Wednesday, September 29, 2010

More Pictures of the Old Storefront/Studio/Gallery

Here are a few interior pictures of the front room. The large painting on the bottom photo is one of Jack's large studio landscapes. It was painted from his plein air studies, and it was on the cover of American Artist magazine in February 1991, where we had a feature article (our 15 minutes of fame). To the right of the painting is the magazine cover, and I will try to take photos of the whole article and post that for you. Looking at the photos now, I wish I had the hanging system then that I now have in my new studio. It would have made switching painting for display much easier.

When I first opened the studio/gallery, I only showed my paintings and Jack's paintings. We are fairly prolic, and we had more than enough paintings to fill the walls. But after a while, I decided to show some other artist's work, too. The third photo down shows a painting by Elizabeth Torak, and the forth photo down show 2 of Elizabeth Brandon's paintings ( the 2 paintings above the table - she did the covers for Cook's Illustrated for many years) and 1 small vertical painting by Ann Scanlan (lower right).


Johan said...

Hi Karen,

since this is the only way I know how to contact you, I'd like to ask you a question here. I hope you don't mind that it's not related to your post.

I have 3 kids and I would like to paint them. Have you any experience with painting children and if so, how do you get them to pose for you? Mine are too embarrased to sit for me, it seems. But even if I would be able to get them this far, any tips you can give to keep them from "acting posed"?

Thank you for considering an answer.
Kind Regards,

Karen Winslow said...

Hello Johan. Yes, I have experience painting children. If you go back into my first posts in 2007 (start at the first one and work your way up the page), you will see several paintings that I did of my kids when they were young. All of them posed at various times, and all of my paintings are from life (not photos), which means that most of them were done pretty fast. The little watercolors are very tiny. If you are on Facebook, I have a whole album of old paintings that I did of my kids. Many of these paintings were just quick head studies from life and painted alla prima (one shot).

One of the things you can do to is have the children watch a movie or TV, which will keep them looking in one direction at least. Or, you can draw/paint them when they are doing something. I was drawing a picture of my granddaughter, Violet, when she was playing with clay. She was completely engrossed in this activity, so she didn't take too much notice of me sketching. When she did, I asked her if she would like to use some of my drawing supplies, which delighted her to no end. Of course, everything got covered with charcoal, but it was a good attempt. :D

Johan said...

Thanks Karen.

Guess I'll have to stop thinking about it, and start painting them :)

Karen Winslow said...

Hi Johan, The truth is that if you procrastinate too long...they grow up, and then they are gone. Spending time painting your kids, studying their faces and talking to them, is a wonderful way to appreciate who they are and what they think. Even if you do just small, fast, will be happy you did. Paint them!! :D

Johan said...

Thanks Karen, you're so very right about this.

Have a nice day,