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Archive for the 'Shows and News' Category

Sunset Rock

Posted by Jamie on October 6th, 2017

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5×7″, oil on linen panel

SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

This Hudson River School site in the Catskill Mountains is one of my favorite hike destinations. I go up there several times a year, and understand why it was also a favorite of the Hudson River School painters! This is probably destined to be my last Sunset Rock painting before the fall colors take hold.

Speaking of the Hudson River School, for those who have not gone to the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill NY to see the Sanford Gifford show, you have until October 29 to do that. I just went back for the second time, and it’s truly a “Don’t Miss It” exhibit for those who love Hudson River School art, art history, and hiking in the Catskills. The show focuses on Gifford’s paintings done in the Catskill Mountains, and provides site information for where they were all painted too. There is also a show catalog available at the Visitor Center there.

Art to Go from the Hudson River Valley

Posted by Jamie on February 1st, 2017

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Email me at JamieWG@aol.com if interested in this painting.

The other day, I varnished ten of my new Hudson River and Hudson Valley paintings. They range from scenes overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades from New York City, to Peach Lake in Brewster, and Burger Hill in Rhinebeck, up to the ledges of Sunset Rock overlooking North South Lake (beloved Hudson River School site), and the Catskill Mountains. Some of these were started on location and finished up in the studio, while others were painted from my photos and other plein air paintings. They represent much of the terrain I’ve traversed over the past six months or so, in search of the best of what the Hudson Valley has to offer my muse.

The varnishing process takes time to set up, so I like to do large batches at a time. Usually that means about 17-20 paintings. Lately I’ve worked on some larger pieces, which has lowered my production in terms of quantity. Working on those big paintings has meant that the little ones tend to hang out in the studio longer, before they get photographed, varnished, and up on my website. As the weeks go by, they get more touchups and adjustments as I see them. I think this has led to an overall increase in quality. As I look at this set of paintings now, I’m really happy with what I’ve achieved in this batch. Here’s a photo that you can click on, and you can then zoom in on specific paintings.

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The large, framed painting of the Hudson River and Palisades is already spoken for, and out the door. (I do miss that one already! But there is a smaller version of it available among the others, and I can always do another large one for you on a commission basis.) The smaller works above it are all available and in search of new homes. If you see one that interests you, send me off an email (or comment below), and I’ll get back to you with more information. They will all be posted individually as I adjust the single images. Some of those have already been posted with prices, and are visible by going to my home page and scrolling down.

Solo Show at RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, NY!

Posted by Jamie on June 5th, 2016

Please click image below to enlarge:

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Dear Friends and Art-lovers,

I hope you can join me on Saturday, June 11 from 5-8pm at RiverWinds Gallery to celebrate the opening of my solo show, Hudson Valley Hues. I’ll have 11, 24×36″ paintings in the show, plus an assortment of new little ones just off the easel. I have been working on this series of paintings for two years. They are paintings of my favorite scenes throughout the Hudson River Valley. I’m so happy to finally be able to share and show them.

For those who cannot make it to the opening reception, the show will run from June 9 through July 3. The gallery is located at 172 Main Street in Beacon. Hours are Wednesday through Monday from 12-6pm. Please stop by and see the show if you can!


Great Blue Heron in Winter

Posted by Jamie on March 9th, 2016


24×36″, acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard, framed
$3,000.00 plus $125 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

If you think you’re having a deja vu moment, this painting is similar to the one I posted last week! I took a series of photos of the Great Blue Heron in my yard. Here he is in a more upright pose, and it is a more detailed and refined painting. This painting is all done in shades of blue. Below is an image that you can click on for a larger, clearer view of the painting.

Waterfalls Show at Ruth Keeler Library, North Salem NY

Posted by Jamie on November 7th, 2015


Finally you can see 19 of my waterfall paintings in one place! For the month of November, I have a show of Hudson Valley Waterfalls hanging at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library in North Salem, NY. The show can be viewed during regular library hours.

The paintings are for sale both at the library and here on my website. To see the paintings that are in the show, you can click the Ruth Keeler Library Gallery category here on my blog, and scroll down the paintings. I think there are still a couple that haven’t yet made it onto my blog, but they will be added soon. Or better still, go check out the show and you can see them all in person!

Boulders Above Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on April 28th, 2015


12×16″, oil on linen board

$675.00 plus $25 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This painting has been in progress for a really long time. I spent a few days out on location painting the falls, trying to capture the light very early in the morning, while the foreground was still in shadow. I worked on it in between in the studio. Finally I am considering it finished. In fact, it is varnished, framed, and hanging in it’s new space at Bistro Brie & Bordeaux in Windham, New York!

Here is an image of the painting that you can click on for a larger, clearer view:

Frederic Church’s Tree

Posted by Jamie on September 24th, 2014

7×5″, oil on linen, framed
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

This sweet old tree overlooks the Hudson River at Olana, home of Hudson River School artist Frederic Church. I did two little paintings of this tree on site, in different formats, in order to decide how I’d like to compose a large version.

Second Place Award at Olana Plein Air event!

Posted by Jamie on October 7th, 2013

12×16″, oil on linen panel
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

On Saturday, October 5, I had the great honor of receiving the Second Place award at the Olana Plein Air event. Entry into the event was highly competitive and they only took 25 of us to begin with, so I was especially grateful to receive the award among such an accomplished group of artists. Olana is the homestead of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. His 250 acre property and Moorish style mansion are a painter’s haven at any time of year, but especially in fall.

We had two and a half days to paint. I was feeling stressed by time factors because I had my dogs at home and knew I would not be able to spend as much as I’d like on location. I had a petsitter walk them at noon, but that still didn’t give me until sunset, and of course sunset is The time to paint at Olana!

This is a view off Ridge Road at Olana, and it’s one of my special favorite spots. It features Kaaterskill Clove in the distance, which was one of the areas painted by many of the Hudson River School painters. Knowing I was pressed for time, I set my easel out at the site at 7:45am on the first day, and then went to the 8am breakfast orientation/registration meeting. When the meeting broke, I was all set to paint. As I was nearing the end of the painting, this fabulous barge and tugboat went by! Sometimes they appear at the wrong time in the painting process, but I pretty much had that area completed and was able to pop them in as they passed.

I did five paintings during the two and a half days, and in the end, was torn between two of them in deciding what to submit for the juror and auction. Each artist had to select just one painting. Everybody’s paintings were beautiful!

Many thanks to the Olana and Columbia County Council for the Arts staffs for their hard work before, after, and during the event, and to all the art lovers who came to the auction and bid on paintings. I’d also like to thank my fellow painters for making it such an enjoyable event and being so supportive of one another.

Here is an image you can click on for a larger view:

Catskill Drama from Olana

Posted by Jamie on August 21st, 2013

8×10″, acrylic on Arches board
$200.00 plus $15 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

I have big news! Jurors have gone through the artist applicants for the three day Olana Paintout and Art Auction on October 3-5. They have selected twenty-six artists for the event, and I am one of them! So I’ve been spending some time strolling the grounds there and doing lots of small plein air pieces at different times of day, to help familiarize me with vistas both old and new on the 250 acre estate.

This view of the Hudson River and Catskills is not one I’ve painted before. The Hudson River appears as a streak in the foreground amidst farmland and low hills, before arriving at the dramatic skyline of the Eastern Escarpment of the Catskills. It’s quite different from the south-facing view we’re all accustomed to seeing from the front of the mansion. I’d like to revisit this spot a few times.

Below is an image you can click on to get a larger, clearer view of the painting:

This painting was done with Golden Open Acrylics. They were such a pleasure to work with, staying juicy and blendable all through the painting process. I used them on an Arches hot press board that I sealed with two coats of Fluid Matte Medium. The painting can then be varnished and framed like an oil painting. I love this surface for acrylics! It’s one of my current favorites, and the varnished paintings look absolutely stunning.

Fall Sunset at Olana

Posted by Jamie on August 16th, 2013


6×6″, Oil on Ampersand Gessoboard (archival panel)
$150.00 plus $12 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

I can’t even count how many sunsets I’ve witnessed at Frederic Church’s homestead, Olana. Sometimes the sun just drops like a stone and the lights go out. Other times, I’m treated to a magnificent festival of light and color. Photos from those occasions become the inspiration for many paintings in various sizes, formats, and mediums. Such was the evening of this particular sunset. The yellow light blazed behind the Catskill Mountains, and there was a red rim of fluting along the edge where land meets sky. On these evenings, one can feel Frederic Church’s passion for the view that he was fortunate enough to call “home”.


8×10″, Oils on sealed, primed hardboard
$200.00 plus $15 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

I drove up the mountain to South Lake, where Thomas Cole did his famous painting, Lake with Dead Trees, and many other Hudson River School painters did their renditions of Round Top Mountain’s peak looking down upon the lake. It was my intention to finish a painting I’d started there on Friday. However, the light was totally different, and I saw a beautiful sunset emerging. I decided to do this new painting instead, and chased the sunset to the very end.

Waiting to Sail the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on July 10th, 2013

Acrylic, 11×15″, custom framed to 16×20″ in beautiful gold frame with archival ivory mat (Framing included in price.)
$450.00 plus $40 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This is a scene along the Hudson River in Cold Spring, New York. I’m really enjoying doing splashy acrylic paintings on watercolor these days. I treat it like a transparent watercolor to start, using thinned Golden Airbrush paints in just a few transparent colors, splattering paint and working into it, and working light to dark in a traditional watercolor fashion. Then I go to opaque color where I want a less transparent effect. I’ve been working on this approach with acrylics for about a year now, and I feel like it’s finally starting to come together on a more consistent basis. I’m liking this one a lot!

Here’s an image you can click for a larger, clearer view:

I’ve been working in the studio more lately and have noticed that I’m feeling even more exhausted than when I was traveling to locations. Yesterday the thought occurred to me that maybe the glare from working off references on my computer screen is bothering my eyes and brain, resulting in that tired feeling. Last night I decided to print out a bunch of large photos to work off of instead of staring at the screen. I feel so much better! Maybe working off printed photos will help some of you other artists out there, if you’ve had similar reactions to long days of painting while staring at a reference image on a computer screen.

Take Me Home for the Holidays show opening this Saturday!

Posted by Jamie on November 8th, 2012


(Click image for a larger view)

You’re all invited to my show opening this Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Bannerman Island Gallery, 150 Main Street, Beacon, New York. The opening starts at 5pm, and includes small paintings by a number of Hudson River Valley artists. These small format works make perfect and personal holiday gifts. Come say hi and browse the Beacon shops and galleries. It’s Second Saturday, so the galleries will all be having their opening receptions, and all the shops are open late. I hope to see you there!

The image on the show card is a 4×4″ miniature acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, set on a smart, black table easel. It features a tugboat on the Hudson River, with the Palisades in the background. It is available at the gallery for $150.

Jamie’s Art and Music — the movie version!

Posted by Jamie on September 7th, 2012

Many thanks to Jacob Sound for producing this wonderful video of my paintings, set to music I recorded with my duo partner, Andrew Lafreniere. The piece we play in the video is titled The One by California composer Peter Madlem. The paintings were all selected from my website by Jacob. I love the way he zooms and pans with the camera, leaving me feeling like I’m strolling through the landscapes. Some of these works are for sale and some have already been sold, so some of you collectors out there might see a painting in this short flick that is up on your wall! Feel free to contact me if you see a painting you’d like to purchase.

You can contact Jacob or see more of the videos he has done on his Facebook page or via email at jacoburi306@gmail.com.

In Memory of Ted Beardsley

Posted by Jamie on April 10th, 2012

On Easter Sunday, New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP) lost its founder and leader, Ted Beardsley. Ted was one of those rare individuals who always put the interests of others ahead of his own. He never let on about his own multitude of accomplishments, and instead put those talents to use painting and helping promote the artists of New York’s plein air community.

Ted recognized early on that a state the size of New York would have to break into smaller chapters in order to be able to serve the artists and grow. In doing so, Ted touched our lives in a very personal and direct way. He always made time for anybody who called. He directed without being pushy. He believed in an organization that would serve not only professionals, but anybody who wanted to enjoy the thrill of painting out on location, without regard to skill level. This made NYPAP an open and welcoming community.

On a personal note, I will miss Ted terribly. He left very big shoes to fill. His generosity and many selfless acts will stay with me forever. I can’t even count how many artists have become my personal friends over the years because of him. Our Lower Hudson Valley chapter is over 160 artists and growing. It never would have even gotten off the ground without Ted. I hope that wherever he is, he knows how much he has touched our lives, and how much we appreciate his kindness, talent, and compassion.

Hurricane Irene Photos from Palenville

Posted by Jamie on September 3rd, 2011

My husband has been on vacation this month, hence the reasons why you haven’t seen many paintings here. If you’ve been following my sketches on my other blog, you have seen a few of the places we’ve hiked to, and what I sketched while hanging out on the patio with my Sweetheart. This past week we’ve had Hurricane Irene to deal with, and that sure packed a whallop around here. We are fortunate that our property survived quite well and we had no flooding in the house. We also managed to retain power almost the entire time. Here are some of my personal photos that show just a tiny portion of what happened around me.

Here’s a photo along Kaaterskill Creek in Palenville, by the Woodstock Avenue bridge, which gives an indication of the general road conditions following Irene. The creek makes a sharp turn here, and the power of the water against the bank collapsed an entire section of the roadway. A woman’s house along the creek washed away during the storm.


Our back yard started to fill up quickly when the storm hit:


We were fortunate that the house and septic were on high enough ground, and with good enough drainage around the house, to not be affected. Things have pretty much returned to normal for us here at home. To show how much water there was, here’s a photo of one of our streams now, with a “moderate-to-heavy” amount of water flowing:


Here’s the same stream just after the hurricane. The water had actually subsided a bit by the time I got out there to take this photo:


One of our small waterfalls is also a dramatic tale of what the storm brought. Here’s a photo from before the storm. You can see that the water flows only to the left side of those rock ledges:


Well, here it is just after the storm! There’s so much water here that you can’t even see the ledges at all! The stream couldn’t contain all the water, which is why it jumped the banks in the back of our property and flooded the yard.


I’m so thankful that we fared better than most of the folks up here in the Catskills. So many have lost everything. It’s a real tragedy. With the sun shining and the dog playing in the pools by the waterfalls again, it’s almost hard to believe that so many are left with no homes and nowhere to go.

It’s Official — I have a new blog for my sketches!

Posted by Jamie on March 24th, 2011

I did this little 9×12″ watercolor across a two-page spread in my Fabriano Venezia sketchbook to show you what my new blog looks like! If you’ve enjoyed seeing my sketches, hearing my rambles about the artistic process, and looking on while I varnished paintings, primed panels, mixed paint, and built foamcore pochade boxes, most of those things will be posted only on the new “Sketches” blog from now on. That blog is at http://HudsonValleySketches.blogspot.com. You can click here to head over there now, and subscribe there to continue to receive all my posts online.

Don’t worry; this This Hudson Valley Painter blog isn’t going away! It will still be here, and will contain my completed paintings that are available for sale. The sketches, product reviews, and thoughts on the artistic process will be on the new site.

Kaaterskill Fine Arts Juried Member Show

Posted by Jamie on January 7th, 2010

I have six paintings going up to Kaaterskill Fine Arts for this show in Hunter, NY. Hope some of you can make it there!

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Hudson Valley Painter featured on Gretchen Kelly’s Blog

Posted by Jamie on December 15th, 2009

My friend and fellow artist, Gretchen Kelly, is writing articles about some of her favorite artists. Please check out her blog post today, featuring yours truly! Many thanks to Gretchen for this special commentary. It’s been wonderful having Gretchen as a friend and painting buddy.

While you’re there, take a look at Gretchen’s expressive figure drawings and paintings, and her vibrant landscapes. I especially like her use of gold leaf in some of her multi-media landscape paintings.

Show Opening at Bannerman Island Gallery November 14, 4-8pm

Posted by Jamie on November 13th, 2009

While out painting at Bannerman Island with friends two weeks ago, we were offered a show at Bannerman Island Gallery! The opening is this Saturday, November 14, 4-8pm. I’ll have some of my new fall works there, including the one featured below.


Thank you to my guests!

Posted by Jamie on September 13th, 2009

Many thanks to all of you who took the time out of your busy weekend to attend my Hudson River Journeys and Hudson Valley Journeys shows this weekend. For those of you who didn’t make it there, Hudson River Journeys will continue to run until October 4. Hudson Valley Journeys runs through September 29th. The 11×17″ prints of Boscobel Overview are available for buyers of my work at either show, as well as RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon. You can see the print at the bottom of the first image below.

Here are some photos I took of the North Salem Library show this morning. Unfortunately, there’s some glare with the paintings facing the windows, but it will give you an idea of what is there. All of the North Salem paintings in the Hudson Valley Journeys show can also be purchased custom framed as shown, directly through my website here via PayPal. If you see something you’re interested in, just let me know where it is in the images and I can email you a direct link to that painting’s post with pricing information.




And best of all, here is the cake for the show!



Sunday, September 13, from 12:30-2:30pm, I’ll be having a luncheon reception for my show, Hudson Valley Journeys. It is at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, 276 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY. Please stop by, say hello, see the paintings, and have a bite to eat if you’re within striking distance!

For pricing and purchase information on the painting above, click here.

Hudson River Journeys

Posted by Jamie on September 10th, 2009


Come join me for a reception at the opening of my new solo show, Hudson River Journeys, this Saturday, September 12, from 4-6pm at the Bannerman Island Gallery, 150 Main Street, Beacon NY. There are 24 of my Hudson River paintings hanging in the show. They show scenes of the Hudson from the Palisades up to Athens, NY.


For the month of September, any of my paintings purchased at one of my shows or galleries comes with a beautiful 11×17″, hand-signed poster print of my painting Boscobel Overview in Fall for you to frame and hang. These posters are available at Bannerman Island Gallery, RiverWinds Gallery (174 Main Street, Beacon NY) and Ruth Keeler Memorial Library (276 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY).

Remember that you are also invited to my luncheon reception at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library this coming Sunday, September 13, from 12:30-2:30pm. My Hudson Valley Journeys show is there. I hope those of you who are in the area can make it to one or both of these events.

Hudson Valley Journeys — North Salem Solo Show

Posted by Jamie on August 31st, 2009


Tomorrow I will be hanging my solo show titled Hudson Valley Journeys at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library in North Salem, NY. It will run from tomorrow through September 29. Please join me for a luncheon reception at the library on Sunday, September 13 from 12:30-2:30pm. The address is 276 Titicus Road, North Salem.

I hope many of my viewers will be able to get over there to see the show. If you cannot make it to the reception, you can see the show anytime the library is open. Here is a link to the library hours when you will be able to see the show.

The painting above is the one that appeared on the card for the show. It is a view of the beautiful Open Land Foundation property along Baxter Road in North Salem. It is available for purchase at the library or through my website at this link.

All of the paintings in that show are custom framed and also available through my website. If you click the Category on the right for “Brewster and North Salem”, you will see that some of those paintings are now listed as custom framed. Those are the ones in the show. (Works not in the show are unframed.) I do not generally offer framed works through my website, so if you’re interested in something ready to hang on that favorite wall, this is a great opportunity to pick up a custom framed piece at a great price.

Posted by Jamie on August 30th, 2009

This is my first-ever video slide show! I hope you enjoy this display of some of my paintings that have been done with the slow-drying Golden OPEN Acrylics.


There is a show of paintings by the Hudson River School artists at Cedar Grove, the Thomas Cole Historical Site. The show is titled River Views of the Hudson River School, and celebrates the Hudson River Quadricentennial. There are fifteen paintings in the show which feature the Hudson River and its surroundings, mostly in the Catskill area where the show is taking place! The paintings are on loan from private collections and will be in the show until October 11.

I’m going to try to see this show asap….maybe even tomorrow! To read more about the show and the Thomas Cole Historic Site, click here to visit their website. There is a PDF file there that you can download with lots of information.

The Dangers of Kaaterskill Falls!

Posted by Jamie on June 16th, 2009

Yikes….I think I’m going to be very, very careful from now on when painting at the top of Kaaterskill Falls! The park rangers say that accidents like this happen every year. It is so tragic. From the top of the falls, the sides are very sheer. Climbing down there is extremely dangerous. It’s unfortunate that they cannot prevent people from attempting to ascend and descend the falls.

New York – NYSP SP Catskill Accidental Death Investigation
By admin • Jun 14th, 2009 • Category: News

14 June 2009

The New York State Police at Catskill report the death of 32 year old, Jeremy Mullins of Savanna GA, who succumbed to his injuries after accidentally slipping from a trail adjacent to the Kaaterskill Falls in the Town of Hunter, Greene County, NY

Mullins had been hiking with one other person and was descending the slope when he slipped on loose shale and mud. Mullins fell approximately 60 feet off of a cliff and struck rocks below the trail. An autopsy was performed at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany and the cause of death was listed as multiple traumas due to the fall.

I did it! I know I’m way behind the times, but I finally got onto Twitter. You can follow me by clicking the “follow” button on the JamieArtist widget on the left sidebar <---- . Hopefully over the next couple of weeks I'll be able to figure this thing out. I'm hoping this keeps me more in touch with everybody as I run around my crazy life! I didn't paint today, as I'm getting ready for my Rhinebeck show. The Opening Reception is June 5 from 5:30-7:30pm, at 6423 Montgomery Street, Second Floor, Rhinebeck, NY. You’re all invited! Come see Hudson River Valley landscape paintings done by four members of the juried, international Daily Painters group. There are 167 artists in the group, and four of us who are within a couple of hours of Rhinebeck are gathering ourselves and our work together to meet and greet our viewers. Come join us for a wine and munchies celebration with great art. Here is the front of our post card for the show. Can you pick out which painting is mine?


What does an artist do when she is not painting?

Posted by Jamie on May 6th, 2009

Usually I don’t post if I don’t have a completed painting to show, but I’ve been thinking lately about how many fascinating things artists are involved in on the days when they don’t paint. Perhaps I should post about that sometimes, like right now!

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives has a high school art competition. The winners from each district are then hung together in the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Today I was one of five artists hanging the show for Congressman John Hall’s 19th Congressional District. We hung over 90 paintings by area high school students at the Putnam Arts Council gallery space at Tilly Foster Farm, in Brewster, NY. Congressman Hall will be presenting the awards on Monday, May 11. You can read more about it at the Putnam Arts Council site and also on Congressman Hall’s website. Congratulations to all the students who are in this show! Be sure to stop in to see it if you’re in the area. It’s always worth a trip to Tilly Foster Farm to see the newest arrivals in historical animal species, antique farm equipment, shows at Putnam Arts Council, and the change of seasons!

Other artistic ventures today included cutting a huge bouquet of lilacs from my yard. If it pours tomorrow as it’s supposed to, and I don’t feel like working from a photo, I’ll have these beautiful flowers to paint and smell in my studio.

Last but not least, I took a walk outside this evening, where I was hoping to get some photo references from which to paint the yellow sky I saw over the lake just before sunset. In the process, I inadvertently scared off a Pileated Woodpecker exploring a rotting tree stump, saw a Green Heron flying overhead, and enjoyed a cute muskrat swimming in the brook. I almost didn’t notice the deer on the other side of the brook. He was so well camoflaged that he was nearly invisible. He stood there staring at me for a long time, before turning around and trotting off. I took a picture of him, though I’m sorry it’s not a sharper image. Can you spot him?


Here’s a closer crop to show you where he was “hiding”:


Tomorrow I’ll be doing a frame inventory and ordering frames for some upcoming shows (more on that soon…), but hopefully there will be some time to paint too!

Does anybody ever stop to smell the roses?

Posted by Jamie on January 28th, 2009

My friend MaryLou Roberts sent along this story today. It is a true story from the Washington Post. I think it says a lot about our society, and it made me realize that one of the things I love most about painting, and plein air painting in particular, is that it forces me to “stop and smell the roses”. How much do we really see and hear of the world around us? Feel free to enter your comments on this post.

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the
violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for
about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was
calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of
them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was a
musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and
then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman
threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him,
but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he
was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother
tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the
violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to
walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by
several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced
them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and
stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk
their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and
silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there
any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best
musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces
ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a
theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100.00 each.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro
station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social
experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The
outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour:
Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize
the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best
musicians in the world playing some of the best music ever written,
how many other things are we missing ?

You can click the play button below to see the YouTube video of the event as it happened. It’s worth the listen if only to hear snippets of Joshua Bell playing the Bach Chaconne!

My Interview with Mark Golden

Posted by Jamie on September 16th, 2008

Four artists who have been using the new Golden OPEN paints were selected to do interviews with Mark Golden for his online magazine Just Paint. I was one of the lucky few who shared my experiences with the OPEN acrylics in the article. You can click here to read a full color, PDF version of the magazine with images, or instead you can read a text version with no photos on the website. Either way, I hope you enjoy it!

You can post any comments you have to me about the article by clicking “comments” below.

Cedar Grove, Home of Thomas Cole

Posted by Jamie on July 30th, 2008

On the first day of our trip, we visited the home of Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole. The house was part of a 100+ acre fruit farm during his lifetime, owned by his wife’s family. She had to sell off most of their possessions after he passed away, so there are a lot of reproduction and period pieces in the house, but few that were actually there when Thomas Cole lived in the home.


Here is a picture I took of the famous view from the porch of his home. Unfortunately, it was heavily overcast that day, and the wonderful Catskill skyline that Cole had was obscured by cloud cover.


Adjacent to the house was a barn. Cole converted half the barn into his studio. The interior has great north light from a ground level window and one above. The walls inside it are brick and wood, so even with the cool north light, it has a warm, cozy feel. Many of his things were still there in the studio.


Between the house and barn is an outhouse. You wouldn’t think it would warrant a picture, but I took one because it has the distinction of having three seats. Why, I can’t imagine.


I didn’t get a chance to paint there, but they have a fabulous, small exhibit now of his plein air works in the house. Back then, the Hudson River School painters would go out into the field and do these small works to use as references for their huge paintings. One thing that struck me about the small paintings done as “field studies” is the large amount of detail incorporated into the work. I suppose that because they didn’t have small cameras to bring along, the relied only on these studies to produce their large paintings, and needed to include as much information as possible to bring back to the studio with them. They were certainly stunning, complete works in small formats. Here is an example:


Starting at Thomas Cole’s house was a wonderful start to our trip. It set the stage for all the locations to come. I felt inspired, setting out to visit the spots where he had painted. Having seen the exhibit of his reference paintings for the studio works, I decided that I would keep whatever paintings I did on this trip, and use them as my own references, alongside photos I took, to do studio and commission paintings.

Time in the Workshop

Posted by Jamie on July 21st, 2008

Dear Viewers,
I’ve been busy constructing a new painting box, preparing for a trip, and painting. I haven’t had a chance to photograph work or post images of the new box, and I’ve got a time crunch on my hands to keep painting while getting everything ready for my trip. I’ll be posting daily again starting next Monday, July 28, and will show you my new painting box then too. Thank you all for your kind comments, support, and appreciation of my work. ‘See you next week!



Hudson River Morning
8×16″, Golden OPEN Acrylics on canvas covered hardboard
(Click here for pricing information on this piece.)

The painting above was done last August at Boscobel Restoration, and was one of the first plein air paintings that I did with the new Golden OPEN Acrylic paints. I feel kind of sentimental as I think back to my first trip up to the Golden headquarters in upstate New York last summer. I dipped my brush into these paints for the very first time and felt the rush of excitement as I realized the potential of the jars of color before me. Here we are now, several generations of jars and tubes later, and the final product has been launched, and should be available in the stores within a couple of weeks. It’s been an amazing journey for me as an artist. I am delighted that the paint has reached its destination, and happy to have been a part of the process, yet I am sad that the fascinating and exciting development stage has ended. I guess I’m one of those people who loves a great experiment!

I spent much of the morning reorganizing some blog categories here, and added a couple of new ones. Among them is a separate category for my favorites from among my Golden OPEN Acrylic Paintings. The category listings are on the right sidebar —->, and you can click that category anytime to see many paintings done with this special new medium. I’ll continue to add to it.

The Secret Is Out! New Golden paints revealed….

Posted by Jamie on May 2nd, 2008

Path Through the Open Land Foundation
8×10, Golden OPEN Acrylics on Multimedia Artboard
Please email me if you are interested in this painting.

It’s been sooooo hard for me to keep this under wraps, but the time has finally arrived when I can share the great news! Everybody’s been asking me this year what acrylic paints I’ve been using that look so much like my oils, and I have to hem and haw and politely change the subject……until now. Golden Paints has developed a brand new line of “acrylics” with a very long open time. It is called Golden Open. They’ll be shipping to stores on July 1. The painting above is one of my favorites done with these new paints. You can see my demonstration thread for this painting here.The underpainting was done with Golden Fluid Acrylics, and then the Open paints were used over that.

I’ve been testing these paints for Golden Acrylics since last August, and it’s been such a thrill for me to finally have an acrylic paint that does what I want it to do. The long open time enables me to paint like I would with oils, only better. It is really like a new medium in that it can do some of the things oils can do, some of the things acrylics can do, some of the things gouache can do, and some of the things watercolors can do. After nine months of using this paint, I feel like I’m still just scratching the surface in terms of its possibilities. Almost all of the acrylics that you’ve seen here on my blog since August were done with this paint.

This still life on clear-sealed linen is another one of my favorites done with this paint:
Flowers on Linen, 8×6″


The paint tacks up as I work just enough to be able to do things that oils cannot. No more acrylic paint drying on your brushes either. When you finally get that mix of colors just right, the paint doesn’t dry out before you get a chance to use it. Edges can be blended and manipulated—no more razor-sharp acrylic edges in your paintngs unless you want them. Yet, it tacks up enough as I work to be able to scumble, glaze, and overpaint. Oils can’t do that! For plein air painting, they can’t be beat. Just a spray of water now and then keeps them totally workable. I can get paintings varnished and out to galleries in less than two weeks. I don’t have to put up with that nasty “sinking in” and flattening of values that oil paints do overnight without my permission! The color remains as beautiful and vibrant as when it was painted. These dry to a matte finish, so do not at all have that plastic look of many acrylics.

I’ve had good success with it in the figure painting studio too. This one from a few weeks ago is one of my favorite figure sketches with the new paint:
Amanda Resting, 8×10″ on Canson board


I hope any of you artists out there reading this will have the opportunity to try out this new product. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. I’d be happy to answer any questions relating to the working properties of the paints; just enter them as comments on this post. I am so happy to be able to discuss them at last.

In Memory of Thomas Humphrey: 1948-2008

Posted by Jamie on April 21st, 2008


The River Behind Tom’s House
12×16″, oils on canvas

Please click here to play the audio file of Andy Lafreniere and me playing a pair of Humphrey guitars while you read this post. The piece is “The One”, by California composer Peter Madlem.

When my Ramirez classical guitar slipped from my grasp on a flight of stairs in 1979, splitting in three places, it led me to the doorstep of classical guitarmaker Thomas Humphrey. As I rang his doorbell on West 72nd Street in Manhattan, with my damaged instrument, I didn’t know that I was about to meet one of my closest friends, or that I’d end up owning four of his amazing guitars, or that our future spouses and children would play together in the brooks behind our house and his, and that we’d watch them grow together until his untimely death last Wednesday.

Tom’s entire workshop at that time was crammed into a small bedroom in his New York City apartment. He worked day and night, tirelessly unlocking the secrets to producing instruments with a sound he heard clearly in his head, but not yet in a classical guitar. Already well-known as a luthier in New York, his apartment was affectionately referred to as Grand Central Station. Musicians would congregate, friends would come and go, and there were more fabulous spur-of-the-moment classical guitar performances there than in the concert halls of New York City. Tom’s magnetic personality, wonderful sense of humor, and beautiful-sounding instruments drew guitar players from near and far. His reputation sky-rocketed when he developed and patented his Millennium design, and his name became a household word for guitarists world-wide. The elevated fingerboard gave players easier access to the high reaches of the instrument, and combined with his unique bracing design, increased it’s projection.

When C.F. Martin approached Tom about making two models that copied his design, my husband and I tried talk Tom out of it. But those who knew Tom know that it was always futile to argue with his vision. While we were afraid that it would lead to loss of business for his own handmade instruments, Tom felt it would force him to have to invent something even better. And so his search for the next great breakthrough continued. Like all great artists, Tom was never satisfied. He always wanted more volume, fuller sound, better sustain.

Tom was as much a philosopher as he was an artist and inventor. He looked at life as a creative journey, and pressed ever-onward along his ingenious path. It wasn’t unusual for my phone to ring early in the morning, with Tom’s excited voice on the other end, explaining his idea for a new bracing pattern. Once Tom and his wife Martha moved up to their estate in Gardiner, NY, I’d often bring my paints along on visits to capture the Shawangunkill River that wound through the back of their property, or the white cliffs of the Gunks that faced the front. But often as not, we’d get absorbed in conversation, talking away in the workshop for the day, or playing his latest batch of guitars one by one, and the brushes would remain in my easel.

When I rang that doorbell in New York City in 1979, and as we had our first philosophical conversation, I didn’t imagine that his voice would be silenced at the young age of 59. Tom’s sound will forever live on through his instruments, and I am grateful that I will hear him speak every time I pick up my guitar.

You can click to read the New York Times Obituary.

Art Sale in Katonah tomorrow. One day only!

Posted by Jamie on April 5th, 2008

On Sunday, April 6, there will be an Art Sale at Katonah Art Center, 131 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY, from 10am-3pm. There are a dozen of my paintings there, beautifully framed, at very reasonable prices. This sale is one day only! You can call Katonah Art Center at 914-232-4843, or visit their website at http://www.katonahartcenter.com. Some of my favorite, small format, new works are there, including many of my recent still life paintings on linen, and some of the new landscapes too.

The Art Center is simultaneously hosting an Open House, so you can also check out the studios and all the new spring class offerings while you’re there. They have a wonderful faculty.

Dear Email Subsribers to My Website….

Posted by Jamie on February 1st, 2008

I have a new subscription option for my site that is working much better. It will deliver my posts, with the images, directly to your email! I tested it out last night and it works great. When you get a chance, please subscribe by entering your email address in the new box on the left, clicking to subscribe, and then following the instructions. Once you’ve confirmed that subscription, I will delete your name from your current subscription so that you won’t have to be receiving both of them. I think you will all enjoy receiving the actual painting image via email, rather than just notification of a new post.

North Salem show

Posted by Jamie on December 1st, 2007

Many thanks to everybody who came to the opening reception of my solo show at the North Salem Library!

I tried to snap a few pictures of some of the paintings before things got busy. As you can see, it’s a good thing I’m a painter and not a photographer!

Click images to enlarge them.


My daughter Sarah had the job of arranging the little shelf of small works. She has such a good eye.

I challenged visitors to pick out which ones were oils and which were acrylics, but the painting above on the right, in the middle row, with the dark hillside, pink grasses with goldenrod and backlit tree fooled nearly everybody.


The light streaming in from the window caused a lot of glare to the paintings framed under glass, but you can get an idea…..They’re all on the site here in their own individual posts, unframed, if you want to see better images of specific works. Clearly there are advantages and disadvantages to framing under glass! They didn’t show as much glare in real life as they’re showing in the photos.


The Farthest to Travel Award goes to Seth Golden of Golden Acrylics, and his mom, who drove all the way down from Oneonta, New York for the opening. That was a huge and wonderful surprise to me!

I really appreciate all my friends and neighbors who came from near and far, enjoyed the show, and provided great laughs, support, and companionship. Thank you also to the staff of the North Salem Library who made the show possible, and the library board members who visited.

For those who couldn’t come to the opening reception, the show will run through the end of December during regular library hours.

To receive my painting post cards via surface mail….

Posted by Jamie on November 10th, 2007

Whenever I have a big show, I send out a post card with an image of one of the paintings for the show on the front, and information on the location of the show on the back. Some of my customers and blog-watchers enjoy collecting the painting images this way and attending my opening receptions. I am in the process of mailing out the cards for my next show, which is a solo show at North Salem Library. If you’d like to receive it, please email me with your full name and surface mail address, and I’ll send you one. It’s a beautiful winter snow scene overlooking Peach Lake.

I do not share these addresses with anybody; they are for my own mailing list only. If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll have received a couple of these within the past couple of months. If you didn’t get them, then you’re not on the list!

Second Saturday…..That’s Tonight!

Posted by Jamie on November 10th, 2007

Come explore Second Saturday in Beacon! All the shops are open late, and the galleries have their openings tonight of all the new shows. You can see six of my paintings at the wonderful Riverwinds Gallery, and then walk a block west to 150 Main Street, to see 19 more of them at the Bannerman Gallery! I’ll be around to say hi between 4 and 7pm.

Paintings on the Wall

Posted by Jamie on October 25th, 2007

A happy customer sent me a photo of my paintings on the wall. I love the way they’re arranged. Thank you so much for the image!

Two receptions tomorrow! Come join us….

Posted by Jamie on October 5th, 2007

Suhua Wood and I will be painting outside the WPA Gallery at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation tomorrow (Saturday 10/6) from 1-4pm, where our show “Plein Air Plus” is continuing through October 21st! Please stop by for some munchies, to see our works in progress, and to view the show!

From 4:30-6pm tomorrow (10/6), I’ll be at the Opening Reception of the Fine Arts Show, held at Tilly Foster Farm. The show is in the Putnam Arts Council Building #8. My large painting, The Wall Shelf, was accepted into the show. It’s one of my personal favorites, and I hope some of you can come see it in person. The show runs for a month. There’s a link to Putnam Arts Council on the right side of this website page. You can click it to see their hours, location, and contact information.

Welcome to all the USA Today Readers!

Posted by Jamie on August 12th, 2007

Welcome to all of you who are visiting my blog as a result of the article in USA Weekend. Please email me from the link at the top of the page with any questions, and feel free to leave your comments on the paintings using the “Comment” link in each post. I hope you enjoy looking through my online gallery of original art here.

Works can be purchased securely by credit card or bank transfer by clicking the Paypal button in each post. You can subscribe to receive updates to my site by clicking the Subscribe link at the top of the page. If you live near the Hudson River Valley and wish to attend my art shows and events, you can receive my mailings by clicking the “Be Notified of My Exhibitions” link at the top and entering your contact information. This info will not be shared; it will only be used to notify you of my art events.

Many thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the work and return often, whether to purchase art or just enjoy viewing!


5×7″, Golden Acrylics on 100% rag Fabriano paper
$50.00 plus $5 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

I painted this acrylic sketch last night in anticipation of my exciting trip to Golden Artist Colors today. I’ve been invited to their headquarters in New Berlin, New York. Painting Golden Acrylics using Golden Acrylics seemed to be the perfect still life setup for the occasion. I’ll post all about it when I return tomorrow.


Posted by Jamie on June 16th, 2007

Well here I am, late to post about my own show! If you’d like to get in your car today and take a nice drive in the country, please join me for my show reception today, from 2-5pm, at the

White Silo
Route 37
Sherman, CT

Mapquest for directions.

This is the first show of our group, Hudson Valley Four. The artists are Jamie Grossman, Daisy dePuthod, Phyllis Tarlow, and Suhua Wood. We have 82 paintings in the show from tiny to enormous.

There will be a wine tasting going on simultaneously!

Graduation Day

Posted by Jamie on May 17th, 2007

My son is graduating from college, so I’ll be taking a few days off to enjoy the festivities. See y’all on Monday!


8×10″, oils
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.
This is the painting I did this morning for the Artists on Location event in Garrison, New York. I painted down by an inlet of the Hudson River along Fair Street in Cold Spring. It was much chillier than I’d anticipated, hence the pun in the title of “Cold Spring Morning”. I framed the painting in my car and drove back to the gallery to deliver it. I’m not sure how accurate the color is on this image, since I don’t have the painting to compare with the digital image. The paintings were auctioned off starting at 5pm. I had to go to my opening at the Bannerman Island Gallery in Beacon, so had to miss the live auction.

Artists on Location, Saturday May 12, Garrison, NY

Posted by Jamie on May 11th, 2007

Tomorrow is the big day that happens twice a year, when up to 85 artists gather in Garrison New York to paint the town and the Hudson River. Each artist has the day to paint on location, and returns the completed painting to the gallery at Garrison Art Center, framed, by 3pm. The paintings are hung on display and auctioned Saturday night. I’ll be out painting with the rest of them! I haven’t chosen my location yet, but knowing me, I’ll probably paint somewhere along the Hudson River in Garrison or Cold Spring.

Simultaneously, there is a silent auction ongoing in another gallery at Garrison Art Center. Those paintings are brought by many of the same artists who go out painting. You can read more about the event by clicking the link to Garrison Art Center on the right sidebar here.

The Lower Hudson Valley chapter of New York Plein Air Painters has a show opening this Saturday, May 12, from 4-6pm at the Bannerman Island Gallery. The gallery is located at 150 Main Street, Beacon, NY. Come visit if you can! If you can’t make it there on Saturday between 4-6pm, the show runs until June 3, so you’ll still have time to see our work.

I hope to see you there!

One of my paintings of Tilly Foster Farm has been featured in an article in today’s Journal News. Putnam Arts Council has announced that they are moving to Tilly Foster Farm! Since that is one of my favorite painting locations, I couldn’t be more thrilled. You can read more about it in the article.

In celebration, I have moved up several of my Tilly Foster works to the top of my blog. Just scroll down the page to view them. I’d like to give a big, warm welcome to any new visitors who have come to my site as a result of the article in today’s paper. I hope you have an enjoyable visit and return often!


International Sketchcrawl #13 tomorrow!

Posted by Jamie on March 16th, 2007

Tomorrow is the official International Sketchcrawl #13. That means that artists around the globe will be packing up their sketchbooks, pens, pencils, brushes and paints, and heading out to do as many sketches of their day as they possibly can. Whether you’re an “artist” or not, anybody can participate by just doodling your surroundings as the day goes by. Join me in celebrating the International Sketchcrawl by documenting your day in drawings. I hope to have a few pages to show by the time I post here tomorrow night.

Hudson Valley Show Opening at Freshman Fine Arts

Posted by Jamie on March 11th, 2007

Last night was the opening of the Hudson Valley show at Freshman Fine Arts in Beacon. Many thanks to my friends and fans who came to see the show. Below are a few photos of my paintings there. Please contact the gallery directly at 845-440-8988 if you see something that interests you. The paintings range in size from 5×7″ up to 24×36″.




The show is really wonderful, with a wide variety of colorful work ranging from abstract to contemporary realism. Please do stop by and see it if you’re in the area.

I have eight paintings ranging in size from 5×7″ up to 24×36″ in a show opening tomorrow at Freshman Fine Arts in Beacon, NY. Please join us for some wine and munchies between 6 and 9pm to see different artists’ interpretations of the Hudson River Valley, from abstract to realism.

There’s always lots going on during Beacon’s monthly “Second Saturday”. Shops and galleries are open late, all the galleries have their new openings then, there are glass blowing demos at Hudson Beach Glass, and wine tasting at the Artisan wine shop. There are wonderful restaurants and antique shops. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday night. Come join the fun!

Saturday, March 10, 6-9pm
Freshman Fine Arts
4 South Chestnut Street
Beacon, NY
Phone: 845.440.8988

Welcome to the USA Today readers!

Posted by Jamie on March 4th, 2007

I’d like to give a big welcome to all the USA Today readers who are coming to visit my online studio/blog as a result of today’s article in USA Weekend. Thanks so much for stopping in and browsing through my paintings.

The front blog page only holds 30 days of work, so you can see other paintings by clicking on the “Available Paintings” link at the top of the page, or the Category links on the right side of this page. Most unsold paintings not currently in galleries have Buy Now links so that you can pay by credit card or bank transfer securely through Paypal. Paintings are priced by size, hence the wide price range.

I do lots of pet and landscape commission work, so feel free to contact me if you’ve got a special pet or scene in mind that you’d love to see in paint!

Feel free to email any questions to me; there’s a link directly to my email on the right side of this page, under “Links”. I hope you enjoy your visit. There’s a new post nearly every day, so please bookmark my site and come back often to see what’s going on in the studio.


Tracks in the Snow at Sunrise

Posted by Jamie on February 7th, 2007

SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

6 x 6″, Oils on sealed, primed hardboard, unframed
I looked out the window this morning and there was a beautiful sunrise of subdued violets and yellows over the lake. I wasn’t yet set up to paint, and knew that what I was seeing would vanish long before I had a chance to lay out palette and get my brushes. Rather than skip painting a sunrise, I went through photos I’d taken of the view in previous winters. I came across one I’d been meaning to paint for a long time, and spent the morning having a wonderful time doing this painting.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll have to make sure I’m set up earlier to catch it in the moment!

Here’s an update of my show calendar so far for 2007:
March 10-about April 8—Hudson River Show at Freshman Fine Arts, 4 South Chestnut St, Beacon
May 12-June 4—Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters show at Bannerman Island Gallery, Main St, Beacon
June 15-July 1—White Silo Winery (four-artist show)
September—Two-person show with Suhua Wood at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
October—Artists on Location, Garrison
October—Two-person show with Walter Mosley at Bannerman Island Gallery
December—Solo show at North Salem Library
Of course you can always see a rotating selection of my work in all styles and subjects at The Paint Box in Bedford Hills.

There’s a link on the right to my blog for my shows, openings and other events. Stay tuned there for more news. I’ll add specifics as the dates get closer.

Painting and Showing and Painting and Showing

Posted by Jamie on December 8th, 2006

I started a painting today, but was disappointed that I didn’t quite have time to finish it. Yesterday I finished the tweaks on my night painting from the day before, but haven’t had a chance to take the pic and upload it. Hopefully I’ll finish up the one I started today over the weekend, then will take photos of both and upload them here.

To those in the area, I’ll be making the rounds at my shows over the next 24 hours or so with receptions and greetings. Feel free to visit and browse at:

  • Garrison Art Center, Member Show—Tonight from 7-9pm
  • Putnam Arts Council Belle Levine Gallery, Invitational exhibit of about 40 of my paintings—Saturday from 12-3
  • Bannerman Island Gallery—Five of my paintings in the show, reception is Saturday 4-6pm
  • RiverWinds Gallery—9 paintings left in the Buone Feste show, reception Saturday 5-8

Also, the owner of The Paint Box gallery visited my studio this morning and selected five more paintings, so she now has about 15 down there in Bedford Hills. Stop in if you have a chance!

From Framing Madness to Panel-Making Madness

Posted by Jamie on November 29th, 2006

When my framing frenzy was over and the dust finally settled in my studio last night, there were 54 paintings ready to go to the show. I decided to leave two of the larger paintings here, and delivered 52 to Putnam Arts Council’s Belle Levine Gallery this morning. It’s going to look awesome! I’ll try to get some pics to post after everything is hung and ready. I’ll also be at the Gallery on Saturday, December 9 from 2-5, and on Tuesday, December 12 from 12-3 for anyone who wants a personal tour of the exhibit.

For those in Dutchess County, don’t forget that I have 9 paintings left in the Buone Feste show at the River Winds Gallery! It’s right on Main Street in Beacon. There is a wonderful selection of gift items in that show made by local artisans. I splurged and bought myself a pair of gorgeous handmade earrings there.

And let’s not forget Westchester County…. You can see my paintings at The Paint Box in Bedford Hills. There are many small pieces, as well as a 24×36 plein air oil painting of Constitution Marsh in Fall.

Now that all those paintings have been framed, what’s a Daily Painter to do? Why, start making panels to resume painting, of course! My studio has been transformed from Framing Central into The Painting Panel Factory. I’m really eager to paint more square formats. I’ve often used 12×12, but those are a little large for my daily paintings, and I can’t find smaller ones that are reasonably priced. So, I’m making up a batch of 6×6″s, and while I’m at it, more 5x7s and 6x8s too—about 100 in all. The masonite boards are all cut (thanks to some help from my dear hubby), and after returning home from the gallery, I sanded about 30 of them and sealed them with two coats of GAC100 (acrylic polymer emulsion). I’ll follow that up tomorrow with a mixture of acrylic primer (gesso) and modeling paste, then two coats of a gesso/pumice mix.

I hope to get back to churning out a painting every day (well…five days a week) in another day or so with my new panels!

It’s Showtime!

Posted by Jamie on November 27th, 2006

I’m getting ready for a big show at the Belle Levine Gallery, with over 30 of my paintings ranging in size from 2×3 inches to 2×3 feet. You’re all invited to this fun event, which will also feature the work of many local artisans just in time for your holiday shopping. The show opens this Saturday, December 2, and runs through December 22 at 521 Kennicut Hill Road in Mahopac, NY. (More information will be posted on my Shows and Galleries blog. You can click the link in the sidebar on the right side of your screen.)

As you can imagine, I’ve been busy, busy, busy with Framing Madness in my studio. Last night and this morning I framed 8 pastels. Here are a few of them. They are all 16×20″ framed size.

In case you’ve ever wondered what an artist’s studio looks like while engaged in Framing Madness, have a peek. It’s not a pretty sight….and don’t trip over anything, pleeeeease!