This is the painting I have been working on for the last month, which has taken time from daily paintings, but when the apples are ripe, you gotta go for it. Thanks go out to my friend Katie, who allowed me to pick from her two trees. Homegrown apples are visually more interesting than the ones one can buy in the store, and they come with leaves! These eventually morphed into a delicious apple crisp. The fruit dish is about 150 years old, and has been in my family for generations.
Here is this past Friday's demonstration piece. Both are Alaskan found objects: the float was found on a remote beach by my friend Lynn, and I found the bedspring among a pile of trash outside an abandoned cabin in the Talkeetna mountains. I love spirals.
Here is my demonstration piece from Friday, Oct. 11, which I painted at Charlie's Club 25 cafe in Anchorage. This one just didn't want to be finished, I spent about a week fine tuning. Many thanks to my friend Katie for the apple from her tree, and my friend Mary for the antique custard pot.
Katie's apples are featured in a larger painting I have just finished, which will be on view here in about a week. Because I have been working on that painting, daily paintings have slowed down a bit.
This painting was done during my appearance last Friday at Charlie's Club 25 Coffee Gallery on 4th and D in Anchorage. I will be painting there tomorrow and most Fridays through the end of the year. If you are in Anchorage, please drop by! It's a great coffee shop in an historic building, the furnishings are lovely antiques. I may be there more than one day a week as the holidays approach, you can call 229 0943 to ask if I am there, or email me at the address below for my schedule. I set up by 9 AM and stay until the painting is done. My models for this piece came from the crab apple tree near my day job and a friend's apple tree. Nature's bounty!
Unlike most of the posts on the blog, this was not a one-day project. This is my piece from a recent workshop at Gage Academy in Seattle, with Costa Vavagiakis. (You may have seen this article featuring his work in American Artist magazine: The Self in Contemporary Self Portraits). I finally got this painting varnished and photographed. Eventually it will migrate over to my website, Carol Lambert Arts, where I show my larger pieces.