Monday, June 30, 2008

Ancient Stargazers



Ancient Stargazers” [
The Poppy Series]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Blushing Gossips



Blushing Gossips” [
The Poppy Series]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Sherbet Daydream



Sherbet Daydream” [
The Poppy Series]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Regal Beauty



Regal Beauty” [
The Poppy Series]
By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mission: Fox Rescue!



The agents from the Exalted Beauty Headquarters recently went on a top secret mission to rescue some endangered fox kits. We are unable to share the details but we can tell you that the kits have been carefully relocated and are enjoying their safe traffic free environment. Below is one of the kits happily hunting, scratching and rolling in the grass at their new home:







Seeing Stars

Here is our little Mr. at the last pre-school event of the year:



Wild Turkeys

These fine ladies were out for a morning stroll in the Wildflower Meadow:

Deer in the Mist

Our deer are still here, just better camouflaged during the summer months. Here’s one seen emerging from the morning mist:

Pink Columbine

This elegant Pink Columbine is one of those random survivors found in the Wildflower Meadow:






Sweet William

Here is a striking selection of Sweet William from the Wildflower Meadow:









19th Annual Art Show

It’s that time of year again! The Maxfield Parrish Stage Set Committee and the Plainfield Historical Society are sponsoring the 19th Annual Art Show at the Plainfield Town Hall.This show is always a major activity during the fourth of July Parade and Celebration in Plainfield. Come check out all of the beautiful art! You will be thrilled by the caliber of talent Plainfield has to offer. A percentage of the sale proceeds are donated toward the preservation of the Maxfield Parrish Stage Set.

This year the art show will be held from Wednesday July 2nd through Friday July 4th.

The hours will be:
Wednesday, July 2, 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, July 3, 4-8 p.m.,
Friday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Please save the date!
I look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Poppy Painting Gallery

OMG! Drama drama! I don’t know about you but when I’m stressed out and have a deadline, I usually add stuff to my agenda rather then making my life simple so I can just get the things I HAVE to do, done! Well, inevitably, when I have an art deadline I always have social engagements planned around the same time as well. The events are difficult to juggle because summer is when we New Englanders all get together, so one should plan accordingly, right? Yeah, right. Anyway, so my drama? We have a party to go to Friday night and are having guests over throughout the weekend. Like most people, we like to use these visits as motivators to get home and garden projects completed. Well, in the midst of the chaos that is my life, I decided I should get our outside doors painted. Carpenter Dave did a fabulous job completing those new porches, so it seemed like a shame not to finish them off, right? Oh my, have I mentioned my competition/exhibition deadlines? Yeah, I’m way stressed and I’m also way behind on the weed invasion happening in my 8 new gardens. Ugh. So of course I chose the most time consuming frivolous project I could find! Long story short; it was a very bad idea; 4 streaky green doors (that the Mr. hates!), an escaped cat and a severely twisted ankle later… oh, too short? You will have to use your imagination! Think: wet paint, open doors, a former stray cat, an unhelpful 4 1/2 year old (who is apparently NOT good in an emergency situation), add screaming hopping woman, lurching through forest to save frightened feline and you have a pretty good idea about what happened. The comedic play by play is long and embarrassing so I’ll save you the details, but to sum it up, I’m really hurting, the doors are a mess, my house is a mess, and I’ll have to hop through my events over the weekend! But thank goodness our darling Jasmine is safe and sound back in the house. Argh! She obviously has no idea about the dangers lurking in our yard!

What does the above have to do with a Poppy Painting Gallery? Absolutely nothing! But, in the midst of this chaos I decided I also needed to set up the
Poppy Painting Gallery (apparently I wanted even more stress in my life!). So here is the link to the NEW Poppy Painting Gallery! I am glad it is set up but the timing couldn’t have been worse! So – ME!

Anyway, I didn’t really start this post with the intention of venting my big drama. I actually intended to give a gigantic thank you to all of you who took the time to offer submission suggestions! Your opinions and support are greatly appreciated! Many of you agreed that it was a difficult choice, mostly due to the ambiguity of the thematic suggestion, and everyone seemed to have a different favorite, but in the end, the consensus seemed to lean toward “Dark Confession” and “Autumn Encroaches” for “The Nature of Things” competition. The application is in the mail (phew!) and now I need to move on to the next two events. I’m SO happy that you chose the other pieces as well because I need a lot more work to submit to the next 3 events. First up is the 19th Annual Art Show in Plainfield (6 paintings due Tuesday July 1st), then AVA Gallery and Art Center’s Fifteenth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition (2 paintings due July 7th) and shortly after that the Cornish Art Show (6 more paintings due in August). What? Me? Stress? No of course not!

Thank you again for your support!
Have a great weekend!

Summer Afternoon



Summer Afternoon” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Blue Duo



Blue Duo” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Impending Storm



Impending Storm” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Autumn Encroaches



Autumn Encroaches” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Nature of Things

I have a bit of a dilemma; I REALLY need some help choosing two paintings from The Poppy Series to submit to the upcoming juried N.A.W.A. competition: “The Nature of Things”. All accepted works are chosen on the basis of quality and how well they conform to the thematic suggestion of “The Nature of Things”.

The curator Dorothy Cochran writes: “Fall is a transitional time of year, giving rise to contemplation on a variety of matters – the beauty of nature’s last displays before winter, reevaluations of one’s everyday activities, energy to begin new endeavors after summer’s reprieve and a positioning of one’s creativity in the larger universe. As one meditates and responds to the theme of “The Nature of Things”, one can even evoke how the world will change based on events that will take place in the future.”

The selected art pieces will be exhibited in October at the very desirable location of the Treasury Room Gallery at the Interchurch Center in New York City. I would be thrilled to have the chance to exhibit at this venue but I’m feeling at a loss as to what to submit? I think I’m too close to the work to have an objective opinion about it at this point. I would be extremely grateful to hear whatever opinions you would be willing to share about the Poppy Paintings and your choice of submission picks. The pieces need to be chosen as soon as possible! I have to mail in the application by Thursday the 19th (even though the actual postmark deadline is the 23rd). We have a fully booked weekend ahead, with no opportunities for me to create new work Friday through Monday, so a choice must be made from the Poppy Paintings presented here until Thursday morning. Meaning, I’m still working and have a few more Poppy paintings on the way but the choice has to made sooner then later! Your thoughts would be sincerely appreciated!

Caden

After Dark



After Dark” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Twilight Surrender



Twilight Surrender” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sultry Sway



Sultry Sway” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Earth Serenade



Earth Serenade” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12"

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Pink Daisy

Every year this one pink daisy emerges from the masses of white:







I planted many of these beautiful pastel colored asters, but this lone pink daisy seems to be the only survivor. My method of gardening in the Wildflower Meadow is “survival of the fittest”. I planted over 40 varieties of seed throughout the Wildflower Meadow with hopes of getting a sampling of all kinds of flowers, but in such a large space, with out amending the soil or watering, I’ve left it to Mother Nature to decide what flowers make the cut. Over the years I’ve seen an interesting selection of other *exotic* flowers like this single Pink Daisy and I always look forward to the surprises, but it’s the flowers presented in mass that have the most impact on the Wildflower Meadow’s grand scale. This season’s display has been an enormous accumulation of white Ox-Eyed/Shasta Daisies and Purple Lupine so far, but a new wave of yellow Ox-Eyed Daisies (also known as Sundrops or False Sunflower), Black Eyed Susan’s and Gloriosa Daisies are emerging to the forefront as the next big color makers. It also looks like there will be a large showing of Purple Coneflower later this season as well. Very exciting! I’ll keep you updated with photos of the Living Painting as the new blooms emerge.

In the meantime, stay tuned for another full week of new Poppy paintings! The deadlines are coming up very soon and I will need your help picking submission pieces!

Last Day of School

Wild Iris

These beautiful Iris plants are found growing wild in our yard:







Blue Flax

Blue Flax found growing in my Wildflower Meadow:

Bob the Builder

Poppy Thoughts

Here is an interesting article about poppies found on Botanical.com:
The Memorial Day Poppy

Art Envisions Science

Here is a good write up on: The Art Envisions Science Exhibition

Don’t miss this fantastic science inspired juried exhibition!
Presented by the National Association of Women Artists.
Curated by Audrey Leeds.
Open until July 13th at the New York Hall of Science.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sunset Quintet



Sunset Quintet” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cool Grace



Cool Grace” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dark Confession



Dark Confession” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Open Desire



Open Desire” [The Poppy Series]

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: 12” x 12”

Monday, June 09, 2008

A Poppy Series

Here are some Poppy photos from last year’s Living Painting:



After some extensive soul searching, I finally accepted the fact that I NEEDED to create a Poppy painting series. I tried to break away from working in a series, but apparently the series thing is how I am wired to function. I have a passion for Poppies and plenty of gorgeous inspirational reference photos (as seen above from last year’s Living Painting), and a profusion of freshly planted poppies on the way (3 BRAND NEW Poppy gardens!), so I thought, how could I not? I know this will be an extremely difficult challenge for me to focus on just one subject, but unexplainably, it is something I feel I must do.

The objective with this series is to create a collective ensemble of compositions, at once dependent and independent, completely focused on the Poppy. The Poppy series will be a personal examination of the act of perceiving the Poppy within an emotional context. The intention is to reconstruct nature according to the formal and expressive potential of the Poppy itself, while using it as a vehicle to portray human relationships, expressions and feelings. I hope to move beyond the purely decorative stage to create truly charged emotive statements with Poppies.

Series Development: At this point, I have spent hundreds of hours over the past few months working on my new Poppy series (Meaning, the series has moved far beyond impulse and whim to a rather laborious endeavor of thought, dedication and love). The drawing aspect focused on the design and development of a signature *Fraser* Poppy which eventually led to the construction and progression of 42 unique Poppy compositions that I felt were evocative of human emotionalism. The 42 Poppy drawings have been completed in a 12” x 12” square format on archival acid free 140lb watercolor paper. After the drawings were done, I moved the concentration onto the painting process, focusing on light, color and texture (which is what I am working on now). The goal is to finish painting three 12” x 12” Poppy pieces a week until the series is concluded (unless otherwise sculpting medallions, exhibiting or on vacation). If all goes according to schedule, I will have new Poppy paintings ready to submit to the upcoming National Association of Women Artists competition “The Nature of Things” (Postmark Deadline June 23rd), AVA Gallery’s “15th Annual Juried Summer Exhibition” (Deadline July 7th) as well as new Poppy paintings to exhibit at the Plainfield Art Show the week of July 4th and the Cornish Art Show in mid-August!

As you can see, the exhibition Deadlines are right around the corner! So stay tuned! I’ll need your help choosing competition submissions! I’ll begin presenting the Poppy paintings tomorrow...

The Gardener

Caden has been very busy working hard around the yard. Here is a photo of our little gardener posing with his new custom rake:



Isn’t he just SO Rural Fabulous!
:)

Crazy for Daisies

The daisies have arrived! And they are just getting started! Pretty soon the Wildflower Meadow will be covered in white! Here’s a look at the first wave:



















So fresh and clean! Absolutely delightful! I truly am crazy for daisies!