Night time River Cruise, Saranac River 6x12

Night time River Cruise, Saranac River 6x12
Night Time River Cruise, Saranac River 6x12View at Strand Center for the Arts Plattsburgh, NY

Friday, October 23, 2015

Room to Move, Then Tetris

This is ninety Portraits.
I found the floor in my studio! For about two months the portraits have been carefully stacked front-to-front, back-to-back on the rug, accumulating mass and floor space as they were framed.

The portraits are all now in their boxes, numbered, labeled, except for one. Somehow this one did not seem to find it's correct box and I kept running across it as I methodically packed the others, ten to a box in consecutive order. It kept me company for the whole process. "What are you doing still out Dylan?", I finally asked it. Studio time is quiet.

Keep it simple right? So this one will have to find it's place later today as I finish that job up. Whew.

Onto PR, posters, postcards, mailing, lists, emails.

Most important though is laying out the space for the installation. It will be like playing Tetris with 185 portraits. How many on this wall, then the next. Spacing, grouping, breathing room. Then there will be less cause for panic when the boxes actually arrive in the Cantwell Room and the portraits take their assigned places on the walls.

Other News

The Adirondack Gives On Line Campaign went over the top two days a head of schedule. Big Thanks to all 36 backers and the many backers who also contributed off line. Face to Face could not be done without you all.
Just so you know, if you are still considering backing the project – and I hope you are if you have not already done so – tax deductible contributions can be made to Face to Face, care of Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandybrook Avenue, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Face to Face: Drawn to Saranac Lake
Opening November 12- December 7 
Reception November 12, 3-6pm
Saranac Lake Free Library
All Are Welcome!

Stayed tuned.
Artliveslong, Diane

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Yellow Day

Yellow light til the end
The leaves in the 'Dacks have gone to yellow and gold, particularly in my yard. The light early this morning filled the rooms of the house with yellow even though it was still overcast. I took advantage of the day to tend to the garden - get it ready for winter which may or may not come soon.

It is a ritual I put off as long I can, then I go full blast clearing out vegetables, trimming perennials, chasing down persistent weeds.

The garden did well without me this season. Torn between the project - framing - and taking advantage of plein painting opportunities plus loads of family stuff, the garden was left on its own, took care of itself and looked like a 35 year-old garden – full and colorful.

Still blooming in October

Working out there today made me appreciate the earth, the sky, the stubbornness of weeds, the hope of a single standing hollyhock in the middle of October.

There are surprises along the way, especially since I have not worked in the garden as hard or deliberately as previous years. Todays surprise is the beer radish. It started as an experiment along with regular radishes. Then they were forgotten until today when I came upon this one. Hmm… I wonder how many beers this will take to eat?

It will take a couple of days to clean and prep the rest of the garden but I don't think I have that much time. Weather is coming. Geese are gone. The yellow light will falter as the leaves drift to the ground.

Today was a lovely day. Gotta bottle it.

A beginning, Thursday am at South Creek