Mention Award from over 600 entries.
Every April, I participate in The First Brush of Spring paint-out in New Harmony, IN which is sponsored by the IN Plein Air Painters Assoc. and the Hoosier Salon Galleries. In the center of this, tiny, magical, 19th century town is Sara's Cafe. This year, because my husband plays banjo and likes to jam with others, we (rather he) gravitated to the side of Sara's Cafe under a large porch (in case of rain). Although I normally paint standing, I decided to get really comfortable and sit. And boy! was I glad I did because the reflections of the sky and the buildings across the street in Sara's front doors were such fun to paint! Of course another added benefit was the fancy coffees and sandwiches, with a Wine Bar next door to celebrate a finished painting!
Now the summer is just beginning with planned trips to the beaches at the Inland Ocean of Lake Michigan and the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. How I do love to paint water....
Thank you for your interest and please pass this blog on to your car loving friends.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
"Cuban Lady" oil, 16" x 20" studio painting
The Cuban people are exceedingly friendly and seem very happy. This woman in my painting is relaxing on a Sunday afternoon on her second story porch in old Havana,looking down on a beautiful tree lined boulevard called the Prado, filled with tourists. My husband, Howie, is a musician and took his banjo so music was a very important component for both of us on this trip. The local musicians invited us (I played spoons) to play with them at every turn--which made the trip very special indeed.
During the week, we traveled out of Havana, along the coast to Cojimar, Hemingway's home, and further into the countryside to a Spanish Sugar Plantation ruin where we loved painting the ancient house, bell tower, and stone walls. The main house was in the process of being conserved. To keep my backpack as light as possible, I took Twinrocker paper, drawing sketches and painting watercolors, and of course lots of photos to use later in my studio for oils. Here are some pics:
"Cuban Sugar Plantation Ruin" 11" x 14" watercolor on Twinrocker watercolor paper
"Cojimar, Cuba" 9" x 12" drawing with watercolor on Twinrocker drawing paper
"Broken Dock" 11" x 14" watercolor on Twinrocker watercolor paper
Well, I hope this has given you a taste of Cuba and our painting trip. I drew other sketches and painted 5 studio oils after I returned while playing the Cuban CDs we purchased from the small three and four piece bands we heard in the restaurants. You can see all of those Cuban paintings and drawings on my web site. www.kathrynclarkfineart.com Also, my current website Newsletter which has completely different photos of Cuba, and all my Studio oils of Cuba can be seen by clicking on "Newsletter" on the home page, then "Archive". Enjoy!
For those of you who are within driving distance of Lafayette, Indiana, I'm going to give an evening program "Painting Cuba" at the Lafayette Art Museum on Tuesday, May 17th from 7-8:30pm with Howie's help. There'll be photos of Cuba, with those CDs playing in the background, all the sketches, watercolors, and the five studio oil paintings. Also, I am honored that the "Cuban Lady" was accepted in the soon-to-open INDIANA NOW juried exhibition at the Lafayette Art Museum which will be on display all summer.
Happy travels this summer, and please share this blog with anyone you think might enjoy it.